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An interview:

See also my previous post of an NBC expose on Hinn here.

Just in case you need a refresher on the numbers, here’s some of what they found on an expense report:

  • cost of his 7,000 sq-ft house: $10-million
  • amount spent per month for his private jet: $112,000
  • price of his two cars: $80,000 each
  • cost per night for staying at 5,400 sq ft luxury hotel room during a “layover”: $10,800 per night paid
  • tips for a 3-day period: $4,500.

HT: Z


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41 thoughts on “Benny Hinn on Nightline”

  1. John Gardner says:

    Who knew 2 Timothy 4:5 could be so lucrative?

  2. Crash says:

    Don’t forget that to most of the world our cushy american lifestyles look the same as our view of Benny Hinn’s.

  3. donsands says:

    Looks like he has a neck brace on, or something.

    If he makes $50 million a week it matters little to me. He preaches a perverted gospel. So we do need to espose him, but more for his false gospel. The filthy lucre he loves is wrong, but it doesn’t compare to his Word of Faith gospel. He preaches a different Jesus.

  4. Andrew says:

    Paul anticipated that 2 Timothy 4:5 could be lucrative, and also wrote 2 Timothy 3:2-9.

    That said, I’ve encountered Christians who were first exposed to Jesus through Benny Hinn, so in an indirect, mysterious-providence sort of way, Philippians 1:15 might be applicable too.

  5. matt morales says:

    Hey guys,

    Dont forget the laborer deserves his wages ;)

    1 Timothy 5:18

    “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and,”The laborer deserves his wages.”

  6. Chris says:

    Good word, Crash. Benny is only a big fancy excuse for us to forget the sin in our hearts. May God save us from the American Dream.

    1. Rachael Starke says:

      Chris,

      That’s a pretty unoriginal straw man. That money Hinn is spending isn’t profit earned by gainful employment that is being sinfully misapplied; it’s profit “earned” by defaming God’s name and exploiting weak-minded and vulnerable people, so that “the way of truth is blasphemed” a la 2 Peter 2 (and see the rest of that chapter for what Hinn’s destiny is unless he repents).

      He’s placed himself in a very specific category of Christendom – a teacher and proclaimer for God, and even a conduit for God’s power. His speech and conduct refute that claim in every possible way. The Bible specifically calls out men who speak and behave as he does as meriting our loudest-possible rebuke and warning.

  7. JB says:

    Matt, you can’t take that verse from its context. In verse 17 the “labor” Paul is speaking of is “teaching and preaching”. Hinn does not teach and preach the Biblical gospel but a false prosperity gospel.

    1. Daniel says:

      I’m only guessing, but I think that I detect a note of sarcasm in Matt’s comment.

  8. dave says:

    At least he tips well! :)

  9. Daryl Little says:

    Crash,

    As does the guy with 27 goats, living in a mud hut, look to the guy with no goats living in a mud hut.

    Hinn doesn’t excuse our sin, but our sin does not mean that we cannot make right judgements about Hinn.

    His charlanry is not negated by my doubt.

  10. Daryl Little says:

    umm…”charlatanry…”

  11. Tim Campbell says:

    Okay…so??? Move on.

  12. Greg says:

    A quote that I often must remind myself of seems to apply here as well-

    “The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end.”

    1. Russ says:

      Gladiator!!! What do I win? :0)

  13. matt morales says:

    JB – Ya I was joking.

    My Native American grandma loved this guy and used to call him “jesus’ medicine man”.

    Personally I am suspicious of anyone wearing a white seven-button suit.

    1. JB says:

      Sorry Matt, I commented on Monday and my brain is slow to boot up that early in the week. ;)

  14. Tim Campbell says:

    RC Sproul drives (at least he did in 1994) a Mercedes Benz — is he a crook? John MacArthur has regular access to a private plane — is he bogus? What vehicles and range of salaries deem one more (or,less) holy? Just curious?

    1. Dorian Anthony says:

      Since when does the the finances of Sproul and MacArthur, justify the flock fleecing of Benny Hinn? Just curious…

      1. Tim Campbell says:

        Dorian:
        My response was the “stats” Justin posted below the video clip of the price of his home, jet, car, etc. That is trivial in comparison to the false teaching. I could have stated it better. We just need to get off this “kick” of who lives where and who drives what, etc.
        Tim

  15. Andrew says:

    Luxuries aside for a moment, even with the consideration that this was a TV interview with editing and thereby losing context sometimes, did his answers have any shred of gospel-soaked humility?

  16. donsands says:

    “cost per night for staying at 5,400 sq ft luxury hotel room during a “layover”: $10,800 per night paid”

    Hey Tim, what does this tell you about Benny? Using the churches funds. The guys crazy in love with filthy lucre. I can surely say, “But for the grace of God, there go I.”
    But this man needs to be marked for the way he preaches a false gospel, and a false Jesus, which leads to his love for money.

    I don’t believe Sproul and MacArthur love money like Benny.

    1. Tim Campbell says:

      I guess those figures are concrete? Who cares where he sleeps? Who cares what car he drives? Those who support him obviously accept that — so why do we get so excited? What is being taught is infinitely more critical. Somehow, financial figures over those we “oppose” become like red meat. Let’s be honest–alot of people in the “conservative” mold are making alot of money in publishing — alot off money…We just get som excited over these numbers of how much their hotel bill was or the gas bill for the jet…If they are committing crimes they should be punished. If they are allowed by their donors to live a luxurious lifestyle — that is their problem. The assumption from many (on this site/issue) is they seem to have a ironclad ability to see in Benny Hinn’s soul and know (without a doubt!) his motive for all he does…I guess i do not possess that gift.

      1. With all due respect, you are kidding, right? We can’t judge his motives for fleecing millions around the world, incl. in my home nation of the UK. Let’s put aside his lifestyle – the damnable nonsense that comes out of his mouth is enough to condemn the man, let alone his antics of declaring people “healed” when they aren’t. I understand giving folks the benefit of the doubt, but that doesn’t apply to guys like Benny Hinn – almost 30 years he’s been shaking down the sheep and he has consistently shown himself to be a false prophet, wolf in sheep’s clothing, cloud without rain and generally every other appellation given to false teachers in Scripture…

  17. Donovan says:

    Compare this lifestyle to what the Christianity Today article described of Francis Chan…

  18. Jason Engwer says:

    Ignorant skeptics sometimes compare Jesus Christ to Benny Hinn, on the basis of vague similarities like the fact that both men have been viewed by many people as miracle workers. I have an article here that discusses some of the many differences between the two men.

    A resource on Benny Hinn that’s seldom mentioned is Yves Brault’s Behind The Scenes: The True Face Of The Fake Faith Healers (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Dorrance Publishing Co., 1997). Brault attended Hinn’s church, and he writes about some of his family’s experiences with Hinn and other individuals and ministries.

    Hinn promises miracles, then tries to prevent investigation of his alleged miracles.

    You can watch a devastating expose of Benny Hinn online, by CBC’s The Fifth Estate, here.

    Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute asked Hinn for his three best-documented miracles. When the documentation was provided, all three were found to be inauthentic.

    Hinn has repeatedly been documented to have made false prophecies. He predicted that Fidel Castro would die in the 1990s, for instance.

  19. Jason Engwer says:

    I wanted to post some comments on drug issues related to Hinn’s ministry, but this blog wouldn’t let me for some reason. Anybody interested can read my comments in full at Triablogue.

  20. Drew Hunter says:

    Hi Justin,

    FYI: I check the previous blog post that you linked to on Benny Hinn. The links on the videos no longer work. Thanks for your service to us.

    – Drew

  21. mark says:

    I taught this past Sunday from the second to the last paragraph in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 7:15-23, “beware of false prophets…I never knew you.”) interesting

  22. Joshua Bovis says:

    This man is a con-artist, liar and a deceiver. He is so good at these three things that he has even conned, lied and deceived himself!

    And notice his escape clause when his “healings” are shown to be tosh?
    God is the one who heals not me, etc etc etc.

  23. Paul Edwards says:

    When an interviewer is speaking with Benny Hinn (as I have), after about ten minutes he cannot help but conclude that he is being had by everyone in the room – not only Hinn, but even more so by his handlers. The supposed “outbursts” and “interruptions” by Hinn’s publicist are all part of a well-conceived plan to make it appear as if Hinn has nothing to hide, and to effectively shift the blame to his “people” for not allowing him to be candid. He did the same thing to me ON RADIO – in response to some of my questions saying that his “lawyers” were telling him he had to go but that he really wanted to answer my questions in spite of them.

    1. Tim campbell says:

      Good observation–very subtle ploy…did not think of that when watching interview, but it does have that effect —

  24. LayGuy says:

    What a first class nutcase. Keep exposing this trash for all he is.

  25. John says:

    Ok, I have to say it. I spent the whole interview playing Cal Lightman with Hinn’s facial expressions. What has Fox done to me?

  26. Matthew says:

    All the indictment you need is from Hinn’s own mouth. He claims he felt called to ‘preach the gospel.’

    As donsands has pointed out, he doesn’t preach the gospel, he perverts it. What I take from Hinn, however, is a sobering reminder for myself as a pastor/preacher. I actually assume that Hinn probably started out with a genuine desire to serve God. Somewhere along the line his heart gave in to sin and he has now become the very definition of a false teacher. While I do condemn Hinn’s actions, I pray his life will actually make me pause and weigh the evil inclinations of my own heart. Am I really that different? Apart from God’s sustaining grace and the accountability found in the Word and true fellowship, I fear I could easily be that man. Maybe without the jets and mansion, but God help me that I don’t become a poorer version of Benny Hinn.

    On that note. Pray for your pastors and do your part, as faithful Christians to hold your pastors accountable to the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ.

  27. Michael says:

    Nice! Where do I send my check?

  28. Gary Rogers says:

    Crash,

    I’m intrigued by your comment and have been wrestling with that in my mind the last couple of days. I wonder though if the difference is that while God chose to put me here in America, I didn’t become rich (in view of the rest of the world) by perverting the Gospel.

  29. mike says:

    For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. Mark 13:22

    1. Jesus Himself admits false christs and false prophets will arise
    2. Jesus Himself admits they can perform signs and wonders

    Next verse

    BUT BE ON GUARD; I have told you all things beforehand. Mark 13:23

  30. Johnny says:

    therefore do not judge…for all of us will answer for ourselves, when we stand before God…I see little Christlikeness in most of the comments here…it makes me feel sick…Benny has been a blessing to me…I believe in God the Father Almighty, in Jesus Christ His Son our Lord and in the Holy Spirit…Bend us Oh Lord!!!

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