Our newspaper recently had an article about a scandal affecting the world’s largest Christian television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) was created 39 years ago by Paul and Janice Crouch, a husband and wife who espouse a “prosperity gospel” – the message being that followers must give to the Lord to be repaid. Now it is alleged that the biggest beneficiaries are the Crouches.
The fascinating word in the article is “Now”: Now it is alleged that the biggest beneficiaries are the Crouches. As if a lot of Christians (and others) hadn’t realised this earlier!
It’s such an obvious and pernicious reversal of means and end (goal). God becomes the means for my health, wealth, peace-of-mind, whatever. Rather than God being the goal, and all else being the means to that one goal, God.