Why Benny Hinn Became Our Wacky Neighbor

By John Bloom | 05/20/2008


If you drive west from Dallas, through the neo-moderne lunarscape of a pod city called Las Colinas, past a massive international airport on a denuded prairie, into the warren of faceless office buildings that make up cosmopolitan Grapevine, you'll never find Benny Hinn.

He wants it that way. The nerve center of his worldwide organization is tucked away in a group of cheap white nondescript buildings that look like the kind of domiciles favored by Mafia fronts on the wharves of New Jersey. Inside, several dozen employees process an estimated $100 million per year in donations from people who believe in Hinn as a sort of Elmer Gantry for the 21st century. (Obviously they didn't read the novel.)

Now go the other way, into the cul-de-sacs and barrios of deep East Dallas. On a dead end street next to a nursing home, in an expansive two-story house once owned by the Dallas mob, the Trinity Foundation works 24/7 trying to find out just how much money passes through Grapevine, where it comes from and where it goes, running undercover operations, infiltrations, spying, surveillance, the cultivation of disgruntled ex-employees, and even going through Benny Hinn's garbage in an effort to . . . well . . . to make him prove he's not a fraud.

"All we want is for Benny Hinn to make good on promises he made to me in 1993," says Ole Anthony, president of the Christian watchdog organization. "He promised he would stop airing fake healings, that he would medically verify all healings, that he would wait six months after the healing before putting it on TV, to make sure it was authentic. He said he would do all these things, and he's done none of them. It would also be nice if he would submit himself to a real theologian for examination. Some of his teachings are off the scale, even bordering on necromancy."

What the heck is Benny Hinn doing in Dallas?

Las Colinas
Las Colinas, TX

It's weird. It was weird when he announced he was moving to Dallas in 1999, pretty much abandoning his church congregation in Florida. It was weirder still when he announced that God had ordered him to build a $30 million World Healing Center in Irving, making it sound like a combination theme park and New Age miracle spa. The way he laid it out, it would be a sort of shrine to famous faith healers of the past, complete with "stereophonic statue gardens," as well as a Holy Ghost Mayo Clinic for the halt, the lame and the afflicted. I had visions of wheelchair-bound hordes being lifted off jumbo jets at DFW Airport and convoying their way over to Las Colinas, like pilgrims pouring into a Disneyworld version of Lourdes. Isn't this the kind of thing that belongs in Tulsa?

Fortunately, God changed his mind in the summer of 2002 and told Hinn not to build the healing center after all, even though he had spent two years collecting donations for it. (God was apparently vague about what Hinn should do with the money. The county tax assessor was less vague, telling Hinn it was unlikely that his tax exemption would survive theme-park ownership.) Hinn said it was just a timing matter. God wants the healing center, but he didn't want it right then. (Since the only other building the Almighty is known to have ordered is the Temple at Jerusalem, maybe He's just unimpressed with Irving.) Hinn finally said he would keep his headquarters in Dallas because the central location saves him money.

"Good," says Ole Anthony. "I told him it will save us money, too."

If anything, the move to Texas looked like an attempt to spread his operations over as many geographical jurisdictions as possible. For example, Hinn's TV show, "This Is Your Day!," originates in studios in Orange County, California, and airs in 192 countries, making it one of the most widely disseminated programs in the world. Hinn is so ubiquitous on religious TV, in fact, that you would assume by this point--35 years into his preaching ministry--that he would have become one of those household names, like Billy Graham, who's expected to lead the invocation at the Super Bowl and counsel the President and appear on The Today Show in times of national crisis. But the opposite is true. Hinn HouseAside from his twice-monthly appearances at his own choreographed "crusades," held in the largest sports arenas on the planet, Hinn is a virtual recluse, surrounded by armies of bodyguards, ensconced in an $12 million oceanfront hacienda in southern California, traveling by private jet for "snorkeling vacations" in the Cayman Islands, staying in $10,800 per night presidential suites in Italy, a $15,000 per night suite in Greece, and claiming a level of financial secrecy and paranoid internal security that's more often associated with drug dealers than men of the cloth. Hinn PlaneBy surrounding himself with yes-men and stage-managing every detail of his public image--even to the point of stiff-arming the occasional paparazzo who tries to photograph him--he has more in common with Michael Jackson than Jerry Falwell. He may, in fact, be the first Christian rock star. The analogy is not Paul McCartney, though--Benny's career is more like Cher, as he makes it up as he goes along, re-inventing himself whenever necessary.

He has no church. He belongs to no denomination. He's not even affiliated with any particular religion, although his buzz words indicate he tends to dwell on the freaky backwoods fringe of Pentecostalism. As recently as three centuries ago, he probably would have been burned as a heretic. (To give you some idea of his doctrinal strangeness, he once preached that the Trinity is actually nine persons, because each member of the Trinity--Father, Son, Holy Spirit--is also a Trinity. He also says that God and the Holy Spirit have real bodies, with eyes, hands, mouth, etc. Various theologians have trashed him, of course, for preaching "new revelations" directly from God that turn out to be, when examined, variations of thousand-year-old heresies.) He thinks of himself as a prophet (even when his prophecies don't come true) and, in one burst of grandeur, "a new messiah walking on the earth." He believes that the Biblical Adam flew into outer space, that when God parted the Red Sea he made it into a wall of ice, that God talks to him more frequently than he talked to, say, Moses, that a man has risen from the dead in his presence, that a man turned into a snake before his eyes, that angels come to his bedroom and talk to him, and that the only reason we're not all in perfect health, living forever, is that there are demons in the world, attacking us. He's expressed opinions normally heard only on schizophrenia wards, and he's done it in front of millions of people--and still they come. They come in such numbers that thousands have to be turned away, and even the ones turned away gladly give him their money.

What's going on here?

Benny Hinn says that what's going on here is that he was "anointed." It happened either at the age of 11, when Jesus first appeared to either him or his mother while he was living in Jaffa, Israel, or maybe 18, when he had a conversion experience at a high school in Toronto, or maybe shortly after that, when he took a bus trip to Pittsburgh to see the faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman. It's difficult to say exactly when it happened, or what form it took, because Hinn parcels out little bits and pieces of his background as it suits him, then embellishes the stories so that isolating any one event in his life is like puzzling through a 30-year-old KGB file. What we do know--because he returns to it time and again--is that a transforming moment in his life occurred when, as a teenager, he was assigned to take care of a crippled arthritic woman on a pilgrimage to see one of Kuhlman's healing services, and he saw the woman apparently lose all pain in her legs and "untwist," as he put it. Depending on how cynical you are, he had either found his holy calling, or discovered one of the oldest American carnie games. Ever since then he's been praised as a true miracle worker--Oral Roberts himself is his biggest fan--and debunked by various investigative reporters around the world, including 60 Minutes Australia, which concluded, "Benny Hinn is a fake. A dangerous fake. What he does is prey on the sick, the desperate and the gullible." (Trinity Foundation does most of the legwork for all the various networks and newspapers who have investigated Hinn. Of the Australian report, Anthony says, "Apparently in Australia you can just go ahead and say the truth out loud.")

Hinn is a peculiar sort even by the standards of the ongoing circus called American televangelism. If you look at the superstars of the past 25 years--Bakker, Swaggart, Tilton-- they're all of a type: WASPY extroverts with good looks in a sort of dime-store gigolo way. (Even Jim Bakker had that lost-puppy look that's so attractive to lonely widows. Older women living alone are the number one demographic group when it comes to sending money to television ministries.) Hinn, on the other hand, is short, slight, semitic, round-faced, and often sports a haircut that looks like a scoop of Rocky Road ice cream that's been knocked off the top of the cone. He reminds you of a discount Persian rug merchant, not a spiritual leader. He's a Palestinian with a Greek father and Armenian Turk mother, raised in a Catholic school along with eight brothers and sisters who were stuffed into a tiny two-bedroom apartment in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa. In Hinn's books he claims that his father was the mayor of Jaffa. As it turns out, Jaffa had no mayor after the year 1948, four years before Hinn was born. Like many factoids in the Hinn legend, this one seems to be a fib.

Hinn Yearbook

Toufik Benedictus Hinn, known to his family as "Tutu," didn't much like living in Palestine with an Arabic first name, so early in life he became Benny. He was not particularly noted by his classmates at College de Frere elementary school in Jaffa or, after the family emigrated when Benny was 14, at Georges Vanier Secondary School in Toronto. In his sermons and books, Hinn has portrayed his childhood as that of a social outcast, handicapped by a severe stutter, who was nonetheless a stellar student. But when G. Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman, two journalists who write for Christian publications, looked into Hinn's youth, they found that both claims were untrue: nobody remembered Hinn stuttering, and he had dropped out of high school after the 11th grade. The reason I use these particular examples--"white lies" that by themselves don't really mean that much--is to indicate how twisted Hinn's mythmaking can be. He invents things that reflect badly on him just as easily as he invents things that reflect well on him. Psychologically he can't stand the unadorned truth.

Occasionally, though, the enhancements expand into the land of the whopper. For example, Hinn claims to have preached at an all-girls Catholic school in Jerusalem in 1976 and "every single girl in that school got saved, including all the nuns." Since there's only one Catholic girls school in Jerusalem, Schmidt's Girls College, it was a fairly easy matter to question all the nuns who were there in 1976, as well as Father Dusind, who has overseen all religious instruction since 1955. The result? "This is nonsense, real nonsense," Dusind told Fisher and Goedelman. "It never happened and could not happen because a Charismatic healer or Protestant preacher would never ever be let in to talk to the girls."

Or how about the time Hinn went into a Catholic hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and healed everyone there? The way Hinn tells it is that he, three other Pentecostal preachers, and seven Catholic priests held a service together in the hospital chapel, where everyone went to work with "anointing bottles" and patients were healed instantly. They were then asked to lay hands on all the patients in the hospital's rooms, so Hinn and his "Miracle Invasion" team went down the hall healing people, knocking them down with God's power, until "the hospital looked like it had been hit by an earthquake."

The reality--easily confirmed by speaking to officials at Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital and the Gray Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who work there--is that no patients were released the day Hinn held a small service in the chapel and that, furthermore, "Mr. Hinn's claims are outlandish and unwarranted."

Crusade

Okay, so what? Benny Hinn isn't the first flamboyant white-suited evangelist to play fast and loose with "miracles," and I'm sure he won't be the last. What makes Hinn different is that, after moving to Orlando in 1979 and founding the Orlando Christian Center in 1983, he became the most famous--some would add, "and richest"--evangelist in the world. When he preaches in the Philippines or Africa, for example, it's not uncommon to have 500,000 people at the service. And they all come for the same reason: supernatural events, miracles, ecstatic emotional experiences. He refined his technique in the eighties at the Orlando church, which was the scene of loud frenzied charismatic services almost from the moment he opened his doors. Hinn would frequently speak in tongues--something he no longer does now that his services are televised--and issue wild prophecies and reveal divine messages given only to him, as he essentially incorporated into his own services all the techniques he learned from watching Kathryn Kuhlman. Soon the Orlando church became a mecca for the suffering, and by the time Hinn started doing organized crusades in the late eighties, he was poised to fill the void left by the spectacular crashes of the Bakkers, Swaggarts and Tiltons.

India

In many ways Hinn is a throwback to the tent-revival meetings of the 19th century. Short on scripture, long on enthusiasm, these were originally ways to carry the gospel to backwoods people who weren't served by churches, and the tradition was to collect a little money for the minister's traveling expenses at the end of the service. As time went on, the tent revival fell prey to shysters and carnie men, who discovered they could make a sizeable haul by stoking the emotions of the illiterate and making them feel like they were in the presence of miraculous events. It was a short jump from there to Aimee Semple Macpherson, the now discredited healer of the 1920s who, oddly enough, Hinn reveres as one of his spiritual predecessors. Macpherson was the first to take the tent revival nationwide.

This is not to say that everyone who held a healing service was a fraud--but the ones who made an entire career of it tended to be. There even developed a body of sleight-of-hand that survived well into the nineties, notably practiced by Dallas's own W.V. Grant, who can make a leg look like it's grown longer or shorter simply by manipulating the shoe with a deft magician's move. The healing service, almost from the beginning, was a strange mixture of showmanship, ecstatic worship, and magic.

Stage

Hinn's services, for example, follow a strict pattern that's calculated for maximum emotional impact and, not so coincidentally, maximum offering collection. From the time the crowd enters the arena, they're massaged with mood lighting, repetitive music, responsive chanting, group gestures, group singing, various forms of choral and instrumental entertainment, all leading up to the moment Hinn makes his entrance. The song sung for the entrance is "How Great Thou Art," making convenient use of an ambiguous personal pronoun.

"There's power here, people!" Hinn will typically say. "Lift your hands and receive it."

All dutifully lift their hands.

"You will be healed tonight!"

They sob and shout hallelujah.

"All things are possible to him that believeth!"

People

Hinn repeats this same sentence three times, getting a bigger emotional reaction each time he says it.

Chant, song, gesture, salute--all the classic techniques used to submerge the individual into a group. It works for dictators and it works for Hinn. But now that he's joined them together in hope, he adds a dose of fear.

He speaks of huge disasters coming to the world. He tells them of the strange times we live in, a sinful world that will be cleansed by fire and earthquake. And there's only one slim hope to escape: "Only those who have been giving to God's work will be spared."

As a violin plays, money is collected in big white plastic buckets. And as the ushers do their work, Hinn's voice turns soothing. "Nothing will touch you. No one will touch your children. Nothing will touch your home."

Although he never says, "Donate money or you'll die," he comes close. There is a constant theme in his preaching of the connection between "giving" and "healing," making a "faith vow" and "having your needs met." He comes within a hair's breadth of saying, "If you give me money, you will be healed." And the collection always occurs between his promise of healing and the actual healing session--the same way street performers save their biggest trick until after the hat has been passed.

Hinn Blows

Along about 10 p.m., when all the checks and dead presidents have been collected, Hinn announces that God is speaking to him. Sometimes he sees angels in the room. Sometimes he sees ugly demon monsters that are fleeing from the building. ("You ugly spirit of sickness, go out of this place! Let God's people go!") Sometimes he just feels the presence of spirits, or angels. Once he saw the whole arena bathed in golden dust. And then, as though his body has been taken over by a force he can't control, he starts running around knocking people over. Sometimes he knocks them over with his coat, sometimes by blowing on them, sometimes by pushing their forehead with his hand--but when he touches them, they fall over. As he does this, he calls out the healings--a brain tumor, a cancer, a crippled left leg--as though he's watching something occurring that the rest of us can't see. And then, one by one, various people are brought up onto the stage, and an announcer describes their affliction so that Hinn can lay hands on them and pronounce the disease vanquished. On an average night he'll heal about 80 people, in addition to the ones he shouts out in a sort of "wherever you are, you're healed" way.

No wonder Hinn needs bodyguards. Very few, if any, of these people are actually healed. And when they die, or their disease becomes worse, their relatives tend to become angry. For the past 15 years this has been demonstrated over and over again by various investigative reports conducted with the resources of the Trinity Foundation, beginning with an Inside Edition show in 1993 hosted by Bill O'Reilly and reported by Steve Wilson.

Just a few examples:

He claims to have cured three people of AIDS, even though the Centers for Disease Control have never seen the HIV virus leave a body once it's infected.

He healed a case of brain cancer on stage, even though Inside Edition followed up with tests that showed the tumor was still present.

He pronounced a woman cured of heart disease, and she was so convinced that she threw away her heart medicine. Questioned about it, Hinn said, "It's not my job to call their doctor."

The "cure" of a deaf woman turned out to be a woman who, according to her doctor, was not deaf in the first place.

The cure of three deaf boys turned out to be bogus.

A Houston woman who thought she was cured of lung cancer ("It will never come back!" Hinn told her) rejected her doctors' advice and care--and died two months later.

The heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield, banned from boxing because of a heart condition, went to a Benny Hinn crusade in Philadelphia, had Hinn lay hands on him, and gave Hinn a check for $265,000 after he was told he was healed. In fact, he passed his next examination by the boxing commission, but later his doctors said he never had a heart condition in the first place--he had been misdiagnosed.

Hinn claimed that God ripped the pacemaker out of a woman's body because she didn't need it anymore.

Hinn claims that a man in Ghana was raised from the dead on the platform. "We have it on video!" he says--although he's never produced the video.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Even sadder than the people who think they're healed are the ones so sick that Hinn's employees never allow them to be seen on stage. People suffering from paralysis, brain damage, dementia and the like--people who couldn't possibly make any "demonstration" on stage--are rejected at a screening session held backstage.

In two cases journalists have tried to verify all the healings at a particular crusade. For an HBO documentary called A Question of Miracles, researchers attended a Portland, Oregon, crusade at which 76 miracles were claimed. Even though Hinn had agreed to provide medical verification of each one, he stonewalled requests for the data, then eventually responded 13 weeks later--with only five names. HBO followed up the five cases and determined that a woman "cured" of lung cancer had died nine months later, an old woman's broken vertebra wasn't healed after all, a man with a logging injury deteriorated as he refused medication and a needed operation, a woman claiming to be healed of deafness had never been deaf (according to her husband), and a woman complaining of "breathlessness" had stopped going to the doctor on instructions of her mother.

Then in December 2002 NBC's Dateline tried to duplicate the HBO study. At a crusade in Las Vegas they counted 56 miracles. Of those, Hinn eventually provided data "proving" five of them. Four of those people refused to share their medical records with NBC. The remaining one, a woman supposedly cured of Lou Gehrig's Disease, had been misdiagnosed, according to her doctor.

There have been so many documentaries and investigations on Hinn--almost all of them orchestrated by Trinity Foundation--that they even have a common structure:

Here's what he looks like in action.

Here's what he claims to do.

Here's what his critics say.

Is he a fraud or is he a healer?

Let's find out.

Not much healing going on.

Okay, here's what Hinn says in his defense.

And one thing Hinn says in his defense--when confronted with evidence that someone claimed to be healed and then died--is that "The reason people lose their healing is because they begin questioning if God really did it."

This may be his cruelest teaching of all. If you're not healed--or, worse yet, if your sick child is not healed--it's your fault, for not having enough faith. It's at this point that Hinn's ministry almost passes over into the realm of primitive magic--i.e., if you want it bad enough, and you say the right things and feel the right things, it will come true.

As it turns out, though, the media investigations are the best thing that ever happened to Hinn. They made him more famous, and more recognizable, than religious TV ever could have. And since most of his audience is made up of the truly desperate--the chronically sick, the dying, people living with pain--Benny Hinn became one more "treatment" for them to take a shot at.

When the first investigation broke, in March 1993, Hinn must have thought his empire was about to fall apart. There was a nasty shoving incident at the Philadelphia airport with Steve Wilson of Inside Edition, followed by a damage-control campaign in which Hinn went on many radio and TV shows, and met privately with several of his critics, to admit that he'd made mistakes and vow that he would never again air "miracles" on TV unless they had been medically verified. "God has taken me by the neck," he said to his congregation. "I think I'm gonna stop preaching healing and start preaching Jesus." At the request of Inside Edition, Ole Anthony traveled to Orlando to meet with Hinn. At the only face-to-face meeting the two men have had, Hinn said he was reformed and that he intended to start medically verifying all miracles and holding them back from television for six months, so that they could be proven authentic. He even said at one point that worldly wealth was sinful--something you'll rarely hear fall out of the mouth of a TV evangelist.

If you study this particular year in his life–1993--he's remarkably consistent in his statements, very self-aware of exactly what errors he's made, very humble, very apologetic, very interested in getting "back to the gospel." He even says at one point that he'll stop doing healing services entirely. And most everyone believed him--including Inside Edition, in a followup report, and including Anthony. "I was disappointed," says Anthony today, "that a year later he was back to his old tricks."

By 1994, it was as though the soul-searching of the previous year had never existed. He geared up to be bigger than ever. He added crusades, he became more flamboyant, more theatrical, and the procession of "miracles" flitting across the TV screen every day continued unabated.

Slain-in

Apparently what he'd discovered is that scandal was good for business. Or at least this particular type of scandal was good for business. Bakker and Swaggart--he must have thought of them at some point--had been brought down by sex, which is difficult for the Christian world to forgive. Greed, on the other hand, can be overcome. Tilton had been brought down by money issues, but after a few years of lying low, he was back in action. This was a whole new type of media attention. The reporters simply said "Is he a healer, or is he a fake?" And because it was presented as an open-ended question, the crowds got even larger.

Fifteen years later, Hinn has become something of a media master. Whenever he's investigated now, he simply admits his "mistakes." He's especially fond of going on The Larry King Show at any time of crisis. He's also refined his view of what he does. He doesn't heal anyone, he always reminds the interviewer. He just creates an atmosphere so that God can heal people. By the time people get to the stage, they've already been healed by God, he says. If the healing turns out to be bogus, then the person was self-deluded. Besides, hope is a great thing.

He also says he has a doctor backstage now to counsel the miracle cases and encourage them to continue with their medication until the healing has been verified. This seems to satisfy the media, even though it amounts to an admission of his own inability to know whether someone is healed.

The image he presents to the faithful is the opposite, of course. To them he's a man possessed of special wisdom. He sees things no one else can see. He has conversations with Jesus that no one else has had. He witnesses the presence of God when no one else would be aware of it. And he constantly says his teaching is "new." ("You didn't come here to hear the same preaching you've been hearing for 50 years, did you?") Of course, to orthodox Christians, this alone makes him heretical. Far from being "new," they would say, the gospel is unchanged over 2,000 years.

But there's an even darker side to Hinn and his organization. In 1998 two members of his inner circle died of heroin overdoses. In 1999, after one of his many vows of reform, he fired several board members and hired an ex-cop named Mario C. Licciardello to do an internal investigation of his ministry. Licciardello was the brother of Carman, who is sort of the Engelbert Humperdinck of Christian singers, so many think Hinn considered him "safe." But Licciardello did such a good job--taking hundreds of depositions and getting to the bottom of the heroin use--that Hinn then sued him. While Licciardello was still his head of security, Hinn’s organization filed a lawsuit demanding that all his files be turned over and sealed, because their public release could result in the end of the ministry. Licciardello was a police investigator with 25 years of experience, and he felt like his whole career was being smeared, so he fought back with his own lawyers. His counsel continually tried to take Hinn's deposition, but Hinn fought him at every step. The judge, however, ruled against him and said that, if Hinn intended to enjoin Licciardello, he would have to make himself available for questioning.

On the very day that Hinn was supposed to give his deposition in the case, Licciardello had a mysterious heart attack and died. The Hinn organization made an out-of-court settlement with Licciardello's widow, which included sealing the court papers.

The U.S. Attorney in Orlando had seated a secret Grand Jury to investigate Hinn; but Licciardello was the chief witness. After his death, Hinn was no-billed.

Hinn Cover

Hinn runs the largest evangelistic organization in the world that is not a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. That means his finances are private, his salary is secret, and his income is anybody's guess. Royalties from his books alone are estimated at $500,000 per year, but he essentially has carte blanche to take anything out of the till he wants. "He lives the lifestyle of a billionaire," says Ole Anthony, "all on the backs of false promises and selling false hope."

As Hinn put it himself, in a moment of rare revelatory candor, "I don't need gold in heaven, I gotta have it now."

During 1993, his one year of "reform," he talked about being stung by being portrayed as a millionaire and how he wanted to be "more Christ-like." His solution: "The Lord said sell the Benz and the watch."

He got rid of his Rolex and his Mercedes. Notice he didn't give them away. He sold them--and then replaced the Mercedes with a $65,000 BMW. This is what God told him to do. And who better to know what God wants, because Hinn, after all, is only the third person in the history of the universe to have actually seen God and lived to tell about it. God, he says, is 6-2 or 6-3, with long hair of a light brown color, and eyes that can look right through you.

So what is Benny Hinn really doing in Dallas? He's having conversations with a God who thinks about Rolexes and luxury cars a whole heck of a lot. God really did pick the right city, didn't he?


Comments(407)

GARY | 02:56 am on 5/21/2008

Great great article.
Benny preaches a false gospel. Not Paul the apostle's gospel.
Congratulations on exposing a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Love the part about his ridiculous hairdo.
Please encourage Senator grassley to NAIL HIM.
He should be in prison.

Bodil | 05:30 pm on 5/24/2008

Hinn and many others are exposed as false teachers and we are glad! But STILL people belive in them as Gods teachers!The Lord is so clear about the last days about deception and false messiahs so He gave us this commandment: watch and pray!(luk.21:7)The blessing out of that is discernment, to discern good from evil. Jesus tells us to test everything but hold on to the good!(1 tess.4:21) Any one chooses to do God`s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own(John 7:17) These few, but many more, bibleverses teach us how to avoid the devils schemes. Why are they written? A loving father to his children: do not do that or do that! is for our protection. His deepest interest is to save his children home to eternity. But very sadly very few children of His own know his Word because they never spend time reading or talking to their Saviour! How can we as Gods children being protected and not being led astray when we take so easily on His commandments? What Bible teach us is to put down our own lives on the altar of God, to confess sins and to repent of them, so He can cleans us, prunes us- for the pure of heart shall see God(in their heart.matt.5:8) When we do that we are taken into a true fellowship with Jesus(slm 25:13)and that will protect us in the last days before his return. God bless you!

Anonymous | 04:58 pm on 11/16/2010

U KNOW I MUST SAY I HAD A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH PASTOR HINN, GOD SAYS HE WILL BLESS FOR HIS NSME SAKE, IF HE IS A FALSE PROPHET ,GODS BUSINESS, HE WOULD NOT BE THE ONLY ONE WOULD HE,THEY LIVE ON YOUR DOORSTEP PEOPLE,ALL MAKING PERSONAL BUSINESS OF THE GOSPEL. HIS SO CALL HIDDEN AGENDA IS MOST LIKELY IN YOUR CHURCH AS WELL, U CHECK IT OUT, ,DO YOUR PASTOR HAV A RELATINSHIP WITH THE SHEEP, HAS HE EVER OPENED THE BOOKS,DOES HIS DRESS CODES AND LIFESTYLE CHANGE AS PPL INCREASE , DOES HE TRAVEL MORE N MORE, DOES HE EVER VISIT YOU, U CHECK IT OUT 4 YOURSELF IF U SOWING IN GOOD SOIL,

ANONYMOUS2 | 04:08 pm on 12/15/2010

DID U ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE CAPS LOCK ,I DID TOO NOW I HAVE TO BUY A NEW KEYBOARD ,BECAUSE OR TO BUY A NEW COMPUTER ,BECAUSE IT'S NOT WORKING ANYMORE AND YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT BENNY HINN AND I'M TOO HAVING A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE RIGHT NOW.

Mishel | 05:16 am on 11/26/2010

Licciardello was a police investigator with 25 years of experience, and he felt like his whole career was being smeared, so he fought back with his own lawyers. Australia Air Travel

INNOCENT MAGEBA | 09:17 am on 3/23/2011

WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE FALS PROPHETS THE BIBLR TALKS ABOUT BUT THAT DOES NOT GIVE ANYONE TO JUDGE BENNY. I HAVE BEEN IN ONE OF HIS MEETINGS AND TO BE HONEST IS JUST AMAZING. BENNY HINN IS CALLED BY GOD AND DOING HIS WORKS. HINN CAN NOT HEAL THE SICK,IT IS GOD WHO DOES THAT AND FOR THAT SAKE YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT TO SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT MY PASTOR

Shane (Australia) | 05:07 am on 6/28/2008

the vulnerability of the desperate and ignorant is though regrettable - understandable, being taken advantage of by very well marketed nefarious delusional like Hinn can work on the soul at it's 'witts end'.. but the utter stupidity of Western naive realists, lost in the egocentricity of gratuitous calculated Christian hedonism, should sicken us all.
Monsters like Hinn don't take control, it is granted them. Granted them by the profligate morons immersed in the most insidious aspects of specious 'prosperity' teaching... But hey, if one prominent preacher has a shot at a Hinn, then the lucrative 'speaking circuit' may be impugned and it's generous gratuities for 'visiting' speakers diminish. Then the average 'joe' preacher starts missing out. Can't have that now can we?
As long as the negative attention is focused on a Hinn, the others don't have to pull their heads in, but continue to collect, and collect handsomely... WHAT IS WRONG WITH US.... Are we really that stupid?

I think not stupid, just stupids key components... lazy, greedy and selfish.

Father in Heaven, teach us to live Christ and give Christ.

Anonymous | 01:05 pm on 8/04/2008

"Not Paul the apostle's gospel" Um, don't you mean the Gospels fo Christ, as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Paul wrote letters.

Lawrence | 04:33 pm on 3/12/2009

The "Gospel of the Grace of God" is the gospel revealed to Paul (Gal. 1); he sometimes calls it "my gospel" for that very reason (Rom. 2:16). It is defined clearly in I Cor. 15:3-4, and it excludes all 'sacraments' and all religious works of any kind (Acts 15:11). It was never preached in the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John -- nor in Acts chapters 1-7. Paul said if anybody in this age preaches any other gospel other than the "Gospel of the Grace of God," let him be anathema.

Anonymous | 10:57 am on 2/15/2011

Haha, SNAP!!!

Jay Man | 09:40 am on 12/04/2008

Glad to see someone is willing to bring Benny's little secrets out in the open. Todd Bentley and Benny ought to purchase an Island and take some coolaid with them.

Phil Ghidinelli | 07:10 am on 9/28/2009

I don't know about an island. I think the moon might be a better idea.

Anonymous | 07:10 pm on 12/02/2009

hush!!!!!!!!!!1

Anonymous | 12:39 am on 3/10/2010

.......and why would anyone do that?

Anonymous | 12:44 am on 3/10/2010

..........coolaid's flyin' off the shelf these days.

Anonymous | 10:51 pm on 1/08/2009

Mr. King, I am writing this on behalf of my grandmother who has been an avid Benny Hinn "PARTNER" (monthly financial supporter) for over 25 years. She recently had a stroke and hospitalized in Indianapolis, IN. Her financial status has declined due to medical bills. So, I tried contacting Benny Hinn ministry and requested any assistance, both financial and spiritual. There has been no acknowledgement of any sort. So, evidently I have come to the conclusion he does not practice what he preaches. Nick

Anonymous | 03:18 am on 1/24/2009

Senator Charles Grassley gives Benny Hinn Ministries high marks for cooperation and financial transparency!

Specifically, the senator said, “Benny Hinn Ministries has engaged in open and honest dialogue with committee staff. They have not only provided responses to every question but, in the spirit of true cooperation, also have provided information over and above what was requested.”

1. The Senate Finance Committee Inquiry
In a continuing effort to cooperate fully with Senator Charles Grassley’s ongoing inquiry regarding the financial accountability of six major church ministries, World Healing Center Church (the legal name of Benny Hinn Ministries) delivered the completion of responses to the senator’s office on June 11, 2008, answering all questions thoroughly, comprehensively, and satisfactorily

2. The Internal Revenue Service Examination
In conjunction with the Senate committee’s inquiry, some have asked whether an international ministry that holds historic crusades, broadcasts daily around the world, and conducts global mission outreaches can also be a church in the strictest legal definition. We have a solid reputation of going above and beyond when it comes to our governance

Anonymous | 03:56 am on 2/05/2009

Open and honest pay offs!

Anonymous | 12:13 am on 4/27/2009

I am glad that Benny Hinn came out clean. This shows that we should not be the one who judges only God is the judge. Luke 6:37, Matthew 7:1

Anonymous | 01:29 am on 11/07/2009

What clean? wake up, or are you one of his rich emplyees?

Anonymous | 05:02 pm on 11/11/2010

Amen
Benny is the man of God

Anonymous | 12:45 am on 11/16/2010

you are a fool if you think he is clean you are a fool....

SaintBobbie Jean | 03:33 pm on 12/31/2010

Thank you for your report!!! Read Revelations from the NLT Bible. The rude deceivers were seriously punished, but as the people rejoiced in their calamity, the once victims received worst punishments. They were seriously judged and the once rude,False Prophets were forgiven and raised up again. Remember He who is Almighty will judge the preacher and those who use His holy name. Bad and good is mixed with the actions of those who do and say what they do. And we will never fully understand nor agree with the ways of the Holy one who made man with his mysterious wierd actions ......

Anonymous | 03:21 am on 1/24/2009

Senator Charles Grassley gives Benny Hinn Ministries high marks for cooperation and financial transparency!

Specifically, the senator said, “Benny Hinn Ministries has engaged in open and honest dialogue with committee staff. They have not only provided responses to every question but, in the spirit of true cooperation, also have provided information over and above what was requested.”

1. The Senate Finance Committee Inquiry
In a continuing effort to cooperate fully with Senator Charles Grassley’s ongoing inquiry regarding the financial accountability of six major church ministries, World Healing Center Church (the legal name of Benny Hinn Ministries) delivered the completion of responses to the senator’s office on June 11, 2008, answering all questions thoroughly, comprehensively, and satisfactorily

2. The Internal Revenue Service Examination
In conjunction with the Senate committee’s inquiry, some have asked whether an international ministry that holds historic crusades, broadcasts daily around the world, and conducts global mission outreaches can also be a church in the strictest legal definition. We have a solid reputation of going above and beyond when it comes to our governance
http://www.bennyhinn.org/emailletters/articledesc.cfm?id=3082

Anonymous | 03:52 pm on 2/23/2009

I agree he should be in prison. It is outright blasphemy how he claims God has given him some new revelation. I believe that all of these wolves in sheep's clothing should be jailed - Creflo Dollar, Paula and Randy White, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Mike Murdock, to name a few that I am aware of.

Anonymous | 07:12 pm on 12/02/2009

May the Lord forgive you, because of your ignorance you know not what you do In Jesus Name!

Anonymous | 04:14 pm on 12/15/2010

Thank you.

Anonymous | 09:37 pm on 2/25/2009

The bottom line is still the mighty dollar.
Anyone that takes 1.8 million dollars a year
as a personal salary, taken from the poor and needy,
specifically designated as 'offerings to God',
looses all credibility as a Christian in my books.
Amen.

BTW
So what was this about repeated private cayman island pleasure banking trips taken on a 12 million dollar private aircraft?

Anonymous | 08:17 pm on 7/19/2009

Why don't you leave the so-called poor who you say are been cheated to complain? Have they hired you to speak on their behalf? Or you are the only one who sees the trickery?

Anonymous | 02:12 pm on 11/26/2009

the "so called poor" are usually the very sick, and elderly. The very sick, aren't on the internet frequently because they are, well, VERY SICK.. and the majority of elderly people aren't on the internet because they don't know who to operate very well, and many, not at all.
When Hinn very first came out, I liked his passion. I was young and stupid.. now at age 34 , I look at him, and feel sick to my stomach. He has fleeced his flock.. A church is supposed to love, and take care of it's members. A leader is supposed to help, in the time of need. Why is he buying 12 million dollar homes, expensive cars, and jewelry..stating in hotels that cost more a night, than some people make in a year. Remember the saying , WWJD? I think , if Christ was here now, and had that sort of money.. he would be donating to appropriate charities, like feeding the homeless, battered shelters, helping families with terminal illness.. supporting medical charities.. I am not talking about his healing powers.. I am talking about what Christ would do with money. I seriously doubt he would be running out to buy Armani suits. If he were here as an Earthly man, making that kind of money, he would be making sure, that it was benefiting his flock..his children.

What would Jesus do?? I think he would tell Benny, take up my cross and follow me.. to leave his worldly goods behind. That is what he said to his apostles.

Anonymous | 02:31 am on 12/06/2010

Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel! And God Almighty said touch not my annointed and do my prophets no harm!
The Bible also instructs on what to think on lovely, pure, of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise think on these things. If you would Go and do likewise you would not have time to criticize.

Anonymous | 11:04 pm on 2/15/2010

So if those who have been ripped off dont complain, this means that others who see Benny Hinn for what he is, should just sit back and keep tight lipped about something they passionately believe is wrong?

What about those who thought they were healed and came off of their medication? One woman was told she was healed of lung cancer and refused treatment - that poor woman died.

Besides the sick and aged Benny Hinn victims who dont complain, there are probably others who dont complain because they may feel stupid that they allowed themelves to be sucked in by this con artist.

Delores | 04:56 am on 3/10/2010

I can see by reading these comments that Benny is indeed grouped with true men and woman of God.... if you know the Bible they also said Jesus was a false Phrophet... they even crucified him. But Praise God he has risen and lives in my heart... and Benny's and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.. and all the others everyone put down.
And by reading the article I can clearly see.. that the person who wrote it has never been to a Benny Hinn Crusade and knows nothing about the man,, is all hearsay... and very wrong heresay. I have been in many of his crusades. And they sure aren't as he protrays.
Also to those saying people were ripped off by giving into Benny's offering... first off I have never ever and as I said I have been in many of his crusades.. he never says if you give you will be healed.
Second.. if you are giving the money as unto God... as you should be doing... than how can you be ripped off.
Also if his books he writes brings in 500,000 a year... than why do you care if he drives a nice car etc... I have never heard people complain about the porno people who make a living publishing naked woman and porno.. no one complains about all the money they have. Yet how many serial rapers and killers say thats where they got their desire to be what they became.
Same as Jesus who went about healing and doing good was persucuted.. so are these men of God. People want darkness more than they want good.

Anonymous | 12:27 pm on 5/01/2010

there will always be those who dont like what others do...and crusifying, judging and condeming is not my place...God'sword is truth and tell me that I am not to do that, weather it may be true or not. I have gotten good knowledge and leadings from the books that I have read of his, no one is perfect, except the Lord..and everyone is open to attack at anytime in their lives..no one is better than another...we should not boast or judge, only seep the thruth of the word and witness and pray...this means for Others too...So if you have a problem with someong..you think justified or not, maybe some prayer would be ore loveing and productive that just slamming them...
WWJD

Come one....

The greatest law is to Love God and one another...has everyone forgotten that..??

Loredana | 10:58 am on 8/12/2010

Please, how can you refer to the producers and actors of porn to a Godly man in the same sentence. If Benny Hinn is anointed by God and this is true, then his ministry has an obligation to feed the poor, give to the needy, the widow and the fatherless. But, first his ministry should sell his possessions and share with his supporters according to Acts 4:32,34-35 (NIV). If a ministry is wealthy, and his partners have a need the ministry should help if they qualify and justify the need. Period!!!

lillyg | 05:15 pm on 8/27/2010

I believe we should give our 10% as instructed. However, I wouldn't just turn over my life savings account to one of these guys. We have seen too many rip offs. I certainly try to remember my sunday school lessons but I don't know about all of this other. I think more than not people are out for the almighty buck.

Anonymous | 11:06 pm on 2/15/2010

I second that AMEN!!!

Anonymous | 09:54 pm on 4/20/2009

Your attacks against Hinn have failed because the IRS has found his Ministry to be squeaky clean, and multitudes throughout the World who have been HEALED through his Ministry, have DEFENDED all these attacks you have made against Him and other Christian Ministries!

Before I get into the "meat" of what I'm going to say, I thank God for giving me the intelligence and common sense you lack. I have it because I obeyed what He said: to get it from His Word!

You lack the wisdom and common sense to know Hinn--like all other Christian Ministries involved in Evangelism around the World--need to have private jets to travel around in, because:

1) their Evangelistic Ministries would go bankrupt if they had to pay for domestic travel for their entire entourage they must travel with (that is part of their ministry), as often as they travel all across America and around our World;

2) they need their entourage of Pastors, musicians, camera men, equipment, etc. with them on the same flight so they can set up immedicately upon reaching their destinations;

3) food is no longer served on domestic flights anymore and even if it was, it would bankrupt their Ministries if they had to pay for meals to feed their entire entourage;

4) they need to be able to communicate with, pray with, sing with those who travel with them. Not only are domestic flights far too noisy to do that; it would be impossible to do that with seating arrangements as they are. Furthermore, no domestic airlines would allow "Christians Only" flights where they can do this;

5) they must guarantee the safety of their employees, I mentioned above, and no Ministry could do this traveling domestically, thanks to hate groups like yourself who pose as "Christian Ministries" so you can get a tax evasion, continuously stirring up hatred against them!

These are only a few reasons--and I can outline many more reasons--why Christian Ministries need to travel in their own private jets!

It is cheaper for them to hire their own pilots and stewardesses on their own private jets, in addition to the cost of jet fuel that it costs Evangelic Ministries to travel continuously around our World.

If they traveled domestically, it would eat up their entire budget, making it impossible to pay salaries to all those I mentioned above who are part of their Ministries.

It's obvious you know nothing about what is involved in Ministry. God has revealed these things to me because unlike yourselves, I happen to be one of His followers. God has also revealed to me it is because of HATE groups like YOURS--those who are JEALOUS of the huge Christian Evangelistic Ministries because you work for Satan instead of God--who are forcing these Christian Evangelists to live in expensive homes in remote areas which make it easier for their occupants to be protected and guarded! It costs them a fortune to pay for this protection. It wouldn't be possible to protect them in a regular neighborhood because not only would their neighbors not stand for security guards all over the place, they would not stand for the necessary traffic that goes to and from the homes of Christian Evangelists! It's for these reasons they must keep their families on their own property! Movie stars and other important people, including Legislators and our President, do likewise, yet you DON'T create websites to attack THEM for doing the SAME thing!

This need for protection is because of HATE groups like yours who would likely hire someone to assassinate them if given the chance. YOUR hate group and others like yours are WHY it's necessary for Christian Evangelistic Ministries to stay in expensive hotels who can and will provide the necessary protection to everyone in their entourage when they travel! No Christian Ministry deliberately endangers the lives of those who work for them, not only because they love their employees, but because the lawsuits would bankrupt their Ministries if they didn't protect their employees!

Satan and his demons don't have physical bodies, and as Jesus has warned us in His scriptures, Satan goes to an fro, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (possess)! It's obvious it's you who claim you supposedly are a "Christian Ministry" he possesses because you slander and spew hatred against genuine Christians who do serve God, unlike yourselves!

No, I don't believe you have the courage to post my letter because I have exposed what's really behind your so-called "Ministry", this front for your political agenda against Hinn: ANTISEMITISM! You know Hinn was born in ISRAEL, and despite the fact you know he's a genuine Evangelical Christian and NOT a JEW, you know he's still a part of God's CHOSEN PEOPLE! I hate to break it to you, so are us common folks like myself who love and serve God, whom God "grafted into" His family tree covenant He made with with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! He loves the JEWS so much He chose His Son to be born of JEWISH Earthly parents and for Wise Men from the far east to travel a huge distance to worship this JEWISH child! His Earthly parents had Him circumcized as a JEW when He was 8 days old; they raised as a JEW; they had Him BarMitzvahed as a JEW at 12 yrs.; his JEWISH Cousin baptized him; all His Disciples were JEWS; His first miracle took place at a JEWISH wedding in Cana; He was a Rabboni (JEWISH Rabbi) who preached in JEWISH Temples (and along the highways and byways); He held the JEWISH Passover for His Disciples the night that He was betrayed; Romans jeered Him and spit on Him, calling Him "King of the JEWS" and hammered a sign saying the same thing over His head on the cross Jesus was buried according to the JEWISH customs; and His JEWISH Disciples were the first CHRISTIANS (Messianic JEWS)!

I have come across many so-called "Christian" HATE sites identical to yours--who lie, claiming you are supposedly "Christian" sites--only to discover those on your Board of Directors are agnostics, atheists, members of a Religious Cults (including Wiccans), or are of some other nonChristian faith.

Jesus said His TRUE followers could be identified by "fruit". He told us to love everyone: the fact you JUDGE and SLANDER--which the Bible tells us NOT to do--is your "fruit" that proves you are not a CHRISTIAN organization, but you do Satan's bidding!

Your claim those who are part of genuine healing Ministries take credit, themselves, for healing, is a LIE! They always give all credit only to Jesus! They take Jesus' words LITERALLY, straight from the Scriptures, that He's a HEALER because they know it isn't possible for Jesus to lie, because He's God! Jesus said, "By my stripes [the scouraging He took across His back on our behalf]), you are HEALED." Jesus healed the multitudes and if you knew one thing about the scriptures--which you don't because you don't serve God but Satan--you would know Jesus gave His authority for HEALING to His Disciples! Anyone who is a genuine follower of Jesus Christ--today--is a Disciple of Jesus, which is why Jesus uses those who are genuine followers of His as His INSTRUMENT for healing, even today! As long as you continue serving Satan instead of Jesus you will never experience the physical healing you are so jealous of you are willing to destroy thir Ministries over it! You can not understand this awesome power of HEALING because you don't believe Jesus is God and can STILL heal, TODAY! The fact you DON'T believe proves you AREN'T Jesus' followers, but instead follow and serve Satan!

I don't hate you, but pray for you! You obviously don't follow or serve Jesus because He said one day all of us will go before HIM to be JUDGED, and to many who say, "Lord! Lord!" He will say, "DEPART from me you workers of INIQUITY, I NEVER knew YOU!" It's because you serve Satan that you DON'T believe one day you will personally answer to Jesus for all your hatred and slander against those who serve Him!

GOD is JUST! He warns us it is HIS to AVENGE; it isn't YOUR job! HE will ensure any so-called "Christian Ministries" out there (and that includes YOURS) who CON people WILL be PUNISHED one day! I believe all Christian Ministries--including YOURS (since YOU claim to BE one) MUST be FORCED to reveal ALL of their income and and ACCOUNT for what they SPEND it on! That isn't YOUR job because YOU are NOT a Christian Accountability Ministry!

Anonymous | 08:31 am on 4/22/2009

Your stupid. If there was a GOD I would tell him how stupid you are. There ain't no GOD so I cant. I think you refer to the sun when you say god. It's proven there is a sun.

Anonymous | 04:47 am on 6/06/2009

The "Sun God" argument? That outdated tripe again?

I don't know what's worse: the Benny Hinn fanboy who can't see him for the wolf he is, or the sad soul who just spat up that heaping helping of baseless argumentation and mindless rhetoric and thinks that he/she/it is clever.

*sigh*

I really hope that was just satire (on both counts).

Anonymous | 02:26 am on 5/04/2009

no one deserves to be defrauded, even this poor soul.

Anonymous | 02:28 am on 3/27/2011

amen!

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Alfonso tapia | 09:14 am on 5/18/2009

So, he needs Jets and expensive dwelling to perform his miniteries!!
Do not make me laugh, Ha,ha,ha
If he is real a chosen of a god for his ministeries,well god himself woul provide avery thing for him.
Benny Hinn is an impostor and one day he will fall down and I hope it would be very soon.
From Australia
Alfonso

Anonymous | 03:24 am on 6/18/2009

u crazy

Anonymous | 09:46 pm on 7/07/2009

It's called his PRIVATE jet for a reason oh wise one. In North America all his support staff travel in buses. No pilots need apply. Overseas he rents a plane for whatever support staff is needed and hires locals. All the money from overseas pilfering er crusading remains in offshore bank accounts well away from the IRS.

Ryan Shields | 04:36 am on 7/10/2009

Benny Hinn's financial gain, to me, misses the point altogether. I couldnt care less about his private jet, expensive house, and vacation budget. No matter what your profession, one is entitled to spend his/her money however they choose. There are poor people, rich people, and everything in between. God causes this diversity. Just because someone works in ministry does not mean they are not allowed to have money and buy nice things (even if we find them excessive). I do not agree with the Catholic-originated idea piety for church leaders. In that sense, I believe you are right in your call to leave the judging to the Almighty God. Surely, and according to the Word of God, we are to "test the Spirits" as we discern Truth from Falsity. Wouldnt you agree?

In short, I do not question Benny Hinn's ministry because of how he spends the money he works hard for. We live in America, the land of free enterprise. We are manipulated by companies everyday to buy their product, and we often do buy it. Their CEOs are very wealthy and we are fine with that (at the political conservatives are:). In America, Benny Hinn has the right and opportunity to be creative in building wealth - and he has done that. From a business standpoint, good for him.

From a spiritual standpoint, it is different. I do question him and his ministry in light of his CHARACTER, his BELIEF, and his PROCLAMATION (what he says). I would like to present 10 questions to Benny Hinn that are completely outside of his financial gain.
They are not rhetorical or snide and I would humbly receive answers to them. Left unanswered, however, they discredit Benny Hinn as a minister of the Lord and do, in fact, qualify him as a false prophet and tool of Satan, blurring actual spiritual Truth - for which he will answer to the Living God.

Here are the questions:

1. Under "the anointing" on 12/31/89 you made several prophecies of things the Lord was showing you was to take place in the 1990s. They didn't happen. Are you therefore a false prophet that one no one should listen to when prophesying?
bullet "The Spirit of God tells me an earthquake will hit the east coast of America and destroy much in the 90s."
bullet "The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. . . Oooh! Holy Spirit just said to me it'll be worse than any death you can imagine."
bullet "The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid-90s -- about '94 or '95, no later than that -- God will destroy the homosexual community of America . . . He will destroy it with fire."

2. You presented a prophecy given by the late Ruth Heflin to the TBN viewers on 4/20/2000. She said that Jesus "will appear physically on the platform in one of our crusades. . . and the crowds will see him on the platform." "Dear God, my hair is standing up," you add. You also said, "In a service somewhere, I don't remember where now . . . the lord appeared right in the service and the cameras caught it. We have it on tape (10/22/96). Last year you had on a guest, D. G. S. Dhinakaran of "Jesus Calls" ministry in India on your program and also on Praise the Lord who claimed to have been visited physically by Jesus and also visited him in heaven. You told your viewers to expect Jesus to physically show up at one of your upcoming crusades. After she died and a year went by, we don't hear you saying that anymore. How can you believe such things and promote this when we're told by the angels in the first chapter of Acts that "this same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." And we're told that when He returns, "every eye shall see Him." If you point out a physical Jesus in your meetings, under the Bible's standards it would be an antichrist, not the real Christ. Jesus said, "If they say he's in the inner chambers, do not believe them." Please explain yourself.

3. You said years ago that you would not pronounce anyone healed without first having a doctor substantiate that. Yet as seen on the HBO expose and elsewhere you are taking the people's word for it and presenting them as healed. You admitted on Behind-the-Scenes the other day that some healings are merely psychosomatic and people get right back in their wheelchairs after leaving your crusades. Why have you broken that promise?

4. In an article written by Jackie Alnor about the Pat Robertson prophecy, you presented it as trustworthy to the entire TBN audience. You told them if they did not double their giving in 1999 they would not survive the year 2000 since global disasters would hit America. HBO showed you repeat those warnings as you took up your offering. Now that 2000 has come and gone and even the non-givers are no worse off, are you going to do a public apology to TBN viewers for using a false prophecy to increase pledges? If not, why not?

5. In reference to the same article cited above, you shared a dream you had of Elijah handing you his rod and proclaimed Mark Chirona a prophet after he interpreted that to mean that your ministry would fulfill all the prophecies concerning the coming of Elijah (referred to as the spirit of Elijah by Chirona). Do you see the danger, prophetically speaking, of accepting such a designation and presuming Elijah's authority upon yourself, considering the end times prophecies of a false prophet who will speak for the antichrist? The false prophet presents the antichrist as Christ according to Bible prophecy. And as noted earlier, you anticipated presenting a physical being as Christ in your meetings.

6. On Behind the Scenes (4/17/01) you seemed to contradict yourself. You said, "When God does it, it's definite (claps hands). When God heals them, they can't go right back in that wheelchair again because then God did it. And God doesn't do it and then take it back." And towards the end of that special 1-hour program you said, "You know, one more thing I would like to do because I think there are questions about why people lose healings. And I think a lot have probably questioned this since this and I'm sure even in other cases they have. Paul, I'm doing a whole teaching on what I've never done before on how to keep your healing and also why some people lose. Because I've seen this happen over the last 20-some years" Explain the contradiction.

7. You placed a curse on any man or woman who would criticize your "anointing." You found some obscure Old Testament verse to justify this. Yet on the Behind the Scenes the other night you said that the Lord was telling you to forgive your opponents and you quoted the New Testament to prove that should be your attitude. Do you now admit that you did not really hear from the Lord when you placed that curse on people in the low, gravely voice that didn't even sound like you?

8. You speak much of your personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Yet you and your wife have both used His name in vain. You threatened your critics with a "Holy Ghost Machine Gun" and your wife smeared the Third Person of the Trinity with her comments of a "Holy Ghost Enema." How can you slur Him and claim you're in fellowship with Him at the same time?

9. In your books, especially "He Touched Me," you say that you feel the Holy Ghost outside of yourself in the room or elsewhere. Since the Bible teaches that He fills us and is "in" the believer, why does your "Holy Ghost" appear to you as an apparition, which is popular in Catholic mysticism and the occult?

10. Why don't you follow the New Testament's injunction about how to pray for the sick among us as is given in the epistle of James? We're told the sick are to call the elders to come and anoint them with oil and pray the prayer of faith and then they would recover. We do not see any "healing ministries" in the New Testament.

Seth Coomson | 09:03 pm on 7/19/2009

Ryan,
You have many questions that you have to go to the Holy Spirit to get answers since I see you quote scriptures. Even I know that if God brings forth a prophecy, it does not mean that it must happen. If genuine repentance goes forth, the hand of God is stayed. Do you remember Jonah and Nineveh? God loves and actually seeks to bless us. Concerning healing, calling for the elders to anoint and pray is only one aspect. Do you remember the centurion who forbade Jesus to go to his home to heal his servant but urged him to just speak the word? And what about Peter's shadow falling on people and they getting delivered? Your knowledge is very shallow and so I advise you not to accuse the man of God based on your limited understanding. "Who is it that darkens counsel without understanding?" God asked Job.

You know the Prophet Elisha called for bears to tear-up the children who were making fun of him. I hold the view that it was not God's will for the children to be so killed but the prophet had power to do so. We should not frustrate God's prophets for if out of hurt they pronounce curses, they will work even though God would not want them to operate out of offences. Pastor Benny is a wonderful man of God, but he is also human.

Yvette in Carlsbad, CA | 06:53 pm on 7/30/2010

For those of you dialoging about whether or not Benny Hinn is a true man of God or a false teacher/deceiver who tramples the name of Christ with his so-called spiritual shannigans, it is pearls before swine to try and convince his followers of anything negative about him. They are deaf and blind to his manipulations, including my own mother-in-law. Anyone who claims to be Spirit-filled doesn't have to pass the spiritual sniff test on any level.

Those who think Benny is anointed will NEVER listen to your cogent arguments. They won't even look at scripture and simply compare Benny's life to that of Jesus and Paul, so forget your good advice! (But I'm glad you're trying....) It isn't about reason. In their minds, it's about the Spirit and anyone who judges the lack of Benny's spiritual fruit and his insatiable lust for MONEY and attention and adoration are themselves judged as unspiritual and therefore judged unable to judge. They can certainly judge us, but God help us, we can't judge their dear Benny. He who has ears, let them hear. BENNY IS A FRAUD and a disgrace to the Body of Christ. If they don't find it out in this life, I suspect they will find it out in the next life.

Rick | 04:25 pm on 12/15/2010

This comment has been rated #1 by me. The first sensible point made here.

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