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Benny Hinn

Benny Hinn's teaching, as Hank Hanegraaff has said, "runs the gamut from the blasphemous to the bizarre." We'll begin with a couple of his false prophecies. On December 31, 1989, Hinn prophesied that Fidel Castro would die in the 90's and his reign over Cuba would end:

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 Center, December 31, 1989)
On the same day, Hinn also prophesied that God would destroy homosexuals by fire during the 1990's:
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 Center, December 31, 1989)
Notice, Hinn claims that the Holy Spirit gave both of these prophecies to him. Considering neither of these prophecies came to pass, and that Hinn claims direct revelation from God, they fall specifically under the category of false prophecy as defined in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. We might be tempted to say that Hinn was simply mistaken, but we cannot ignore the fact that he attributed these prophecies to the Holy Spirit.

Hinn also has an interesting view of God (though I believe he has since recanted this teaching), also purportedly given him by the Holy Spirit:

Man, I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me here. Lift your hands. Something new is going to happen here today. I felt it just as I walked down here. Holy Spirit, take over in the name of Jesus.... God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person; and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost. Say, what did you say? Hear it, hear it, hear it. 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. Huh? 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, huh, I never heard that. Well you think you're in this church to hear things you've heard for the last 50 years? You can't argue with the Word, can you? It's all in the Word.(1)
This is clearly a teaching that did not come from God, though Hinn did claim it to be so (i.e. - "revelation knowledge" and "Holy Spirit, take over..."). This is nothing less than heresy since what Hinn is here teaching is that there are three separate beings, or three gods, and the Bible teaches there always has been, and always will be, only one God (cf. Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10, 45:5-6, 45:22, 46:9; Mark 12:32). This can mean one of only two things: either Hinn is listening to spirits other than the Holy Spirit (and claiming and/or believing them to be the Holy Spirit), or he is outright lying. Either way, he is dangerous.

The liberty Hinn takes in attributing teaching to the Holy Spirit does not stop here however. He also seems not to have a problem taking similar liberty with God's Word:

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 takteth 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.(2)
Of course, Job 1:22 supports Job, not Hinn. Though many pages could be spent documenting Hinn's error, these statements alone should be enough to convince anyone that Hinn should not be in the pulpit.

Bibliography

  1. Benny Hinn, "Benny Hinn" program on TBN (October 3, 1990).
  2. Benny Hinn, "Benny Hinn" program on TBN (November 3, 1990).

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