Reps for Prosperity Preacher Benny Hinn Confirm Govt ‘Reviewing Certain Operations’ Following Raid

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Representatives for prosperity preacher Benny Hinn have confirmed that the federal government is “reviewing certain operations” following a raid on Hinn’s Texas office.

“As has been widely reported, Benny Hinn Ministries is cooperating fully with the governmental entities that are reviewing certain operations of the Church,” a social media post released on Thursday read.

“The ministry has undergone intense scrutiny over the years, and we remain confident that there will again be a positive and speedy outcome in the days ahead,” it said.

The post generated over 12k likes as of press time.

As previously reported, federal investigators raided Hinn’s Grapevine office after obtaining a warrant on Wednesday. Benny Hinn Ministries and World Healing Center Church are both located approximately half an hour outside of Dallas.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators were seen carrying out boxes throughout the day.

“It looked like a big raid: people everywhere, police people everywhere out there, and just rushing in,” John Ebert, who works next door, also told local television station NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Special Agent Michael Moseley with IRS Criminal Investigations told WFAA that a tax evasion/government fraud investigation was underway.

“Today, we are here on official business, we are conducting a search warrant on the premises, basically that’s all I can tell you today,” he said. “We are primarily investigating Title 26, which is tax evasion and general fraud against the government.”

Hinn, known for his “This Is Your Day” broadcast on TBN, as well as his popular healing crusades, was also investigated by the IRS in 2005. In 2007, a Senate Finance Committee examined the finances of several wealthy televangelists, including Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Eddie Long and Hinn.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, specifically cast doubt on their possession of personal planes and opulent homes, but there was no definitive declaration of wrongdoing when the investigation concluded in 2011.

Response to Wednesday’s raid was mixed, with supporters characterizing the investigation as an “attack” of the devil, and others expressing a hope that the matter would bring Hinn to repentance.

“The enemy is terribly afraid. This is a very strategic time for ministries and ministers of integrity and Holy Ghost power to move ahead. He wants it stopped,” one commenter asserted.

“I have no regard for the televangelists like him that have put people’s souls in danger because of these clowns and their bank accounts of the billions of dollars they have stolen from innocent weak people,” another wrote.

Hinn claims on his website that 87 cents of every dollar goes to ministry and that his organization is active in “crisis relief, children’s homes and feeding programs, as well as in hospital and emergency care.” The site, however, also contains material promoting “seed faith” donations.

“If you have been at a low-level harvest for a long time, then it’s time to release your prosperity with higher seed-level giving. It’s time to move into high gear and release the prosperity anointing over yourself and your loved ones!” it reads. “I want to ask you to move to a higher level of faith by giving a gift of $1,000 just like I did, so that God will do for you what He did for me. Or give a gift of $120. Why $120? The number 120 signifies the end of judgment and the beginning of favor.”

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  • Amos Moses

    “Or give a gift of $120. Why $120? The number 120 signifies the end of judgment and the beginning of favor.”

    hmmmm …… i seemed to have missed that scripture …… where is my Joel Osteen Study bible …… i am going to have to write that in ………….

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      That’s so funny!!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Charismatic Christians have truly wonderful features like no others, but Christian men have to guard against the greed on women and money for all time. True Christians are Biblical. (Revelation chapters 2-3) Lord Jesus is victorious and gives victories to His followers.

    • Herrnhut

      While the main line church preach the ten commandments fundamentalist DIY religion of hard repentance, they are no different from other religions to do good get good and do bad get bad. They are also having their share of sex and money scandals when they blown the brass horn hardest. In the mean time. the Gospel of Grace with miracles and healing are rising for the possessors when the world is in darkest hours, the plaque before the Passover.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Religions are different; Biblical Christianity( the truth, freedom, light, life, civility) and all others( partial morality and barbarism). Today’s Western mainliners promote Sodomy and infanticide and they are worse than paganisms. Pagans are not even that insane immoral or destructive. Religions and denominations can’t be put together.

        • Herrnhut

          Agreed in spirit. Still many believers are still in prisons of the letter of the law.

          “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.”

          Talking about many churches as well as law enforcers.and old covenanters.

  • KonCern

    Wow! the government under Trump raid a Evangelical Charismatic Church. Wow.
    I wonder did such raid ever happen under Obama.?

  • Sisyphus

    Kathryn Kuhlman laughing whilst preparing hell’s welcome party.

    • Janet DeAngelo

      1 Chronicles 16:22 says, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm”. Also, in 1 Pet. 4:17 it says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God”. Here in America our law states that a man is innocent until proven guilty. Slander and name-calling is a serious sin in the eyes of God. Let’s be careful of judging before the matter is even proven yea or nay!

  • Revival Story Josh

    no one forces people to give at gunpoint. remember everyone who gives does so. do you realize how many church incorperateds in usa violate policy. LET HIM WHO HAS NO SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE MY SO CALLED “CHRISTIANS”

    • Chris

      “No one forces people to give at gunpoint.”

      That’s what being a con artist is about. They trick money from others rather than demand it with menace.

      • Revival Story Josh

        . You can’t con people and “trick” people for over 40 years of ministry. A person either gives to God out of the abundance of their heart or they don’t give there’s no con involved in it. If people believe God will bless than so be it. If their faith crumbles becuas they don’t receive he really cares it’s on the person who’s giving not who’s “conning” them as you put it. My goodness people in the USA are just carnal. Same reason why they want to take out their own president. Sick twisted nation

        • Dianne

          Really Josh, then I guess that according to you when can tear out
          2 Peter 2 Which explicitly seals of false prophets and false teachers teachers and their coming DESTRUCTION.
          Also Titus 1 is an excellent read on this subject. As for your slight against Americans, please tell us of how PERFECT your nation is.

          • Revival Story Josh

            Don’t use that as your defense when you don’t know he’s false prophet. Do you know what a false prophet is ? It’s someone who denies Jesus and fellowship of his suffering. Stand behind me Satan!

          • Dianne

            Josh, It is Obvious that You DID NOT BOTHER to read the scriptures that I sent to you. You probably have never been sent any of Hinn’s twisted nonsense about how much MONEY you should send him to receive a blessing from God, or seen his RIDICULOUS TV shows that talk about MONEY, MONEY, and MORE MONEY!!!! And for you to say to me after I sent you SOLID SCRIPTURE about this issue ” Stand behind me Satan!” I NOW SAY TO YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS, ” THE LORD REBUKE YOU!!!!”

          • Revival Story Josh

            May the lord open up the mouth of the donkey to speak to you. You condemn benny but are clueless. Your the reason why Christians are neutered. You don’t even know benny or what you speak of. Same crap that USA doing to trump been happening benny for years. Don’t tell me this crap blah blah even a fool can twist scripture. We will see who’s right someday. Take care I’m
            Not reading anymore of your crap. Your a shame to my Jesus for attacking a brother in Christ. The worst of the worst. You should go kiss up to yiur friend John MacArthur *delete.

          • Dianne

            Josh, ONLY A COWARD LIKE YOU WOULD RUN AWAY, even though I sent you scriptures that you NEVER BOTHERED to READ. God’s word is our guide and NO MAN can trump it. The fact that you are inept in RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of ALMIGHTY GOD is also quite OBVIOUS. Then you denigrate your witness as a believer in Christ Jesus by sending a posts filled with the word “crap”. How pathetic is that. Also you have YET to tell us about how ” PERFECT” your nation is.
            MATTHEW 7:1-5

  • Revival Story Josh

    you have guys like james mcdonald harvest bible chapel who have franchised church but yet no one says nothing. hypocrisy in USA is everywhere.

  • david

    benny hinn is a false teacher that said God has 9 in the trinity .(look it up) huge earthquakes prophesied that never happened, also Jesus will appear physically on the stage in Kenya which never happened but…. Jesus did warn about false teachers saying Jesus will appear here and there and hinn fulfilled Jesus prophecy . all you have to do is google ‘beeny hinn false teacher’ and there will be quotes even videos of him saying these things. hinn and copeland and meyers and dollar are all about making money. apostle Paul wrote ‘to this day we go about hungry and with out shelter’ so according to theses charlatans Paul did not have faith for wealth, but he did write a huge portion of the new testament so you are left with deciding between the Bible and hinn. or copeland. i hope you choose the bible and btw one day you will see and your eyes will be open to their scams but remember people warned you.

    many walk away from Christ after being duped. no you were open to scams and did not study the Bible but allowed men to tell you what to believe. you must study on your own in prayer.

  • bowie1

    Prosperity preachers seem to have forgotten that in this world we will also have troubles according to John 16:33.

    • Pastor C

      The troubles they face in this world pale by comparison to what happens to them at the judgment.

      “Many will say to me, on that day, “Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them, plainly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:21-23)

  • Carla .McD

    I have never believed a word from ANY televangelist nor do I nor will I ever believe a word from preachers in mega churches! They are ALL false prophets! All of them are out for money. ALL of them are lining their pockets! They live an opulent life while their parishioners live in or very near poverty! I study my bible alone or with a very select few friends. I will never donate a penny to any of them. They dupe their followers with buying little vials of holy water, donations for bibles to Muslim countries that will likely never get them nor want them. They get money for church improvements that never get done, money for private jets, etc etc! Sorry for the rant. I just feel very strongly about this. This is simply my opinion. I’m sure some will agree and some will not, and that’s ok. We’re having an adult discussion on the subject of false prophets and charlatans. Many blessings to you all!

    • rjnvpn

      I agree with you 100% – I’ve seen it with my own eyes and I hope Benny Hinn’s ministry goes down with this investigation. So many scum bags out there.

  • Pipkin

    Gee, it used to be that only Communist countries persecuted their own citizens.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      You think the government should allow Americans to do whatever they want? Literally anything?

    • Josey

      You should study Deuteronomy 13. It’s pretty clear what should be done with idolators and false prophets like Benny Hinn. Maybe you’re just too illiterate to have read the Bible.

  • Bobby

    i hope this lying charlatan goes down!!!!

  • steve34609

    Benny Hinn. Now there’s a name from my old days as a gullible idiot. To think…there are still people out there who worship this charlatan. The spirit around him stinks,is false and certainly isn’t The Holy Spirit. Smells more like a wallet.

  • Kenny Pirkle

    Beware “Anyone” that says give your money (Doesn’t $1,000 always seem the right number?) to Jesus…but send your money to me, my ten acre mansion, and my six (6) Gulfstream private jets. How can “sane” people line the pockets of these heathens?

  • Belisha Menowa

    And when they get him, they need to go after his stealth partner, “Prophet” Brain Carn. Young black kid flying around on private jets, from church to church demanding people “sow a seed” upwards $1000 or more for him to tell them a Word from God. These types of people make real Christians look bad and they merely rob the black community (LITERALLY) on paydays (that’s when they typically have “conferences” or revivals).

    The money raised is never accounted for nor taxable because black churches allow a pattern of attendees/parishioners to “sow their seed” outside of an offering pan. Instead they throw the money on the floor at the alter or on the floor of the pulpit. You never know how much is ever raised because the churches are family businesses. Other tax evaders like Bishop IV Hilliard specifically ask (via emails) that people only sow “cash” offerings. If you REALLY want to see the fraud in action, find a Youtube video where New Light Church (Houston TX) has what they call “Founders Night”. They turn off the cameras, pan to a “Red Carpet” interlute while people inside the sanctuary come to the mic and openly state the amount of money they are “sowing”. One year, a pastor came in with a briefcase full of money and dumped in on their heads during offering and said, “this is what a millionaire feels like”. She is now dead. Another year, a pastor came cuffed to a briefcase full of money and gave it to them. They have a goal to raise a million dollar offering for Bishop IV and Bridget Hilliard each October, and again during her birthday in the Spring. Find the video(s) and copy it before it is taken down. On one of them you can hear them introduce the “Boardroom Gangsters” to come to the pulpit; they are called so because they “sow” $50-100,000 each year on Founder’s Night. The event was held at Joel Osteen’s father’s old church location (New Light East location).

    Senator Grassley was very much onto something years ago when he called for an investigation into these mega ministries, but the thing is, its hard to catch black churches in the mess that they do in our community. They will always cry “racism”. In some cases, some of these bootleg pastors in the lower circuits are managing to push drugs into the community through the church circuits they run. (There are hierarchies among the circuits with varying levels of questionable activity and engagement.) They hop from one plane to another to conduct another “conference”. Pastors allow them to come to their churches and literally rape their congregants financially. It is a very real epidemic in the community. Instead of getting a job, many of these newer, younger preachers (as young as 18-27) are aiming to become “full time pastors” because it enables them to beat the system off other people. It is another form of welfare that the black community doesn’t want to expose. These are the next group of people the IRS seriously needs to investigate…they are ruining people’s lives:

    -Prophetess Takita Williams (floats between Jax, FL and Ohio)
    -Bishop IV, Bridget and Pastor Irishea Hilliard (Houston, TX)
    -E. Bernard Jordan (New York)
    -Prophet Brian Carn (Jax, FL) (has past history of violating women sexually after worship services back at his hotel by using “prophesy”, mind games and twisting scripture)
    -“Dr” Todd Hall (came to Takita Williams’ church in Jax and swindled the congregation in two nights of their entire paychecks and told them their kids didn’t need Christmas presents. About two weeks later Takita swindled them out of their money on New Years night (asking for “first Fruit” seed offerings, while wearing Mardi Gras masks and shut the church down about two weeks later, packed up and moved to Ohio to open another church there – basically vanished without a trace.)
    -Jamal Bryant, Darrell Scott, Omarosa and Pastor “Wont He Do It” (Maryland, Ohio, DC, Jax) pretty much just messy…
    -“Prophet” Luther Mckinstry

    There are hundred, even thousands others, but the only way a message will be sent to stop the fleecing of people is to make an example of them AND to investigate the people who are on their promo postcards advertising events. Because they are ALL in the same game, and are all doing the same thing. If you start with IV Hilliard, there is an entire AIM organization of following pastors, who have been taught and are implementing the same scam in their local churches. View their Instagram and Twitter accounts and you will see a very consistent pattern: hold a big conference or revival, raise money and go out of the country on a vacation off of money they just swindled people out of. They have no regard for posting pictures bragging about the money they spend on luxuries, Louboutin shoes, (they are always taking pic of their shoes…)

    BTW, my issue is not people having material things. I believe everyone should work to have the best in life. But I do not condone people leaving luxury lifestyles off of other hard working people, and forcing them to give in the name of God. They keep people in mind games and in fear that something bad will happen to them if they don’t support their life. The Hilliard’s tell people, “God gives us people for our life/livelihood.” And they use people to no end. It is saddening because this is not what true ministry is about.

  • Jimmy Green

    The IRS shouldn’t stop with this clown. What about going after Paula White, Creflo Dollar, John Hagee, Kenneth Copeland, and the entire Crouch family? These thieves are reaping much more than they will ever sow.

  • Cee Jae

    Glad yall did that warning post – marc burdoc- after the rain the sun will shine -author wanting 13 per book for finding happiness & God – had themselves or some1 else pimp their book at the expense of another commenter – who expressed concern about the nature for their publication
    I believe marc types are basically taking notes from prosperity parties that are more concerned about personal profit than being a prophet

  • Pat Walter

    I hope all of you who are criticizing these people have actually looked into this personally???????
    Do you know how many people have come to Christ through them? Comments against these people of God are of your opinion. Where are the facts to back them up??? Stop the hate people, we are one body of Christ.

    • getstryker

      Thank you . . . my thoughts exactly. Previous IRS investigations have turned up nothing and yet these ‘guberment dogs’ are still sniffing and trying to find something. Pat Walter – your comments is ‘right-on!’
      And If you (meaning whoever is voicing their negative opinion) doesn’t like a particular preacher -just don’t watch/don’t donate – simply change the channel.

  • Cee Jae

    Glad yall did that warning post – marc burdoc- after the rain the sun will shine -author wanting 13 per book for finding happiness & God – had themselves or some1 else pimp their book at the expense of another commenter – who expressed concern about the nature for their publication
    I believe marc types are basically taking notes from prosperity parties that are more concerned about personal profit than being a prophet

  • Cee Jae

    Benny Hinn has a long history of fraud (e.g. question of miracles documentary)
    Any1 doing any significant research should know this

  • FlameBait

    Eliminate the exemption. Tax all churches as the corporations that they are.

  • All “prosperity” preachers should be investigated and all churches made to pay taxes.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      No, churches do good and rescue life. States should pay taxes to the churches because Christianity created the USA.

      • Here is the intent of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to which most judges look when deciding church and state issues. If you want to read the short bill in its entirety, eloquently written by Thomas Jefferson, you need only go google the text I give you here:

        A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom

        Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds;

        that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone;

        that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time: That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; . . .

        The above was all one paragraph. I broke it up for easier reading.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          The USA owes her life to Christianity. Only bad humans repay the good with evil. US Constitution was created for Christians to keep Christianity, but today’s Sodomic USA forces people to submit to immorality. Anti-constitutional.

          • I’m very happy that Constitution is preventing the establishment of a theocracy, as you apparently want.

            No need to respond, You’ve given your view and I’ve given mine. I support the Constitution.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            US Constitution is nothing apart from the Judeo-Christian values. Constitution exists to protect the Christian religion and not this century’s West’s filthy mental illness. USA needs theocracy to be normal and moral. Western secular nations have become such a Sodom this century. You guys need Christianity for sanity, morality, and civility.

          • Constitution exists to protect the Christian religion

            I’m sure my response will not affect your opinion, but just in case others who are not as barricaded happen to read this, perhaps it may do some good.

            You are partly correct. The Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment protects ALL religions by disallowing the government to make any law that recognizes any religion. NO government body in the U.S. can institute Sharia law, for example, and no government body can institute biblical laws (where they conflict with secular law and equal protection).

            I’m sure that you know that some states are moving legislation through their legislatures that ban Sharia law. It is already banned by the Constitution. It is a total waste of time and taxpayer money to make those unnecessary laws.

            The reason they are passing such laws, however, is to pander to their voters whom they’ve already frightened by implying that Sharia law COULD be instituted. Bottom line, it gets them votes. They are dishonest people.

            I understand your belief that Christianity is the ultimate “truth” and that all the nation should bow to it. But so do citizens who believe in other religions. But any Constitutional law happens to coincide with a biblical law (most religions have laws that happen to coincide as well), does not mean that the constitutional law was derived from the bible or any of the other religions with similar laws.

            It just means that it is a reasonable law–such as laws against theft and murder. Without Christianity at all, we would still have laws against theft and murder.

            The ultimate reason for the Establishment Clause is to preserve social harmony–live and worship as you with and let others do the same. It is an attempt social harmony via establishing equality of conscience. All religions are on an equal footing under the Constitution and it is the reason there has been little religious strife in this nation as opposed to theocratic nations.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Most Americans were Christian until some decades ago; that’s the only reason Americans were great. Christianity alone grants human rights and freedom by being followed faithfully; all other religions and ideologies especially the Western secularism violate human rights and freedom by being faithfully followed. US Constitution is nothing if the Judeo-Christian values are ignored. Godlessness only brings tyranny by immorality as observed today. “Public” should not be taken as a duty to conduct immorality. Americans need Christianity to become moral. You guys have nothing else.

          • Most Americans were Christian until some decades ago; that’s the only reason Americans were great.

            Fortunately we had, in that honorable group of Founders and early patriots, non-Christians (mostly Deists) like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, (possibly) James Monroe, and (probably) John Quincy Adams.

            As well, there were later presidents were not Christians: Tyler, Lincoln, Grant and Theodore Roosevelt.

            You can read their documented quotes at monotheism dot us/

            Of course most Americans were Christians, but that is not proof of the truth of Christianity (Note that Islam is the fastest growing Religion in the world today and its numbers of believers is set to exceed Christianity in future).

            Logic: Pointing out that some proposition is true because of its number of believers is a classic example of the Argument from Popularity.

            Advertisers use this fallacy all the time by advertising something like this: More people buy Ford pickup trucks because they are the best trucks you can buy.

            No, it is more likely that they sell more trucks because they have a best ad campaign (featuring sexy women, speeding through rough terrain, carrying heavy loads, pulling railroad train engines, etc.–generally appealing to men’s desire to look macho).

            Moreover, if all the world believed in the truth of a proposition where no supporting evidence is known, except for one individual with a different opinion, the shear weight of all that belief would lend not a nanogram to the truth of the proposition believed by the world.

            Moreover, the world would have no more right to silence him than he would have, had he the power, to silence the rest of the world.

            Americans need Christianity to become moral

            If you knew its history, you would know that Christianity, early on, was anything but moral, charitable, just and merciful. It was brutal and vicious.

            The main reason that Christianity did not continue its bloody conquests/crusades and Inquisitions (burning people alive at the stake, beheading, torturing, gutting, castrating children and butchering jewish families and settlements) is because of the true moral/ethical values that arose in the Enlightenment period–that age of REASON promoted mostly by well educated secularists and scientists.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Look at today’s America. Ex-christian America behaves like mage Sodom {You only have more numbers of toys but that’s it); therefore, Christianity alone is right.
            Pre-christian = illiteracy, barbarism.
            Ex-christian = blasphemy, infanticide, Sodom.
            Christianity = truth, light, life.

  • Dianne

    But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13

  • Cee Jae

    Benny has a history of fraud
    E.G. Leap of Faith – Benny Hinn a Dangerous Fake
    Benny is the uber-sales-man/hypnotist that’s probably very aware of IRS rulings & his audience
    Financial history is almost impossible due to IRS privacy policies