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Benny Hinn - Truth or Consequences?
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Benny Hinn - Truth or Consequences

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HINN’S TEACHING . . .

Benny said, "Within me is a God-man…The Spirit man within me is a God-man…I’m a God-man."[16] "Are you a child of God?

Then you are divine!…Then you’re not human."[17] "When you say I am a Christian, you are saying ‘I am a messiah’ in Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth…"[18] "You know what your last name is? Jehovah! So I’m Benny Jehovah!"[19] Numerous statements have been spoken while under his "anointing," even, "If we quit giving you new revelations we’re dead."[20] This approach became the modas operandi of the Benny Hinn ministry which makes it the enigma it is today. On the nature of God, Benny said, "God the Father, ladies and gentleman, is a person and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost... See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person; but each one of them is a triune being by himself. If I can shock you and maybe I should, there’s nine of them! What did you say? Let me explain. God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul and his own personal spirit body. You say, I never heard that! Well, you think you are in church to hear things you heard for the last fifty years?"[21]
     Afterwards on the TBN Show, Paul Crouch tried to correct his error. "You have been attacked too on statements that you have made concerning the trinity and the members of the Godhead. How many are there in the Godhead?" Benny responded, "Three!" Crouch said, "Three." Benny, "Simply three?" Crouch said, "Not nine!" Benny, "No, goodness!" (Benny then laughed at the ridiculous prospect). Crouch asked, "Where did that silly charge come from?" Benny responded, "This thing has almost become comical. Paul, here is what I believe. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost - three separate individuals, one in essence, one in work, and may I add, each of them possesses his own spirit body. That’s what I believe."[22] (Crouch seems to have forgotten then Hinn taught this on his own program!) What is said under the alleged anointing of God is dismissed by humor and corrections to hang on to credibility. Hinn’s explanations are still problematic and erroneous regarding God’s nature. He is still not orthodox in doctrine. The persons in the Godhead do not all possess spirit bodies. God, having three personalities, subsists in one essence as the one God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are indivisible.
     It is good that he acknowledged problems and dropped this and other teachings. Yet we must remember the position Hinn claims, speaking while "under the anointing" as the revelation from God Himself. He would say, "I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me." This is nothing less than modern gnosticism, immediate revelation from the Spirit that supersedes the Scripture. This characterizes his operation in ministry. How is this kind of phenomena different than the Mormon prophet changing his mind over polygamy or the black people receiving the priesthood? How can anyone justify criticizing Mormons who believe God the Father and the Holy Spirit have their own separate bodies and still "touch not" the various TV evangelists who promote the same spiritual errors?
     What people need to ask, when someone has so many off-base, unbiblical, and distorted doctrines on the nature of God is how can he be operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit? Since Mr. Hinn changed his mind from "the Jesus in hell" doctrine and his confusion over the Godhead, there has been no difference in the way he conducts his crusades. The very same manifestations that happened when his so-called "anointed" words were not from a heavenly source still occur now.
Therefore does God honor false teaching, especially having to do with His own nature? Why did the pseudo-Christian doctrine never diminish any experiences? If God approves of Hinn’s teaching by empowering him with His Spirit, how can we possibly distinguish the false from the true that arises from the cults and varied religions? Doctrine does matter; it is our straight edge ruler to truth. Scripture admonishes us all to adhere to the doctrine of Christ in the apostle’s teachings (1 Timothy 4:13-16offsite; 2 John 9offsite; Romans 16:17-18offsite).
     Benny Hinn continues to make statements about revelation and experience that are questionable at best. In the summer of 1974, he claims that he was awakened from sleep by a seven foot tall, three foot wide, black-robed figure that he describes as Death. It tried to choke him. Benny claims that he had an out-of-body experience at that moment. He sat up in bed and from the hips down he was still in his body; but from his torso up he was out-of-body. Therefore he could see everything clearly, including Michael the Archangel. He saw many angels come in to do battle with the angel of death creature. He claims that these kind of extraordinary spiritual experiences happen to him all the time. He said, "Angels would appear in my bedroom at night and just stand and look at me…I would even see little boys in my bedroom with little white robes."[23]
     On the TBN Network Hinn described his victory over the "demon of poverty." He claimed a vision, saying, "I woke up one night and saw a man in my bedroom...the spirit of God said, that’s the devil of poverty." Benny said, "I rebuke you in Jesus name." Then he said the Holy Ghost corrected him saying he was doing it wrong; he needed to say, "It is written." Then he said, "When I did that, that thing vanished. And from that day til’ this...I’m telling the truth I don’t have debts." That part is believable! Most celebrities and national figures can equal his claim.
     Benny Hinn speaks of many other experiences given over the TBN Network. For example, he said that the Lord was in front of him and when he moved his arm so did Jesus. When he moved his foot so did Jesus. This continued until they walked together and they merged becoming one. Incredible! This "Christianity" is more at home with New Age Occultic experience than with the Christ of the Bible!
     Again he said emphatically, "I remember a man in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, that turned into a snake before my very eyes and 2,000 people saw him." (Impact News). Later on TBN he corrected the statement and changed the story to he slithered like a snake.
     Another time on TBN he described a Roman Catholic communion he partook in. Benny started to feel numb. He said someone stepped in front of him until the sensation became so real that he reached out and touched the robe which had a silky feeling. He went on to say, "I was feeling the actual form of a body." Then his own body went numb. Benny concluded that God gave him a revelation and "when we partake of the communion, it really is Jesus and He heals your body. So how can you stay weak and sick?"[24] This is promoting the Roman Catholicism view of transubstantiation and the Bible teaches something very different. If you do not take communion in the correct manner, you actually become weak and people become sick. Some have even died being judged for not considering the body and the blood of the Lord (1 Cor.11:30offsite). Scripture mentions no healing from taking communion! Benny’s upbringing in a Roman Catholic school appears to still hold a big influence on him today. Prophecies were also given by Benny Hinn. On December 31 of 1989, he said, "The Lord also tells me…about ’94 or ’95 no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America…" Time certainly is the enemy of a false prophet.

Hinn's Crusades . . .

     While on stage, Benny Hinn uses suggestive thoughts to set the atmosphere like, "It’s special tonight!…This is an unusual anointing!…There is power here!…This is the best crusade ever!…His presence is greater here!…It’s like no others!" These became spiritual clichés of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work among them. People then become enamored with what God may be doing in their midst.
     Why do people come in great numbers to experience Benny saying, "TOUCH!" Is it so they can fall under the power? In my opinion, most spectators do not have an exciting walk with the Lord, so they go to see and feel something. Scripturally, we do not find anyone following Peter or Paul for their miracles. Those who tried this with Jesus were rebuked. People attending crusades today testify how they knew they would be healed if they came, so they travel from several states and countries to be present. After people are introduced to the worshipful atmosphere and preparation through suggestibility, the evening rolls out at an exciting pace. They hear,
"Look at this! This is wonderful! Oh, there is power here!" Hinn keeps insisting that it is Jesus who does the miracle, yet it always flows from Hinn himself. If the miracle really were from God, Mr. Hinn would not have to touch people or throw the Spirit upon them. God is very capable of touching people since He is already resident inside believers. However, this new Pentecostal movement of the anointing is transferred by touch (impartation) from one person (the anointer) to another (the anointee). The source for all of this comes from The Latter Rain teachings of the late 40’s.
     Benny Hinn is so infatuated with Pentecostal power and his mentors, Aimee S. Mcpherson and Kathryn Kuhlman, that he even frequents their graves. He said, "One of the strangest experiences I had a few years ago visiting Aimees tomb in California. Friday I am going to visit Kathryn Kuhlman’s tomb. It’s close by Aimees...I felt a terrific anointing when I was there...I trembled when I visited Aimees tomb. I was shaking all over; Gods power came all over me. I believe the anointing has lingered over Aimees body. Someone asked me how is it you can feel the anointing around a tomb? I have no idea man, but I sure felt it. Your gonna feel the anointing...I’ve heard of people healed when they visited their tomb...What a crazy thing. Brother there’s things we’ll never understand."[25] Yes, it’s crazy and I don’t understand how he can promote this nonsense. Do we get the anointing and healing from dead people? Let me ask you, who goes to cemeteries? If what he is saying is true, maybe we should all move to the cemetery and have church! The problem is, this is not an anointing from Jesus. Friend, you can’t even get the anointing from another person when they are alive, so how in the world would you receive it from them when they are dead? No wonder he has no idea how this is possible; because there is no scriptural validity for his "experience."

 
 
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