A recent email I received from the UK states:“Word of Faith’s brightest star and most well-known advocate, Benny Hinn, is getting a divorce. Hinn’s wife, Suzanne, filed for divorce on February 1, 2010 in Los Angeles. Hinn and his wife had been married for more than 30 years. The reason? Irreconcilable differences.
“That wasn’t one of the conditions Jesus gave for justifiably seeking a divorce. But, since divorce is an epidemic in our church, we clearly see that many Christians don’t follow the commands of Jesus regarding divorce. It will be interesting to hear any public statement Hinn makes about this.”
My only time of controversy in all my recent preaching in India was when I mentioned Benny Hinn. A dear couple, who are leaders at the AoG in Delhi, where I was speaking objected as did two other dear ladies, one of whom claimed healing as a result of touching the TV screen on Benny Hinn’s TV Programme and at his suggestion. I answered the objections publicly and later privately in front of the local AoG pastor and the two leaders from his Church who wanted to discuss the matter with me. On the Sunday morning in that Church I felt constrained to again make oblique reference to the matter and to issue a warning that very soon there would be disclosures which would re-confirm my position. Of course I knew nothing about the pending announcement regarding Benny Hinn’s divorce. It is high time that God’s true people woke up to what is happening among the so-called “televangelists” and the Word of Faith preachers, who are, in the main, charlatans of the highest order. Nicolaitanism (false doctrine) always leads to Balaamism (immoral living) and vice versa cf. Revelation 2:6, 14-15. How many more modern examples do we need? The only way the Church will engage in a Clean Up will be when the godly leaders of the large and notable Churches in the world [especially the Pentecostal/Charismatic section] stand up and name and denounce these false teachers and false “miracle workers” and tell their people that they should not support or follow them.
The big question is: “Will this ever happen?” · Jeremiah 5:31 - The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?·
1 Peter 4:17 - For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
From God’s perspective it is Clean-up Time in the Church. How will we respond? Sadly, there will be more disclosures as confirmation that men like Benny Hinn are hirelings no matter what they do or claim to do.
Sincerely your brother in Christ,
Philip L. POWELL.