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Benny Hinn's wife files for divorce after 30yrs of marriage

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Pastor Benny Hinn

The wife of televangelist Benny Hinn has filed for divorce from the high-profile pastor, whose reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers and criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups over his lavish lifestyle.

Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage. The papers note the two separated on Jan. 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County.

“Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice,” Benny Hinn Ministries said Thursday in a statement. “Although Pastor Hinn has faithfully endeavored to bring healing to their relationship, those efforts failed and were met with the petition for divorce that was filed without notice.”

Hinn is one of the best known advocates of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with wealth and health in this lifetime.

His TV broadcasts on the Trinity Broadcast Network, a Pentecostal broadcasting juggernaut, and other TV networks are seen by millions of people around the world nearly every day. He travels the globe in his ministry’s plane, named Dove One, holding events he calls “Miracle Crusades” that include spiritual healings.

Hinn has never fully publicly disclosed how he spends the money he raises, but his vast ministry is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation. There was no mention of finances in the court filing, which listed three recent Southern California addresses for the family.

Over the years, Hinn has been the target of intense criticism from fellow Christians and watchdog groups who call his teachings false and accuse him of raising money only to enrich himself.

He is one of six televangelists under investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, over whether he complied with IRS rules for nonprofits. Hinn has said on his Web site that external auditors ensure his compliance with IRS regulations and that in 2008, 88 percent of the money he collected was spent on ministry.

Benny Hinn Ministries is based in Grapevine, Texas, and operates a church and television studio in Aliso Viejo in California’s Orange County, according to its Web site.

Sorrell Trope, the attorney with the law firm representing Suzanne Hinn, did not return a call for comment. A woman at his office said the firm does not comment on divorce filings without the client’s approval.

J. Lee Grady, contributing editor of Charisma, a news magazine on the Pentecostal community, said Hinn’s divorce is the latest in a string of high-profile ministry divorces and moral failures among the Pentecostal leaders, beginning with Ted Haggard’s fall from grace in 2006.

Haggard, who is married and has five children, admitted to receiving a massage from a male prostitute and buying drugs from him, but denied allegations he paid the man for sex.

Grady said in an e-mail Thursday that Hinn’s followers will want an explanation for the divorce because of the high profile the couple had.

“It will be devastating to the people who have supported Benny Hinn’s evangelistic work around the world,” Grady said.

“Obviously because their ministry has been very public, they will need to issue a statement to their supporters to explain how this happened,” he said.

Source: AP

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  1. I pray the media will stay out of their business. This is devasting for the Hinn’s family and their followers. I pray that both parties will find some common ground with each other, so God can work. There’s noting God cannot fix. I pray for comminucation & reconcelation fo them. May God’s grace and mercy be with you & the family.

    Sister in Christ
    God

  2. I am praying for the reconciliation. Whatever their differences are, God is able to intervene.

  3. Ernest United Kingdom

    i prayed that Our heavenly father will open their hearts and bring them together. Our God is able

  4. The devil is a bad devil.He is a thief and Jesus said,”the thief cometh to STILL,KILL AND DESTROY.But i am come that they might life in abundance”.The righteous man falleth seven times and seven times shall he arise.

  5. In these trying times the devil is working overtime by destroying the lives of our leaders their families and the church globally. Christians need to stand untied in this issues and other similars attacks by the devil and this earthly henchmen. we must now take the fight to the devil and confront the powers of darkness by fasting and praying this evil out.

  6. This was a big shock and a sign of the end times!

    We feel for Pastor Benny and cannot begin to imagine the pain this has caused him and his children but we know with God all things are posiible.
    So we pray that there will be a rapid divine intervention and may our good Lord restore peace and silence the enemy.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

    May God bless the whole family.

  7. my prayer is that God will restore back Pastor benny hinn marriage suzanne hinn please in Jesus name i ask you to stop this diverce Pastor Benny Hinn is a great man of God we understand that God called him to the field as evengelist which he as be away from is wife but condition what the worl is looking at and donot forget the Holy Bible declare this in Genesis 2:22-26,mark 10:6-11,1corinthians 7:1-38,since i heard this have been crying and praying for God to change from that divorce mine to marriage forever for the world and unbelievers are looking at us.please donot do this suzanne hinn to this good and great man of God.Jesus love you

  8. linda k. johnson

    I’m praying for them. we should not judge this because people are human and it is human to err.I think we should embrace the heart of their love for god and stand with them. I’m not taking sides because they both need our love and support.God has a plan and he is working.They are probably under a great amount of stress. Marriages have their battles like any other facet in life. I do believe however both of them should take time to heal and maybe even find a way to reconcile. People even in marriages have differences.Whatever they decide is between them and their families. I love them and god does. When people are hurting we should minister love in a way that will bring results.God bless!

  9. My prayer is the our great God will heal the Hinn’s marriage. I pray the enemy will lose this battle.We all know that christian marriage is meant to last a lifetime. Please for the sake of the testimomy we keep,put your differences behind and turn to our God for healing.maranatha.

  10. pastor benny be strong because what u are going through is temporal