Benny Hinn

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Toufik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn (not to be confused with the much funnier Benny Hill) is a Palestinian faith healer, televangelist, prophet, Sith Lord,[1] Dragonborn,[2], a skilled street fighter,[3] minister and, most importantly, a crank. His schtick is a phenomenon he calls "The Anointing," the power purportedly given by God and transmitted through Hinn to carry out such "supernatural" acts as people fainting in front of him as he pushes them to the ground or yells in the microphone.

His purveyance of bullshit is second to none and he certainly knows how to extract the profits from prophets and how to fleece the flock. He performs his acts anointments, called "Miracle Crusades", in large stadiums which are televised on his "This is Your Day" program whose target audience suffers from false hope.

Anointing his victims of financial fraud[edit]

Hinn takes money from thousands of desperate souls seeking cures to illnesses such as terminal diseases or "homosexuality." Those who are lucky enough to get on stage are yelled at through a microphone and made to collapse under the pretense that God's great will is channeled through scumbags standing on a stage and shot out in jolts of energy-bolt-cures which the victim takes by falling down on the ground due to the extreme impact of gullibility and pure fantasy. His weapons of choice are hand gestures and smacking victims in the face with a jacket. Sometimes his amazing healing powers are so strong he can even cure dozens of people of their money in large groups. Many of his victims lose not only their hard-earned cash but also their lives when their cancer metastases despite Hinn's expensive miracle cures.

Prosperity gospel[edit]

Hinn's ministries are part of a movement known as "prosperity gospel". The basic premise is that if you have enough faith to give generously to an already wealthy church, you will be rewarded by God somewhere down the road. Benny spends hours lecturing on the power of the Holy Ghost and encourages his audience to suspend reason and let the spirit move them (to empty their bank accounts and/or max out their credit cards so God will bless them). His sermons include numerous anecdotes on the various 48-hour to 40-day clear and undisputed miracles where people are rewarded financially, or otherwise, after giving to his ministry. Eventually, his henchmen distribute several dozen buckets among the audience and rake in the cash. Though it sounds hard to believe, his ministry is suspected of misusing its funds.

Bible[edit]

Benny Hinn was quick to hawk 'The Master's Healing Presence Bible' - his own private edition of the Bible with bits he added and quotes from other authors, who are all dead so they won't criticise him on how the quotes are distorted.[4] It’s "filled with the miraculous and the powerful manifestation of God"[5] and what's more, sections dealing with "healing, the Holy Spirit, faith, prayer and, the presence of God" are color -coded.[6]

It’s a special Bible, it’s a healing Bible and at just under £90 a volume it’s an expensive Bible.[7]

If Hinn cares so much about the Bible perhaps he should look at 1 Timothy 6:9-10:

6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. [8]

Undercover reporting[edit]

In 2001, HBO's America Undercover ran an episode covering both Hinn and German crank Reinhard Bonnke.[9] As part of the episode, and at America Undercover's request, Hinn supplied the names of five people "healed" at his Crusade. When HBO checked back a year later, none of the parishioners had been healed at all (their initial feelings of being healed can probably be attributed to the placebo effect). Two of them had subsequently died: a woman whose cancer had come out of remission shortly after she attended the Crusade, and a ten-year-old boy, also of cancer, whose parents blamed themselves for not being "faithful enough," as they felt that their boy would have lived if only they had given Hinn more money. In typical Hinn fashion, he blamed HBO.

CBC Television also ran a program, “Do You Believe In Miracles” uncovering the scam when Hinn was exposed lying and taking money belonging to his church to spend himself. Hinn even employed security guards disguised as men from the church who kept genuinely sick followers away from the stage. [10] "Dateline" secretly filmed a great deal that Hinn wanted to hide.

Benny Hinn: "You're tired of all the pills you've taken, and all the

needles they put in your body and all the pain you felt. Well, I'm here to

tell you, you will be healed tonight!" [11]
This can cause unnecessary deaths if sick people become convinced they no longer need their pills or their injections, sick people on stage and in the audience may stop taking medication. A person named George was told that the HIV he previously had was being burnt out of his body; we have no idea if George exists but fear people with HIV may stop taking medication.

People with clearly visible conditions like cerebral palsy and other types of paralysis could not get onto the stage for healing though some were desperate. This may have put, at least, the visibly sick less at risk of being persuaded to stop taking medication. [12]

False prophecies[edit]

  1. God would destroy the homosexual community in America in 1995
  2. America’s East Coast would be destroyed by major earthquakes before 2000
  3. In October 1999, he appeared on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and claimed that God had given him a vision that thousands of the dead would watch the network and be resurrected by touching the television screen (their relatives would need to carry the dead person to the television then put their hands on it)
  4. Fidel Castro would die during the 1990′s. He did die... in 2016.
  5. The first female president of the United States of America would be elected [10]

Taste in luxury (and its drawbacks)[edit]

Benny Hinn is known to stay in $4000 a night hotels. Local staff working backstage for Hinn are instructed not to make eye contact or otherwise approach him as this might 'take him out of the moment'.[13] Hinn travels modestly in a second hand buggy a lavish private jet plane worth $36,000,000 with annual maintenance costs of $600,000. Hinn lives in a lowdown dump in some not very nice trailer park a mansion worth several million dollars in a select rich area. [10]

Hinn's rich tastes are apparently beginning to catch up with him; he asked his suckers followers to contribute $2.5 million in April 2013 in order to get out of debt, although an anonymous donor (who conveniently stated that "God wants [Hinn's] ministry to be completely out of debt, and I want to plant an anointed seed that will help you take a giant step toward becoming totally debt-free!") was supposed to match that amount.[14] No one's sure what the IRS thinks about this yet, although they've previously given him the stinkeye on the issue of suspicious fundraising.[15]

Brief moments of kindness[edit]

Yes, we will show fairness here. His ministry donated claimed to donate $100,000 in relief aid to Hurricane Katrina victims in 2007 and $250,000 to Tsunami Relief Effort in 2005.[16]

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