Britain may have been spared the spurious gospel of Benny Hinn for a short time, but America still has to put up with him. While he was turned away at the door in England, he was welcomed with open arms this week in Miami when he was a speaker at the Apostolic and Prophetic Conference. Scheduled to run three night, 13,000 people showed up to get a heaping dose of the FIRE that was being handed out by Pastor Guillermo Maldonado, founding pastor of King Jesus Ministry, a ministry which started in his living room and grew to be a 10,000 member church, one of South Florida’s largest.
While many with the church-growth mindset may be tempted to believe the size of his church is evidence that he is blessed of God, when you strip away the outer layers, the bottom line you will see is this:
The 10,000-member church booked the Miami arena for the first time last year after the event outgrew its West Kendall grounds. It is charging a $103 admission to the event, and most attendees so far have come from Maldonado’s church. (Online Source)
Wow! One-hundred-three dollars? To hear this? (Small snippets of the article, please click the source link above to read it in its entirety.)
Guillermo Maldonado stood in front of his audience, opened his Bible, and shouted into his microphone, quoting the book of Galatians, extolling the “supernatural power of God.”
He asked his audience — some in tears and many with arms raised and heads cocked toward heaven — to “let your fire come down!”
“All of those who have never spoken in tongues, raise your hand!” the Honduran-born Maldonado shouted in Spanish as he jumped, punched the air, ran and screamed intermittently throughout his two-hour sermon.
Audience members, bursting with energy, cheered the preacher on, as the English translator by his side told the audience: “Drink! Speaking in tongues! Be filled!” before they created a cacophony of sounds.
And all for the low, low price of $103. I’m thinking, “I could pay my cellphone bill with that and have some left over.” I’m also thinking, “I could put X amount of gas in my car to go to work on for that.” But, I digress.
Once again, you can see that, with many charismatics, Jesus is set aside and the Holy Spirit is magnified. They would never admit it, but the proof is in their actions. Scripture doesn’t say, “If the Holy Spirit is lifted up, I’ll draw all men to me.” Jesus said of Himself, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:32) Christ and Him crucified is the way of salvation, yet charismatic ministers spend the bulk of their time seeking to empower sinners with so-called Heavenly power which is not sourced in Heaven.
It’s a shame that Maldonado quoted the book of Galatians to enforce his “supernatural power of God” nonsense. The book of Galatians is perhaps the most passionate letter that Paul ever wrote. The believers in Galatia had come to salvation through faith in Jesus, but were then led astray by teachers who had convinced them they had to keep the law of Moses in order to be saved. Paul wrote this passionate epistle to rebuke them and to correct error. From the very outset, right after the salutation, the apostle Paul sternly rebukes the Galatians for deserting the faith for a different gospel.
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
And if there is still any doubt as to how passionately Paul felt about false doctrine, let this verse put it in perspective for you:
Would that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
Perhaps Paul needed some sensitivity training (according to today’s feel-good ministers, anyway).
If anything, had Maldonado known Scripture, he could have used this wonderful book to rebuke and exhort his hearers away from false doctrine, however, if the speaker doesn’t know the truth, then none is expected to be forthcoming, and also, when you have $103 entry fee on the line, you better give a good show. What better way to do that than to entertain them for a few nights. Now I’d say that’s bang for your buck! Ya know, if the Word of God isn’t given as freely as Jesus gave His life, I don’t want it because, chances are, if there’s that stiff a price tag attached to it, it’s not God’s Word any way.
Good grief! There’s so much wrong with this I’m gonna hafta put a gazillion tags on this post.