Hinns rebuttal to HBO
Undercover program-- reveals more than HBO did!
aired their America Undercover program on April 15, 2001on Benny Hinn and Reinhardt
First off I dont like what the HBO undercover did by making
it seem that there is no miracles and implying that there is no God. This is quite
absurd but this is not to become an excuse for those who do evangelism in the manner
that their report showed.
The HBO special showed the crowds over emotionalism and unbridled enthusiasm. While it may not have been balanced no one can deny this is part of the crusades.
They showed the desperate (some newly converted) who did not
receive their healing, even though they had strong faith. Yet Hinn states, All
things are possible to him that believeth, all you have to do is believe because
everything is possible with God.
This coverage has been a long time coming and there is no way for anyone who thinks things through to sweep what was shown under the rug.
program of course was not well received by Hinn or the Crouches, and they were quick to
react publicly on it. While I do not
agree with what they said about miracles and God, the reaction from Hinn was just as
revealing than the special done on him. In some ways he did a special on himself by
trying to present a rebuttal the next day (Apr.16, 2001).What I would like to
do is look at Hinns reaction afterwards and what was said in the interview with
the Crouch's. Lets see if any of what he said makes sense. Again one must think
things through to arrive at truth lest they be persuaded along the way by their
emotions, loyalty or plain denial.
Crouch asked Hinn what did they say they were going to do to get you to be a part of
Hinn, They wanted to do a story on miracles and the story would be fair I talked to Oral Roberts afterwards and he said if one good thing came out of it, its the thing that you finally made the decision to never again talk to them. Im telling today before the Lord I will never ever allow them (Paul Crouch interjects- read his lips) they will never be allowed in my meetings.
HBO in the outset of their program said Jesus Christ was a
miracle worker and today the most dramatic claims for miracles and healing are being
made by charismatic Christians.
says we need to know we need to see the deception from right at the beginning. They
deceived you by coming to you and saying what?
Hinn, Well first of all they told me it would be fair it
was not, and then they did not put all my answers which really angered me. (Pc they
edited) Hinn: well of course they did!
Now I want to interject
here, Hinn must know after doing so many interviews for years that they always edit
things out? And to this day I know of no newscast who did a program casting him in
positive way. To be fair Hinn did give it a chance.
For example when they asked me do I ever question my dreams and visions. Well we
all do we have to. And heres what I said, if its in the word we accept it but if
you dream it and your vision is not in the bible then you got to dismiss it because
its not based upon the word. So they have to saying yes I, I, I question, well of
course I have to Im a human being with a brain. We even have to... the bible says
even when prophecies are given to test them. It test
prophecies to make sure God has spoken. So we cant accept everything that
comes our way, we have to be intelligent as Christians. But they just left that in
and they didnt put any other part I talked about the lord and how we check things
out with the word
also mentioned the placebo affect which I did not know much about I said well,
I know some and then the man went on and telling me what it is how mental powers
being so great that people can come out of wheel chairs, well its true, it does
happen, in fact it happens in every healing ministry and every healing service.
(He then gives Kulmann as an example of it happening all the time)
Well Ive seen things happen like this
and in fact theyve caused me to
question things what Ive seen with my own eyes. I remember one lady in St. Louis
going out of a wheel chair and going right back in it, in the service itself.
What Hinn may be referring to is the women featured on the HBO Undercover special that aired April 15, 2001 (or one just like it). In this incident he stated, someone on a wheelchair has just been healed. You feel a warmth on your body (obviously the Holy Spirit) Stand up out of that wheelchair. Hinn again says Your feeling a warmth on your body thats right, get up out of that wheelchair and start walking.
HBO comments this lady struggled for nearly 30 minutes to rise up out of her wheelchair only to sink back in exhaustion.
They then discussed the unfair comparison of Bohnke and Hinn to Hitler (or maybe it was their followers they were trying to show). Be that as it may I will leave this alone as this is not the point of the article and I do not want us to go off on a tangent.
Hinn states We have documented miracles in our ministry that we done ourselves with doctors that we work with ourselves and they said no, they wanted people that they could document themself. Hinn then states We do way more than most ministries did in the past. I mean Kathryn did not have a follow up program like we do today. We follow every healing and say go back to your doctor and make sure you are healed dont throw away your medication. W e have a whole stack of this every single day. When somebody is healed they go down off the platform we take the names we take their information we call them and make sure they understood what happened. And then we say go back to your doctor and we give them a whole list of things which is so classic believe me. It impressed other news groups in fact I was told by CNN that they found nobody that is actually doing this, but we are.
If this is true why has he
not provided it for the ministries that have asked for this over the years?
states One more thing I would like to do because I think there are
questions about why people lose healings. And I think a lot have probably questioned
this, and Im sure maybe in other cases they have.
I'm doing a whole teaching on what I've never done before, "on how to keep
your healing. and also why some people lose it. Because I've seen
this happen over the last 27-some years.
Im teaching it in my conference that begins
Im going to take one session and teach on why do people lose
healing and how to keep your healing, because we have no tapes on that
Crouch asks Hinn, "What is one main reason that people would lose a
healing?" Hinn said "Faith," plain faith.
What happens is
sometimes with individuals whose faith is not strong, who's not founded someone
comes and well its in your mind you
really arent healed, the second they
say 'Ah, maybe,' it's gone. So we keep everything we receive by faith. We receive
by faith and we keep it by faith.
Now here Hinn has completely contradicted what he said previously in the
beginning of the interview. For anyone whose memory is less than perfect let me
repeat what he said so confidently,
'When God does it, it's definite. When God heals them,
they can't go right back in that wheelchair again because then he did it. And God
doesn't do it and then take it back." In this
Hinn is absolutely correct. So then how can he teach on how to keep your healing and
not lose it? How can one lose a healing if it is from the Lord? No matter how you cut
it he has contradicted himself and what God does.
I believe this was said to explain what HBO uncovered with people not being healed and some even dying.
Now I cant find once instance where Jesus said to keep your faith for
your healing. Jesus did tell some not to
sin any longer, but it was addressing a specific action that probably was related to
bringing on the consequence or sickness. But He never said they would lose their
healing, but that something else could occur. If it is our faith that keeps the
healing from God which is suppose to be of his grace then we all are in trouble.
Think about it whatever you received by faith, you home, your job, a child and yes
even a healing could all be gone tomorrow according to Hinn if you waver in your
Crouch." saying to Benny Hinn, "You know,
we have to fight for our healing to keep em," "just like we fight for our salvation, "you taught
Do we fight for our salvation or even to keep it? If so then it is
not a free gift.
If one fights for their healing from Hinn, then this too is not a free gift. It may be best to question what is really taking place.
On a side note the other night I watched LeSea broadcastings Word a flame conference where Dupree ( I believe this was the speakers name) said near the end of his message-- that everyone knows that 97% of the people who are healed at Hinn's crusade lose their healing. This amazed me since I never heard anyone say this. Did anyone do statistics, what group has kept track of this? Does Hinn know this, if so why has he not mentioned it before. I could think of hundred questions that are prompted from what was said. The fact here is that he is agreeing with what Hinn said, that people lose their healing because of a lack of faith. Where are we taught this in the Bible? If the success rate is this low (and I would guess much lower) then what is all the fuss about. One could have better success by going to a doctor and not lose their healing, and they just may save some money to boot.