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Over the years Benny Hinn has managed to come out with some of the most remarkable predictions and statements known within Christendom.  From the belief that there are nine persons within the trinity to daring to place curses upon  people who dare to disagree with his ministry, all of which failed miserably. 

He has grown rich at the expense of the truth, and remains in my opinion one of the most dubious characters goingBenny Hinn holy spirit

In a more recent event which can be found on YOUTUBE we have a set of three tapes entitled :

Pastor Benny Hinn – Teaching on the Holy Spirit (parts 1-3)

I have tried to quote some of his most unusual statement from his three-part  sermon.  The only real redeeming quality of all three can be found in the third tape where he appears to reject the word of faith teaching on positive confession.   Where he recounts a story of a woman dying from cancer but refuses to confess she was.  Benny gets her to confess the truth about her ailment and of course the moral of the story is she confesses and gets healed.  How true this story is I don’t know. But it may highlight the fact just how much that the campaign against this teachings is getting through, and some of those who formally embraced it  like Benny are now trying to distance themselves from it. 

As this is a set of three tapes, I have drawn upon some of the basic statements on his teaching on the Holy Spirit.  We will see that Benny still has no real understanding of the Trinity now as he did when he quoted his famous nine persons in the trinity statement.

Hinn blasphemy to say the least is both remarkable and ongoing.  Neither gifted with understanding or having the faintest clue about Biblical doctrine, I suspect he simply makes it up as he goes along.   He continues as all Word of Faith teachers do, misquote and misinterpret scripture to formulate their own bizarre ideas

Part 1 of three part tape

One of the supremely important revelations of the Bible has to do with Gods nature…the Bible unfolds a mystery that we could not know through no other source but the Bible…. What is that mystery… the mystery is that God is both one and three… Father son and Holy Spirit… one of the most profound revelations has to do with the person and work  of the Holy Spirit… When you discover that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God everywhere.  Turn to Jer 23: 23  (Benny Hinn)

Jer 23: 23-24  [Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

The Holy Spirit is that limitless of power in the Godhead…… we must understand without the Holy Spirit God the father would not know what is happening on this planet.  I have just said something to wake you up….. without the Holy Spirit  even  (3:59)  Without the  HOLY SPIRIT  even God the father does not know what is happening inside of you…. Important even to the Father himself (someone reads out Jer 23: 23-24)  How does God fill the  heaven and earth…the answer is in Pslam 139: 1 (Benny Hinn)

 Ps 139: 1-7 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways. For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

V7 … that verse unlocks the whole chapter. (Benny Hinn)

There are three main attributes to God which we want to look at :

Omniscience ( all-knowing). 

Omnipresence (abides everywhere)  

Omnipotence (all-powerful.)

Take any one of these away and God is denigrated and he ceases to be the God of the Bible.  For the Father to not know what’s going on without the help of the Holy Spirit implies a limitation on his knowledge and his omnipresence and thus strikes at the third all in one go.  The Father is then denigrated to a lesser position and the Holy Spirit is elevated above the father.  Otherwise the Holy Spirit is greater because he has the attributes that the father does not have.

Jer 23 does not say the only way God the Father knows anything is because of the Holy Spirit.  Jeremiah 23 makes it clear that the LORD which is a collective name for God is present everywhere.  He is neither limited nor constrained in knowledge his presence or his power.

Ps 139 on a single verse which mentions the word spirit and presence is immediately jumped upon to the exclusion of other verses.  It must be reminded that God is a spirit and the Psalmist is referring to God himself. 

(part 2)

1.36 Holy Spirit is the agent through whom God knows everything and is everywhere by the spirit. …. God the father through the spirit…. Only through the spirit is present everywhere….. Jesus through the spirit and only through the spirit is present everywhere…. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God the father and of presence of God the son in the whole universe.

Holy spirit is the power of creation itself!

When the word and the spirit is united creation is the result….. when the spirit and the word  become one creation is the result…. Whether in the universe or in your life……teaching on faith went off balance… for all they taught was the word…and forgot about the breath…God said let there be light only  ….only after the spirit moved…if the spirit does not move the word will not produce… there will be no results…

If the spirit does not move the word will not produce! (Benny Hinn)

Again we can see how the Holy Spirit is elevated at the cost of the Father and the Son.  Whereupon he forgets that GOD is still one God.   So where the Father goes , the son goes and so does the Holy Spirit.  There can be no thought that the father is sitting somewhere else clueless about the rest of the universe and only knows what is happening when the Holy Spirit reports to him. 

To say that the word Jesus will not produce anything unless the Breath Holy Spirit moves is unscriptural.  In creation they acted as ONE.  To place a greater emphasis on one to the detriment of the other is to do great disservice to the truth.

Heb 1: 3  Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb 1: 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands

The Father and the Son are not independent third parties whose dependence on a third to get things done.  There are ONE united being.

Part 3

The Bible says clearly ….the Holy Spirit is the active agent  of the godhead on this planet…..There is a mystery as to why… only one of the godhead can be present  at one time on the earth… one day find out…. God the father was active when Moses and the children of Israel  came out of Egypt….Only God the father was on the planet … was seen visibly with the eye on mt Sinai… For a short time God the son was on the earth….Only God the son….now we are living in that season where only the Holy Spirit is living on the planet….God the father and God the son is not here right now… God the father and God the son are in heaven right now… God the Holy Ghost is living on this planet right now.  (Benny Hinn)

Lets stop here for a moment Benny says that it’s the Holy Spirit that’s the presence of God and it’s the Holy Spirit that’s everywhere. And its only the Holy Spirit that knows what’s going on at anytime of the day.  If the Holy Spirit is everywhere why did he cease to be everywhere when the Father was on the earth?  This my friend is a clear contradiction on Benny’s part. 

Col 2: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

This verse makes it clear that the godhead did indeed dwell in Jesus in their fullness.  There can be no teaching that Jesus was somehow left to fend for himself alone without God himself being present.

So the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit were very active in the life of Jesus.

But it gets worse????

Benny says that the Father and the son are not living on the planet at this moment.  Oh really maybe Jesus would have something to say on this matter.

If only one member of the trinity can live on the earth at any given time   why does scripture give us these verses?

Col 1: 27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him

2 Cor 6: 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

If we have the Holy Spirit here now , why does it not also say that CHRIST IN US IS NOW THE HOPE OF GLORY , because we would have two .  Plus Jesus himself says that the Father and Jesus would come and dwell within the believer.  Now does that not make three?  Three makes ONE triune GOD.

Now God is not some schizophrenic creature with one part over there and one part over here.  Whilst there seems to be order within the godhead of Father Son and Holy Spirit, each has a responsibility within the believer’s life.  They do and act as one.   Where the father is the son is and where they are the Holy Spirit is also.  Just as creation was the product of all three, so was the resurrection of Jesus the work of all three, and the abiding presence of the triune God abides within the Believers life. We cannot elevate the Holy Spirit above the father as this would be prejudice to the spirit and truth of scripture. 

According to Benny when God the father brought out the Hebrew Children , The father alone was on the earth.  Lets see if that is true or not.

When Moses led the children out of Egypt we also see: . 

Is 63 : 10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, [and] he fought against them

1 Cor 10: 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Whoops that’s means we had the father Son and Holy Spirit present at the same time.  That makes Benny Hinn a False teacher of the highest quality.  If he cannot look to scripture as sola basis for truth and expound from theories which he derives out of his own imagination, its high time people realise Benny Hinn is no Christian minister.

Acts 16: 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us;

Mat 9: 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts.

There can be no doctrine that sees the Holy Spirit as being omnipresent and the Father and the son is limited to some outpost of heaven.  That is not the God of the Bible.

John 14: 17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you

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How do I know I have the Holy Spirit?  In the past the main deciding factor among many Pentecostals was that people could speak in tongues.  tongues became the focus as to who did or did not have the Holy Spirit.  For others it might be the sacrament of Baptism.  For the more radical it might be drop down and roll that persuades them that the Holy Spirit dwells within.But what does the Bible say about this matter.  We are aware that tongues have been one of the most counterfeited of the spiritual gifts .  Anyone can have a few drops of water or even be fully immersed and still not be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  A person can have full membership within a church and still not have the Holy Spirit..

John 16:13- 15  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.   All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH:

There are several things we can gleam from these verses

  1.   The Holy Spirit >> will be the spirit of truth.  So you will not expect to see him lying, but will always uphold the truth of scripture.
  2.   The Holy Spirit >>  will guide the believer to the truth.  So the end result should see an imparted desire for the truth.  He will always lead us to the truth.  That means exposing error and falsehood either within our lives or elsewhere.
  3.   The Holy Spirit>>  Does not speak or glorify himself.  So you would not expect the emphasis to be on the Holy Spirit.  Just as Jesus came to glorify the father, so the Holy Spirit has come to glorify the son.
  4.  The Holy Spirit>> Will take what now belongs to Jesus and reveal them to the believer.  So we would expect the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus.  

John 15: 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

Now how does this work out within the believer’s life?

THE HOLY SPIRIT GLORIFIES JESUS:

If an individual is glorified more than Jesus, there is a good chance that this has not been initiated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirits Job is to POINT us to JESUS.  It is his job to make real who this saviour is.   He takes what he has been shown and unravels it within our hearts and mind. 

Heb 10: 16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.

The focus of which is his truth, his revelation and the knowledge about him!!!  Scripture is at the heart of this.  Take scripture out and be assured it is not the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus made it clear

John 15: 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT POINTS US TO HIS WORD:

Now the out working of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to encourage us to abide in his word .  If you abide in everything but his word then you can positively say you don’t have the Holy Spirit.  Just as some have placed the teachings of individual men above the scripture.  Allowing  what they have said to reinterpret scripture and change it to conform to ideas which are so contrary to scripture.  Others who places curses on anyones right to read and believe what scripture alone states.  Stating that they alone have some special dispensation to interpret the Bible.

Scripture states that we should study to show ourselves approved of God,  Sadly there are those who would deny such a right.  The HOLY SPIRIT takes the Bible and reveals it to the believer, making it both real and understood.  Often the difference before and after conversion of a soul is liken to one who only reads the Bible but without much understanding.  Then Reading the Bible after the conversion and the words just leaps out of the page.  The change is often dynamic and remarkable.

John 14: 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US TO LOVE JESUS:

How can we LOVE someone we have never met, let alone keep his commandments?  How is it that the believer has a love for Jesus whom he has not seen?  That too is the out working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always  working to bring the reality of the godhead within our lives.  So that we can say we will follow this man Christ Jesus, but we will not follow anotherWhilst many have played the part of Jesus in blockbuster films and their acting have been well praised by fellow actors, they simply don’t express the real Jesus.  Or communicated the one in whom the believer adores above all else.

The Holy Spirit is our helper  and  he is able to take what we offer up in our worship and praise  and make it real and significant before God.  For how can we approach a throne that is beyond our vision, and yet feel we are truly there.  How can such worship be made acceptable  unless God himself is fully approachable and open to receive us.  Yet even in this the Holy Spirit continues to make his presence felt.

  The work of the Holy Spirit is to place God central to our lives.  If he is not then I would question WHY NOT?

John 17: 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

One of the signs has to be the same LOVE which the father had towards the son might also be within the believer.

So if we have a person who claims to love his church or institution more than Jesus that too will be a glimpse that something is wrong.  Now it’s not wrong to loves things, its only when we love them more than God that there is a problem.  Now even here some have manipulated people in order to control others for their own benefit. 

The argument goes like this:   

if you love God you will submit to his authority. That authority has somehow been placed in the hands of men. so you must obey that authority as if it came from God himself.  However when that authority  wants you to submit  and points you in a direction which is contrary to God.  In such a situation we are morally bound to resist such evil and obey God. Sadly history has seen such abuse place anathema upon anathema upon ordinary people to create an atmosphere of fear.  To stop them from even questioning such abuse.

 Biblical Love places God first, his word the Bible.  then our love for others.  But always in a true Biblical setting.

 You might respect your minister as a great man of God.  But you will never place him equal or above Jesus.  His authority will always be subject to Gods word.

Nor would we expect a true Holy Spirit filled man to start promoting new age mysticism, heresy, or to promote unscriptural teachings.  The true man of God would be prepared to submit his life to Gods word.  Nor would you be comfortable as Catholics do to exalt the finite and claim that this is the Holy Spirits doing.  Mary may have been Jesus earthly mother but no where is she promoted to some queen of heaven.  Such promotion does not stem from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Catholics will go to great lengths to get around the simply fact that there is no evidence that God crowned Mary, and that includes time itself.  When you had one catholic woman who started to talk about linear time and that God can bend time and thus crown Mary ahead of  anyone else . Such excuses are almost laughable if they were not so serious.

However Scripture cannot be broken and no one gets crowned before the rest of us. Nor would anyone of us be crowned with an ungodly title as the Queen of heaven.  Where in Catholic teachings do we have a Joseph the king of heaven, Or Paul and Peter as the Kings of heaven.  Or even Elizabeth as another queen of heaven.   In fact to date such a title has never been conferred upon anyone else.  Such a title is reserved for Mary alone, which exposes it as Idol worship.  No such inspiration is from the Holy Spirit.  Those who do so and are comfortable with it cannot know God.  When the simple  “Hello” from an angel becomes so distorted and made into a repetitious prayer.  A point which even Jesus rebuked.  Or as someone remarked its like saying to someone every second hello hello hello hello hello.  That not praying let alone talking to God. 

THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGES US :

The Holy Spirit will also convict us of our sins.  He will not let go and will never cease to challenge convict exhort and teach the believer.    You will simply not be comfortable in a sinful situation.  It will always lead to repentance and a change of direction.

Heb 12: 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not

John 16: 9-10  Of sin, because they believe not on me, Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

But he will also convince us of the righteousness of God.  Which mean we will grow in our desire to be righteous?  WE JUST WILL NOT BE COMFORTABLE LIVING IN SIN OR IN SINNING.  There should be a hunger within the believer to do right and be right with God.  To walk in holiness and in a manner that is separated from what we know to be wrong.  As I often say God never leaves us how he finds us, but changes us to be like himself.  If you are happy as you once where and no change has occurred again the question is WHY, because there should be  a change.

John 14: 21, 23  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…..Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

There is a real sense that those who belong will experience and know the saviour in an intimate way.  The Holy Spirit is the one who makes this real.  So we can say we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Yet whilst we cannot say how he physically looked like , yet we can say we know him and love him.

Now Jesus makes it clear that those who don’t know him will not keep his word.  They may sing and speak about “a” Jesus, but not really know the true Jesus of the Bible

John 14: 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me

THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMOTES THE TRUE JESUS :

The Jesus of the Moslems is most certainly not the Jesus of the Bible and as such they don’t seek to obey or believe the scriptures.  To them this Jesus was nothing more than a prophet.  A prophet that had to be rescued before he was killed, who allowed another innocent man to die in his place,  Then after three days pretended to be resurrected.  Such a deception does not express the true nature of Jesus. 

 Sad to say many a Roman Catholics see  Jesus submitting himself to the hands of a priest who pronounces some magically words over some cookie and Jesus becomes the Eucharist.  What you eat cannot produce the intimacy that scripture speaks about.  True Intimacy produce true obedience.  Obedience does not come out of a ritualistic relationship of I must or else, but out of a Love and devotion to the one whom the Holy Spirit reveals.  True intimacy realises that all glory belongs to God.  Our joy is to see God glorified and lifted up.  If you see a minister begin to glorify himself and basically say “LOOK AT ME, HOW GREAT I AM  ”  QUESTION IT!!!  When God moves he gets the glory and man is always humbled.

Many people will throw up the excuse that God can do anything he wants.  The one things God cannot and never will do is go against his nature.  We can glimpse that truth from scripture itself.  We would expect God to reproduce that very same nature within his people.  To love the way he loves and see things as he sees them.  That means we will have a love for his word.  If you don’t have a love for such a treasure, then ask yourself WHY NOT

Rom 8: 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS ASSURANCE OF SALVATION:

Now it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bare witness to Jesus and to witness to us that we belong to God.  Now as you can see he does not witness to our flesh, but to our spirits.  There is a deep knowing and assurance of belonging which cannot go away.  We become aware that this hell hole called earth is not our home.  We look forward to a home that we have never seen and yet we know its ours.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to convince this truth to us.  Because we are his, we long to be with him and be fulfilled in him.