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“U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS investigators were searching the offices of televangelist Benny Hinn in Grapevine on Wednesday. NBC 5 reported that ‘A large number of agents’ were seen carrying boxes in and out of Hinn’s offices, beginning at about 9 a.m. Reporters from WFAA and Fox 4 also reported seeing federal agents executing a search warrant. … The U.S. Postal Inspection Service referred questions to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas, which was ‘unable to confirm or deny if there is an investigation,’ spokeswoman Lisa Slimak said. … Hinn in 2007 was the subject of a Senate Finance Committee investigation… The investigation ended in 2011 with no penalties against Hinn or several other high-profile religious leaders. Hinn said in a statement at the time that the investigation ‘has caused us to renew our commitment to always honor our partners’ sacrificial giving.’” (Star-Telegram, 04/26/17) [8.3]

Prominent televangelist and healer Benny Hinn said, during an ABC-TV interview in October: “The anointing, which is God's power, comes on me. . . I can actually feel it. And people start getting healed.” Asked if he was taking unfair advantage of profoundly religious supplicants who are especially vulnerable because of their illnesses, he added: “I would not do this for money. . . . I think that if I was fooling the people over 35 years of it now, I would be caught already fooling them."

As to failed healings: “I am human like you. I make mistakes like anybody else." He said that God heals people in their seats [at his meetings], and that he, Hinn, is not responsible for what people claim [about being healed] once they get onstage. "I do believe it's possible for individuals to mentally convince themselves they are [healed], but that does not deny the real healings. That doesn't dismiss the fact that a lot of people are really cured."

As to Sen. Charles Grassley’s concern that Hinn and some other evangelists are using tax-exempt donations to fund lavish lifestyles, Hinn said he is "absolutely" confident that he is using the money appropriately. “Look, you know there's this idea supposedly that we preachers are supposed to walk about with sandals and ride bicycles. That's nonsense. . . It's a necessity for me to have my own private plane to fly so I can go and do what God called me to do around the world. If I should fly commercial I would wear out. With my schedule? It would be madness." [csr 8.3 2009)

Televangelist Benny Hinn’s June appearance before 40,000 “enraptured faithful” in Uganda’s national stadium, promising miracle cures and life-changing spiritual experiences, is an example of the exponential growth of Pentecostal religion in Africa, at the expense of denominations brought by European colonizers. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life says a quarter of the world’s two billion Christians belong to Pentecostal faiths, spread by missionaries, especially from the U.S., but now accelerated by African preachers—which emphasize speaking in tongues, divine healing, prophesy, and literal interpretation of the Bible. Much of this fits in with traditional African ways and appeals especially to the millions living in poverty. A Ghanaian Christian leader said, “Africans want things done powerfully. You meet white evangelicals from America, they behave like Africans. They are vibrant. Everything is done with vigor.” Moses Malay founded a Ugandan organization helping victims of “pulpit fraud” after he quit a church whose pastor claimed divine powers. “I saw people robbed and I participated. How do they do it? Simple. They instill hope, they nurture it, they reap.” But the head of a Kampala Pentecostal church says, “When I touch someone, I can feel God working through me. I know it’s true.” [csr 6.2 2007]

Benny Hinn
The $100,000 collected from the estimated 370,000 Fijians who attended Benny Hinn’s Miracle Crusade over three days at the National Stadium will be used to pay for the bus transportation many used to get to the event, according to organizers. A Baptist minister critical of the Crusade said: "Now I'm not saying that people who went on stage were lying about being healed but I believe that they were deceived into thinking that was the case.” [csr 5.1 2006]

Wealthy American evangelist Benny Hinn drew large audiences — including the president and leaders of the opposition party — for his faith healing crusade in Fiji despite some local criticism that he is a fraud. [csr 5.1 2006]

Pentecostalism
Pentecostal and charismatic Christians from around the world will assemble in Los Angeles to celebrate the centennial of the modern Pentecostal movement where it was born, in 1906. The global Pentecostal movement, growing fast in the developing world, now numbers more than 500 million. Prominent speakers scheduled for the event include televangelists Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn and Pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, in Dallas.[csr 5.1 2006]

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