Today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the doings of two faithful reprobates…Benny Hinn:
ORANGE, Calif. — The wife of televangelist Benny Hinn has filed for divorce from the high-profile pastor, whose reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers and criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups over his lavish lifestyle.
Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage. The papers note the two separated on Jan. 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County.
…and Elton John:
In an interview that’s sure to raise eyebrows in the Bible Belt and elsewhere, Elton John says he believes Jesus was gay.
The part-time Atlantan made the comments in an interview for Parade magazine. The comments appear in the online version of the article, but do not appear in the version appearing in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told Parade interviewer Dotson Rader.
“On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him,” John said. “Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving….
Hopefully (like me), you’re not shocked at these latest revelations from two men (and I use that term lightly in John’s case) who are clearly reprobates. Just as babies are expected to soil their diapers and toddlers are expected to whine and throw fits, unrepentant sinners are expected to blaspheme the name of the Lord and purport all manner of evil doing.
It’s their job description, and they are faithful in their work:
Romans 1:18-32 (English Standard Version)
18For(A) the wrath of God(B) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be(C) known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,(D) have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they(E) became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22(F) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and(G) exchanged the glory of(H) the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24Therefore(I) God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to(J) the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for(K) a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,(L) who is blessed forever! Amen. 26For this reason(M) God gave them up to(N) dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another,(O) men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,(P) God gave them up to(Q) a debased mind to do(R) what ought not to be done. 29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know(S) God’s decree that those who practice such things(T) deserve to die, they not only do them but(U) give approval to those who practice them.
Clearly Paul is speaking of sexual immorality – particularly homosexuality in this condemnation (as is John’s crime), but one could extend Paul’s argument to general apostasy and heresy as well (regarding Hinn). Benny Hinn preaches a false prosperity gospel that promises health, wealth, happiness, and all manner of “good living” if one surrenders a weekly tax (and other required monetary offerings) to God. Hinn doesn’t preach salvation through Christ alone, he preaches salvation through works and deed.
While some may snicker and applaud (soon to be former) Mrs. Hinn for runnin’ for the hills, I won’t gloat – but I will point out that this is another glaring example of how hollow the promises of the false prosperity gospel really are. From a local pimps prosperity claims while avoiding the tax man on his property, to false signs of outward prosperity that mask sexual perversion and abuse).
Can either of these reprobates be helped? Absolutely! They must both repent for their deeds, and cling to God through Jesus Christ as their only hope for salvation. Will they? Only as the Lord wills. Either way – any serious Christian should avoid getting theological advice from either.