“I’m open and I’m teachable. There’s no way I’m going to say to my critics, ‘Who do you think you are?’ At one time, I felt that way, but no more.”

—Benny Hinn, in a statement to CHRISTIANITY TODAY last year

Television preacher Benny Hinn, whose sales in Christian bookstores in the last year-and-a-half have exceeded those of James Dobson and Charles Swindoll combined, told CT last September that he would submit to the counsel and constructive criticism of others (CT, Oct. 28, 1991, p. 44).

But Hinn’s rhetoric since then has raised questions in some people’s minds about his sincerity. For instance: “Now I’m pointing my finger with the mighty power of God on me.… You hear this. There are men and women in Southern California attacking me. I will tell you under the anointing now, you’ll reap it in your children. You’ll never win.… And your children will suffer. You’re attacking me on the radio every night, you’ll pay, and your children will. Hear this from the lips of God’s servant. You are in danger. Repent, or God Almighty will move his hand.…”

That is what Hinn told an audience on August 7 at Melodyland Christian Center in Southern California.

In a recent interview with CT, Hinn, whose books Good Morning, Holy Spirit and The Anointing have sold 1.7 million copies combined, said he stands behind the Melodyland statement. “The Bible warns us clearly that we must not attack men of God no matter how sinful they may have become or wicked in our eyes,” Hinn said.

Pastor of the 7,000-member Orlando (Florida) Christian Center, Hinn said there is nothing wrong with attacking his teachings. But in explaining his Melodyland tirade, he said he felt he was under attack personally, and he implied that he feared for his life.

Hinn acknowledged ...

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