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Benny Hinn Admits 'Friendship' With Paula White but says “It's Over”

hinn20croppedEvangelist Benny Hinn recently admitted at a crusade in Oakland, Calif., to having a "friendship" with fellow minister Paula White while he's still married after a tabloid pictured them holding hands in Rome on July 13. But the well-known healing minister says the relationship is over.

"A friendship did develop," Hinn said of White in Oakland on July 30. "Hear this: No immorality whatsoever. These people out there are making it sound like we had an affair. That's a lie."

Hinn invited his daughters Natasha and Eleasha on stage in Oakland and asked the crowd to pray for him, his estranged wife, Suzanne, and their four children. He said he and his wife had problems in their marriage for years and "could no longer exist in the same house."

Hinn's wife, Suzanne, filed for divorce in February after the couple had been separated for years, but it has not been finalized.

Hinn aired segments from the Oakland crusade and made additional personal comments on his This Is Your Day program on TBN Aug. 5, the day after his 31st wedding anniversary. A ministry executive said the program will air on other networks this week, including on Daystar Friday.

Hinn told the crowd in Oakland that the Vatican made him a Patron of the Arts and invited him to visit Rome. He said patrons are asked to find donors to help maintain the Vatican's art collections, and he wanted White to become a donor.

"I let her come with me to Rome so she can donate money," Hinn said. "That was stupid on my part. And for that I do ask forgiveness."

The National Enquirer published photos in its Aug. 2 issue of Hinn walking hand-in-hand with White in Rome. The article, which released July 23, claimed the two spent three nights in a five-star hotel Hinn booked under a false name.

Hinn said in Oakland that he and White found "common ground" after she appeared on This Is Your Day in late May. White and her ex-husband, Randy, went through a public divorce in 2007. She now leads the Tampa, Fla., church they founded, Without Walls International Church, and has her own national television show called Paula Today.

He said he and White were never alone in Rome, but claims he ended his friendship with her after the tabloid report was published. "I said, 'Paula, we can't even be friends right now.'"

Hinn admitted that he contributed to the demise of his marriage by putting ministry over his family. "I was so busy in the ministry, I was so caught up with the ministry, I forgot about my family," Hinn said. "That's probably what broke the whole thing up."

He said he often preached that ministry comes first, acknowledging that he knew that teaching hurt his children. "You know what? It's wrong," he said of the teaching. "I'm here to admit I was wrong because the call of God first should touch the family. If you have no family, you can't go on anyways."

Hinn admitted he and his wife had "challenges" but said he didn't expect her to end the marriage.

"We had troubles for a long time, and I would ask her often, 'Would you ever divorce me?'" Hinn said. "She said, 'Never because I fear God too much.' She said, 'My covenant is with God, not you.' And I guess she could no longer handle it. One day she did it to my shock."

Hinn said it's painful to talk about his marital problems, noting that he and his wife were separated long before the divorce filing.

"We've had to be very quiet to protect the ministry, the work of the Lord," he said. "But sadly when you are a public person, everything you do becomes public."
"I don't care how strong you are," Hinn added. "I don't care if the anointing of God is mighty on you. Nobody wants to be alone. I don't care who you are. I am a human being just like you."
Hinn said he is "still focused on the Lord's work," adding, "I'm going to go on serving Jesus with all my being, and whatever the future holds, that's His business." .charismamag.com



-1 #66 arlene 2012-07-31 17:58

This brought me to tears.. Benny Hinn help me some years ago..and change my life... He is a true vessel FROM GOD, no one but God knew what was going on with me, every night, 3am for about a month.i keep praying and praying for God to stop this evil but nothing stopped it, I was confused cause, I was fill with the Holy Spirit THEN.. One afternoon I sat in my living room and turn on TBN, and Binny Hinn was praying for people... And he brought up my situation detail by detail, I was shocked, but knew it was coming from God, this man doesn't know me. Then he gave me a solution from God, to say any scripture out the Bible, and it would never happen again, I set here to tell you it has never Happened again.

Benny if you see this, I am sure God will mend your marriage back together, but you must make time in your schedule for your wife and children, if only for the weekend. I know God has been on you bout that to, God loves them too.
-1 #65 Benny Chris 2012-06-22 12:28
but, u were so close to the Holy Spirit, weren't you?..didn't He tell you on how to go on with your family even while you were so engrossed in his work?
0 #64 sheila 2012-06-06 20:41
I won't Judge here, i guess its up to God who sees what we all do in secret especially me? If Benny Hinn is a genuine man of God why the false prophecies? eg:Jesus appearing in Kenya( year 2000), God destroying homosexuals by fire in America and so on and so forth...... it beats my mind!
-3 #63 Yeshua of Nazareth 2012-06-06 03:53
"Pastor"Hinn is what he has always been: a son of the devil as I spoke of 2000 years ago. He who has ears to hear let him hear
-2 #62 Krun 2012-04-23 15:58
Quoting okpara:
i pray that God will restore your marraige. You are a man of God.

Quoting okpara:
i pray that God will restore your marraige. You are a man of God.

Quoting Jyeesmuis:
God bless yu benny hin, i see the sincerity of God in ur heart, HIs strenght is made welll available to yu amen.

Looks to me like you are one of the victims of Hinn's charisma and charm. These people by endless practice they acquire skill the seduce the mass and dilute every one. He lives a life in luxury.
0 #61 George, Rita.T 2012-03-19 18:33
Many are the afflictions of the rigtheous, this is one of your own afflictions,cou nt it all joy.The devil remains a failure.
0 #60 George, Rita.T 2012-03-19 18:28
many are the affliction of the righteous, take this as one of the afflictions and count it all joy.The devil remains a failure. Shallom.
0 #59 Eric 2012-03-11 13:00
Judge no one, lest u be judged. God forgives us all. U hold a grudge today and forever..Guess what God has forgiven, and you remain behind fighting battels that are not yours. The devil is very strategic. He knows that with just a bad out there, you will see more detractors. Remain judging, and fighting battles that are not yours but God's, you will detract, and you will yourself worse off coz your Faith, and belief will be gone. Christ is Author and finisher of our Faith, not Benni Hinn.No one is perfect either, but God. If a man of God falls and picks his cross the next day, has God not forgiven him? Oh yes he has!! If you turn against him are you not fulfilling the enermy's desires? Oh yes you are! So be careful. I suggest we focus on our path. Rather than judgement, I think praying for Benni Hinn's family is a better solution. We fight not against flesh and blood, but with spirits in the middle.
0 #58 DcoolestGUY 2012-01-30 14:09
When men are cast down, we shall say there is lifting up. Who is he that says and it cometh to pass when the Lord God had not commanded it. Your marriage sir was ordained to last and it shall indeed stand the test of time
+1 #57 okpara 2011-12-28 03:23
i pray that God will restore your marraige. You are a man of God.

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