The progress of television and Christian TV channels
Ever since the 1960s the world has watched with amazement as the TV experience has progressed from:
- a black and white, rotary dial, airwaves signal-fed / antenna-captured thing, complete with vacuum tubes, to the
- cable TV revolution of the mid-1970s, with its analog color TVs (no more vacuum tubes!) and signal coming from a coax cable screwed into the wall, and now to the
- fully digital, fully electronic, fiber optically transmitted, Internet-powered world of 2019.
Christian programming used to mean a sporadic Billy Graham crusade, or the Kathryn Kuhlman “I Believe in Miracles” show, or Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power.”
Christian TV channels
The advent of cable television and then the Internet have produced an incredible explosion in the growth of Christian TV channels. It is now possible to find programming meeting the needs of just about every spiritual taste you can imagine, in many different languages, and in a wide variety of show formats. Christian TV channels produce such things as:
- news programs
- full-length movies of many genres
- live talk shows
- prerecorded preaching and teaching events
- “how-to” programming
- church and evangelistic service broadcasts
- educational offerings for home- and church day-schoolers
- kids’ cartoons
Here’s a great example: with a Roku device you can watch such Christian TV channels as:
- GOD TV (yeah!)
- Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN)
- Believer’s Voice of Victory (VOVN)
- Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN, Catholic)
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN, Seventh Day Adventist)
- SonLife Broadcasting Network (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries)
- The Hope Channel
Before we move on with what we can find on Roku, I want to pause and demonstrate how prolific the growth of Christian TV channels is. On the website for Hope Channel, you can find their broadcasts on the following devices and outlets:
On the Web
Via Satellite & TV
On various devices
This example of what the Hope Channel does is a good one. It shows that the church or ministry that wants to get its word out there to reach larger audiences, can do so through an extraordinary array of outlets and devices. The possibilities are endless.
Continuing our perusal of what’s available on a Roku (available on Amazon in various levels of capability, and priced from $30 to $80), we find still more Christian TV channels available to us:
- The Word Network (the largest African-American network in the world)
- K-LOVE Radio
- Amazing Facts TV, the network of Pastor Doug Batchelor
- PTL Television Network, the ministry of Jim Bakker
- HisChannel, which is an incredible network in its own right
…and the list goes on and on and on.
Each time you scroll down to refresh the page (“Roku religious channels”), another 24 channel listings appear.
The impact of Christian TV channels
Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matt. 28:16-20). And God promised Moses that as surely as He (God) lives, all the earth will be filled with His glory (Num. 14:21). Since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17), it’s vital that the Word of God be preached and taught to ever-widening circles of people who either do not have access to the word of God at all, or who are in places where the preaching and teaching of the Bible is sparse, if not absent altogether. Christian TV channels help get all of this done.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that Christian TV channels make a great contribution to helping churches and ministries reach the lost, strengthen the weak, and encourage the faithful followers of Jesus. And since the interest in wholesome, faith-filled programming is on the rise, Christian TV channels are poised to continue making inroads to influence and inform a world starving for a word from God. Let Him speak! Supporting Christian TV channels through viewing and subscribing contributes to the cause of Christ on earth. It’s a cause well worth supporting.
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This article was written by Mark Becerra