In a previous article Fads, Gimmicks and Spoofs, I mentioned, as an example, Benny Hinn. As it often does this brought a large post bag. Interestingly enough, not just those who felt we werewrongto criticise Benny Hinn, but also from those who felt we did not go far enough.
As a result many were crying, “what is your evidence to say these things?” This is a valid question and so I have collected a number of quotations and examples, which lead us to conclude that when you compare Benny Hinn’s teaching with that of evangelical Bible believers, there are some distinct differences. I present this evidence below and ask you to check it out.
Many of the quotes are 10 years old, but as far as I am aware, apart from one statement on the Trinity that I mention, none of them have been rescinded, and this is the current teaching of Benny Hinn. If however you can show clearly that he has changed his teaching or that any of these quotes are taken out of context please let me know and I will print a clear retraction.
Several have questioned why we speak against an apparent man of God like Benny Hinn. Some get very upset that we dare seek to “touch the Lord’s anointed.” If this phrase is taken in context you will discover that we are acting in obedience to the Scriptures. David did speak out against Saul and helped those who were oppressed by him. What David would not do, however, was to remove him from the position that God had given him – that was up to God alone.
Others say to us that we should not deal with these issues publicly but approach Benny Hinn in private. However, as these statements have all been stated in public and have gone far and wide we believe we do need to print our thoughts on them so that everyone has the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective and then make up their own mind.
We have mentioned before his antics on stage and the way he deals with people. The main problem we have, in some case, is the way he makes them a laughing stock, which is never the way Jesus dealt with people. The answer we are often given when making this comment is that ‘he is American.’ However this does not exempt us from acting in the way Jesus tells us to. We are not talking about putting mud on eyes here; can you imagine Jesus knocking down the woman with the issue of blood, telling His disciples repeatedly to pick her up, only for Jesus to knock her down again, while the crowd laughed and cheered?
After all this, if what he said was true and his teaching perfectly Scriptural maybe we could accept these actions. However, the problem is compounded by the fact that Hinn teaches a number of non-Biblical doctrines and has uttered clear false prophecy when he claims he is under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We do not highlight the teachings and actions of this man without evidence and so we list below first, the non-Biblical teachings and then the false prophecies. As Christians, having checked out the evidence for ourselves to see it is not out of context or made up, we must answer the question, “can we accept such a man as a true servant of God?”
“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!” – Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) 1 December 1990.
To say that Jesus became the nature of Satan is heretical on two counts. First, if He became the nature of Satan He would have been a rebel and deceiver, however Jesus was perfect to the last breath and on the Cross He paid the penalty for sin but not by becoming the nature of Satan.
Second, Satan is only a created being and so if Jesus became the nature of Satan He would cease to be God.
We need to be clear that the Bible does say that Jesus became sin but scriptures also clearly show that He did not take on the nature of Satan. For instance Hebrews 4:15 shows that He was without sin and 1 Peter 2:22 that no deceit was in Him.
Who I Am in Christ
“Though we are not Almighty God Himself, nevertheless, we are now divine.” – TBN 1 December 1990.
“You know what your last name is? Jehovah! So I’m Benny Jehovah!” – Spiritual Warfare Seminar Jubilee Christian Centre, San Jose, Ca. 2 May 1990.
“When you say I am a Christian, you are saying ‘I am a messiah’ in Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth.” – Praise-a-Thon, TBN 6 November 1990.
“Then you are divine… Then you’re not human.” Orlando Christian Centre Broadcast, 1 Dec, 1990.
There are many other quotes too where he has said similar things and yet again these statements are clearly heretical. The Bible clearly shows from the first verses (Genesis 1:1) that God is uncreated and we are all created beings. We as humans can never become god and we can never be divine. We are certainly not ‘Jehovah’ or ‘a little messiah’. There was only one Jehovah and only one messiah.
If we are the same substance as God we would not need to worship Him or bow the knee to Him as we would be ‘of the same level’.
“Christians are ‘Little Messiah’s’ and ‘little gods’ on the earth. Thus [Encouraging the audience]…say I am a God-man… This spirit-man within me is a God-man, say I’m born of heaven a God-man. I’m a God man. I am a sample of Jesus. I’m a super being. Say it! Say it! Who’s a super being? I walk in the realm of the supernatural. Say it!…You want to prosper? Money will be falling on you from left, right and centre. God will begin to prosper you; for money always follows righteousness….Say after me, everything I ever want is in me already.” – TBN 6 Dec.1990.
To be a ‘little’ anything means we are of the same nature but just a smaller version. Indeed Christ is in us and when we see Him we shall be like Him but we will never be a little ‘god’ even in our new resurrection state.
This quote starts with the same claim that we are a little gods, ‘a sample of Jesus,’ whatever that is and then links this righteous life with money. This is amazing because the Righteous One was not showered with money and as Scripture says, “the love of money is the root of all evil” – (1 Timothy 6:10) – the opposite of righteousness. This is not only teaching the heretical view that man is ‘a god’ but then bringing the salvation of Christ down to the level of me prospering with money! This is not the true Gospel.
“God the Father, ladies and gentleman, is a person and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost… See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person; but each one of them is a triune being by himself. If I can shock you and maybe I should, there’s nine of them! What did you say? Let me explain. God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul and his own personal spirit body. You say, I never heard that! Well, you think you are in church to hear things you heard for the last fifty years?” Orlando Christian Centre Broadcast, 13 Oct. 1990.
Later on a TBN Show, Hinn tried to laugh it off when he said,
“This thing has almost become comical. Paul, here is what I believe. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost – three separate individuals, one in essence, one in work, and may I add, each of them possesses his own spirit body. That’s what I believe.” TBN, 23 Oct. 1992
You cannot just laugh off what was supposed to be anointed teaching; which in Hinn’s understanding is revelation from God Himself. God never changed His mind and never in Scripture do we find ‘these nine beings,’ so where did Hinn get this teaching from in the first place? When you can be so far wrong on such a central issue, can you ever again trust such teaching? What is obvious from the end of the quote is that Hinn feels he must bring something ‘new’ all the time. See the first quote in the next section regarding this.
Even now though, with the ‘new’ version of his Trinity there are problems, because the Bible does not teach that there are three spirit bodies in the Godhead.
“If we quit giving you new revelations we’re dead.” – TBN 9 Dec.1990
As we say above, this is Hinn’s attitude. However, what this produces is a pressure to say something that has never been heard before, so that the revelation can keep flowing and the ‘anointing’ is seen still to be there. Why change the Biblical teachings of the past 50 years? Is there always a new revelation? Surely there is nothing new in the sense of hearing something that has not been taught before.
On another issue Hinn described a Roman Catholic communion he partook in.
“I was feeling the actual form of a body… when we partake of the communion, it really is Jesus and He heals your body. So how can you stay weak and sick?” PTL, 27 Dec. 1994
Evangelical Christians, of which Hinn claims to be one, believe that the emblems represent the body and blood of the Lord, not become them!
“You know what? We’ve said this a million times and it’s not even scriptural – all because of Job: ‘The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ [Job 1:21] I have news for you: that is not Bible, that’s not Bible. The Lord giveth and never taketh away. And just because he said, ‘blessed be the name of the Lord,’ don’t mean that he’s right. When he said, ‘blessed be the name,’ he was just being religious. And being religious don’t mean you’re right.” – TBN, 3 November 1990.
The Bible is not God’s Word according to Benny Hinn. He has superior revelation to Job and indeed other passages in Scripture which deal with the Lord taking away. God is sovereign and there are times of testing when God takes away so that we trust Him and not the possessions. Hinn changes Job from the righteous man that God said he was to a religious person who did not know what he was talking about.
“Poverty comes from Hell. Prosperity comes from Heaven. Adam had complete dominion over the earth and all it contains. A. Adam could fly like a bird. B. Adam could swim underwater and breathe like a fish. Adam went to the moon. Adam walked on water. Adam was a super being; He was the first superman that lived. Adam had dominion over the sun, moon & stars. Christians do not have Christ in their hearts. Sow a big seed, when you confess it, you are activating the supernatural forces of God.” – Praise-a-Thon, TBN November 1990.
Who really knows what was in Hinn’s mind when he brought this extra-biblical and bible-denying word. Is this really the teaching of a man of God or is it the ramblings of someone who feels they must always be bringing some new revelation?
“… the anointing is dependent upon my words. God will not move unless I say it. Why? Because He has made us coworkers with Him. He set things up that way. – The Anointing, Benny Hinn, p.82, Nashville: Thomas Nelson. 1992.
This statement that God is dependant on us is still the teaching of Hinn as it was repeated on a ‘TV Special’ broadcast on 31 December 2002. Here Hinn relates a dream and at one point clearly says that God told him that He is dependant on man. This is clearly denied by Scripture and indeed if you take that statement to be factual you would realise that God would no longer be God! This, in other words, is false teaching and denies the Word of God.
THE FALSE PROPHECIES OF BENNY HINN
“The Spirit tells me – Fidel Castro will die – in the 90’s. 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.” – Orlando Christian Centre, 31 December 1989.
“The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90’s, about ’94-’95, 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.” – Orlando Christian Centre, 31 December 1989.In the ‘TV Special’ mentioned above a prophetic statement was also made that in the dream (received early December 2002) God told him that in the next few days and weeks we will see rivers of blood and Satan will unleash horror and terror on this earth as never before.
Please note that these are not ‘I think’ or I feel’ statements but are given under (as Hinn believes) the direct anointing of the Holy Spirit. This is God’s Word coming through Him. In fact in the first two prophecies mentioned above, he had to ask what he said, because he was so taken over he had no idea what he was saying. These therefore, are specific prophecies which have clearly not come true. Benny Hinn, by his own words, is a false prophet and therefore not to be trusted.
Press here for a further article regarding the ministry of Benny Hinn.Dec, 1990.