Wendy and Rory. i grew up in Cape Town and was a member of the assembly of God as a young man. What i see what you guys are doing is a shame!! Stop using your status to take advantage of the poor and people in grief. You and your wife are bank robbers!! Stop nright now!! Stop stealing from the true believers!!You are giving people false pretences!! You are certainly not from god and will never be!! How as a fellow country man can you get away with this!!!I get sick tomy stomach when i see your shallow T.V. show.!! God fiorgive you for your falseness and for abusing the millions around the world.Disgusted dailight roberry!!Pheidias.South Africa
Im not someone who has any time for religion, but I do believe that people are entitled to their beliefs, however ridiculous they may seem to me. The God Channel is a Christian TV channel that has been running since 1995, and the first thing that struck me about it is the sheer arrogance evident in its name: no other religions or ways of thinking are even considered worthy of acknowledgement. Christianity is the only way to God, the implication being that if you happen to be born in somewhere like India or the Middle East then im sorry, but youre going to Hell and thats the end of it, unless of course you abandon your culture and your traditional beliefs and submit yourself to the Church.
The channel is mostly given over to televised sermons conducted by assorted idiots, shrewd conmen and deluded people in desperate need of psychiatric treatment. I have tried at length to follow the arguments being made by these various orators, but I am for the most part completely unable to follow their arguments, for the simple fact that they do not make sense, and are in fact nothing more than meaningless pseudo-philosophical ramblings punctuated occasionally by Biblical fairytales and inaccurate historical accounts recorded centuries after the events in question.
The God channel constantly demands donations from its viewers. Some of the Ministers it features are spectacularly rich from peddling gibberish all dressed up in powerful sounding but utterly empty religious language, and come across as nothing more than cynical charlatans. Others, such as Rory, of presenter double-act Rory and Wendy, appear to be simply dullards, whilst Wendy I genuinely feel sympathy for, as upon listening to her passionate, confused and utterly incomprehensible rants about Jesus it becomes transparently clear that the woman is mentally ill and in need of psychiatric help.
Most of the orators are worthy of nothing but the utmost disdain however, such as the ancient preacher who recently announced live on tv that the Haiti earthquake was caused because the people of Haiti signed a pact with the devil, effectively saying that the disaster was their own fault and that they deserved it.
In between fearmongering adverts that try to convince you that you need to buy a christian book or a dvd box set in order to survive the troubling times ahead, there are christian aid adverts which claim to be genuinely helping communities in poverty-stricken regions of the world. I can't fault this of course, but I can fault the business aspect of the arrangement. Nobody should be getting rich from this.
I find the above oratory displays and manipulative adverts selling you books and box sets to be at once despicable, depressing, hilarious and utterly fascinating, revealing as they do various key facets of human nature: of our innate willingness to accept comforting beliefs over the cold hard truth of reality no matter how insane these ideas may be, and the willingness of others to capitalise on these fear-driven conformist attitudes (as well as people's genuine benevolent actions) for their own gain. Most hilarious and cringeworthy of all however are the various Christian Rock segments, which never fail to have me in fits of laughter due to their sheer unconstrained awfulness. The music is unapologetic tripe of the highest order with little in the way of structure or real emotive power, just repetitive, mushy, sentimental drivel. Then again, some of the people in the audience are clearly getting something out of it, which is fair enough, but to an outside observer it's painful to watch.
In summary then, its hard to percieve the God Channel as being anything other than cynical and money-grabbing, and whilst consistently amusing is also morally and intellectually insulting. Car crash TV that you want to look away from but can't.
Honestly, how could I not resist reviewing this insipid channel? This isn't a political or religious comment, but more a remark of how, whether you're religious or not (I am not), this is just a terrible, tasteless, thoroughly tacky channel that can't be doing the name of God any favours.
I do not know religious scripture, but is this really what God meant when he asked man to propagate the word of God? Televangelism is incredibly cheap and tacky, and surely dillutes the meaning of spreading the more positive aspects of religion, if it is transmitted over a TV rather than in a real, human, personal environment like a church. That said, the channel does make for a brilliant dose of unintentional comedy if you're prepared to actually sit through it. In fact, I imagine you could devise quite a brilliant drinking game to it if you were so inclined.
The virulent priests and McPreachers are the real highlight, especially when they bring up a guest to be "healed" by his "powers". Cue the "Priest" look as though he's about to have some sort of conniption fit before spouting a wealth of virtually incomprehensible garb, while the adulating crowd cheer and rhythmically chant "Praise the Lord!". I have to say quite seriously that I find their adulation of the PRIEST more than their Lord quite disturbing, and surely this falls under the precept of a false idol, does it not?
If you can stave off being offended by its sheer decadence long enough, it is actually quite an entertaining channel, but as a fair depiction of Christianity it is very difficult to take seriously. Surely even staunch Christians must realise that this is a very distasteful, often hateful, and none-too flattering depiction of your beloved religion?
I can't think that you call yourself a christian and still want to "explore" paganism. You need to focus more on GOD and less on what YOU want out of life.
And the Bible is the only Truth! If you have not relize that by now, and still call yourself a Christian, I would Pray for you.
It would not have been GOD TV if it was not ALL about GOD now would it. GOD LOVES ALL OF YOU!
Saw this topic and just had to respond! Oh boy. What do I say about the God Channel? That it's filled with idiotic televangelists? That it's outranked by Sky One (a channel that's only redeeming factors are the presence of Simpsons and Futurama)? This is satellite television at it's rawest and least intelligible. Americans who look like they're on the knife edge of an intestinal rupture spew forth their sermons. It's not so much the religion that offends me, but the idea that the theology of Christianity has to be punctuated every thirty seconds with an advert for some cheesy motivational speaker who feels that if they can say "God and family are important to me" that they can take the worlds population of believers for chump change in flogging 'motivational' products (books, cassettes, videos and whatever other crap they can find to sell). The Bible as a religious text brings up a lot of questions and, I'm sure for lots of believers, answers. Although I'm not a religious man, I try to respect those that are. But if I was a Christian, I'd find this channel the pits. Why people can't discuss their faith without screaming "God loves us all" in every interval. The people they have on channels like God and it's many spinoffs and contemporaries (there is a God 2 channel, 'Revelations' and numerous other Christian channels on Sky) do nothing, I repeat, nothing to show Christianity in a good light. You've managed to survive the public relations disaster that was the Crusades and the Inquisitions. But can your faith survive in a world of satellite television and information superhighways? You do no favours by speaking always in the negative. "You're all going to hell unless you pray to (and pay) me". I suppose, as a secularist, I should be happy that channels like this exist. They show that religion is irrelevant in a world of satellite television. So
me commentators have described this as a Christian MTV, but channels like the God Channel make it look like instead of rejecting the 'filth' of contemporary teenage consumerism (shown through the technical semological icons: the phone, the television and, to a lesser extent, the computer) the Christians believe not in a supreme being, only the supremacy of cold, hard dough. Television does that. Like MTV has dumbed down culture so that every song has to be three minutes long and feature a swath of rappers, DJ's and the unattainable goals of "cool" and "attitude", God Channel and it's similars has dumbed down Christian theology in such a way that every statement the televangelists come out with has to be summed up in joke form. Set it up, deliver the punchline. When did theology and the supreme questions of life and death become televised entertainment? Through channels like God, any attempt at moral superiority and culture is lost. Christians can no longer preach that MTV sells evil, because Christianity is now just an MTV clone. This channel does have it's good sides though. It's hilarious, especially after a few drinks. Seeing Americans in their traditional OTT-mode about everything, and their "duh huh" statements about violence on TV or the notion that consenting adults having sex with one another is "naughty". It's all there in full idiot mode, and it's beamed right in to your home for hilarity. The downside is that for every hilarious joke, there is always some poor sucker who takes it seriously. Suspend disbelief, watch the God channel. It's like a movie with the scary realisation that there are people out there who actually nod their head in agreement with what the idiotic televangelists say. Much fun.
The growth of the God Channel has been incredible. I do notice that not many of the reviews written is very recent. Is that maybe because GOD Channel now reaches 212 countries in the world? Or the fact that Hong Kong Cable recently invited GOD Channel to be on there network - remember Hong Kong is part of a communist country - China. Not to mention India, Nepal.... the list goes on. It is also one of the most requested channels on the platforms (Cable Company's) that do not have it (In the UK , Ireland) I urge the sceptics to read the story of how the God Channel came to being. The book is available from their website, "Against All Odds". It convinced me that this channel is unlike any other Christian Channel ever. A short time line summary is available on there website. I believe it is the uncompromised word of God, which is refreshing. What would the point be of having Christian TV or being a Christian if you do not hold on to or preach the fundamental truths of Christianity. I'm not talking about the humanistic version that suits everybody, which the mainstream media like to serve up! Remember the God Channel must try and maintain a line-up that will interest people from 212 countries in the world on a extremely small budget. So, you do need to pick out the programs that suits your culture. And to the Christians out there to whom some of the programs (which you don?t have to watch) seem a bit wild to, remember, Jesus said to his followers - when you are filled with the Holy Spirit people will say you are drunk with wine, but you will be drunk with the power of the Holy Spirit. To the non-Christians. I haven't seen any teachings which doesn't promote good principles and a healthy lifestyle.
Ok.... I'll cut straight to the chase, on the whole this is bad TV! oh and also, I'm a Christian... I am not some atheistic anti-Christian worldly heretic who is sat in the middle of a five-pointed-star as I write this. I am a Church goer, I read the Bible, I pray, I've even been overseas to work with a missionary... So why do I think this is on the whole, bad TV? Well along with being a Christian, I'm also a Journalist, I work in this industry and apart from the fact that over-the top (usually American) preachers even make this Church goer cringe, I genuinely do not see programming which is of quality or substance. Programme making IS about carrying a message or stimulating an audience but it IS NOT supposed to be one-sided, see through, shallow over marketed propaganda. On the whole, thats what I am seeing on Christian Television full stop. Its a shame too because I do believe what I read in the Bible, I do think that there is a Heaven and a Hell and more importantly, History really demands me to believe in Jesus Christ who was Definitely Crucified and his body definitely went missing.... I happen to believe he rose from the dead but I didn't reach any of these conclusions by watching Christian TV, Maybe its just as well because that would mean at the very least, I'd be broke. Christian TV really is failing to do its job, the reason is because its far too preachy, pushy and over the top, always trying to subliminally 'convert' its audience (or fleece them) it usually does more harm than good. I couldn't just leave my op here however. I do need to try to say how I think it could be better and maybe comment on what I'd like to see... Christianity does have a part to play (especially in western society and culture) and I think that quality television could cater for both those who may label themselves as Christian and those who may not. Providing the programming
is fair and of good editorial content, most people (even the atheists) would watch and may become engaged by what they see and thats what good programming is all about, a connection. At the moment, Christian TV does not connect with many, I hope and dare I say it, Pray that that changes one day.
In a regular week, there comes a stage where there's nothing to do. It's raining outside, friends and housemates are out, and there's nothing worth watching on the regular TV channels. It's at this time that I resort to the more 'specialist' channels on my Sky Digital box, and more often than not find myself watching the God Channel. The beauty of this station is that whatever time you switch it on, there's always something on it which stirs up emotions inside you. Whether it's 'The Flying House' a cartoon in which a robot and a group of children go back to the days of Jesus; drab Christian rockers blabbering on about the good Word on 'Christian MTV'; or the daily live show with the station's owners, Rory and Wendy, you'll never be short of something to laugh, cry or scream at. The station also combines unintentional comedy with horror, aimed at scaring its viewers straight into its beliefs. Comedy highlight of the week has to be Bishop TD Jakes in Potter's House, in which a half-ton guy gets his audience to repeat biblical phrases in a mantra-like fashion until throwing them into a frenzy with a Hammond Organ in the crucial climax. Naturally, this is all followed up by a nice bit of commercialism, where Bishop Jakes does his best to get viewers to phone his Jesus Hotline to purchase his 'fine quality' videos, CDs and sermon tapes. 'In Times like These: With John Kilpatrick' is far and away the most terrifying programme on the station's agenda. I'm not quite sure why John Kilpatrick is in the title, because he's never on the show. I'm not even sure if Kilpatrick exists, for that matter. Instead we are given fire and brimstone preacher Steve Hill who's a reformed Christian, and isn't ashamed to let us know. Hill preaches to a congregation of 1000s for at least an hour a day. They're sinners. They drink, they smoke, th
ey listen to loud music - some of them dare to gossip. He's even dreamt that some of them are child murderers. And they're all going straight to Hell. Unless they come and kneel at his feet, that is. So at the end of every show, his little chanterelle 'Charity' pops out from behind the altar and sings a God-awful song called 'Mercy Seat' in a manner which does it even less justice than it deserves. "Hurry! Hurry!" Hill screams at the assembled masses like a circus ringmaster announcing the arrival of the greatest show on earth. And then the people run. I never know whether to laugh or cry as hundreds of people come dashing down to the altar every evening, trampling on anything (or anybody) that happens to get in their way. It's only right to compare this bit of the show to that scene in the Lion King where Simba's father gets killed in the stampede of wilderbeast. Hill does a little monologue straight to camera "There's a man in Orlando, and you've been cheating on your wife" he bawls "kneel down in front of your TV sir, and GET RIGHT WITH GOD!" Images rush through my head of countless housewives in Orlando storming out of their homes in tears every night, oblivious to what their husbands have been up to for the last 7 years, only finding out the truth through Steve Hill. So there you have it. More a rant against Steve Hill than a full programme summary of the God Channel, but I hope you find it useful. This station has to be seen to be believed, and hopefully after seeing it, you'll understand what I mean.
Let me start by stating I'm an atheist. So you know this opinion will be slightly biased but this channel is bad. It is quite amazing to watch grown people leaping around and screaming amen like demented sheep. I don't want this to sound over the top but it's like watching Hitler. The preacher is saying nothing really interesting, it's just the way he shouts it and builds the audience up. When the flock start dropping at the touch of his hand is the real killer. Paul Daniels would still be going with a trick like that. I mainly tune in when a certain preacher is on, you'll know who if you tune into the channel and are blinded by the holy mullet. Oh yes, the holy mullet of God is on the G channel. Black at the sides and a landing strip of white on the top. Bow to the Holy Mullet of Benny! What really upsets me is how people may watch the miracle healings and actually believe that they work. This is illusion on a big scale. God heals if you give the ministry your money. They don't ask for your donations, they're a lot smarter than that. You buy videos/books/tapes advertised as self help in understanding God. Unfortunately I've read quite a lot of the Bible and these guys aren't even following the testemant (supposedly) laid down by JC. The only way you'll get healed is to visit the doctor. A final thought which is scary if you think about it. You may have heard that in Americas bible belt they want to stop the teaching of evolution and teach creationism. Or at the very least put it out as a vialbe alternative to evolution (like, hello!). That is exactly what the God Channel is doing, it's true. I saw an "advertisement" about learning about how Noah took in all the animals to save them from the flood. They believe there was a Noah, who took all the animals of the world in an Ark! Don't get me wrong there was a great flood (uh oh, he's going all strange on us) but there is a plausi
ble explanation. The Ice caps melted and it wasn't as bad a flood as was made out. But this is going off the point. Stop this channel now before the easily led are sucked in. Watch Waiting For God (Red Dwarf series 1) and see the truth. I've burned my sacred hat! UPDATE Well I'm not an atheist any more. I'm a Buddhist and am trying to stop watching this channel. Why do I watch it? I watch because it feeds my ego to see these "preachers" telling the congregation about hellfire and I sit back and think no, all wrong. I know I shouldn't do it but as I say I'm cutting down. One thing that I have to say is that I saw a truly horrible show a few weeks back. It was about 11:30pm, so I should really have been in bed. Well, this southern preacher was going at it with a vengeance. All those we don't go along with Jesus as their personal savior are going to drink from the cup of Christ. The dregs that is, for all eternity. Now that was too extreme for me. I was up yelling at the screen saying how dare he say that. I'm all for religious tolerance but how can he make such a statement. I've read Revelation and if you ain't in the book you don't get in. What am I saying, I don't believe that. I'll just say that this should be monitored. Yes praise the Lord and all that, but don't tell the unbeliever he's gonna rot in hell. Christian TV has come a long way since Songs Of Praise. At least Pam Rhodes isn't going to start spouting about hell fire. At least I hope not.
I have only seen this once or twice because my friends who have digital / satellite thingy will only let me watch it in small doses. Frankly, I think this stuff should be prime time with a laugh track. I am an entirely irreligious heathen and I revel in it, but it's only when I watch the God Channel (fighting people off who want to change channels) than I understand precisely why I am like I am. A few minutes of some horribly clean, earnest person preaching to me, trying to convince me to be holy and righteous, and it gives me this warm, happy feeling, and I want to go out and break commandments the whole day long. I mean, there are people who believe very deeply in all sorts of things, and all the best to them, their faith gives them all kinds of good things and it's not for me to sneer at them. But this kind of crazy ritual doesn't have a whole lot to do with those decent sincere people, as it seems to be about lecturing and preaching while wearing unfashionable clothes. It's very funny, and very reassuring that there's always someone dafter than me out there.
The first time I encountered the God Channel on Sky a couple of years ago was one of the few times I have actually sat open-mouthed for several minutes in front of the television screen. For what was being shown was one of the most unnerving displays I have seen for quite some time. Most people will, at one time or another, have seen either an action or science fiction series in which some poor soul gets suckered into joining a religious cult, full of pathetic True Believers spouting gibberish all day long. And yep, you’ve guessed it, every time the organisation turns out to be a front for the Mafia, or some aliens planning a conquest of the Earth. Now, I’m not saying that this is the case here, but I am saying that the tone of the people on display on this channel is very similar to that shown on those purely fictional programmes, and in this case Mafia or extraterrestrial presence is not required; these people are quite scary enough as they are. Filled with awful evangelical preachers spouting useless rhetoric to an undiscerning audience who seem to be, in most cases, close to tears in their appreciation of the banal Truth they are being force-fed on a daily basis, and topped up with cheesy soaps teaching children ‘good’ Christian values, this is not only mind-numbingly terrible but also very sinister indeed. As a fan or horror films, I have occasionally had to deal with the argument that such films can cause harm to young minds — my response being that such films are classified by age at the cinema, and that a watershed exists on the TV before which such films may not be played. Now, after seeing some of the things shown on here, which are quite obviously intended to mould in a very definite and partisan direction the opinions of all kinds of people, I am left to pose the question: what similar measures exist to protect the young and impressionable from this filth, which to me is far more rep
rehensible than and horror movie could ever be. I hereby state my considered opinion: that the God Channel should be restricted to post-watershed broadcast. I don’t know who owns this channel, or which quango gave it permission to broadcast, but they should be ashamed of themselves. And I don’t know who watches this channel and enjoys it, but my advice would genuinely be to seek help. Frankly, I would be slightly more comfortable showing my young cousin a copy of The Exorcist than any of the content of this channel.
What the hell is the point in having a GOD channel? How many of you can honestly say that you have sat there and watched it for more then 5 seconds - and that 5 seconds was spent working out what channel you were watching! It must cost a bit of money to run and produce, but its free for viewers. So why even bother? Late night teletubbies reruns on BBC2 would get more viewers then this! It would sure as hell be a lot more exciting as well! I dont mean to offend the religous ones of you who do watch this but is it really worth wasting time and money in making a channel like this? How about scrapping it and making another Music or Sport channel? That would be a lot more exciting and a lot less preaching.
Whenever I'm bored, I like nothing better than to switch the TV on and watch a couple of minutes of The God Channel. It is so amusing the way the controllers of the channel think they can indoctrinate people with cheap 'dramas' and people giving talks trying not to look like TV evangelists. However, it does have sinister side to it. This kind of TV preys on the vulnerable, showing lots of opurtunities to send various TV evangelists money. I think it's funny but it has it's dark side.