I observed a very sad scene on TBN last week, August 20, 2009, on the Praise the Lord program originating from TBN’s new studio in New York City. The night’s hosts were Matthew and Laurie Crouch and their first guests were TBN’s founder Paul Crouch Sr. and his best friend Benny Hinn. Hinn was there to promote his new book, Blood in the Sand, a book on the subject of the Middle East in Bible prophecy. Very little time was spent on the book. Host Matt Crouch took this segment as an opportunity to confront his elderly father about his belief in the soon return of the Lord, a hope that the younger Crouch obviously does not share with his dad.
The disrespect Matt showed in confronting his dad on world-wide television — on the network his dad built — was astonishing. Paul Sr. has had a divided family on this issue of Dispensationalism as his wife Jan bought into the Kingdom-Now heresy of the late Earl Paulk decades ago and even won her husband over to it, at least for a short time. But now as he is facing the declining years of his life, he is taking a strong stand on his pre-mil/pre-trib heritage resulting in the scorn of his son who seems to despise his eschatology.
Below is a partial transcript of the conversation that had Crouch Sr. visibly shaken at times, prompting co-guest Benny Hinn to put a comforting arm around him several times to calm him down. While Matt is correct that date-setting on TBN has indeed occurred over the years, he errs in deducing that we are no longer to be looking for the rapture and living in anticipation of the Lord’s coming. This attitude was foreseen by the Apostle Peter when he wrote:
‘Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.- 2 Peter 3:3-4 . . . . . .
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