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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Substance of the Holy Spirit??!!!

While trying to do research this afternoon, I have been arrested by a documentary called America Undercover: A Question of Miracles. It is about Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke, two supposed faith healers drawing literally millions of people whether in Arizona or in Africa. I am disgusted. I am flabbergasted. I am filled with fury for the phonies who have led so many astray. I am angry. I am hurting for the false prophets or are "profiting" from the naive, those too desperate, too biblically illiterate, too mindless to see the flagrant blasphemy propagated before their eyes. I am so bothered right now that I can hard think straight or type coherent words. This is what the world knows of supposed Christianity, and the rest of the world scoffs, laughs, and find Christianity as either a comedy show or evidence of pathetic followers who see God as "the opiate of the masses." Benny Hinn is on stage prophesying economic disaster after the year 2000, and those who will survive are those who give to his ministry, so out of fear and manipulation, people who are victims give all they have in hopes that through Hinn's "ministry", they will survive. And when the miracle comes, it is called "the substance of the Holy Spirit." And when it doesn't, well, you didn't have enough faith. This sensationalized spirituality is perpetrated by so-called "faith-healers" whose books are best-sellers at Wal-mart and sell-out crowds in arenas. Nonetheless, this is an all-out disgrace to the name of God. The charismatic movement has grown exponentially on an experience-based religion that equates the Holy Spirit to a warm feeling or "electricity" down your spine! I just heard Benny Hinn's justification for flying in a private jet. Are you ready? Answer: "Because if I didn't, I would wear out and not last as long." What?! David Livingstone in Africa blazed trails on foot, John Wesley on horseback traveled seven circuits of the planet, John G. Paton among the cannibals traveled the stormy seas and risked life almost daily for the gospel. A private jet, huh. Yeah, welcome to the 24 carat gold plated cross and crystal Christianity. This exploitation of the poor, the showmanship of the charlatans, and shenanigans of the counterfeits are doing nothing but turning Christianity into a good-luck charm, a therapeutic prescription program with 100% guarantee, and leading masses of people into the abyss. Benny Hinn, your ministry is NOT the substance of the Holy Spirit but the deceptive charm of a man with great manipulative means which gains the capital of those who think of your ministry as their spiritual lottery pick and think you can give them gold. Unfortunately, while they give you their gold, you give them the fast track to hell.


Blogger Jimmy said...

It's almost, if not, anti-Christian. Not that Hinn is the antichrist, but it opposes true Christian values, opposes honesty and charity and wages for good labor.

It's rather sickening. Especially to know that this is one of the most visible examples of "Christianity" to our modern culture...

6/08/2005 05:07:00 PM


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