The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service

When Jesus’ way of life runs counter to your “Christian” teaching, there’s something wrong.

There are a lot of things you should try at least once in your life — skydiving, eating some exotic delicacy, traveling alone. Let me give you one thing not to add to that list: attending a Benny Hinn Holy Spirit Miracle Service.

I recently went to one in New York. Before going, I knew little about Hinn — a man who’s worth some $42 million — other than that he’s a big-deal televangelist among countless charismatic Christians. As someone who’s fairly unfamiliar with that sphere of Christianity, I was mostly just wary of being in a crowd of people speaking in tongues and being slain in the Spirit.

But that turned out to be the least uncomfortable thing about the service. What did happen was so much more upsetting, difficult, and unnerving. If you ever go, here are five unsettling things you’ll experience:

1. You’ll second-guess your Bible knowledge.

When you hear Benny Hinn make statements like, “The prophets all prospered. They had no debt . . . ” it stops you in your tracks. Wait — what? No they weren’t. Were they? You might grab your Bible to check, or you might just realize, Of course that’s not right. What about Elijah, who lived in a cave and had ravens bring him bread to eat? Or John the Baptist, who wore clothing made of camel’s hair and ate locusts and honey?

Or, what about Jesus, who was born in a stable, buried in a borrowed tomb, and had no place to lay his head? When the earthly life of Jesus is a counter-argument to your “Christian” theology, there’s something wrong.

(Another related, absurd Hinn statement: “Where did Noah get the money to build that ark? Think about where he got that moolah.” I’m pretty sure he didn’t need to hit up the local Home Depot.)

2. You’ll realize he’s in control of everything in his world.

From the musician to his audience to the very God he claims to represent, Hinn exerts control over it all. He orders his pianist to play a certain way, and tells him to stop and switch it up when he wants a different mood. He tells his audience how to worship and how much money to give him. And he knows his audience so well — he mentions their material needs, then says things like, “I want you to sow $1,200, because I believe 120 is the number of liberty in the Bible.” Then he confidently promises they’ll be debt free in one year, as if he’s in control of that, too.

Question for Mr. Hinn: If 120 is the biblical number of liberty — which…what? — then why not just have people give $120? (He did also tell them $120 would be okay, but the added zero is a big deal.)

All in all, Hinn tries to take control of God and suggests you can do the same. He tells people to “claim reality with your mouth” and “declare it in writing” — as if you have the power of God to speak things into existence. As if you have the ability to make God do things for you. As if saying or doing something requires God to oblige you.

3. You’ll wrestle with your negative thoughts.

My first instinct was to write off everything that happened under the leadership of Benny Hinn as blasphemous — an offense to the very gospel he claims to preach. But, as you look around the room and see men and women worshipping God with abandon, you realize something. Maybe these people, who trust and believe Hinn, are actually having authentic experiences with Jesus, despite the man guiding them. Maybe these people are actually finding genuine faith in a place that is otherwise tinged by deceit.

And then, for a Christian like me, the thought creeps in: Could it be that God is using Benny Hinn for the salvation of souls? In a small, but significant and confusing and flustering way, this question complicates the otherwise strong desire in me for Hinn’s ministry to be shut down for good.

4. You’ll discover that he owns up to the prosperity gospel.

Unlike the Joel Osteens of the world, Hinn embraces the prosperity gospel by name. He even calls out “anti-prosperity pastors” and says they just don’t get it. At a Holy Spirit Miracle Sevice, Hinn will say “sow your seed” and “prosperity is for real” more times than you can count. And more:

You can’t expect millions from the Lord if you give him some small amount.
In Jesus’ name, we’ll have surplus. Financial surplus is mine . . . is ours.
You’re coming out of debt in the next 12 months if you really believe this.

Hinn even sends you mail a week later, complete with return envelope and offering card, reminding you to sow your “seed-gift” in order to change your circumstances.

Benny Hinn’s ministry can be summed up in his own words: “God’s goal for your life is prosperity.” By that, he doesn’t mean spiritual prosperity, life everlasting in the presence of God. No, he means material wealth, physical health, and general prosperity — which looks quite unlike Jesus’ call to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily.

5. You may end up walking out.

For two reasons. One, these things last upwards of five hours. But the main reason you won’t last the five hours is that you’ll get to a point of such total outrage at what he’s saying that you won’t be able to stomach hearing it any longer. I was (barely) able to endure two and a half hours of “God is about to place a ton of seed in your hands” and “I sense an anointing for this. It’s going to last four-and-a-half minutes” before I had to get out.

(Disclosure: apparently, by leaving halfway through, I missed the faith healings, the slaying in the Spirit, and his message. Lucky me, I was there for the over two-hour warm-up of “give me your money and you’ll be debt free.”)

When the service first started, I found Hinn somewhat humorous. Then I realized the thousand-plus people there were taking every word he said as truth, and I felt really sad for those people.

But it didn’t take long for that feeling to be replaced by anger. Hinn is taking advantage of hurting people — and using Jesus to do so, no less. That’s why you walk out.

Image courtesy of House of Praise.

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  • bakabomb

    It’s perhaps a bit unfair to single out Hinn when he’s emblematic of so many more like him. But if we consider him as purely an exemplar, today’s Christians could sure use a lot fewer preachers like him and a lot more like Francis of Assisi!

    • Eugen

      You mean, more like an ascetic Catholic mystic? It would be nice to have preachers who actually put their confidence in the Word of God working through the Holy Spirit… Not conjured up emotional experiences in a pagan frenzy dressed up in a bit of Christian-sounding ditties.

      • bakabomb

        Thanks for your comment. Yep, I lean more toward the mystics (and the Eastern Orthodox tradition has a lot of ’em too), although not all of them are ascetics and I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to retreat from the world to have an intense experience of an immanent God. And I lean away from the tent-revivalist style because of the raw emotionalism that seems to me mostly superficial like “the seeds that fell on stony ground, which sprouted and grew, but quickly withered for a lack of deep soil”.

        • Eugen

          I agree that revivalism is a great sample of the shallows that marks modern Christianity. But mysticism is not the answer. In fact, it has always gone hand-in-hand with Pentecostalism, revivalism, and the like… and we can trace it all the way back to the Quakers, the Catholic Mystics (and Eastern Orthodox) to the desert monks of the early 300’s.
          Problem with mysticism is that it has little true substance, relying on the ‘intense experience of an immanent God’ rather than the way the true God has decided to interact with us. The Mystics are always trying to push beyond revelation, as if the Word of God is not truly sufficient, able to thoroughly equip the man of God for every good work. It’s like they hear John repeatedly say of the faith, “This we know…” and they answer… “Yeah, but I want more than just to know – I want to feel…”
          Invariably, mysticism turns us inward and the voice in my head becomes the voice of God (or so we begin to believe) and our faith becomes authenticated by our experience, not revelation. In essence, we create our own religion under the guise of Christianity.
          …enter Benny Hinn!

        • Eugen

          Let me add one more observation when it comes to the ethereal world of mysticism…
          Isn’t it interesting that a mystical book like “the Shack” gets a Oprah high-five (acceptable Christianity to the modern mind) yet quoting a verse like, “I am the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father but through me” is absolutely unacceptable?
          The nebulous quasi-pagan christian mysticism that has become so deeply entrenched is – like the liberalism of the early 1900’s – a completely new/different religion. Dress it in all the Christian accoutrements you want, it remains antithetical to the absolute, resolute clarity of Scripture that is the full sum of God’s revelation to man for this age.

          • Kathy H

            Have seen Paul Young author of the shack speak at a church that I once went to. And that was the major reason I stopped going to that church. Talk about false teachings, that man was up front about the false teaching he was doing. And the Pastor backed him up all the way, claiming it was allegories and wit that Paul Young was showing not the degrading of the bible like what really happened.

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            Thanks, Eugen-what you said is so awesomely true, nothing more needs be said! GOD BLESS YOU!

    • Kathy H

      I highly recommend looking into Francis of Assisi before even saying that. As I was shocked when I looked into some of the things Francis of Assisi believed in.

      • bakabomb

        Thanks for your comment. Having read many of Francis’ writings, a few histories, and other books about him, I’d be interested in a couple of examples of his beliefs that shock you.

        • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

          Francis, who came from a wealthy family and had no need, could have actually helped the poor.
          What he did instead was, left it all behind and put himself among the poor and competed against them for the very scant resources available to the poor at the time. Basically taking the food right out of other people’s mouths, so he could ‘feel’ holy. He was a fake, finding false piety out of emotionalism.

          • bakabomb

            Francis took none of his wealthy family’s money with him when he left them for the monastic life. His family, had they so desired, could have given all to the poor. If they failed to do so, that scarcely reflects poorly on Francis himself. As for his piety, I’ll take it over Benny Hinn’s any Sunday of the year.

            Christ and his disciples also “competed against the scant resources available to the poor at the time” — as indeed did every last one of the OT prophets. No doubt, if you have any pretense to consistency, you judge them as harshly as you do Francis.,

          • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

            Jesus and his disciples fed the poor.
            Please name the OT prophets who ‘competed’ for resources with the poor, an example would be nice.
            Francis took none of his family’s wealth, WHICH HE COULD HAVE. This reflects DIRECTLY on Francis.
            Please also show some sort of scriptural warrant for monasticism.

          • bakabomb

            Jesus fed “the poor” (the folks, admittedly lower class) who gathered to hear him, all right. He did it by means of miraculous “multiplication” of loaves and fishes, assuming a literal interpretation. Not an option open to Francis. Your unwarranted hatred of Francis, and apparently monastics in general, borders on the irrational, and your assertion that his family’s money was his to dispose of as he wished is ludicrous.

            Benny Hinn — the actual subject of this article — is a leech compared to Francis, the prophets and all the saints.

          • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

            Bakabomb, you ought not be putting words into people’s mouths they did not speak themselves.
            Perhaps you can show me where I have “hatred” for Francis? Or monastics for that matter?
            I have very well warranted CRITICISM however, for Francis, which I have detailed already. It is neither irrational, nor unwarranted, again, neither is it hatred.
            A man of Francis’ position would assuradly had an allowance, to dispose of as he saw fit. This is not ludicrous either. It was the social norm of the time.
            As for ‘monastics’ my criticism is that there is ZERO scriptural warrant for such a practice and it is antithetical to the Gospel command to preach this Gospel to every creature vs locking one’s self up away from the actual mission field of the world.
            Not to mention the spurious works and gnosticism produced by such recluses.
            This statement disturbs me:
            “…by means of miraculous “multiplication” of loaves and fishes, assuming a literal interpretation…”
            Are you positing that there is an other than literal interpretation of the Matthew 14.13-21, 15.32-16.10, Mark 6.31-44, 8.1-9, Luke 9.10-17 and John 6.5-15 passages?

            Now if Hinn is the subject of this article, then why even bother to bring up Francis in the first place?
            Admittedly, he had some good ideas, yet he remained in allegiance to a “pope” (his false prophecy before his death even denoted ‘false’ and ‘real’ popes, when they are ALL anti-scriptural). He was a ‘mary worshipper’ wore a tonsure (paganism) and as I said before competed with the poor for the scarce largesse available.

          • bakabomb

            Evidently you’d prefer to try to hijack this thread to trumpet your own prejudices instead of addressing the topic of Benny Hinn. Fine. Please feel free to do that without my further input. Have a wonderful life.

          • bakabomb

            Evidently you’d prefer to try to hijack this thread to trumpet your own prejudices instead of addressing the topic of Benny Hinn. Fine. Please feel free to do that without my further input. Have a wonderful life.

  • Dee Parsons

    I think you need to ask an important question. He claims to heal. Has he ever documented, with medical records, even one healing?

    • Forgiven Girl

      Justin Peters, who is an expert on the false gospel of the prosperity preachers, and has spent years doing research on these guys, says “No.” And backs it up with documentation.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      That question has been asked many, many times, Dee, and to my knowledge Hinn has NEVER had any of his so-called ” healings” medically verified.

    • Raleford

      I would also like to add that Jesus stated there WOULD be miracles from false prophets, so we need to remember that even when miracles happen, we still need to test the messenger against scriptures.

  • Dan Krischke

    Hinn and all the others who preach the “prosperity gospel” are charlatans and thieves. I, too, pray for those who are seeking Christ, as I am, but there is a long road to walk to really know Him. Peace and God bless.

    • Jeffrey Minshall

      Sadly, what I have found is that you can only say that about the bigwigs. I started my spiritual growth in a church that preached Christ’s truth but it also included Hinn styled preaching on money and blessing. I was smart enough as a high-schooler to realize there was something wrong with the teaching when I compared it to the Bible, but the preachers there really believed it. I volunteered with the children’s ministry for a while and I can tell you that the children’s pastor really believed the Hinn message and preached the same to the children. He still does to this day and can’t hear any real criticism because how much he believes it. I don’t fault him for it either because he wants to bring hope to the children he ministers to. I wish he would see the lies he has been preaching but I can’t say that he is a charlatan or a thief because he does actually present the authentic gospel of repentance alongside the prosperity.

      • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

        He is a pastor, he should take his job seriously.He is supposed to be a berean about these things. Because he doesn’t search the scriptures for the truth and just repeats the lies, he’s liable for that. There is no excuse, particularly when the word of God is so widely available. The Holy Spirit is also available to every believer to teach us ALL things pertaining to life and godliness. No excuse.

  • Rebecca Lynn

    I had the experience with Hinn’s rallies when I was in my twenties. A precious lady swore to me if I got my diabetic husband there he would be healed. I was so convinced I went and drug him with me. He is a very good man, and humored me. I listened as the pitches for money were endlessly played over and over again. The music was hypnotic and very repetitive. My heart was broken by the obvious fakery going on and I was really mortified at my willingness to be led there. I watched the people around me buying into the idea that god wanted them to impoverish themselves so that he could move and bless them. I still scratch my head at that thought. I mean why would Jesus need us to do anything so that he can move in our lives? I thought all he needed was our hearts and minds. His will is not influenced by our giving to Mr. Hinn’s ministries. He is an affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ and I pray that he will see it and one day repent, if not he will be brought low. God will not be mocked forever. He needs to give all his worldly goods away and serve the needy and poor, but like the rich man in the bible I fear he will not.

    • wrenhal2010

      But someone like Hinn would say that “You can only show your heart and mind by being obedient in giving” to him.

    • Guy Montana

      Hinn has also said that he doesn’t want to wait for his heavenly reward but instead he says he wants it NOW in this life.

  • Daniel King

    The article says, “Or, what about Jesus, who was born in a stable, buried in a borrowed tomb, and had no place to lay his head? When the earthly life of Jesus is a counter-argument to your “Christian” theology, there’s something wrong.”

    However, those who teach the prosperity Gospel have a completely different understanding of the life of Jesus. Religious tradition has said Jesus was poor, but a look at the facts destroys this myth.
    * The wise men gave Jesus gifts fit for a king; gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).
    * Joseph was a carpenter by trade that means the family Jesus grew up in was well off (Matthew 13:55). Even
    though Jesus was born in a stable, Joseph had planned to rent a room which means he had money. In those days the poor walked everywhere, but Mary had a donkey to ride.
    * Jesus had so much money, he needed a treasurer to take care of it (John 13:29).
    * There was enough money for Judas to steal without anyone noticing (John 12:6).
    * The ministry of Jesus had enough money to provide for all the disciples (John 4:8).
    * Jesus probably had a house (John 1:37-39).
    * Jesus had to pay taxes. If you do not have income, you do not have to pay taxes (Matthew 17:27).
    * Jesus gave regularly to the poor (John 13:29).
    * Jesus had ministry partners who supported his ministry (Luke 8:2-3).
    * The clothes Jesus was wearing when he was crucified were so nice the soldiers gambled over who would get them (John 19:23-24).
    When Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20), He was talking about His traveling ministry, not about His financial status. He had just been rejected by a village of the Samaritans (Luke 9:51-53), so this verse does not mean Jesus was homeless, it just means that for that one night He had
    nowhere to stay.
    When Paul says, “…Though [Jesus] was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9), he was comparing Christ’s heavenly position with his earthly life. The richest king in history is poor compared to the treasures of heaven. It is true that on the cross, Jesus took our sin, our poverty, and our sickness upon Himself. In this sense, He became the poorest man in history, so that we could become rich.

    • Jay V

      Wow, this is not just bad — it’s really, really, embarrassingly bad.

      I
      have friends on welfare. They have their own bank account, occasionally
      lose track of a few bucks (not that this is the point of the verse),
      pay taxes, and give a little to some groups like the Red Cross at
      emergencies. If only they had this list to convince them that these are
      all signs of wealthy people….

      This kind of stuff has been floating around for decades, it doesn’t make Benny Hinn and his ilk any less evil.

    • Troy

      You are terrible at discerning the meaning of scripture.
      .
      None of the verses you quote have anything to do with Jesus’s wealth status. “Jesus had so much money”, seriously? Why didn’t he have a family tomb like every other wealthy person in his day? Why did he stay with supporters instead of in his own house? When did he ever spend money on himself? Rich people are never executed by the state. Why would he advocate giving everything to the poor? Matthew 19.21? prosperity gospel makes no sense in the light of scripture. It is simply wishful thinking (and really close to Mormon theology).

    • http://steven-tran.com/ Steven Tran

      The old saying goes, a text without a context is a pretext for a prooftext.

      And Daniel, that is some audacious prooftexting.

    • Carl

      Just a response about this part of your post…

      * Joseph was a carpenter by trade that means the family Jesus grew up in was well off (Matthew 13:55). Even
      though
      Jesus was born in a stable, Joseph had planned to rent a room which
      means he had money. In those days the poor walked everywhere, but Mary
      had a donkey to ride.
      —————-
      The point is made with no evidence to back it up, just theory. The bible does however show the opposite in that the family WERE actually poor.
      Jesus was a firstborn male that had opened the womb and Leviticus 12:8 required any family with money to sacrifice a sheep to God. Only the poor were allowed to offer a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons in its place if they couldn’t afford it. You can read in Luke 2:24 what they bought to offer…
      Sorry, but knowing who the child was, I doubt they were robbing God in the offering. They were poor…

      • Daniel King

        You make a good point.

      • chipgorman

        For that matter, on the same point, where do we read that Mary had a donkey? It’s in every picture book, but not in the accounts in Matthew or Luke. I understand that it’s in some early writings of the church, but it’s not scriptural.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Wow, Daniel–It’s not often you read on these sites someone who has actually drank the Kool-aid…so tell us:How rich are YOU?

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      1) I got a $50 savings bond when I was born, don’t have it any more.
      2)No one has any idea if Joseph was a carpenter or not, the Greek word means “workman’, he could have been digging ditches, hauling or cutting stone, NO ONE knows. You don’t know if he was renting a room or not, nor what it would have cost,nor whether or not they were going to rent a space from a relative. You obviously have no idea what accomodations were like in 1st c Bethlehem. Many people rented space in courtyards and khan enclosures along the road and pitched tents. Nor does it say they owned the donkey, even if they did, it might have been what he used for his work as a workman. So much for looking at your ‘facts’.
      3) You have no idea how much money was involved, nor the reasons just one person carried their COMMON purse. THis is called eisegesis.
      4) You also don’t know if no one noticed, Jesus of course knew everything and it is also written in the scripture that he stole.

      5) John 4.8 does NOT say what you say it means. It says they went to buy food.
      6) NO WHERE does it read that Jesus had a house, it says where he was staying, not where he was living, as you requoted Jesus himself said “…the Son of Man has no place to lay his head…” not even a hole in the ground like a fox.

      7) Putting a modern twist on things? In that day, you could be taxed on the very clothes on your back. You are dead wrong, EVERYBODY paid taxes, even the beggars paid from their proceeds.

      8) WRONG again, it is customary, still today even, among Jews to give a token to the poor at Passover, how you got “regular” from a single verse is described again as eisegesis.

      9) “ministry partners” That’s a nice prosperity ‘gospel’term. So if Jesus was so rich, why would he need them?
      10) his clothes were so “nice”? Antother thing you DON’T know. From what we know of the time, this would have been his outer garment, a SINGLE piece of cloth. Everyone except the absolute dirt poor had ONE, in fact it was a necessary thing, so much in fact that if someone gave it to you for a pledge, you were to return it by nightfall, because it was also a blanket.
      11) When Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” that is exactly Basically what you have done is:
      a) call PLAIN teaching from scripture a “MYTH”

      b) twist scripture in order to prop up your spurious and uneducated premise

      c) eisegestically add your own opinion to the Word

      d) this is an outrage against the Son of God when you say “…In this SENSE, He became the poorest man in history, so that we could become rich…” So we could become rich with the transient treasures of the world?
      You are so very WRONG on so many different levels, you display a lack of education — willful? I don’t know, but there is no excuse for what you have decided you must “school” us on, you are propagating a LIE. And supporting a LIAR and a charlatan. AND FALSE DOCTRINE
      Before you begaan to twist scripture, you strted with this —
      “…However, those who teach the prosperity Gospel have a completely
      different understanding of the life of Jesus. Religious tradition has
      said Jesus was poor, but a look at the facts destroys this myth…”
      Point by point,
      1) prosperity, IS NOT THE GOSPEL
      2) there are NO different “understandings” no degrees of truth, there is the truth and there is the lie.
      3) The SCRIPTURE and NOT ‘religious tradition’ tells us Jesus was poor.
      4) You provided NO ‘facts’ whatsoever.
      The amount of time you took to find proof texts to prop up your lie astounds me.
      5) if you believe what you wrote, then you are a LIAR and the truth is NOT in you.

      • Daniel King

        “You say potato, I say potato.” Obviously, we have a different interpretation of Scripture. Perhaps we won’t know for sure until heaven whether God wants His children to be wealthy or poor. I’m sure that as we walk along the streets made of gold that we will have some interesting discussions.

        • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

          WRONG AGAIN. You weren’t interpreting scripture, you were using eisegesis to prop up and ‘prove’ your false doctrine.

          There is nothing ‘wrong’ in having wealth, yet there is ample evidence in scripture that ‘seeking’ after it is indeed wrong. These people play upon the greed of the unredeemed and promoting this filth as the ‘work of God’ is nothing but SPIRITUAL FORNICATION.

          You also failed also to answer any of my refutation of your so-called ‘facts’ I was quite detailed. You were 100% wrong.
          There is much, much more wrong with this ‘prosperity’ doctrine than this seeking after wealth, besides the fact that almost to a man (women as well) these false teachers have also proven beyond doubt that they are also false prophets. They teach much error on just about everything having to do with day to day Christian living. Hinn has been weigherd repeatedly and was found wanting. You don’t need to repeat the errors of Creflo Dollar again, there is enough false teaching going on as it is now. The only thing Hinn and his ilk do that is positive, is that they verify the scriptural accounts of the end times apostate church, nothing more.

  • squeeky

    Hinn and his kind practice smoke and mirror religion. This kind of excitement seems to draw the crowds. It would appear that a quiet, comforting personal relationship with our Lord is not exciting enough for some. My father in heaven “own’s the cattle on a thousand hill’s” but pouring $ into Hinn’s pocket is not going to prove it. My mother gave hundreds every month from her SSI check to Hinn and his kind as do thousands more. I find it sad that the sheeple can’t just trust in God for their needs but feel that they have to pay of a charlatan to have their prayers answered. Let me add that I am not against tithing to a legit ministry.

  • http://pastorwa.com Mdaya

    The Problem with most Americans (Who have influenced most of the world in terms of Christianity by the way) is that they have a democratic approach when it comes to God and matters of faith. Benny Hinn, inspite of his obvious shortcomings is being used by God to save souls, help people experience God’s presence, and teach a love for the bible. Which a majority of his critics ARE NOT DOING! I would bet he’s doing more to advance God’s kingdom than the author of this article

    • Mike Spencer

      Benny Hinn is not promoting anything but himself. I have watched dozens of his sermons that inspire nothing but pathos for is lack of Biblical erudition. He is a false prophet, a false teacher and a son of hell who makes his followers twice the sons of hell that he is. There is no light in the room when Hinn preaches. Those that go to his traveling snake oil shows are lost because they have not heard the true gospel and therefore cannot be saved.

    • Troy

      Jesus would be embarrassed to know that any of his “followers” had made $42M (and gave away well less than a tithe)claiming his name. I have no doubt that Benny Hinn has never made any followers of God (only God can do that, it is human pride to say otherwise even though Hinn has trumpeted his own effectiveness at doing so). The majority of his critics (even non-Christian critics) are generally much closer to the Gospel than he is. If God did not count every life as worthwhile, he would be worthless in my eyes.

    • mel mariner

      He mixes the occult in and that will not save souls. People that are attracted to his preaching are looking for something besides salvation. Jesus is not a leprechaun with a pot of gold for those that will chose Him. The people that are blinded by this greed are attracted to greed. That isn’t repentance. He tells people that they can become like God and speak things into being. There was someone else that started that lie in the garden. How can he save souls with the lies of satan?

    • Helk

      I am not American so I suppose I am above that criticism…
      I would agree with you if Hinn actually preached the gospel. You can preach the gospel for the wrong reason but that would be a tolerable evil. To preach another gospel, which in not the gospel is not to advance the kingdom. Whoever, is not with the gospel is against the gospel. In fact it is far better to not preach than to preach untruths and false gospels. Far better to lead no-one to God than to lead many to hell.

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      Benny Hinn is doing NOTHING to ‘help’ God saves souls, it is not the presence of God people are experiencing in those meetings either, there are plenty of demons however to help Hinn SPIRITUALLY FORNICATE with people. Hinn does NOT have ‘shortcomings’ it is obvious, outright, in your face BLATANT SIN.
      How is teaching a ‘love for the bible’ when he does is to twist and wrest the scripture? Explain that.
      You say,”…I would bet he’s doing more to advance God’s kingdom than the author of this article…”
      And how is that? Is he advancing God’s kingdom by making a mockery of God? That’s a bet you have already lost.
      Benny Hinn is advancing his OWN personal little kingdom, and if he does not repent, he will perish with it.
      By the way the majority of his ‘critics’ are following the CLEAR COMMAND OF GOD to EXPOSE THE WORKS OF DARKNESS.
      If you honestly believe that the presence of God is Hinn’s meetings, that he is ‘saving’ souls, advancing God’s kingdom or has any love for ACTUAL scripture, then you are DECEIVED and will perish along with other unbelievers.
      This is NOT a difference of opinion, this is fact and supported in scripture. WAKE UP!

  • http://CalvinistJaneway.wordpress.com Calvinist Janeway

    How I feel after reading this article:

    • Kinema01

      I love the doctrines of grace and I love Voyager. I don’t even know YOU and I love you.

  • maureenkj

    Back in the 90’s our Christian college was contacted to allow the students to be backstage help. They helped healthy people into wheelchairs right before they were wheeled out on the stage, to be healed under Benny Hinn’s authority. They of course walked off the stage because as the author said, Hinn is in control of everything.

    If Hinn has the words of Truth, it will be true everywhere at all times. I cannot see these words of prosperity promise making a lot of sense in the projects of any large city. How about a brothel in … well, anywhere. Can he bring this message to enslaved girls and claim it’s God’s truth? What about persecuted Christians in the middle East? Will these words of promised prosperity rise to the level of the needed presence of God?

    • regina

      Why wasn’t this reported when he used healthy people to pretend? Why wasn’t this known? It should have been. You should write an article on this and send it to many blogs and churches that support Benny.

      • Forgiven Girl

        There are numerous reports and articles available like the one you are asking about. The information and documentation about the false claims of Benny Hinn and others like him are readily available from multiple sources with a simple Google search. Many people, despite all reason,evidence, and scriptural authority, simply will not believe the truth about these guys, no matter how many credible articles and blogs are written denouncing and exposing their trickery and unbiblical teachings.

      • maureenkj

        Some of the students who were at the conference came back to my husband (a professor) just confused and let down. They were young in their faith and never imagined such a scam could happen in the church. I don’t write about it because its not my story – we did what we could with the students that came to use for help with their disillusions.

        • mel mariner

          Why did the college even let themselves be a conduit?

          • maureenkj

            I’m with you – why go there when one can be useful in the Kingdom in a million other ways? We only stayed at that college one more year.

  • Shawn Wiggins

    Deuteronomy 13 – Says it all!! Mr. Hinn is lucky these are not days ruled by Biblical law – he may find himself under a pile of rocks!!

    • Helk

      If he doesn’t repent, his end will be far worse and he’ll beg to be under a pile of rocks instead…

  • http://www.life-signatures.com Lawrence Namale

    Tell me you didn’t go to the crusade with a preset mind mirroring what you just wrote…in other words, was there anything positive to report or it’s all shambolic like you are reporting?

    • Troy

      There is nothing positive at all when it comes to Benny Hinn.

    • mel mariner

      The positive is Ephesians 6:10-18 served to protect her that day.

  • Moomer

    Just more of Simon the Sorcerer’s work. Acts 8:9. His “heart is not right before God. Repent therefore of this wickednesss…”

    These sort practice sorcery but dress it up for gullible sheep. Once again, the unbeleiving world sees it for what it is (PTL mess) but so many sheep offer themselves to the wolf. These sheep are kept immature in their faith, like infants demanding to be fed now! They need a mature theology of suffering.

  • regina

    HInn will not prosper in hell, for that is where he is going. He is lying, greedy, and a con man. Willfully.

  • stefanstackhouse

    The good news about America: We have freedom of religion (so far).
    The bad news about America: It has thus become the mother of false teachers and prophets (their names are legion).

  • http://timfall.wordpress.com/ Tim

    You lasted two and a half hours, which is about two hours and twenty nine minutes longer than I would have. I admire your fortitude. I also admire your post here today. Well said all around.

  • ebayjim

    I attended a Hinn ‘service’ to watch this huckster in action. Same thing — two hours in and still no message or healing. After the money buckets were passed one time, Hinn said that there were some among us who were destitute; who did not have anything to give. He coaxed hands into the air of those who were there without any ability to give. He then commanded those standing near the hand raisers to give them some money so they could give as well. The buckets were passed once again.

    The thing that struck me most was the vast numbers of people present that were truly seeking a healing. The floor of the arena was lined with people in wheelchairs. I remember seeing rows and rows of conversion vans and mini-vans on the way in that had ‘handicap’ license plates.

    When I left (early; couldn’t deal with the chicanery any longer), my heart broke as I thought of those masses of people who would leave that arena still handicapped, with their wallets emptied and their faith shattered. If Mr Hinn does not turn from his sin and embrace Jesus Christ as His Savior, I shudder to think of the accounting he will have to give on judgment day.

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      How many of those in the wheelchairs actually made it up on the platform? Probably none, then the viewing audience might see him for the fake he is.

      • 4True

        I was at one in Portland OR and noticed that people in wheelchairs were ignored.

  • ecrugger

    I thought for sure this was going to be a column about the concussions he causes with slaps to the foreheads.

  • Kim Douglas

    I think Ezekiel 34 speaks to Benny Hinn and the many others like him, vs 2 “…Should not the shephards feed the flock? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.”

    Praise the Lord God that He is the Good Shepherd who seeks and keeps His sheep Eze 34:11-16, John 10:1-17, Ps 23, et al.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Thank Almighty God for souls like you, Kim, who hold fast to the Scriptures, and stand firmly on His Truth, when even professed”christians”are falling away from Holy Writ left and right! My own go-to verse, if you will, is Proverbs 3 : 5-6; Bless you, Kim, and pray for the saints–we need it!

      • Kim Douglas

        Thank you Laurence for the kind words and blessing, with all praise and honor to our Lord and King, Jesus the Christ! The precious Word of our Lord is our only hope and life and more than enough! Ah! Come Lord Jesus! 🙂 God bless you too, dear brother! Greetings!

        • Laurence Charles Ringo

          Greetings to you, dear( Sister? Brother? Help me out here, LOL!)–I cannot tell you how great it is to know that there are kindred spirits out there in the all-too-impersonal blogosphere! I was just so blessed to know that there is a remnant of saved, born-again, blood-bought, Spirit-filled sons and daughters of Almighty God; it may not be in our lifetimes, but I truly believe that the Lord our God is calling for perhaps one last revival of souls before…well, I’m no prophet, but you can see the signs of the times, as our Saviour spoke of. So, stand fast and hold firm to the Mighty Hand that holds you, dear Kim, and be blessed!! YOURS IN CHRIST, Laurence.

  • Cedric Hohnstadt

    Benny Hinn is a hypocrite. If giving to God yields such an increase, why isn’t Hinn giving away his *own* enormous wealth in order to reap the “blessing” he needs? The truth is he doesn’t live by faith at all. Instead he lives lavishly off the backs of poor, struggling people while he himself makes no sacrifices.

  • woodybailey

    Went to his church in the early 90’s one time while visiting in Orlando. I don’t remember anything he said except a couple times someone walked in front of him while he was “ministering.” To say I was unimpressed is a huge understatement.

  • http://eudaimonaiaclaughter.wordpress.com/ Francis

    “God is about to place a ton of seed in your hands”

    As the bishop said to the actress.

  • http://spiritnewsdaily.com/ Donovan Moore

    Does nobody ask the simple question. If the prosperity gospel works, wouldn’t Benny Give away his $40 million, so he could then reap the $400 million dollar blessing? just sayin. you can’t fix stupid I guess.

  • Lizzy

    Praise God that He delivers His children from the clutches of the wicked one. We should pray for the deceived that the Lord will open their eyes and deliver them from the evil of Benny Hinn. His net worth 42 million is made by larceny from undiscerning people who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ or His Word. The Holy Spirit will deliver some from Hinn’s clutches, but others are there because of their itching ears and greedy hearts. Protection from deception is not only the work of the Holy Spirit but the diligent work of the believer who rightly divides the Word of God. God bless you:)

    Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:2-4

  • Jennifer McKee Roussin

    Wow. He is waaaay out there. I’m glad I was never at any of his “services”. I’ll never go.

  • steve

    Material wealth in this world amounts to nothing if you die and lose ur soul, ive never really watched Mr Hinn but ive got a book of his which didnt feel right reading, all I can say is if hes an imposter then God help him because I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  • steve

    Material wealth in this world amounts to nothing if you die and lose ur soul, ive never really watched Mr Hinn but ive got a book of his which didnt feel right reading, all I can say is if hes an imposter then God help him because I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

  • Infamousapa 777

    Benny Hinn is a man God. Most of the comments here are from Calvinist and hyper reformers, who are just a branch of Rome.

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      Benny Hinn is NOT a ‘man of God’, and BTW I am definitely NOT a calvie. I offer that most of the comments here are made by bible believing individuals who are not deceived by the ungodly and unbiblical antics of this charlatan. Perhaps you’d care to defend your blanket and untruthful accusation. Perhaps give some evidence as just how Hinn is a ‘man of God’ since you offered no substance and ignored the biblical stand and evidence contrary to your erronious and LIBELOUS statement.

  • Mr D

    I am a guy who has been tangibly touched by the spirit of the Lord in his
    crusades many times. After which I was over shadowed by the spirit of
    the Lord. When I prayed for others and the power of God moved tangibly.
    For me even though I have had all that, I agree with all your statements
    of confusion. I used to go to larry huch, benny hinn’s friends church.
    He prayed a warning curse on me, when he was in the wrong I realized
    something was really off because it didn’t match my thoughts or had to
    do with anything I did. If God was with him and backed everything he
    did as the prayer went, a Omnipotent God would of told him the correct thoughts I was
    having. The truth is I was homeless suffering in the snow I could of
    died and with no job so I had NO $ to give huchs campaigns. Huch was way
    off about me. On the net I found out huch lost a million dollars for
    his new church in the stock market. I felt better about my thoughts
    about his many sins after that. I refuse to go to any prosperity churches, most
    spend the money on themselves. But I still can’t forget the many
    objective encounters I’ve had at Hinns crusades. I’m so abhorred by what
    huch has done to me who is 1000 times worse then hinn, if hinn really is
    wrong. I won’t ever tithe again. I’m about give and it will be given.
    Nothing more. So your correct to me in saying “Could it be that God is
    using Benny Hinn for the salvation of souls? In a
    small, but significant and confusing and flustering way…” I could
    rant about all the dynamics and dire problems I have had due to these
    fleecing the flock teachings but in huchs church services. The doctrine is all
    really a hard evil structure to deal with for everyone so sadly I agree… : /

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      Benny Hinn had NOTHING to do with it.

  • Jerry Dodson

    Superb essay. Couldn’t have said it better. I’m sharing this one all over the web.

  • BP

    Matthew 7:23
    And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  • BP

    21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  • LittleOne

    I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth(Christendom); and he had two horns like a lamb(Jesus), and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast(Western world) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

  • LittleOne

    I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth(Christendom); and he had two horns like a lamb(Jesus), and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast(Western world) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

  • Franco Arrellano

    I just made a Security Escort for this whole ministry in Puerto Rico and I have never ever seen a more conceited, haughty or disrespectful person than this Pastor. It was a very nasty experience.

  • Shebango

    Just another sad instance of how so many are drawn in by the fairytales and myths of religion while carpetbaggers and hucksters like Hinn shamelessly exploit those who are weak and vulnerable.

  • NathanExplosion

    I love Benny Hinn. He is a true Christian.

    • Chris FitzPatrick Sr.

      How is this? Have you not read a single word of your own bible? Have you not even read this article?

      • NathanExplosion

        I tried to share you a link that shows how great Benny Hinn is, but this site doesn’t like youtube links apparently. Oh well. Maybe next time!

  • Ivan Putz

    I found this article yesterday after hearing about Creflo Dollar’s request for his congregation to buy him a new jet. My wife and I blindly sat under a pastor for nearly a decade who was a prosperity gospel teacher. For the last four years we’ve been in a healthier church where the gospel of grace is taught and explained in context and building relationships with other believers is encouraged. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to comment other than it’s been very difficult for my wife and I to move past the hurt we experienced at our old church when our eyes were opened to what was happening there. God bless you.