One specific NAR Apostle that is worth exposing in engaging in witchcraft is Benny Hinn. Below are quotes and videos documenting Benny Hinn engaging with the dead and receiving anointing’s and supernatural powers and manifestations from the dead.
There are seven key doctrines in the Charismaticism and NARismaticism that act as gateways for people to start engaging with the dead:
- ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ teaching
Scripture perverted: Hebrews 12:1
Nutshell: Rather biblically interpreting ‘cloud of witnesses’ in context to mean a ‘plethora of witnesses in ages passed (which is what the author in Hebrews 11 is doing), it is taught that the ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ are a ‘cloud’ of people literally in heaven cheering believers on earth.
- ‘The Double Portion’ (or Elijah’s Mantle) teaching
Scripture perverted: 2 Kings 2:9-14
Nutshell: Before or even after death, a prophet or apostle can supposedly pass on their anointing, mantle or power to others – often ‘doubling’ this ‘portion’ in the process. Some ignore the concept or ritual of death in the process and just claim the ‘double portion’ oif Elija’s ministry on their lives or personal ministry.
- Transference of Spiritual Inheritance (or Power of Elisha) teaching
Scripture perverted: 2 Kings 13:210
Nutshell: A spiritual inheritance enables a believer to start their Christian life at spiritual levels that might normally have taken years to reach. Another generation’s “ceiling” in God can become our spiritual “floor.” The next generation must pick up the spiritual residue of the previous generation ‘revivalists’ so the next generation can recover realms of anointing, realms of insight or realms of God (etc., etc.) that have been untended for decades or centuries. To activate this transferance, the ‘Elisha’ or ‘next’ generation must acknowledge and honour the minstries and then reclaim them.
- The Power of Elisha teaching
Scripture perverted: 2 Kings 13:210
Nutshell: If a dead man can be thrown on the bones of Elisha and be healed, then a bliever can ask or receive the power or anointing off the dead.
- ‘Re-digging the wells (of our fathers)’ teaching
Scripture perverted: Genesis 26:12-22, Ex 20:12, Malachi 4:6, John 4:6, John 7:38-39
Nutshell: Re-digging the wells means to trigger God’s power through honouring the deceased. When one honours the dead ‘fathers’ (aka apostles/pioneers of the ‘faith’), ‘God’ will supposedly unlock/showcase Holy Spirit living water (revival power) on the earth, turning “hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” The act of re-digging is so vague that it can mean anything harmless to engaging in occultic ritual, practice or superstition to trigger god’s power in one’s ministry. However, it is popularly associated with visiting or receving powers/anointings/ministries from dead peoples graves, homes, preaching circuits or specific geographical locations.
- ‘Heavenly Portals/Realms’, ‘Gateway of Heaven’ or ‘Open Heavens’ teaching
Scripture perverted: Genesis 28:16-17, Psalm 24:7, John 1:51, Revelation 4:1-2a
Nutshell: Many narismatic/charismatic churches, revival events or conferences promote that ‘God is moving’. However, on some occasions, they will promote the idea that there is a temporary or permanent heavenly portal or open heaven geographically situated above/in the church/revival/event/conference or even on themselves. For instance Hillsong was using Gen 28:16-17 claiming that there new geographical church location was a ‘Gateway of heaven’ when they moved into their new facilities in New South Wales, Australia. This was meant to incite in the minds of their followers that there will be constant supernatural activity, miracles and dream fulfilments at their new church base. Some will even say that “God has designed portals to begin in the third Heaven, travel through the second Heaven, and open upon Earth.”A good way to grasp this doctrine is to watch British ICT’s ‘Primeval’, the manifestation of anomalies in geographical locations acting as portals for primeval monsters to transport from the past to the future. With a deceased revivalist, some people claim to experience heavenly realms or portals by praying, touching, sleeping or simply being in or near the dead person’s room, grave or special objects.
- New Breed / Man Child Company / Manifest Sons of God / Joel’s Army / One New Man teaching
Scripture perverted: Joel 2, Romans 8:19, Ephesians 2:15, Revelations 12:5
Nutshell: One key factor in Charismatic and NARismatic eschatology is the belief of one generation will manifest as Christ’s in human flesh. They will be all-powerful, moving in signs and wonders to take dominion and usher in Christ’s return. Some will teach that Christ is physically manifesting Himself through his global corporate church while others will say that Christ will manifest himself through a single generation or few individuals or that we ourselves are gods.
The teachings above from one to six will be validated and justified as legitimate within Charismaticism and the NAR if they cling to doomsday cult belief of restorationism – the teaching that God is restoring Apostles/Prophets and raising a generation to an unprecedented level of anointing power to usher Christ’s return. If the next generation is to be the final generation where they need to carry the unfinished work of their ‘fathers’ and ‘apostles’ before them, there is no stopping them in engaging in occultic practices to move in this end-times superpower. These dooms-day doctrines cannot be separated from their power-hungry search to whet their spiritual appetite to gain whatever power necessary to be ‘used mightily by God’ in these last days.
With these horrifying doctrines in mind, the below quotes of Benny Hinn make a bit more sense what doctrinal outcomes he is trying to achieve with his audiences as a revivalist.
1991 – Benny Hinn claims to receive anointing and power at Aimee Semple McPherson’s tomb
In 1991, Benny Hinn talked about visiting Aimee Semple McPherson’s tomb felt a “terrific anointing” and had “God’s power” come all over him. We managed to have found some footage to back up this outrageous statement:
Source: Anointing at a Tomb, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIzX-psjKzs, Published February 12, 2013.
“One of the strangest experiences I had a few years ago [was] visiting Aimee’s tomb in California. This Thursday I’m on TBN. Friday I am gonna go and visit Kathryn Kuhlman’s tomb. It’s close by Aimee’s in Forest Lawn Cemetery. I’ve been there once already and every so often I like to go and pay my respects ‘cause this great woman of God has touched my life. And that grave, uh, where she’s buried is closed, they built walls around it. You can’t get in without a key and I’m one of the very few people who can get in. But I’ll never forget when I saw Aimee’s tomb. It’s incredibly dramatic. She was such a lady that her tomb has seven-foot angels bowing on each side of her tomb with a gold chain around it. As—as incredible as it is that someone would die with angels bowing on each side of her grave, I felt a terrific anointing when I was there. I actually, I—I, hear this, I trembled when I visited Aimee’s tomb. I was shaking all over. God’s power came all over me. … I believe the anointing has lingered over Aimee’s body. I know this may be shocking to you. … And I’m going to take David [Palmquist] and Kent [Mattox] and Sheryl [Palmquist] this week. They’re gonna come with me. You—you—you gonna feel the anointing at Aimee’s tomb. It’s incredible. And Kathryn’s. It’s amazing. I’ve heard of people healed when they visited that tomb. They were totally healed by God’s power. You say, ‘What a crazy thing.’ Brother, there’s things we’ll never understand. Are you all hearing me?”
Source: Double Portion Anointing, Part #3, Orlando Christian Center, April 7, 1991. From the series, Holy Ghost Invasion. TV# 309.
1997 – Benny Hinn claims to see Elijah, talk with the dead Kathryn Kuhlman and other deceased
In his crusade in Honolulu on February 1997, Benny Hinn not only claimed to meet Elijah but also met with the dead Katherine Kuhlman. Below, Mike Oppenheimer of ‘Let Us Reason’ transcribed a recording what Benny Hinn said:
“It’s closer to you than the air you breath…I’ve walked in that world. I’ve seen things you would never be able to understand.
Paul [Crouch], do you believe that I am a man of God? Do you? How long have you known me? Am I crazy? Can I tell you something? I’ve never shared this. Never! I was in prayer one day and a man appeared in front of me. For two days in a row, twice, one day and the next day. I saw this man in my room. It frightened me at first. When you enter into this world of prayer it starts with the mind where you’re so accustomed to the things around you, then you enter into a spiritual thickness and wealth where nothing bothers you, nothing frightens you. Angels don’t surprise you anymore with their appearance because you’ve been already tasting and been feeling and you been living in an atmosphere. Do you understand that?…You are not shocked by anything. There appeared to me a man…He was about six feet two. Old man…white beard. His face was somewhat thin, but very bold! Eyes, crystal blue! He had on a white garment…On his head was like a shawl…He looked like a priest. But every part of Him glistened like crystal. And I spoke out and I said, ‘Lord, who is this man I see?’ I know you might think I lost my mind, but the Lord said, ‘Elijah the prophet!’ Do you know when that happened? That happened days before the anointing on my life doubled. Literally! The ministries anointing doubled after that.”
Oppenheimer later included more transcript of this recording:
“Can I tell you something? I’ve never shared this. Never! I was in prayer one day and a man appeared in front of me. Happened for two days in a row, twice one day and the next day. The same man appeared. I’ve never told this, never.
… This is recently. I’m not talking about a long time ago. He was about six feet two. Old man. Had a beard. … Glistening white beard. His face was somewhat thin, but very bold! Eyes – crystal blue. He had on a white garment, whiter than my shirt could ever get. On his head was a shawl, like a – like a covering. He looked like a priest. Every part of him glistened like crystal. And I spoke out and I said, ‘Lord, who is this man I see?’
… I know you may – you may think I lost my mind, but the lord said, ‘ELIJAH the prophet” …Seven and half years ago, just before the ministry started, before these crusades began, suddenly in front of me I saw a group of people. I couldn’t even tell you who they were. I recognized only one of them. It was Miss Khulman. And every one of them seemed to be urging me to pray. Now I know this sounds crazy, but it’s all right. I don’t mind if you call me crazy, because I liked what I saw. And this – this group was saying, now I couldn’t hear them. I’d been in prayer at least, uh, hours. And suddenly, just – just this flash came in front of me. I can not describe it to you except to tell you it was more real than you sitting right in front of me right here. It was not a mental thing. It was so alive, pastor. It’s so alive. It was like a flash of lightening hit me and all I saw was these people’s faces. I will tell you, when I get to heaven. I will recognize them (at least fifty to seventy of them were sittingn a group), and they were saying to me, “Pray! Ask God to give you a healing ministry that will touch the world!” And suddenly, I heard Kathryn’s voice, [Hinn snaps fingers] and out of the blue, suddenly there – there she was, it’s crystal clear. And she in her beautiful smile, the way she said, “Ask! We’re waiting for you to ask! We’re praying with you to ask ” And the vision disappeared. And suddenly I said, “Lord!” and I asked. A week later the anointing hit my life. I believe the saints in heaven urge us to pray. Urge us to do it! Do you know why I believe it?
… ‘Cause it’s in the Bible! You say, “Show it to me.” Jesus saw Moses and Elijah who came to talk to Him about His passion on the cross! Ladies and gentlemen, there’s way more than you know about God! And the reason I’m telling you all this? The Lord said to me only a few days ago, He said, “You’re – you’re about to come into a new level. Get ready!” And I’m already feeling the rumblings in the heavenlies. Somebody is about to talk to me again. Something is about to happen again. I don’t know what it is. But I – I’m so excited, I feel butterflies in my tummy. I feel something. I’ve had three prophets lately, absolute people that know the voice of God, that have said to me, “You’re about to walk into a new inheritance in the Spirit.” I don’t know what it is, when it is, but it’s coming. And tonight, the Lord is putting upon my heart to pray for you, that you should walk into a new inheritance in the Holy Ghost. Stand up, I want to pray for you. Come on. Hallelujah!
… You’re about to have experiences that people may call you crazy if you tell them. But lift your hands and ask that God give you revelations. Come on. Blessed Jesus, I give you praise. I give you praise. And I ask you to bring those people into a new inheritance in the Spirit. We’ve lived so long on this side of the fence. We’re so accustomed to this world of ours and we’re so tired of it and its pain. Oh, Lord, take us beyond the veil. Take us into a new inheritance. Trust us to keep it sacred. Trust us to be faithful in the blessed name. Ask Him to give that to you. Ask Him to give that to you.
Source: Benny Hinn, Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Crusade (evening service), February 28, 1997.
1997 – Benny Hinn claims to talk with the dead Kathryn Kuhlman and see the Holy Spirit
On a broadcast in June 1997, Apostle Benny Hinn stated the dead Kathryn Kuhlman visited him in a dream/vision, leading him to the ‘Holy Spirit’, ‘it’ encouraging him to heal the sick (not Jesus) thus moving into “a new dimension in the Spirit“:
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to tell you something right now. The Lord showed me a vision about—goodness it’s almost been a year now. And I—I—I—I can tell you I sense now the time has come when this vision is gonna be fulfilled. I had a vision of the night. What I saw, myself walk into a room. I’ve shared this before but just in case you—you’ve not heard it I want you to hear it. I saw myself walk into a room and there stood Kathryn Kuhlman. And I’ve not seen Kathryn in a dream or a vision [in] years. Uh, when she died, the day she died, the morning she died, I had a dream what I—what I saw in a—in a—in a—in a casket with a white dress. And when I woke up in—in the morning I knew she had died, and it was on the news that same morning. And so it’s been many years. And there she was standing in this room and she said to me—of course this was a dream, but really more of a vision. A lot of times dreams are really visions of the night, and the Bible calls them that. When—when God gives to you in the fashion it really came with me. When I was a little boy, I saw the Lord in this dream. It was really so real, it was really a vision because when—when he appeared to me my body became electric just like electricity went through me and when I awoke that electricity was still on my body.
… Well, anyway, in this one, in this vision that—that I saw—saw Miss Kuhlman. And she said, ‘Follow me.’ That’s all she said. And I followed her to a second room. In that second room stood the Lord. When the Lord, uh—when—when I saw the Lord, Kathryn disappeared. She was just gone [Hinn snaps fingers]. And now the Lord looked at me and said, ‘Follow me.’ And I followed him to a third room. In the third room sat a gentleman—I still remember his face. I can tell you, I still remember the man’s face. And the man sat in this wheelchair in that third room. There was a big hole in his neck. A tube down his throat. He was crippled on that wheelchair. And he had tubes down his body. Totally crippled, totally para—totally, of course, paralyzed. The Lord laid his hands on this man and as he did the tubes disappeared, the hole closed, he was completely healed and got up off the wheelchair. It was a creative miracle. Now I’m standing watching the Lord in this vision heal this man. And now as the man was healed, the Lord looked at me with piercing eyes—I’ll not forget that one I’ll tell you. Looked at me with piercing eyes and said, ‘Do it!’ And the [Hinn snaps fingers] — and the dream and the vision came to an end.
… When I woke, when I got up, when I came out of the vision, I was trembling and perspiring from head to toes. I know exactly what that vision means. It was Kathryn Kuhlman who took me, who introduced me to the Holy Spirit. That is the meaning of that first room when she said, ‘Follow me.’ But when Kathryn was gone, Jesus was there. Kathryn did her job and was gone and the Lord said, ‘Follow me’ into a third room. And there was this man. I believe I’m about to enter that third room. [Audience applause.] I’m telling you I feel it. I sense it. I believe that room speaks of a dimension, a new dimension in the Spirit. I believe I’ve been in that second room now for the last seven years. What is amazing to me, what’s amazing to me is God works or has worked in my life in seven year cycles. I’m now in the seventh year—beginning the eighth of the ministry of these crusades. 1990 we started—March. This is what? ‘97. And just now I feel another platform, another dimension, another level is really coming. Well, saints, you’re going to be a part of it. God—God has sent you as partners to be a part of it. So how many are ready to see greater things for the glory of God?”3
Source: Benny Hinn, This Is Your Day, June 11, 1997.
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