Friday, October 23, 2009

Benny Hinn Goes Public to Answer Critics

...But does he really give any answers at all?

This story is only interesting because Benny Hinn doesn't seem to be giving any new answers. The only clue of honesty is when he admits his lavish lifestyle. One has to wonder why he uses hyperbole when making his case.
"Look, you know there's this idea supposedly that we preachers are supposed to
walk about with sandals and ride bicycles. That's nonsense," he said,
noting that the private plane is "a necessity, not a luxury."
What's rediculous Benny, is that you actually could have said that with a straight face. If you really want to face your critics and salvage any credibility at all, how about saving the money from reserving expensive venues for your "healing" services and just visit a few of the burn centers and children's hospitals around the world-- But somehow I just don't think that's going to happen.

In a rare interview, controversial preacher and faith healer Benny Hinn laid some of his cards on the table, saying he's been wanting to answer his critics for 20 years.

"I'm very pleased ... because it's time for me to tell it all," Hinn told ABC's Dan Harris in an interview that aired Monday night. "I don't want people talking for me. I want to talk for myself."
For years, Hinn has been a subject of scrutiny by the media and recently the government for the miraculous healings he claims to do and the lavish lifestyle he leads.
His ministry's latest report from the "Fire Conference and Miracle Service" last month in New York states that teens were healed of leukemia, lung cancer and partial deafness.
"There were so many miracles of healing that people were lined along the sides of the auditorium from the front to the back waiting to come to the platform to testify of God’s healing touch!" the report touts.
Such conferences, held around the world, have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time to the ministry, all of which are donations from attendees – many of whom were seeking a physical healing.
Hinn, who was born into a Greek Orthodox Christian family and later became a zealous charismatic, admitted to ABC that he doesn't have medical verification of the healings and said some people who claimed they were healed on stage at the events were actually not.
He said, "These are things that I cannot explain because I am not the healer. I'm human like you."