Hinn has been on TV asking for funds as if he is going out of business. He stated that he had to cut back on the missionaries he supports because the funds are simply not coming in. Hinn did not sacrifice one piece of his lavish lifestyle, instead he appealed to his donors to dig deeper in their pockets for his crusade work.
In the recent article “American
evangelist, Benny Hinn leaves Nigeria in annoyance”
Benny Hinn arrived Nigeria on April 28, he was looking forward to a quintessential crusade that would be attended by about six million people…. on the third day of the crusade when he said with regret that the money he pumped into the project could have been put to better use.
“Four million dollars down the drain!” he reportedly shouted during the crusade, with his voice cracking with emotion. onlinenigeria.com, http://nm.onlinenigeria.com/templates/default.aspx?a=1189&z=12 ]
This is all an interesting turn of events considering this happened when Hinn held a special program announcing the new direction from God for Benny Hinn's ministries. He was to go to other countries instead of staying in America with his crusades. Was God or Benny Hinn wrong? We need to keep in mind that Hinn claims to see Jesus every time he prays and that he receives visitations to make everything clear to him. Representatives for the Nigerian government had a special invitation by the president of the federal Republic of Nigeria delivered to Hinn in this crusade that was televised on his program. They told Hinn that God told them to ask him to come there. Hinn affirmed that God spoke to him to go as well. That he must go there to pray a healing, anointing prayer over the entire country. (This is Your Day, October 25, 2004).
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Monday, Jun. 6, 2005 Wall Watchers, has issued a Donor Alert for Benny Hinn Ministries/World Outreach Church (BHM), after the national television program, NBC Dateline, informed the public that the ministry's use of donor funds included extravagant personal gains and other reasons.
Wall Watchers’ CEO Rusty Leonard explained
that Dateline's report of facts and allegations coupled with previous concerns
about Benny Hinn's “self-taught” and “self-serving” Prosperity Theology, which
promotes a feel good philosophy – has caused Wall Watchers to recommend that
donors redirect gifts to a “biblically-based” ministry.
On Sunday night, March 6, 2005, Dateline NBC, which covers investigative reports and personal stories, devoted one hour to a documentary on the millions sent to Benny Hinn Ministries.
The program revealed that besides Hinn's salary being upwards of one million each year, Hinn also owns a $10 million dollar mansion, a private jet with $1.5 million in maintenance costs each year, and two Mercedes valued at $80,000 each. Layovers between Crusades at locations such as Hawaii and Milan cost from $900 to almost $3,000 for one night. Receipts showed that Hinn received $25,000 in petty cash for a Crusade that was 30 minutes from his home.
According to the statement released by Wall Watchers, “BHM has far more money than it needs to carry out its ministry.”
In addition, Hinn manipulates people by promising healing to those with chronic illnesses and claiming that donations are “seeds” that will bear monetary riches at a later time.
“There was never one record that would suit the criteria for documented miracle healing,” former Hinn employee, Nathan Daniel told Dateline.
After the NBC investigative report, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued a statement on its website informing the several thousands of visitors wanting to learn more about financial transparency, that Benny Hinn Ministries is not amongst the 1,150 accredited organizations that meet its criteria for membership.
According to Wall Watcher's Leonard, critics oppose the fact that “Hinn and his family enjoy a lavish lifestyle with funds intended for charitable purposes, preaches a fraudulent, self-serving version of the Bible, manipulates individuals at 'healing crusades' for personal gain, and the ministry is nontransparent and lacks independent board oversight.”
MinistryWatch.com recommends that donors “prayerfully consider withholding contributions to Benny Hinn” and invites all Christians to join in praying for Benny Hinn and his family to “humbly submit themselves to a process of personal repentance and restoration.”