Report From The Tower
I plead innocent to the charges.
I will not reveal the name of the one who accused me in an email that was distributed to approximately twenty persons on the internet. Those who received it, and who read this, will be able to quickly identify who I am talking about. There is no proof presented in that article of behavior, on my part, that might constitute bashing. That accusation is an outright lie, and is unsubstantiated by any evidence.
Yesterday, I posted the 95 points that Martin Luther nailed to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. I am quite certain that most who were alive at that time were quite certain that Luther had bashed the Pope, touched the Lord's anointed and was going to burn in hell, yet LUTHER WAS RIGHT to do what he did.
All three of these men: Copeland, Hinn and Graham, confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. All three have public ministries that disseminate their teachings worldwide. Should we begin with an assumption that these men are righteous men? The answer is most certainly yes.
I have dealt with the aspect of Kenneth Copeland's ministry in the past that I find fault with. David Wilkerson has also written about these things. I will not enter into this again. I have prayed for Copeland's ministry, that he might repent of his teachings that encourage covetousness.
With respect to Mr. Graham and Mr. Hinn, I have written, and have presented documentary evidence to prove my thesis, that these men have worked with Catholics in their crusades. I have attempted to contact their ministries, but have received no reply to simple questions regarding their cooperation with Roman Catholics in their crusades. I have received testimony from a pastor who has worked in both crusades, and who has witnessed the participation of Roman Catholic ministers in counseling those who come forward at altar call, and are led into the prayer tents..
In the case of Mr. Hinn, deals have been made with Roman Catholic leadership: covenants whereby Catholics will not be encouraged to leave the Catholic Church. This covenant was revealed when Mr. Hinn spoke to a convention of the Assemblies of God before many witnesses. It is documented and it is a fact. These covenants have been made in exchange for access to those Catholics, who will now be encouraged to attend the crusades by their Catholic leaders.
Indeed, with Graham and Hinn, it is well known that in every single crusade they hold, Roman Catholic ministers go through the Catholic rank and file, and encourage other Catholics to attend. At these crusades, nothing is mentioned that would lead a Catholic to believe that they must leave the Catholic Church. Nothing is mentioned with respect to specific sins that a practicing Catholic must repent of in order to be saved. The idolatries peculiar to Catholicism: worship of Mary and her statues, prayers to the saints and to the dead, and, in some cases, worship of the Pope, are not mentioned. This is all done with the goal of gaining access to these Catholics. My accusers believe this is of God, and that I am against God.
In the accusing article yesterday, some propositions were put forth by that writer, in defense of these covenants with Roman Catholicism. I will reprint a few, so that I get the words exactly right.
1) ...Benny Hinn because he leads Catholics to Salvation by using Christian Catholics to minister to them
2) Jesus is winning Catholics to Him through is work... the fruit is godly and good
In another letter to me, this writer explained what God is doing through Mr. Hinn and Mr. Graham:
1) God sneaked in and planted seeds in those who gave their hearts to HIM and never left the catholic church... now they will sprout up and others will come to know Jesus from those seeds, as the enemy plants tares among us, so God plants good wheat among the tares... it can work both ways Stephen... and God used Billy and Benny to do it.
In a testimony that one man sent that was forwarded to me, he reflects the following regarding the Graham crusades:
1) I remember walking the streets of Milwaukee in 1979 telling people "As one Catholic to another, I would like to invite you to the Billy Graham Crusade"
In 1994, thirty nine evangelicals signed an agreement called ECT-Evangelicals and Catholics Working Together. The premise behind that agreement is that Catholics are our Christian brothers. Here are two excerpts:
"As we near the Third Millennium, there are approximately 1.7 billion Christians in the world. About a billion of these are Catholics and more than 300 million are Evangelical Protestants."
"All who accept Christ as Lord and Savior are brothers and sisters in Christ. Evangelicals and Catholics are brothers and sisters in Christ."
So, it is clear that the present move is to declare unity of faith with Catholicism, that Catholics do not need to come out of the Catholic Church, and that Roman Catholics are our brothers in Christ. It is therefore not surprising that our evangelical leaders have been making covenants with them.
I asked the Lord for wisdom last night in this matter. "Lord, did you direct Mr. Graham and Mr. Hinn to enter into a covenant with the Roman Catholic Church so that they might gain access to more Catholics, and thereby save some?"
I received an answer from the Lord very quickly:
2 Corinthians 6
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
I thought about this verse, and some comparisons from life. I have advised my four daughters to marry believers based upon the truth in this verse. Sometimes, our daughters bring a young man home who is an unbeliever, and they argue that they will go out with him, spend time with him, and he will be saved. Sometimes, young men and women think that they will be able to lead the unbeliever they are in love with to the Lord, and they marry them. I have even heard testimonies where, later, the unbeliever did come to the Lord after the believer married the unbeliever.
Now, based upon a few unbelievers who are saved because of these marriages, should I change my counsel to my daughters? God forbid. God has given us a command, and it is a sin to violate it, even if the results are good for a few of the unbelievers.
Undoubtedly, some Catholics will attend a Hinn or Graham crusade, pray to receive Christ, and begin to walk with Christ. Some may eventually repent of their sins and idolatries, and be saved. That is good for those unbelievers, but it does not excuse the sin of the yoking together with unbelievers that has occurred here. Of course, it is presumption on the part of those who believe that Hinn and Graham and their ministries are the only means by which these Catholics may be saved, and that they must disobey the commandment of God to reach these Catholics. God is able to save these Catholics without disobedience in his ministers.
There will be a reaping that will come from this covenant with Belial that these ministries have entered into. In the short term, their disobedience is being excused by most, and those of us who will raise an objection are accused of bashing. It is said that it is all being done for souls, and that makes it right.
The consequences are not yet in full view, and do not appear to be very serious to the naked eye. Benny and Billy have snuck into the enemy camp and sowed seeds, the argument goes as it is made by their defenders. Ah, but when they snuck in, they cut a covenant, and some seeds were sowed in them too. Because they are Christian leaders, these seeds, when they sprout, will likely affect us all. Every disobedience has it's recompense and it's consequence, and there will be consequences for this.
Were it not so, the command against what they have done would not be found in scripture.
There is a scripture, from Isaiah, that speaks about making covenants, and how careful we need to be when we yoke together:
28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. 20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
I pray, in Jesus name, that all these ministries that have entered into covenants with the Roman Catholic Church might cancel them, and repent of this sin.
Stephen L. Bening
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