In 2006 the CBC did an report on the fund raising tactics of the owners of The Miracle Channel.
Since the report, Miracle Channel founder Dick Deweert was booted out after being caught cheating on his wife. He has gone on to found an organization called Unite for Dominion.
CBC Part 2
Notice how The Miracle Channel executive attacks those who criticise by attempting to marginalize, discredit condemn or ignore the messengers?
The Miracle Channel Association claimed 5 million dollars in revenue in it’s 2008 fiscal year.
After being granted a broadcast licence in 1995 the Lethbridge Alberta station went to air in 1996. The Miracle Channel runs a line up of prosperity (health and wealth, name it and claim it, grab and blab) programs. Prosperity teaching is a heretical branch of Christianity defined by John McArthur as:
Prosperity doctrine is the notion that Godâ€™s favor is expressed mainly through physical health and material prosperity, and that these blessings are available for the claiming by anyone who has sufficient faith.
More on Prosperity theology here.
The 1993 CRTC religious broadcasting policy is quite clear about the ethical responsibilities religious broadcasters bear when they are granted a licence:
The Commission expects all licensees to comply with strict provisions regarding the solicitation of funds. In particular, the Commission expects that the wording and tone of any solicitations for funds shall not:
- place an undue responsibility on the viewer or listener to respond to the appeal;
- be alarmist in suggesting that the program may be discontinued in the absence of such a response;
- predict divine consequences of not responding, or exaggerate positive results of responding;
- intimidate the viewer or listener in any way.
The same guidelines apply when printed materials soliciting funds are presented to viewers or listeners.
Licensees who broadcast religious programs should ensure that the following practices are observed:
1. No programs shall have the effect of abusing or misrepresenting any individual or group.
2. No group shall be targeted for the purpose of conversion or proselytism.
3. While groups and ministries are free to express their views about activities that they deem to be “sinful”, they shall not call into question the human rights or dignity of any individual or group.
4. When programs are planned that deal with or comment on the beliefs, practices, liturgy or behaviour of another religious group, the licensee shall ensure the accuracy and appropriate context of such content.
The Commission may impose the above guidelines on ethics as a condition of licence, particularly if it receives complaints concerning a licensee’s religious programs.
The Miracle Channel expanded it’s signal nation wide in 2000 and on January 1, 2010, Leon Fontaine, a mega church minister out of Winnipeg was appointed the new CEO.
The Miracle Channel is up for licence renewal in 2011, and starts it’s quarterly fundraiser on
The call letters -CJIL – stand for Christ Jesus is Lord and it’s slogan is Canada’s first Christian Television station.
Tim Tibault, who was featured in the CBC report, runs a watch blog and help forum called The Miracle Channel Review.