Benny Hinn Does Not Have ‘the Power’…
In case you have not seen this story–though it has been widely reported–Benny Hinn’s wife recently filed for divorce. (HT: Chris). To be honest I don’t mind seeing things go a little sideways in Benny’s life. I mean, I feel bad for his kids, they don’t deserve to suffer the sins of the father, and I’m sure they will have some issues to work through… but Benny? Yeah, I really don’t mind seeing this for one simple reason: maybe some sheeple will wise up.
You see, Benny is part of that stain on humanity called TBN that is constantly trying to bilk and swindle people out of their money. Benny even went so low during the recession to claim that if you didn’t have enough money to pay your mortgage to take what little money you had left and seed it into his ministry for “supernatural debt-cancellation.”
Important aspects of Benny’s–and others like him–claims is one) there is something God is holding back from you that you can only get through him, two) you must take a step of faith by giving money to access what God is holding back, and three) once you take this step of faith God will give you what he is holding back and you will have complete and total victory. Victory in your finances, in your life, in your business, in your marriage. Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly.
Basically God is a force (not a person) and Jesus is magic. Do the correct ritual–“seed” money–and say the right incantation (Yell: In Jesus-us’ name-uh) and you will have more money than you know what to do with and everything will go awesome in your life. All of the time. Always.
The final ingredient in the scam may be the most important: playing off of people’s lusts and desires. Benny will claim all sorts of healings and will play off of the emotions and desires of those who desperately need healing. I’ve personally seen this one with my own sister and it is heartbreaking to watch and go through. Painful. Or they will show their houses and riches, and hold their own position up as the proof of what they are claiming.
This is very important, don’t miss it: they are the final proof of what they are claiming. The proof is in the pudding so to speak. Conversely, if things are going poorly then the power of God is not on your life. It is very much cause-and-effect theology. Reminds me of the immediate retribution, covenantal theology of the Zadokites.
For an example listen to Benny lay it out himself:
At this point I want to ask any of you that are followers of this sort of “theology” to just stop and use your brains for a second. Among the TBN rip-off artists’ there has been “a spirit of divorce” to use their own misguided and passing-of-the-buck language. I’m a class one asshole at home and my spouse files for divorce but let’s blame things on the “spirit of divorce” or the devil. It works, and it’s easy because you never have to do any of the really hard work of discipleship and deal with any of the issues in your own heart. I didn’t use unkind words. I didn’t act unforgiving. In fact I was the best most loving husband/wife but that spirit of divorce…
Paul and Jan Crouch: divorced
Bynum and Weekes: divorced
Paula and Randy White: divorced
Benny Hinn and Suzanne Hinn: divorced
I’m sure there are more if I had the desire to look, but I can only take TBN and their ilk in very small doses. Too much exposure can lead to a loss of brain cells and IQ. You have to be careful.
Questions: Where is the complete and total victory in Benny’s life? Shouldn’t Benny’s radical anointing and holiness prevent something like this from happening? And if, according to Benny’s theology, bad things happening in your life is the proof of the absence of the power of God then why the hell is he still ministering? Shouldn’t there be a step back for awhile?
How can he have the anointing (by his theology) and hold “miracle” and “fire” conferences when the proof of his life is that he does not have the power of God?
Followers of TBN and Benny: the emperor has no clothes! The wizard Benny who you hope will predict the future, make you rich, or heal your illnesses has no power. Benny has no special connection to God, and you will not get “a bountiful harvest’ by giving money to Benny. Well, sorry, you will get something: you’ll get screwed!
Wake up world: God is not a force, Jesus is not magic, and Benny the wizard has no power… especially not the power of God.