“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
– Luke 16:13
This statement by Jesus is also found quoted nearly identically in Matthew 6:24. Some Bible translations substitute the word “money” for Mammon.
“Mammon” is not only money, but any kind of objects of worth. Jesus points out that it’s difficult to serve the purposes of the gospel and serve the accumulation of wealth and/or possessions at the same time.
Practitioners of the so-called “prosperity gospel” are often viewed as charlatans who exploit the Bible for profit and take advantage of the most vulnerable.
Is Benny Hinn abandoning the prosperity gospel?
One of the most successful practitioners of prosperity gospel has been Benny Hinn. But now, the widely popular televangelist might be abandoning and renouncing the prosperity gospel.
In an interview last week, Hinn announced: “I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy, and I’m correcting my own theology. Because when I read the Bible now I don’t see the Bible in the same eyes I saw the Bible 20 years ago.”
Hinn: Prosperity gospel is “an offense to the Lord”
“I think it’s an offense to the Lord; it’s an offense to say, ‘Give a thousand dollars,” Hinn said. “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 a thousand or whatever amounts because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.”
“If you are not giving because you love Jesus, don’t bother giving. I think giving has become such a gimmick it’s making me sick to my stomach,” Hinn continued. “And I’ve been sick for a while, too. I just couldn’t say it. And now, the lid is off. I’ve had it.”
Hinn condemns himself in a 2018 video,
This is not the first time Hinn spoke in condemnation of his own practices. He also did so in 2018, following the death of Billy Graham, in a Facebook live video.
“It’s time to live biblically. We all want to finish right. It’s not God’s word that is taught, and I think I’m as guilty as others,” Hinn had said. “Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go, and then God brings you back to normality and reality.”
What the prosperity gospel has brought Benny Hinn
The Benny Hinn Ministries have an estimated worth of $60 million. The ministry owns huge estates, including a California parsonage that overlooks the Pacific Ocean worth an estimated $10 million.
The IRS raided his offices in 2017, and he was also the subject of a Senate investigation in 2007. Hinn was widely criticized in 2007 for soliciting donations of $1000 each from his 6000 “partners” in order to raise at least $30 million to purchase a private Gulfstream G4SP jet.