Benny Hinn - modern day prophet or 
wolf in sheep's clothing?

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Benny Hinn false prophet prophecies wrong inaccurate misleading fake charlatan con man
One easy way to tell if a modern "prophet" is speaking on God's behalf is if they have a 100% accurate track record on what they predict.  If they get it wrong even one time, God tells us they are not speaking on his behalf no matter how sincere they may seem.  See this link for a list of several prophecies Benny Hinn got wrong.  

For alert Christians, this alone should be a complete show-stopper in terms of deciding if Benny Hinn is someone they should be supporting or associating themselves with.  In the verse below, click on the word "afraid" to see what it actually means.  It has a little different meaning than the English translation in the KJV would suggest.

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22

Dateline TV Program failed to address the more serious issues

NBC's Dateline TV program recently did an expose' on televangelist Benny Hinn.  On December 29, 2002, Mr. Hinn responded to several of the Dateline accusations on his own program.  We had an opportunity to watch both programs in their entirety.  However, neither side addressed some of the major problems with Mr. Hinn's doctrines that cult watching groups have expressed concerns about for years.  We believe there are good reasons to suggest that in spite of his appearance of sincerity, and some of the charitable efforts he has been involved with, Mr. Hinn is a wolf in sheep's clothing and should be avoided.  For more information about Mr. Hinn's doctrines, see this link:

http://www.apologeticsindex.org/h01.html

 

Miracles that deceive

During the program where he attempted to refute Dateline's accusations, he had someone on his program who appears to have been genuinely healed at one of Mr. Hinn's crusades.  In this particular case, we can't say whether the man's healing was from God or Satan because we don't have access to all of the facts surrounding the situation. Both Satan and God can heal human physical afflictions, even something as serious as cancer. What was interesting about that case was that according to the man's own testimony, he appears to have been healed before he went up on the stage with Mr. Hinn, and as a direct result of his own prayers to God, not Mr. Hinn's intercession on his behalf.  

It would be appropriate at this point to clarify an important point.  We are not suggesting that all of the healings that may occur during Mr. Hinn's crusades are demonic in nature.  It is certainly within the realm of possibility that many real Christians attend those crusades who have asked God for a healing miracle.  God does indeed grant requests like that today when it is His will to do so.  What we suspect may be happening is that when genuine healings do occur at one of Mr. Hinn's crusades, and it was done by God, that it was done in spite of Mr. Hinn, not because of him.  In such cases, Mr. Hinn may wrongly be given credit.  


Gut instincts versus Bible based Discernment

Unfortunately, too many Christians  today are 'experienced' oriented.  That means that when they see miracles or other supernatural events happening, they are too quick to follow the person or spiritual entity who was responsible for it, or to believe the event was caused by God. Because the 'experience' seemed so real, they listen to their gut feelings instead of carefully, and unemotionally searching the Bible to see what it has to say about it.  If they take the time to seek out expert Christian advice, they can often determine with a high degree of certainty whether the miracle(s) they witnessed were truly from God or from Satan or other demons.  

It is very helpful to have a good understanding of what the Bible has to say about false prophets and false messiah's.  If more Christians would take the time to get well grounded on these Biblical issues, they wouldn't be so easily deceived by people like Mr. Hinn.  We have been given permission to put an excellent on-line audio-tape series on our web site that does a very good job of teaching these Biblical concepts.  For those who suspect they may be in a cult, following a false prophet, or know someone else who is, the audio clips at the following link may be very helpful:

Cults and Modern-Day False Prophets


Increase in counterfeit miracles in the Last Days

In these last days, the Bible tells us that Satan and possibly other demons will use many great signs and wonders to deceive the world with.  Note that the Bible tells us that they'll be very convincing and very believable. 

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Matthew 24:24

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.  Mark 13:22

It should therefore be no big surprise to anyone that genuine miracles can be traced to Mr. Hinn and other false prophets.  There are numerous other examples of this happening today, which include:

Marian apparitions

New age healing techniques like Reiki

Communicating with the Dead, Communicating with Other spirits, Reincarnation

The Bible is clear that when we have been able to identify someone as a false prophet, or as one who is promoting serious heresies as Mr. Hinn does, that regardless of how many "good works" they appear to be doing, we have a responsibility to both refute and avoid them. God's warning about people like this in Matthew 24:24 "they shall deceive" should not be taken lightly.  


Protect yourself with the full armor of God

We are living in spiritually dangerous times where there are stepped up efforts to deceive us with great signs and wonders.  We must remain vigilant, and not allow ourselves to be deceived by emotionalism or counterfeit miracles.  We cannot count on the Satan controlled secular media or anyone else to do our thinking for us.  Each one of us has a personal responsibility to earnestly search the scriptures to see for ourselves if what we hear squares with God's Holy Word, the Bible.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  Acts 17:11

 

Related links

List of Benny Hinn's false prophecies

How to Test the Spirits (to determine false doctrines about Jesus)

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