Benny Hinn’s nephew to release new book slamming prosperity gospel
David Rogers | Staff Writer
He has grown up around the wealth and fame of one of the biggest Christian ministries in the world, and now he is releasing a new book that speaks out against one of the subjects that his uncle is known for.
Costi Hinn, the executive pastor of Mission Bible Church in Southern California, is set to release God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies this July through Zondervan.
In an interview with CNN last year, Costi stated the luxurious way of life that he had was “living the dream,” with flights on a G4 or G5 private gulfstream airliners, layovers in Monte Carlo, and stays in fancy hotel suites that cost $25,000 per night.
On his blog, reported by The Christian Post, he stated that the emphasis of the book is in encouraging Christians ”to give more than we take.”
He went on to say that, “While publishing a book costs money and there is compensatory work involved on both the writing and marketing side, there is a collective conviction that our mandate to honor Christ through this book must transcend any pressure to “sell books.”
“I am eager to see this book used as a tool for God’s glory — not for sordid gain. Here is a sobering thought: In a rat-race effort to sell books, it’s easy to become the very dragon that we’re attempting to slay.
Growing up around the Benny Hinn ministry has given the author access to a world that few Christians will ever see. It is also fair to say that Benny Hinn, and some of the contemporaries of this day, are not your average ministry, and that the average pastor is earning a minimal wage to see the work of God done.
Costi continued, “Imagine the irony of me writing a book on the prosperity gospel only to make a ton of money off of royalties so I can live like a king. That’s not only shameful considering my background; that’s hardly what God’s purposes are in blessing a project like this.
“In an effort to operate with transparency and integrity, allow me to state the obvious: A book speaking against the prosperity gospel technically makes money “off of” the prosperity gospel. As such, it is the conviction of both my wife and me that 100% of the royalties I earn from this book be used for theological education and providing resources to pastors and people who have been exploited by the prosperity gospel.”
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