Servants' News

May/June 1999

A Sample of Prominent Radical Charismatic Teachers

Benny Hinn

This television evangelist packs auditoriums and sports arenas around the country with people seeking healing and supernatural manifestations. What he calls "the anointing" appears to allow him to wave a hand at people, or even just blow in their direction, and cause them to fall over backwards. Sometimes recipients of Hinn’s "gift" don’t just fall down in place, but their bodies appear to be flung backward many feet before crashing to the floor. They don’t necessarily faint, as some immediately get to their feet again. But at times Hinn continues to point to them, and they appear to be "glued" to the floor, unable to rise until he allows it. Others do appear to faint, and when they awake, appear to be "drunk", even staggering back to their seats at times. This phenomenon doesn’t just happen to a few people on stage at a Hinn revival. At times he will wave toward large sections of the audience, and hundreds or thousands will appear to be flung backwards. Instances of injuries, and even one death, have been reported as a result of individuals being knocked down by persons in front of them falling on them.

Does Benny Hinn accept other Christians who do not agree with his theology or methods? Here are some samples of his reaction to criticism from website http://www.voy benny_hinn.html:

Somebody's attacking me because of something I'm teaching. Let me tell you something, brother: You watch it! ...You know, I've looked for one verse in the Bible; I just can't seem to find it. One verse that said, 'If you don't like them, kill them.' I really wish I could find it! ...You stink frankly-that's the way I think about it! .Sometimes I wish God will give me a Holy Ghost machine gun; I'll blow your head off (Praise-a-Thon, TBN, 8th November 1990).

The Holy Ghost is upon me...The day is coming when those that attack us will drop down dead....Don't touch God's servants; it's deadly....Woe to you that touch God's servants. You're going to pay (Miracle Invasion Rally, 22nd Nov '91).

Now I'm pointing my finger with the mighty power of God on me…You hear this: There are men and women in Southern California attacking me. I will tell you under the anointing now, you'll reap it in your children unless you stop…And your children will suffer. You're attacking me on the radio every night- you'll pay and your children will. Hear this from the lips of God's servant. You are in danger. Repent! Or God Almighty will move His hand. Touch not my Anointed…. (World Charismatic Conference, 7th August 1992).

Rod Parsley

Television evangelist whose bombastic, flamboyant, sweating, stalking-around-the-stage style of preaching to the audience on his "Breakthrough" TV program—and at large revivals around the country—is reminiscent of the tent evangelists of the 1800s. Parsley frequently indulges in "bullying" his audience, and has been known to jump down off the stage, dash up to the front row of his audience, shove aside someone sitting there in order to jump up onto the pew, and then put a foot on the back of the pew and wag his finger at the audience—delivering rapid-fire admonitions all the time. Parsley’s "World Harvest Church" in Columbus, Ohio, is reported to be one of the fastest-growing congregations in America. The following statement from Parsley’s website shows his typical method of raising financial support for his ministry:

As you join as a Breakthrough Covenant Partner, Rod Parsley covenants to pour his life and ministry directly into you this coming year. He will pray and fast and deposit into your life the life-changing revelational truth God has imparted to him. Rod Parsley covenants that Breakthrough will stand ready, 24 hours a day, to take your needs before the Lord in fervent prayer anytime you call the Breakthrough Prayer Line number printed on your Breakthrough Covenant Partner Membership Card.

Rick Joyner

Commonly recognized throughout "Third Wave" Charismatic circles [see accompanying box on terms] as a bona-fide modern prophet. He has several books on the market at the present time detailing end-times visions allegedly given to him directly by God. Included in these visions are dramatic portrayals of a coming gigantic "spiritual Civil War" among Christians. Those who believe in and promote the signs and wonders of the movement are styled the "Blues", any who would doubt and resist and preach against the teachings and manifestations of the movement are styled the "Grays".

Rodney Howard-Browne

South African evangelist whose revival appearances in America were instrumental in engendering the "Holy Laughter" movement (see previous article) He continues to be its premier speaker. On July 7, 1999, Browne began speaking four nights a week for a six-week revival in Madison Square Garden in New York. Advertising for the event noted that over 2,000 churches participated in preparation and "More than 1,000 volunteers, including Christians from every state and 21 foreign countries, began evangelizing in the streets on June 21 in conjunction with the crusade.... Members of many denominations, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Baptists and others are working side by side." Howard-Browne often refers to himself as the "Holy Ghost Bartender".

David Yonngi Cho

Korean evangelist who has created the "largest church congregation in the world" in his home country. Estimates of its size vary, but the following facts from their website hint at the magnitude: "The Main Sanctuary of the Yoido Full Gospel Church holds 25,000. [It] has 130 Regional Churches in Korea (126) and Japan (4). Over One Million people can worship together simultaneously in the 9 A.M. and 11 A.M. Worship Services of the Yoido Full Gospel Church via satellite." Cho’s theology related to "confession brings possession" is even more radical than most "Word-Faith" preachers:

"You create the presence of Jesus with your mouth...He is bound by your lips and by your words...Remember that Christ is depending upon you and your spoken word to release His presence." (The Fourth Dimension, Volume One; © 1979, p. 83).

—Pam Dewey

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