04-25-2005, 09:07 PM #1
Canadian Broadcasting does a story on faith healer Benny Hinn
This is from an investigation conducted by the Canadian current
affairs shows _The Fifth Estate_. AFAIK, it is up-to-date and
the facts are verifiable if you as for their sources.
04-26-2005, 11:33 AM #2
Is this the guy that thinks the Archangel Gabriel speaks to him?
04-26-2005, 11:50 AM #3
I think so causasian...
04-26-2005, 12:00 PM #4
"That it is through their faith that they can obtain anything they want – such as health, wealth, or any form of personal success. However, this force is only released through their faith. According to Pastor Benny if a person expresses their faith by sowing a sufficient monetary seed into his ministry - that person will be granted divine physical healing."
I dont ever take anything at face value, especially from web sites. The above is an excerpt I took from the article. IF that is what he said, its ridiculous. christianity is not about wealth and personal success. and the 2nd sentence reminds me of the catholic church in the old days. If you are interrested, rent the movie titled "Luther". It goes into th what the below paper talks about. I cut the bottom of this paper because it doesnt pertain.
The Word of Faith Movement and the Cultic Renewal of Indulgences
By J. Danny Hone
Perhaps there is no greater perversion within the modern Charismatic movement than the perversions surrounding money and its doctrine of seed faith and the hundred fold return. In this article I do not want to discuss the flaws of the prosperity gospel but rather a greater evil. An evil similar to the one that existed within the church 500 years ago. An evil that prompted Martin Luther to nail his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg Germany on October 31st, 1517. An evil that led to a reformation, from which grew the Protestant church.
At the time there were serious abuses within the church. The large administrative structure of the church required a great deal of money to finance it. To obtain this money, the church used many devices that hurt its spiritual nature. During this same time of great need within the church some clergy lived like secular princes, building lavish palaces and indulging in corrupt financial practices. In order to do just that Pope Leo X sent out indulgence peddlers who had been granted by papal power to grant remission of sins according to the amount of money given. Among these peddlers was a man named Johann Tetzel. He began selling "indulgences" in Germany in 1517. Tetzel declared that anyone who bought an indulgence could choose a soul to be freed from purgatory, or shorten his own term in purgatory. He told buyers: "When the coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs."
While Luther had other concerns about papal abuse it was the selling of indulgences that prompted him to hold a public debate on the matter. In those days on holidays, such as All Saints Day, it was customary to hold public debates. The subject of the debates were announced by nailing them to the church door. So on October 31st, 1517 Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door little knowing that the can of worms he opened would split the church down the middle and usher in the reformation and with it Protestantism.
The indulgences of old promised that God would pardon people's sins in exchange for a gift to the church. The indulgences sold today promise a return by God of up to one hundred fold with every gift. At the heart of the matter of the selling of indulgences is the question as to whether God's favor can be bought or sold. Luther held to the belief that God's benefits were not for sale.
"Every true Christian, be he still alive or already dead, partaketh in all benefits of Christ and of the Church given him by God, even without letters of indulgence." (1)
God's love, favor and blessings to us is based solely on God's attributes of kindness and grace towards us and not on the works we perform. God's blessings can not be bought or sold. Those who pretend to do so are involved in a great heresy. They, like Pope Leo X, do so to maintain their "luxurious life of worldliness, and pay for the remodeling of the great Cathedral." Today our churches build magnificent buildings which stand not for the glory of God but for the praise of men. Many ministers live luxurious lives at the expense of the people. The seed faith teaching is nothing more than heresy against God preached solely as a means to appeal to the greed within others so that ministries can build greater buildings and so it's founders can live in greater wealth.
In perhaps his boldest Theses, Luther asked:
"Again, why does not the Pope build St. Peter's Minster with his own money since his riches are now more ample than those of Crassus, rather than with the money of poor Christians?" (2)
04-26-2005, 12:05 PM #5
Ephesians 5:2-3 "But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have invented. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping."
04-26-2005, 12:05 PM #6Member
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what a crock . I dint think born agains were into that .
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