Friday, February 03, 2006

Hal Lindsay off TBN

Christian author and broadcaster Hal Lindsay removed his weekly Christian television news broadcast "The International Intelligence Briefing" from the programming lineup on The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) after network officials notified him that his shows would now be subject to pre-screening for censorship prior to broadcast approval. This unusual step was the result of TBN’s disapproval of a Lindsay broadcast in December 2005, which the network said was too inflammatory towards Muslims.

I have reviewed the transcript of Mr. Lindsay's broadcast and I find nothing in it’s content that is not backed up by God’s scripture, nor did I find anything that would be considered overly zealous or purposefully sensational with respect to potential attacks on Muslims. To the extent that TBN, one of the most widely available Christian TV networks would take this position is quite incredulous. One of the reasons for the need for ‘Christian’ TV networks is to enable the presentation of a genuine Christian viewpoint on all aspects of daily living including world affairs. This perspective is patently absent from the secular media, so hence the valuable service being provided by Lindsay and others via broadcasting entities such as TBN.

TBN’s stated reason for this action is that they feel that perceived criticism of Muslims hinder the effect of preaching the gospel to them, so as a result it ought to be carefully handled or in Lindsay's case censored. I could understand if Lindsay was being malicious or unnecessarily disingenuous in the content of his program, however, given the unending events in the Middle East, with Muslim world governments such as Hamas and Iran calling for the destruction of Israel etc. etc., just how should a Christian broadcaster “position” such stories in lieu of biblical history and teaching? God obviously did not see it necessary to soften the senses when He wrote something like this: "Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman's monthly uncleanness in my sight. So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols. I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. (Ezekiel 36:17-19 NIV). And God said this about His own people!

TBN’s conduct in this affair is so emblematic of the ‘comfortable Christianity’ that is so entrenched in the American church. It’s what I call the “let’s not offend anyone syndrome”. Let’s offer the faithful nice sounding music (translation: something that entertains them) and offer the unbelievers a watered down message lest they call us judgmental. Oh, and if the ‘bite’ in God’s commands is softened in the process, well at least we’ll be able to attract more people! God on the other hand has no such concerns about who He offends when it comes to the delivering of His Word: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV) His Word when spoken in spirit and in truth “penetrates”. It is not there necessarily to make the audience “feel good”. It is spoken to show men the evil of themselves such that they will realize their need for forgiveness – offered only through true repentance and the acceptance of Jesus’ death on the cross for the forgiveness of man’s sins: Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)

In this affair, Hal Lindsay is correct, and TBN is very lacking. The Sky Angel and Daystar TV networks have since picked up Mr. Lindsay’s broadcasts, proving that God will always make a way for His Word spoken in spirit and in truth to go out to people. As Jesus said so often in the Book of Revelation: He who has an ear, let him hear. (Revelation 13:9 NIV)

A link to the transcript in question from Mr. Lindsay's website is no longer available so previous links from this post has been removed.


Ed Darrell said...

Lindsay is a crackpot. Should we defend those who bring shame on the church in such a way?

Anonymous said...

Your comment about TBN stance on the Hal Lindsay affair is entirely correct. As I watch the various churches that appear on TBN you have to reflect on The Book of Daniel Ch.8; Matt.24:15-16; 2Thes.2:3-4; Rev.18:4 and Rev.22:18 to realize that if you are a true believer (true believer being defined as one who is determined to obey God's words and commandments), that The Holy Spirit is no longer in those congregations.
As you read the above passages of the Gospel you must bear in mind that the writer(God) uses parables and earthly metaphors to describe spiritual situations, thus, "Abomination of desolation", Matt.24:15 signifies Satan; Temple/Holy Place/Judaea all signify the congregation.

Good job Peter. So far I think you are on the right track with most things.... as long as everything is substantiated by only The Bible.

Anonymous said...

I am from the south and am very disappointed at TBN. Hal Lindsay was the truly truthful thing I liked to watch on TBN, besides the 700 club,John Hagee and the hallmark movies, I feel the muslims are great enemies of Jesus, the true muslims want world domination and worship a false God. Hal Lindsey is the truth and I will boycott TBN altogether, I do not like watching all those boring talk shows, that give the, paula whites and joyce meyers ego trips or those boring shows like praise the lord.It seems money seems to be the biggest issue, I love the Lord but am very cautious at what the prime time shows on TBN promote. I do not get a good feeling about some of them. The acquire the fire and some for the youth with music videos would grab the teen generation, and Jan with her pink hair, makes my fifteen year olds friend think it is a joke. I think Jan is an awesome lady but she needs to have a serious makeover to be taken seriously.

Gregory said...

The "Feel Good, Don't Offend Anyone" gospel is not the gospel Jesus preached. If we are true followers of Christ we must do just that- follow Him. Convicting one of sin brings repentance and salvation. The prosperity teaching now prevalent in today's gospel does not cause one to put their hope and faith in Jesus redemptive sacrifice. When Jesus speaks of "seed" He is refering to the Word of Truth that brings sinners to repentance who in turn share their faith bringing others to Christ.  Its not about "investing" in God. God owes no one anything and is in debt to no man or woman- truely He has already given us more that we can ever deserve or even comprehend.

The Scriptures tell us, that in the last days people will not hold on to sound doctrine but seek those that will scratch their itching ears. Jesus said all those that follow Him will suffer persecution. To love the world is enmity towards God. The Scriptures teach us to come out of the world. Sometimes "preachers" are so busy getting others to give to their ministries that they forget to minister.

Telling someone that if they just come to Christ, all of life's struggles will vanish is not correct. As soon as they find out that life goes on- they fall away. Christ 's teaching and sacrifice is about redemption and deliverance from sin and death. Its not about prosperity but about salvation, about hope, about eternity. We are all sinners and sentenced to suffer after death- Jesus took that sentence and set us free. The Ten Commandments are not given to us to save us but to show us that we are transgressors. No one can come to salvation until they first know they are lost. Then comes hope- through faith in Christ.

The Lord be praised.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of crackpots like Benny Hinn, but Lindsey isn't one of them.
And you can't just spiritualize the whole Bible and say that the abomination of desolation doesn't refer to an actual event. They could have said that Israel being restored as a nation meant something spiritual, but Israel physically was restored.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing this link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at have a mirror or another source?


Peter Shaw said...

Hi appears as if the page has been removed by the Hal Lindsay website. I will remove the link for now. Thanks for reading the site.


Anonymous said...


This is a question for the webmaster/admin here at

Can I use some of the information from your post right above if I provide a backlink back to your site?


Peter Shaw said...

Hi Daniel...feel free to use the information. I pray it blesses many people for Christ's Kingdom.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

how many time i do not do what i want to do but do what i dont want to do

A God who sends people to Hell?