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It is beyond dispute that the prosperity gospel has swept over the world to such a degree that a significant portion of those who call themselves Christians—whether at home or abroad—hold to a version of Christianity that bears little resemblance to “the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” It is beyond dispute that this gospel promises prosperity to the many while delivering it to only a few. And it is beyond dispute that there is a clear connection between this perverse teaching and the name “Hinn.”
For many years, Toufik Benedictus Hinn—better known as “Benny”—has presided over a prosperity gospel empire that has made him a household name among Christians. Some love him, some hate him, but all know him. Born and raised Eastern Orthodox in Jaffa, Israel, Hinn and his family immigrated to Canada shortly after the Six-Day War where he converted to Pentecostalism. Impressed and inspired by Kathryn Kuhlman, he founded a church in Orlando and began to hold regular healing services. These later morphed into the huge “Healing Crusades” that would crisscross the world and draw thousands, hundreds of thousands, or sometimes even millions. People would come to him hoping for the promised miracle that would heal their hurting bodies or fix their broken finances.
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Over time, this ministry turned into a family enterprise that included, among others, Benny’s nephew Costi. As Costi grew up, he didn’t only live off the ministry’s largesse, but also began to work for it. He got to experience all the pleasures of luxury cars, private jets, presidential suites, and all the other benefits of working for an organization preaching that material prosperity is proof of divine favor. But over time—not as a sudden epiphany but as a growing awareness—he began to see not just the empty claims of this aberrant theology,...
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