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

While Crouch tried to pass himself off as a kindly old grandfather, his profligate spending over the decades while constantly exhorting viewers--overwhelmingly working-class--to give more and more money (we can't emphasize this enough, just like him) was downright disgusting, and TBN's defense of on-air personality Steve Galiher, who got a wrist slap for driving while drunk on his way to TBN headquarters (in the process crashing into a Vietnam War vet who never recovered from his injuries) was simply vile. And who can forget the scandal unearthed by former Los Angeles Times reporter William Lobdell that essentially outed Crouch as a closet homosexual, a scandal so buried in OC court records as to essentially be unethical?

Crouch spent the last years of his life fighting off a lawsuit from his granddaughters alleging that TBN had become an incestuous, corrupt den of thieves. It's going to be one hell of a funeral, no?

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guest2013
guest2013

There is NO comparison between the so-called Christian Paul Crouch, and the TRUE follower of Our Lord, Chuck Smith. There is NO comparison between the truly good that Chuck did as to the money grabbing ways of Paul Crouch and to even put them in the same sentence is LUDICROUS!   The Bible is God's Word and it talks about the abomination of all types of perverse sexual activities, whether it's homosexual, beastiality, etc. and they are ALL wrong in the eyes of God.  Those who believe to the contrary that have already died, have stood before the Lord and have answered for their lifestyle and those who are still here WILL also answer for their chosen lifestyle, as will ALL of us for how we lived our lives, and those that are of the belief that "anything goes" are in for a surprise when the Lord returns and finds out that they were WRONG.  There will be NO DO-OVERS. 

angela584
angela584

Hopefully this will soon bring the end of the greedy TBN empire, and thereby the end of Jan's numerous face lifts, ridiculous oversized purple wigs, gilded studio furniture, gilded doorways, gilded almost-everything in the studios (as if they were royalty or something), the end of numerous expensive stained glass windows, the end of begging for money because after all that they had they just couldn't get enough, the end of ridiculous excesses of all sorts, and finally an end to the lying to desperate viewers who needed something tangible to cling to. Mr. Crouch, who has on several occasions claimed, "I am a little god," now knows that there is only ONE God, and that He isn't Crouch. Some people end up so full of themselves, they forget that they will die one day...and then what?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"He had been hospitalized recently for heart problems." They were probably checking to see if he had one...

He died a rich man...so I wonder how that camel is going to pass through the eye of that needle...

Rabbi_Pedro
Rabbi_Pedro

The great reverend Paul Crouch died the way he lived....With a giant black dildo rammed up his ass.

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

Cynthia: really hateful hearts.... Do you believe in the imaginary world of the Crouchs where they are virtuous people?

Cynthia Vicario
Cynthia Vicario

I couldn't agree more with Cody Raiza. Disgusting comments from hate filled hearts. What do you expect? ....

tinajones668
tinajones668

Bit sure why you would need a bodyguard in Marshall's...hope Kristi will tells us about seeing Jan.

Has anyone else ever seen Jan out shopping?

I'm assuming she wears her wig even when not on tv?

Sarah E Cofer
Sarah E Cofer

Why would you need a bodyguard to go discount shopping?

tinajones668
tinajones668

Has anyone else ever seen in of the Crouch family in OC in public?

Tammy Bartel
Tammy Bartel

they could feed the homeless in OC with the money they spend on lighting that shit, but instead they choose to bask in their own glory. they disgust me.

Kristy Raney
Kristy Raney

I saw her shopping at Marshalls. Shocker! She had this really seedy looking bosy guard with her.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

What do you call an Athiest who gets offended over religion? A hypocrit

chopclop
chopclop

Oh Gussy, you're so edgy!!!  


Michael Duffin
Michael Duffin

I always wondered what that big building was across from the Orange Coast Plaza was.

Waldo_Butterman
Waldo_Butterman

Another Peddler of Myth bites the dust.   He, like that vile old queen Chuck Smith, will NOT be missed. 

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

I don't need the negative karma I would generate if I started rejoicing in this news. So ... I will refrain and just say... that's the thing about life. Nobody gets out alive.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

That is disrespectful to sex workers. At least what they offer is honest.

Kelly M. Bray
Kelly M. Bray

Jam Crouch is an inspiration to drag queens everywhere.

smillas
smillas

photo cropping the dead God help you At least get your facts straight Paul never had any catholic clothes to wear He wore simple clothes you idiots

smillas
smillas

Photo cropping the deceased? God help you

John Manly
John Manly

could not wait to see the weekly's take on this. lol

RickandKalli Kobler
RickandKalli Kobler

Seeing him flippn us off reminds me of my papa. We always flipped each other off (this means I love u) when I would leave for home after a visit.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Jesus says send me your money and it will multiple 10-fold.  I promise you.  I'm Jesus.

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

I was hoping he'd live long enough to see something that would totally break his miserable heart. A huge event on the lines of electing the first socialist senator from California, getting so few donations he'd have to sell off TV stations, taking away TBNs non-profit status, or seeing a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent. Something along those lines. On a serious note the brief obituary didn't mention the allegation in the grand daughters' lawsuit that her sister was raped at the TBN facility in Atlanta by a TBN employee and the Crouchs covered it up.

guest2013
guest2013

There are TONS of rich people who have or will pass through the eye of the needle, because they did not compromise their TRUE Christian beliefs and used their wealth to spread God's word and were NOT WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, like so many "rich" people or some "pastors" are. 

tinajones668
tinajones668

Kristi can you please tell us more about seeing Jan in Marshall's? Was she wearing the large wig?

She seems to live mainly in Orlando now.

Not a soul I know has seen any of the Crouches in OC out shopping etc.

Love to know if she was easily recognizable...was the body guard pushing cart?

Was this recently?

guest2013
guest2013

We are ALL HYPOCRITS/sinners, but those of us who are TRUE followers of Jesus Christ are NOT perfect, but we are saved by the loving grace and mercy of our Lord.

kbear09090
kbear09090

@Gerardo Robles We get offended over mismanagement of funds and lavish lifestyle paid for by the poor.

guest2013
guest2013

I can't believe you NEVER knew what that "building" was.  EVERYONE in OC knows that's where TBN is located.  It's very opulent and the public is ONLY allowed in certain areas of the premises, i.e., the book store and where they hold their "services."  NO ONE was EVER allowed to go upstairs where the "offices" of the Crouches were, and I'm sure it's because of the luxurious interior decorating that they didn't want anyone to see.  If you're a TRUE follower of the Lord, and you are in the public's eye, your life is willingly an open book, and the Crouches' wasn't.  


Look at Greg Laurie, or Billy Graham, or Rick Warren, just to name a few. They have NO  "off limits" areas.  If you were to stop by their house at any given time, you would be welcomed in without hesitation, because they have NOTHING to hide that would indicate that they "out of the spotlight" life is any different than when they are in the spotlight, and the same holds true for Chuck Smith who recently passed away.

guest2013
guest2013

Wow! Are YOU in for a surprise when the Lord returns.  The Bible says, EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!  and that includes YOU, unless you die before the Lord returns and if THAT happens, you will already be bowing at the feet of Jesus and calling him Lord, just before he throws you into the lake of fire will all of the other non-believers.


guest2013
guest2013

"Sex Partners" are NOT honest by any stretch of the imagination.  How many time have there been stories in the news about "sex partners" having the HIV virus and NOT telling their partners?  They are just as DISHONEST as anyone else can be.

kbear09090
kbear09090

@smillas Simple clothes??? He wore expensive tacky clothes bought with the pension money of grandmothers all across the world.

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