Benny Hinn Is Still on the Grift: Sow Seed to Trigger Healing, Miracle, Prosperity 09-11-2019

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On 09-11-2019 Benny Hinn Ministries posted a video to their Facebook page. These quotes from Benny Hinn are in the video.

“When you sow seed you trigger the healing, you trigger the miracle, you trigger that prosperity.”

“As you sow your seed you trigger prosperity.”

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This is significant, because by 09-05-2019 there was a viral video of Benny Hinn claiming to have recanted certain aspects of the prosperity gospel, and there was a smidgen of evidence he was taking steps for his actions to match his words. You can read about that here.

As of right now Benny Hinn Ministries is still offering people healing, miracles, and prosperity if they send money to Benny Hinn Ministries. That means so far, Benny Hinn and his ministries have not repented of the heresy of the prosperity gospel. He’s still on the grift.

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Dr. Michael Brown Feeds The Wolves

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Dr. Michael Brown can’t bring himself to give an unqualified red flag to the likes of Ken Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Jennifer LeClaire. He affirms and promotes the likes of Heidi Baker and Sid Roth.

He claims to take his job as shepherd seriously, but in reality, he’s calling the wolves in for a feast.

Anything less than an unqualified red flag to the likes of those named above makes one guilty of shepherding malpractice. He asserts that he doesn’t have the time to call out every heretic. Even if that’s the case, he’s still guilty of leading people to the wolves.

If he doesn’t have the time to call out heretics, the least he could do is not lead people to them.

In this video around 1:33 he describes how seriously he takes his job as a shepherd in the body of Christ.

Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt, and recognize that he can’t call out every heretic, one problem still remains. He affirms, promotes, and leads people to some of the worst of the worst.

For example he’s pal and partner to Sid Roth.

He leads them to Heidi Baker!

 

 

“Healing Is Coming”: Another Sheep Oppressing Prosperity Gospel Ministry in Panama City Beach, Florida

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Healing Is Coming” is an outreach of Beachside Fellowship in Panama City Beach, Florida. Ramon and Marsha Duvall are the pastors of Beachside Fellowship. You might see a website HealingIsComing.life associated with them.

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This outreach and church is just another word of faith, health and wealth, and prosperity gospel church. Their resource page links to some of the worst money-grubbing prosperity gospel ministries.

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They teach the false teaching that healing and prosperity are dependent on the words you speak. You can be healthy and wealthy if you speak the right words. They believe our words have the same creative power as the words of God. They grossly mishandle and overextend Proverbs 18:21.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

The tongue and what you do with it, determines whether you have life or death in your life. Whether you have blessing or cursing. Whether you have sickness or health. Whether you have poverty or prosperity, it’s all determined by what you do with your tongue. We choose every day the kind of life we live.

Hear the above quote in the video below.

Yes our words can influence the course of our life, but they can’t create things the same way God’s words can.

This teaching was not practiced by the early church. Timothy had a stomach illness, and Paul didn’t tell him to speak a healing into existence. Paul had to visit Galatia because of an illness. If this was a practice of the early church, surely Paul, a man who wrote a significant amount of the new testament, would have taught it. He did have a lot of revelation after all. Paul told Christians to expect weakness and participation in the groaning pains of the fallen creation. This inspired man of God didn’t say it could be spoken away with faith filled words.

1 Timothy 5:23

23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

Galatians 4:13

13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,

Romans 8:22-26

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

A great way to beat God’s sheep, and cause them to despair is to tell them they’re poor and sick because they aren’t speaking the right words, or aren’t exercising the right level of faith.  As you saw above that wasn’t something taught by Paul.

Paul clearly didn’t have the expectations of these false prosperity teachers.

1 Corinthians 4:11

11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;

Please don’t let these doctrines of demons cause you to despair. They’re lies of Satan.

You’re Not Failing to Believe All of Scripture if You Think We’ll Do Less Healing Than Jesus Did

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Health and wealth prosperity gospel types love to accuse you of not believing all of scripture if you believe we’ll do less healing than Jesus did. Such an assertion is incorrect. I’m going to debunk it by looking at scripture written by Paul.

Paul wrote 13 of the 27 books in the new testament. A man who wrote almost half of the new testament is a good source to look for commonly held beliefs and practices of the new testament church.

Paul did not teach, practice, and expect the same amount or more healing than Jesus did.

Timothy had some kind of stomach issue, and Paul didn’t decree and declare Timothy’s healing. Instead he instructed him to take wine.

1 Timothy 5:23

23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

Wouldn’t a man with as much revelation on things as Paul heal Timothy if the normal practice was to have as many healings as Jesus did?

Paul had some kind of body ailment that lead him to the Galatians.

Galatians 4:13

13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,

Paul didn’t name and claim his healing. He had some sort of ailment. Again, if it was common practice to have as many or more healings than Jesus, then surely a man who wrote almost half of the new testament, who had that amount of revelation, would have simply claimed his healing. The fact that he didn’t, shows that it wasn’t common practice.

I doubt anyone would claim Paul was simply failing to believe all of scripture, after all, he wrote almost half of the second part of scripture.

In Romans 8 Paul said it would be normal and common for Christians to experience weakness and the groaning pains of creation, meaning healing on the same level or more than Jesus wasn’t the common expectation and practice.

Romans 8:22-26

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

It’s simply incorrect to claim that you’re not believing all of scripture if you expect less healings than Jesus did.

What about John 14:12?

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

Doesn’t that mean Christians will do even more miracles and healings than Jesus did? Clearly it doesn’t, because the man with enough revelation to write almost half of the new testament didn’t teach and practice it.

Some commentary from Matthew Henry on John 14:12

In the kingdom of grace. They should obtain greater victories by the gospel than had been obtained while Christ was upon earth. The truth is, the captivating of so great a part of the world to Christ, under such outward disadvantages, was the miracle of all.

What about James 5:14-15?

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Doesn’t this indicate that everyone who prays with faith will be healed? John Piper offers some helpful insight on this passage. You can read the full sermon here, I’ll give a summary.

James isn’t writing about someone who musters up enough faith on their own to believe. Piper believes this is referring to the spiritual gift of faith mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

James is saying that when the elders are praying for the sick, and the Spirit decides to work through the gift of faith, then the person will be healed. The scripture seems so absolute and certain on healing, because when God decides to do something, you can’t stop it. So yes, of course the prayer of faith will heal the sick, because there were times God granted the exercise of that gift. Results were dependent on God’s will, not man’s ability to muster up faith.

The amount of miracles and healings Jesus did was unique to him, and you’re not somehow shredding part of scripture to believe such. Paul certainly believed, taught, and practiced such, and he had a lot of revelation for belief and practice for the church.

 

 

 

The “You’re Worth It” False Gospel of Todd White: Glory Off of God and Onto Man

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Todd White preaches the false gospel of “you’re worth it”.

“He paid the price for me because I was worth the blood.”

“The cross isn’t just the revelation of your sin, it’s the revealing of your value.”

“The cross is the revelation of your value.”

At first glance this may seem harmless and insignificant. Consider the points below.

1.God saved us because of his love, not our worth. Focus is taken off of God’s ability to love, and is placed on our worth.

2.  The cost was high because of God’s holiness and the weight of our sin, not because of our own value. Focus is taken off of the depth of God’s holiness and the weight of our sin, and is put instead on our worth.

3. “You’re worth it” destroys God’s grace. You deserved to be saved if you’re worth it. This leads us to believe salvation is something we were worthy of and deserved.

4. “You’re worth it” cheapens the love of God. God’s love is magnified when he loves those who are unlovely vs. loving those who are amazing already.

5. “You’re worth it” changes the direction of worship. Worth is given to man’s value, instead of the glory of God.

This view elevates man, destroys grace, cheapens the love of God, and causes us to worship ourselves. God loves us because he loves us. (I am valuable because God loves me. God does not love me because I am valuable.)

Deuteronomy 7
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Our heart is so deceitful, and we’re warned about tendencies to pursue teachers and doctrines that suit our own pleasures.

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time is coming when people will not endure soundteaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

Todd White’s “you’re worth it” gospel does just that.

A Response To Francis Chan’s Statement To The Concerned

Francis Chan just commented on those concerned about his association with false teachers. I’ll give my brief thoughts below, then you can read his statement.

I think he missed the actual concern. It’s not merely about pictures taken with people, or who he speaks with. With his own words he affirmed false teachers, and with his own words he promoted an event that had false teachers.

I’m glad he will have a research team in the future to look into things, and yes being cautious of division and slander in the church is important. I don’t think he treats the issue of affirming and promoting false ministries and teachers with the same gravity he gives to slander and division. Both are vitally important and should be treated with the utmost amount of gravity.

Also read Is Francis Chan a False Teacher?

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A RESPONSE TO SOME CONCERNS BY FRANCIS CHAN

From what I hear from friends and critics (I stay away from social media, etc), there have been a lot of conclusions drawn from my decision to speak at The Send conference as well as other venues. Some people have questioned my willingness to take pictures with anyone who asks for a picture with me. So I thought it might be helpful to explain some of my theological beliefs which have come under scrutiny as of late, as well as some of my practices/decisions. I realize there are many questions, but let me at least clarify a few things.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE REGARDING THE “PROSPERITY GOSPEL”?

My understanding of that term is that it refers to teachings which imply that if you follow Jesus, He will make you healthy and wealthy. It is often used to attract people to make a decision to follow Jesus so that they can spend the rest of their lives in health and prosperity.
I believe this is a dangerous teaching for several reasons. First and foremost (in my opinion) is that it contradicts the teachings and example of Christ and the apostles. Jesus taught His disciples “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt 16:24). It was not a call to come and prosper but rather the opposite- a call to come and suffer. The New Testament is full of passages explaining the suffering that comes with a decision to follow Christ. I once gave a sermon where I went through every book of the New Testament and showed how suffering was in every book but one. Jesus was clear that following Him meant forsaking things of this earth to find a treasure far greater (Luke 9:58, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 13:44-46). This was exemplified by the martyred apostles who spent their lives joyfully suffering. Paul speaks about this when he compares his lifestyle of suffering in comparison to false teachers living in luxury (1 Corinthians 4:8-13, 2 Corinthians 4, 11). It is dangerous because it is not the gospel.

Jesus is the greatest prize. He is the bread of life. In John 6, as people were coming to Him looking for another miraculous meal, He refused to give it to them. Instead, He asked them if they wanted Him alone. He refused to be their genie, granting every wish they might have. Jesus let great numbers of people walk away in that moment because they wanted Jesus only if He would provide for them materially (prosperity gospel). He was then left with the disciples who treasured Him regardless of if they were homeless and poor because of it. For the Christian, Jesus is the focus of our affections and aspirations. The prosperity gospel distorts this by putting the focus on what Jesus can do for you rather than the beauty and value of who He is. This results in many people coming to Jesus (or so they think), not because they have fallen in love with Him, hate their sin, and would die for Him, but because they believe He will give them the desires of their heart in health, wealth, and prosperity. This is not Christianity, and if this is the motivation of people “coming to Jesus”, they are not truly Christian.
Another reason this teaching is dangerous is that it gives false hope to listeners that can result in confusion and discouragement. Prosperity preachers often promise greater wealth if their listeners will give more to their ministries. This is never promised in Scriptures. We can never hold God to something that He has not promised. In many impoverished nations, this has resulted in listeners giving their resources without anyone becoming rich besides the preacher. This can lead them into questioning the faithfulness of God. People need to be warned against this kind of teaching so that their faith is not damaged.

The New Testament does not teach that everyone should expect riches on earth. Instead, it teaches that we shouldn’t really care about earthly possessions. We have been given something far greater, so we can be content with basic necessities (1 Timothy 6:8). Jesus taught his disciples to pray “give us this day our daily bread”. We are promised provision, but not riches on earth (Matthew 6:31-33). If we are given more, it just means that we’ve been entrusted to use those resources for His Kingdom (2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Luke 16:1-15). Beware of teachers who spend a lot of time talking about becoming wealthy (1 Timothy 6:10).
God is supremely valuable. In an age of exaggeration, there are no words left to describe His worth. Any teaching that places focus on earthly riches gives a diminished picture of His glory.
There is much more I could write, but I think you get the gist.

WHY DO YOU SOMETIMES ACCEPT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN PLACES THAT TOLERATE THEOLOGY THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM YOURS?

I speak at events almost every week of the year. Often times, it’s more than one event a week. I don’t really enjoy it—I hate the travel, but try not to complain about it. Despite the toll it can take on myself and the family, it is always an honor to preach the Word. I believe it is my calling. Some question my choice to speak so often, but my best discernment and the discernment of the elders of our church is that it is still a part of my calling in this season.
I am asked to speak at approximately 500 events a year. I decline approximately 90% of the requests. It’s a difficult thing to do. Often times, I decline because other speakers will be at the event who believe almost exactly what I believe. My reasoning is that it may be a waste of Kingdom resources for all of us to be there, speaking largely to people who already agree with us. It seems more effective to speak where there is less Bible teaching. It has not been my practice to ask who will share the platform with me and to research the other speakers. While some may be dear friends, there are many that I know little about. This current experience has caused me to consider exercising more caution and to develop a team to help me research. That being said, I speak in many places where I am not in alignment theologically. I actually believe that is where I can be most effective, as long as they give me freedom to address anything I believe the Lord wants me to address.

I recognize, now more than ever, that sometimes my participation can give the impression that I align with every other speaker at the event. I’m not sure what to do about that other than to tell you that I don’t. Unless the elders of my church direct me differently, I will continue to be found preaching in venues with those I disagree. I will preach in just about any kind of setting if I’m given freedom to preach from any passage of scripture. The elders and I are trying to come up with more safeguards for future events to hopefully prevent misunderstandings. Pray for us.
I realize that many will not agree with my decision to speak at certain events. I hope you will at least consider the burden of trying to weigh potential outcomes good and bad. Over the past few years, I have seen many people come to truly follow Jesus, have a deeper love for the scriptures, and a deeper commitment to the great commission. There are millions of souls that sit under weak or unorthodox teachings. It thrills me to think about what the Spirit might do through His Word in those situations. My personal belief is that there are 2-3 million orthodox American Christians who consume all of the same books, blogs, and podcasts. Meanwhile, there are millions who will never hear strong biblical teaching unless teachers are willing to go. I might be fooling myself, but I feel like the Spirit enables me to lovingly confront difficult issues. And I have seen repentance result from it.

WHY HAVE YOU NOT PUBLICLY DENOUNCED CERTAIN PREACHERS?

I believe it is absolutely biblical to call out certain false teachers and beg people to run from their teachings. We see Paul do this in the scriptures. As I was growing in my faith, I was grateful for radio shows where false teachings were exposed. I have always wanted to be a person who did not shy away from controversy, boldly willing to call out false teachers. In my zeal, I often denounced teachers and denominations without having my facts in order. I was sometimes motivated by pride rather than love. I have had to repent before true brothers in the Lord that I one time slandered. As a dad, it’s a terrifying thought to know that I inappropriately slandered one of God’s sons or daughters.
I still strive to boldly call out false teachers, but I have found it hard to collect accurate data. I am willing to do it, but I want to do it with caution. I will be judged for every careless word spoken (Matthew 12:36). Whether it is due to carelessness or a desire for fame, many Christians have fallen into the worldly practice of creating fake news. Exaggerations are made because it makes things interesting, driving more traffic to their sites, leading to greater revenue and attention. Over the years, many things have been said about me that simply are not true. I can’t know the motives, but I am sure it is untrue. In the same way, friends of mine have been misrepresented and their reputations unfairly tarnished. I want to make sure that I am not guilty of the same thing.
We live in a time when it is hard to discover the truth about any one person because there are a slew of voices quick to state their opinions as fact. So I now have a team of people researching to try and differentiate between rumors and truth. As I gather that information, I will seek out the teachers and address the issues in a biblical manner (Matthew 18). I will pray for and seek their repentance in love. If there is not repentance, I believe it is right to warn against false teachers and separate from them.
Having said all of that, I refuse to slow down in my preaching to the lost, caring for the local church, sending missionaries to unreached people groups, collecting and distributing aid to the needy, in order to research false teachers. It is important. I admit that I have not done enough research and will do more without neglecting the other responsibilities I have before the Lord.

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR YOU TO WRITE A RESPONSE?

Early in my ministry, I had a professor warn “don’t spend your time defending yourself. Let God defend you and those closest to you defend you. You can spend your whole life dispelling rumors.” I have followed that advice for the past 30 years. I hope this response doesn’t sound like a person who is trying to save his reputation just for the sake of saving his reputation. My hope was to bring clarity to those who might trust my life and preaching and assume that my being in a picture or on a stage with someone means that I align with them. In regards to pictures…I live a very strange life. Most people take pictures with their friends and family. I end up taking thousands of pictures with complete strangers who ask to take pictures with me. I have struggled over the years with whether it is wrong to sign books or take pictures with people. I would be perfectly happy to never take another picture or sign another book. It just feels rude and discouraging to say no. My intention was never to show allegiance with those who request selfies.

Another reason I took so long to write this response is because I read Paul’s defense of his ministry. He was able to do it out of love for people and the furtherance of the gospel. I needed a little extra time to make sure I wasn’t responding out of anger, pride, hurt, or cynicism- things that I have been guilty of. I think my heart is in a good place now, and I am writing because I believe I have a calling to proclaim the gospel and preach unpopular truths in a crooked generation. Though some are trying to deter people from my ministry altogether, I believe God has given me a calling to teach His Word. I plan on teaching faithfully until I die. I hope you take this in the spirit in which it was written.
One final thought- We should all be careful to guard against false teaching of any kind. In the process of refuting false teachers, however, we can unintentionally falsely accuse good teachers. That might be equally harmful to His Kingdom.  God desires unity in His body, so it is no small crime to bring division into the church.

“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.”  Titus 3:10

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”  

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Jesus deeply longed for unity amongst His children. This should not come at the expense of truth. There are times when the truth will divide. Let’s all humbly beg for wisdom from the Holy Spirit to know how to love our brothers without compromising truth. As we diligently confront false teaching, let’s show equal fervency in defending those who are truly our brothers and equal zeal in confronting those who unnecessarily divide the body.