The Orange County Register reports that “In her suit, Koper says that she had been threatened by Trinity officials.”
“After and as a result of reporting and objecting to her employers’ unlawful conduct, Ms. Koper (far left in picture) was terminated by the TBN Companies,” the suit says. “In retaliation, the TBN Companies also terminated Ms. Koper’s husband, Michael Koper, who was Trinity Broadcasting’s Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Media Services.
“When questioned about the grounds for termination, Matthew Crouch, a director at Trinity Broadcasting, began tapping the firearm he had brought to the meeting and asked Ms. Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of Matthew Crouch’s financial improprieties. Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Ms. Koper recognized the lethal threat being made.”
I guess we will never know for sure if this threat took place or not but we can know for sure that the following veiled threat was made by Paul Crouch Senior. And it is more than reasonable to connect the threat directly to Ms. Koper given that this threat was made on an episode of “TBN: Behind the Scenes” the very day that the story of Mrs. Koper’s lawsuit hit the internet (Feb. 9th 2012). In fact Koper’s attorney calls the following portion of the Crouch’s conversation “menacing” and that it “resounded with Koper”.
“You know what’s funny Dad?” Matt said (at minute 8:38 on the video). “There have been a few attempts in the TBN history to upset TBN, to stop TBN, to — there have been a few fools in the 38, 39 year history, coming up on 40 years, and you know what, any attempt at stopping TBN — they have no idea who they’re actually pushing into the corner. You and Mom get pushed in a corner, God help you. That’s a lesson I’ve learned from you, seriously.”
Paul Crouch responded: “God help anyone who would try to get in the way of TBN, which was God’s plan. … I have attended the funerals of at least two people who tried….
“Boy, anyone that’s ever tried to get in the way of this network – don’t. Don’t try it. Don’t try it, I’m telling you. You’re playing with fire. God says ‘I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ And TBN, you know what, just plain old TBN as a great network entity is proof of the sovereignty of God and the power of God against hell and high water. This network stands as a monument to the faithfulness of God. He did it. Jan and I were just simple little kids — we didn’t even know what we were doing. It was God’s idea. He did it all.”
Crouch then appealed for donations. “Anyone have a need?” he asked. “Plant a seed. Get to the phone.”
Make sure you watch the video for yourself here. Anyone who has kept up with the false teachings and improprieties of TBN are well aware that this is not the first death threat issued by the TBN bunch.