Weekly Rant: Benny Hinn – Man of God?

In case you missed it, Benny Hinn was on ABC’s Nightline a couple of nights ago. Before I begin my rant, watch this clip:

I’m sure most of you, my nontheistic brothers and sisters, have no doubt that Benny Hinn is a fraud. However, just in case someone is reading (and you always do) who believes Hinn is a man of God, I want to point acouple things out.

Around the turn of the last century, laws were created to protect people from scam artists. At the same time, flimflam men began to hide under the freedom of religion. A snake oil salesmen would get arrested if he told you he had water from a particular pond which contained healing powers. However, if he says God revealed to him, that if you drink his water as an act of faith, you would be healed, there is nothing the authorities can do them. He is protected by his religious freedom.

Besides all that, it’s not the man of God’s fault if you are not healed. It doesn’t matter if you obeyed his wishes or gave him a special “love offering” as a seed of faith. It your fault for not having enough faith, or because you have some unrepentant sin you are concealing. We used to say, God always answers prayer. Sometimes his answer is yes, sometimes his answer is no, and other times his answer is not yet. There is no way for God to lose or be proven wrong.

Now back to Benny Hinn specifically. Don’t be fooled into thinking his desire is to be transparent. It is a common practice to set up your publicist or PR person to be the bad guy. Hinn plays this game rather well. He acts like he really wants to answer questions, but the people controlling him won’t allow it.

Isn’t it also odd that Hinn says he would give people’s money back if he was a fraud? What BS.  Name one snake oil salesman, who stops his pitch and tells his potential victim not to buy what they cannot afford? In fact, it’s usually the poor who are the target of this kind of crap (and late-night infomercials).

There is one particular statement in this interview I want to quote:

Hinn admits he doesn’t have medical verification of any of the healings. And, in fact, some of the supposed  healings have turned out to be not real at all.

Read that again.

If you were a legitimate man of God and he was using you to bring healing into the world, wouldn’t you bend over backwards to provide evidence of these miracles? Other than the occasional testimony at a crusade or on his television show, Benny Hinn has not done one thing to provide any verifiable evidence of healing. This is the most damning fact of all.

In the interview, Hinn is quick to say that he didn’t have evidence that the person he raised from the dead was actually dead. However, this is quite different from what he says at his crusades. He proclaims it as gospel truth. He is also on record as saying that while he prayed for someone, their tumor fell out onto the stage. If this were true, and he really wanted to provide evidence of God’s miraculous power, wouldn’t he have stopped everything and had independent doctors collect the mass to be verified immediately? There is no telling how many thousands (if not millions) of people could have been led to the Lord by this alone. What other explanation is there besides fraud?

It is time for this madness to stop. Benny Hinn and his ilk do not deserve special treatment. They should be forced to prove their claims,  or be ran out of town like the sleazy carnival thieves of the past.

Brother Richard

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cephus Cephus

    The problem is, there are no truth in advertising laws for religion. They can say whatever they want, they can outright lie to your face and there's nothing anyone can do. Religion gets an automatic pass in this country and people like Hinn make millions off of it. We really need standards that require that any claims you make, you have to be able to back up. That would put people like Hinn, psychics, "nutritional supplement" peddlers, etc. out of business. You say you can heal? Prove it. Otherwise stop making the claim.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cephus Cephus

    The problem is, there are no truth in advertising laws for religion. They can say whatever they want, they can outright lie to your face and there's nothing anyone can do. Religion gets an automatic pass in this country and people like Hinn make millions off of it. We really need standards that require that any claims you make, you have to be able to back up. That would put people like Hinn, psychics, "nutritional supplement" peddlers, etc. out of business. You say you can heal? Prove it. Otherwise stop making the claim.

  • Adam

    Thanks for mentioning the fallacy of answered prayer. You speak the truth when you say "there is no way for God to lose or be proven wrong". People protect God all the time with this thinking. They don't see that if you are going to give the credit for every good thing to God, then he should also get credit, or "blame" as the case may be, for the bad IF he is in control of everything. But they accept the dualistic heaven and hell view promoted by some of the later biblical writers and use this as an explanation of good and evil when it is convenient. God gets credit for the good and Satan gets the bum wrap for the bad. But if that is the case my friend, then God is not all powerful!

  • Adam

    And even if God did exist, then one is puzzled with the issue of why He would create, or at the very least allow, Satan to exist. By God allowing Satans existence, he is willing evil and thus responsible. On and on I could go. The problem is that most of the faith filled don't think the porblem through. They have trouble getting outside of their worldview for even the shortest time because to question God is evil in itself. And how do I know so much about the inner workings of the minds of most Christians??? Because I am a minister in a conservative fundamental evangelical church, that has seen the light or reason.

  • Adam

    And even if God did exist, then one is puzzled with the issue of why He would create, or at the very least allow, Satan to exist. By God allowing Satans existence, he is willing evil and thus responsible. On and on I could go. The problem is that most of the faith filled don't think the porblem through. They have trouble getting outside of their worldview for even the shortest time because to question God is evil in itself. And how do I know so much about the inner workings of the minds of most Christians??? Because I am a minister in a conservative fundamental evangelical church, that has seen the light or reason.

  • JohnAtl

    Anyone professing to heal should be accountable to, and regulated by, the FDA. Just like doctors, drug companies, etc. If you can't prove it works, you can't say it heals. If you can prove it, then by all means testify.

  • JohnAtl

    Anyone professing to heal should be accountable to, and regulated by, the FDA. Just like doctors, drug companies, etc. If you can't prove it works, you can't say it heals. If you can prove it, then by all means testify.

  • SecularDad

    The only problem with this is that they'd very quickly learn to stop making specific medical claims, just like the proponents of CAM.

  • SecularDad

    The only problem with this is that they'd very quickly learn to stop making specific medical claims, just like the proponents of CAM.

  • Dianne

    So sad that the weak, the gullible, the God fearing and the desperate are vulnerable to creatures such as Benny Hinn! What else can we do, but spread the word?!


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