Evangelist Benny Hinn says in a new interview that he began changing his views on the prosperity gospel several years ago and was “troubled” by the number of people it negatively affected.
He also says his recent viral comments – where he disavowed the prosperity gospel – weren’t his first public comments on the subject.
“What I said a few days ago, I have said before, but nobody seemed to hear it,” Hinn told David Diga Hernandez in a new interview.
A clip showing Hinn renouncing the prosperity gospel went viral this month, as Christian Headlines previously reported.
“This is nothing new in my heart,” Hinn told Hernandez. “This has been going on for two years, maybe more. The Lord has been dealing with me personally … As we grow, we see things differently.”
Hinn was impacted, he said, by the testimonies of people who heard his previous messages and told him they never received the promised blessing – such as a “100-fold return” on a monetary gift.
“I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘Please, don’t say it again. It’s not working in my life.’ And you know, sometimes you dismiss it,” he said. “Other times, you just don’t know what to say or do. But it has damaged a lot of people.”
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Source: Christian Headlines