Benny Hinn and money

Benny Hinn and money

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Not too long ago, we all saw Benny Hinn recant his previous teachings and doctrines on prosperity, tithing, and financial gifts.

It is a sin to tell your congregation to send a certain amount of money for their healing/deliverance/prosperity or whatever their need might be. The Bible does not support the idea that you can “give your way out of debt or give for your healing.” You can not buy healing, deliverance, or “bribe” Yehovah to meet your needs. 

And as we have seen in previous teachings, the Bible does not even support tithing. Tithing is something we can only do in Jerusalem when the temple has been rebuilt. 

  Does that mean we should not give anything to any ministry? 

  Contrary to what Christianity teaches, we know the Bible says the law of Moses (the written Torah) has not been done away with at the cross. Yeshua (Jesus) came to teach us how to obey His written Torah. He died on the cross to set us free from the curse of disobedience in Deut 28:14-45 and the curse of jealousy in Numbers 5. So everything Yeshua did and taught shows us that the Torah is still in effect, and Yehovah (God) expects us to obey it as evidence of our salvation. (1.John 2:6James 2:10-261.John 3:43:75:3)

  To answer our question, should we not give anything to any ministry, we have to see what the Torah teaches about this subject. 

  The Torah says in Lev 6:16,26, the Levites in the temple should have their share in the sacrifices given to Yehovah. What does this mean, “have their share”? 

  Most pastors today have to work a regular 9-5 job in addition to being a pastor. Not being able to focus solely on being a pastor makes it difficult for them to do be the best pastor they can be. But the truth is, they have no choice in the matter because they have to support themselves, their families and pay their bills through a regular 9-5 job. 

When a congregation member requires pastoral counseling, their pastor is often too tired to be able to help. So what happens is that most pastors last only a few years in ministry before they burn out. 

Is this how it is supposed to be? 

  The short answer is no; this is not how it is supposed to be. A pastor is supposed to be available for their congregation and be rested and ready to help when need be. 

So why has it become to this? 

This has happened because of most mainstream Christians believing the lie the Torah does not apply to them. 

  So what would happen if Christians started believing the Torah applied to them? 

First and foremost, they would be genuinely saved. The Bible says if we are saved, it has to show itself in obedience to the written Torah. If we do not obey it, we are not saved, and our faith is dead.

Second of all, pastors would not have to work a 9-5 job to support themselves and their families. They would be free to serve their congregation when they were needed. 

  Why?

  To understand why we first have to understand the differences in the written Torah.

The written Torah has 613 commandments; some are just for women; some are just for men. Others require us to be in Jerusalem and have access to a temple, and some are just for priests. 

  The Torah says in Lev 6:16,26, the Levites who served in the temple would have their share of the offerings. This means they should never have to worry about income or where to get the next meal because the community supported them financially and with food. When the community supported them this way, it freed them up to serve in the temple.

  If we believe the Bible when it says obedience to the Torah is the proof of our salvation, we have to accept that Lev 6:16,26 applies to us today. That means we would also agree that not obeying Lev 6:16,26 is disobedience to the Torah and rebellion is a sin. 

  How does Lev 6:16,26 apply to us today considering how the temple is gone?

  As we mentioned, there are 613 commandments in the Torah. Some of them are just for women, some just for men, some just for priests and some we need to have access to a temple to obey. 

  If we believe Paul the Apostle met Yeshua on the road to Damascus we have to accept that whatever Paul wrote carries with it the same authority as John, Peter, James and the rest of the 12. So whatever Paul says is God-inspired, and God-breathed and a part of our holy scripture. This means that whatever Paul says has to be obeyed by us today. 

  In 1.Cor 9:13 Paul quotes Lev 6:16,26 and says that this applies outside the temple as well. So what Paul is saying here is this, if you are a minister of the Gospel you have a divine right to be supported by those who get to share in the Gospel. (Gal 6:6)

When your church/congregation supports your ministry financially, you will not have to work a regular 9-5 job. You, as a pastor, will be freed up to serve your congregation to the fullest at your best capacity.

  Is this what is happening today? Are pastors freed up to serve their congregation to their fullest at their best capacity? 

  The answer is no, most pastors today have to work a regular 9-5 job to support themselves and their family. They usually do not have the time or energy to be the best congregational leader. Why? Because most Christians do not think the Torah and the rule in Lev 6:16,26 applies to them. 

  What would happen if Christians started believing the Bible and obeying the Torah? 

  First and foremost, their faith would come alive and be able to save them. Second of all, their pastors would be freed up to serve them when they needed to talk to their pastor. Sermons would have more sustenance to them because pastors would have the time they needed to prepare, and the energy they needed to study the Bible. 

Are we expected to obey by Lev 6:16,26 today even if the temple is gone? Paul answers this question for us in 1.Cor 9:13, as evidence of our salvation, we are supposed to support Christian ministries with our finances. 

  The question then gives itself, in a world with 40 000 + different denominations, millions of churches, where do we give our money? 

The Bible answers this for us in Gal 6:6, we are to give to the ministry that meets our spiritual needs. What does this mean “meets our spiritual needs”? 

  When you need prayer, or you need to hear a word from Yehovah (God) through a prophecy, you have a spiritual need. If you hear a sermon that answers a question you might have had, your spiritual need was fulfilled. 

In such instances, Gal 6:6Lev 6:16,26, and 1.Cor 9:13 says you are to give to that particular ministry. 

  How much should you give? 

  The Bible says in 2 Cor 9:6-7 Yehovah loves a cheerful giver. What is a “cheerful giver”? 

A cheerful giver is someone who gives because they want to give. 

  The question then poses itself, why would you want to give away your money?

If you had a physical need that was met, you would feel gratitude and want to do something in return. Let’s say you needed a job that would be physical need. If a company offered you a job, you would feel very grateful and want to do something in return for them. All employers expect their employees to do the best they can while they are at work. So it would be natural for you to want to do the best job possible as a sign of gratitude for being hired. 

  Do you feel grateful towards Yehovah? 

Of course, you are grateful for Him giving you His Son Yeshua. Have you ever stopped to consider that He is God? He is the one who decides if you get to live another day. He is the one who woke you up today, the one who made sure you did not crash on your way to work. He is the one who gave you your ability to work for a living so you can support yourself and your family. Yehovah can, at a moments notice, decide to revoke all of this if He wants to. 

  So let me repeat the question, do you feel grateful towards Yehovah?

  When you dont, know what to do you resort to prayer asking an intercessor to pray to Yehovah for help. When you dont, know what to do, you ask Yehovah for a prophetic word through a prophetic ministry. When you need questions answered, you go online to search for a sermon. Yehovah meets your needs with a prophecy, He hears the prayers of the intercessors you seek, and He inspires you to which sermon will answer your questions. 

  If you feel grateful for everything Yehovah does for you, you will choose to support those ministries He uses to meet your needs. (Gal 6:6)

Why would you want to give away your money? 

Because Yehovah has blessed you and fed you spiritually through prayer, prophecy, or a sermon. 

Because Yehovah expects you to do so if you are genuinely saved. (1.John 2:6James 2:10-261.John 3:43:75:3)

Because Yeshua says in John 14:15 if you love Him, you will obey Him, and He is the one who told us in Lev 6:16,26 to give to those who feed us spiritually. 

  How much should you give?

That is between you and Yehovah; it all depends on how grateful you are and how much you love Him.

  What if you have to choose between giving and paying rent supporting yourself and your family?

Sometimes we all go through seasons in life where we are faced with this choice. If we give we can’t make rent, we cant pay essential bills or feed ourselves and our family. 

The Torah says in 1. Tim 5:8 if we have to decide between giving to Yehovah or our own house we have to choose our own home first. 

At the same time, we have to admit it is always a difference between what we want and what we need. 

1.Tim 5:8 says if we have to choose between supporting our own house and our needs, that has to come first. But it also says Yehovah has to go before our wants. 

So if your needs are met and you have money to spare, the Torah says in Lev 6:16,261.Cor 9:13, you must give something to the ministries where you are spiritually fed. 

  What happens if your spiritual needs are met, you can give something, but you choose not to obey Lev 6:16,26 and 1.Cor 9:13

  There is a difference between ignorance and willful disobedience. Most Christians would not decide to give because they believe the lie that says the Torah does not apply to them. 

If you are a regular follower of this ministry, you know we believe the Bible says obedience to the Torah is the evidence of our salvation so now that you know how Paul in 1.Cor 9:13 says that Lev 6:16,26, still applies to us even if we dont have access to the temple, you cant still claim ignorance of it. 

If you now would choose not to give, even though you can give something, it would be willful disobedience something that can be very dangerous. 

  So what happens if Yehovah meets your spiritual needs, but you choose not to give? 

How would you feel if you gave a gift to someone you loved, but they did not show any gratitude? 

You would not feel very much loved by them, so why should Yehovah feel loved by you when you dont show any gratitude in return for what He has done for you?

  We started this week’s teaching talking about Benny Hinn and how he has recanted his prosperity Gospel. Today we have taught you cant buy your healing, your deliverance, your prosperity or give enough money to get out of debt. We have learned you should not even give if giving means you cant support yourself or the needs of your own house. So we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Bible does not support Benny Hinn’s prosperity Gospel. 

  Instead, we have learned how the Bible says we should give to those ministries where our spiritual needs are met. 

How much we should give depends on how grateful we are, and if we choose not to provide (when we can do so), it would be an act of willful disobedience.

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Published by Apostle Ernie apostleernie@outlook.com

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