What else has Hinn done? P.2
Hinn’s response to those who questioned him over the years give us insight into his finances. Getting a straight answer can be difficult.
Impact News on March 16, 1997, asked Mr. Hinn this question, “May I ask what your annual salary is?” Benny responded, “Well, John, you knew that that would be private, but ah, I knew you would ask it. I can tell you this, um, if it wasn’t for my book royalties, I’d be in debt!”
Yet when Larry King asked about his salary, he said, “People ask me what I do with this money from my books, for example, from my royalty. I give much of that away.” Ministries, ah, charities, ah … what comes in through the ministry stays in the ministry. In other words, it pays the TV bill, it pays the staff.”
On his website Question 14. Do you get royalties from the ministry for the books, CDs, and DVDs that are offered through the ministry?
“I receive no royalties from the ministry for the products I offer on This Is Your Day!” http://www.bennyhinn.org/finances/articledesc.cfm?id=990 (you now get error 404 on this page)
In Hawaii at the February 28 1997 service, he discussed the distribution of his books, saying, “Anything that sells, I don’t get a cent. All the books, all the tapes, I get nothing. I just get one cent. That’s it!”
Notice these are two opposite stories! Which is really true? So how does he give (much of it) away if he gets one cent?
Impact obtained a copy of his five year employment contract. It set Hinn’s salary at $250,000 a year plus (with all the amenities), and that was over 20 years ago!
Back to Hinn in his Sept. 2019 message, he stated “I am correcting my own theology and you need to all know it,”
What he needs to repent of is the teaching we are little gods and are messiahs and that Jesus went to hell. If he were to do this, separate himself from it all, then we know he has turned away from it. Why? Because it is all packaged together. As he said of Copeland and Hagin, “Kenneth Hagin has a teaching. A lot of people have problems with it. Yet it is absolute truth. Kenneth Copeland has a teaching. Many Christians have put holes in it, but it's divine truth. Hagin and Copeland say: You are god. Ye are gods. 'Oh, I can't be god.' Hold it. Let's bring balance to this teaching. The balance is taught by Copeland, who is my dear friend, but it's those that repeat what he says that are messing it up. You see there brother? When Jesus was on earth, the Bible says that first He disrobed Himself of the divine form. He, the limitless God, became a man, that we men, may become as He is.” (“Our Position In Christ” cassette tape #A031190, Orlando Christian Center, 1990)
But then all these teaching are in his books and tapes, this is what his ministry has been about, new revelation.
“My, you know, whoosh! The Holy Ghost is just showing me some stuff. I’m getting dizzy! I’m telling you the truth-it’s, it’s just heavy right now on me…He’s Jesus] in the underworld now. God isn’t there, the Holy Ghost isn’t there, and the Bible says He was begotten. Do you know what the word begotten means? It means reborn. Do you want another shocker? Have you been begotten? So was He. Don’t let anyone deceive you. Jesus was reborn. You say, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was reborn. He had to be reborn, If He was not reborn, I could not be reborn, Jesus was born again.” (Benny Hinn, Our Position ‘In Christ,’ Part 1, Orlando Christian Center, FL. 1991), videotape #TV-254.)
His “holy Spirt” showed him this lie, and many others, which proves he is not getting any revelation from God.
Another turn around is when Hinn presented Rodney Browne with the ministry of laughter to his church in 1991 and then in 1997 he announced there is no such thing as a laughing - it is not in the Bible. (Praise The Lord July 4, 1997) Now he is calling fire on people with Browne at the Send gathering.
How can we accept his repentance with a track record like this?
Hinn said “God is shaking me,” said Hinn. “He is making dramatic changes inside of me. ...The Lord is showing me some things I have been wrong about. At one point I taught certain things, such as the 'little gods' teaching, and Jesus dying spiritually. Now I have quit teaching such things, and I have made it clear that I no longer believe them.”
Hinn said this not in 2019, but in 1993 (Charisma interview). It only took a few months to reverse his new found position that God was shaking him into.
The 1,000 seed fiasco
Mike Murdock responds on social media (Twitter) Sept. 6 “heartbreaking”
Sept. 5 stingy men have always hated the prosperity gospel of giving to God with expectation of a harvest. Oral Roberts taught it. I BELIEVE IT.
Then he lists the top 4 prosperity teachers
1 Jesus of Nazareth Luke 6:38 Mark 10:28-30
2.Elijah 1 Kings 17
3.Oral Roberts 36 years old
4. Charles Greenaway .. age 21.. June 1967
You would think Murdock would have better backup for this teaching after all these years. Maybe he’s a bit shaken; they all should be. You see all of them Joyce Meyer, Creflo, Murdock and so many others are all Oral Roberts disciples. They all have a coveting attitude.
This is all about the money for Murdock also, maybe more so then Hinn. At least on occasion Hinn gave part of, or spoke on the gospel.
To say Jesus promoted a 1,000 seed or even 100 dollar seed is just absurd, people did not have this kind of money back then. The fact is Jesus constantly warned of money being stumbling block, especially those who covet it like Murdock does.
To the rich young ruler Matt 19:21-24 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
V.23-24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
“the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19; Matt. 13:22).
Jesus taught: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt.6:19-21)
To say Jesus was a prosperity teacher is a weak pathetic attempt to justify mammon. As Murdock has said money answers all things, apparently not a coveting heart. http://www.letusreason.org/Popteac19.htm
The wisdom of Solomon also says “The leech has two daughters-- give and Give!”(Prov. 30:15).
Paul spoke directly on being content and not to covet.
1 Tim. 6:3-10 “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling’s of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
We find one of the principles for leadership in the Old Testament model. “Moses was to select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; to be judges of the people.” (Ex. 18:21-22)
As the New Testament agrees. 1 Tim. 3:2-3; Titus 1:7 A bishop then must be blameless -- not greedy for money.
For Hinn to renounce his “seed-faith giving” he would have to say that Oral Roberts who taught him this was wrong, (the Bible called it coveting all along). He would have to say to his good friend Kenneth Copeland, or Creflo Dollar they are wrong. It’s not just a certain portion of word faith teaching, for Hinn to repent he has to say he didn’t hear from God, that he was not getting these revelations from him, that he was deceived by his own heart.
We need to wait and see what takes place, not just hear words in a speech. Let’s see what he teaches on and what does he do to prove this is not just another repeat of before.
As Zacchaeus had an epiphany too. “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (Luke 19:8)