Exposing Benny Hinn

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by ArcticFox, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. ArcticFox

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    Hello,

    I'm currently working to put together a comprehensive, biblically-based analysis of Benny Hinn and his ministry (and such like ministries). My goal is to expose the falsehoods, such as the false doctrines, false prophecies, strange and even unbiblical practices, and so forth.

    I'm looking for whatever information any of you may have in which could assist me. I've done the usual internet search and come up with a plethora of sites, and am looking for things that I might not have been able to find with an internet search.

    I also want to be in accord with the Bible when we are told to be gentle to all, humbly correcting those who are in opposition (2 Timothy 2:24,25), so I'm trying to put this together with as truthful an approach as possible [​IMG]
     
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    An excellent book on Hinn is The Confusing World of Benny Hinn by G. Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman, published by Morris Publishing, May 1999 (seventh edition)
    ISBN 1-885591 -94-2

    Hope that helps.
     
  4. Molly

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    Another great resource on the Charismatic movement is John MacArthur's "Charismatic Chaos". I highly recommend it as an overall picture of what is so unbiblical of the whole thing. It is not about Benny Hinn,but it covers alot of the issues around his ministry.
     
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    The resources already mentioned are all good, but I would suggest one more. "Christianity In Crisis" by Hank Hanegraaff is well-written, easy to read, and exceptionally thorough. If you wanted to do a group Bible study, there is a Bible Study guide available that goes with the book.
     
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    Hank Hanegraaf has another book about Counterfeit Revivals that will be helpful also.
     
  7. John3v36

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    I have read both of the above books by Hank Hanegraaf and they are both very good.

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    Also try www.equip.org

    It is Hanegraaf's website and has an excellent search feature for a lot of subjects like this.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Luke 9:49  And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. [50]And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

    Jesus said it - not I.

    I have little use for Benny Hinn, but in all honesty I have to ask myself; regardless of his credentials, methods, motives, intent, etc., who has done more good for Jesus - Benny Hinn or me? I know you all who are being judgmental here probably don't have those thoughts....
     
  10. ArcticFox

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    Hi Jim,

    A good quote to keep in mind, but it does not assuage the following passages:

    Matthew 7:22-23 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.

    Deuteronomy 18:21-22 And if you say in your heart, How shall we know the word which Jehovah has not spoken? (22) When a prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah, if the thing does not happen or come about, that is the thing which Jehovah has not spoken; that prophet has spoken it proudly; you shall not be afraid of him.

    Deuteronomy 13:5 And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall die, because he has spoken apostasy against Jehovah your God, who is bringing you out of the land of Egypt, and has redeemed you out of the house of slaves, to thrust you out of the way in which Jehovah your God has commanded you to walk. And you shall put away evil from among you.

    Here's some New Testament stuff against false teachers and prophets and the severity of the situation:

    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    Acts 13:6-10 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name [was] Barjesus: (7) Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. (8) But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. (9) Then Saul, (who also [is called] Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, (10) And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, [thou] child of the devil, [thou] enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

    Check out how Paul dealt with the false prophet who was leading people astray? He called him a "child of the devil." I will not say such a thing concerning Benny Hinn. I don't want to be an accuser and don't want to spread hate. I will say what I know, that he is a false prophet and false minister (teacher), and from there I'll allow people to see what the Bible has to say concerning such.

    Remember, however, that we are called not only to be discerning (Hebrews 5:14, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Ephesians 5:10) but also to "judge" and to reprove them that spread falsehood (Ephesians 5:11, 1 Corinthians 5:12, 1 Timothy 5:20). According to 1 Timothy 5:20, those who sin before "all" should be rebuked before (in front of) "all."

    Let's rightly divide the Word of God [​IMG] (2 Timothy 2:15).
     
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    And all this time, I thought that he just had a bad case of garlic breath! [​IMG]
     
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    I'll believe ol' benny boy when he can grow his own hair back. He's a hippi on one side and flops it over, no wonder he likes all those folks floppin' in front of him. BTW - If he is really healin' those folks why do they need those big guys behind them as catchers? Just some thots....

    Thanks -----Bart [​IMG]

    [ December 11, 2002, 01:30 AM: Message edited by: Bartimaeus ]
     
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    Seems to me like he should be going the rounds of leper colonies and healing them folks over there, and not on TV asking gullible people for their money.
     
  14. Roby

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    Just a query about methods. Arctic fox is carrying out an analysis of Benny Hinn. Shouldn't the initial post read:

    My goal is to investigate the alleged falsehoods, evaluate the doctrines, prophecies, strange practices, and so forth in the light of the Bible.

    The invitation should be not only to people with adverse material but to those who would seek to defend him.

    By the way, I don't hold any brief for Benny Hinn!
    The post reminded me of an exchange in a French Christian book shop:

    Customer: I'd like a book giving some objective information about the Toronto Blessing, please.
    Storekeeper: Certainly! Do you want it for or against?

    Roby
     
  15. Miss Maggie

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    I always found his custom made nehru jackets a little disturbing.
     
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    Benny Hinn?????? is he based in usa?

    yours, Jon.
     
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    Yes. Ack.
     
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    Taken from:
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    Christians Criticizing Christians: Can It Be Biblical?


    by Bob and Gretchen Passantino


    Mike Warnke, whose lucrative career careened through four marriages and more than one affair, says God will judge Cornerstone magazine for printing a report disproving his ex-satanic high priest "testimony" and exposing his moral lapses. Healing movement televangelist Benny Hinn says God will attack CRI president Hank Hanegraaff and his family because he criticizes Hinn and his Faith movement colleagues. Lauren Stratford's supporters charge Bob and Gretchen Passantino as agents of Satan because we published evidence that Stratford's best-selling testimony of satanic ritual abuse was false.

    When it comes to Christians criticizing Christians, the battle lines are drawn. But are the lines biblical? Is it wrong to publicly evaluate the teachings of a Christian pastor, expose the immorality of a Christian leader, or tell the truth about a popular Christian media figure?

    Evangelicals warn people about the false teachings and practices of the cults, which claim compatibility with Christianity and yet deny cardinal Christian doctrine. Our standard is truth and our judge is Scripture. Yet when apologists turn to false teachings within the Christian church, some evangelicals apply a different standard. Frequently heard objections include, "Jesus said it's wrong to judge," and, "Criticism is unloving and divisive." Christians who voice these protests fail their own test — they criticize and judge other Christians for criticizing and judging other Christians. Furthermore, these critics fail to understand that without such scrutiny, Christians are misled into heresy and duped by those whose public ministries promote false teachings and/or hide private immoral behavior. Careful, biblical criticism expresses true Christian love and affords essential safeguards to faith.

    Good discernment and moral accountability should be practiced among believers. The Old Testament establishes this pattern. Instructions concerning false prophets in Deuteronomy 13:1-5 assume the prophet arises from the congregation of Israel. People are admonished to banish idolatry from their families: "If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend..." (v. 6). Deuteronomy 13 instructs the Israelites how to practice good discernment within their communities: "You must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly." If the community is idolatrous, it must be dealt with publicly (v. 14). Psalm 50:18 states that one who sees a crime and doesn't report it has moral culpability.

    The New Testament continues the theme of good discernment within the believing community, most notably when the Bereans test Paul's teachings (Acts 17:11) and the Thessalonians are commanded to test all things (1 Thess. 5:21-22). Judgment is not excluded, but unrighteous judgment is. Jesus declared: "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment" (John 7:24).

    Jesus expelled the money changers from the temple, denounced the Pharisees and scribes, and rebuked the teachers of the Law. He reprimanded Peter in front of the other disciples (Matt. 16:22-23). Paul followed Jesus' example, naming false teachers in the church (2 Tim. 2:14-19) and openly criticizing Peter (Gal. 2:11, 14).

    When immorality occurs in the church (Titus 1:15-16), the Bible says to deal with it truthfully and constructively. The procedure for public leaders caught in false teaching or immorality is for them to be rebuked publicly "so that the others may take warning" (1 Tim. 5:20). A congregation member who sins privately against another Christian is not to be exposed publicly unless he (or she) persists in sin, in which case he is to be rebuked before the church and we are to "treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector" (Matt. 18:15-17). Paul followed this procedure concerning the Christian who persisted in sexual immorality (1 Cor. 5:3-12), and affirmed that judgment belongs to the church.

    Christian leaders are accountable to God's people, whom the leaders serve, and should be "above reproach," "respectable," and "able to teach" (1 Tim. 3:2). A Christian leader who is a false teacher or immoral should be rebuked to encourage reform (Titus 1:13), and cannot separate his ministry from his life, expecting God to bless his preaching while privately he sins; he is "disqualified for every good work" (vv. 15-16).

    Telling the truth about false teaching or immorality in the church corresponds with the ethics and truth which are to characterize the church. The church is the "salt of the earth" and "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:13-14) only if characterized by truthfulness (v. 11) and righteousness (v. 16). The Christian leader has an obligation to "hold firmly the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it" (Titus 1:9). No Christian is happy when false teaching or immorality arises, but we cannot neglect responsibility for doctrinal and moral accountability.

    Christians sometimes are uncomfortable with criticism within the church because they assume that public criticism, since it is painful, is also destructive. On the contrary, the "pain" of biblically conducted confrontation produces individual growth (1 Tim. 4:16), encourages others to Christian maturity (1 Tim. 5:19-20), promotes church strength (Eph. 4:15), and preserves the church's reputation in the world (1 Pet. 2:12).




    This article first appeared in the Fall 1992 issue of the Christian Research Journal.
     
  19. ArcticFox

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    Hi Roby,

    Yes, if this were the initiation of an investigation then that would be a proper reading. However, this is the request for help in the completion of a compilation of information concerning the falsehoods of Benny Hinn's ministry (I've already established such fact for my own purposes using video and audio recordings of false prophecies).

    But your point is well taken, we should never start with a premise unless we have sufficient evidence of said premise. We should always be willing to accept the truth, whatever it may be, regardless of our preconceived notions and personal preferences. Thank you for the accountability, Roby!
     
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    Benny and company--pouncin' their paws all over the people--it ain't near as sad as the people who fall for it--"Hook, Line, and Sinker!!" You better believe we have a right to say they are wrong!!

    Benny is just livin' proof that the Acts accounts of Simon the Scorcer and the Seven Sons of Sceva---lives on!!

    Your friend,
    Blackbird
     

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