A few days ago I noted the six month filing time for Benny and Suzanne Hinn’s divorce.
Right on cue The National Enquirer, the grand-daddy of US gossip magazines releases an on-line teaser. The expectation is a whole new audience is going to rush out and buy the tabloid to learn who the Enquirer says Benny Hinn is having an affair with.
Classic lurid words – shocking, (twice) caught, secret, steamy, beautiful blond evangelist, tryst…it is a specialized form of writing.
No, I’m not heading out to buy a National Enquirer, there may well be public mud-slinging and payback in the days and weeks to come between all kinds of people circling around the Hinns.
This story sells because inquiring minds want to know. Many people were saddened to read a marriage of over 30 years was ending when Suzanne Hinn filed for divorce on February 1st and want to know what happened.
The Enquirer has a circulation of about 790 thousand readers.
The TV preacher is known for his aberrant and sometimes heretical theology, false prophecies, bizarre behavior, and financial practises.
Now, more than those 790 thousand readers are going to find out who the Enquirer says Hinn is hanging out with.
Update: For those who don’t want to wait for other sources, a reader writes to say the blond evangelist is Paula White of the Florida church Without Walls International. (A lot of religious media outlets are not going to want to report this given where it was broken)
White is a prosperity gospel celebrity in her own right, on her 3rd marriage and she had reported earnings of 39.9 million in 2006 before her second divorce.
White was one of the TV evangelists named in the Grassley investigation.
She owns a large home in San Antonia which sits on 3.7 acres, appraised at about 700 thousand.
Hinns ministry headquarters are in Irving. The Whites were divorced in 2007.
According to a 2009 Tampa Bay Tribune series – her church has an 11.2 million dollar bill due this month.
This story is starting to gain traction.
Benny Hinn is currently in Sweden at the European Conference of Words of Life according to a Norwegian magazine. His meetings are being broadcast by Vision Heaven TV out of Norway. The conference tag is “With great expectations for what the Lord is going to do”
Hmmm. Wonder what the National Enquirer story is going to do to the conference?
The Twitter tag for the conference is #hinn10 and the tweets are in Swedish. I’ve been watching (with the help of Google translate) to see when wind of The Enquirer story filters to attendees in Uppsula.
Is it just me or does Mrs. White look like the transformed Mrs. Hinn?
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John Nilsson says:
July 24, 2010 at 6:27 am
Ulf Ekman, head and ruler of named Swedish church Livets Ord (Word of Life in Uppsala) is my uncle.
I myself am abhorred by the fact that they are inviting known mythomanian Benny Hinn. As if it was not enough with all his lies (that he has been telling for decades and been repededly caugh in), he is also in my opinion defiling christianity as a whole.
I am one of the few in our family that is critical about what Word of Life is doing. Ulf Ekman has been going closer and closer to the Catholic faith the last few years, claiming Jesus’ mother is an eternal virgin, the pope is a spiritual leader to respect, and other things not common in evangelical or prosperity gospel churches.
Since it is my family that runs this business (because it is more a business than a church, according to many) it is hard to know how far to go in my critisism. My wife is a member of Word of Life, and is right now sitting in a 6 hour queu to get in to the Benny Hinn service. But just so she can see the spectacle.
I think many will leave Word of Life chuch now when Ulf Ekman has shown such bad judgement and AGAIN invited Hinn dispite full insight into Hinns private sfear. They are close friends.
I would like to see the allegations against Hinn substantiated before I take them as fact, tough. Still, Hinn should take a time out. Ulf Ekman said in Swedish newspaper “Dagen” the day before yesterday, that they “were many that knew about Hinns problems in their marriage. The shock Hinn said he felt about the devorce was probably about the fact that she FILED for devorce”. In other words, Hinn was not shocked that thier marriage was in jeopardy, even though that was what he was communicating after the fact.
Ulf Ekmans words in a google translate:http://bit.ly/c5cmGk
Ulf Ekmans words in original Swedish: http://www.dagen.se/dagen/article.aspx?id=219648
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Bene Diction says:
July 24, 2010 at 9:10 am
John, I have no desire to slam your family – I do agree the facts need to be substantiated, there are reporters on it as I write this.
Thank you so much for the google translation link.
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MyTwoCents – Daniel says:
July 27, 2010 at 4:02 am
Greetings from beautiful Sweden!
Tord Ivarsson says:
July 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
I think the conference itself will stay calm, at least on the surface. After all there are a plentora of speakers and singers on this conference. I also think people will await substansiation of the National Inquier’s article. Again, it is a tabloid paper.
HM SAND says:
July 29, 2010 at 6:55 am
These two have a lot of explaining to do, that`s if what the Inquirer says is not true.
The book of Ephesians says don`t give the Devil a foothold, right?
Well these two gave him a ladder, they gave him a stairwell, they gave him a elevator.
If God word says do something and you don`t do it that is sin.
But if God`s word says don`t do something and if you do it that`s also sin too.
So to make a long story short, these two gave the devil a huge foothold and by
doing so they made God and his people look very bad even if these comments
are true or false.
Michael Alexander BoryAlis says:
August 6, 2010 at 8:10 am
Yada – Yada…Yada forget about it, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, continuing in pray to penetrate deeper into His Presence. Forget about the two mortals. It’s a story for the busybodies that have nothing better to do than flap their fat yap.
Ambrose Oduor Oliech says:
August 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm
The story by the National Enquirer that Pastor Benny and Paula are having an affair should be taken with a pinch of salt–personally that is what I feel about it. Why the hurry to publish such a sensitive a story whose validity is in question? Can the publication tell people what time the two were in the hotel and confirm whether they were on their own in a room, that is no other person was with them? Otherwise the National Enquirer can only be seen to be driven by greed for more profit and malice against prominent ministers of the Gospel. Let me say the fact that Mrs Hinn is devorcing her husband has devastated me as a believer. I wonder why she couldn’t just hang on after 30 years in marriage. I listened to Pastor Benny as he defended himself against the sad claims. Well, the God of the Bible is omniscient and the Judge. I feel arguements and speculations founded on suppositions won’t help. If the pastor is innocent then the GREAT JUDGE will prove this soon. Pray for Benny and his family.
bamidele gbenga says:
August 21, 2010 at 11:26 am
Their is nothing new under heaven. The Bible cannot lie, whatso ever a man sow
He will reap. First, susanne hinn should remember sarah in d Bible and follow
God’s words. Secondly, I believe Pastor benny hinn and trust God that he cannot
Lie against the Holy Spirit so what ever it is that the devil is playing at, when I remember
Job in the Bible I believe God can turn it around. The Bible says, what can separate
Me from the love of Christ, trial, temptation, etc (the God I serve is the God of second chance).
Finally, to the newspapers, remember we shall all give account of all we
Have done one day before God, don’t invite the wrath of God upon you.
We in Nigeria are never perturbed about it. God will make a way.
August 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Any conferences held by Pentescostal Preachers are non sense. It is
an entertainment and sensationalism. There is no way for you folks to
grow spiritually. Money is the bottomline of all that nonsense crusade
January 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm
40 million dollars how much did jesus get ?? crooks