A lot of people come to this blog searching for information about Benny Hinn’s divorce. They probably find my post reporting on Hinn’s “broken heart” at the ending of his marriage. They may also find this post and this one. But all of these are over a year old. What has been happening with him since then?
Well, Benny is still keeping up a busy schedule of ministry, as listed at his official website. It doesn’t seem to include as many international events as it did a few years ago. Indeed his visit to London, announced for 24th and 25th June, looks like his only one of the year outside North America, apart from his Holy Land tour in November. It may simply be that at nearly 60 his age is catching up with him.
Meanwhile the Hinns’ divorce has been finalised, as confirmed by Bene Diction.
Last August the Christian Post reported that Benny Hinn Says Neglecting Family Led to Divorce, quoting Hinn as saying:
I’ve made mistakes because I wasn’t the perfect husband and the perfect dad because I was always gone traveling the world. That’s probably what broke the whole thing up.
This is just as I had surmised in March.
The Christian Post article also mentions allegations in the National Enquirer that Hinn had an affair with fellow evangelist Paula White. Wikipedia also mentions these allegations. Hinn and White denied them. The latest development, reported by the Christianity Today blog, is that
Benny Hinn is being sued by Strang Communications, a publishing company that alleges that Hinn violated a morality clause in their contract when he began an “inappropriate relationship” with Without Walls pastor Paula White.
Hinn has admitted concerning his friendship with White that
while it has remained morally pure at all times, I have enjoyed the company of someone who has also gone through the trauma of a painful and public divorce.
And they were photographed holding hands:
It is typical of the gutter press to assume that two people who hold hands are having a “torrid affair”, and not just showing friendship. As Christians we certainly should not jump to such conclusions, but should accept Hinn’s statement that the friendship “remained morally pure at all times”. We are instructed in the Bible:
Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
1 Timothy 5:19 (NIV 2011)
Since there is only one witness, that should be the end of the matter, including for the Christian publishers Strang Communications unless of course they have other evidence.