I need to clarify something for those of you who do not know me or just downloaded the sermon notes from this past week without watching me preach (including subtle facial expressions). In my message this week I gave a list of quotes from C.S. Lewis, John Calvin, and Benny Hinn. After quoting Benny Hinn, I shook my head, made no comment and moved on. I AM NO FAN OF BENNY HINN! The quote I used was this:
“…never, ever, ever go to the Lord and say, ‘If it be thy will’ Don’t allow such faith-destroying words to be spoken from your mouth. When you pray “if it be your will, Lord,” faith will be destroyed. Doubt will billow up and flood your being. Be on guard against words like this which will rob you of your faith and drag you down in despair.” (Rise And Be Healed)
Given that the text we read from instructed us to pray the Lord’s will be done, I believed that Hinn’s quote was so counter to Scripture that no comment was needed. Probably what was unnecessary was using Hinn as a quote at all. The truth is, though, I am no longer shocked at who people read and listen to. In the Baptist churches I’ve served I have known people who positively spoke of Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Marilyn Hickey, Kenneth Copeland, and Joyce Meyer. While I don’t demonize these folks, they all have major elements of false teaching (even heresy) and I just wanted to illustrate that the false teachings of many are directly opposed to scripture – as with Hinn who actually says to REFRAIN from doing something that Scripture COMMANDS.
Anyway, I’ll back off. That’s really why I didn’t want to comment on it. Truth is, I should have left it out……maybe.