Costi Hinn, the nephew of popular televangelist and faith-healer Benny Hinn, has discussed the “damning and abusive” nature of the prosperity gospel and identified how Christians can combat the “health and wealth” theology presented by teachers like his uncle.
During a recent episode of the The Gospel Coalition podcast, Costi Hinn, who rejected the teaching of his “Uncle Benny” after working alongside him for years, said that two natural outcomes of the prosperity gospel — which teaches that God rewards increases in faith with increases in health and/or wealth — are false hope and fear.
“False hope and fear are probably the two biggest products,” he said. “You got the false hope part, we all understand that when it comes to the prosperity gospel, but the other one, the fear of God or fear is, you know, even if I’m waiting on getting my miracle, I’m staying under the anointed umbrella and the protection of this anointed man or woman of God, by submitting to them and giving my money.”
Costi Hinn, who now runs his own ministry called For The Gospel, tells his story of growing up in the Hinn family and writes against his former views in the book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies.
The pastor likened the prosperity gospel to a Ponzi scheme, adding: “Either way, whether you’re just wanting a miracle, or you’re just wanting to stay protected while you wait for your miracle, you got to pay to play.”
While millions of “ignorant” people are “deceived” by the “health and wealth” theology presented by men like his uncle, others eagerly latch onto the message of comfort because it’s “comfortable,” Costi Hinn said.
“A message that says, ‘I’m going to be blessed, and my kids aren’t going to have cancer, and nobody’s going to be sick.’ I mean, that is something that every person wants, we naturally seek comfort. We don’t want pain,” he said.
He went on to highlight several ways Christians can convince people to trust in the true gospel instead, beginning with building “relationships with people who are caught up in this stuff. “
“Don’t stay in the holy huddle,” Costi Hinn advised. “I’m not trampling on biblical separation where we’re in the world, but not of it. I’m not saying go and attend a prosperity gospel church, because you’ll infiltrate that, that’s not wise. Stay on the shoreline, stay on safe ground and throw the rope to those that are in the whitewater going over the waterfall. Get yourself secure, understand the gospel, arm yourself with truth and then throw the rope of rescue to others.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett