It is past dispute that the prosperity gospel has swept over the world to such a level that a good portion of those that name themselves Christians—whether or not at house or overseas—maintain to a model of Christianity that bears little resemblance to “the religion as soon as for all delivered to the saints.” It’s past dispute that this gospel guarantees prosperity to the various whereas delivering it to just a few. And it’s past dispute that there’s a clear connection between this perverse instructing and the identify “Hinn.”
For a few years, Toufik Benedictus Hinn—higher generally known as “Benny”—has presided over a prosperity gospel empire that has made him a family identify amongst Christians. Some love him, some hate him, however all know him. Born and raised Japanese Orthodox in Jaffa, Israel, Hinn and his household immigrated to Canada shortly after the Six-Day Warfare the place he transformed to Pentecostalism. Impressed and impressed by Kathryn Kuhlman, he based a church in Orlando and commenced to carry common therapeutic providers. These later morphed into the large “Therapeutic Crusades” that might crisscross the world and draw hundreds, a whole bunch of hundreds, or typically even tens of millions. Folks would come to him hoping for the promised miracle that might heal their hurting our bodies or repair their damaged funds.
Over time, this ministry was a household enterprise that included, amongst others, Benny’s nephew Costi. As Costi grew up, he didn’t solely stay off the ministry’s largesse, but additionally started to work for it. He received to expertise all of the pleasures of luxurious vehicles, non-public jets, presidential suites, and all the opposite advantages of working for a corporation preaching that materials prosperity is proof of divine favor. However over time—not as a sudden epiphany however as a rising consciousness—he started to see not simply the empty claims of this aberrant theology, but additionally the higher and better guarantees of scripture. He finally rejected the prosperity gospel and left the household ministry to focus as an alternative on pastoring a neighborhood church.
God, Greed, and the Prosperity Gospel is a semi-autobiographical examination and evaluation of the prosperity gospel. Along with his distinctive insider’s perspective, he is ready to mix theological insights with private expertise, and the mix packs a punch. He tells how the ministry capabilities and the way its obsession with cash is each bit as substantial because it seems to outsiders. Whereas he affirms that God is able to performing miracles, he reveals how ministries like Hinn’s far over-promise and massively under-deliver. He rigorously exposes the prosperity gospel as being demonstrably false and biblically incorrect. In that method it is a purposeful biography that makes use of his story as a way to show fact.
But even whereas Costi exposes a few of what occurs behind the scenes of a ministry like this one, his guide is just not a tabloid. It doesn’t include surprising or scandalous disclosures. It’s apparent that whereas he has vital disagreements together with his household, he continues to like them and needs to steer them to repent and to evangelise the reality. He speaks fact, however in a loving method. He leaves little question of his convictions, but additionally little question of his want to be persuasive to anybody who’s trapped in or drawn to prosperity theology.
Over the previous few years I’ve had the chance to journey to many alternative international locations throughout each continent and, wherever I’ve gone, I’ve requested pastors to inform me concerning the foremost challenges to the gospel of their contexts. Nearly to a person they’ve had far much less to say about authorities restrictions or rival religions than false gospels—particularly the false gospel of prosperity. I’m grateful that Costi Hinn has written this account of his experiences and this protection of biblical fact. I hope it has a large attain and convinces many to look past the too-small, too-weak guarantees of the prosperity gospel to the a lot greater, a lot better, a lot longer-lasting advantages of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
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