Satire Site Rebuked for ‘Heartless’ Post Making Light of Death of TBN Founder Jan Crouch

Bee CrouchDETROIT — A website that identifies itself as a Christian satire news site is receiving criticism for making light of the death of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) co-founder Jan Crouch this past week.

The Babylon Bee is run by Adam Ford of Detroit, who also publishes Adam4d, a comic site that centers on matters of the Christian faith. While some have spoken positively of the site’s use of humor, others opine that its fake news story this week mocking why Crouch might have died went too far.

On Tuesday, Crouch’s family announced that she had passed away following a massive stroke at the age of 78, three years after her husband Paul died due to chronic heart problems. Her children and grandchildren mourned the loss, including son Paul Jr. and his family, who have been estranged from Crouch for years as the relationship was splintered over a nationally-publicized lawsuit filed by granddaughter Brittany Koper surrounding the use of funds at TBN.

“Today was a day I never thought would happen,” publicly wrote grandson Brandon Crouch on Instagram following her death. “I love you Grammie. Wish my son would have had a chance to meet you, and wish I could have seen you at least once in the last six years.”

On the same day that Crouch died, the Babylon Bee posted a mock story featuring fabricated quotes from prosperity preachers who asserted that Crouch brought her death upon herself by speaking negative words.

“Maybe she read a really mean tweet or some criticism of her theology, and she spoke the words out loud and gave them life. How else can you explain someone who possessed supernatural health from God dying four years before the average female life expectancy in the U.S….,” Ford wrote in a mock quote attributed to Joel Osteen.

“[S]he spoke her own demise into being. I can’t think of a single other reason that can explain why she would die of a stroke during ‘healing month’ on TBN,” he also penned Benny Hinn as stating.

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“[T]he stroke must have somehow released its life force by declaring victory over Jan Crouch’s health—activating God to do its will through faith, unfortunately,” Ford wrote in a statement attributed to T.D. Jakes.

While the Babylon Bee does not allow comments on its website, many have taken to the outlet’s Facebook page to remark that they did not find Ford’s article funny.

“Really? This is disgusting. Even if I didn’t agree with them, satire over death is something that we as purported Christians should be above,” one commenter wrote.

“Critique her theology, fine (in fact, it should be correct because it does cause serious damage). But don’t attack the person or speak ill of someone who just died and whose family is dealing with the loss,” another stated. “Have a soul, goodness gracious.”

“This was a human being and to make fun of her death is beyond despicable,” a third remarked. “I wasn’t a fan of her or her ministry but to make fun of anyone’s death—I’m at a loss for words. … No Christian would do something like this. Good bye.”

“You know what, you are all a bunch of heartless, cruel and sick people parading around as Christians,” another said sharply. “It’s a sad day for the Church when the world hates us, not because we are contrary to their sin, but because lack any kind of love or compassion.”

The majority of the over 500 comments on Facebook expressed disagreement with the satirical piece and/or the spirit of Ford’s article.


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  • Charl Cshane

    The satire was actually about Jan Crouch’s stealing from the poor in the name of Christ, and the fleecing of the flock by the psychological manipulation used by the the fake faith healers that Jan Crouch supported all of her life on TBN. Maybe if she had actually cared about the poor and sick, she wouldn’t had become an object lesson thru satire.

  • David Nitz

    The piece was edgy; but then, if a person is a joke they invite being laughed at. . .

  • Ken Faivor

    “Today was a day I never thought would happen,” publicly wrote grandson Brandon Crouch on Instagram following her death. “I love you Grammie. Wish my son would have had a chance to meet you, and wish I could have seen you at least once in the last six years.”
    ……………………………………………………………..

    Now that is sad…..How supposed christians can hold a grudge as if they can’t read, only to bring a curse on themselves.

    Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    Mat 6:13 And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
    Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
    Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    • Michelle Evans

      I’m really hoping the relationship between Mrs. Crouch and her granddaughter Brittany was mended before she passed away. If there are strained relationships in families, we need to bury the hatchet for God’said sake and ours. Tomorrow is never promised. We never know what can happen to us. We are called to forgive. If we can’t forgive others, how can God forgive us?

      • Ken Faivor

        So true Michelle.

  • Theodore Fenton

    The original drag queen. She will be missed.

  • Amos Moses

    If we look closely at what many prosperity preachers seem to believe …………….. then the piece is spot on accurate ……….. numerous calls were made to “heal her” ………….. instead of comfort for her and her family …. and that Gods will be done …… she was on her way to heaven ….. for judgement ….. but they all wanted to “pray her back” as if that was what scripture tells us to pray for ……. God is not the Genie in the lamp who we bend to our will ……. we do not pray to change His mind ….. we are to pray …. TO CHANGE OUR MINDS ……… to come into alignment with His will ….. so this was not an attack on the Crouches ……….. although they needed to truly REPENT of their sins of TBN and many other things ….. and i hope they did ……. but on the false beliefs of the prosperity preachers and their false teaching ……. and to BabylonBee and Mr 4d ….. GOOD JOB …

  • Amos Moses

    “While the Babylon Bee does not allow comments on its website, many have taken to the outlet’s Facebook page to remark that they did not find Ford’s article funny.”

    Not supposed to be funny ………….. ridicule is more accurate ………… and it is biblical to use it …….

    • Ax2root

      I agree with use of satire and ridicule and I don’t know the details of Crouch since I always flipped the channel when I saw her.

      However, there is also an appropriate time for ridicule and satire.

      A decent interval of respect for the fact of the death of a human being before her time is appropriate.

      • Amos Moses

        No one was criticizing her ………… although she had much to be criicized for ………they were criticizing the “pastors” who were selling the idea that they can heal her back to health with prayer…… when that is not the purpose of prayer ………. intercessory prayer is to ease their suffering ……. not to change Gods mind to our mind ……….. and that is what they were praying for ……….. God/Christ are not Jinn’s to grant us our wishes ………… again ….. i pray that she and her husband repented of their misuse of scripture while they were alive ………………

  • Mary

    These charlatans have brought scorn on all decent Christians with their sleazy false gospel of “blab it and grab it.” The first time I saw this woman on TV I thought it was some kind of sick, pathetic joke.

    • Amos Moses

      1Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

      2Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

  • Brad Magyar

    Would these same people criticize God for exercising His just wrath upon false teachers who take advantage of orphans and widows to line their pockets while leading people into hell and despair with a false gospel? Just a thought.

    • Amos Moses

      Christ will not lose even one who truly belongs to Him ……. and these people are allowed to preach heresy ……. allowed by God/Christ …… so that they and Christ can become manifest in the differences ….. the goats are only drawing the goats to where they belong ….. all we can do is speak His true words …. Christ does the rest ………

      1Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

      2Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

      i hope JC repented before she left ……….. she needed to be repentant for much of what she did ….

      • Brad Magyar

        Half true. Yes, God is sovereign over all things, however your understanding of our responsibility in the matter is lacking here, with all due respect. Scripture is clear that there are false teachers who lead people astray, and it is also crystal clear that we are to call them out for the ravenous wolves that they are. God uses us as means to accomplish His plan. We do not just idly sit by while things happen around us, that is a hyper-calvinist view and not the actual reformed understanding of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility.

        • Amos Moses

          i agree with you and i thought that is what i was communicating ……….. but man has responsibility to speak His word ……… as to our own salvation …………. none of it is our work ….. it is all Christs work ………. so that no man may boast ……. we are no more responsible for our first birth than we are our being born again …….

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    It’s only to be expected that certain people will defend Jan Crouch n her cohorts, just like how certain people defended Hillary, Obama, Obamacare, pro-LGBTQ Target, the Whole Foods Texas gay pastor, the gay couple buying a wedding cake, LGBTQ-condoning PCUSA n ECUSA, etc.

  • Amos Moses

    Report: Satire Is Great, As Long As It Never Targets Any Of My Own Beliefs

    TAMPA, FL—Insisting that only the opinions of others need to be examined, Amy Maxwell, 44, reported Thursday that satire is great, as long it never targets any of her own beliefs.

    “I love satire; it’s as old as time and a much-needed social commentary—just think of A Modest Proposal, for example—but it has to be done just right,” Maxwell explained to reporters. “The way to really nail it is to critique only opinions and viewpoints that are not my own personal opinions and viewpoints, but those belonging to other people.”

    “It’s not easy to get it exactly right, but it can be done,” she added.

    Explaining that people can be very sensitive and some don’t seem to have much of a sense of humor, and thus, satire is definitely not for everyone, the mother of three went on to confirm that she is still “very much in favor” of the medium as a social commentary. “I’m all for it, totally—unless it ever tries to dip its toe into my sacred pond of personal beliefs. If that happens, it’s crossed a line from profitable to destructive, and at that point it needs to be silenced immediately.”

    That line between “profitable” and “destructive” is a fine one, she says, but from years of reading, considering, and digesting satirical content in various formats, Maxwell has become an expert at telling the difference.

    “Satire has to be pointed in the right direction—away from my own ideologies and concepts of the world and its workings, where it should land squarely on worldviews adopted by other people,” Maxwell expounded. “Even the people writing it, they should critique their own beliefs and opinions. It’s a good practice for self-awareness, which is sorely lacking in most people. But if they were to, say, suggest that something I hold dear should be held under a bright light—nope, I won’t stand for that. That’s unloving and mean-spirited, and believe you me, they’re going to hear about it.”

    BabylonBee

  • Amos Moses

    A Monumentally BAD idea ………….

    Christian Television Leader TBN Partnering With Hillsong in Launch …

    Hillsong Channel will bring 24-7 cutting-edge worship, music, and ministry to viewers around the world. LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2016) — Global Christian …

    Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV – Watch Us – TBN Programs

    Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV is a half-hour Christian television program that features his teaching from the Hillsong Church services in Sydney, Australia.

    But ALL heresies eventually converge …………………..

    • Ax2root

      HI AMOS,!!!

      Shalom!!

      The need for discernment by The Body of Christ is SO NECESSARY.

  • Ax2root

    It was an inappropriate time for satire by a Christian site.

    Let the family bury their dead in peace.

    The war of words can continue at a later time.