Following the death of televangelist Paul Crouch Sr, his wife Jan become president of Trinity Broadcasting Network and has begun to change the programming of the world's largest religious TV network.
Irvin Baxter, founder of Endtime Ministries and host of the program End of the Age, published the following announcement today:
You probably have heard by now about the passing of Paul Crouch, founder and President of TBN. Paul believed strongly in Endtime Ministries and was a great friend of our program. With his departure, his wife Jan has assumed the management of TBN. I have never met Jan but apparently she does not have a strong interest in Bible prophecy. As a result, our program, as well as several other prophecy programs on TBN, has been discontinued. Wednesday, January 15th was our last time to air.
The Prophetic News blog reported on the removal of another TBN personality:
About a week ago I got word that some good people who were an essential part of TBN, namely Betty Jean Robinson and someone I don’t want to name publicly because they will announce it themselves, were removed from TBN programming – at the hands of Jan Crouch.
An update from Love Worth Finding, the ministry and TV program of deceased pastor Adrian Rogers, has also been removed from the TV network:
Friends of LWF… we were recently notified that after January 19, TBN will no longer air the Love Worth Finding television program. However, we have received notice that several stations have already replaced the LWF program.
What does this mean?
- TBN could be removing programs that are reruns such as Love Worth Finding in favor of live or new programs.
- TBN could be changing its programming to appeal to a younger audience.
- Jan and her son Matt Crouch could both be opposed to the teaching of the pre-tribulation rapture.
Jackie Alnor, author of the book The Fleecing of Christianity and critic of the prosperity gospel, reported in 2009:
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.
Jackie observed Matt interview Paul Sr. about dispensationalism in a mocking manner. During a Praise the Lord broadcast Matt suggest that dispensationalism could be wrong: "We were looking at everything through a Dispensational mind and maybe that was a mistake."