Benny Hinn, The Anointed One

by Lorette C. Luzajic
Part 20 of the Pillars of Faith series

Body Count

Benny HinnThe Bible says not to “touch God’s anointed,” and that’s how faith healer con artist Benny Hinn gets away with murder. Kings and prime ministers welcome him as royalty, giving him the poorest countries so he can take whatever Indian farmers or Kenyan coffee growers have left. The Pentecostal prosperity pastor is filthy rich, now raking in around 100 million a year.

He has zero issue asking for what he wants: in one case, for a $36 million dollar jet. People drop dead at his Miracle Crusades, but with that kind of income, his audience pays his settlements. Skeptic Magazine (Vol 14, #4, 2009) reported that Ella Peppard fell down at a revival, and was denied medical intervention by Hinn, who declared God would heal her. She died.

Hinn settled out of court with millions paid for by the hopeless and the gullible desperate for God to bless them if they give. Hinn has a trail of people who have died or been injured at his crusades the globe over. Skeptic also noted that in 2004, three patients left their hospital beds in hopes of a miracle at a rally, and all died during the revival. Hinn didn’t even bother trying to heal them. At that same event, ten fell out of trees where they were hoping for a better view of God’s anointed. All were badly hurt with broken bones. Hinn did nothing except ask for their money. Then there were the cancer victims who gave up treatment to trust in the Lord, and they also died.

Death Threats

Despite Hinn promising doctor’s notes and other proofs, investigators have not found one who has truly been healed. But Hinn threatens critics like myself with death. “I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry… ” he said to thousands. He also said, “I speak this under the anointing of the Spirit… Don’t touch God’s servants; it’s deadly… You’re going to pay.” He has threatened to harm the children of his critics, all under the “anointing” of course.

No one really knows much about Toufik Benedictus Hinn, born in Jaffa (now Israel). He was part Greek and part Armenian, and moved to Toronto in his youth. He was born-again in 1972. The Lord healed him of a childhood stutter, and he decided to be a miracle maker. “Everything I say happens,” Hinn has also said. In October, Daniel reported on Hinn’s failed prophecies — that God told him the homos would burn, Castro’s death, and other things that did not come to pass. Who was lying — Benny or God?

DOA

Some things are just plain weird. Hinn has said if we placed the hands of the corpses of our beloved on the TV screen during his crusades, there would be a mass resurrection. He says God literally enters him to perform healings and prophecies, and says he doesn’t remember the things he says or does when he is “drunk” on the holy spirit. He also speaks to the dead. Weirder still, two in his inner circle died from heroin overdoses. On the night of one OD, Hinn was shown on video passing a pipe of something intoxicating to his brother in Christ.

Then there was another brother in the Lord caught having gay sex with the chauffeur, and also the case of PI Mario Licciardello. The former cop was hired to help Hinn root out corruption. Mario saw so much of it that he threatened full disclosure. He died suddenly of a mysterious heart attack before his story got to court. Hinn allegedly settled with Mario’s widow — but why? And then, there was the worthy orphanage cause that never materialized, for which Hinn bilked the masses. Without flinching, Hinn said God told him not to build it after all.

Psycho

I’m no shrink but Hinn is mentally unhinged. But it would be unfair to equate him with other sufferers of schizophrenia, because Hinn is also a psychopath. He has learned to mimic human emotions, which he does not have, to further his own power and profit. He fancies himself Hitler in sheep’s clothing.

His biggest rush is not the jet or the hotels, but the millions of minions bowing their heads to the lord their god Pastor Benny. We still live in terror of questioning even obvious abuses of the gentle words of Jesus, for fear of eternal hell. Only in this environment could a deceiver like Hinn thrive. The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Lorette C. Luzajic writes about all kinds of interesting people at Fascinating People.

  • trj

    Deuteronomy 18:

    20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” 21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

    According to the Bible, Benny Hinn should be put to death as his prophecies did not come true.

    • Len

      But the LORD changed his mind, so it’s not Benny’s fault.

      • trj

        Yeah, for an omniscient being who can see every future event, he does change his mind quite a lot.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

      According to the Bible, Benny Hinn should be put to death as his prophecies did not come true.

      Despite Hinn promising doctor’s notes and other proofs, investigators have not found one who has truly been healed. But Hinn threatens critics like myself with death. “I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry… ” he said to thousands. He also said, “I speak this under the anointing of the Spirit… Don’t touch God’s servants; it’s deadly… You’re going to pay.” He has threatened to harm the children of his critics, all under the “anointing” of course.

      He died suddenly of a mysterious heart attack before his story got to court.

  • Lorette Luzajic

    Sorry friends, there is a small confusing error: a sentence should read-
    Then there was another brother in the Lord caught having gay sex with the chauffeur, AND ALSO the case of PI Mario Licciardello. (the chauffeur and the PI are two separate cases. Thanks.)

    [Updated. -DF]

  • Len

    I always used to like this guy’s TV shows, with all the jokes and all the girls running around at the end. Hilarious.

    Oh wait, that was Benny Hill.

    • http://boomcoach.blogspot.com Boomcoach

      I get fooled by this when bouncing through the guide on DirectTV. I see Benny Hixx as a move by, scroll back up and realize that it is Hinn, not Hill. Pisses me off every time.

  • Custador

    I don’t believe that he even believes in God to be honest. He’s just a criminal.

  • http://redheadedskeptic.com Laura

    well, there’s something religious I’ve never seen. So sorry I missed it! How do people get roped into such obvious scams? Are these the same people that believe they are getting money from Nigerian princes?

  • http://proudkikuyuwoman.blogspot.com PKW

    Last year his ministry faced criticism after they asked people to pay $50 to attend his conference in Kampala, Uganda. Interestingly, he gets a lot of people to go. Some are desperate in their conditions and would do anything. There are cases of child sacrifice in Uganda almost every week, and that’s only what the press gets to know.

    A Kenyan Christian musician criticized Benny Hinn for what you’ve described here and his answer was the typical ‘Thou shall not question God’s annointed’. Little wonder when the critic had a road accident, some of Benny Hinn’s supporters had an explanation. Road accidents are probably the third cause of most deaths in Kenya after AIDS and Malaria.

    The Bible is clear: test the spirits. Personally, I wouldn’t go near Benny Hinn.

  • CybrgnX

    Sorry not much sympathy here for the mindless crowd.
    Who is really the fault? The knowing ConMan sucking the money from you.
    Or YOU for refusing to think, reason, allowing your greed to rule your decisions, or your comfortable delusions are in control because you fear to face the uncomfortable truth????
    When the sick person drags itself to Hinn and then drops dead, it was its decision to do so.
    Yes Hinn is a psychopath of the worse kind, but the people who flock to him are worse—they refuse to use the g0d given gift of reason and thought and walk away.
    The lack of intelligent behavior of the people is what really saddens me the most.
    Hinn is just a small symptom of the basic problem.

    • http://ironymous.blogspot.com/ nomad

      “Who is really the fault? ”

      I’d say “The knowing ConMan”.

    • trj

      > “Who is really [at] fault? The knowing ConMan sucking the money from you.
      Or YOU for refusing to think, reason, allowing your greed to rule your decisions, or your comfortable delusions are in control because you fear to face the uncomfortable truth????”

      Easy to say when you don’t have a terminal illness or face some other desperate, hopeless situation. Those suckered people aren’t motivated by greed or disingenuous motives, as you suggest.

      I agree with nomad. Benny Hinn is the one to blame.

  • Erick I

    Have any of the deaths happen here in the US? If so then why can’t he be held accountable and do Jail Time? Granted I’m not educated in the Law but isn’t it a case of Manslaughter, or at the least Negligence ?
    What they need is someone who isn’t willing to settle out of Court and a District Attorney who is willing to prosecute to the fullest.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

    I’m no shrink but Hinn is mentally unhinged. But it would be unfair to equate him with other sufferers of schizophrenia, because Hinn is also a psychopath. He has learned to mimic human emotions, which he does not have, to further his own power and profit. He fancies himself Hitler in sheep’s clothing.

    For the most part, I was with you up to this point. I’m not sure if the guy is a sociopath, or if he’s just so convinced in his beliefs that he’s blinded himself to the obvious. TBH, I think it’s near impossible to diagnose him in this way given the sources of our information about him — everything we have about him is second-hand, regardless of how reputable the source is.

    Anyway, I always like your articles. Always well-written and thought-provoking. Thanks,

    • http://ironymous.blogspot.com/ nomad

      Well, you would think, with so few people actually getting healed over the decades (none?) that Hinn would have realized by now that he has no “anointing” in this area. If he is not aware of that by now he has a severe delusion. If he is aware that his healings aren’t real, he’s a psychopath.

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

        If he is aware that his healings aren’t real, he’s a psychopath.

        I would say that makes him immoral, thought not necessarily a sociopath.

        Let’s take an example from another field:

        Mortgage bankers knew exactly what they were doing when making sub-prime loans, did they not? They were making money hand-over-fist by willingly duping people into signing toxic loans. Were they all sociopaths? Or were they simply greedy and immoral?

        The analogy isn’t perfect, I realize, but I think it illustrates what I’m trying to say.

        • http://ironymous.blogspot.com/ nomad

          The difference for me is in the indifference to human suffering, the physical kind. When you deliberately increase that,on a routine basis, you have crossed the line between merely immoral and sadism. Sadistic people generally lack empathy for the suffering of others. They are different from most of the rest of us. By whatever name, it’s sick.

          • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

            Okay, I think I misunderstood you a little.

            If someone is fully aware that a sick person will not get healed by god, and knows that ceasing treatment will cause pain/suffering/death, and knowingly encourages/tells/commands that person to stop his/her medical treatment, then a fair diagnosis would be sociopath.

            It’s my opinion that we don’t know enough about Benny’s inner-workings or thought processes to know if he is deriving pleasure from the suffering of others, or is even in different, as you put it. In other words, because you and I are not psychologists/psychiatrists and because we aren’t privy to Benny’s thoughts and motivations, I don’t think we are qualified to call him a sociopath.

            By whatever name, it’s sick.

            If we compared notes, I’m sure we’d have a lot in common with respect to how we view Benny Hinn.

            • Custador

              He’s either wilfully ignorant a true sociopath, but either way he’s a criminal.

        • wazza

          actually, a lot of people who rise to the top of companies do show psychopathic tendencies. They create a bad situation, then get promoted out of it because they seem to be the only one still doing well.

          • http://ironymous.blogspot.com/ nomad

            Yes, and given what we are observing during this economic crisis, I’m beginning to think that it is the non-psychopaths that are in the minority.

        • amy

          The bankers didn’t hand out subprime mortgages for power, they did it for money. I’d say benny hinn goes in for the power over all those people desperate for him to help them. The bankers are greedy. Hinn is a sociopath

          • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

            The bankers didn’t hand out subprime mortgages for power, they did it for money.

            I’m not sure there’s such an obvious between the lust for power and the lust for money; the two usually go hand-in-hand.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com brgulker

      To give my original comment some context:

      My point isn’t to defend Benny’s practices. I think he’s greedy and preys (intentionally or unintentionally, I’m not certain) on the good faith of his followers. My point is to question whether or not any of us here have enough credible, first-hand knowledge to diagnose him as a sociopath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociopath).

      I understand and agree that a lot of what he does is morally reprehensible, but I seriously doubt that anyone here, including myself, is privy to the type of knowledge that is necessary to accurately diagnose the man’s psychological state.

      Remember, there’s no “cure” for sociopaths; they are beyond help, because they don’t empathize or feel other human emotions. It’s an incredibly substantial claim to make, one that should be made cautiously and by professionals, which I am not.

      As an aside, does anyone watch Dexter? It’s a fascination take on psychopathy.

  • http://10plusyears.blogspot.com/ 10plus

    In case any of you haven’t seen it, this video is a mashup of Benny Hinn and Drowning Pool’s ‘Let the bodies hit the floor.’

    Stinkin’ hilarious.

    • Custador

      Good stuffs :D

  • Mark D

    Benny Hinn is head of a religious empire, if not a mafia. Almost every TV preacher on TBN is part of his empire. So a religious person, who does not like Benny Hinn, may still be supporting a Hinn underling. For example http://www.rockwealth.org/

    TBN even has a children’s channel “Smile of a Child”, where I am sure children are being taught to love “Pastor Benny”

    His organization operates like the Church of Scientology.

  • http://camelswithhammers.com Camels With Hammers

    ” We still live in terror of questioning even obvious abuses of the gentle words of Jesus, for fear of eternal hell.”

    Obvious abuses of the gentle words of Jesus? Please, this idea that Jesus is not to blame for the doctrine of hell and all the psychological abuse it has causes is ludicrous. He is the first person anywhere in the Bible to go around threatening people that if they didn’t worship him or giving enough to the poor, etc. that they would be eternally punished. He was just an earlier of a long, long line of Benny Hinn’s (if he existed at all and if the biblical accounts are at all accurate).

    I can just imagine 2,000 years from now people lamenting some messianic scumbag obviously abusing the message of the gentle Benny Hinn.

    • Felix

      It’s eerily probable. Until humans stop attributing weight and credibility to assertions and practices just for being old and ritualized, we’ll always find new religions popping up from some dead person’s ‘ancient wisdom’.

  • fentwin

    “He also speaks to the dead.”

    So what, anybody can talk to dead people. We could all go to a graveyard and talk until we are blue in the face.

    What concerns me are those who “think” the dead are answering.

    Oh….and Hinn is a hack.

  • FramtonM

    I wish I believed in Hell, then I could imagine this mongrel going there.

  • Pinkerton

    There are two kinds of prophecies, false and self-fulfilling. Here we see an example of the former.

    • Elemenope

      The third class of prophecy is that of the trivial.

  • Siberia

    What angers me the most… is that we have a Benny Hinn-in-training over here: Mr. Edir Macedo, that’s you I’m talking about.

    He has a TV channel of his own (not religious, surprisingly), makes a ridiculous amount of money by ripping people of their earthly possessions (quite blatantly too: “sell your apartment, sell your house, donate your jewelry, God will bless you twofold” – I shit you not, he says crap like that), has people falling convulsing on the floor as he exorcises them, was filmed laughing about in a yacht he bought with church earnings… and nobody lifts a finger against his lying thieving ass.

    Well, the Brazilian justice IS on his ass, but I don’t know how far they will go. There are several people suing him for being led to selling their cars, houses and even business to donate to the church. No deaths, though I suppose that’s a matter of time.

    People sadden and sicken me, so much.

  • claidheamh mor

    But Hinn threatens critics like myself with death.

    Benny Hinn is purely awful. Worse than the newly-imprisoned Tony Alamo. I first read of him in William Lobdell’s Losing My Relgion, which I first heard of on this site. After he got a little publicity from Lobdell – people who don’t read the book might be in a conversation with someone who does – I hoped that he was going down.

  • sergio g soares

    não cabe a ninguem julgar o seu próximo. pois o senhor de todos é JESUS CRISTO, ele é o juizo
    de todos, ele é o senhor até mesmo dos principados, todos os homens darão conta a DEUS de todas as suas obras, todos que escreverão estas críticas, contra estes homens, se colocarão como fosses deuses da sabedoria, mais na realidade não saben que são uns, pobres desgraçados, nú e miseraveis, que pressisão de DEUS.

  • Chief Walksalot

    I once saw Benny Hinn heal a blind man of lameness. ok, ok, joking aside, I’ll bet ya that Benny keeps a health insurance policy on his family. Frauds like Benny prey on the gullible; even after repeatedly being exposed, he still gets followers. The thing is : people have hope, and that hope outweighs reason. It’s sad, for those who are suffering. These faith healing frauds should be sharing a room with Kent Hovind ( i.e. , in jail ).

  • joy

    i found that video on youtube where Hinn reached over steve brocks head to show him what looked like a check. must have been pretty big, then passing the small pipe to steve brock. hinn and the rest are not even ashamed now of the pathetic lies. begging for money for the poor and changing his mind. all he does now is have the large meetings. the ministries of all of them dont need another dime of offerings. their wealth is so vast that if it all dried up they would still have millions. pathetic.

  • Peter

    Love Jesus! Love Him! He is desperate! Love Him! Thank you!


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