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Are you familiar with the Trinity Broadcasting Network? TBN is the world’s largest religious broadcasting organization. MinistryWatch gave TBN an ‘F’ for financial transparency & keeps them on its list of the 30 worst ministries. $583 million in assets. Paul Crouch & Jan Crouch founded TBN in 1973 & as of 2016, both have passed: Jan Crouch dies, Cofounder of Trinity Broadcasting Network & 2013: TBN co-founder Paul Crouch dies at 79.And the skeletons keep pouring out of their closets. Their son, Matthew W. Crouch has since been named Chairman of the Board.
Exempt from paying taxes, Paul & Jan declared over $800 million in net assets in 2010. They used donations to buy a $50 million jet, 13 mansions & a $100,000 mobile home – for the dogs. They own a total of 30 homes all paid for in ca$h; they have personal chauffeurs, gold-plated bathrooms, & offices fitted with saunas & wet bars.
Jan Crouch of TBN was facing many scandals & legal allegations – the least of which may be if her dog has pink hair: TBN Exposed: TBN’s Power, Profit & a Pink Poodle
They embezzled funds – their own granddaughter Brittany Koper sued them for their some of their fraudulent activity – the misappropriation of $50 million in this case. There were allegations of attempted murder & the cover-up of other granddaughter Carra Crouch’s rape at 13 by one of their employees that was swept under the rug. Paul hushed a gay partner with half a million$. Former TBN Employee Alleges Gay Tryst With Paul Crouch. Paul’s son, vice-prez Paul Jr. quit & left abruptly, under suspicious circumstances that have been hidden from the public.
The only people they were helping was themselves. Noticing a trend?
We must bring awareness to this blatant misuse of donations. These so-called religious orgs claiming to help people; if help means separating them from their money. The general public has a right to know what a scam these organizations are & that their donations are being used for personal use.
TBN is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability® – an association for non-profit, tax-exempt orgs. The EFCA boasts 2100+ clients & have a 25 BILLION$ annual revenue – tax free. And the rich get richer & the poor get even poorer. No one gives a crap about those who are suffering anymore. If you’re fortunate enough to have way more than everyone else, the human thing to do is help those who suffer, not hoard it all for yourself. And the thing is they don’t have more than others, they took it, under false pretenses.
“Just as important, the Bible also teaches that human beings are to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our Maker, and that we will all be called to give an account for our use of His blessings here on earth. This includes Paul and Janice Crouch, and while they would insist that their stewardship of TBN’s resources are honoring to God, they would likely benefit from some serious, Biblically-rooted soul-searching. Do multiple mansions, luxury hotel suites for poodles and clothing, and $300k per year fine dining budgets illustrate a ministry geared towards service to others or one designed for self-gratification and self-glorification? In the end, only God can answer that question.” Source: TBN: Trouble in Paradise
“The stark contrast between the message they’re espousing and the details of these allegations is why these stories so quickly make headlines,” Burke said. “It’s so counter to their supposed beliefs.”
Those who dictate to others how to live & not to live, often state their way is not only the right way – it’s the only way.
There is no such thing.
“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”
“The rich get richer & the poor get poorer,” has never rung more true than it does today. How did we got here? How do we tip those scales back into our direction? How many billions does it take to make one happy?
I don’t know how much money this adds up to, but I do know it’s way out of my numbers comfort zone. These are the richest companies right now:
Follow the money; money talks. How did these companies get so rich?
And of course the richest religions & charities, all tax-free:
“.. defies any rational assessment ..” Yup.
Amassing millions, billions even .. & they don’t seem to have to explain or account for it. Who monitors these guys? Anyone? Are they on an extended vacation? Do we know if these charities/churches/orgs are meeting the requirements to maintain their statuses each year? How often do we verify the validity of their statuses, if at all? What are the policies are in place to monitor this, if any? One cannot amass billions of dollars without some fraudulent, corrupt activities. Lucky for them, they are protected by their religious status. How convenient. But are they keeping up their end of the bargain, doing charitable things for their people, giving back to their community?
You’d think the IRS would have an inquiring mind by now. It almost seems like the IRS doesn’t really care that much about money after all. Who monitors the IRS to ensure they’re doing their job?
I can’t even make a deposit that’s over $5,000 without being questioned by the bank.
They’ve gotten much worse in the greed & gluttony department. Jesus & Ghandi would hang their heads in shame if they saw what (some) religion & church have become. Take Kenneth Copeland: There’s absolutely no valid reason for a televangelist to have a net worth of $760 Million. None. Zero. To me, that right there is what ‘blasphemy’ really is. What about 5 jets? FIVE JETS. Why does a pastor need even 1 jet?? He doesn’t.
I knew it was going to be bad. But this bad?! How is this legal? Moreover, how are so many people still trusting them & what they portray as their mission? They say one thing yet do another.
As you struggle, while they live in a thousand acre compound, with million dollar private jets. That’s your money.
Now Jimmy can’t go to college.
Wow that pastor’s house is huge!
They need stricter rules. They need to stop hiding criminality under the blanket of ‘religion.’ We are not attacking ‘religion’, we’re attacking corruption. I think when you collect your first $100,000, then your next, then your first $500,000 etc, you should be required to spend 50% contributing back to the community; building or improving schools, hospitals, indoor & outdoor recreational facilities & resources for your community. You could really contribute to bettering your community, environment, creating more jobs & putting some of that exaggerated heap of money back into their economy. A win-win.
You & I have to pay taxes, and we don’t make that much. But they still take almost half of our paychecks, don’t they? It makes absolutely no sense that they are completely exempt from taxes, & scrutiny. How convenient.
We need change. Those scales of justice are tipped way in their favor. What you choose to believe is your choice, & frankly, none of mine or anyone’s damn business. As long as no one is being hurt. What we are concerned with is the corruption; the amount of tax exempt orgs that don’t seem to have to answer to anyone is getting out of hand. These are all the ‘religion’ NPO’s. There are almost 1 million in the ‘unknown’ category.
We need to have a serious discussion about the ridiculous amount of money that is still being poured into various religious organizations & charities, through televangelist, pastors, preachers, etc. People I can only describe with one very fitting adjective: Charlatans.
Under the guise of ‘donations’ & religion, they wax poetic. We’re talking millions, billions even. People are giving up their hard-earned cash in hopes of some kind of salvation, a promise of something better, something more. But how many deliver? A very short list indeed. Meanwhile the only thing experiencing ‘better‘ & ‘more‘, is the ‘preacher’s’ bank account & growing pile of empty promises. And houses. And cars .. I want to take a look at a few of these people & their orgs, & ask Why?
A few stats for a general idea, but for the next couple of weeks the focus will be on the top few, the worst of the bunch.
When one is registered as a church or a charity, one will be eligible for tax-free status if one meets the requirements. Then one will be taking donations – often hunting, pushing, scheming, harrassing or lying to get those donations – ‘something for nothing’. One should be responsible & accountable for the proper & intended use of these donations. Not hoarding it all for oneself. You know, if one’s 10th Ferrari doesn’t make them happy, their 11th won’t either. Yet people keep giving them money! Why? Aren’t they working 2 jobs, with 2 mortgages, with 3 maxed out credit cards, kids in hockey-in braces-in college? We have the power to starve these organizations, yet people blindly follow.
Why is it so hard for people to just walk away from these organizations that so shamelessly showcase their wealth?
I don’t understand the necessity of it all – the yearning, the need, to find someone to follow, someone to tell you what to believe in, what to think or how to live. Why do so many people find it necessary to turn to someone else to find the answers? Look to yourselves. It’s time to stop the pity party, the dramarama, & put your big boy pants on. Pick yourselves up & dust yourselves off & let’s do this. Stop taking everything so seriously! If we can’t laugh, we’ve got nothin’!
People need to be leaders – the leaders of their lives. Not followers. Don’t be afraid to go boldly forth; even if it’s alone for right now. It builds character. Embrace the bad with the good, eventually appreciating that there are lessons, tools, & these help you grow & evolve. Don’t be afraid to figure it out for yourself. No fear. Let it go. Don’t fear being alone, don’t fear not belonging or not being accepted. Embark on the, yes, sometimes scary, but often exhilaratingly beautiful journey of life, & be the sole navigator of your ship. Destiny Unknown. Winging It. Going it alone is the best decision I ever made 😉
Stay tuned for a more in depth look at some of these cases, & a push towards getting some of these statuses reexamined.
I am devastated by today’s events. Sad & angry. Unnecessary deaths. My heart goes out to the families of those who’s lives were taken so violently during a night of celebration. I am floored by the actions of some of the human beings we walk this earth with.
The total disregard for human life completely crushes me. How empty is the soul that holds no compassion, no empathy, no love for another. An empty that contains no love for himself. For if he did, he could never hurt another. Hurt people hurt people.
That is what I’ll remember, as I lug around this aching heart. I can only hope that such a tragedy will unite more people than it divides. We need to love each other, not hurt each other. We need to love ourselves.
And people need to deal with their shit before it gets to this point.
We all have issues & problems; I don’t encourage suicide, but if you decide to take your life, how dare you try to take 600 people with you. The level of evil it takes to CHOOSE that ..
I can’t even .. SMH 😥
My fingers are crossed that this time will be the time the USA finally decides that it’s time to eradicate these automatic killing machines from their streets. Keep your handguns if you must, we know you love your guns. But if you don’t see anything wrong with people having access to automatic weapons that can kill hundreds in minutes, then there’s something wrong with you.
This is your idea of a dream? It looks like a nightmare to me.
Not only do they not belong on our streets; they don’t belong in our world. If the powers that be valued human life over money & weapon/war profit, we wouldn’t be in the predicament that we find ourselves in.
Over the next couple of days I’m pretty sure we’ll see all the news outlets’ synchronized broken record spiel over whether he was a terrorist, had a mental illness, or was on drugs. Will they even dip their toes into a discussion about the US gun problem? I won’t hold my breath – but I’ll happily stand corrected if they do.
We live in a world where some people get offended if the wind blows the wrong way. There is so much noise, static & nonsense infiltrating our everyday lives. The disinformation is deafening. Most don’t even realize it’s going on.
Misinformation is information that is false, but the person who is disseminating it believes that it is true.
Disinformation is information that is false, but the person who is disseminating it knows it is false. It is a deliberate, intentional lie.
It’s aim is to keep people’s attention away from some pretty serious issues. These distractions are meant to keep people confused & in information overload. With too much to decipher, they give up. And then they have you right where they want you. Complacent. Controllable. Fighting each other. Over colors. Over standing, sitting or kneeling. It’s insanity, doing the same thing over again, but expecting different results. It’s 2017 & still, every day around the world, people face a myriad of obstacles, tragedies, crises, & abuse.
Recognizing them is one thing – but having integrity, coming forward, standing up for what’s right is about the noblest thing you can do. This is something this planet, its people, & especially those suffering right now could really use more of.
Have we learned nothing? Why are racism, sexism, misogyny, discrimination, abuse, hunger, poverty, rape, murder, domestic abuse, child abuse, pedophilia, corruption & injustices of all kinds still rampant in our society? In our churches? In our towns? In our homes? In our beds?
No one has the right to hurt another human. No one has the right to control you. The only person you can & should control, is yourself. We need to build people up, not tear them down. To teach our kids to think for themselves, & not be afraid to discover & be who they are. But sadly, many are bullied, neglected, abused or molested before their teen years, making them more vulnerable to & a favorite target of predators, pedophiles & cults. Cults. Just to mention a few, these 5 countries are home to over 100 cults: Austria (13), Canada (5),China (24), France (32), Germany (23), & Russia (5).
Not to mention the elephant in the room; the eye-opening A&E Emmy-winning docuseries ‘Scientology & the Aftermath.’ Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Paul Haggis & many, many others, shine a much needed spotlight on the heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping depravity still running rampant in scientology today. As we speak, there are people, children, being held against their will. Will the madness ever end?
What are YOU doing? Are your actions contributing to the Chaos or the Peace? Whether you’re aware of it or not, the outcome of every choice you make, positive or negative, appears in your life & affects the world. Your creating with each thought & each choice.
Listen to Albert Einstein. He knows 🤓
With a current population of 7.6 billion people, personalities are bound to clash now & again. It’s what we do when they clash that shows the true measure of our character. Agree to disagree, live & let live – as long as you aren’t hurting another human being, do as you wish.
The Better Vibes Tribe supports & fights for those whose integrity overflows-for those who do the right thing. Those strategically made the scapegoat, so the real perpetrators can carry on their crimes. We support the ‘whistleblowers.’ The ‘underdogs.’ Those who do the right thing despite the usual opposition. Those who don’t let society determine the direction of their moral compass. Those who are unfairly targeted or harassed. The ones they try to discredit & shame for being a whistle-blower – as if it were a bad thing .. It’s a badge of honor to be known as someone with integrity, a conscience, morals, authenticity & character. The ability to do the right thing in a world where so many people look the other way is truly noble. Be Noble.
Here at The Better Vibes Tribe, we celebrate these people. We stand together to bring awareness to the issues & causes we care about most. If you have an issue you care about that needs attention, let us know. If we can’t help you we will put you in touch with resources & support in your area.
Do the right thing 😎