updated Mar,5, 2001
birth of the Pentecostal movement began at Azusa Street in the early part of this
century. Since that time there has been a focus upon the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
Some are genuine, healthy activities that brought new life into the body of Christ.
Others are not so healthy in their focus. Based on the Mark 16:17 model for the
Church, the renewal movements of the last thirty years brought a stronger focus on
signs and wonders, miracles and healings. This gave birth to a rising of some new
leaders esteemed to be apostles and prophets. These men have easily found Christian
stardom because of the neglect of the church to discern truth. Whenever the church
is not functioning in a correct and healthy fashion, a void opens and there will
arise those who claim to have giftings. They attract great support in time and
finances for their ministry that I believe should be directed toward the churchs
own community and missionary outreaches. Instead of building up the local body the
famed leaders build their own ministries. Today Tele-evangelism
has grown into a 3½ billion dollar industry. Much of the giving goes into the
preachers pockets and ministries. This enables them to continue traveling
throughout the world, conducting so-called miracle healing crusades much like a rock
concert tour. Benny Hinn fits into this category as one of the worlds most
successful TV evangelists of all time. His programs can be viewed in almost 200 different
countries (as of 2001), with audiences of 1 million a night. The Benny Hinn phenomenon continues to grow as the money flows in from
thousands who honestly believe that he has the gift of God to heal and to give the
anointing of God to others. Mr. Hinn claims to be a channel for God and that God
comes into him and upon him. God allegedly takes over his mind and tongue as he
performs fantastic miracles and words of knowledge, while casting out demons with
power not seen since the apostles.
Benny Hinn becomes so intoxicated in what he calls the anointing that
he often is totally unaware of what he said and performed later on.
HINNS HISTORY: Benny
Hinn was born in Israel in 1953. He was raised as a Greek Orthodox and went to a
Catholic school. He claims to have had two visions and an appearance of Jesus at age
11 before he was converted.1
This appearing he says continues to occur regularly since he became a Christian.
When I was a little boy, I saw the Lord in this dream. It was really so real, it was
really a vision because when - when He appeared to me my body became electric just
like electricity went through me and when I awoke that electricity was still on my
body." (Benny Hinn, This Is Your Day, June 11, 1997)
the age of 14 the family moved to Toronto, Canada. Hinn has given a few different
stories about the when and how of his conversion. He claims it occurred in 1972.
But this differs from his story on a recorded testimony from a 1987 tape
describing The Angel of the Lord in a vision taking him into a room in the high
school and there he was saved.2 In his book, Good
Morning Holy Spirit, he said the angel dropped him off on Don Mills road outside
the wall of his school. Then in the 1981 publication of the PTL
Devotional, he said I got saved in
Israel in 1968.3 Yet in a 1983 message in St. Louis, he claimed that someone
witnessed to him and he got saved after
he came to Toronto from Israel.
also tells of his family members giving their hearts to the Lord at
different times. 4
However, in 1984, in his book War in the Heavenlies, he said his family all got saved
are multiple claims in his stories and Hinn is found to be consistently inconsistent
with his word. One can only wonder which story, if any, is accurate. In May of 1983,
Hinn and five others survived a plane crash. This was discussed on the PTL show with
Paul and Jan Crouch.6
claimed the Lord spoke saying, Nothing will happen to you.
He explained, When I walked out of that
miraculous healing of his own stuttering. Numerous people from his past were
questioned regarding this.
Only one, Friar Henri,
the director of the College Des Freres in Jaffa recalls him stuttering as a child.
Apparently, nobody else recalls that he stuttered, even those he names in his
testimony.11 Even the youth pastor from the church this miracle was claimed to have
transpired in did not recall that he stuttered.12
of the most controversial stories is Hinns claim that his father was the mayor
in Jaffa, Israel. An exhaustive search proved this to be one more contradiction
to the facts. The Hinns are Arab, not Jewish. Furthermore the language
spoken in the home was Arabic. Those who hold such offices in Israel are Jewish. The
Jews would never elect an Arab mayor.13
Hinn found himself in the middle of controversy a few years ago that brought him
much attention from within the church. He
introduced masses of people to a faulty interpretation
of the Godhead and also a false view about Jesus. Teaching that He took upon Himself
the nature of Satan on the cross became sin and then was born again in hell.14)
The Holy Ghost is just showing me some stuff. Im
getting dizzy! Im telling you the truth
Hes [referring to Jesus] in the
underworld now. God isnt there, the Holy Ghost isnt there, and the Bible says
He was begotten
Have you been begotten? So was He. Dont let anyone deceive
you. Jesus was reborn." (Benny Hinn, Our Position In Christ, Part 1
1991), video #TV-254.) He
apparently recanted on this and turned away from the flawed Word
of Faith Jesus (at
least some of it). He admitted that some of his early teachings were
identified with the New Age and were dead wrong. However, he has been strangely
silent on speaking out about this. Credible preachers speak out in favor of what
they believe is the truth. His silence enabled him to walk out the back door without
any heavy repercussions.
Millions of dollars were made in his books and in tape sales offering these
teachings. Some are still in circulation. It doesnt seem to matter to Hinn, who
bought the corrupted materials and what these people may believe today. Of course
there is a very real price to pay when exposing a falsehood that he taught himself
and others are still teaching. It becomes especially sensitive as Benny Hinns
program is on TBN. This TV network is the main promoter of the same destructive
teachings. It appears that Mr. Hinns interests are more for himself and the
preservation of his ministry than for the people he is so involved in ministering
to. What has Mr. Hinn corrected? He earlier taught that there are nine in the
Godhead (not just once; several times)!15)
Benny has made some progress, but he is still vague in his description of the Lord.
Why is this alarming? He is someone who under the anointing claims to know God
in a special way and yet he is so wrong on the very fundamentals of Gods nature.
HINNS TEACHINGS: Benny
has taught the Egyptians were not drowned in the Red Sea but were crushed by falling
ice (Praise The Lord Show 7/14/94) God's
original plan is that the woman was to bring forth children out of her side"
(Our Position in Christ#5, 1990) (Adam) was the first Superman that really ever
he used to fly.
he flew to space.with one thought he would be on the
moon. " (Benny Hinn, Praise the
Lord TBN 12/26/91) On man he has
taught Within me is a God-man
The Spirit man within me is a God-man
a God-man.16) Are you a child
of God? Then you are divine!...Then youre not human.17)
When you say I am a Christian, you are saying I am messiah in
Hebrew.I am a little messiah walking earth.18)
You know what your last name is? Jehovah! So Im Benny Jehovah!19)
"Though we are not Almighty God Himself,
nevertheless, we are now divine." (Benny Hinn, TBN, 12/1/90) Let's say, 'I AM A
This spirit man within me is a God-Man.
born-of-heaven-God-Man. I'm a God-Man. I'm a sample of Jesus. I'm a super
being." (Praise the Lord, TBN, Dec 6 1990). I am not part of him, I am Him!
The word has become flesh in me." (Our Position in Christ). "Are you ready
for some real revelation knowledge... you are God" ("Our Position
In Christ", tape # AO31190-1)
statements have been spoken while under his anointing, such as, If we quit
giving you new revelations were dead.20) This
approach has become the modas operandi of the Benny Hinn ministry that makes it the
enigma it is today. On the nature of God, Benny said, God
the Father, ladies and gentleman, is a person and He is a triune being by Himself,
separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost... See, God the Father is a person, God the
Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person; but each one of them is a triune
being by himself. If I can shock you and maybe I should, theres nine of them!
What did you say? Let me explain. God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person
with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul and his own personal
spirit body. You say, I never heard
that! Well, you think you are in church
to hear things you heard for the last fifty years?21)
Lets not forget that this was done under the announcement
has repeated the exact same statement on the nature of God. Afterwards
on the TBN show, Paul Crouch tried to correct his error. You have been attacked
too on statements that you have made concerning the trinity and the members of the
Godhead. How many are there in the Godhead? Benny responded, Three!
Crouch said, Three. Benny, Simply three? Crouch said, Not
nine! Benny, No, goodness!
(Benny then laughed at the ridiculous prospect). Crouch asked, Where did that
silly charge come from? Benny responded, This thing has almost become
comical. Paul, here is what I
believe. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost - three separate
individuals, one in essence, one in work, and may I add, each of them possesses his
own spirit body. Thats what I
believe.22) (Crouch seems to have
forgotten then Hinn taught this on his own program!)
What is said under the alleged anointing of God is dismissed by humor and
corrections to hang on to credibility. Hinns explanations are still problematic
and erroneous regarding Gods nature. He is still not orthodox in doctrine. The
persons in the Godhead do not all possess spirit bodies. God, having three persons,
subsists in one essence as the one God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are
is good that he has acknowledged problems and dropped this and other teachings. Yet
we must remember the position Hinn claims, speaking while under the anointing
as receiving revelation from God Himself. He would say, I feel revelation
knowledge already coming on me. This is nothing less than modern Gnosticism, an
immediate revelation from the Spirit that supersedes and contradicts the
scriptures. This characterizes his operation in ministry. How is this kind of
phenomena different than the Mormon prophet changing his mind over polygamy or the
black people receiving the priesthood? How can anyone justify criticizing Mormons
who believe God the Father and the Holy Spirit have their own separate bodies and
still touch not the various TV evangelists who promote the same spiritual
errors? What people need to ask, if someone has so many off-base, unbiblical, and
distorted doctrines on the nature of God how can he be operating under the influence
of the Holy Spirit? Since Mr. Hinn
changed his mind from the Jesus in hell doctrine and his confusion over the
Godhead, there has been no difference in the way he conducts his crusades. The very
same manifestations that happened when his so-called anointed words were not
from a heavenly source still occur now. Therefore does God honor false teaching,
especially having to do with His own nature? Does pseudo-Christian doctrine ever
diminish any experiences? Hinn doesnt seem to think so as he states, Hell
heal if the preacher is preaching heresy
Ive seen people healed in Churchs
when the preacher is preaching heresy. (This is your day 9/12/2000) If this is
true than God does not care if what we say is true or false.
If God approves of Hinns teaching by empowering him with His Spirit, how
can we possibly distinguish the false from the true that arises from the cults and
varied religions? Doctrine does matter; it is our straight edge ruler to
truth. Scripture admonishes us all to adhere to the doctrine of Christ in the
apostles teachings (1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Jn. 9; Rom.16:17-18).
Hinn continues to make the same kind of statements about revelation and experience
that are questionable at best. He claims in the summer of 1974, he claims that he
was awakened from sleep by a seven foot tall, three foot wide, black-robed figure
that he describes as Death. It tried to
choke him. Benny claims that he had an out-of-body experience at that moment. He sat
up in bed and from the hips down he was still in his body; but from his torso up he
was out-of-body. Therefore he could see everything clearly, including Michael the
Archangel. He saw many angels come in
to do battle with the angel of death creature. He claims that these kind of
extraordinary spiritual experiences happen to him all the time. He said, Angels
would appear in my bedroom at night and just stand and look at me
I would even see
little boys in my bedroom with little white robes.23)
the TBN network Hinn described his victory over the demon of poverty. He
claimed in a vision, that I woke up one night and saw a man in my bedroom... the
spirit of God said, thats the devil of poverty. Benny said, I rebuke you in
Jesus name. Then he said the Holy Ghost corrected him saying he was doing it
wrong; he needed to say, It is written. Then he said, When I did that, that
thing vanished. And from that day til this... Im telling the truth I dont
have debts. That part is believable! However most celebrities and national
figures can equal his claim.
of Hinns fight is with the devil himself where he says The devil has been
broken receive your healing. Now I am going to read one scripture and then I
am going to preach and the Devil is going to drop dead. (Benny Hinn, The
Christian Channel Europe "Praise The Lord" (TBN) 22/2/98) There is
something glorious happening in America. God is about to kick the devil right out of
here. (Honolulu Blaisdale Jan.21 1999) He then actually says I am prophesying
this. Im not just preaching it. You must see this as surely as Jesus is Lord.
Hinn speaks of many other experiences given over the TBN network. For example, he said that the Lord was in front of him and when he moved his arm so did Jesus. When he moved his foot so did Jesus. This continued until they walked together and they merged becoming one. Incredible! This Christianity he offers is more at home with a New Age Occultic experience than with the Christ of the Bible!
he said emphatically, I remember a man in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, that turned
into a snake before my very eyes and 2,000 people saw him. (Impact
News). Later on TBN he corrected the statement and changed the story to he
slithered like a snake.
time on TBN he described a Roman Catholic communion he partook in.
Benny started to feel numb. He said someone stepped in front of him until the
sensation became so real that he reached out and touched the robe which had a silky
feeling. He went on to say, I was feeling the actual form of a body. Then his
own body went numb. Benny concluded that God gave him a revelation and when we
partake of the communion, it really is Jesus and He heals your body.
So how can you stay weak and sick?24) This
is promoting the Roman Catholicism view of transubstantiation and the Bible teaches
something very different. If you do not take communion in the correct manner,
you actually become weak and people become sick. Some have even died being judged
for not considering the body and the blood of the Lord. (1 Cor.11:30) Scripture
mentions no healing from taking communion! Bennys upbringing in a Roman Catholic
school appears to still hold a big influence on him today.
on stage, Benny Hinn uses suggestive thoughts to set the atmosphere like, Its
special tonight! This is an unusual anointing! There is power here people! This is
the best crusade ever!
His presence is greater here!
Its like no others!
These became spiritual clichés to have the audience believe the Holy Spirits
presence and work is among them. People then become enamored with what God may be
doing in their midst.
do people come in great numbers to experience Benny saying, TOUCH! Is it so
they can fall under the power? In my opinion, most spectators do not have an
exciting walk with the Lord, so they go to see
and feel something. Scripturally, we do
not find anyone following Peter or Paul for there miracles. Those who tried this
with Jesus were rebuked. People attending crusades today testify how they knew
they would be healed if they came, so they travel from several states and countries
to be present. After people are introduced to the worshipful atmosphere and
preparation through suggestibility, the evening rolls out at an exciting pace. They
hear, Look at this! Oh, there is power here! This is wonderful! Hinn
keeps insisting that it is Jesus who does the miracle, yet it always flows from Hinn
himself. If the miracle really were from God, Mr. Hinn would not have to touch
people or throw the Spirit upon them. God is very capable of touching people since
He is already resident inside believers. However, this new Pentecostal movement of
the anointing is transferred by touch (impartation) from one person (the anointer)
to another (the anointee), has a anointed leader being necessary. The source for all
of this comes from The Latter Rain
teachings of the late 40s. Benny Hinn is infatuated with
power especially from Miss Kuhlman. When he first encountered Kathryn Kuhlman, he
said, "I've got to have this...I want what Kathryn Kuhlman's got. I wanted it
with every atom and fiber within me." (B. Hinn, Good Morning Holy Spirit, pp.9,
S. Mcpherson and Kathryn Kuhlman are his mentors. Even though they are dead, he
frequents their graves. He boasts that he is one of the few that has the keys to
their tombs and says, One of the strangest experiences I had a few years ago
visiting Aimees tomb in California. Friday I am going to visit Kathryn Kuhlmans
tomb. Its close by Aimees...I felt a terrific anointing when I was there...I
trembled when I visited Aimees tomb. I was shaking all over; Gods power came all
over me. I believe the anointing has lingered over Aimees body. Someone asked me how
is it you can feel the anointing around a tomb? I have no idea man, but I sure felt
it. Your gonna feel the anointing...Ive heard of people healed
when they visited their tomb...What a crazy thing. Brother theres things
well never understand.25 Yes, it is crazy, and I dont understand how he can
promote this nonsense. Do we get the anointing and healing from dead people? Let me
ask you, who goes to cemeteries? If what he is saying is true, maybe we should all
move to the cemetery and have church! The problem is, this is not an anointing
from Jesus. Friend,
you cant even get the anointing from another person when they are alive, so how
in the world would you receive it from them when they are dead? No wonder he has no
idea how this is possible; because there is no scriptural validity for his
While some may relate this to the miracle of Elishas bones (2 Kings 13:20-21)
when a dead man was thrown into the tomb of Elisha and touching Elisha's bones
"he revived and stood up on his feet. Neither Kathryn or Hinn are raising
anyone back to life, its not the same thing!