While hundreds lined up for hours to see Benny Hinn in Sweden this weekend, (even as North America was reading about Benny Hinn and Paula White behavior in Italy about 2 weeks ago) his appearance at the European Conference Word of Faith conference was not without controversy. His theology, practises and pending divorce have been discussed a fair bit online in Sweden in media, on blogs and twitter feeds leading up to the European Conference in Uppusla.
Ekman stood up after Hinn spoke and suggested people weigh what was said and read their bible about what was preached. However Hinn was permitted to speak again. I’ve tried to tidy up the Google translation, if I’ve lost meaning in the cleaning, please pipe up in the comment section. Ekman posted about Benny Hinns visit:
But it is my duty to comment Saturday evening’s remarkable proclamation. I must say I was shocked by the content of Benny Hinns teaching. We have known each other since 1986, although it was a while ago we last met. There is no doubt that the Lord has used him as an evangelist all over the world for many years. Many over the years have told how their lives have been transformed by the Lord through Benny’s service and how they have been healed. I have participated over the years in a number of conferences around the world and have seen what the Lord has done. As a private person and I appreciate him a lot and really like him as a healing evangelist.
Having said this, and it is important that it must be said, I must say that I have never in all the meetings I had with him, heard what he taught us yesterday. His preaching, in which he certainly is not alone, seems to be more consistent and prepared than I have ever heard before, but went far beyond what I mean is classic Christian faith and sound doctrine. It was not just some Gnostic elements, it was unfortunately too much of pure Gnosticism.
I write this as I first raised this with him privately last night because there are very serious issues.
He goes on to address Hinns teaching on on the Holy Spirits role in the Trinity and the separation of body, soul and spirit.
When it finally came to Jesus in the sermon, it was in some ways, a heretical view of Jesus that was presented.
And another point of error about Christ.
Strangely, it was also when he speculated that “if Jesus had sinned so his body would not rot anyway.” This is important to refute, for in that case the body of Jesus was not a real body which makes the incarnation incomplete and illusory.
Then he argued that Jesus’ blood did not come from Mary, but directly from God. It’s not. The Mary and Maria were shaped by the whole humanity of Jesus and that includes all elements of his physical body, even his blood.
Ekman, who had been criticized in religious circles and Swedish media for having Hinn open his conference said it would have been much better if Hinn had stuck to simply talking about Jesus in the way that he can and often did, and as an evangelist should.
It seems that it all comes to a settlement with the various Gnostic elements in the Christian faith right now, but I honestly thought that this was not what we would hear from Benny Hinn this evening. It was an unpleasant surprise that there would be so strong and so much.
…When I talked with Benny about this he listened seriously and openly and I hope he accepted what I said.
Hinn spoke Saturday evening and twice on Sunday.
Dagen has extensive coverage of Hinn in Sweden.
Ulf Ekman was ordained in the Swedish Lutheran church in 1979, and was a university chaplain for 7 years before attending Kenneth Hagin’s Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He returned to Sweden and founded the 3 thousand member Word of Life Church.
One of the many Swedish blogs writing about Hinn at the conference -Erevna
Here is a much better translation of Ulf Ekman’s concerns from John Van Dinther.