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|NASB||1 Timothy 6:5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.|
|1 Timothy 6:5 and perpetual friction between men who are corrupted in mind and deprived of the truth, who think that godliness is a source of profit [a lucrative, money-making business--withdraw from them].|
|Subject: Popular TV preachers|
Bible Note: 'Popular TV preachers
'Joyce Meyer is one of America's best-known prosperity-gospel TV ministers -
preachers who teach that personal wealth can be attained through a strong faith
in God and a strict adherence to the Bible.
'Following is an alphabetical list of a new wave of popular word-faith ministers
who have used television to build large followings:
'Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
'Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
'Reach: Ministry Web site says its TV show, "Believer's Voice of
Victory," is seen by more than 76 million households on nearly 700 U.S.
stations. Show also airs on about 135 international stations.
'Wealth: A ministry official estimates the ministry's annual revenue
at 70 million [dollars] .
'Jan and Paul Crouch
'Headquarters: Costa Mesa, Calif.
'Reach: The Crouches are owners of Trinity Broadcast Network, the
world's largest Christian TV network. TBN reaches millions of viewers on more
than 5,000 TV stations and 33 international satellites around the world.
'Wealth: The Crouches and their son Paul Crouch Jr. said they earned
a total of 855,000 [dollars] last year. TBN's annual income exceeds 100 million [dollars] a year,
according to the Los Angeles Times. The ministry provides the Crouches a 10
million [dollar] , 80-acre, eight-home ranch near Dallas and two Land Rovers that the
Crouches drive. In 2001, the couple bought a 5 million [dollar] oceanfront estate in
Newport Beach, Calif.
'Headquarters: College Park, Ga.
'Reach: Dollar's "Changing Your World" TV program on TBN reaches 150
'Wealth: The ministry's income is unavailable, but newspaper accounts
say the ministry paid 18 million [dollars] in cash for his new 8,000-seat World Changers
Church International on the southern edge of Atlanta. He drives a black
Rolls-Royce and travels in a 5 million [dollar] private jet.
'Reach: Her TV show, "Today with Marilyn," on the TBN and Black
Entertainment Television networks can be seen around the world. She has offices
in England, South Africa and Australia, and is on the board of Oral Roberts
'Wealth: Her ministry occupies a 260,000-square-foot former shopping
mall in Denver. No information on ministry or her personal wealth is available.
'In the news: She has been dubbed the "fairy godmother of the
word-faith movement" and "the mistress of mail-order madness," by the
Texas-based Christian Sentinel, a ministry that monitors what it calls
"religious deception." Hickey got the "mistress" name for her use of trinkets -
blessed cornmeal, cloths, seeds and coins - sent out to followers to urge them
to send in money.
'Headquarters: Grapevine, Texas
'Reach: Hinn's "This is Your Day" program is seen throughout the
United States and in nearly 200 foreign countries.
'Wealth: The ministry took in 60 million [dollars] in 2001. A news story
earlier this year in the Colorado Springs Gazette said annual income now
exceeds 90 million [dollars]. Hinn told CNN in 1997 that he drew an annual salary of
500,000 [dollars] to 1 million [dollars] a year. He has a 3.5 million [dollar] home in the Los Angeles
area and drives an 80,000 [dollar] Mercedes-Benz G500.
'In the news: A "Dateline" segment on NBC examined five of Hinn's
faith-healing "miracles," showing that none of the people was cured and that
one woman with lung cancer died nine months later.
'Headquarters: The River at Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla.
'Reach: His live broadcasts from his River at Tampa Bay Church stream
online on his Internet site www.revival.com and can be seen worldwide.
'Wealth: He and his wife, Adonica, oversee his 16 million [dollar] church,
which they founded in 1996. The couple live in a six-bedroom, four-bath
lakefront home on Cory Lake in northwest Tampa. The home includes a dock, spa,
pool and gazebo.
'In the news: Howard-Browne has called himself the "bartender of holy
laughter." Holy laughter was a controversial movement that swept evangelical
circles in the mid-1990s. He would walk on stage laughing uncontrollably. The
congregation would begin laughing. Howard-Browne would sweep his arm toward the
crowd. People would appear "drunk on the Holy Spirit" and slide out of their
chairs or dance in the aisles.'
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/18/2003 (http://www.stltoday.com/)
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