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Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
(Matthew 7:15; see also Proverbs 26:28)
I. False Prophecy
Benny Hinn prophesied,
The Spirit tells me, Fidel Castro will die in the 90's. Oh my. Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health, and he will not stay in power; and Cuba will be visited of God. (tape recording on file)
Fidel Castro is still alive (as of May 2002). This was a false prophecy. Note Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' And if you say in your heart, "How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him (see also Hebrews 13:8 and James 1:17).
Benny Hinn also prophesied,
The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90's, about 94, 95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. But He will not destroy it with what many minds have thought Him to be. He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed. (tape recording on file)
The homosexual community was not destroyed, and continues to be a strong wicked influence in America. Hinn will be among the many of Matthew 7:22-23.
Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
II. Rejection Of The Word
Benny Hinn doesn't have a problem with women preachers in the church (e.g. Kathryn Kuhlman, see Hinn's book, Kathryn Kuhlman, Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life, copyright 1999). Thus he rejects 1 Corinthians 14:34-37 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14. True believers in Christ should reject Hinn (Romans 16:17-18). [For more info, see Scriptural View Of Women.]
III. False Appearances
Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!" do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms!" do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:26-27)
Benny Hinn said and prophesied the very concept Jesus instructed us not to believe.
Many of you have known me for many years. But I am telling you right now, things I haven't said years an' years an' year an' years ago. I believe, here this, hear this. I believe, that Jesus, God's Son, is about to appear physically, in meetings and to believers around the world, to wake us up. He appeared after His resurrection, and He is about to appear before His second coming! You know a prophetess sent me a word through my wife, right here, and she said "Tell your husband that Jesus is gunna physically appear in his meetings." I'm expecting to see, I'm telling you that. I feel it's gunna happen. I, I, I, I'm, I'm careful of how I'm saying it now, because I know the people in Kenya are listening. I know deep in my soul, something supernatural is gunna happen in Nai - in Nairobi Kenya. I feel that. I may very well come back, and you and Jan are coming to - Paul and Jan are coming to Nairobi with me. But Paul, we may very well come back with footage of Jesus on the platform. You know that the Lord appeared in Romania recently, and there's a video of it? Where the Lord appeared in the back of a church and you see Him on video walking down the isle? Yeah. Paul do you remember when I came on TBN years ago and showed you a clip of the Lord appearing in our church in Orlando, on the balcony on the wall? Yeah. You, you remember that?
Paul Crouch says,
Very well, I, I saw it.
Benny Hinn continues,
That was 80, 80 something, 86, what, whatever. You know I always wondered why the Lord, why did He do that? Do you know why, now I look back? That was the beginning of the greatest move of God in our church. Because 83, 84, an and 85 were horrible years for me, horrible years. Eighty-six the blessings of God began, but they began with a, with, with this manifestation of the Lord's face on, on the balcony, that stayed for eight weeks. Eight solid weeks. The Lord has done this in the past, but He's about to do it again. Now hear this. I am prophesying this. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is about to appear physically in some churches, and some meetings, and to many of His people, for one reason, to tell you He's about to show up. To wake up, Jesus is coming, saints. You have held back from the Lord in the past, don't you dare do it now. (tape recording on file, transcribed as spoken)
For any supposed appearances of Christ, see also 1 Peter 1:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 and Revelation 1:7 (Matthew 24:26-27).
Benny Hinn is a recognized and respected pastor, teacher, healing evangelist, and best-selling author. As founder and pastor of World Outreach Church, he ministers to a thriving interdenominational church with over seven thousand in attendance each week. (Kathryn Kuhlman, Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life, back inside dust jacket, copyright 1999)
Hinn's church is "interdenominational." Interdenominationalism is "the principle of fostering intercommunion and cooperative activities among different religious denominations." (Webster). In other words, Hinn fellowships and has communion with a wide variety of "Christian" people who have a wide variety of differing beliefs on what the Bible teaches. This broad sweep of communion even includes Catholics (1 Timothy 4:1-3, doctrines of demons, idolatry, a false Christ, etc.), including the Catholic Pope himself (see our report on Catholicism)! For example, on the "This Is Your Day" television program, April 20, 2000, Hinn calls Catholics "believers," calls the Pope a "prophetic Pope," and notes him as "Spirit filled" (tape recording on file).
Hinn is on the broad way (Matthew 7:13-14). Instead of contending for the faith (Jude 3) and withdrawing from those who teach otherwise (1 Timothy 6:3-5), Hinn accepts many different doctrinal forms of "Christianity" when the Bible teaches there is only one (John 14:6; 1 John 4:6; etc., see our report Unity Of The Saints). Hinn is unholy, and will never see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; 2 Peter 2:17).
V. Be Warned.
Hinn is a liar (Revelation 21:8). Those who are righteous will hate both his lies (Proverbs 13:5; Psalm 119:163) and Hinn himself (Proverbs 29:27; Psalm 15:4; Ecclesiastes 3:8). Also, be warned, don't get caught in any other false "Christian" ministry. [See also Identifying False Teachers.]
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