The Telegraph reports…
“A Christian evangelical TV network based in Jerusalem and Plymouth is in turmoil after the wife of the founder revealed he had run off with another woman under the influence of “the devil”.
God TV has set a goal of reaching “one billion” souls but the troubles of the couple that founded the channel, Rory and Wendy Alec has sent shock waves through the ranks of their followers.
Thousands are believed to tuned in to a special broadcast from Jerusalem in which Wendy revealed that her husband was living on a farm in South Africa with a jazz musician.
Mrs Alec, who was supported in the broadcast by Canon Andrew White, the vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad, said she had anticipated her troubles from the beginnings of her marriage to her childhood sweetheart.
But as the wartime slogan ‘keep calm and carry on’ strapline rolled across the screen, Mrs Alec said she was astounded how easily the devil had invaded and destroyed her marriage.
“God knew before the beginning of time that we would face this time,” she said. “The princes of hell designed a perfect strategy through that seductive Jezabel spirit.
“It was a real strategic attack against his mind.”
“The music studio is one of the most seductive environments you can have” (Wendy talking about the place where Rory would often meet with his new woman, helping her produce a jazz album)
“This woman said she’d had an audible voice from God that Rory was the man of her life”
“The devil got in very very easily”
Addressing allegations that have flooded the internet, Mrs Alec denied that she herself had been unfaithful within the marriage and the couple had lived a lavish lifestyle.
“I’ve never had an affair. We do not own two private jets. We do not have a house in London.
God TV claims its channel is watched in millions of homes. Its main base is a studio in Jerusalem where it hosts events that are attended by leading Israeli officials.
It employs more that 100 people at a headquarters and studios in Plymouth.
Last month Rory Alec abruptly left the network, admitting in a letter to staff that he had suffered a “moral failure” and leaving the reins in the hands of his wife.
“After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year. For this reason, I am stepping down. Please forgive me for the disappointment I’ve caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man,” he said. “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm my season with GOD TV is over for now.”
Canon White said he was standing by Mrs Alec. “One thing we are sure is that God has not finished with God TV,” he said. “That’s why the devil doesn’t like it. He will stop it and try and destroy it.”