Controversial faith-healing televangelist Benny Hinn, who has often been criticized for his endorsement of the prosperity gospel, said in a stunning confession recorded on YouTube that sometimes he has taken the erroneous gospel too far.
“We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it’s in the Bible, but I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it’s not God’s word what is taught and I think I’m as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you back to normality and reality,”
Hinn, 65, said as he reflected on the erroneous ways in which some modern-day preachers have lost focus of Jesus Christ and now are centred on physical wealth. The Israeli preacher, Benny Hinn was discussing with a ministry colleague in a Facebook Live broadcast.
He admitted that as he has grown older and come to understand the Bible more, he now realizes that some of the things he learned from preachers when he was growing up aren’t biblical and the popular interpretation of the prosperity gospel — the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings — is one of those things.
“The more you know the Bible the more you become biblically based and more balanced in your opinions and your thoughts because we are influenced. When I was younger I was influenced by the preachers who taught whatever they taught. But as I’ve lived longer I’m thinking wait a minute, you know this doesn’t fit totally with the Bible and it doesn’t fit with the reality. So what is prosperity? No lack. I’ve said this before,” Hinn said.
He then elaborated on how he believes “no lack” should be interpreted.
“Did Elijah the prophet have a car? No. Did not even have a bicycle. He had no lack … Did Jesus drive a car or live in a mansion? No. He had no lack. How about the apostles? None lacked among them,” Hinn said. “Today, the idea is abundance and palatial homes and cars and bank accounts. The focus is wrong … It’s so wrong.”
Sadly Benny Hinn’s wise counsel will fall on deaf ears particularly with regards the African Christians who are obsessed with the prophetic movement which has focused more on promising untold wealth to those who seed handsomely to the prophets.
You hear some of these so-called-prophets calling for birthday seed for themselves and their wife’s and wonder how that is biblical? There is indeed a great error in this prosperity doctrine that most of these charlatans masquerading as prophets are now pushing. It is no longer church but pyramid scheme and Ponzi schemes being run by crooks on the pulpit.
Beware of the prophetic mafia.