Costi Hinn, the nephew of famed televangelist Benny Hinn, said he’s “encouraged” by his uncle’s recent rejection of the prosperity gospel, but called for “undeniable, lasting fruit that exemplifies genuine repentance.”
Serving as a pastor, Costi Hinn rejected the “health and wealth” theology presented by his “Uncle Benny” after working alongside him for years. He took to Twitter on Wednesday to weigh in on his uncle’s changing beliefs.
“Re: Uncle Benny,” he wrote. “I’m encouraged to see him express a refutation of prosperity theology, & even admit to wrong teachings on that topic. Now, pray for undeniable, lasting fruit that exemplifies genuine repentance. Truth & time go hand in hand (Psalm 51:17; Luke 19:1-10; Luke 3:8).”
In a follow-up tweet, Costi Hinn wrote of Benny Hinn, “He’ll always be my uncle. I will always love him and pray for him until he or I are gone from this earth.”
Benny Hinn, formerly one of the best-known proponents of the prosperity gospel, made headlines this week after publicly rejecting the practice that made him and his family millions.
The prosperity gospel teaches, in part, that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth, and they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and payments of tithes and offerings.
“I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy and I’m correcting my own theology and you need to all know it. Because when I read the Bible now, I don’t see the Bible in the same eyes I saw 20 years ago,” Benny Hinn said in a Facebook live video.
“I think it’s an offense to the Lord, it’s an offense to say give $1,000. I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the Gospel. I’m done with it. I will never again ask you to give $1,000 or whatever amount, because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.”
“I think it hurts the Gospel,” he continued. “When they invite me to telethons I think they will not like me anymore. Because when you look at the word of God … if I hear one more time, break the back of debt with $1,000, I’m gonna rebuke them. I think that’s buying the Gospel. That’s buying the blessing.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett