Van Impe ministry abandons TBN in clash over Islam
A Christian ministry’s decision to expose as “false teachers” several celebrity ministers it believes are corrupting biblical teachings has prompted a rift, with Jack Van Impe Ministries dropping plans to work in the future with Trinity Broadcasting Network, where it has broadcast for more than two decades.
“I Will Not Be Silenced! I will not allow anyone to tell me what I can and cannot preach,” Van Impe said in a statement when TBN would not allow his program to air.
“When I see heretical teaching leading to apostasy, I will speak out,” he said. “The Bible says ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:’ (II Timothy 3:16). The Apostle Paul also gives instructions in Titus 1:9-11, 13 ‘Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For the re are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers … Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which the y ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake…Wherefore rebuke the m sharply, that the y may be sound in the faith.'”
Van Impe said he immediately called his media agents and told the m, “I no longer wanted to air my program on Trinity Broadcasting Network; we will take the tremendous amount of money that we were spending the re to obtain new stations that will allow us to continue to reach every square mile of America with the truths of the Bible without this network.”
The dispute arose over the issue of advocating for “Chrislam” and o the r efforts that are designed to find “common ground” between Christians and Muslims. TBN declined to air one of Van Impe’s programs that contained sharp criticisms of leaders such as Rick Warren of “The Purpose Driven Life” fame and Robert Schuller.
In a statement from Van Impe Ministries today, Executive Director Ken Vancil said his organization rejected an effort by TBN to reinstate the programming and would work to develop alternative broadcast outlets where the y were needed.
“We would not be able to minister effectively if we had to look over our shoulder wondering if a program was going to be censored because of mentioning a name,” Vancil said. “While the re is hurt over this incident, we hold no animosity towards TBN. Dr. Van Impe has often expressed his appreciate to Paul and Jan (Crouch, of TBN) and all that the y have accomplished.”
But he confirmed that Paul Crouch Sr. “cautioned” him as recently as Monday “regarding Dr. Van Impe’s naming of names and publicly rebuking ministers and the ir teachings.”
The dispute erupted just last week, when Van Impe’s ministry planned to air sharp criticism of Christians who say the y want to “reach out” by incorporating beliefs or practices of Islam into the ir Christian organizations.
The program specifically mentioned Warren and Schuller, prompting TBN to prevent the broadcast.
“We received a call from Matt Crouch of TBN informing us that the y would not run that program. … The reason he gave was that we specifically mentioned Rick Warren and Robert Schuller and that it is TBN’s policy that broadcasters are not allowed to rebuke o the r ministries,” Van Impe said.
“This is a ra the r hypocritical statement in light of the fact that the y have never said anything in the past when we have rebuked o the rs such as Bishop Spong, Bishop Pike, and in the past few months Harold Camping and Rob Bell,” he continued. “They also stated that the y would not run any future program where we offered our DVD Reclaiming & Restoring Biblical Christianity as a premium for a donation to our ministry. A DVD that exposes false teachers and the heresies that the y proclaim.”
TBN did not respond to WND’s request for comment on the dispute.
Vancil said after TBN’s decision not to air the program that the re was no future between the two groups.
“This was not an easy decision; we have had a relationship with TBN for 23 years. … But at this point we feel it is time to part ways,” he said. “We have been able to over the years develop an independent network of broadcast stations all across America as well as broadcasting on TBN and Daystar. Our media agents have worked diligently and determined that we need to add 14 stations to be able to continue fully covering every mile of America .
“Praise God I am pleased to announce that negotiations have progressed in the se 14 markets and that contracts will be presented to the Van Impes for approval in a matter of days,” he said.
In the program that was cut, which remains available on the Jack Van Impe Ministries website, the ministry launches its campaign regarding “apostate ministers.”
Van Impe explains that the Bible prophesies a one-world government and a one-world religion during the end times, and his concern focuses on the move among some Christian organizations to adopt some Islamic thought and incorporate elements of Islam into the ir worship.
“We’ve got too many of the se mush-mouth preachers. All the y’re doing is two stories and a movie review,” he said. But the Bible actually outlines that its messages also are to “reprove and rebuke” Christians for failing to live for God.
According to the broadcast, “Chrislam is a term that may be used more often among apostate churches.”
Such Islamic and evangelical Christian leaders, the report explained, are working to find a way to promote “common beliefs the two religions supposedly share.”
Specifically cited were Warren and Schuller.
During a subsequent broadcast, also available on the ministry’s website, the advance of “Chrislam” thoughts and practices into Christian churches was described as a “tsunami of compromise.”
“This compromise is going to permeate Christianity,” Van Impe said. “I’m calling for the old-time religion to be restored.
“God called me to preach. And I will not stand down for any man, for any church, for any Christian organization,” he said.
The report noted that the re are some Christian missionaries overseas who have “eliminated 91 verses in God’s Holy Word because the y wanted to please Islam and the Muslims.”
Those references identify Jesus as the Son of God.
O the r developments include moves by some Christian churches to remove clear Christian emblems such as crosses.
He said what churches need today is that “old time religion” and less “self-esteem psycho-babble.”
Criticized on the program were recommendations attributed to Warren that churches change music to a contemporary rock style, eliminate hymnbooks and the choir, eliminate the Sunday evening or Wednesday prayer services, remove the word “church” and refer to it as a “campus,” and reduce the use of the words “unsaved,” “lost,” “hell” and ” heaven .”
O the r ministries have voiced criticism similar to Van Impe’s.
Joe Schimmel, senior pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Sou the rn California and chief of the Good Fight Ministries, openly has questioned whe the r church leaders are affirming Allah.
Schimmel, who is best known for “They Sold Their Souls for Rock n Roll,” which exposes satanic influences behind much of yesterday and today’s popular music and how it negatively influences youth, suggested in a WND column, “Could it be that we are witnessing the formation of the prophesied one-world religion under the Antichrist? (Revelation 13:1-18) ”
He cited Brian McLaren of the emerging church movement, who planned for an Islamic Ramadan celebration. And he mentioned Warren ‘s agreement to address the Islamic Society of North America , which ” the Department of Justice categorized two years ago as a co-conspirator in financing a foreign terrorist group!”
Ano the r church leader, Tony Campolo, “a proponent of the so-called ‘evangelical left’ claimed that ‘even if’ Muslims ‘don’t convert, the y are God’s people,'” Schimmel wrote.
“Even more chilling is the fact that over 300 prominent Christian leaders signed a letter issued by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture claiming that world peace is dependent on Muslims and Christians recognizing ‘Allah’ and ‘Yahweh’ as the same God. This letter, titled ‘Loving God and Neighbor Toge the r,’ was written in response to a signed document by 138 Muslim leaders titled ‘A Common Word Between Us and You.’ McLaren, Warren, Robert Schuller and Bill Hybels were just several of the signatories to this outright betrayal of Christ!” he said.
TBN previously had a conflict over its intolerance for criticism of Islam. It was in 2006 when Hal Lindsey, WND columnist and one of the world’s most popular non-fiction authors, clashed with the network because TBN wanted him to soften his views on Muslims. Lindsey refused.
Years ago He showed me a big muddy river that would begin to serpentine through many congregations. He said this was apostasy and flesh. He said this would be billed as ‘His River’ but it was not… it was counterfeit… and would prepare people to accept the false… accept the counterfeit.
Please read and heed what is below.
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because the y did not receive the love of the truth, in order for the m to be saved.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
“In the sight of Elohim and the Master Yehoshua Messiah, who shall judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His reign, I earnestly charge you: Proclaim the Word! Be urgent in season, out of season. Reprove, warn, appeal, with all patience and teaching.
For the re shall be a time when the y shall not bear sound teaching, but according to the ir own desires, the y shall heap up for the mselves teachers tickling the ear…”
2 Timothy 4:1-3
Dan 2:32 “This image’s head was of fine gold ( Babylon ), its chest and arms of silver (Medo PERSIA ), its belly and thighs of bronze ( Greece ),
Dan 2:33 its legs of iron ( Rome ), its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.”
Dan 2:34 “You were looking on, until a stone was cut out without hands, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay ( Rome , east and west, which will include Islam (east iron), apostate Christianity (west iron), and secular humanism (clay)) and broke the m in pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed toge the r, and became like chaff from the summer threshing-floor. And the wind took the m away so that no trace of the m was found. And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled all the earth.
CHRISLAM SPREADS THROUGHOUT AMERICA
QURAN IN THE PEWS
JESUS IN THE QURAN
There is a growing movement within Christian circles promoting ‘Chrislam’,
a blending of Christianity and Islam.
Rick Warren with his new best friend, Christ rejector Cat Stevens,
who changed his name to Yusef Isalm
“For thus said YHWH of hosts, ‘Once more, in a little while, and I Am shaking the heaven s and earth, the sea and dry land.
And I shall shake all the nations, and the y shall come to the Delight of all the nations, and I shall fill this House with glory, said YHWH of hosts.
Let us not forsake the three things:
1. Be in His word and let His word come to you as a light… be ready to move when He says to do so. And know that His anointing breaks every yoke.
2. Be obedient to Him, led by His Spirit and let us all be about our Abba’s business in and through our Bridegroom.
3. Be praying… set aside times to pray… and the n we will be led by His Spirit as we learn to discern His voice. And let the se times of prayer emerge from time being in His word… His ‘set-apart prophets of old’.
These three things are actually reflective of the three pieces of furniture in the Set-apart Place , just before the threshold of His Throne:
The Table of Showbread: His word
The Menorah: His Spirit
The Altar of Incense: Prayer