Since we came online at the end of August 2005 as a pioneer in the field of Internet apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries has, sadly, been documenting The Falling Away Of The Evangelical Church.

A main bit of apostasy happening right now is the mainstreaming of Word Faith heretics like T.D. Jakes into the heart of the evangelical community e.g. through the Elephant Room 2 of James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll.

We also see an example of this syncretism in pieces Southern Baptist David Jeremiah Praises “Vision God” Gave To TBN’s Paul Crouch and Elephant Room 2’s T.D. Jakes Praising Paul And Jan Crouch on TBN 7-10-12.

The reason the latter’s important is that date is well after MacDonald tried to get us to believe Jakes was moving away from WF mythology. With this in mind, today A Little Leaven has a new rather peculiar exhibit.

In Paul Crouch Flips Off TBN Cameras in Jerusalem we see:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But, this picture of Paul Crouch of TBN only brings two words to mind and they’re out of place for someone who is supposedly a teacher of God’s Word.


First of all, if it wasn’t for things like Elephant Room Vet Steven Furtick Excited To Be On TBN’s Haven Of Heretics Tonight a couple of weeks back what Paul Crouch did, or didn’t do, would not be news worthy.

You do need to realize that these WF wingnuts are gaining credibility within evangelical circles because of promotion and endorsement of people like David Jeremiah and Seeker Driven prophet-leader Steven Furtick.

Secondly, we have little reason to doubt that this photo of Crouch is genuine. The reason I say this is the picture was posted by Gustavo Arellano on the OC Weekly blog, which I don’t recommend and warn you is very secular.

Arellano tells us:

the Los Angeles Times ran an interesting piece about how Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network was establishing a bigger presence in Israel, in preparation for theEnd Times and to turn Jews on to Jesus. (source)

He’s referring to Daystar, TBN ready for Messiah in Jerusalem where we’re informed:

If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible, America’s two biggest Christian broadcasters are well-positioned to cover it live thanks to recent acquisitions of adjacent Jerusalem studios on a hill overlooking the Old City.

Texas-based Daystar Television Network already beams a 24-hour-a-day live webcam from its terrace. Not to be outdone, Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network last month bought the building next door.

The dueling studios are part of an aggressive push by U.S. evangelical broadcasters seeking to gain a stronger foothold in the holy city. (source)

As to the picture of Crouch possibly making the obscene gesture, Arellano brings out that story was “validation” to publish this photo sent to him by “a source” of his:

what they say is an undoctored photo Paul flipping off TBN cameras in Jerusalem last month. See, I couldn’t believe the picture at first, figuring it was too good to be true. Like, why was Crouch wearing a cleric’s collar in the leaked photo?

Why did he have a pinkie ring? Why are his jowls so low? But then I saw the picture of Crouch in the Times piece and he’s wearing the EXACT SAME clerical collar. (source)

Indeed Crouch is in that outfit and often wears a clerical collar:

By the way, that’s heretical WF prosperity preacher Joseph Prince on the left and Paul Crouch’s son Matt on the right. Whether the photo was doctored or the gesture actually unintentional ((http://www.propheciesofrevelation.org/tbn37.php)) Paul Crouch is no man of God.

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