Gospel of the rich man to poor man

Televangelist Benny Hinn, we are told, multiplies his world fans by day and night, making millions of money, to boot, from his crusades; but, contrastingly, he doesn’t garner much warmth or friendship among fellow ministers, pastors and priests –– barring, perhaps, in Barbados.

And only one Bajan man of the cloth has dared to challenge publicly the coming of this controversial religious figure to our land –– the outspoken Pastor Vincent Wood. As far as the good reverend is concerned, the very concept and reason for bringing Mr Hinn here are an insult –– to our intelligence, we would presume.

“Is he coming to preach better than us? Pray more sincere than us?” asks Pastor Wood.

For a $300,000 tab he had better!

Surely these are questions the National Alliance Of Churches And Christian Organizations (NACCO), Evangelist Hinn’s prospective host, must answer.

It is a compelling paradox that NACCO, established as a platform for churches to come together as one on national issues and as a partnership in prayer and state guidance, would have as its headliner at its very first major public event –– the National Miracle Healing Service And National Blessing –– a most contentious personage, who is himself a Lone Ranger of sorts, having been heavily criticised in his homeland the United States for misinterpreting and misquoting The Bible; for proffering false prophesies (even that Jesus would turn up at gathering or two of his); and on account of his alleged visits from angels, and his supposedly successful communication with the dead.

Notwithstanding, NACCA, cognizant of the fact, like most others of us, that Barbados could do with a miracle, seems confident that Hinn is the man. And, the NACCO team would summon 3,000 Christian souls from among us at $100 each to meet the costs of putting up here the multimillionaire American preacher who lives in a US$8 million waterfront mansion in Orange County, owns a US$36 million private jet, and receives approximately US$110 million in donations a year!

For those who would be crying accountability in respect of these funds, NACCO’s  chief Reverend Ferdinand Nicholls has promised Reverend Wood and the other quieter critics there will be an audited statement after the Hinn event. But the question is what benefit will the show be to attending Barbadians? Will it be worth the money raised in these very hard times in this island?

Can Barbados be truly guaranteed a blessing via the American celebrity televangelist for all this effort?

The faith healer Pastor Benny Hinn claims he can make the crippled walk, cure the very sick and rid the terminally ill of their cancer. Yet his claims of miraculous healing are treated with scepticism by fellow healers. Why is this? Is it just disagreement over the Hinn methodology, or fear of competition? Maybe both?

Reverend Hinn’s spiritual powers aside, the more burning question here for Barbadians is what does all the ostentation surrounding the Gospel by the mouth of Hinn say to our humble hearts? And what does the keeping up with the Joneses attitude that we might hobnob with one of the world’s wealthiest evangelists –– if not the wealthiest –– say about us as a people and the religious elect who would lead us?

It is not only an insult to our senses; it is even more an assault on our psyches.

That NACCA can believe we need such a holy man as Pastor Hinn, at great cost, to remove our fears and hopelessness, and that his $300,000 bill for coming ought to be met, and gratefully so, seem to put show, pomp and circumstance for a celebrity before love, charity and grace for the church.

Still, there is little doubt the funds wouldn’t be raised. Lesser doubt thousands wouldn’t turn up: children, teens, adults and the elderly, with raised hands, rocking and weeping, chanting and crying, even speaking in tongues. Too may come the healings –– and the gospel of the almighty dollar.

We are reminded of Jesus’ caution to his disciples:
And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
–– Matthew 9:24

11 Responses to Gospel of the rich man to poor man

  1. Joy Pugsley
    Joy Pugsley May 30, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Well said

  2. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer May 30, 2014 at 1:27 am


  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley May 30, 2014 at 4:51 am

    idiots waste their cash on fakes like him

  4. Annette Downes
    Annette Downes May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Then they crying broke!!!! What an insult to Bajan’s intelligence. Don’t Barbados have enough praying people? Does Hinn have a direct line to God? Does Bajans have to go through operator Benny Hinn? Is he the gate keeper to the kingdom of God? If he is truly sincere about spreading the word, he should do it for free….let’s see how sincere he is. The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. This proves that Barbadian Evangelists don’t have enough confidence in their own prayer. Tell me how can you encourage sinners to be saved if you don’t even believe in the power of your own prayer.

    • Annette Downes
      Annette Downes May 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

      There is a lot to read and know about Benny Hinn and those who are like him. People just need to do a little research. These preachers PREY, NOT PRAY on the poor, desperate, gullible people who thinks salvation comes from a man in fancy suits and an articulated vocabulary. These preachers talk people lifesavings from under their beds.

  5. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony May 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Tell that to the goats who follow like sheep

  6. Sanderson Rowe May 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Jesus has Hiis work cut out on his return, overturning the many tables in the many temples.

  7. Olutoye Walrond May 31, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    2 Peter 2:1-3
    “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

    And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

  8. dd smith May 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Why Mr benny hinn, doesn’t seek out the Germans,Spaniards,the Irish the English. If he is so worthy, he needs to heal America trillions in debt, economically and socially bankrupt, most states in the US is broke.
    If the silly gullible bible punchers in Barbados want to pay him $300,000, I would come and pray for $100,000 for 10 days, we are becoming a laughing stock, that’s why every foreigner is owning a part of Barbados , except bajans ,they are praying and waiting for divine intervention, that’s why our island is in this economic mess, and its going to go on and on.
    This is a reflection of black people, because they have allowed religion and the bible to devower our culture. sad, sad, sad.

    • Sanderson Rowe June 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Benny Hinn is singing out of the same hymn sheet as Cable and Wireless, Flow and the Trinis. Bajans are easy to part with their monies.

  9. Thomas Jones June 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I have resided in the USA for many years and have heard first hand of the (Fake Evangelist) that Mr Hinn professes to be.I cannot understand how our supposedly well educated country folk could offer money to hear this man preach.What have we become?I can’t think of any other country in the world right now that would entertain this nonsense.


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