Beware Benny Hinn!
Have nothing to do with people who continue to teach false doctrine after you have warned them once or twice.
–– Titus 3:10, God’s Word ® Translation
“. . . The stringent United States Inland Revenue Service (IRS) had given his ministry [Benny Hinn’s] a passing grade”, so said one of the chief organisers in defence of the upcoming Benny Hinn crusade (Midweek Nation, May 28). However, the real issue is: have Benny Hinn’s teachings been given a passing grade by the Word of God, the Holy Bible which he claims to preach?
A brief examination of some of his teachings in light of The Bible says no. Contrary to Scripture, Benny Hinn teaches that Christians are little gods: “Although we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless we are now divine.” (Benny Hinn, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) December 1, 1990)
“I am a ‘little messiah’ [Christ] walking on earth.” (Benny Hinn, TBN Praise-A-Thon, November 6, 1990)
“You say, ‘Benny, am I a little God?’ You’re a son of God, aren’t you? . . . . What else are you? Quit your nonsense! . . . . If you say, ‘I am’, you’re saying you’re part of Him, right? Is He God? Are you His offspring? Are you His children? You can’t be human! You can’t. You can’t!” (Benny Hinn, Our Position In Christ, #2, 1990 audiotape)
“Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge . . . ? You are god.” (Benny Hinn, Our Position In Christ, tape # AO31190-1)
“You are a little god on earth running around.” (Benny Hinn, TBN Praise-A-Thon, November, 1990)
The Bible reveals that it was Satan who first taught men that they can be and are gods (Genesis 3:15). While Benny Hinn elevates man to the status of godhood, he demotes God to the position of Satan by his claim that Jesus had showed him that He became one with sin and Satan on the cross: “He [Jesus] who is righteous by choice said, ‘The only way I can stop sin is by Me becoming it. I can’t just stop it by letting it touch Me; I and it must become one’. Hear this! He who is the nature of God became the nature of Satan where He became sin!” (Benny Hinn, TBN, December 1, 1990).
However, The Bible says Jesus was always sinless, even though he bore the punishment for our sins on the cross (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5)
Mr Hinn is not only a false teacher; he is also a false prophet. He falsely prophesied the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro: “The Spirit tells me –– Fidel Castro will die –– in the 1990s. Oooh my! Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health, and he will not stay in power, and Cuba will be visited of God.” (Benny Hinn, Orlando Christian Centre, December 31, 1989)
Mr Hinn falsely prophesied the destruction of the American homosexual community: “The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 1990s, about 1994 to 1995, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. But He will not destroy it –– with what many minds have thought Him to be. He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed.” (Benny Hinn, TBN Praise-A-Thon, April 2, 2000)
He also falsely prophesied the physical appearance of Jesus in churches to announce His Second coming: “Now hear this –– I’m prophesying this: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is about to appear physically in some churches and some meetings and to many of His people, for one reason –– to tell you He’s about to show up.” (Benny Hinn, TBN Praise-A-Thon, April 2, 2000)
Jesus warned us about false teachers and prophets. He said: “At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect –– if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:23 to 27)
In response to those who have denounced his false teachings or sought to correct him, Benny Hinn has employed scare tactics possibly in hopes of silencing his critics. On a Praise The Lord broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network, he uttered the following: “Yes, Lord, I’ll do it. I place a curse on every man and every woman that will stretch his hand against this anointing. I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry.
“But any man and any woman that raises his or her hand in blessing towards this ministry, I bless that man. I bless that home! I bless that family . . . . Under this anointing; the words I speak cannot fall to the ground. Under this anointing, everything I say happens” (Praise The Lord, TBN, September 10, 1999)
Thankfully, The Bible says that we need not fear false prophets: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18: 22, English Standard Version)
Many of Benny Hinn’s critics justifiably think his “ministry” is all about the money, for as he once brazenly said: “I’m sick and tired of hearing about streets of gold. I don’t need gold in heaven. I got to have it now.
“I mean, when I get to glory, all my bills will be paid, brother. I won’t have bills in glory. I won’t need to worry about bills in glory. I got to have it here.
“You say, well, Benny Hinn, isn’t that wonderful to have gold streets in glory? Well, of course, but if I hear the thing one more time of how it will be, and how it was, I’m going to kick somebody.” (Praise The Lord, TBN, November, 1990)
– ROGER MARSHALL