Four televangelists, under investigation for the way they raise and spend money, did not turn over financial information by Thursday, the deadline set by the Senate Finance Committee, including one preacher who challenged the committee to subpoena him.
Among the many conservative Christians who feel misunderstood by the general public, the six televangelists under investigation by a Senate committee are an embarrassment. But traditional Christians aren’t universally celebrating the inquiry.
Even as media ministry has become a billion-dollar industry, it has continued to operate with little or no government oversight, critics say. An overburdened IRS and wary lawmakers have tread lightly in the face of growing questions about the financial operations of powerful and popular preachers.
Who is this guy with the temerity to try to pull back the curtain on the financial wizards that run some of the most lucrative TV ministries in the nation?
Joyce Meyer calls herself a woman of God, and maybe she is, but Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants to know how Meyer can justify spending $23,000 in tax-exempt religious contributions for a marble-topped commode.
Even among those who welcome the scrutiny of 6 top televangelists, there is concern over government intrusion into religion, more red tape in the name of transparency and undue burdens on preachers and churches who play strictly by the rules.
A US senator wants to investigate money-hungry preachers. The preachers are not amused.
Senator Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, capped a two-year investigation on Monday by requesting financial records from six top televangelists to see whether they are helping others – or themselves. [video]
CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.
Tammy Faye Messner’s remains have been buried. So, too, have Jerry Falwell’s. And, slowly the remnants of PTL are being buried, too.
Disgraced former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner said doctors have stopped treating her cancer and “now it’s up to God and my faith.”
WASHINGTON — Trying to preserve their electronic pulpits, the nation’s religious broadcasters find themselves in the unusual position of fighting an effort by anti-indecency groups to thwart channels offering racy programming. The issue involves a debate over whether cable companies should continue offering subscribers mainstream and niche channels in bundles, or let them buy what […]
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner said Wednesday that cancer has returned to her lungs, marking her third battle with the illness. Messner was first diagnosed with colon cancer nearly a decade ago and last year announced that the disease has spread to her lungs. It has since reappeared in her lungs, she […]
Television Ministers Find Audiences in Both Red, Blue States Dec. 8, 2004 – A new generation of television ministers — with a much subtler, decidedly more approachable style than televangelists of old — is finding an audience in both “red” Republican and “blue” Democratic states. Joel Osteen is senior pastor of the 30,000-member Lakewood Church […]
A former worker at TBN threatened to disclose an alleged 1996 homosexual encounter. Televangelist Paul Crouch, founder of the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network, has waged a fierce legal battle to prevent a former employee from publicizing allegations that he and Crouch had a sexual encounter eight years ago. Crouch, 70, is the president of […]
MATTHEWS, N.C. – Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, of Matthews, announced Thursday on national television that she has inoperable lung cancer. Messner, 62, said she “believes in miracles” and that she is considering holistic medicine in addition to chemotherapy to treat her cancer. The former Tammy Faye Bakker divorced televangelist Jim Bakker in 1992 while […]
Jim Bakker plans to start new ministry Knight Ridder Newspapers, Sep. 19, 2002 http://www.azcentral.com/ Televangelist