Less than 48 hours ago, Benny Hinn promised blessings in exchange for a seed-faith offering to his ministry. This is after convincing many that he was abandoning that typical but tragic charismatic teaching.
You might know that Benny Hinn professed repentance for teaching the false prosperity gospel and its primary tenet, the seed-faith offering. You might also know that the very next day he did it again, (which Steve Kozar snatched up to preserve the evidence before Hinn promptly deleted it).
Hinn said before the crowd several weeks ago, “I think it’s an offense to the Lord; it’s an offense to say, ‘Give a thousand dollars…I think it’s (an) offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the gospel. I’m done with it. I will never again ask you to give a thousand or whatever amounts because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.”
Hinn seems to have convinced charismatics, who are routinely the most gullible Christians, that he was leaving behind the very swindle that keeps Word-Faith ministries alive. Charisma’s Stephen Strang was utterly convinced that Hinn was truly standing up against “excesses” in prosperity teaching (but he also believes in Sneaky Squid Spirits, so…). Even Christianity Today, the flagship tabloid of pop-culture Christianity, had bought into Hinn’s supposed sincerity.
However, the posted video at Hinn’s ministry from the live-feed on Thursday night demonstrates that Hinn is—word-for-word—contradicting his previous message.
At about the 26-minute-mark, Hinn says, “… Now you know what to do. You have to sow seed. There’s a number on the screen. You call that now and sow your seed. And believe your miracle is on the way!
Here’s an iteration of a primary discernment lesson; false prophets lie. False teachers lie. You cannot believe them. They lie because their father is the devil, and the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44).
Once someone is a false prophet, we are instructed by the Bible to never respect them, believe them, or trust them ever again (Deuteronomy 18:15-22).