“Expect a miracle!” claims the flyer advertising “Pastor” Benny Hinn’s “Miracle Healing Services”. It’s been awhile since Benny Hinn was a big name – pretty much not since the 90s – but he is still touring and claiming to be a miracle worker. In addition, he says he can teach others to do the same. A couple years ago he and “Pastor” Laura White were caught in an affair, but last year he remarried his recently divorced wife, Suzanne.
September 27 and 28, Benny Hinn will be in Charlotte. On Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., he will conduct healing services. On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. he will teach others how to do the same, in a teaching and anointing service.
Perhaps in preparation for this event, someone would like to see just what takes place in one of Mr. Hinn’s services. Here’s a great example, from Indonesia:
It would appear from Mr. Hinn’s point of view, the Holy Spirit just likes to come along and knock people over. One wonders why the Holy Spirit does not also catch these people. One also wonders why Mr. Hinn needs a translator – can’t he just speak in tongues?
Another question – when Mr. Hinn comes to Charlotte, why is he going to Ovens Auditorium? Charlotte has several large hospitals – would it not make much more sense for him to go to the hospital and do this miracle healing service there? That way, those who need these miracles the most will receive them, and it can be validated and confirmed for all.
As one might be able to guess, there is absolutely nothing in the Bible that says the Holy Spirit ever just knocked people over. When he fell on the disciples as recorded in Acts 2, it was with a “sound as rushing wind” and a visible sign in that it appeared there was a flame resting above their heads. In 1 Corinthians 12-14, Paul instructs the Corinthian Church in how they ought to use their gifts, because they apparently were all clamouring and wanting to have the “visible” miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit, such as healing or speaking in tongues … sound familiar? In Acts 3, Peter healed a lame man who had been thus since his birth … he had a verifiable disability since his birth, which everyone knew about and had known about his whole life. It was not some unknown, unseen “ailment” from which he was healed, and it had nothing to do with his own faith at all – he expected gold or silver from Peter and John.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul states that the miraculous gifts will come to an end when “that which is perfect is come”, and in Acts 8 it is implied that only an Apostle could pass on the mairculous measure of the Holy Spirit. Any time a miracle is done, it is obvious that the point of it was to confirm that the word the Apostles spoke was true nd from God … but nowhere does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit will knock people over, make them shake like they are having an epileptic seizure, laugh or weep uncontrollably, or begin to shout in an unintelligible gibberish – the gift of tongues was real languages.
As stated, there is ample Biblical evidence that the age of miracles is now past. First, consider 1 Corinthians 13:10 – “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” What is “that which is perfect”? The construction of the original Greek language prevents interpreting this as the second advent of Jesus, since then it would have to be, “when HE WHO is perfect has come…” The most likely interpretation of “that which is perfect” is that it refers to the complete revealed Word of God.
Then let one consider the events of Acts 8. Philip the evangelist (NOT the Apostle) had baptized many in Samaria, but the Holy Spirit had not fallen on any of them. Peter and John, Apostles, had to go and lay hands on the people for them to receive the miraculous imparting of the Holy Spirit. The narrative also tells of Simon, who wanted to buy the ability to pass on the Holy Spirit – implying that he did not have that ability even after he had received the Spirit by the hands of the Apostles.
Benny Hinn is not a healer, nor is he one who has the ability to pass on miraculous gifts, such as the Apostles did. He is but a man, subject to sin and weaknesses, as shown by his affair. No preacher is anything more than a man. If what they say is true, by all means listen! But if what they say can’t stand up to the test of what is in the Bible, it’s just a sham.