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The Confusing World of Benny Hinn Paperback – December 20, 1997

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G. Richard Fisher has served as pastor of Laurelton Park Baptist Church in Bricktown, N.J. since 1968. He is a member of the Board of Dkirectors of Personal Freedom Outreach (PFO) and the senior researcher/writer for its newsletter publication, The Quarterly Journal.

M. Kurt Goedelman founded PFO in 1975 and is the organization's executive director. He and his wife, Angela, handle PFO's ministry operations in the Saint Louis office.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Personal Freedom Press; 3rd edition (December 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885591942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885591944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,108,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom Hinkle on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
James 3:1 says "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement" (New King James Version). In this book, Benny Hinn goes "under the microscope", so to speak, as his words and deeds are analyzed and found wanting. That such a prominent figure should undergo such scrutiny should not be surprising, according to the above-quoted scripture, nor should it cause condemnation and outrage on the part of his "fans". Every follower of Benny Hinn, or indeed, the follower of any pop-religious icon should read this book. The evidence presented is documented and verifiable. But, more importantly, it points out sound Biblical interpretive principals, something many people are unaware of nowadays when so many interpret Scripture by what they think God tells them it means (which is usually dependent on their religious preconditioning). Especially informative to me is the chapter concerning Hinn's teaching on the Blood, and how it is similar to others who have associated almost magical powers to a literal red fluid. Appendix A, written by someone who visited Hinn's church in Orlando, is very revealing. To have a church service that is patrolled by security guards who have use Gestapo-like tactics on whoever appears not to be a Hinn-worshiper shows paranoia in the Hinn camp, not exactly an indication of great "faith".
I had to downgrade this book a little because, on some issues, it treads and retreads the same ground, which is tantamount to beating a dead horse. Of course, the fact that this book is a collection of articles contributes to that, but it could have used tighter editing.
It is somewhat disturbing to me to see reviews written on this book by people who have not even read it.
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Have not read this book cover to cover. But having attended many good sermons by his brother "Willie" (Dr. William D. Hinn) I decided to research a bit on his Brother, Benny. At one sermon, the Dr. said he was to join his Brother Benny in Texas.

The many writers of this book
have convincingly portrayed Benny as a "typically" flamboyant Minister ( indeed he has studied and written about Kathryn Kulman), who is occasionally just a little loose with his scriptural analysis...and his lips while on stage performing his *own* miracles.

That in itself is nothing new. If someone who is unfortunately "handicapped" attends one of his healing services they usually know that no such transformation is *likely*...and they enjoy the "show".

But what arouses the ire, the intellectual and spiritual aspects, for several distinguished Divinity persons, is that the "show" is at least morally wrong: truly sick people are apparently sent to the back of the line and the *less* sick become a kind of game-show contestant. (are there "contestants" who are really actors? the ones who hit the stage floor hard and no one comes to see if they sustained a concussion?).

I used to watch Kathryn Kulman and wonder what if? maybe 1 of 10 people who join her on stage will actually get healed. Somehow. We all know now that the wildest of them all, Marjoe, admitted he was 100% entertainer! And who learned that some of his followers actually got healed ..and stay healed. Does Benny Hinn actually believe he is a true vessel to capture the Holy Spirit and pour out upon the stricken?

This book has not shown me any warmth, any sympathy for a possibly well-meaning man. Is the dude just naïve...or a conniving money grabber? The message I got (so far) is that he is very much, the latter.

Still recommended. Keep an open mind.
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By A Customer on December 15, 1999
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Benny Hinn fans will obviously hate this book. Reviewer Jeff DelaCruz made a few charges against Fischer and Goedelman, none of which he substantiated. And apparently, the 12/11/99 reviewer from California didn't even read the book.
On the opposite side, Fischer and Goedelman substantiate and document the quotes they supply in this book -- using Hinn's own programs, books, and tapes. Yes, Hinn did say "There's nine of them" in the Trinity. Yes, Hinn did threaten the well-being of his critics, as if "God" was his leg-breaking thug. Yes, Hinn did claim to feel the "anointing" from the tombs of two of his icons. Yes, Hinn did say that the parted Red Sea really froze, and that the Egyptians were crushed by the falling ice. Yes, Hinn did say that the NT does not record the name of either of the two disciples who were on the road to Emmaus because God dishonored them for not asking Jesus who He was. Yes, Hinn did threaten a particular critic's little children with disasterous suffering. Yes, Hinn did prophesy that the homosexual community in America would perish by fire out of heaven in 1994 or 1995, no later than that. Yes, Hinn did prophesy that a great earthquake would destroy much of the east coast during the 1990s. Yes, Hinn did prophesy that Fidel Castro would die during the 1990s. Yes, Hinn did speak for the Holy Spirit and say that Eve was originally created to give birth out of her side, but sin transformed her anatomy. Yes, Hinn did tell his followers that, "You are God. Ye are gods." Yes, Hinn did teach that Jesus gave up his divinity at some point. Yes, Hinn did say that Jesus went to hell to suffer for our atonement.
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