[UPDATED With Comment From TBN Lawyer] TBN Lands on Donor Alert List...Again

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​UPDATE, March 23, 1:45 P.M.: 
TBN lawyer Colby May said Rusty Leonard has a theological axe to grind because he "doesn't believe that the Christian expression of charismatics represented on the network is appropriate."

TBN files a Form 990 for federally tax-exempt organizations, and other financial disclosures, May said.

"The reality is that Trinity is a transparent organization," May said. "He may not like the fact that through their good business management, they operate without debt."

As for theological differences, May said Leonard should "take it up with the Almighty."

​UPDATE, March 23, 12:35 P.M.: 
Rusty Leonard said there are "many different levels" on which one "would not want to give to this ministry."

The Board of Directors is dominated by the Crouch family and when questions are asked, people get threatened, Leonard said.

"They have so much money piled up there, they don't really need more money. We think that they've built a very nice asset, but it's mismanaged financially and theologically," Leonard said. 

I'll update again if I hear back from TBN lawyers.

ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 23, 11:38 A.M.: 

Shocker: you probably don't want to donate to the Trinity Broadcasting Network

The Santa Ana-based titan of Christian media has once again landed on Ministry Watch's list of 30 Donor Alerts -- which provides Christian tithers red flag warnings about prominent ministries that hide donations under a bushel (or the hood of a Bentley), or else find themselves under scrutiny from the government.


Ministry Watch gives Paul and Jan Crouch's behemoth TV ministry an "F" for transparency, even as the Associated Press reported Thursday that TBN has watched its donations plummet by nearly $30 million from 2006 to 2010, with its net income of nearly $60 million falling to a loss of $18 million in the same period. 

The ministry declared more than $800 million in assets in 2010, the Associated Press reported. 

TBN has made an annual habit of landing on Ministry Watch's alert list, so much so that the group merely links to past alerts about the Crouch empire. Here's a sample from 2004: 
Facts regarding the financial affairs of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) should cause donors to prayerfully consider supporting other Christian ministries that will achieve the donor's objective in a manner that is more transparent and reveals a more efficient and effective use of contributed funds. Huge excess funds, high salaries and very low spending on ministry purposes are grave concerns for donors particularly when so many other worthy ministries are struggling to find the money to meet the needs of the people the Lord has called them to serve.


I'll update the post when I hear back from Rusty Leonard, the founder of Matthews, N.C.-based Wall Watchers, the watchdog ministry behind ministrywatch.com. He's on the road today, likely kicking some financial transparency butt. 

Watch for it.
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Larry Linn
Larry Linn

 Socialcommentator and former alter-boy George Carlin sums it up, “Think about it.Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living inthe sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisibleman has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you doany of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke andburning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer andburn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But Heloves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’sall-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handlemoney! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and theyalways need a little more.

Decent_American
Decent_American

The joke is the fact that the "Reverend" Leroy Jenkins is WHITE!

Outsider
Outsider

Joel Osteen and Harold Camping also made the list, as well they should, liars and carpet baggers all. But apparently there is also a Leroy Jenkins ministry on the list and I can't help thinking that MUST be a joke.

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