Costi Hinn, nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn, has announced he’s releasing a book critiquing the prosperity gospel. All proceeds from the book will be used to provide theological training for those who’ve been exploited by the controversial teaching.
In a recent blog post, Hinn, pastor at The Mission Bible Church in Orange County, California, announced that this July, Zondervan will release his new book, titled God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies.
The book aims to dispel the teachings of the prosperity gospel, which posits that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings.
“I am eager to see this book used as a tool for God’s glory — not for sordid gain,” Hinn said. “Here is a sobering thought: In a rat-race effort to sell books, it’s easy to become the very dragon that we’re attempting to slay.”
The pastor went on to identify what readers can expect from a book that “seeks to charge the prosperity gospel with the grit of a bull while displaying the grace becoming of servants of Christ.”
Operating under the belief that “A prosperity gospel book should give more than it takes,” Hinn said that he plans to “give away thousands of dollars in books and resources to those who pre-order in the coming months as well as pastors around the world.”
“In just the first month since pre-orders began, 100 books were donated to The Central Africa Baptist College and Seminary to support pastors who are training for ministry,” he said. “Africa is one of the most plagued countries in the world when it comes to prosperity theology.”
The pastor said that while his book will upheave people’s bad theology, it is also designed to help with the theological rebuilding process.
“After the initial wrecking ball tears down exploitive and abusive theology, there will be a hopeful and upward trajectory,” he said, adding that the book “contains numerous recommended resources for those who will need an ongoing roadmap.”
“The goal of this book is to destroy ‘speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God’ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and shed the light of truth into dark places,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett