THE TEACHINGS OF BENNY HINN

"A Foundation of Sand"

In an article published by Christianity Today Magazine (CT), Benny Hinn,

Senior Pastor of the Orlando Christian Center in Orlando, Florida, made

what appeared to be an attempt to clear his name from what is commonly

known as the "Word Faith Movement," which attracts such charismatic

leaders as Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Frederick K.C. Price, and

Paul Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), has been known to

promote teachings such as the born-again Jesus, the Spiritual death of

Christ, and the god-class of man, to name a few.

In the article, Mr. Hinn appears sincere enough. However, his sincerity

becomes questionable after listening to several taped recordings (made

prior to the CT article) of Mr. Hinn's sermons at his Orlando based

church.

For example, on tape #TV283, entitled "A New Spirit," which aired on TBN

on October 13, 1990, Mr. Hinn states:

"God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person, and He is a triune

being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost."

"See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy

Ghost is a person, but each one of them is a triune being by Himself.

If I can shock you, and maybe I should, there's nine of them."

"God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, and God the son, and God the

Holy Ghost -- man, I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me

here -- I want you to lift your hands, something new is gonna happen

here today, I felt it just as I walked down here. Holy Spirit, take

over in the name of Jesus (clap). Say Amen."

"This is all in the word, God the Father is a person separate from the

Holy Ghost -- totally separate. When we say the Holy Spirit, we do not

mean the personal spirit-being of the Father. He's a separate

personality. Do you know that the Holy Spirit has a soul and a body,

separate from that of Jesus and the Father?"

Yet, when asked about the "nine of them" reference to the Trinity in the

CT article, written by Randy Frame (dated Sept. 21, 1991), Hinn states:

"That was a very dumb statement. I had read somewhere that God the

Father had his own personal spirit, soul, and body. I told my church

the very next week that the statement was wrong."

Upon review of tape #TV284, no retraction was noted. Although Mr. Hinn

may have made this retraction publicly, it was not recorded, and

therefore, the obligation to his television viewers and other audiences

has not been fulfilled.

Mr. Hinn states in the CT article that he received this information

through reading (probably the Dakes Bible). In his earlier sermon, he

states the information was obtained through "revelation knowledge" from

the Holy Spirit, as well as through the "word" itself.

On October 3, 1991, only twelve days after the CT interview, Mr. Hinn

appeared on TBN in an interview with Paul and Jan Crouch, and made the

following statements:

Paul: "You didn't get in on our little talk with Ed Plowman here, but

we got into, you know, the secular as well as the Christian

media. And I know the media has been beating up on you pretty

bad lately too because of that wonderful book you wrote, Good

Morning Holy Spirit."

Benny: "Which is helping so many people."

Jan: "And, it's in every bookstore that I go into."

Benny: "It really is -- even secular bookstores now."

Paul: "And you told me something Benny, and we're not gonna labor long

on this dear friends, we're going to get into healing, okay? So

please don't give me no ugly phone calls telling me I need to

change the order of the service."

Jan: I'm gonna write one right now. Please change the order of the

service (laughs)."

Paul: "Anyhow, you told me that some of the heresy hunters -- I love to

call them heresy hunters -- are coming down on you because you,

did you say in your book that the Holy Spirit perhaps has a form,

or is, or has, like, a body, or has a, uh, what did you actually

say?"

Benny: "WELL, I SAID HE DOES HAVE A SPIRIT-BODY. I don't believe that

the Holy Spirit is shapeless. I mean, God said, 'Let us make man

in our image,' so he must have an image. And it's the 'our' and

He said 'our image,' which means Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."

Paul: "Yes."

One could argue that Mr. Hinn is referring to the Holy Spirit

exclusively. However, by stating "our image," he is referring to the

Father, Son and Holy Ghost, encompassing all persons of the Godhead.

Additionally, Mr. Hinn agreed with Paul's exegesis of Genesis 18, stating

that the three angels were, in fact, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

insinuating the separation of beings.

The CT interview states that last year Hinn said publicly that three

theologians had read and approved Good Morning, Holy Spirit. However,

Mr. Hinn told CT that he had based this statement on information given to

him by Thomas Nelson and that he did not know who the theologians were.

Yet, on tape #TV283, Mr. Hinn states:

"Ladies and gentlemen, this thing is in my book (Good Morning, Holy

Spirit), and was tested by three theologians, cause they fought me on

that point and they said, 'Where you get all this stuff?' I said,

'From the Bible.'" (parenthesis added)

How could Mr. Hinn have "fought" with these theologians if he "did not

know who the theologians were?"

It is apparent that Mr. Hinn is not being completely honest. The fact

that he has admitted his errors is admirable, but means nothing if his

words cannot be trusted.

In conclusion, it must be stated that this tract is not intended to

deface Mr. Hinn, as we are all aware of how easily it is to be led astray

when involved with this type of ministry. The purpose of this tract is

to call accountability to Mr. Hinn's words and bring recognition to the

contradictions of his past so they will not be repeated in his future.

Benny Hinn has a responsibility to God and the Church to be accurate and

consistent in his teachings and words.

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For more information, call or write to: Perry Pellegrini at

Foundation for Christian Apologetics

8281 Garfield Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

(714)962-5460 (Voice)

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