Popular Televangelist, Benny Hinn made a shocking statement on Monday that he has had a change of heart in regard to prosperity preaching and that he is now upset about the matter — specifically in terms of asking people to give money so that God will bless them in return. Hinn stated that he is concerned that many churches are delivering a “feel good” message that centers on self, and warned the people that persecution is coming to America.
Some are cautiously optimistic about Hinn’s words and opine that time will tell whether or not his stated transformation is genuine.
Hinn noted “It’s about feel good, do good, make money — all the rest of it. And I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy, and I’m correcting my own theology and you need to all know it.”
Benny Hinn has been known to be one of the most recognized proponents of the prosperity gospel’s promises of favor and blessings in exchange for “seed faith giving,” revealed that he does not view the Bible the same as he once did. He said that he has felt this way for some time, but has not been public about it so as to avoid hurting friends who still believe as he once did.
In his statement, Hinn however noted, “I think it’s an offense to the Lord. It’s an offense to [tell people to] give a thousand dollars,” he said forthrightly. “I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the gospel.”
Knowing the danger of what he has said and the consequence, he noted that his friends and some of his supporters might not like him any longer, he noted;
“I think they will not like me anymore,” he remarked. “If I hear one more time, ‘Break the back of debt with a thousand dollars,’ I’m going to rebuke them. I think that’s buying the gospel. That’s buying the blessing. That’s grieving the Holy Spirit.”
Benny was very frank about this and even told his audience that if they do not give financially simply because they love Jesus, then “don’t bother giving.” He started further;
“I think giving has become such a gimmick that it’s making me sick to my stomach,” Hinn stated emphatically. “And I’ve been sick for a while, too. I just couldn’t say it. And now, the lid is off. I’ve had it.”
We hope this will be the beginning of true repentance for Benny Hinn and those who have been on this path of prosperity message and focus on the Gospel of salvation, the very heart of the work of Christ.