Paul Crouch, Founder of TBN/Titan of American Christianity, Dead

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Crouch, in the Holy Land, with his Gospel
Word is spreading around Christendom that Paul Crouch, the Missouri native who moved to Southern California with his wife Jan to create Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the world, has passed away at age 79. He had been hospitalized recently for heart problems.

The news was announced by his grandson, Brandon Crouch, on Twitter.

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Southern Californians knew Crouch and his big-haired wife for decades for their histrionics on Channel 40 (or was it 44? Or 46?) and their continued demand for viewers to give them money in what's known as the prosperity gospel, the idea that God will give money to those who give money. And Orange Countians will forever know TBN for their garish headquarters just across South Coast Plaza (the one that had "Happy Birthday Jesus!" in lights 365 days a year forever), a marriage of God and Mammon no Hollywood screenwriter could ever imagine. It's this garishness that made it easy for the public to dismiss Crouch's influence, but he will go down in the history of Christianity as someone as crucial to spreading the Gospel worldwide as fellow OCer Charles E. Fuller--for Fuller, of course, it was radio, while Crouch found his success with TV.

Of course, like his fellow recently deceased OC Christianity titan Chuck Smith, Crouch was also an ass of a man.


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