Question:

I know a person who has a blind child. This person wants to take her child to Benny Hinn because she believes her son will be healed through him. I know this is not true, but I need Scripture to back it up. I feel so bad for her because she wants so badly for him to see again. She talks about it often and thinks that she is sinning if she doubts that he will be healed. How can I help her, comfort her, but not contribute to her belief in false teachers? Thank you for your time.

Answer:

"And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (II Thessalonians 2:11-12).

The difficulty you will run into is that this person wants to belief there is healing for her son so badly that reason isn't going to make an impact. She wants it, so she will find someone to teach it. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (II Timothy 4:3-4). Even if you managed to convince her that Benny Hinn is a fraud, she will just search out another fake healer.

The only thing I know to do is to always tell her the truth, even when she doesn't want to hear it. Eventually she will find out that Benny Hinn can't heal her son, and she will remember that you said that. If she looks for someone else, tell her the truth because eventually she will remember that of all the people she knew, you were the one who always said what was true.

Review the material collected by Steve Rudd: "Benny Hinn Ministries is a proven fraud." Whether your friend will accept the evidence or not will remain to be seen. There are two main tests for a prophet. First, a prophet's word always comes true because God cannot lie (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). Second, a prophet never teaches something contradictory to what God has already said (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). The record shows that Benny Hinn fails both of these tests.