Wednesday, August 15, 2007
When I saw this picture in the latest issue of Christianity Today, I couldn't resist the urge to scan and upload it here. If I had Photoshop, I'd slightly alter this image by replacing the dove above Benny Hinn's head in this billboard with a pigeon. Doing this would succintly express my opinion about Mr. Hinn and his ilk, if you get what I mean, and I don't mean because it would bring him good luck. This billboard, which describes him as a "world-renowned healing evangelist," is slightly misleading. Hinn may be known worldwide, but he is hardly world renowned.
In fact, he is a controversial figure, attracting negative coverage in both the mainstream and Christian media. His critics charge that rather than genuinely delivering people from illnesses or physical infirmities, his healing crusades are actually conducted to raise money for his organisation. Since it appears that no one has ever actually experienced genuine healing at one of these crusades, it's questionable whether these funds are used to benefit others, or to finance Hinn's opulent lifestyle.