What’s the central thing happening here?
When we are told that God is moving we need to ask: ‘What is the core focus?’
(This is a series of articles, it’s probably best to take them in the correct order. How about seeing: Part 1 Toronto Blessing retrospective)
As Christians we realise that God involves us in His work, but do we agree that Jesus should be centre stage?
When the Apostle Paul preached, it was the Lord Jesus Christ that was his central theme:
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.1 Corinthians 2:2-3
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.”
I have been a Christian now for 35 years and if there’s one thing I have learnt, it is when people are saying that God is moving in a particular place then I look to see what the core focus is.
What do I mean?
Before we look at this, I just need to say that people become very protective of their own viewpoint and we can easily put on ‘blinkers’ which stops us from looking at it from a different angle.
But if we can, let’s sit back, get a bit of distance and try to look at the following video without prejudice.
I don’t want to be judgemental and criticise, so let’s remind ourselves what Jesus says:
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement.”John 7:24
Notice Jesus doesn’t say ‘don’t judge’ because we have all got to make decisions on whether things are right or wrong, so Jesus says ‘make a right judgement’.
Benny Hinn spiritually ‘drunk’
The following short video clip shows Benny Hinn falling over and blowing on people:
Who is on the pedestal here?
I would say that Benny Hinn is taking centre stage and that he is on the pedestal.
What is the core focus? Is it Bible based?
What do you think?
I know everything is not in the Bible for us to check it out, but there is nothing like this in the Bible – yes Jesus does ‘breathe’ on the disciples but it has none of this sensationalism or exhibitionism:
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,John 20:19-23
‘Peace be with you!’
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.
The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said,
‘Peace be with you!
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’
And with that he breathed on them and said,
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;
if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.'”
After reading the Bible passage above you get a sense of God’s glory, but in my opinion the video of Benny Hinn gives the Lord no glory at all.
Jesus and his Word needs to be central
Looking at this and other videos, I would say that the Lord is not centre stage.
Charles Spurgeon said:
It is a remarkable fact that all the heresies which have arisen in the Christian Church have had a decided tendency to dishonour God and to flatter man.”Charles Spurgeon
These videos certainly seem to flatter man. This ought to ring many alarm bells for us.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to see the Lord performing miracles and pouring out His Spirit upon people, and for His Presence to cause weeping or joy, because the disciples prayed:
.. enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.Acts 4:29-30
Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
[i] The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Paul preaching at Athens.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1806 – 1839 opens in a new window.