Thursday, March 18, 2010

Whatever Offends Reveals Your Heart - Benny Hinn was Offended

I remember well the days before Jimmy Swaggart was found out...he preached with fervor and anger about pornography and illicit sex. I wondered then, what is causing this reaction? Why the indignation? Certainly he was right. His indignation was appropriate. But, it was out of character. He was a spiritual hero of mine then. Then a few months later...well you recall. The devil always uses hubris to destroy ministry. Hubris that says , "I'm above all that".

Now a video is making the rounds where Benny Hinn is railing against Joel Osteen's comment on Larry King. To be fair, he rails against Oprah too. I get that. His argument is so livid and it seems to be over the top. If you want to hear him go on about all this you can watch the video:

There is something about all this that sounds strange to my ears. If Jesus were standing in the place of Benny Hinn would he rail publicly against Joel Osteen like this? Or would he follow his own admonitions of Matthew 18:

15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
If you are wondering if Benny Hinn privately went to Osteen about this first, don't wait for the answer. It is NO without any doubt. The day this video was posted was the same day Benny Hinn received legal notice of his wife filing for divorce. Feb 18, 2010.

His public outrage is driven by his private pain. His offended heart. She had been out of the house for a while. According to the news release, since the end of January.

This is why when this was all announced I posted that when this happens in a ministry, he or she must step aside to heal and resolve whatever the issues are. Time needs to be invoked for healing. I suggested that Benny Hinn should stop all campaigns now. He will become a negative 1 Corinthians 13 example.

Pain causes horrible reactions in people. Benny Hinn is people. He must stop until he heals.

The Hubris the devil uses is "Your ministry is too important for you to step back. People are dependent on you. There is too much to lose. You won't lose anyone of your followers. God is counting on you."

That is the voice of satan.

Benny Hinn must stop now. I wish I could get this message to him. It's essential before he wounds the whole body of Christ in The USA.


Pastor Dan said...

I did seem a little over the top to me. You are a wise man of God.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should leave it alone!

Gene said...

If I could leave this alone I would. But this video has gone viral on the Christian internet like facebook. If someone doesn't stand up and oppose this damage, there will be HELL to pay. People's souls are at stake. I must warn people that this is an aberration. I don't think Benny Hinn is a bad guy. He's just hurting and hurting people hurt people.

Sharon Luzzi said...

So sad.But that was my first thought that he was operating out of his hurts....

Anonymous said...

Gene....the context of Benny's message is about those who preach another gospel. I agree with Benny that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation.

You are out of line with assuming this has anything to do with the divorce filing. It might be wise to keep your own personal opinion out of it and stick with the context of the message.

Gene said...

I agree with Benny too. It's the tone and intensity that is the problem. The condemnation. The outright calling someone out. Here's the problem. He is doing this in the midst of a Ministry who's profile is high enough that it can cause damage. As several of the other things happening in the past few years have. We don't need the secularists to show us up, we do it ourselves.

Some of this IS my personal opinion I have decided. I was reproved earlier and may have to rethink this. I also am sensitive to this area and believe there needs to be a call to repentance and order. If not me, who? or you? Or who?

In the context of what Osteen said on that interview, Benny took it out of context.

I'm not defending Osteen. I am defending the Body of Christ and what Benny did didn't help.

And, I stand by the premise that this outrage, no matter how deeply felt comes from his personal pain.

He needs to back off for a while.

Anonymous said...

well he is mentioning names of people instead of just giving the message. did qhe also forget touch not my anointed. yes as prophet you need to send him a letter to confront, spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets. but go to him in private, or you are exposinf him here publicly like he is doing. i wish i could speak to him about joel osteen. joel has the gift of encouragement thats why he talks like that..its his gifting, he is not evangelitical like benny, different calling prophetic expressions.

Anonymous said...

yes send him a prophet letter on it. he wrote me back once, then its up to God from then on you released it. be bold call say you are the prophet of rhe lord and you need to fax or send a letter to him and how can it get there.

Gene said...

I have contacted him thru his people. I suspect he has seen this and some other things I have said. I expect no response. Just reaction.

Anonymous said...

Benny was actually talking about Billy Graham, not Osteen.

Gene said...

IF that were true, and I'm not convinced it is, (Billy not Joel), that's even worse.

I will post something I wrote (just not here) regarding the manifestation to the torment of the spirit of Distraction.

Benny Hinn is manifesting just that.

prophet expressions said...

if ypu left a message with him then it is done released inless there is another word for him.

Anonymous said...

if you ever talked to him in person ypu would know what a heart for evangelism he really has, he is a great evangelist wise soul winner that God uses for his purposes, he is still a man thougj and if he is talking jive out there he needs to be confronted personally on it and get right for sure, reme@ber touch not my anointed, he is still a wonderful evangelist but we are accountable for our words, why is everybody worried about his bennys business? have any of you ever said something uncool? just wondering.