Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry
For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lordâ€™s bounty in return.
The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the worldâ€™s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.
Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouchâ€™s chauffeur....
Jim Lincoln wrote: Ah, the The Teflon Evangelists, it does show that the "Prosperity Gospel," works---for those who preach it!
This extravagance is one thing -- expected in their world. But what's the point of his-and-hers homes only a block apart or even next door? Perhaps these folks don't get along quite as well as they seem to on TV.