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|Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 6:09am On Mar 04, 2018|
Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn
As part of the family empire, I lived a life of luxury. Then doubts began to surface.
Almost 15 years ago, on a shoreline outside of Athens, Greece, I stood confidently in my relationship with the Lord and my ministry trajectory.
I was traveling the world on a private Gulfstream jet doing “gospel” ministry and enjoying every luxury money could buy. After a comfortable flight and my favorite meal (lasagna) made by our chef, we prepared for a ministry trip by resting at The Grand Resort: Lagonissi.
Boasting my very own ocean-view villa, complete with private pool and over 2,000 square feet of living space, I perched on the rocks above the water’s edge and rejoiced in the life I was living. After all, I was serving Jesus Christ and living the abundant life he promised.
Little did I know that this coastline was part of the Aegean Sea—the same body of water the apostle Paul sailed while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. There was just one problem: We weren’t preaching the same gospel as Paul.
Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big business.
Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual inheritance.
God’s goal was not his glory but our gain. His grace was not to set us free from sin but to make us rich. The abundant life he offered wasn’t eternal, it was now. We lived the prosperity gospel.
My father pastored a small church in Vancouver, British Columbia. During my teenage years, he would travel nearly twice a month with my uncle, Benny Hinn.
Prosperity theology paid amazingly well. We lived in a 10,000-square-foot mansion guarded by a private gate, drove two Mercedes Benz vehicles, vacationed in exotic destinations, and shopping at the most expensive stores.
On top of that, we bought a $2 million ocean-view home in Dana Point, California, where another Benz joined the fleet. We were abundantly blessed.
Throughout those years we faced countless criticisms from both inside and outside the church. Dateline NBC, The Fifth Estate (a Canadian news program), and other shows did investigative work.
Well-known ministry leaders took to the airwaves warning people about our teachings, and local pastors told their congregations to steer clear of pulpits filled by a “Hinn.” At the time
I believed we were being persecuted like Jesus and Paul, and that our critics were just jealous of our blessings.
We Stand for your Religious Liberty
Within the family, we didn’t tolerate criticism. One day I asked my father if we could go heal my friend from school who had lost her hair due to cancer.
He replied that we should pray for her at home rather than going to heal her. I thought to myself, Shouldn’t we be doing what the apostles did if we have the same gift? At that point,
I didn’t question our ability to heal, but doubts began to stir about our motives. We only did healings in the crusades, where music created the atmosphere, money changed hands, and people approached us with the “right” amount of faith.
Other doubts would surface. What about unsuccessful healing attempts? I learned that it was the sick person’s fault for doubting God.
Why would we speak in tongues without interpretation? “Don’t quench the Spirit,” I was told. “He can do what he wants.” Why did many of our prophecies contradict the Bible? “Don’t put God in a box.” Despite the questions, I trusted my family because we were so successful. Tens of thousands of people followed us; millions packed stadiums annually to hear my uncle.
We healed the sick, performed miracles, rubbed elbows with celebrities, and got incredibly wealthy. God must be on our side!
Before going to college, I took a year off and joined Benny’s ministry as a “catcher” (someone who catches the people who are “slain in the spirit”) and personal assistant. This was a rite of passage in my family, as nearly every nephew worked for him at some point.
It was a show of loyalty and gratitude. That year was a whirlwind tour of luxury: $25,000-a-night royal suites in Dubai, seaside resorts in Greece, tours of the Swiss Alps, villas on Lake Como in Italy, basking on the golden coast of Australia, shopping sprees at Harrods in London, and numerous trips to Israel, Hawaii, and everywhere in between.
The pay was great, we flew on our own private Gulfstream, and I got to buy custom suits. All I had to do was catch people and look spiritual!
A Life-Changing Verse
After graduating college and returning home, I met my wife, Christyne. I had no idea that God would use her in bringing about my salvation. In fact, my family and I were nervous because she didn’t speak in tongues.
We set out to fix that problem by having her attend one of Benny’s crusades, but nothing happened. Next, she attended a service at my home church in Vancouver, but that didn’t work either.
Finally, she received some coaching at a youth conference, but she couldn’t manage more than a few mumbled syllables. I truly thought I could never marry her unless something changed.
Then one day she pointed to a verse I had never seen: 1 Corinthians 12:30 (“Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”). I was shaken to the core. There it was plain as day—not everybody has to speak in tongues.
Soon, the domino effect began. Other longstanding beliefs were failing the biblical test. No longer did I believe that God’s purpose was to make me happy, healthy, and wealthy. Instead, I saw that he wanted me to live for him regardless of what I could get from him.
While struggling to strike out into ministry, I received a call from a pastor-friend who was planting a church in California, offering me a part-time youth pastor position.
It seemed like a perfect place to learn and grow, so Christyne and I packed up and took a step of faith as newlyweds.
Soon after joining the staff, God put the final crack in my false belief system, and the truth came bursting forth like a wave of grace. One of my first preaching assignments was John 5:1–17—the healing at Bethesda. As I studied for the sermon, my pastor-friend gave me a trusted commentary.
Then the Holy Spirit took over. The passage showed that Jesus healed one man out of a multitude, the man didn’t know who Jesus was, and the man was healed instantly!
This left three treasured beliefs in tatters. Isn’t it always God’s will to heal? No, Jesus only healed one man out of a multitude. Doesn’t God only heal people if they have enough faith? No, this crippled man didn’t even know who Jesus was (let alone have faith in him).
Doesn’t healing require an anointed healer, special music, and an offering collection? No, Jesus healed instantly with a mere command.
I wept bitterly over my participation in greedy ministry manipulation and my life of false teaching and beliefs, and I thanked God for his mercy and grace through Jesus Christ. My eyes were completely opened.
I am thankful that my wife was willing to question my insistence on speaking in tongues and that my pastor loved me enough to disciple me out of prosperity gospel confusion.
I’ve seen how God uses evangelism and discipleship to transform lost souls into found saints. A Christian’s greatest ability is availability.
When God’s people are willing to take a step of faith and speak the truth in love, lives are transformed, and God is glorified. You never know who he might save through your faithfulness.
Costi Hinn is executive pastor at Mission Bible Church in Orange County, California.
After Some Months after Costi Hinn Granted This Interview, Just Last week Being Wednesday 21 February 2018, His Uncle Benny Hinny Came On Live Broadcast To Admit That Some Of His Teaching On Property Gospel Are Wrong And Ask That People Should Also Learn How To Pray For Him
You Can Watch His ive Video Below
Please Don't Just Be A Critic, Criticizing The Man Of God Nor Judge Him; We Should Do As Bible Demand Of We As Christians, We Should Leave The Judgement To God as We Join Hand In Praying For Benney Hinn And The Entire Family Of Hinn
MayGod Bless The Entire Hinn's Family and Help Them To Understand The Through Nature Of Christ and Live By It
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|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Trustme2(m): 6:20am On Mar 04, 2018|
hmmm. People are getting more enlightened about this issue of prosperity in churches. Prosperity messages is not a universal message that has the capacity to change lives. Money cannot replace the message of salvation which Jesus brings
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nutase: 6:44am On Mar 04, 2018|
Costi Hinn is not also grounded in the bible. Don't get me wrong I'm not one of those prosperity preachers but from the little iread he needs to go back to the word to learn a lot.
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 6:49am On Mar 04, 2018|
What Do You Mean By Some Costi Hinn, Not Being Grounded In The Bible Bro... He Told His Uncle and The Entire World The Real Truth, and after some weeks, just last week Wednesday his uncle Benny Hinn Admitted That some of his teachings on prosperity are wrong and even ask people to pray for him ... This is what Christianity is all about...
Thanks and God Bless
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by espn(m): 6:53am On Mar 04, 2018|
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Young03(m): 6:57am On Mar 04, 2018|
I don't know him sef
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nutase: 7:00am On Mar 04, 2018|
Nlearn:yes God used him to correct some wrongs but he is like Appolos in the bible. He needs to sit under a Priscilla and aquilla to be well grounded.
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 7:12am On Mar 04, 2018|
Thanks Man.. Even DayStar Pastor Has Also Admitted Some Of The Wrong Preaching In The Church Today, Christianity Is All About Christ, Any Preaching Outside Christ Is Not Christianity...
Our Church, Nigeria Church Has Monetize Christianity... Everything About Going To Church Is No Longer About Love That Our Lord Jesus Commanded Us, Rather They Focus More On Monetization...
Costi Hinn Confession and That Of Benny Hinn Is not just a welcome development, but the Lords Glory, as alot of lost soul due to wrong teachings in the Church will return back to God, We Return Back to the Uprightness of God and Love Commandment ... God Bless The Church
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by jared007: 7:18am On Mar 04, 2018|
Nigerians stop confusing prosperity gospel with money gospel. Whats the meaning of gospel? A goodnews about what Jesus did considered by many "too good to be true." prosperity is a wellness package that comes with righteousness against sin, health against sickness, wealth against poverty, success aginst failure etc. Am against a selfish lifestyle of luxury becos christians are meant to spread the luxury. For those against prosperity, can u preach the goodnews efficiently to a sinner when u cant help him stand or when u look exactly like him?
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Bism(m): 8:02am On Mar 04, 2018|
The lady was right , the guy is not grounded. Read 1 cor 12 vs 30 again and see what Apostle Paul advise was to the saint. Then let talk.
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by 007author(m): 8:04am On Mar 04, 2018|
Prosperity preaching issa scam
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 8:18am On Mar 04, 2018|
Costi Hinn Is 100% Right, Even Benny Hinn Know He Is That Why He Admitted to it and ask for prayer... I love men of God and will always pray for Them.. No One Is Perfect me Dear..... Some Men Of God Are Wrong In Some Of They Preaching, But Funny Enough 99% Of Nigeria Pastors Will Never Admit To This... Like wise they followers....Know you this day that any preaching outside Jesus Teaching, Is Not Christ....
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For [a]by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [b]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [c]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, [d]it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we [e]deem less honorable, [f]on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no [g]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [h]honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has [i]appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then [j]miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of [k]miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 9:16am On Mar 04, 2018|
Costi Hinn In Question Is Also A Pastor.... So when you say he is wrong in his judgement, Remember that this is not just about judging others but saying the truth.....
|Re: Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Preaching Isn’t For Me- Costi Hinn by Nlearn: 11:10am On Mar 04, 2018|
Benny Hinn talking about his dislike of the Prosperity Teaching
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