A Watershed Moment For American Evangelical Christianity – Benny Hinn Has Just Renounced The Prosperity Gospel

The End of the American Dream – by Michael Snyder

When you have done things a certain way for almost your entire career, it can be exceedingly difficult to admit that you were wrong.  This is true in any field, but it is especially true for those in the ministry.  So Benny Hinn showed an enormous amount of courage when he completely repudiated the “prosperity gospel” on Monday night during a Facebook Live broadcast.  This represents a 180 degree turn for his ministry, and it could be a watershed moment for American evangelical Christianity as a whole.  For decades, an extreme emphasis on wealth and prosperity has virtually drowned out the message of the cross on Christian television, and this has greatly damaged the evangelical movement.  Having high profile leaders such as Benny Hinn renounce the “prosperity gospel” would do much to heal the damage that has been done, and he should be greatly applauded for his public repentance.

Of course a lot of people out there are going to be skeptical, and that is unfortunate.  Forgiveness is available to everyone no matter what they may have been through in the past, and we should all remember that there is literally nobody alive that is not in need of grace.

In addition, it is important to remember that ministries are always going to need resources in order to fulfill the Great Commission, and believers should always be supporting those ministries that are doing a great job of preaching the gospel.  But the “prosperity gospel” twisted what the Bible says about giving into a message that appealed to the flesh, and Benny Hinn has now completely rejected that message.  The following comes from the Christian Post

Declaring that the “Holy Ghost is just fed up with it,” controversial televangelist Benny Hinn, formerly one of the most aggressive proponents of the prosperity gospel, has for the first time in his career, delivered a full-throated rejection of the practice that made him and his family millions.

The prosperity gospel teaches, among other things, that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth, and they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings.

And Hinn didn’t stop there.

At one point during his Monday night message, he boldly declared that the prosperity gospel is literally making him “sick to my stomach”

He said that “it is an offense to the Lord, it’s an offense to say, ‘Give $1,000.’ I think it’s offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the Gospel. I’m done with it.”

At one point Hinn asked viewers “Am I shocking you?”

“Giving has become such a gimmick it’s making me sick to my stomach,” he said. “And I’ve been sick for a while too, I just couldn’t say it.”

We definitely need a lot more of that sort of preaching in our churches.

In the end, this could result in Benny Hinn not being invited on Christian television as much.  As we have seen, there have certainly been other prominent Christian ministers that have paid a great price for telling the truth in recent years.  But Hinn is doing what is right for himself, his followers and for the American church as a whole, and that is what matters.

After all this time, Hinn says that the way he views “prosperity” has completely changed.  During his message, he pointed out that the great heroes in the Bible didn’t have lots of wealth

“Did Elijah the prophet have a car? No. Did not even have a bicycle. He had no lack. … Did Jesus drive a car or live in a mansion? No. He had no lack. How about the Apostles? None lacked among them,” Hinn said. “Today, the idea is abundance and palatial homes and cars and bank accounts. The focus is wrong … It’s so wrong.”

Hopefully thousands of other Christian leaders will see what Hinn has done and will follow his lead.  He continues to be highly influential in the evangelical Christian world, and what he just did is likely to send shockwaves all across the country.

It would have been really easy for Hinn to continue to preach the prosperity gospel, because that is what he has done throughout almost his entire career.

But in the final analysis, he was very afraid about what God would say once he got to heaven

Toward the end of the clip the 66-year-old told viewers, “I don’t want to get to heaven and be rebuked. I think it’s time we say it like its: The Gospel is not for sale.”

I understand that this article is highly controversial, and I also understand that many will criticize me for writing it and that many will continue to deeply criticize Benny Hinn for things he has done throughout the course of his ministry.

But it isn’t how we begin the race that matters.

What really matters is how we end the race, and Benny Hinn should be greatly, greatly applauded for setting himself on a new path.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared NowThe Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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10 Responses to A Watershed Moment For American Evangelical Christianity – Benny Hinn Has Just Renounced The Prosperity Gospel

  1. Katie says:

    Well, only God knows if he’s really changed & we’ll know by his fruit.

    Having said that, maybe he’s setting people up for the have nothing, eating one meal, if that, per day due to the gutting of our country. Of course, he can split over to Israhell where American dollars are prospering that hole.

    Still aint gonna trust ya buddy mainly due to his “healing” methods where he lays hands on folks and they fall over and out. What a bunch of poo!

  2. Katie says:

    Also, preachers and pretty much everyone that becomes a TV star has very low ranking in my eyes. TV is a medium to spew lies and that includes preachers.

    You know why Henry ain’t ever been broadcast on TV? Because he speaks ONLY the TRUTH.

  3. mary in tx says:

    what a crock….let’s have a gander at your bottom line there Benny

    ‘and he should be greatly applauded for his public repentance. ‘ oh paleeeese …..spare me

    probably set up for another scam

  4. DL. says:

    Snyder, when you come out saying the huge amount of Christian Zionism on evangelical TV is also destroying TRUE belief on Christ–and it is! Thank you God for waking me up to this Syn of Sat crapola!–let me know! And what side will you be on, Snyder–the side of Christ even if it means you get beheaded by the Sanhedrin, or the side of strong delusion sent by God to those who believe a lie of the Talmudic Ha Mossiach with Noahide?

  5. KOYOTE says:

    I WATCHED THIS LOW LIFE BUZZARD MAKE AN OUTRIGHT MOCKERY OF THE LORDS SUPPER ON NATIONAL TV ONCE.
    SO ……………..ER………… NO……………..
    HES PUT HIMSELF IN HELL, LETS SEE IF HE HAS THE MOXY TO ASK THE LORD TO BAIL HIM OUT THROUGH HIS NEW COVENANT…..

  6. galen says:

    It sickens me that Snyder can uphold this paradigm.

    On Benny, I agree with Katie’s take:

    “…maybe he’s setting people up for the have nothing, eating one meal, if that, per day due to the gutting of our country.”

    They’re making it very in-vogue to be poor. Oh yeah, and don’t go to college.

    Sure, Benny can say what he’s saying now after he’s extracted millions from good-hearted people, now that he has a hefty retirement likely with abundant holdings.

    Ha! I just looked up Benny’s net worth. Ready? $40 frikkin’ million. But I bet it’s much more. How dare he take hypocrisy to this unprecedented level. But sadder than this is those who still listen to him.

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  7. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.” Luke 12:33 KJ

    Do that, Benny Boy, and I just MIGHT believe your lying @ss.

    Otherwise… STFU.

  8. 'ol stewbum says:

    He will get more “pity” money for coming clean that anybody can imagine! This con will make millions more from this. The outpouring of support for his “bravery” will be overwhelming, and his coffers will be spilling over.
    I am glad I detest the love of money. It is an evil necessity for being alive these days.

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