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wpe18.jpg (3240 bytes)HINN’S HEALINGS????? ? We should see genuine, outward healings if Hinn really has a gift from the true God.  Those on stage during Benny Hinn’s crusades claim healing from a sore back, a neck problem, cancer, lupus, and we supposedly see the crippled walk. But you never see genuine healings from permanent physical deformities like an eye forming in the socket or someone’s arm that was amputated being restored as with Biblical miracles. Yet Pentecostal stories are held up as if such acts were happening all over all the time. However, they are never filmed and there is no medically documented proof given. What has been produced as “proof” is glaringly lacking. Still the outrageous stories continue as, “I was in Ghana just recently and we had half a million people show up and a man was raised from the dead on the platform. That’s a FACT people!” What is the implication? Benny suggests, I was there and I saw it. When questioned face-to-face, “Do you literally believe that someone has been resurrected on the platform?” guardedly Hinn responded, “Oh, John, I would not limit God.  Ah, God can raise the dead, absolutely. I have not seen it.  In that one case we did hear about it.” (Impact News).  He was there and didn’t see it! Whenever anyone presents an inaccurate story about a resurrection, doesn’t this hinder the presentation of the biblical resurrection?

Hinn continues to out do himself by recently saying on TBN"I see something quite amazing …I see rows of umm, of caskets lining up in front of this TV set. And I see them bringing them closer to the TV set. And as people are coming closer, I see ahh, a, actually loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen, and people are, are getting raised as their hands are touching that screen… there’s gonna be divine resurrection happening as people bring their loved ones to the TV set." (TBN Oct.23, 99) Hinn goes on,"I feel the anointing talking here. People are going to be canceling funeral services and bringing their dead in their caskets, placing them, my God, I feel the anointing here.” (TBN 10/19/99) Should we believe someone like this who tells people the power is going to come through the TV set to raise the dead. And when he stated before its a fact, they have it on video and its found to be just another false yarn spun. Paul used James and Jambres as an example of false miracles in the last days which come from those who resist the truth. In my opinion Hinn has had too much controversy surrounding his claims to be accepted. Everything he teaches has a shred of truth baked with a whole lot of leaven.

People testify how they have been healed from cancer because they felt something. Feelings can be unreliable and misleading. Most “healings” in the Benny Hinn crusades seem to have the same descriptions such as warmth, burning and intense fire. In contrast, there is no description of anyone in the Bible having feelings like electricity, numbness, or heat. Today’s crusaders claim that say this is how they KNOW that God touched them. Investigation finds many people already predisposed to a “Word-Faith” theology, claiming their healing beforehand and believing they will receive it. Most of the testimonies come from Hinn’s own Covenant Partners and others who follow his ministry. Consequently, many are predisposed to believe they will receive. The people worship with thousands, lifting their hearts to the Lord and are wide open to any kind of an experience. With this a person can have lots of “feelings.” These may be misinterpreted as being from God; when really it might be only from within oneself or from convincing affects produced by the atmosphere. This is very important! If there are any real healings, it is because of the grace of God despite of the what is being presented on stage-- but they are indeed rare.

The Impact News special said, “Benny Hinn says all of the healings that appear on his television program are fully documented.” Consider the famed healing of Evander Holyfield. This “miracle” has often been paraded around on Mr. Hinn’s program and on TBN as a genuine healing. He announced, “The Lord is telling me right now He is repairing Holyfield’s heart completely.”26  Benny Hinn’s influence on Holyfield’s health gained the attention of leading magazines such as Time and others. Yet the medical specialists found that Holyfield’s internist really gave an inaccurate diagnosis from the tests.27 We ask, who was “telling” Hinn that Holyfield was healed? Holyfield clarified the confusion with sports writer, Terence Moore. “He felt the faith healer had no affect upon his heart.” Holyfield said, “There really was not anything to heal. That is because I do not believe that I had a problem with my heart to begin with.”28 (Holyfield is a member of Creflo dollars church) After donations were low in covering the crusade attended by Holyfield, Hinn solicited $100,000 from him to help with the expenses. After agreeing, Hinn requesting the full $265,000 to underwrite the cost of the whole crusade. Holyfield then agreed to donate the total amount.29

Hinn claims that the healing's that appear on his TV program from the crusades are fully documented. Its what he means by documentation that is in question. Everyone who comes to the crusade is into it, because they have seen the TV show. The illusion is created to make the audience and those especially watching by TV think that hundreds are healed in front of witnesses. But Hinn’s ministry has no real authentic way of knowing when someone is healed. He says “I do not know the individual if they are healed, they tell me they are healed.”

Real healing does not come easy. Inside Edition has monitored Benny Hinn since their first program on him in 1984. In one dramatic scene, Hinn claimed to heal a mother and her two young children of AIDS. Again Hinn’s credibility is questionable. The so-called “healing” was presented over national TV without valid verification. Inside Edition confronted Mr. Hinn because the woman and children were not really healed. In addition, one of the children did not belong to the lady. When told this, Hinn tried to justify himself saying, “All I know is what she said. I was praying she would get a miracle and I put it on, showing me praying for someone with AIDS to give someone hope with AIDS.” Are we to assume that “the word of knowledge” was turned off at the time? For the dying, true hope was absent.

On Larry King Live, Mr. King said, “You could do it on the street.” Hinn said, “Well, yes, but look, it’s not as easy because you really need that atmosphere of faith.” Did Jesus and the apostles need an atmosphere? The answer is obviously no! didn’t the apostles heal in the street? In contradiction to this statement, we are told that people are healed on the drive to the crusade or while waiting in line without being in any atmosphere of faith. I certainly agree the atmosphere is important, very important!

On March 16, 1997, Impact News gave a couple of common examples of people who attend the crusades for healing. Linda Tyson brought her 17 year old son, Shandez who was injured in football and is now incapacitated in a wheel chair. She went to his crusade in Atlanta with much hope and faith. The first and second night she could not get in. Then Hinn prayed for Shandez briefly backstage and they went home still hoping for a miracle. Laura Twilly was dying of cancer and came to be healed. She was interviewed in a screening process. As often happens, she said she could not walk, but after attending she felt better and was very excited having hope. Not truly healed, she walked with a new strength at the crusade; but she died four weeks later.

Carol McGraw, of the Orange County (California) Register, did a   report on Jordan Sheehan. Jordan, at the time was a 2-year-old who suffered severe brain damage as a result of a fire. He was in a coma for two months. He could not swallow, talk or move. Jordan’s parents and grandparents thought that if they could get the child to Hinn’s healing crusade and have him prayed over, the miraculous would surely come upon the child. According to McGraw’s report, Jordan never experienced the miraculous touch from Hinn, and he and his family were guardedly kept from the stage. ( "Faith in His Hands," Orange County Register, Dec. 5, 1995, Accent, pp. 1,6.)

Why are some accepted on stage while others are not? Larry King inquired about the screening process. Benny said, “I have doctors. I have people that are trained who make sure that the person is healed...I don’t really pray for the sick. I pray for them, you know, after they are healed. On the program I pray for the sick when I say now stretch your hands…But in the crusade itself, they are healed just sitting there, see? And so they’re checked. They’re questioned. ‘Do you know what’s wrong with you?’ And then the doctor, or whoever, will check as much as possible, of course. And, ah, you know the pain is gone and now of course when someone is healed of cancer or leukemia, or something, we will always say, ‘Go back to your doctor and make sure you really are healed because you really can’t tell by just asking some questions.’” Within a minute Benny contradicted himself. Why have doctors in the screening process to make sure if no one really knows? Why does he pray for the sick on This is Your Day and other programs but not in the crusades? In truth, he does pray for people to be healed during crusades, making such statements as, “If God will heal one he’ll heal two, if he will heal two he’ll heal three.” How logical is it to attribute the sicknesses to demons and then cast them out of people who were already healed? Are the demonized healed? When Benny pronounces that they will never be sick again or commands the sickness to go, what does that mean? Other faith healers call that “healing,” so should Mr. Hinn. A few years ago after Inside Edition exposed such inconsistencies Hinn said, “We will not say they’re healed or something like this, because how do we know they are healed. They’re telling us they’re healed, so we can’t speak for the people.” (TBN, March 4,1994). Then why do we hear that a left ear is being “healed,” cancer is “healed,” a blood condition is “healed,” deafness is going ? Sometimes you can hear them pronounced all at once “I rebuke...tumor in Jesus’ name. I rebuke that blindness, in Jesus’ name. I command that leukemia to go now, in Jesus name...And I rebuke that heart condition, in Jesus’ name. And that lung disease goes now, in Jesus’ name. And that back injury...And the crippled babies made whole now...And the blind white eye is healed now, in Jesus’ name… All you, his people, come out of your sickness into his health. He’s calling you into his health, in Jesus’ name.” (Honolulu Blaisedale Center '99)

On the Larry King show, Benny shared a story about him being sick with a head cold. He claimed that he turned on the TV and saw his own program. He explained, “I had a terrible cold one day. Oh, it was terrible! I couldn’t breath, it was terrible. I turned on my program (Larry:“No. You cured yourself!”)…Benny Hinn on the show said, ‘Stretch your hands!’ and I thought, (Larry: “Come on, Benny!”) Oh I thought to myself…so stupid you know for me to go and actually put my hands…and suddenly the Lord really spoke to my heart and said, ‘The man on television is my anointed servant.’…I went over and put my hands on the screen and yes; I got healed.” Is it the Hinn on video that is anointed, not the one who is alive! There is so much wrong with this statement as one can wonder- is it real or is it memorex? 

This is fast becoming like the icons in the Catholic Church.  Benny claimed he was healed by his own video! I would find it more believable if he had breathed on himself. Seriously, if this is possible, people no longer need to go to see him in live crusades; they could just show his videos in hospitals and touch more people’s lives with “the power of God.” A Benny Hinn video would be a greater miracle than the Apostle Paul’s handkerchief? Why did the Lord say the man on the TV was anointed and not the live person? Obviously, Benny’s promo was a pitch to the viewers to lend confidence in his ministry! Larry’s “Come on Benny!” are my sentiments also! Characteristically, Hinn tells people what they like to hear, tickling their ears.

One of the most peculiar testimonies came from the broadway movie star, Ben Vereen. He was in two traffic accidents which gave him a very small chance at survival. Vereen certainly gave the impression that he was a Christian since he said you must exercise faith in God to be healed. He said god is a force, I watched as Mr. Vereen said, it doesn’t matter what you call him, whether its God or Jesus, Buddha, Allah. Strangely, when Vereen was to appear on the TBN show with Hinn to give a testimony, he canceled because he had a little cold. Later, on the Suzanne Somers show (Sept.29,1994), he attributed his healing to his doctors, the therapists and a pastor named J. Coleman, a former Unity school of Christianity minister, still holding those beliefs. Vereen is currently endorsing the Tony Robbins power tape series.

Why doesn’t Benny Hinn go visit hospitals and heal the patients? Does God heal mostly during a crusade? Or do people need to wait for Hinn to come to town? Hinn is confident that God is going to respond in the same way in every city he visits. Hinn did go to a hospital! He says he received a special invitation from the Reverend Mother of a Catholic hospital. Benny went and conducted a service with three Pentecostal preachers and seven Roman Catholic priests in a hospital of 150 patients. (Welcome Holy Spirit, page 231). He claims that this hospital’s chapel was filled with clinically ill, bed-ridden patients. The doctors and nurses watched as they anointed people. Hinn described it as it looked like an earthquake hit because the people were lying everywhere. His story went on into a miracle mystery tour of Benny’s own imaginations.

What Benny chronicled got investigated by G. Richard Fisher of Personal Freedom Outreach. He wrote, “Something of this magnitude probably never would have been forgotten at Sault Saint Marie General Hospital. How did it ever escape the attention of the news media? As described by Hinn, this could be the most incredible happening Canada had ever experienced. Many people could verify it, yet there is neither anyone at the hospital who remembers it as Hinn tells it, nor are there records to confirm the fact. The real story is neither extraordinary nor miraculous. Here is what actually happened. Our connection with the hospital got us the response, ‘Benny who?’ Director of community relations for Sault Saint Marie General Hospital, Lois C. Krause instantly denied all that Hinn claimed. She said it could not have happened in the way that Hinn’s book described. She laughed after reading a copy of the story. No miracles occurred in the hospital as Hinn claims, she said, adding that no patients left that day due to miraculous occurrences. Some older staff members did recall Hinn’s name but did not remember anything as extraordinary as Hinn’s book describes. They did not deny the possibility that chapel meetings were held, but did not recall the meeting as recounted in Welcome Holy Spirit. Mother Superior Mary Francis, also disputed Hinn’s account. The hospital released this statement which included the following remarks: ‘No such events have ever occurred at General Hospital. His pronouncements can neither be verified through the medical records nor by testimony by past or present personnel of this hospital. Mr. Hinn’s claims are outlandish and unwarranted.’” (July-Sept. issue of the Quarterly Journal of Personal Freedom Outreach) By the way he was not asked back.

In his book, The Confusing World of Benny Hinn, Fisher explains that Benny Hinn “embellishes truth and he fabricates, exaggerates and misrepresents events.” He went to the hospital but the experiences did not happen anything like he claimed. What a terrible testimony for someone claiming to be God’s minister! Hinn’s greatest stories which he personally documented are fabrications! Hinn’s book exaggerates stories going to millions of people. His holding to Word Faith theology seems to affect the way he thinks and looks at things.

Hinn announced plans in ’99 for a healing center to be built in Dallas Texas starting Jan. 3rd 2000. Despite Rod Parsley prophesying it would be easy to build, the permit was denied and the date has come and gone for the healing center.  “Its going to have healing gardens, with healing statues of biblical healing saints from the Old Testament. Its going to have a healing fountain an eternal healing fire, its going to have places where people can come to and be prayed for in a healing cathedral and chapels in it.”30 Not surprising on the Larry King show Hinn stated: “Look, God has given us, Larry, many sources of healing. Look at Lourdes. People have been healed going to Lourdes and Fatima. There was a pool, even in the Bible, the pool of Bethsaida, where the angels stirred the water — people were also healed. So God has given us many avenues of healing. He wants us to be healed.” This is all a Catholic influence.

 

wpeB.jpg (2661 bytes)HINN’S INCOME $wpe19.jpg (1915 bytes) $: Impact News, on March 16, 1997, presented Mr. Hinn with this question, “May I ask what your annual salary is?” Benny explained with difficulty, “Well, John, you knew that that would be private, but ah, I knew you would ask it. I can tell you this, um, if it wasn’t for my book royalties, I’d be dead!” Yet when Larry King asked about his salary, he said, “People ask me what I do with this money from my books, for example, from my royalty. I give much of that away.” In Hawaii at the February 28 service, he discussed the distribution of his books, saying, “Anything that sells, I don’t get a cent. All the books, all the tapes, I get nothing. I just get one cent. That’s it!” Notice the two stories! Which is really true? There is a consistent mystery of multiplicity when it comes to explaining either the practical or the supernatural. Impact obtained a copy of his five year employment contract. It set Hinn’s salary at $250,000 a year plus unspecified group benefits. Benny responded to another question, “So you’re asking me if it’s accurate?”  (Impact: “If it’s reasonably accurate.”) “It’s close.” Later Hinn told Impact his yearly income including royalties was much more, between $500,000 and $1,000,000 a year. Two to four times as much is not close! Hardly a man in history ever made so much money preaching “the Gospel!” Benny said softly, “I would love the day to come where, ah, I would live only on my royalties and would not have to take a salary from the ministry at all.” Mr. Hinn has been quoted saying, “I have lost complete desire for anything to do with the world. My worldly desires are gone.”31 On Larry King he said that he has needs while defending his opulent lifestyle, claiming that he gives much of his book royalties away. In truth, what comes through the ministry stays in the ministry. The week following the Impact program on Larry King Live, Larry asked, “Big salary?”  Benny said, “Um.  It’s OK.” Larry inquired, “Are you wealthy?” Benny said, “No, I’m not wealthy.” What is Mr. Hinn’s definition of wealthy or even well-to-do? He recently moved from the exclusive Heathrow Development to an even more exclusive Alaqua $685,000 home. On Impact he stated, “The home…the car, I paid for. The ministry pays nothing when it comes to home and car and all that.” That sounds wealthy! His suits are tailored, his shoes are Italian leather, and his wrist and finger are endowed with gold and diamonds. He wears a diamond Rolex watch. How many people do you know who enjoy this kind of lifestyle that are not rich? Benny says, “What’s the big deal, for goodness sake? What am I supposed to do, drive a Honda?” When Larry King asked about his Mercedes, he was not aware that Benny traded it in for a Jaguar. Jesus and the apostles walked in suffering and experienced tribulation to express their faith. In contrast, Benny shows it by what he owns (See 2 Cor. 6:3-10). Despite his saying “Preachers who live in big houses and drive big cars ought to examine their calling”(9/93) Mr. Hinn embraces the prosperity philosophy. He has declared, “I’m sick and tired of hearing about streets of gold [in Heaven]. I don’t need gold in Heaven.  I got to have it now.”31 This is certainly reflected in his lifestyle of ministry. He spent nearly $9,000 per staff person on a round trip fare to fly the supersonic Concord.  This saved four hours of flying time. Hinn and his personal bodyguards stay in presidential suites of the most exclusive and expensive hotels in the world, costing as much as $2,200 a night. (Impact News). While The apostles said, “Silver and gold have I none but in the name of Jesus rise,” Hinn can honestly say silver and gold I have also.   

Benny reasonably says, “And I do not ever want to get to the place where I have to be begging for money to, ah, keep the bills paid.” Then we saw, “If God would speak to you, even giving $10,000, $50,000, or maybe even a $100,000 we need, we can use it, believe me now.” (Impact News). While this may not be called begging it certainly could be called manipulative. Benny Hinn’s Hawaii crusade included showing a video of his

crusade in Nicaragua. He claimed that he did not have the heart to ask the people of Nicaragua for an offering. Why? He teaches, “If you have big debt, you sow big seed…If I had to have a big financial miracle, I would not give a dollar. I would give a big sacrificial seed, believing God for the harvest.”(Impact News) According to Hinn’s own faith theory, he denied the people of Nicaragua the blessing of overcoming poverty by not giving. On Larry King he stated, “We don’t force the people to give. People give out of their own freewill and it pays the bills.” In Hawaii Hinn asked the Lord to speak to the people of Hawaii, to give generously saying, “I’m asking the Lord to speak to many of you to give a thousand dollars tonight.  Some can give even more…at least a hundred dollars to help us.” He cleverly lifted a greater offering, instructing the people, “If you have nothing to give but you really want to give something to the Lord’s work, would you mind standing up…Now would you look around and see those standing around near you?…Come on!  Somebody get up and give them some money so they can give also. There’s people standing up who have nothing to give. Somebody give them something to give so they can be blessed!” While freewill is involved there is a lot of coaxing. Once again we hear a double message. He couldn’t ask from the poor in another country to give yet he cleverly got people to give double offerings in the wealthier Hawaii.  

wpeD.jpg (1602 bytes)HINN’S MESSAGE IN HAWAII: Benny Hinn claimed to say things that were never shared before in public. The Friday evening message was very disturbing. We waited to hear a message from the Word. Finally, after 2 hours with the mood set by music, he spoke. The problem was, it was all about his experiences of the spirit  realm. Here are a few of the highlights:

“I’ve known moments when I’ve felt the presence of God, I’ve smelled the presence of God. I did this morning right here. And those around me smelled the frankincense. In Detroit, Michigan, so great was the presence of God, the whole building began to fill up with a mist and we began to breath it and smell it, frankincense…I’ve seen the presence of God…I not only have smelled it. I’ve seen it with my own eyes…Moses saw a cloud…Peter, James and John saw a cloud...As Christ walked into that cloud, and the voice of God spoke and said, ‘This is my beloved Son, hear Him”…many times, in our own meetings, many times I will see a mist over people. I can actually see like a mist over the people’s heads…Elisha said, ‘Open his eyes, Lord. Open the eyes of my servant so he might see.’” No where does the Bible allude to breathing or smelling the Holy Spirit. When God’s presence came it was visible to all, not something seen by the few who have an anointing and spiritual insights. Elisha did not see God’s presence, but saw the spiritual realm where the angels prepared for the battle that was about to occur. This was a one time occurrence. Everything Hinn presented was uncommon and even foreign for the believer today! Benny went on claiming, “Whenever I talk to Him, I see Him. I can tell you what color He has on. I’ve seen that so many times. Most times I see Him wearing a blue, beautiful, almost like a silkish-looking garment, a white garment, a white and a scarlet garment…And often when I see Him, I know whether He is pleased with me or displeased with me. There’s been times when I see Him with a smile. Other times I see Him with a very serious look. Other times…it’s almost like a mist around His face. And He speaks to me so clearly. You know I ask Him questions that most people probably don’t ask Him. I said, ‘Lord, show me my future. I want to do something with my future.’ I saw my future, in a vision and I saw myself as an old man with white hair. (he has since dyed his hair)I said, ‘Lord, how long will I live?’ He told me. He said, ‘Sixty-nine. If you take care of yourself, seventy-three.’ So I want to buy a treadmill.” Mr. Hinn seems very comfortable with such honorary appearances of God right in his room and wherever he goes. John the apostle knew a special and close friendship with Christ on earth. But when he saw the Lord in heaven written in the Book of Revelation, he fell at His feet as dead. The Bible says that all of our days are numbered, so did God give Benny Hinn a choice? Does the Lord continue to appear to Benny Hinn in spite of the fact that the Bible clearly states how Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand  of the Father as our mediator until he comes again? When Jesus comes we will all see him at the same time.

Benny explained the closeness of the supernatural realm. He said, “It’s closer to you than the air you breath…I’ve walked in that world. I’ve seen things you would never be able to understand.” Then he appealed to his longtime friend, Paul Crouch, to validate his story. “Paul, do you believe that I am a man of God? … How long have you known me? Am I crazy? Can I tell you something? I’ve never shared this. Never! I was in prayer one day and a man appeared in front of me. For two days in a row, twice, one day and the next day. I saw this man in my room. It frightened me at first. When you enter into this world of prayer it starts with the mind where you’re so accustomed to the things around you, then you enter into a spiritual thickness and wealth where nothing bothers you, nothing frightens you. Angels don’t surprise you anymore with their appearance because you’ve been already tasting and been feeling and you been living in an atmosphere. Do you understand that?…You are not shocked by anything. There appeared to me a man…He was about six feet two. Old man…white beard. His face was somewhat thin, but very bold! Eyes, crystal blue! He had on a white garment…On his head was like a shawl…He looked like a priest. But every part of Him glistened like crystal. And I spoke out and I said, ‘Lord, who is this man I see?’ I know you might think I lost my mind, but the Lord said, ‘Elijah the prophet!’ Do you know when that happened? That happened days before the anointing on my life doubled. Literally! The ministries anointing doubled after that.” (Honolulu Hawaii Feb.28, 1997 evening service).  

Necromancy literally means divination by consulting the dead. This is what he is describing here. And this is not the first time. It is evil spirits who imitate the dead, even dead saints. “I had a vision of the night… I saw myself walk into a room and there stood Kathryn Kuhlman … the morning she died, I had a dream what I - what I saw in a - in a - in a - in a casket with a white dress.”  Hinn has spoken many times of Kuhlman like this as He has mentor Kuhlman as a female spirit guide.  He has copied almost everything off of Kathryn Kuhlman, (so much for being led of the Spirit). Her speech, her mannerism and the way she ministered, one can almost say he’s channeling her.

lsaiah 8 addresses those who practiced divination saying “should not a people seek their God?  Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?” The answer is that God's people should never seek the dead on behalf of the living it is an abomination forbidden by the Lord. It is spiritists that contact the dead, not those who follow the Lord. Some justify this by pointing to Jesus and his transfiguration when  Moses and Elijah showed up. But there are significant differences. Jesus was God, they came representing the totality of the Old Testament witnessing to him as the truth and their Messiah, as Elijah represented the prophets and Moses the law. They were summoned there by the Father for discussing his death. The Father approved of this as He spoke from heaven identifying His only Son. It is not the same thing for Hinn!

What happens if one challenges Hinn’s supernatural claims? Over the years Hinn has used his TV time to make threats to Berean’s. Hinn in one of his crusades was interrupted by the Lord and says "Yes lord I'll do it, (Hinn in a different growling voice says) "I place a curse on every man and woman that will stretch his hand against this anointing I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry.” (Sept. 13 1999) Can one curse those whom God has blessed? Ask Balaam.

THE DOUBLE PORTION ANOINTING

Anyone is free to believe whatever they want. However when someone is promoting a Christianized mysticism to the millions of people we can’t sit back, we must speak out. When Angels and saints are said to come visiting on a regular basis, influencing a person, then he affects millions of others to attempt to live in like manner, it is time to call it a night. When Elisha asked Elijah for his mantle, Elijah said it was not his to give. He said, if you see me go up, God will give you the double portion. He had to leave first. In contrast, Hinn claims special visitations likened to Jesus upon the Mount of Transfiguration. Nowhere in the New Testament are we to expect such experiences or double portions. Hinn believes that from this he can dispense

different functions. Again we don’t receive the anointing from dead people or alive people, it comes from Jesus alone as in 1 John 2:27, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him.”  The anointing is in order that we may teach the truth. The Spirit leads us to understand Jesus’ words, not new meanings. The whole New Testament points to Christ in you, an inward transformation, and to reveal Christ in us (Gal.1:16; 4:19; Eph.3:17; Col.1:27; 2 Cor.3:18). Hinn continually leads others to look for visions, apparitions and outside influences to really know Christ.

Jesus did not say, “I am sending you the healing, miracle working, signs and wonders Holy Spirit.” The Spirit is called the Paraclete, meaning another like Jesus or one who comes alongside us as a helper. Yes, he does miracles but not on man’s schedule nor as a common promise to all. In Acts the Spirit baptized people and gave them  power to speak the Word boldly (and correctly I might add).

In the book, The Anointing, Benny talks about four different levels for Christians. He believes we must achieve the higher levels or we cannot be used of God as he would like. The third level is “the presence.” The fourth level is “the anointing,” which he supposedly lives in himself. The promoting of this special superiority is just the opposite from scripture. Colossians 2:10 tells us that we are “complete in him.” In Ephesians 1:3, we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing.” Scripture teaches us to be continually filled with the Spirit, but this is not a transference into a level of the spiritual realm. In 1974, Benny testifies about holding up his hands to pray in church and a hundred people fell on the floor. He was then launched into ministry overnight. I have a tremendous problem with this. All of the apostles spent time with the Lord. Paul, the most learned of all, still spent several years in Arabia learning from the Lord before his ministry. God always prepares the vessel before He entrusts him with service. God never entrusted anyone with the type of power that Benny offers. It is disturbing to see so many people accept this as the gospel without testing it’s origins or current operations! Compare the biblical model to what is going on in the fanfare of the miracle crusades and you discover that the modern experiences could not go any further away from scriptural guidelines. While Hinn’s mouth may point to the Lord, his actions and his Bible interpretations say something quite different. Claiming to give the anointing to others is just plain arrogance, as if replacing Jesus.

Hinn’s anointing manifests in some very bizarre phenomenon "Fire on you and your ministry. Bring those preachers, My God. FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE on you." At times he is writhing in estatic pain where he says "ahhh arrggh, My skin is about to explode, your body will tinkle from the top to the bottom … If I don't release it I'll blow up. If I don't release the anointing I'll blow up I got to release it on somebody." (TBN with Paul and Jan Crouch Sept 13 1999) “I've been preaching 25 years almost I've never seen the anointing as frightening as I saw in Denver Friday night.  The anointing was so strong that  one man Nevell Mcdonald who has a church here was holding onto the pole.” (Sept 13 1999). “believe me when I tell I you do not even identify with the benny Hinn you see on Television. Because it’s a different man its not me. My children are afraid of me under the anointing. (ibid.) The anointing is called the comforter who is God the Holy Spirit, yet he says his children are afraid of him when it comes on him (and he is afraid of the anointing as well). What spirit is this that is giving power manifestations in his meeting?

In an Australian interview Hinn stated "Now when I lay hands on people they do fall. Why they do fall I don't know. Interviewer: "but if you laid your hands on me here with the cameras on, you couldn't make me fall down. BH "No, because there's no anointing right now…" What Hinn is admitting is completely non biblical as the Bible in 1 Jn.2 says the anointing resides in us always. This is an admittance that he needs the atmosphere to accomplish his power presentations.

When Jesus healed someone, He instructed the healed one not to tell anyone. When Paul and Peter were used of God to heal, they did not line people up and parade them around publicly. They did not interview them one after another on a stage in front of people asking questions like, “What did you feel? Was it warm? Was it electric? Describe it for us.” They did not knock them down in front of everybody with an alleged anointing while crying out, “Touch!” or “There’s power here!” “Take the anointing!” We see Mr. Hinn knocking people down, picking them up and knocking them down, even up to five to eight times. What is the purpose of this? Is the first anointing that he places on people not enough? Its all for theshow. He sometimes has people falling together like a violent pile-up on a freeway. People are lifted off the ground resembling a martial arts movie. Nothing glorifies God with this behavior. The meetings are out of control in the sense of being outside the scriptural operations of the Spirit. In Oklahoma, in 1986, an 85 year old woman fractured her hip when someone that was slain in the Spirit fell on her. She later died from the complications. A suit for 5 million dollars was issued and settled out of court. Shortly afterwards was born the ministry of catchers.33 Now everyone who practices slain in the spirit incorporates them in their ministry.

Failed Prophecies are also given by Benny Hinn.  On December 31 of 1989, he said, “The Lord also tells me…about ’94 or ’95 no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America…” "The Spirit of God tells me--an earthquake will hit the east coast of America and destroy much in the 90's."  "The Spirit tells me -- Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. Holy Spirit just said to me, it'll be worse than any death you can imagine." Time certainly is the enemy of a false prophet, but only if remembered.

Part 3 continued

 

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