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Jesus to appear in Hinn’s Crusades   "A video of a meeting that was held somewhere I don't remember where now, and you see the lord on the video He (the lord) actually appeared in the video, yea I got it somewhere I think I even showed it in our church (10/22/96) The Lord appearing on tape is not something one would misplace but then this is a common occurrence for Hinn who states he sees him even when he prays. “I see the Lord, I can even tell you what he was wearing” (10/22/96)

Hinn gives another story of this incident,  “The Lord's face appeared on the balcony and what was so remarkable is right before that the same face appeared in the children's church on a blackboard. And a little child sitting there with crippled legs was healed instantly. The teacher comes running down from the balcony screaming and shouting, … telling us how the Lord had appeared up there. And when she came running down that's when the face of the Lord appeared in the main sanctuary. She was screaming, we all began screaming, and for eight weeks the Lord's face sit on that balcony, on the wall… that Sunday night service when I was having a healing service, as I was speaking the mouth was moving... the Lord's face was on the wall and you could see the mouth moving as I was speaking. “ (This Is Your Day, April 21, 2000) Notice he says as he was speaking Jesus mouth was moving as if Hinn’s words are Jesus words. This is all a false image of Jesus and is no different than the Catholic phenomenon of statues bleeding or crying. This is a supernatural manifestation of idolatry and has nothing to do with the real Jesus. Maybe this is why he can say “the anointing is dependent upon my it. words. God will not move unless I say Why? Because He has made us co-workers with Him. He set things up that way.”(Benny Hinn, The Anointing p.82, 1992) "Under this anointing the words I speak cannot fall to the ground, under this anointing everything I say happens.” TBN with Paul and Jan Crouch Sept. 13 1999) But this is a claim only God can make Matt. 24:35  "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." It is God who says he will perform His word. Isa 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please.”

Hinn has emphatically said, “I believe, that Jesus, God's Son, is about to appear physically, in meetings and to believers around the world…The Lord is physically appearing in the Muslim world.” Hinn also referred to the late prophetess Ruth Heflin who was  responsible for the gold dust craze. He said the Lord spoke to her audibly and said that He is going to appear physically in one of our crusades in the next few months.” (Mar.29, 2000 by TBN) He will, appear physically on the platform in one of our crusades (4/20/2000) “The Holy  Spirit has already told me He is about to show up.” “I am going to Kenya ...I feel in my being it is going to happen there.” (3/29/ 2000)

“You know that the Lord appeared in Romainia recently and there's a video of it, where the Lord appeared in there back of a church and you see him on video walking down the aisle, Yea. Paul do you remember when I came on TBN years ago I showed you a clip of the lord appearing in our church in Orlando on the balcony on the wall. Yea you remember that Paul Crouch "yea very well I saw it.”…"86 the blessings of God began but they began with this manifestation of the Lords face on the balcony that stayed for 8 weeks, 8 solid weeks. The Lord has done this in the past but he 's about to do it again, now here this I'm prophesying this Jesus Christ the son of God is about to appear physically in some Church's and some meetings and to many of his people.” (TBN 3/29/2000)

The Lord Jesus warned in Mt.24:23 "Then if anyone says to YOU, look here is the Christ! or 'There! Do not believe them."

Mt. 24:24-26 "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." See, I have told you beforehand. "Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it." What did happen when Hinn went to Africa? Not only did Jesus not appear but It was reported that “Four Kenyans, including two young children, died at a religious meeting while they waited for miracle cures from a visiting American evangelist, Benny Hinn” (4 May 2000 Four Die Waiting for 'Miracle' Cures Nairobi, Kenya) Benny Hinn previously prophesied-Ruth Heflin prophesied-Hinn said the Holy Spirit told him that Jesus would appear on the platform.  What kind of prophet does this make him? If ones doctrine is false their prophecy will be also.

The conclusion of the Matter

The only way to know the true from the false is to test it. Jesus had the greatest anointing. Yet, when He prayed for people they did not fall over. When He breathed on the apostles to receive the Spirit, they did not fall. Neither did Jesus fall when He was anointed at His baptism. The Spirit came upon him as a dove, gentle, and as a companion. Hinn’s phenomena is foreign to the Scriptures. He claims that the Holy Spirit is a person and God; but he throws him around as a force that he claims is the Holy Spirit. The spirit Benny works with goes where he directs him. John 3:8 says, “No one knows where the Spirit comes from or where the Spirit goes...” The Holy Spirit is likened to the wind. In contrast, Mr. Hinn seemingly knows where he will go next. Can someone say “touch” and have the Spirit respond? If so, who is in control? Benny even has power spots appear upon stage where this spirit is manifested, so he directs people to run to that part of the stage. Those within the power spot all fall down under this “anointing.” Think, my friend! Where do we find these experiences? 1 Corinthians 4:6 tells us not to exceed what is written. There are parameters. Even the apostles did not have these kind of experiences through the Holy Spirit! What power is operating? What is the source? The Bible commands us to test it. Mature Christians test the spirits; new babies, weak and carnal Christians do not test (Heb.5:13-14). Whether through naiveté or insecurity in not wanting to know the truth, the result will be the same for everyone who does not guard their souls, regardless of the reason, they fall into destructive unbiblical practices that will hurt their Christian walk and testimony.

Benny Hinn and this kind of supernatural phenomena could not exist in a biblically-centered atmosphere. His errors would be immediately exposed in discerning, bible-believing congregations,  submitted to and operating within the Word of truth. There is no room for Holy Ghost theatrics. The further removed from God’s revelation people get, the more they will succumb to spiritual leaders who claim powers from on high, while taking the church away from true worship. When people are steered by euphoric feelings, in awe of the stage and the performers charisma, the heart drifts far from God.

If one were to put together all the revelations, visions and encounters of God and angels in Hinn’s life, they would far exceed anyone from the biblical record. Martin Luther once described certain people of his day as spirit fanatics. Hinn is so involved in spiritual manifestations, that it would seem that God is not doing anything if something sensational does not happen. True Christianity is worked out in people’s lives through a steady consistent walk of God. His working in lives conforms them to be His Son! It is a daily walk of yielding to the Lord. I believe in miracles, but not in what is being portrayed by Mr. Hinn.  2 Timothy 3:2 tells us that all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, but evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived. How is this accomplished? The deception is in connection with avarice and gain. Power is offered that they cannot deliver. Money seems to always be involved. Christ’s anointed church is under His headship and He alone does the anointing for service. God’s blessing is not through any engineering of men. God works by His Spirit, in His timing and in His way, not through a manner of miracle crusades from town to town like a rock concert tour.

What if the whole church followed Hinn’s model of Christianity? Everyday we would have someone receive a new revelation from God. The new revelation would then supersede the former truth of those before them. We would return to the same Gnosticism of the 1st century, of which numerous epistles were written to counter. We must adhere to the truth delivered to the apostles of the Lord, not to newly anointed prophets and apostles held up as Protestant popes in the latter days. We need to practice the biblical priesthood of all believers and experience the deeper walk with God, not depend on prophetic mediators who claim to pass on “new“,  “fresh” and “ super anointings.”

Benny Hinn once said, “If I say something that is not from the Bible, believe the Bible; don’t believe me! I told you earlier, if I say something (and) the Bible says something else, you believe the Bible. Say, ‘The Bible is always right.’” That was good advice which multitudes disregard. If the church acted upon Benny Hinn’s advice, he might not fill the stadiums anymore. I admonish you to exercise caution and discernment. See whether Mr. Hinn teaches Bible truth. Then you can watch over your soul and you can rightly divide the Word of truth in showing yourself a workman approved of God. Only then can you protect yourself from experiencing the consequences of   Hinn’s Fables!

For more on Hinn go to- B. Hinn directory

Recommended reading:

The Confusing World of Benny Hinn,  by G. Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman.                                             

 A Different Gospel by D.R  McConnell                                                       

Counterfeit Revival and Christianity in Crisis, by Hank Hanegraaff

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        1) Mike Thomas, The Power and the Glory. Florida Magazine, Nov.               24, 91.

2) Good Morning Holy Spirit, Pg.28-30.

3) Grace World Outreach Testimony.

4) Good Morning Holy Spirit, p.42.43,17.

5) War in the Heavenlies, p.116-117.

6) PTL TBN Network, Jan.28,93.

7) News-sun—Orlando Sentinel Florida hospital conversation with records Dept., Feb.8, 93.

8)Sheriff Dept. of Highlands County, Sebring, Florida.

9)Offense incident report case #83-05-0830 p.96. Confusing world of B. Hinn p.60.

10) Confusing World of Benny Hinn, p.61.

        11) Good Morning Holy Spirit, p.44-46.

12) Confusing world of Benny Hinn p.46-50.

13) Confusing world of Benny Hinn, p.33-38.

14) Our Position in Christ, #1, 1991 audio TBN Dec. 1 1990, Dec. 15 1990.

15) TBN, Oct. 3 1990, Oct. 13, Audio Orlando Christian center.

16) PTL TBN, Dec.6,1990

17) PTL, Dec.1,1990. Orlando Christian Center Broadcast.

18) PTL, Dec.6, 1990.

19) Spiritual Warfare Seminar Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose Ca., May,2 1990.

20) Orlando Christian Center, TBN, Dec.9,1990.

21) Orlando Christian Center Broadcast, Oct.13,1990.

22) TBN, Oct.23,1992.

23) Personal testimony, July 1987 audio # A071987, Orlando Christian Center.

24) PTL, Dec.27 1994.

25) Double Portion Anointing, Pt.#3 O.C.C., Audio # A031791-3, Apr.7 1991.

26) TBN, Dec.6 1994: Impact.

27) Atlanta Journal Constitution. Dec. 3, p.c2, Dec.28, 1994, p.G1.

28) Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jan. 8 1995, p. F 3.

29) Confusing World of Benny Hinn, p.112

30) (Aug. 24, 1999 This is your day, TBN)   

31)The Anointing, p.177-17832) TBN Apr.1991

 32) Florida Magazine, ”The Power and the Glory,”p.13

33) Florida Magazine, ”The Power and the Glory,”p.13

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