It was always pretty obvious that they were not just scamming and greedy...but the people who got up on stage were chosen if they had something 'invisible'. I used to watch it sometimes and roll my eyes at how obvious it was.They'd never get someone with a visible birthmark on their face or with a club foot...it was someone with a thyroid condition, or arthritic back or asthma...and then suddenly they'd be running around and of course, fainting...
— Posted on February 19, 2008 11:31 PM
I was just thrilled to see little Grace singing and playing at her piano with such a zest for life. What a beautiful child and nurturing mother; they far outshone
She does show the light of God and is the true work of the Lord. May God continue to Bless her and her family. Thank you CBC for bringing her to our attention.
I'd like to know if there is a benefit fund established for Grace to assist her with her on-going needs.
— Posted on February 19, 2008 08:10 PM
I have the privilege of being Grace's pastor at Fernie Baptist Church, and I had such mixed emotions when watching your documentary. I was so pleased that the Fifth Estate was able to so accurately capture the joy and warmth that radiates out of Grace. She really is as she was depicted in your show- day in and day out.
Now I don't claim to know how her desire and hope for healing will play out. I do know that with just a single word God could heal her, for reasons He knows, that hasn't happened.
However, I know something else. I know that Grace has become that very agent of healing in other people's lives that she herself hopes to experience in her own. You see it is impossible to come to our church with the baggage, stresses, and issues that we all carry- issue that seem so huge and consuming, and then see this little girl joyfully pounding out a melody on the piano and not have your perspective changed. Your soul uplifted. Your hope invigorated. And hope is such a precious commodity for the human heart. And Grace gives us all hope.
That leads me to the other feelings your documentary stirred in me. Just how grievous and reprehensible it is when people peddle hope for profit. I felt sad and angry that some viewers may dismiss the real hope Jesus can bring to real lives and real circumstance, because of Mr. Hinn's actions. Maybe the story of one little girl living in joy and hope will remind us, that grace is real, and that Grace really is that amazing.
— Posted on February 19, 2008 06:43 PM
I was fortunate to have immensely enjoyed your story on "Amazing Grace" not only once but twice last week and both times totally riveted by it.
Grace is a true earth angel of which our world is so short of.Her spirit was a powerful show of pure love,courage and the will to live her life as rich and full as she so rightly deserves.Her angelic voice was very moving as she sang along with her friends at the service.It will be angels like Grace who can and will save us all if only given the opportunity of exposure such as this program and others like it.
Does she have an e-mail that I could possibly have to get in touch with? I would be thrilled to be able to e-mail back and forth and keep up with all that she is doing with her beautiful life. Keep up the great stories-fifth estate-I never miss your programming each week and have always enjoyed watching all you have to offer. Sincerely,Karen Lynn Plourde
I am very relieved that someone (CBC) is finally investigating Benny Hinn. I hope he is exposed for what he is, a fraud, and an embarrassment to the Christian faith.
— Posted on February 18, 2008 09:32 AM
It is surprising to see how gullible people are. Religion is easy way to riches. If it happened in a third world country, It would not have surprised me but it seems there is no dearth of gullible people in western world as well Where science and logic supposed to be leading the affairs of life
I am a born again believer since 30+ years. My faith is not disturbed by the fraud of some; they will be called to account. I do believe in miracles but I especially believe in the humble servant, named Jesus, who had no mansion, no change of clothes and not even a bed to call his own.
Anyone, any believer in Christ, who accepts or defends the filthy wealth of these so-called preachers should return to the Bible we Christians all claim to obey and read the question Jesus had for all of his servants for all time. "Is the servant better than the Master?" A man of mission, divine vision and divine purpose has no time to accumulate great wealth. The Apostle Paul s own example showed that he laboured in tent-making to get enough money to fund his next missionary expedition. I see no contemporaries of the wealthy showmen-preachers in terms of attitude and wealth in the New Testament. Remember also that Paul warned even the Ephesians that there were then and there wolves in the congregation of believers.
If Benny Hinn is wielding the power of God, it certainly does not look like anyone in the New Testament including how Jesus did it.
To the 5th estate, I say that if Benny Hinn is dealing falsely, then you may well be the scourging instrument of God to bring him to order.
Whatever your motives in searching out Benny Hinn, if he is false, every believer will ultimately benefit by exposure of the truth. May God bless your efforts to bring light into dark corners.
Benny Hinn also has a Brother with a Church in Richmond BC, his name is Henry.
These two tend to go where the money is. As for proof of healings, they have non and if there was, it would have to come by way of a letter from the persons Dr. who they say has been healed and they have non to show. Go and ask, they will say no, you can't see it. What are they hideing. I give the media my own blessing for going after these low life shysters and there are many more, Peter Popoff is another one.
Many people fell for the likes of Jim Bakker and look at what has happend to him.
As for his laying on of hands, his Brother Henry did that to me and how it's done is just enough force on your forhead to put you off balance and that is all it is, along with hype.
— Posted on February 17, 2008 04:32 AM
I like to make a comment, to say it;s never about the man, only about Jesus Christ, and to those who steal from the Lord will have to pay on the day of Judgment. I wonder if people would give up on their faith, because of a man? Then who were they serving God or man? Do they pray to God or to man? Do they support their local church? Or rather sit at home sending money to TV ministries. Be an example like amazing Gracing, men and women do not go bashing Christians without thinking, because you too will have your judgment day. Amazing Grace thank you for being an example for Jesus Christ, and keep your light bright always. From Diana R in Montreal
Diana R. quebec
— Posted on February 16, 2008 08:20 PM
Miracles really do exist!
Taking a moment to Google: Bruce Voigt, will have you discovering a cure for all disease, replacement of organ and limb including spinal cord rejuvenation.
Any Christian with an ounce of discernment knows that Benny Hinn is a fake. Paraphrasing the Bible, it talks about people like Benny getting to heaven and God telling him to get out because He doesn't know him. Benny will get what is coming to him in due time although I wish he would get what is coming to him here on earth as well. Nobody with a conscience for the hurting and poor could do what he does with other people's money.
ONE OF THE BEST, GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE TO DO A JOB. THANKS
— Posted on February 16, 2008 10:02 AM
I question Benny Hines Ministry all the time. However, if his method is from God, I know that God's way is never the same as ours. I firmly believe that Grace was made the way she is because God has a special assignment for her to help resort our faith in Him. If she was not sent to help or save many but at least one like me. Her story came just in time. God may not come when you call on Him but He is always on time.
How "Amazing is God's GRACE".
— Posted on February 16, 2008 01:31 AM
What a wonderful documentary Amazing Grace was. It did not focus only on the villain, but instead showcased the spirit of a lovely child.
Anyone who felt threatened by the negative tone of the reporting done on Hinn need do some internal reflection.
Hinn should be ashamed of himself. To be fair though, he is only giving the people what they want. Like the drug dealer, Hinn finds a willing and eager audience, although a real Christian would see through him in a minute.
Real heroes are in short supply in this world, and I want to thank CBC for airing this story about Grace and, in particular the real hero of the story, her Mother, who created the environment for her daughter to live her dreams.
— Posted on February 16, 2008 12:18 AM
I was pleased with this CBC report on Benny Hinn. Thank you also for including the story of the Brulotte's.
It is unfortunate that some Christians don't show better discernment before supporting Benny Hinn's ministry.
The fact that his ministry is not an ECFA member or refuses to be financially accountable to the public, should be enough for his followers to question him. Not to mention, he makes a big circus out of his mircale crusades, drawing more attention to himself rather than to God.
— Posted on February 15, 2008 11:02 PM
I am a former supporter of Benny Hinn, and I now thank you for exposing him on the fifth estate. I've since sent letters to Benny Hinn Ministries in Texas, hoping that the ordinary flunkie who opens his mail will read the facts about Benny Hinn that I carefully detail and quit serving him.
It is sometimes embarrassing to be be a Christian when there are people like Benny Hinn in the world. We tend to be TOO believing, and when someone like Hinn takes advantage, it's a sorry thing.
Still I would like to know how Benny Hinn does the trick of knocking people over with a wave of his hand and the exclamation "Fire on you!" Is it the result of mass hypnosis, something in the drinks served beforehand, or the Power of Satan, who I think is Hinn's real Lord. Your report failed to explain this.
Mark Brown Winnipeg
— Posted on February 15, 2008 03:56 PM
How dare you attack a man of faith? In my estimation, Benny Hinn has HEALED over 3 million people of faith. Why must you focus on all of the people who are not healed? Aren't you aware that the people who are not healed are obviously heathens?
Benn Hinn has the remarkable ability to heal people by blasting them with the air generated when he swings his jacket around, while talking in tongues. If this is not the mark of a healer I don't know what is.
Stop spreading this hatred on the tube and jump on the Benny Hinn bandwagon. I'm sure he would make a nice donation to CBC if you were to change your tune.
Harry Nads www.harrynads.com
— Posted on February 14, 2008 05:05 PM
I am constantly amazed at the gullibility, or perhaps desperation, that would make people flock to the likes of Benny Hinn or to send their hard earned money to a multi-millionaire who lives in an ocean-front mansion, has a private jet, spends outlandish amounts on expenses and makes outrages and unproven claims.
Why anyone would want to support an obviously mercenary hypocrite who preys on others instead of treating him like a religious pariah is beyond me. Hinn does more damage to the Christian faith which he supposedly follows than militant atheists like Dennett, Hitchens, Onfray or Harris combined. I cannot blame anyone for rejecting the Christian faith based on examples like Hinn.
On the other hand, the story of little Grace in Fernie, BC, is a heartwarming story of miraculous courage and acceptance that actually demonstrates that there is a very positive side to genuine faith.
You criticize Benny Hinn for the money he spends on his suits, saying it comes from his collecting of money. Could it come partly from the millions he's made from the books he's written? Who pays for your fancy suits, your expensive offices/buildings and your travel expenses?Isn't it taxpayers, at least partly?
I understand you get over a billion/yr. in money. At least people can give freely to Benny whereas taxpayers have no choice. You misrepresent his ministry by picking select scenes-you don't show the many scenes where people ARE healed and produce proof because there are lots of such proofs.Go to his website to see a few.
It's sad that Grace did not get her miracle but don't slander Benny. He's not God.I personally know of someone who was healed of arthritis some 25 years ago and it did not come back. It's not up to him who gets healed. You also don't seem to point out the expenses involved in renting huge coliseums, paying for security, equipment and all his staff worldwide,his bills for being on T.V. all over the world,flying expenses, studio time, etc.
I do not defend Benny's teaching errors that were in that thesis you put online, errors which he denounced long ago. Benny's not perfect-are you or I? One of "my" lines is "Something's better than nothing" Aren't some miracles and healings better than none?
— Posted on February 14, 2008 12:23 AM
I am truly inspired by watching Grace, her spirit and determination go beyond what most people will ever posess. I admire the Faith that both she and her mother exemplify...she truly is "amazing Grace" and is aptly named. She is an inspiration to us all and I hope she realizes her dream of becoming a reporter (why not the 2010 Olympic coverage??)
On the other hand, I am thoroughly disgusted and dismayed by the the Benny Hinn's of this world, the predators who take advantage of those who are vulnerable. While I too believe he will stand in judgment to a much higher power some day, I hope that he is brought down before more harm, false hope and financial sacrifice takes place.
I was extremely disappointed with this style of reporting. The reporters/producer does not give the viewer the opportunity to make up their minds, but rather gives a VERY biased view on Benny Hinn.
Is there ANYTHING positive in Benny Hinn's ministry that you can report on? Obviously you went looking for something negative and found it.
It would be refreshing to see a more balanced reporting...I would be curious to know if anyone does get healed at his crusades. I would also like to know if Benny Hinn does any charity work with His money.
Very disappointed but not surprised at CBC. Please keep in mind that viewers can make up their own mind when presented with both sides of an issue.
— Posted on February 13, 2008 09:50 PM
It is unfortunate that churches enjoy tax free status. I am sure that very few religious leaders are as abusive of the privilege as is Mr. Hinn, but the special right given to churches should be challenged. Any money spent on feeding the poor, caring for the sick, serving the homeless and so on should be deducted from income and is. All other income should be taxed, including the income of churches. Religion is not a charity.
This story was very heartwarming, however, the time lines and "updates" leave something to be desired. The letter sent to Hinn was to be responded to by December 2007. This story aired in 2008. So where is the REAL update?