Televangelist Benny Hinn Renouncing Prosperity Gospel, Correcting His Theology

Televangelist Benny Hinn Renouncing Prosperity Gospel, Correcting His Theology

The Babylon Bee

“The Gospel is not for sale!” Benny Hinn proclaimed during his Labor Day broadcast of Your LoveWorld. “I’m correcting my own theology, and you all need to know it. Because when I read the Bible now, I don’t see the Bible in the same eyes I saw the Bible 20 years ago.”

The Prosperity Gospel

Back in 2007, Hinn and several other proponents of the Prosperity Gospel had their financial records examined by the U.S. Senate. The televangelist would endlessly preach on how Christians could receive the blessings of health and wealth by donating money during telethons.

The Theology Working Group defines the Prosperity Gospel as “the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings.”

Hinn is Finished With The Prosperity Gospel

During his Facebook live broadcast on Monday, Benny Hinn said, “And I will tell you now something that is going to shock you. I think it’s [an] offense to the Lord. It’s an offense to say give $1,000—I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit. I’m done with it.”

He goes on to explain that he thinks preaching for people to give money in order to receive a blessing from God is “a gimmick” and it’s “making [him] sick to [his] stomach.”

Reflecting on the strong possibility that he will be invited to future telethons, Hinn says, “…I think they will not like me anymore. If I hear one more time, ‘break the back of debt with $1,000,’ I’m gonna rebuke them.”

Hinn continued, “I think that’s buying the Gospel. That’s buying the blessing. That’s grieving the Holy Spirit. If you are not giving because you love Jesus, don’t bother giving.”

Not The Only One to Reject The Prosperity Gospel

Another televangelist that recently rejected the Prosperity Gospel who was also being examined by the U.S. Senate, is Joyce Meyer. She said, “I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I learned about faith, but it got out of balance.”

She went on to explain further: “Every time someone had problems it was because they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick, you didn’t have enough faith. If your child died, you didn’t have enough faith… Well, that’s not right.”

In David Jones and Russell Woodbridge’s latest publication Health, Wealth, & Happiness, the authors quote a study that found that 50 out of the 260 largest churches in America promote the prosperity gospel or something similar. Jones says the prosperity gospel, is “pagan teaching with a Christian face.”

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