Did Benny Hinn give false prophecies?

We like to believe in our christian heroes, especially those who seem to be so much more anointed than your average Christian. But with greater exposure comes greater accountability. The ability to raise funds and buy lots of TV time does not constitute God’s endorsement. If raising money was proof of God’s favour, then the Roman Catholics, the Mormons and the various gurus like Sathya Sai Baba would clearly have God’s favour even more than the most “anointed” televangelist. Benny Hinn is a skilled fundraiser, and he does preach the gospel at times – but has he stepped outside his calling when he has attempted to prophesy? He writes books on how well he knows the Holy Spirit, but was it really the Spirit who told him these things? For example:

“The Spirit tells me – Fidel Castro will die – in the 90’s. Oooh my! Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health, and he will not stay in power, and Cuba will be visited of God.”

It is now 2007 and only recently has Castro had health problems. He hasn’t died in the ’90s either. What are these prophecies supposed to mean, actually?

Or how about this one, apparently given at Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.

“The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90’s, about ’94-’95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. [audience applauds] But He will not destroy it – with what many minds have thought Him to be, He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed.”

This is just telling so many gullible Christians what they want to hear. Which Lord was Benny referring to?

Please don’t be sucked in by all this nonsense. There is such a thing as real prophecy but I believe it is a fearful thing to give false prophecies on a massive public platform such as worldwide “Christian” television.

See http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/tbn.htm for original audio clips of these and other false prophecies.
I do not agree with everything on this man’s website or the websites of others quoted here, but this in itself is not a sufficient reason to avoid referring to them. There are websites which point out some of the errors of Benny Hinn and others, but many of these website authors are at least partially in error themselves. You can view http://www.ondoctrine.com/10hinn.htm for more information.

I was present in Bangalore, India on the second night of Benny Hinn’s crusade meeting there. In this meeting he said with the Catholic archbishop on stage, “I love the Roman Catholic church with all my heart”. Was that comment motivated by the same spirit as motivated the apostle Paul to write, “If anyone comes to you and preaches a gospel other than the one we preached, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8). Many big name evangelists have compromised with the Roman Catholic church and knelt down before the popes of this world – but the Roman Catholic church teaches a system of salvation which is entirely different to what even Benny Hinn would preach in his books or crusades. Does the truth of the gospel even matter today? What is this then, if not compromising with the powers that be concerning the gospel itself, in order to “win friends and influence people”? In that same meeting to my recollection there was no mention of salvation through the blood of Jesus, or repentance, it was all about Jesus as healer. However, of the more than 1 million people present, I would say that only the tiniest percentage of people actually received a healing. People came because of the marketing and presentation, but was God unfaithful by choosing to heal so few? We would do well to examine whether we are all following the Spirit of the Lord or just jumping on bandwagons for the sake of money or popularity. I heard the gospel was preached a little more on the third night, but I was not there, it just did not seem worth going to, even though I was in the city.
One thing I do know, is that a reporter fooled Benny Hinn by claiming to be healed of some terrible thing. Another boy that was prayed for on the stage went off and died shortly afterwards also. I don’t like it when people do this kind of thing to trap preachers, but it does illustrate that discernment is lacking.

Benny Hinn may have helped lead people to the presence of God where they have received from the Lord, but as a servant of God with a very high profile he may be responsible for leading many astray also if he propagates error and compromise along with his messages containing biblical truth. Please pray that God will raise up voices of pure truth to take the gospel to the ends of the world.

What do YOU think?

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  1. Many of these TV evangelists are heretics. They are the disciples of Satan not of God.
    We believe there is only one god YWH Elohim and he is the fountain of all holiness and purity. They are amassing wealth, concocting miracles, putting fear into their followers
    This is not Gods WORD, this is heresy
    We must be careful and not be fooled by many of these TV evangelists
    As a messianic believer I believe that Yeshua has warned us most explicitly about such people, so if we read our scripture and do not follow it and instead follow such heretics, we are entirely to blame. Why? Because we ignored the Lords warning. We are not blameless.
    May our Lord bless you

  2. dear brother michael. I would like to know your opinion on indian evanglist Dr DGS Dinakaran. His has passed away last year. His website is http://www.jesuscalls.org. Was he a true person of God. Were his claim were true. He said Lord Jesus visited him and has vision me first second and third heaven. He even saw the face of God for a fraction of second as Lord Jesus enabled him to see as how Moses saw.i felt to ask this after reading about when i read the article about benny hinn prophecy did not come pass. Just mail me in my id if you knew about him.

    • michael says:

      Vijay, I believe D.G.S. Dhinakaran was truly a man of God and I believe he was not lying about his experiences with God.

      I have seen him minister and I think he may have even given me a word once in Australia. I’ve also seen his son Paul ministering and he has an outstanding gift of the word of knowledge. I can personally testify that he gets the names right of people by divine revelation, as one person we knew of who came to that kind of meeting for the first time was named and the word was accurate.

      These men have paid a great price and done very great things for God in the nation of India. That is what I consider.

  3. In love with the Lord says:

    I felt sad on hearing about this kind of crowd mentality, and applauding from the crowd in this way, a sort of rejoicing of the lost. I believe that anyone with a true feeling of Christianity and what it means to be a Christian, would feel an absolute sadness at the loss of any soul. I also feel that this is just the attitude that the enemy uses to keep the lost away from God, all should be welcome in church in my opinion, after all wasn’t it said that ‘he who is without sin should cast the first stone’. I know that since the time I have asked Jesus into my heart I have in my opinion became closer and closer to God and have overcome sin that I didn’t even know I had, at least not until the holy spirit started to work in me. I am sure I still am far, far away from perfect but I will seek forever with my imperfectness to please God. We are all sinners and can only come to God through Jesus Christ our lord and saviour, and it is only through the blood that was so lovingly shed on the cross that we could ever be anything else except the sinner that was once lost. The Holy Spirit working in us helps us to see things in the light of truth, and gives us a more loving and repentant heart. Love everyone and help those lost souls to Christ through love, kindness and prayer. Remember God is Judge of all, I know for a fact none of us are without sin, for the bible tells me so. Kindly, lovingly bring our fellow man/woman to Christ, so as they too can be saved, not through condemnation but through gentleness and loving biblical instruction, and most of all aiding -ALL- to come to and seek out Christ. If that was indeed a prophecy of God then why oh why would a Christian in this crowd applaud, I myself am sad for any lost soul, very sad, and would also be thinking what about me, what can I do to be a better person before God? What part could I play in helping to prevent those souls from being lost? Jesus came so that through him all could be saved, and as Christians we should be seeking to further Gods will on earth and help the lost towards salvation, not rejoice at the possible destruction of others. Only the devil rejoices at lost souls, or perhaps those truly lost themselves, for wasn’t it also taught us through the Lord’s prayer, in the line that says ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’, you could take that to mean don’t hold any sin against another if you want God to turn his face to your sin. Oh and God doesn’t lie either, he is gracious though, so I will hold Judgement on Benny Hinn, I will pray for him though.

  4. Gods sunflower says:

    Deuteronomy 18:22 (Read all of Deuteronomy 18)

    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.

    That is God’s spoken words and not man, we need to try the spirits and know whether their are of God or not. Sometimes when God begin to use His people, they can become prideful and if they don’t be careful can do things in self rather than the Holy Spirit using them.

  5. Cleanasfire says:

    cleanasfire loves you in Jesus’ name. Thoughts?

  6. evstevemd says:

    I want to buy a book from Myles Munroe as the author.Im not too experienced with Him,ive seen few sermons ,not enough to evaluate his beliefs and teaching. Anybody to help on that?

    Jesus is Love
    Jesus is God
    By his stripes we were healed

  7. rickyprediger says:

    I have heard some things said against him as well, having one of Joyner’s books I am thus confused as to whether I should believe/take seriously what he says. I most certainly do not want to blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying his prophecies are not of God, nor would I want anyone else here to do so, but of course we need discernment. After having talked to people from my church I have recieved different opinions, I just want to know if anyone has any further insight?

    • I have read a 5 or 6 of his books. Generally, they stir up in me a love for Jesus. Rick Joyner is obviously very intelligent and furthermore I believe many of his revelations have their roots in God. The Bible says, “Test all things. Hold onto the good. Avoid even the form of evil”. So we would need to discuss individual aspects of his writings and prophecies. We can’t unquestioningly accept everything.

      There is also a difference between what one sees and how one interprets it. It is also possible to receive good revelations but make a few serious errors in terms of who one associates with. I believe Rick Joyner made a mistake in aligning himself with these Knights of Malta, or whoever they are. It seems he also failed to discern the sin in some of his leading prophetic friends until it all came out. No one is perfect. I think we should look for what is helpful and learn where we can, without committing ourselves to swallow all that he does or says, or the way he says it as being from God.

      So its a complex issue.

  8. warrior daughter says:

    A prophet of God must speak only what God wants them to say and not what they think God or the people would like them to say… True prophecy from above will exhort, edify and comfort the believer…When God issues a warning or a chastisement He will give you a solution to the problem and will not leave you there wondering what must I do now…I am having a very hard time with the prophecy concerning the homosexuals….The people in the meeting rejoiced over the destruction of the homosexuals…Their spirit was entirely wrong for it is not the appearance of the person, nor their talents, nor their gifts that are of the utmost importance to our Heavenly Father but it is the persons’ soul…Our Father wants NO ONE to perish but ALL to come to repentance

    • Yes, warrior daughter, you are absolutely right.

    • Gods sunflower says:

      well said warrior daughter, Jesus died for all even the homosexuals. A lot of homosexuals was delivered from the spirit of homosexuality and are living for God today.

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