The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lutheran lens on TBN

Ever wonder what it would be like to watch 24 straight hours of Christian TV?

In Salvation on the Small Screen (Seabury Books, 2008), Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission in Denver, shares what happened as she sat glued to the Trinity Broadcasting Network with different friends, including her Christian Zionist father.

Bolz-Weber reports both the dollar total ($7,909.62) of products sold during the 24 hours and surprising ways God reaches her through the experience.


Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 7:59 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/16/2009

Watching TBN requires a lot of scriptural discernment.  I have seen some very good and scriptural Bible teaching on that station, but have also seen some of the most UNscriptural solicitation for money by some VERY false teachers.

They guarantee people that they will receive back 10 times the money they donate, etc.  They tell people that the Lord WANTS them to be RICH, etc.  Just like them!  Look at the thousands of dollars worth of rings, watches, jewelry and clothes they wear!

I don't know which Bible they are reading, but those guarantees of monetary wealth aren't in mine.

Again, be sure to practice scriptural discernment when watching TBN.  It's not ALL good. 

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