Was Benny Hinn's Brother Restored to Ministry Too Soon After Affair?

Most leaders agree: pastors can return to pulpits after adultery. But they disagree on how long it should take.

How soon is too soon for a pastor to return to the pulpit after 'fessing up to an affair? Apparently no more than eight months, if you're the brother of prominent televangelist Benny Hinn.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sam Hinn, who admitted to a four-year extramarital affair in January, is already back in ministry. The younger Hinn completed a restoration process and was "re-ordained" Sunday at Orlando-area Church on the Living Edge, just eight months after he resigned from his position at Gathering Place Worship Center in Sanford, Florida.

In addition, Sunday's ceremony indicated that Hinn would be installed as a professor at Tabernacle Bible College Seminary in Tampa.

But not everyone is happy about Sam Hinn's restoration to the pulpit. Ron Johnson, a local pastor who counseled Sam Hinn, told the Sentinel that Hinn "walked out on a two-year restoration process after three months—leaving many of his problems unresolved."

Similarly, ...

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