Most false doctrines (Prosperity Gospel) start with a nugget of biblical truth, but then that nugget is taken to unbiblical extremes. Entire false belief systems have been built on single verses of Scripture taken out of context.
Faith healer and televangelist Benny Hinn. | Facebook
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
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