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?

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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.

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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.

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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)

Anonymous | 07:17 am on 2/20/2010

THE BLIND SEE, THE DEAF HEAR, CANCER IS HEALED, THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN HELPED BY BENNY HINNS MINISTRY.............HOW DO I KNOW, I'VE SEEN IT! THERE IS A SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS "EVEN IF A MAN IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, PEOPLE WON'T BELIEVE IT" WHY? BECAUSE THEIR HEARTS ARE HARDENED BY SIN AND CORRUPTION..............MEN OF GOD NEED MORE PRAYER BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE FRONT LINE SAVING SOULS.........THEY ARE INVADING "SATAN'S" TERRITORY........WAKE UP!!!! QUIT CRITICIZING THINGS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT!!!!

Anonymous | 07:28 am on 2/20/2010

THE BLIND SEE, THE DEAF HEAR, CANCER IS HEALED, PEOPLE ARE HELPED.........THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAVED AND LIVES HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED. HOW DO I KNOW? I'VE SEEN IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THERE IS A SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS THAT "EVEN IF A MAN IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, PEOPLE WON'T BELIEVE" WHY IS THAT? IT'S BECAUSE THEIR HEARTS ARE HARDENED FROM SIN AND CORRUPTION. BENNY HINNS IS DOING GOD'S WORK UNDER THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT HE IS PERFECT AND CAN'T MAKE MISTAKES. HE NEEDS MORE PRAYER BECAUSE HE IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE BATTLE AND INVADING SATAN'S TERRITORY. I HOPE ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SO CRITICAL WILL WAKE UP AND QUIT CRITICIZING THINGS YOU KNOW "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING" ABOUT!!! FOR THE PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS, PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AS THEY HAVE BEEN UNDER TERRIBLE ATTACK........NEVERTHELESS, I BELIEVE THEY WILL COME THROUGH THIS STRONGER THAN EVER........

Anonymous | 07:29 am on 2/20/2010

THE BLIND SEE, THE DEAF HEAR, CANCER IS HEALED, PEOPLE ARE HELPED.........THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAVED AND LIVES HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED. HOW DO I KNOW? I'VE SEEN IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THERE IS A SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS THAT "EVEN IF A MAN IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, PEOPLE WON'T BELIEVE" WHY IS THAT? IT'S BECAUSE THEIR HEARTS ARE HARDENED FROM SIN AND CORRUPTION. BENNY HINNS IS DOING GOD'S WORK UNDER THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT HE IS PERFECT AND CAN'T MAKE MISTAKES. HE NEEDS MORE PRAYER BECAUSE HE IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE BATTLE AND INVADING SATAN'S TERRITORY. I HOPE ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SO CRITICAL WILL WAKE UP AND QUIT CRITICIZING THINGS YOU KNOW "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING" ABOUT!!! FOR THE PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS, PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AS THEY HAVE BEEN UNDER TERRIBLE ATTACK........NEVERTHELESS, I BELIEVE THEY WILL COME THROUGH THIS STRONGER THAN EVER........

Robert Winkler Burke | 12:36 pm on 2/22/2010

So now the billionaire televangelist is being sued for divorce by his wife. How much is half a Gulfstream, half a Texas ministry complex, half an Aliso Viejo TV studio building, half a mansion by the GOLD COAST sea of Dana Point, half of foreign bank accounts, half of each "LIFECHANGINGBOOK" royalty, half of the Faustian soul-selling deals made to... win souls? Through the discovery of divorce court in California, precisely half belongs to the ex. Or will widow's mite donations all end up paying leases for so many SoCal uber lawyer euro-exotic cars? Me thinks it will go to the lawyers. Ministry rent-seeking is all fun and games until the rent comes due!

Anonymous | 05:46 pm on 2/23/2010

JUDGE NOT, LEST THOU SHALL BE JUDGED.

Heide | 01:14 am on 2/26/2010

I love Benny Hinn I couldn[tcare less where hes from or all that stuff, God loves all people and Benny is doing his job gpo pick on a hollywood star. God bless you Benny or whatever you r name used to be , who cares.

Cecelia | 02:05 pm on 3/03/2010

What does all this say to each of us? It simply means that man is not perfect and does not have have the full knowledge of God because God is Spirit and man is flesh which cannot truly worship God. It also says that we all have to know God for ourselves and just see man as the servant shepherd who leads us along a particular pathway, but we have to step by step walk our own path to God and not depend on others for our spirituality and lead us to eternity. What we read must therefore be examined for biasness, investigated for the real motive, scrutinized for authenticity, before we are in a position to draw any sound conclusion. we just dont have all the facts or if someone else is presenting all the facts. We should also be mindful that we too are mere human with flaws and weaknesses and is also subject to the judgement of the Almighty and that day of reconning illudes us all.

Anonymous | 10:37 am on 3/10/2010

echoes volumes about the american dream mentality ~ wish ppl would grow up ~

MRWBBIII | 03:42 am on 3/27/2010

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Anonymous | 02:36 pm on 4/02/2010

John Bloom...I agree with Joseph quite a bit...
Your statements are twisted...
You do not understand how it works
You dont REALLY know, you are supposing
I have been there...worked for this ministry and
the man personally.
True he is different but you are out of line.
His problems are between him and God...not you and God
I will not argue with you, but religion is your god...
It is sad how men like you spend their time against other
men instead of praying for him and doing your own
work toward building the kingdom...
You only compared him to the four men that have fell from
their ministries...have you ever slipped and fell?
Compare him to ALL the televangelistic super stars, not
just 3 or 4 that have failed...you are extremely biased
I feel sorry for those of your kind...pharisees.
God bless you.

Anonymous | 02:37 pm on 4/02/2010

John Bloom...I agree with Joseph quite a bit...
Your statements are twisted...
You do not understand how it works
You dont REALLY know, you are supposing
I have been there...worked for this ministry and
the man personally.
True he is different but you are out of line.
His problems are between him and God...not you and God
I will not argue with you, but religion is your god...
It is sad how men like you spend their time against other
men instead of praying for him and doing your own
work toward building the kingdom...
You only compared him to the four men that have fell from
their ministries...have you ever slipped and fell?
Compare him to ALL the televangelistic super stars, not
just 3 or 4 that have failed...you are extremely biased
I feel sorry for those of your kind...pharisees.
God bless you.

Anonymous | 02:38 pm on 4/02/2010

John Bloom...I agree with Joseph quite a bit...
Your statements are twisted...
You do not understand how it works
You dont REALLY know, you are supposing
I have been there...worked for this ministry and
the man personally.
True he is different but you are out of line.
His problems are between him and God...not you and God
I will not argue with you, but religion is your god...
It is sad how men like you spend their time against other
men instead of praying for him and doing your own
work toward building the kingdom...
You only compared him to the four men that have fell from
their ministries...have you ever slipped and fell?
Compare him to ALL the televangelistic super stars, not
just 3 or 4 that have failed...you are extremely biased
I feel sorry for those of your kind...pharisees.
God bless you.

Anonymous | 02:38 pm on 4/02/2010

John Bloom...I agree with Joseph quite a bit...
Your statements are twisted...
You do not understand how it works
You dont REALLY know, you are supposing
I have been there...worked for this ministry and
the man personally.
True he is different but you are out of line.
His problems are between him and God...not you and God
I will not argue with you, but religion is your god...
It is sad how men like you spend their time against other
men instead of praying for him and doing your own
work toward building the kingdom...
You only compared him to the four men that have fell from
their ministries...have you ever slipped and fell?
Compare him to ALL the televangelistic super stars, not
just 3 or 4 that have failed...you are extremely biased
I feel sorry for those of your kind...pharisees.
God bless you.

Anonymous | 02:38 pm on 4/02/2010

John Bloom...I agree with Joseph quite a bit...
Your statements are twisted...
You do not understand how it works
You dont REALLY know, you are supposing
I have been there...worked for this ministry and
the man personally.
True he is different but you are out of line.
His problems are between him and God...not you and God
I will not argue with you, but religion is your god...
It is sad how men like you spend their time against other
men instead of praying for him and doing your own
work toward building the kingdom...
You only compared him to the four men that have fell from
their ministries...have you ever slipped and fell?
Compare him to ALL the televangelistic super stars, not
just 3 or 4 that have failed...you are extremely biased
I feel sorry for those of your kind...pharisees.
God bless you.

Anonymous | 04:36 am on 4/07/2010

is it means that the poor preacher is the blessed servent? i think evil is not comes from the money but men's heart is the source of it..

Beloved Spear | 12:44 pm on 4/16/2010

Just checking in on the inanimate corpse that once was the Door. Sigh.

humphrey | 04:33 am on 5/17/2010

This is pretty scary!

Anonymous | 04:34 am on 5/17/2010

Scarry!

James | 05:50 am on 5/20/2010

I must add my view as so many negative people have spoken.
I have been to benny hinns meetings and been greatly blessed. If you go to a meeting to look for mistakes you will find many. Because as human beings we are not infallible, but if you go looking for more of God you will find. I wish you had spent your time preaching the gospel to the lost than on this vicious attack on the man of God.

Anonymous | 01:07 am on 11/13/2010

"If you go to a meeting to look for mistakes you will find many."

That's always the straw man argument people use to throw common sense and sound investigation out the window. God told you to go into your closet and pray. Maybe he said that to show people how self involved they were and how much they need to have the crowd of people around them pat them on the back for such a grand religious showing.

"Man of God" really?

This man of God is a false prophet.

In 1993 Hinn pontificated that because Jesus promised that He would return within a generation of Israel's restoration in 1948, and because a generation in his view was 51.4 years, only six years remained before Christ would come back to rapture the saints. Seven years later, on March 29th, 2000 he began predicting that Jesus would appear physically in his crusades. Again, according to Hinn, the Lord spoke to him. In fact, the Lord spoke to Hinn audibly, and the Word of the Lord came to him saying "Tell Benny I'm going to appear physically on the platform in his meetings." What is particularly noteworthy about this prophecy is that Hinn here was prophesying that Jesus, God's Son, was about to appear physically in meetings and that the supernatural appearances would take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Anonymous | 12:12 pm on 2/18/2011

paul was a man of god peter was a man of god ,look what they did and compare the now days preachers to them and you will see whos doing what,if your eyes are open???

Cara | 12:00 pm on 6/04/2010

i dont know about benny hinn because i have never been to one of his cruisades or any cruisade but i do know that healing and miracles are possible through the power and authority of Jesus Christ. and i dont mean a simple 'i'll put you on my prayer list and we'll see what happens' but actually gettin the devil off people backs and loving them. my church believes in healing only its not anything like the crazy stuff i see on youtube. i have to say though one time, being completely honest, and many of you might call me crazy and whatever names which is totally fine, a group of 4 of us went out praying for people, (only who wanted it lol, we dont push oursevles on anyone), a word of knowledge led us to a pool supply store and one of the guys felt like God was saying to ask a guy there about back pain, so he did. the guy who worked there said yes he had pain. he sat down in a hard wooden chair and was told to put his back and butt all the way back into the chair so he was completely upright and straight, his one leg was like an inch shorter than the other, without grabbing his leg or legs and without touching him we started praying and the shorter leg shot out. the other lady who worked there and was a skeptic saw and actually freaked out lol, but he stood up and his back was great and said he was gonna go to a chiropracter but now he isnt going to that it felt like he just went to one. when we were done, the healing wasnt the most important thing and really we only prayed for like 30 seconds and then moved on to just telling the guy that Christ loves him and we were able to share about Jesus with people who didnt believe but who now know that Jesus is personal and really is just wanting to love on people. i thought it was pretty cool, and stuff like that happens not alot but more often than whats usual i'd say lol. but yea, if its done in love, and it lines up with scripture, and it give glory to not only God but to Jesus and none of it is about the person or people doing it, then dont be afraid of 'healings', i remember my number one prayer and how we conducted ourselves was to introduce a hurting world to the saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus and that hopefully when they remember that day they wouldnt even remember us but only their encounter with a loving personal God :)

Anonymous | 12:10 am on 6/12/2010

I can recommend airmaria
father Robert j Barron
fathe John Corapi
Michael Voris

Hinn is an obvious fraud who preys on Special People.
But often the truth evades us with more sophisticated and better people.

stoofid | 12:07 pm on 6/24/2010

Wow! The replies are more insightful than the article! All I can say is God save me from your people.Vengeance and wrath and all kinda crap just fer writing an article. Everyone uses scripture to back up there point, which is usually God is gonna get you.
More than anything, the replies cause me to look at my faith,...and what is it? So in that light I'll be praying fire from heaven on everyone of you, but not me or my freinds or anyone who believes as I do ! Hope you have a good umbrella.Second Balognians says I can so there!

Anonymous | 03:12 pm on 6/24/2010

in all our comments we forgot one thing " souls " whatever said and done these men stand for the the blood of Christ and telling millions about the love of God. by the end of the day these is one of the main thing we got to answer to God'

Anonymous | 02:37 am on 7/05/2010

Friends,their is a fine line between factual evidence,jeolousy or been judgemental.leave that to God.If benny Hinn is a false prophet,only he stands before God on Judgement day.Pray,prayand never seize praying.We put people like Benny on a pedastel,and then the suttelty of Pride sets in causing man to fall.

REMEMBER THE SCRIPTURE;WHAT IS HIDDEN IN THE DARKNESS WILL BE BROUGHT OUT INTO THE LIGHT!

THE LOVE OF MONEY WILL DESTROY THE SOUL,AND REMEMBER OUR FIGHT IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD,BUT AGAINST THE PRINCIPALITIES OF DARKNESS.
ICHALLENGE ANYONE TO JOIN ME IN PRAYER, FOR THE CRITICS AND BENNY
MELVYN JOHNSON

TIM | 10:09 am on 7/21/2010

Mr Hinn you claim so much about healing people. Please go to st judes children hospital and heal all thoses beautiful children.

george solomon | 05:42 pm on 7/28/2010

HI Benny hinn pastor I love u what ever they told I will not belive
but jesus is there with u we still love u I am a fan of u please pray for my family and who ever told r they good how holy they r giving false information about u pastor benny I dont belive it take care pastor god bless u...................

george solomon from India Bangalore..... 09743345963...

Anonymous | 03:42 pm on 8/15/2010

Stop giving these preachers a hard way. Don't you know the word of God. - Seek first the kingdom of God and its rightneous and all things shall be added on to you. When these preachers started they did not have anything but kept on preaching about the kingdom of God. Now they are highly blessed and have everything. Thank God for their blessing. The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and added no sorrow. The same God has the power to make them rich and make poor. If you have so much to say why don't you know go become a preacher and see how God will bless you.

The devil is trying its best to discredit Benny Hinn but the truth in our Lord Jesus will surely prevail.

Anonymous | 04:56 am on 9/09/2010

Greasy. Slick and Greasy. His will come in the end, and it will be much worse than for the average soul, as the Bible clearly states for false ministers.

chris | 01:45 am on 9/13/2010

Rev Hinn is called of God and will only be judged by him,
Is God that gave Rev .hinn the annionting and material wealth and He will account for his stewardship to God one day , the greatest question i have for all bloggers is this- what have you done for the kingdom good friend is not what you say or what men say of you ok

Anonymous | 12:50 am on 11/16/2010

Mr Hinn has done nothing but twist and manipulate the word of God for his own gain...

Anonymous | 01:52 am on 9/13/2010

pls never condem the messenger,irrespective of the message he or she brings,is your choice to take it or drop it, is a free world folks

Anonymous | 09:56 pm on 10/03/2010

I know that God wants us to prosper, but why do some pastors over exaggerate in their spending and thus throw the spotlight on themselves....$4,000 or $5,000 suits, $10,000+ rooms per night at hotels...$1,000,000+ homes....what are they thinking?! That people do not see? Maybe people do question without saying anything. I have never understood that. I know that is is possible for there (in the entire world) to be good, sincere man of God who are very prosperous. I suppose God will take care of "bringing to light" all false pastors/bishops /priests/ministers. Just take a look at what this world is coming to!

Anonymous | 12:46 am on 11/08/2010

Lets look at what your wanting out of this what is your reason to have this man investigated don't you think Jesus or Yahusha will take care of the problem? Don't you think if this man is wrong all this will be exposed on all the false teachings and doctrines that have been done and taught on. I think he is only going by what is printed in a book called a bible. How correct are the bibles out there today? We must no judge, we can have an opinion.
Why look at just this ministry there are many out there that are teaching false doctrines and not the truth. So who can say what it reads in the bible is correct and true? Can you?
Man has made so many bibles and taken from and added to them, so which is the correct teaching of the creator of this earth and of the heavens?

Anonymous | 12:56 am on 11/13/2010

He made his money in the first 10 years of ministry. Now, that people are awake to his false teaching it's to late. He has enough gold and investments to carry him through any attack. He can afford to be open and honest now because he has spent enough time being diluted and dishonest. If he really had the gift of healing he would spend all of his time in hospitals curing the sick. Just like if all of the fortune tellers and prophets on tv were real they would have warned us about 9-11, Katrina, fraud bankers etc...etc...

It is amazing to me that so many people would follow such a broad road to destruction.

Anonymous | 05:20 pm on 11/16/2010

PPL lets learn a good lesson man, this is happening on your doorstep,in your own church,in isaiah they called greedy dogs.hinn is not a isolated case,ryt now u probably blinded by your pastor n leaders in your church,do a check, whats your pastors relationship with u and the struggling the poor in the house where u are? do u ever get 2 see the booksd,after all your labour,attendance,offerings, tithes, n bringing in sheep make u a partner in which i call a business., GOD,is at work auditing n xposing these greedy dogs,taking ppls money rick or poor 4 themselves n their kids comfort n travelling. u alone can stop it,stop giving,,gv your tithes n offerrings 2 your struggling fam,neighbours n friends,strangers,kids, give it to them yourself,or else your ppls accumalated money go to hs increased best dress,grand houses cars ,gold n silver ,a lavish lifestyle, holidays, hi flying, and u stay poor. PPL WE MUST STOP OUR IGNORANCE TODAY,,,STOP BEING FOOLS, GV IT TO THE NEEDY YRSELF

Anonymous | 05:24 pm on 11/16/2010

PPL lets learn a good lesson man, this is happening on your doorstep,in your own church,in isaiah they called greedy dogs.hinn is not a isolated case,ryt now u probably blinded by your pastor n leaders in your church,do a check, whats your pastors relationship with u and the struggling the poor in the house where u are? do u ever get 2 see the booksd,after all your labour,attendance,offerings, tithes, n bringing in sheep make u a partner in which i call a business., GOD,is at work auditing n xposing these greedy dogs,taking ppls money rick or poor 4 themselves n their kids comfort n travelling. u alone can stop it,stop giving,,gv your tithes n offerrings 2 your struggling fam,neighbours n friends,strangers,kids, give it to them yourself,or else your ppls accumalated money go to hs increased best dress,grand houses cars ,gold n silver ,a lavish lifestyle, holidays, hi flying, and u stay poor. PPL WE MUST STOP OUR IGNORANCE TODAY,,,STOP BEING FOOLS, GV IT TO THE NEEDY YRSELF

Anonymous | 04:15 am on 12/01/2010

I have always thought of him as a little pansy, I never thought he was of God, he is ridiculous and an abomination to Christianity. he is more of a comic act.

GP | 11:20 pm on 1/16/2011

WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO JUDGE ANOTHER MAN'S SERVANT...

GP | 11:26 pm on 1/16/2011

I KNOW NO MAN IN THE FLESH...BIBLE

Carly13 | 11:11 am on 2/15/2011

We can make our own decisions on whether to trust Benny Hinn as a man of God or a liar. I, for one, do not see any fruits and therefore do not trust him. However, in the end it is not our place to judge saying that what he does is not of God. Try the "prophet" against God's word. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. 2 Peter 2:1 - 2:3 "They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping."
Sound familiar? The point though is that God will exact judgement. Make your own opinions but be wary of to whom you attribute works.
Carly S.
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Denise Calabrese | 05:30 pm on 2/25/2011

What is a prophet? A prophet is a person who speaks by divine inspiration. Pastor Benny Hinn always preaches that Jesus is the healer.

Pastor Benny Hinn is only an instrument of God and that is all there is to it. Miracles happen all the time through JESUS CHRIST, by the power of the Holy Spirt and the grace of God.

Saint Paul writes, "Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God." (1COR 2:11-12)

Those who are healed are healed by God alone. Those who are not healed even though they think they have been healed are lacking in faith.

Jesus said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God." (MK 10:27)

Pastor Benny Hinn gives all the glory to God and wants to bring people out of the bondage of sin, through JESUS CHRIST.

Anonymous | 02:45 pm on 2/28/2011

if christ was to appear to an individual in todays world it would definatly be in a dream because the comforter (the holly spirit was sent to lead &to guide us untill the great falling away and the holly spirit is removed and the way opened for the antichrist to appear to deceive men who do not know or have not really read the scriptures and do not know the word of god these people the bible gods word tells us even the elect will be deceived by it because they are not rooted in the true gospel of jesus christ-christ knows his sheep and his sheep know him only becUSE THE FATHER(god)GAVE THEM THE KNOWLEDGE.EACH PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE TO LEARN THE WORD SPOKEN AND TAUGHT ONLY BY THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIS BY CHRIST TO BRING US TO REDEMPTION--SALVATION PRAISE GOD FOR THIS AMEN!!!!

Anonymous | 10:47 pm on 3/03/2011

I knew he was a DICK!

MAGEBA | 09:19 am on 3/23/2011

WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE PEOPLE

Anonymous | 10:12 am on 4/04/2011

I know the LORD does work miracles through people we least expect..God always answered my prayers thru pastor benny hinn he interceded my prayers and granted by our LOrd. amen

berrykelley1 | 02:39 am on 4/14/2011

A good read, definitely worth a cut and paste. Thanks!

Thanks & Regards,
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Mark | 08:09 pm on 4/04/2011

Thou shalt not shout "get in the hole!" at a tournament, or surely the Lord your God shall curse thee and thy children to the third and fourth generation. I,ve advertising this post on my site...

chyon2011 | 10:22 pm on 4/11/2011

Forwarded this to some friends, appreciate your advice

Thanks & Regards,
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