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Benny Hinn and Money

Benny Hinn's reliance of Word-Faith theology naturally includes promotion of that movement's so-called "Prosperity Gospel" (aptly referred to by some as, "Blab-it, and Grab-it").

The prosperity teaching works like this: a proponent will tell you that if you want God to bless you (with money, of course), you will first have to 'sow a seed of faith' (translation: send money to the prosperity teacher). God will then (have to, according to some of these cons) send you as much as a hundred-fold in return. Alternatively, or in addition, God will also owe you physical healing...

Of course this begs a question: If you can get money - up to a hundred-fold of what you give to someone else, why do prosperity teachers always ask for more money? If a prosperity teacher puts his money where his mouth is, he would be sending you money.

But there is a variation to the scam. The bottom line of Word-Faith theology is that if you want something, you have to speak or 'proclaim' it. According to Word-Faith teachers, Christians are not just God's children, but have by accepting Jesus Christ become like Adam who, af all, was created in God's likeness and was to have dominion over the earth.

In other words, according to this teaching, they have become 'little gods,' and just like God Himself they should now be able to speak things into existence. (Those who teach this also warn that speaking things into existence can be dangerous. In Word-Faith circles, saying that you have a headache is consider to be a 'negative confession.' In order to get what you want, you must make a 'positive confession.')

Again, if this trick really worked, those who teach it should never again have to ask for money.

Here's how Benny Hinn puts it:

Christians are 'Little Messiah's' and 'little gods' on the earth. Thus [Encouraging the audience]...say I am a God-man… This spirit-man within me is a God-man, say I'm born of heaven a God-man. I'm a God man. I am a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being. Say it! Say it! Who's a super being? I walk in the realm of the supernatural. Say it!...You want to prosper? Money will be falling on you from left, right and centre. God will begin to prosper you; for money always follows righteousness....Say after me, everything I ever want is in me already.
Source: Benn Hinn, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Dec. 6, 1990
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The Fifth Estate, Canada's premier investigative documentary program, has done a program on Benny Hinn:

Benny Hinn is also a proponent of the Prosperity Gospel or the Word of Faith movement. As is implied by the name "Prosperity Gospel" the supporters believe that faith works as a mighty power or force. That it is through their faith that they can obtain anything they want – such as health, wealth, or any form of personal success. However, this force is only released through their faith. According to Pastor Benny if a person expresses their faith by sowing a sufficient monetary seed into his ministry - that person will be granted divine physical healing.
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Benny Hinn is also a proponent of the Prosperity Gospel or the Word of Faith movement. As is implied by the name "Prosperity Gospel" the supporters believe that faith works as a mighty power or force. That it is through their faith that they can obtain anything they want – such as health, wealth, or any form of personal success. However, this force is only released through their faith. According to Pastor Benny if a person expresses their faith by sowing a sufficient monetary seed into his ministry - that person will be granted divine physical healing.

Under U.S. tax laws the Hinn Ministry is not legally obligated to makes its finances public because it is a religious organization.

Although most major American churches and ministries release financial information voluntarily there are no public records for how much the Hinn ministry makes or how that money is spent.

Benny Hinn insists that every penny is spent on God's work. But the fifth estate obtained confidential financial records from inside the Hinn ministry. These documents were provided by individuals who say they want the public to know how Benny Hinn spends the money entrusted to him.

The fifth estate asked Roddy Allan, a forensic accountant, to review the minstry's expense and travel records. He says, "I'm a mere bean counter, but it would be hard to persuade me that you had to incur that kind of expense in order to accomplish a business objective."
Source: Do You Believe in Miracles?offsite CBS News (Canada), The Fifth Estateoffsite Nov. 3, 2004
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MinistryWatch, a watchdog organization with an online database of profiles on more than 400 of the largest church and parachurch ministries in the United States, writes:

Fundraising material is one item that Benny Hinn Ministries is quick to produce and send in mass. Benny Hinn Ministries produces at least two lengthy written fundraising appeals a month. Fundraising material is generally spiritually/emotionally charged.

Fundraising speeches are also prominent in the healing crusades. For many people the healing crusade becomes an all day event, with the televised portion lasting up to three hours. Because of the lengthy performance, multiple offerings are easily taken for the same event. Cash offerings are sometimes followed-up with credit card offering envelopes. While the offering baskets are going around, emotionally led music is performed, with Benny Hinn sometimes admonishing his audience repeat phrases like, “this is my day to be healed”, and then talking of sowing and reaping in financial and health areas. Sometimes the offerings have a flare and feel of a healing lottery ticket.
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Financial Secrets


...Hinn has legal troubles too. Most recently a court battle has been waged between Hinn's ministry and its former director of security, a man Hinn's own lawyers, in court documents, asserted could destroy the ministry with what he knows. Both sides have sued each other. Hinn's attorneys have concluded, again in court documents, that the adverse publicity alone would likely cause the ministry to lose as much as 90 percent of its support.
Source: Fox 4 Investigates: Benny Hinn, Fox 4 Nov. 1999
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Faith healer Benny Hinn has gone to court to block his former security chief from disclosing financial secrets that an adviser says could destroy the television ministry.

The security chief, Mario Licciardello, is reportedly demanding money to keep silent about what he knows about allegations of theft and corruption at Hinn's Orlando-based World Outreach Center.

Licciardello, 50, is under a federal court order to say nothing for the time being.

Hinn's church sought the court order last month. Church lawyers claimed in a lawsuit filed last month that Licciardello had written a five-page letter outlining information he might reveal.

Hinn hired Licciardello, a private investigator, last year to investigate accusations of wrongdoing and corruption regarding the handling of money sent to the church and raised during international faith healing crusades, according to the lawsuit.

''Pastor has heard these rumors and has no proof they are true,'' David Brokaw, a spokes-man for Hinn, told The Orlando Sentinel.

Licciardello conducted sworn interviews with 35 former and current employees. The church demanded that Licciardello turn over transcripts of those interviews as well as notes of his conversations with Hinn and extensive dossiers compiled by the church on the personal lives of former employees.

The dossiers contain more than 700 pages of addresses, licenses, weapons permits, marriage records, property tax rolls and accident reports.

The dispute with Licciardello began in September when he accused church officials of destroying his reputation by conducting a background check. He agreed to a routine security check, as is required of all 360 employees of World Outreach Church.

An investigator gained access to old arrest records that Licciardello thought had been expunged, according to the lawsuit. The old court papers showed Licciardello had been arrested in 1967 in New Jersey and convicted of burglary and theft. He received a pardon but he may have served time in prison, the report said.

Outraged over the disclosure, Licciardello demanded an undisclosed amount of money for his damaged reputation or he would tell the media what he knew about Hinn's business, according to the lawsuit.

Based on missing documents and interviews, Licciardello's allegations would be devastating to the ministry, according to the sworn affidavit of Hinn's chief financial adviser, Tim Lavender.
Source: Benny Hinn tries to block disclosure of financial secrets, Associated Press, Dec. 10, 1998>
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See Also:
Where does world-famous televangelist's money go?, NBC, Dec. 27, 2002
Former insiders question what happened to some of the church money, NBC, Dec. 27, 2002


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• First posted: Feb. 2, 1997
• Last Updated: Mar. 16, 2005
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