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Is Benny Hinn
Many people find fault with Benny Hinn –
with his teachings, his practices and his performance.
But they fail to see him as God does.
They need spiritual discernment.
Here is more of God’s mind on this subject.
By Malcolm B Heap, Midnight Ministries
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In 1993, we took part in Mission To London, an evangelistic outreach at Earls Court, London, conducted by Morris Cerullo. He had invited various high profile evangelists to speak. Benny Hinn was one given the platform.
On that occasion Benny Hinn spoke to an audience of thousands as if he was having a heart-to-heart with his own family in the living room. The anointing of God was upon him!
His discourse was a stirring message about the need for self-denial and sacrifice if you want to live with Jesus. Critics would say it was a 'Benny Hinn performance' – something he contrived by himself. It was not! What he said came from the Spirit. And so did what followed.
When he gave the 'altar call' after his message, many responded and the power of God fell. 800 people were healed that evening! How do I know? God spoke to us via a prophetic word, and told us the number whom Jesus had healed that night.
The previous night, when Morris Cerullo spoke, God healed 500. That was not a human count. It was one from heaven, and which God told us through His Spirit.
Both these men have been given POWER to work miracles. It's what brings the crowds, and has brought them acclaim. Paul listed miracle-workers among the gifts which God has given to the Church (1 Cor 12:10). They are a ministry gift, given to edify the body. God uses such individuals in His first 'thrust' of evangelism. It is a very effective means to reach many with an initial exposure to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I know many critics who find fault with such performances and claim the miracles are all of the devil. I will address that point in a minute.
First, I want to tell you of my firsthand experience with Benny Hinn.
In 1993 I was there. I heard him speak. I saw many of the miracles. I heard the account from one woman who received an awe-inspiring vision of Jesus as Benny spoke. The anointing of God was all over her. I heard Benny's message. I perceived the moving of the Spirit upon him and upon others in that meeting. I met him after- wards, as he walked off stage. (I was back stage at the time, and was the first person he met as he came off the platform. God set that up!) The anointing of God was all over him. You could tell. It was like the Israelites said of Moses after he met with God. His face shone so much that they had to cover it.
I am not saying Benny Hinn's face was exactly like that, but I could discern something amazing, glowing, radiating from him in that brief encounter. That something was Jesus' Spirit! It was not a physical 'glow' as it was with Moses. But it was very definitely discernible!
Now that's not how you tell a true 'prophet' from one who is false. I am not saying that. Nor am I saying that all Benny Hinn's appearances on stage are anointed, or all that he says is from God. But on that occasion, it very definitely was a unique and unusual experience.
The power of God had been at work. Many were healed. Some were delivered from AIDS. Some had been set free from drugs. Others were helped in various other ways. The fruits of that meeting were good. God had been very much present!
I realise it was ten years ago, and a lot can happen in 10 years. When men get elevated, the devil gets in and destroys what God has begun.
I don't have to remind you of Paul's warnings against false teachers (2 Cor 11:13-15). They are liberally spaced throughout the New Testament, along with similar caveats from other writers. [See Apostasy in God's Church!] The danger of false teachers, false 'apostles' and false prophets is a big problem. False church leaders are there throughout – false believers, too – many of them!
Peter forewarned of their destructive heresies (2 Pet 2:1) which appeal to the majority (2 Pet 2:2). But what many shallow Christians fail to understand is that what makes a man false is not what he teaches, per se. It is why. What motivates him? That's what makes him either true or false.
Balaam prophesied correctly (Numbers 24:15-19), which is why some of his prophecies are in the Bible. But he was a false prophet. His heart was false. By that, it is meant that he was not true to God. He had an ulterior motive. He lived for self. He 'ministered' for selfish reasons. He didn't care for what God cared about. What motivated him actually opposed God's will.
With Benny Hinn it is different – very different. What motivates him is the Kingdom of God, the gospel of Christ, and the will of God.
That's not to say that all his teaching is correct. It isn't. But a man who teaches heresy unwittingly – because he does not know the whole truth on the subject – is not the same as one who deliberately preaches it out of a wrong motive.
God looks on the heart, not on the head.
He acknowledges as His, those whose hearts are sold out on Him; not those who might have their doctrine pretty much 'correct', but who have a wrong motive.
Peter's condemnation against false teachers which I have alluded to above, was not purely on the basis of heresy alone. I know that is bad. Heresy causes massive problems in the Church! But these false teachers were appropriating heretical ideas for their own devious purposes.
Covetousness and exploitation were in their motives (2 Pet 2:3). They utilised false teachings to achieve personal acclaim and selfish advantage – whether knowingly or unknowingly, is immaterial, really.
"But that's just what Benny Hinn has done! He teaches heresy. And look at the acclaim he has got and the wealth he has accumulated!"
Yes, but did he set out to do that? No. He didn't. It came along with what God called him to do. It was the outcome, the result, of taking the gospel to others and using the power of God which Jesus gave him for Jesus' glorification.
The lamentable fact that people have glorified Benny Hinn, instead of Jesus, is not all Benny Hinn's fault. It's what people tend to do. They look to the physical. They admire success. They like personable leaders. They stand in awe of miraculous power and esteem the one who wields it.
The fact that Benny Hinn is given miraculous power for the gospel's sake – so that Jesus is preached – does not mean Benny has got all his doctrine right. Some take this erroneous view.
Conversely, just because he has got much error in his teaching does not mean that all the miracles 'he' performs are not from God and must be from the devil. The shallow religious leaders in Jesus' time reasoned like that. Many of them blasphemed the Holy Spirit (Matt 12:24-33) because their pride refused to acknowledge Jesus and His love.
Those who continually seek to find fault with Benny Hinn, because of the miraculous outpouring that has accompanied his ministry, are jealous, proud and lacking the love of God. Like former untameable religious Pharisees, they are not objective, and do not want to see the truth. They have an evil heart. Despite a list of faults which you may justifiably be able to compile, Benny Hinn does not have an evil heart.
How do I know? Because God has revealed to us what is in his heart. He did this through several dreams, which I will now detail.
Dreams About Benny Hinn
The Claims Are Libellous
Critics accuse Benny Hinn of being a false minister for five reasons – because of his:
Listen to what Jesus has to say to these fault-finders.
To every accuser He says:
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgement (Jn 7:24, NKJV).
That means you look to the internal motives, not to externals. Appearances are often deceptive.
Similar accusations were thrown at Jesus. Religious people – and religious folks can be very opinionated, can't they? – found fault with Him for dining with blatant sinners. But Jesus was not seeking to sin. He was seeking the sinner, to bring him to the Truth, so he could find repentance. That is what Benny Hinn is doing, too.
Just because the way he does things does not meet with your approval, is no cause to accuse him of being a fraud. You are not his Judge.
Who are you to judge Another's servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand (Rom 14:4, NKJV).
More pertinent is whether you will stand on the Final Day!? That's what should concern you.
2) False teachings
A man of God can have misunderstandings and misconceptions, but that does not make him evil. What makes a man false is not what he believes, of and by itself, but what is in his heart. And that you can only discern with the spiritual help of God by seeing his spiritual fruits:
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but INWARDLY they are ferocious wolves. BY THEIR FRUIT YOU WILL RECOGNISE THEM (Matt 7:15,16, NIV).
Jesus didn't say that you would recognise a false minister by his doctrine. Yet, hordes of critics hurl vicious epithets and accusations at Benny Hinn, purely on account of the weird doctrines he has espoused over the years. I would be the first to contest with him over much of what he teaches, but I know from what God has shown me that Benny Hinn is not what his critics claim! The spiritual fruits of his life are good, not evil!
Wherever God's people come to present themselves before God, Satan is there also, to try and ruin what God is doing (Job 1:6). Satan is the originator of false accusations (Rev 12:10).
He is also the counterfeiter. Whatever God does, he tries to counterfeit. That causes great confusion amongst believers who can't tell the difference between true and false. The result?
[False believers] speak abusively against what they do not understand (Jude 10).
Miraculous activity is just such a difficult area where the unconverted fail to discern! Space does not permit a full explanation here. I explain more in Testing The Spirits and A Message To Law-Keepers.
4) False claims
Fault-finders assert that Benny Hinn has made false claims about his past, etc. But they are unable to look into his heart and say whether they were deliberate lies or lapses of memory. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone (Jn 8:7).
5) Wealth and fame
Solomon didn't seek wealth or fame, yet God found no fault with him over that. So it is with Benny. He did not seek it. Wealth and fame are an outgrowth of his work for God. It's a pity that so many of his enemies seem to want that more than the love of God! Who has the greater sin?
Testing The Spirits (TTS).
A vital, comprehensive overview of this subject. How you can discern the traits and activity of deceiving spirits, especially in the area of the miraculous.
Apostasy In God's Church! (Apo).
This booklet outlines major areas of deception, as well as the antidote, and how you can discern false ministers.
Dreams and Visions From God (DV).
Some of the many dreams which God has given us and what they portray.
A Message To Law-Keepers (MG2).
This publication is primarily addressed to legalists. It also explains the miraculous phenomenon of 'slaying in the Spirit', and why God sometimes 'slays' people by the power of His Spirit.
A Message To 'Charismatics' (MG6).
Where charismatic teaching grossly misses the mark and why such believers face grave consequences ahead.
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