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The pagan christian LIARS and FRAUDS Rev. Ted Haggard and Benny Hinn
Let us first look at the disgraced pagan evangelical christian leader the Rev. Ted Haggard. Haggard first denied, but now admits to drug use and engaging in homosexual sex acts with a homosexual male prostitute/drug-dealer. Also Haggard admits he has engaged in homosexual activity throughout his whole adult life.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Members of the New Life Church were stunned and brought to tears by the Rev. Ted Haggard’s confessions of “sexual immorality,” then accepted his plea for forgiveness with open arms.
Haggard, who had been a leading evangelist and vocal opponent of gay marriage, apologized Sunday in a letter read from the pulpit of the 14,000-member church he founded.
The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem,” Haggard wrote. “I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life.”
Haggard, 50, resigned last week as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 30 million evangelical Christians, after a man claimed to have had drug-fueled trysts with him. (Well trintarian pagan evangelical christians one of your most senior and dear church leaders Rev. Haggard enjoins gay sexual activity and takes drugs, if the leader does this what skeletons are in the closets of the pagan evangelical christian followers)
In his letter, Haggard said “the accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from the ministry.” (What a LYING fool, Haggard still is crying that the accusations are not all true, you have NO credibility left Rev. Haggard you are a CLEAR LIAR given your credibility I think everyone can SAFELY CONCLUDE that the Homosexual prostitute/drug dealer must be telling the WHOLE TRUTH about your disgusting homosexual activities and drug use. It must hurt Rev. Haggard that your reputation, credibility, and overall truthfulness are FAR LOWER than that of a Homosexual male prostitute/drug dealer)
He did not specify which accusations were true. Haggard had acknowledged Friday that he paid Mike Jones of Denver for a massage (OH SURE Rev. Haggard the Gay Male Prostitute/drug-dealer only gave you a message, Haggard is a CLEAR LIAR everyone should certainly conclude that the truth is Haggard engaged in gay sex with the male prostitute, as he clearly has been engaging in homosexual activity his whole adult life) and for methamphetamine, but said he did not have sex with him and did not take the drug. (Again Rev. Haggard is a CLEAR LIAR we can all conclude the truth that he had gay sex with the male prostitute and took the methamphetamines)
‘I wish him well’
Jones, who said he is gay, said he came forward because he was upset when he discovered who Haggard was and that New Life opposed same-sex marriage — a key issue in Colorado, with a pair of issues on Tuesday’s ballot.
“I wish him well. I wish his family well,” Jones said Sunday. “My intent was never to destroy his family. My intent was to expose a hypocrite.” (Yes Rev. Haggard is a clear hypocrite as we can only guess many of his pagan evangelical flock truly are in their hearts. Mr. Jones comes out of this story as a more credible and respectable figure than Rev. Haggard. I vehemently oppose homosexuality and homosexual marriage, but Jones was write to be angry that a hypocrite like Rev. Haggard was leading the charge to stop homosexual marriage. Homosexuality is clearly wrong, evil, sickening, and against the commands and orders of Allah (SWT). Homosexual will clearly be punished for their grave sins and crimes against nature and more importantly the law of Allah (SWT). But Mr. Jones was right to be upset that a Homosexual like Rev. Haggard was at one time opposing homosexuality so he could lead a large church and be a leader in the pagan evangelical world, obviously solely for wealth and power but then also on the side engaging in homosexual activity and taking drugs. Rev. Haggard is a sickening individual and CLEAR hypocrite.)
The homosexual/meth user Rev. Haggard and his good friend the world's #1 terrorist/alcoholic/cocaine user/redneck/slaughterer of the Iraqi people/advocate of the Zionist slaughterers of the Palestinian and Lebanese people/torturer of innocents/and overall worker of Satan George "The Idoit" W. Bush
The preceding article on Rev. Haggard is from this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15588371/
Next we will look at another FRAUD and LIAR in the pagan christian community Benny Hinn
Controversial televangelist and faith healer Benny Hinn
He wants it that way. The nerve center of his worldwide organization is
tucked away in a group of cheap, white, nondescript buildings that look like
the kind of domiciles favored by mafia fronts on the wharves of
Now go the other way, into the cul-de-sacs and barrios of deep
"All we want is for Benny Hinn to make good on promises he made to me in 1993," says Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity Foundation. "He promised he would stop airing fake healings, that he would medically verify all healings, that he would wait six months after the healing before putting it on TV, to make sure it was authentic. He said he would do all these things, and he's done none of them. It would also be nice if he would submit himself to a real theologian for examination. Some of his teachings are off the scale, even bordering on necromancy."
It's weird. It was weird when he announced he was moving here in 1999,
pretty much abandoning his church congregation in
Fortunately, God changed His mind last summer and told Hinn
not to build the healing center after all, even though he had spent two years
collecting donations for it. (God was apparently vague about what Hinn should do with the money. The county tax assessor was
less vague, telling Hinn it was unlikely that his tax
exemption would survive theme-park ownership.) Hinn said it was just a timing matter. God wants the
healing center, but he doesn't want it right now. (Because the only other
building the Almighty is known to have ordered is the
"Good," Anthony says. "It will save us money, too."
If anything, the move to
Aside from his twice-monthly appearances at his own choreographed
"crusades," held in the largest sports arenas on the planet, Hinn is a virtual recluse, surrounded by armies of
bodyguards, ensconced in an $8 million oceanfront hacienda in southern
California, traveling by private jet for "snorkeling vacations" in
the Cayman Islands, staying in $3,000 presidential suites, and claiming a level of financial
secrecy and paranoid internal security that's more often associated with drug
dealers than men of the cloth. By surrounding himself with
yes-men and stage-managing every detail of his public image - even to the point
of stiff-arming the occasional paparazzo who tries to photograph him - he has
more in common with Michael Jackson
than Jerry Falwell. He may, in fact, be the first
Christian rock star. The analogy is not Paul McCartney, though. Hinn's career is more like
Hinn has no church. He belongs to no denomination. He's not even affiliated with any particular religion, although his buzz words indicate he tends to dwell on the freaky fringe of Pentecostalism. As recently as three centuries ago, he probably would have been burned as a heretic. To give you some idea of his doctrinal strangeness, he once preached that the Trinity is actually nine persons because each member of the Trinity - Father, Son, Holy Spirit - is also a Trinity. He also says that God and the Holy Spirit have real bodies with eyes, hands, mouth, etc. Various theologians have trashed Hinn, of course, for preaching "new revelations" directly from God that turn out to be, when examined, variations of thousand-year-old heresies. He thinks of himself as a prophet (even when his prophecies don't come true) and, in one burst of grandeur, "a new messiah walking on the earth." He believes that the Biblical Adam flew into outer space; that when God parted the Red Sea he made it into a wall of ice; that God talks to him more frequently than he talked to, say, Moses; that a man has risen from the dead in his presence; that a man turned into a snake before his eyes; that angels come to his bedroom and talk to him; and that the only reason we're not all in perfect health, living forever, is that there are demons in the world, attacking us. He's expressed opinions normally heard only on schizophrenia wards, and he's done it in front of millions of people - and still they come. They come in such numbers that thousands have to be turned away, and even the ones turned away gladly give him their money.
happened at the age of 11, when Jesus first appeared to either him or his
mother while he was living in
What we do know - because he returns to it time and again - is that a
transforming moment in his life occurred when, as a teenager, he was assigned
to take care of a crippled arthritic woman on a pilgrimage to see one of
Kuhlman's healing services, and he saw the woman apparently lose all pain in
her legs and "untwist," as he put it. Depending on how cynical you are, he had either found his holy
calling or discovered one of the oldest American carnie games. Ever
since then, he's been praised as a true miracle worker - Oral Roberts himself
is his biggest fan - and also
debunked by various investigative reporters around the world, including 60
Minutes Australia, which concluded, "Benny Hinn
is a fake. A dangerous fake. What he does is prey on
the sick, the desperate, and the gullible." (
Hinn is a peculiar sort, even by the standards of
the ongoing circus called American televangelism. If you look at the superstars
of the past 20 years - Bakker, Swaggart,
Tilton - they're all of a type: WASPy extroverts with
good looks in a sort of dime store gigolo way. (Even Jim Bakker
had that lost-puppy look that's so attractive to lonely widows, and older women
living alone are the number one demographic group when it comes to sending
money to television ministries.) Hinn, on the other
hand, is short, slight, Semitic, round-faced, and often sports a haircut that
looks like a scoop of
Toufik Benedictus Hinn, known to his family as "Tutu," didn't much
like living in
Occasionally, though, the
enhancements expand from the realm of the white lie into the land of the
whopper. For example, Hinn claims to have preached at
an all-girls Catholic school in
Or how about the time Hinn went into a Catholic hospital in Sault Ste. Marie,
The reality - easily confirmed by speaking to officials at Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital and the Gray Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who work there - is that no patients were released the day Hinn held a small service in the chapel and that, furthermore, "Mr. Hinn's claims are outlandish and unwarranted."
Okay, so what? Benny Hinn isn't the first
flamboyant, white-suited evangelist to play fast and loose with
"miracles," and he won't be the last. What makes Hinn
different is that, after moving to
In many ways, Hinn is a throwback to the tent revival meetings of the 19th century. Short on scripture, long on enthusiasm, these were originally ways to carry the gospel to backwoods people who weren't served by churches, and the tradition was to collect a little money for the minister's traveling expenses at the end of the service. As time went on, the tent revival fell prey to shysters and carnie men, who discovered they could make a sizeable haul by stoking the emotions of the illiterate and making them feel like they were in the presence of miraculous events. It was a short jump from there to Aimee Semple Macpherson, the now discredited healer of the 1920s who, oddly enough, Hinn reveres as one of his spiritual predecessors. Macpherson was the first to take the tent revival nationwide.
This is not to say that everyone who held a healing service was a fraud -
but the ones who made an entire career of it tended to be. There even developed
a body of sleight-of-hand that survived well into the '90s, notably practiced
Hinn's services, for example, follow a strict pattern that's calculated for maximum emotional impact and, not so coincidentally, maximum offering collection. From the time the crowd enters the arena, they're massaged with mood lighting, repetitive music, responsive chanting, group gestures, group singing, various forms of choral and instrumental entertainment, all leading up to the moment Hinn makes his entrance. The song sung for the entrance is "How Great Thou Art," making convenient use of an ambiguous personal pronoun.
"There's power here, people!" Hinn will typically say. "Lift your hands and receive it."
All dutifully lift their hands.
"You will be healed tonight!"
They sob and shout hallelujah.
"All things are possible to him that believeth!"
Hinn repeats this same sentence three times, getting a bigger emotional reaction each time he says it.
Chant, song, gesture, salute - all the classic techniques used to submerge the individual into a group. It works for dictators, and it works for Hinn. But now that he's joined them together in hope, he adds a dose of fear.
He speaks of huge disasters coming to the world. He tells them of the strange times we live in, a sinful world that will be cleansed by fire and earthquake. And there's only one slim hope to escape: "Only those who have been giving to God's work will be spared."
As a violin plays, money is collected in big white plastic buckets. And as the ushers do their work, Hinn's voice turns soothing. "Nothing will touch you. No one will touch your children. Nothing will touch your home."
Although he never says, "Donate money or you'll die," he comes close. There is a constant theme in his preaching of the connection between "giving" and "healing," making a "faith vow" and "having your needs met." He comes within a hairsbreadth of saying, "If you give me money, you will be healed." And the collection always occurs between his promise of healing and the actual healing session - the same way street performers save their biggest trick until after the hat has been passed.
Along about , when all the checks and dead presidents have been collected, Hinn announces that God is speaking to him. Sometimes he sees angels in the room. Sometimes he sees ugly demon monsters that are fleeing from the building. ("You ugly spirit of sickness, go out of this place! Let God's people go!") Sometimes he just feels the presence of spirits or angels. Once he saw the whole arena bathed in golden dust. And then, as though his body has been taken over by a force he can't control, he starts running around knocking people over. Sometimes he knocks them over with his coat, sometimes by blowing on them, sometimes by pushing their forehead with his hand - but when he touches them, they fall over. As he does this, he calls out the healings - a brain tumor, a cancer, a crippled left leg - as though he's watching something occurring that the rest of us can't see. And then, one by one, various people are brought onto the stage, and an announcer describes their affliction so that Hinn can lay hands on them and pronounce the disease vanquished. On an average night he'll heal about 80 people, in addition to the ones he shouts out in a sort of "wherever you are, you're healed" way.
No wonder Hinn needs bodyguards. Very few, if any, of these people are actually healed. And when they die, or their disease becomes worse, their relatives tend to become angry. For the past 10 years, this has been demonstrated over and over again by various investigative reports conducted with the resources of the Trinity Foundation, beginning with an Inside Edition show in 1993 hosted by Bill O'Reilly and reported by Steve Wilson.
Just a few examples:
He healed a case of brain cancer on stage, even though Inside Edition followed up with tests that showed the tumor was still present.
The "cure" of a deaf woman turned out to be a woman who, according to her doctor, was not deaf in the first place.
Heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield, banned from boxing because of a heart condition,
went to a Benny Hinn crusade in
Hinn claims that a man in
In two cases, journalists have tried to verify all the healings at a
particular crusade. For an HBO documentary called A Question of Miracles,
researchers attended a
Just last December, NBC's Dateline tried to duplicate the HBO study.
At a crusade in
There have been so many documentaries and investigations on Hinn - almost all of them orchestrated by Trinity Foundation - that they even have a common structure:
Here's what Hinn looks like in action.
Here's what he claims to do.
Here's what his critics say.
Is he a fraud or is he a healer?
Let's find out.
Not much healing going on.
Okay, here's what Hinn says in his defense.
And one thing Hinn says in his defense - when confronted with evidence that someone claimed to be healed and then died - is that, "The reason people lose their healing is because they begin questioning if God really did it." If you're not healed - or, worse yet, if your sick child is not healed - it's your fault for not having enough faith. It's at this point that Hinn's ministry almost passes over into the realm of primitive magic - i.e., if you want it bad enough, and you say the right things and feel the right things, it will come true.
As it turns out, though, the media investigations are the best thing that ever happened to Hinn. They made him more famous, and more recognizable, than religious TV ever could have. And because most of his audience is made up of the truly desperate - the chronically sick, the dying, people living with pain - Benny Hinn became one more "treatment" for them to take a shot at.
When the first investigation
broke, in March 1993, Hinn must have thought his
empire was about to fall apart. There was a nasty shoving incident at the
Philadelphia airport with Steve Wilson of Inside Edition, followed by a
damage-control campaign in which Hinn went on many
radio and TV shows and met privately with several of his critics to admit that
he'd made mistakes and vow that he would never again air "miracles"
on TV unless they had been medically verified. "God has taken me by the
neck," he said to his congregation. "I think I'm gonna
stop preaching healing and start preaching Jesus." At the request of
Inside Edition, Ole Anthony traveled to
If you study this particular year in his life, 1993, he's remarkably consistent in his statements, very self-aware of exactly what errors he's made, very humble, very apologetic, very interested in getting "back to the gospel." He even says at one point that he'll stop doing healing services entirely. And most everyone believed him, including Inside Edition, in a follow-up report, and including Anthony. "I was disappointed," Anthony says today, "that a year later he was back to his old tricks."
By 1994, it was as though the soul searching of the previous year had never existed. He geared up to be bigger than ever. He added crusades, he became more flamboyant, more theatrical, and the procession of "miracles" flitting across the TV screen every day continued unabated.
Apparently what he'd discovered is that scandal was good for business. Or at least this particular type of scandal was good for business. Bakker and Swaggart - he must have thought of them at some point - had been brought down by sex, which is difficult for the Christian world to forgive. Greed, on the other hand, can be overcome. Tilton had been brought down by money issues, but after a few years of lying low, he was back in action. This was a whole new type of media attention. The reporters simply said, "Is he a healer, or is he a fake?" And because it was presented as an open-ended question, the crowds got even larger.
Ten years later, Hinn has become something of a media master. Whenever he's investigated now, he simply admits his "mistakes." He's especially fond of going on The Larry King Show at any time of crisis. He's also refined his view of what he does. He doesn't heal anyone, he always reminds the interviewer. He just creates an atmosphere so that God can heal people. By the time people get to the stage, they've already been healed by God, he says. If the healing turns out to be bogus, then the person was self-deluded. Besides, hope is a great thing.
He also says he has a doctor backstage now to counsel the miracle cases and encourage them to continue with their medication until the healing has been verified. This seems to satisfy the media, even though it amounts to an admission of his own inability to know whether someone is healed.
The image he presents to the faithful is the opposite, of course. To them he's a man possessed of special wisdom. He sees things no one else can see. He has conversations with Jesus that no one else has had. He witnesses the presence of God when no one else would be aware of it. And he constantly says his teaching is "new." ("You didn't come here to hear the same preaching you've been hearing for 50 years, did you?") Of course, to orthodox Christians, this alone makes him heretical. Far from being "new," they would say, the gospel has not changed for 2,000 years.
But there's an even darker side to Hinn and his organization. In 1998, two members of his inner circle died of heroin overdoses. In 1999, after one of his many vows of reform, he fired several board members and hired an ex-cop named Mario C. Licciardello to do an internal investigation of his ministry. Licciardello was the brother of Carman, who is sort of the Engelbert Humperdinck of Christian singers, so many think Hinn considered him "safe." But Licciardello did such a good job - taking hundreds of depositions and getting to the bottom of the heroin use - that Hinn then sued him. While Licciardello was still his head of security, the ministry filed a lawsuit demanding that all his files be turned over and sealed, because their public release could result in the end of the ministry. Licciardello was a police investigator with 25 years of experience, and he felt like his whole career was being smeared, so he fought back with his own lawyers. His counsel continually tried to take Hinn's deposition, but Hinn fought him at every step. The judge, however, ruled against him and said that, if Hinn intended to enjoin Licciardello, he would have to make himself available for questioning.
On the very day that Hinn was supposed to give his deposition in the case, Licciardello had a heart attack and died. The Hinn organization made an out-of-court settlement with Licciardello's widow, which included sealing the court papers.
Hinn runs the largest evangelistic organization in the world that is not a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. That means his finances are private, his salary is secret, and his income is anybody's guess. Royalties from his books alone are estimated at $500,000 per year, but he essentially has carte blanche to take anything out of the till he wants. "He lives the lifestyle of a billionaire," says Ole Anthony, "all on the backs of false promises and selling false hope."
As Hinn put it himself, in a moment of rare revelatory candor, "I don't need gold in heaven, I gotta have it now."
During 1993, his one year of "reform," he talked about being stung by being portrayed as a millionaire and how he wanted to be "more Christ-like." His solution: "The Lord said sell the Benz and the watch."
He got rid of his Rolex and his Mercedes. Notice he didn't give them away.
He sold them - and then replaced the Mercedes with a $65,000 BMW. This is what
God told him to do. Just as God told him more recently that now is not the
right time for the
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was born in 1952 in
IN December 1974 Benny began holding weekly healing meetings
In 1983 Benny moved his operations to the
Following some legal troubles, Hinn
decided in late 1999 to move his operations to
Hinn has since become the most popular televangelist and faith healer in the world. Thousands pack stadiums and amphitheaters hoping to be healed.
Although Hinn has been asked and challenged many times he has failed to prove even a single "healing" objectively. His claims of "miracles" also lack scientific evidence or proof. Instead, people apparently feel "healed," therefore they are "healed."
The media has often scrutinized the Benny Hinn fraud. Time and time again he is shown to knowing manipulate the faithful and take willingly take their money.
It has been reported that the Benny Hinn Ministry is takes in more than $100 million dollars annually.
Benny Hinn terms his vacations "layovers" because they are considered legitimate business expenses. These layovers include multiple night stays at $10,000 per night hotels, $2000 meals and lavish shopping sprees.
Hinn's house cost $3.5 million to build, has 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, and includes 6,000 square feet, a view of the Pacific and room for five cars in its underground garage. Benny prefers BMWs.
All of the money to fuel Hinn's expenses and perks comes from contributions to his tax-exempt ministry.
Hinn has been accused many times of using false claims of miracles to gain followers and donations.
A former employee of Benny said, Hinn once received 5$ from an elderly lady who claimed it was the last 5$ she had. Hinn made light of a $5 donation saying "Ha, I got her last $5, guys."
In 2002 Hinn was investigated by Dateline NBC. The show provided evidence against the Benny Hinn fraud and showed he has been scamming people for their money with false healing claims that he cannot prove.
He was asked to provide medical proof of the miracles he and his follower claim to be experiencing. However, to date not one piece of definitive evidence has been provided by the ministry. Hinn did provide claims, but when these were investigated they turned out to be claims without medical justification.
After all the programs and interviews done with Hinn, warning people of the Benny Hinn Fraud, Hinn continues to have a large following and, Hinn himself remains unrepentant.
So we can clearly see that Benny Hinn is a FRAUD and LIAR who preys on desperate and terminally ill people to greedily steal their money. I'm not alleging that most pagan trintarian christians follow an outlandish FRAUD and LIAR like Benny Hinn. But he clearly portrays himself as a pagan trintarian christian and his followers believe in him and his FRAUD and LIE of being able to conduct miracles. We as True followers of Islam believe first and foremost that Almighty Allah is ONE and that NOBODY can help you accept Almighty Allah. Because of this we as Muslims following the Qur'an and the Sunnah of Almighty Allah's slave and servant, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) worship Almighty Allah ALONE we ask for help from ONLY Almighty Allah since he is our Lord and Creator. True followers of Islam, the Qur'an, and the Sunnah never ask or pray for help to any kind of intermediaries or CREATED HUMAN BEINGS even if they are GREAT MEN like the beloved Prophet Jesus (PBUH). Since in the end we are ALL human beings even the beloved Prophet Jesus (PBUH) and our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we can pray to and worship only the Eternal, All-Knowing, All Wise, All-Powerful, NOT CREATED but the CREATOR of ABSOUTELY EVERYTHING, INCLUDING PROPHET JESUS (PBUH)! Our LORD and CREATOR Almighty Allah! And Almighty Allah Knows Best.
All Praise is Due To Almighty Allah!
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