A PATHETIC NEW STANDARD

Anybody who thinks that marriage is a ‘walk in the park’ is probably still single.  Married life, like anything worthwhile in life, takes effort.  When I perform weddings I like to remind the starry eyed couple that marriage can be the closest thing to heaven on earthor hell on earth, that life has to offer.  It will all depend on how hard they work at it.  Of, course they are never really listening to me at the moment because after all they are rapturously in love, right?  Well, Love is blind, but marriage is sure an eye opener

Last week, Benny Hinn, world famous, jet setting healing evangelist (he lives in a $10 million house and owns a Lear jet that costs $100,000/month to operate) announced that his wife of over 30 years is divorcing him.  Even though the couple had been separated for a month, Pastor Hinn said, “He… was shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice.”  Hmmm, so he didn’t know his marriage was in trouble?  What does that tell you?  To make matters even worse, Hinn’s ministry released a statement saying, “Pastor Hinn also wants everyone to know that he remains firmly and unquestionably committed to God’s calling—as he continues in his thirty-sixth year of ministry—to take the life-saving and miracle-working Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations through crusades, broadcasts, and mission outreaches.”  In other words, “I am more committed to carrying on my ministry than my marriage.”  I’m sorry, but that is a pathetic new standard from God’s ministers.  In God’s greater economy, family is always to be our first priority.  If we fail on that front, then we have failed in job #1.    

I know I will hear the typical horrified responses.  “Pastor Mark, who are you to judge another? …Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. …Where is grace and forgiveness?”   Blah, blah, blah!  Before you see me as a self-righteous Pharisee, let me be clear.  I am not claiming to be one bit better than him.  I am as vulnerable to failure as the next guy.  The real point is, shouldn’t God’s ministers, of all people, be held up to His highest standard?  What kind of a message does it send to the rest of the Church?  If the pastors who lead God’s people can’t hold their marriages together, then what hope is there for the rest of us?  Actually, no one has the right to lower that standard.  History has shown us that people of position rarely feel the rules apply to them.  Remember Henry VIII?  He didn’t like the rules of the Church as they related to him… so he changed them.  Of his six wives, he divorced two and beheaded two.  A mnemonic for the fates of Henry’s wives is “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived”.

The list of famous divorced and remarried ministers is not a short one. Oral Roberts’ son Richard divorced his first wife Patti in 1979 and married Lindsay and kept on trucking.  He has 2 children from Patti and 3 from Lindsay.  Jimmy and Tammy Baker of the infamous PTL scandal divorced and both remarried.  Baker is back on TV, albeit a much more humble man.  More recently, tattoo decorated Canadian revivalist Todd Bentley divorced his wife Shonnah, married his girlfriend and was back in ministry within a year.  The list goes on and on.

What are we going to do with Jesus words on the subject?  “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery” (Luke 16:18).  I know that divorce is not the unforgivable sin, and that many reading here are themselves divorced.  But that doesn’t change God’s standard.  If these men merely turn the page and carry on like nothing happened, then God’s word means nothing.  Where is repentance, restoration or better yet reconciliation?  As much as I have slagged Tiger Woods for his marital indiscretions, at least he has had the decency to take a leave of absence from golf and TRY to work on his marriage.  Pastor Hinn has stated he is not planning on missing a beat.  Maybe I have been too hard on Tiger!

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44 Responses to A PATHETIC NEW STANDARD

  1. Laura says:

    THANK YOU!!

  2. Carmen says:

    Oh man, I like you! You are real and you preach the word! Yes, none of us are without sin, but does that make it okay? Love the clarity on “judgement” as well.

  3. Stuart says:

    This is truly sad. Even Tiger Woods who doesn’t claim to be a Christian realizes the hurt his behavior caused and that he must take a hiatus from pro golfing to focus on rebuilding his life. If Pastor Hinn intends on continuing his ministry without stopping to focus on his marriage and family, he is truly a poor example of what it means to fulfill God’s calling.

    Thank you Pastor Mark for upholding the spirit of Matthew 7:1 and speaking out on this sad example of how the church has been infiltrated by our ambient culture.

  4. Steve says:

    If you say one more thing about Todd Bentley and Benny Hinn, I am going to break down and cry. Not because I’m upset, but because I’ve had to hear Christians tell me what wonderful men of God these guys are for what seems like a century and my nausea has now turned to tears of joy. You must know though that Benny Hinn has been known to publicly place curses on individuals who say anything bad about him or his ministry. Heck, he’s said even his children are afraid of him when the power of God comes on him. Just a word of caution.

  5. Holly says:

    What is a pastor doing living in a 10 million dollar home?? I am certainly not perfect, but strain to give as much as I can to help others each month. Not only is the divorce misleading as to this man’s and God’s reputation, but sitting in a 10 million dollar home when children are starving to death every single day?? What is wrong with this picture. Yes I am judgemental….I am imperfect!!

  6. Steve says:

    I have to say something else. Look at these two preachers.Benny and Todd. Before their marriages fell apart they both had alot in common. They both were in love with themselves and their own voice. They both talked about hyped up revival type stuff that put people in a frenzy but never really actually changed people’s lives.They both had really big boasts about what they had seen and heard. Benny Hinn said Jesus would show up in the flesh at one of his meetings.Never happened.Todd had a little angel friend named Emma.Weird man.Benny Hinn was constantly apologizing for twisting scriptures but then would go right back and do the same thing.All the while people are going OOOOOHHHHH he’s so annointed.I’ve had people try to push me down in prayer.I actually had to almost fight them to stay standing.I didn’t feel the spirit but I felt annoyed.I’ve had people punch me in the stomach and say FIRE!When they did this I had to take a step back and I almost crushed an old lady’s head with my foot who was laying behind me.People lying about getting gold teeth and the star of Isreal put in their front teeth.Women sweatin out gold dust.Whew!I can go on and on.I’m trying not to laugh here.I have to say one more thing.I once witnessed a pastor lying on the floor gargling for at least half an hour while everyone stood around giggling saying he’s birthing something.Ok I lied I have one more.I once saw two grown men who’d never met hold each other in deep embrace while up for prayer for about at least 3 minutes while one of them did this twitchy thing with his body.Where I’m going with this is anybody’s guess but I think we can all agree, this stuff is what saturday night live is made of.

  7. Leora says:

    It is sickening to hear of the demise of yet another Christian marriage, let alone a prominent minister of the gospel! It seems Benny Hinn has succummed to one of the three G’s like every other man the enemy gets off track! (I am referring to: the Gold, the Glory or the Girls). I would like to comment on what Steve said with a couple of scriptures: I Corin. 13: 6 “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth”. And not to worry Pastor Mark, “A curse without a cause does not alight”. (Prov. 16:2b)
    P.S. I am one of those statistics dealing with the stigma of divorce. I have found that God is faithful even when a man is not. God still hates divorce because he knows how painful the tearing of the “one flesh” relationship is (not to mention the aftermath of where children are involved etc.!) However, GOD STILL LOVES divorced people just as much as anyone else!
    P.P.S. I agree it is a pathetic new standard for christian leadership, but God IS into restoration! Prime examples: Bob & Audrey; Dick & Joan.

  8. Cynthia says:

    Excellent Pastor Mark,
    Thanks for speaking out the truth that the Lord places marriage above ministry. It would seem when someone is anointed by the Lord as Benny Hinn is that they will be more accountable to the message they are giving others by their actions. The Lords values relationships more than ministry and you would think Benny Hinn would know that. God bless you Pastor Mark.

  9. Jace says:

    Honestly I cannot say that this surprises me. I kinda saw it coming…but you can’t paint everyone the same way. The power of God is real, and he can move any way he chooses…in spite of whoever the ‘minister’ may be, or what the ‘method’ is.

    Too often people put others on pedestals…and when they fall, well it’s like a house of cards…’ashes ashes we all fall down!’

    Anyway, I hope the truth shines all the brighter in a world of lies.

  10. todd says:

    Hinn, Woods and the rest all suffer from the same thing – our adoration. You’d think these turkey’s (like Hinn) would draw less viewers but no – just like a car-wreck – people need to see it even more now. These fools don’t realize that the power of the media/exposure could make anybody or any thing famous. Man, the power of recognition is all that we’re talking about here. That power is dangerous but it becomes downright evil when it’s harnessed by shysters in the God business.

  11. Sally says:

    It seems that we are always quick to condemn our brothers and sisters in Christ for their mistakes. My only comment is be careful what you say, pride always comes before a fall and not one of us is immune to the enemy attacks.

  12. Linda says:

    Bless you for that comment Sally!

  13. Leora says:

    I fully concur with Sally’s comment. My question is, if we know that we are all prone to fall through pride, why are we not taking preventative measures and being obedient to the word by praying for one another? (I Tim. 2: 1 & 2 “I urge, then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority…”) Also, where is the accountability to Godly mentors in the body of Christ? People like Nathan who rebuked David & said: “You are the man”! (II Sam. 12:7) At least David was smart enough to repent for his sin! Restoration is always God’s heart.
    (Gal. 6:1 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted.)

  14. Karen says:

    I agree with Sally.Pastor Mark,I think your OFF the mark on this one.I usually agree with you but not here.We do not know the personal story of their marriage(Hinn)and what all transpired.I for one have always defended Benny Hinn when it comes to people critizising him for living well.Why is it a “non” christian can be success,live in a mansion but a minister can’t.Not our place to judge him for that.He has served the Lord for years and Yes changed lives!

  15. YO says:

    Galations 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed,doomed to eternal punishment.

  16. Mark Hughes says:

    Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That is what this forum is for. However, this notion that we are never to “judge” a brother is completely misguided and naive. 1 Cor 5:11-12 says we are supposed to judge. “What I meant was that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS YOUR JOB TO JUDGE those inside the church who are sinning in these ways.”
    The Church has been remiss in remaining silent as ministers of high public profile continue to live like God’s standards do not apply to them. Almost without exception they are men who are accountable to no one. A minister whose wife is divorcing him (even if he is at zero fault…as if) needs to step down from ministry and go through a period of healing and restoration. They need to submit themselves to a group of counsellors (exactly like Nathan did for David) and get the root issues sorted out before they re-enter the pulpit. If they just carry on with ministry as usual, they produce confusion and compromise in their followers. I have seen it again and again.
    I would go even further and say that Christians who blindly continue to follow them, are as much to blame, as they validate the bad behaviour. That is the very context of what Paul was saying in 1 Cor 5:1-2 says, “I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you, something so evil that even the pagans don’t do it. I am told that you have a man in your church who is living in sin with his father’s wife. And you are so proud of yourselves! Why aren’t you mourning in sorrow and shame? And why haven’t you removed this man from your fellowship?”
    So, no we do not set ourselves up as more holy than thou, but when we follow the gifting and not the character we are part of the problem. “You shall know them by their fruit”… not their gifting.

  17. Leora says:

    Great follow up comment, Pastor Mark! I would like to suggest a great book to all your readers. It is entitled: “God’s Generals” by Roberts Lairaden. It is concerning how God has used christian leaders and where they failed. God bless you & Church of the Rock. I greatly appreciate your ministry.

  18. YO says:

    I may have offended people with my last 2 comments. I apologise for what I find funny, it may not be funny to everyone else. I wasn’t really rejoicing at Benny’s demise I was just being stupid. I don’t hate Benny or Todd. I would love to see both of them filled with true repentance. And I believe that a liar in the pulpit is just as bad as an immoral man in the pulpit. This is why I wasn’t a fan of Benny even before this happened. He can throw people on the floor all he wants, if he wants to lie and decieve people at the same time, that is where I draw the line. So many people have been hurt by that man and he has shown absolutely no concern which can get me pretty irate. Whatever we do for the least of our brothers we do for Him.

  19. Steve says:

    Yes yo was me as well.Hee hee.

  20. Sally says:

    Well there is a scripture that says you shall know them by their fruits and I have seen the fruits of these two men and even though you may not agree; salvation, deliverance and healing have come to many people as the Lord has worked through them. We have a young woman who was saved and delivered from many demons at a Benny Hinn Crusade who just so happens to attend Church of the Rock; and I have a friend in North Carolina who was totally healed from a bad back with the Todd Bently crusades. And yes these men may not be perfect as some would like but after all they are only men like David.
    I just find that when we tend to point the finger at others flaws we are not really showing the love of Christ as it should be shown. Jesus’s last Words to us was that we should be one and that they would know us by our love.
    Yes we should be aware and not follow after every wind of doctrine and yes we need to discern and judge. However since I have been shown the love of God in my own life and been delivered of many sins I know that it is my duty to show that kind of love to others especially when trouble comes to them or when they fall. The world will do a good job of pointing out their sins or shortcomings quick enough, I just think the Body of Christ needs to humble themselves and pray especially when we see our brothers and sisters falling and hurting. As you can see I am more in the compassionate vein and would never be a good exhorter because it hurts me when I see this happening.

  21. Steve says:

    Pastor Mark is gaurding the flock. He’s putting up a standard that is a godly standard. And I think that’s pretty honourable. We need leaders like Mark who stick to the truth of the Bible.

  22. Karen says:

    Once again,great words Sally.I am so appaulled by all of this.Pastor Mark,I understand we are to “judge” those and especially in our church leadership,I agree.What I dont understand is what is his big sin….you mention sexual sin,greedy,worships idols,abusive,drunkard,swindler we are not to assoiciate with.What is it?The $10 million dollar mansion he lives in?Why is he not able to live well?Is this attack on him souly because he wont step down from his minisrty for a time?Because he cant hold his marriage together…its called being human,higher standard or not!Why are we spueing such aweful accusations about this man.A man who has lead thousands to the Lord(I wont even get into the healing ministy,for those of you that ridicule it)Why is it you presume he isnt working on his marriage and maybe there is a reason for the divorce that may be NONE of our bussines.Sometimes there is cause for it and that comes from personal experience.I just simply am saddened by the news of their divorce and very saddened by this attack on here to him.

  23. Mark Hughes says:

    I always tell bible school students to consider the Call very carefully since ministry is prehaps the only profession where we can be disqualified because of our marital status. Our example to the flock is paramount. Here is Jesus standard for marriage… not mine! We can justify our situation all we like, it doesn’t change His word. And yes, we should be appalled… that there are those who believe it doesn’t apply to them.
    Matt 10:5-12 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’
    ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. “And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

  24. Steve says:

    I will not say anything more about Benny or Todd.I’ve still seen alot of proof of what I’ve said,but I don’t think it is up to me to expose these guys.If what I said is true then the Lord will deal with them.God bless you Sally and Karen and the rest.Forgive me for mocking,that isn’t godly.But I still think Pastor Mark is right.

  25. Sally says:

    Thank you Steve! The Body of Christ are the only ones who kill their wounded and I know that God says in his Word that he hates it when we sow discord amongst the brethren. Yes it is good to be warned and not to do what others may be doing that is not sound scripturally but it is up to us to show mercy and love. And as you said in one of your sermons Pastor Mark, mercy does triumph over judgment!

  26. AL says:

    Dear Pastor Mark,
    I have recently been introduced to this web site by a friend in Canada ( I live and work in the middle east – arabian Gulf) .
    I really like your preaching and teaching and God bless you and use you for His glory.
    I read most of the criticisms and could not help but comment myself.
    I fully agree with Sally, we are all vulnerable you me and the rest of us.
    Should’nt we all just pray for Benny and others who r going through rough times? please encourage your congregation to pray for Benny. The evil Spirit has gone deep in to marriages and is always looking for prey – we should’nt join him. We shoud stand for Gods people, i think thats what God would expect of us, if he was your son or father or brother would u just criticize him- or would u try to help him – by calling all to pray for him/them.
    I myself am suffering in my marriage and can’t find a way out, yet – yes I am not perfect- far from it – I have sin in my life which I am struggling to overcome,Women are not the inocent victims either – infact though we often put the whole blame on men – many women are the trouble makers and the weaker vessel that cause so much trouble that their husbands are too embarased to tell it to anyone=because the women are “oh so sweet” no Pastor they r not !!!! a little joke- a woman went to her dr – black and blue complainig that her husband comes home drunk and always beats her up- the dr said oh I have a simple medicine use it faithfully before opening the door – gargle with this solution and keep doing it for 10 minutes after he has entered the house. she comes to him the following week glowing and smiling without any brusies – saying wow it worked !! whats the magic in it? the dr said nothing its just a breath frehner, it helps to keep your mouth shut !! so i rest my case,!! please pray for Benny and for me and for all your congregation and ask them to pray for you too. God bless you.

  27. Tamara says:

    Oh, Al. I was with you right up until you wrote that joke. Yes, we are all sinners, in dire need of a saviour… thank God for His great mercy upon us all. Are there more beautiful words than the ones Jesus spoke from the cross? ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they do.’ I think there must be a time to pray, but there must also be a time to speak to one another about raising high the standard of Christ… which is, of course, the cross.

    I believe that marriage is one of the most powerful expressions that God has given to us of what He desires His relationship with us to look like… and we have so completely abused and distorted it that it so seldom bears any resemblance at all to what God had in mind. I am blessed to be married to a man who is kind, patient, generous, thoughtful and loving towards me. I adore my husband… his life is the most profound expression of courage, sacrifice, determination and submission to God of any person I have ever known. Being called to walk along side him in this life is the greatest honour of my life. It is a high calling. In marriage, God has had opportunity to teach me so many things about Himself, and about my own self, and about what it means to be a follower of Him. It is the place where God has had opportunity to show me my weaknesses, to burn the dross out of me, to purify my heart towards Him, and to teach me what it means to love as He does. It is the place where I have found comfort, encouragment, strengthening, forgiveness and grace upon grace, and where I have learned to be an encourager, a comforter, a strengthener, a forgiver and a giver of grace upon grace. It isn’t always easy.. but it isn’t awful! For me, it’s been a beautiful thing.

  28. Steve says:

    Hey Al,you might not want to take my advice since I am not on Benny Hinn’s side but I’ll tell you that whether your wife is nice to you or not you need to learn how to become a sacrifice.This is what Christ did for us,we need to do the same for our wives no matter how cruel it may seem.And get rid of the sin that has a grip on you.Your wife probably has no mercy on you but you need to be strong and resist sin.We don’t get our strength from our wives we get it from Christ.Maybe your wife has some really deep pain that can only be resolved if she sees her husband become like Christ.Don’t worry if we take abuse we can rejoice because we are acting like Christ.Jesus expects men to be able to take this stuff.This is what makes a man the head.When He surrenders to Jesus.Don’t worry about respect,if you do this the Lord will respect you and that’s all that counts.And I’ll bet your wife respects you as well.These are the kinds of things I look for in church leaders.If I see this then they have convinced me they have God’s heart.

  29. Isaac says:

    Women are God’s daughter’s.

  30. Betty says:

    Some time ago, I had a very hard day, because my Husband had an alcohol addiction problem and was so drunk this day, I thought [as the saying goes, DONT GIVE UP, THE LIGHT WILL SHINE AGAIN AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL] this tunnel did not even have an opening at the end, there is no way that the light can shine in, then JESUS SAID:to me, JESUS ALWAYS SHINES THE BRIGHTES IN THE DARKEST HOUR, AND I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT DARK TUNNEL.
    Jesus came to me in a vision, soon after that, and I want to share some of it with all of you.
    “I was with some friends in a small town, and met a guy, who looked like some rock stars do,[ wearing a black leather vest and pants and had tatoos on the top part of both arms and his black hair was all standing straight up,]my first thought was, a rock star?
    But something was differant about this person,and I wanted to find out what it was and every time I talked with him he disapeared, so I asked myself, is this, could it be Jesus? YES, it is Jesus.
    Then the next time, I met him at his friends place, and we went outside, then JESUS SAID: LOVE [YOUR HUSBAND] AS JESUS DOES,
    NO MATTER HOW DIRDY OR FILTHY HE LOOKS.” With the help of Jesus, I now love my husband like never before and other people, Jesus helps me look at many things in a differant way now and shows me, in a powerful way, He cares for evey detail of our life.

  31. Steve says:

    Cool vision.

  32. AL says:

    Hi Tamara and steve,
    Thanks f or your rsponses, No offfence sisters, i just stated a fact of life, these days not all women are sweet and kind like they are called by God to be- let ur gentleness be known to all -
    Steve I appreciate your advice and i will try to live up to it, thanks to u boith please remeber me in yiur prayers if I ever cross ur mind Just say a prayer for me and for my marriage.
    many thanks and keep praying for Benny.
    love u guys !!

  33. Victoria says:

    Well you know the saying ,Al , “Hell have no fury like a woman scorned…” Maybe some Christians are getting married so they can have sex…it seems like it, since sooooooo many people that are Christian, are getting divorced. Perhaps we should consider more Sunday speaks about controlling our sexual impulses, or redirecting that powerful energy into something productive for good. Seriously, lets not candy coat things here guys. Marriage starts, because of sexual attraction, and marriage ends, because of sexual attraction. Lets deal with the situation BEFORE it happens to anymore Christians who, quite frankly,must feel like crap going to church with their children, without their other half. How can we make them feel accepted?

  34. Victoria says:

    What? No one can handle this subject? Maybe I should think about Christian Education…

  35. Isaac says:

    Hey Victoria, I think most people stopped looking at this blog when the next one came out, that’s why no responses.

    I’m with you all the way that we need to have open and honest conversations about sex, but it’s a difficult one. Lot’s of tricky things to navigate. What’s the right context to talk about these things?

    The Lord has delivered me from porn addicition, and I now sponsor 2 guys. We’ve had plenty of deep and meaningful conversations about sexual issues, but the one guy at first was very hesitant. One time I gave him an article about a women’s perspective of what God created sex for, and he wasn’t sure if he should read it before he was married, so I said to him, “what are you gonna do, on your honeymoon night say, “honey put your clothes back on, I’ve got to read an article first!”. :)

  36. Victoria says:

    THANK YOU!
    Let’s start with what is normal and accepted behavior,as a child grows up- (brought up in a Godly way) So many people have grown up in homes where there have been abuse of a sexual nature, and unless they are taught what is legal or not legal, and NORMAL, there is so much room for a child/teenager/adult, to make a mistake, OR to be conned into something they know nothing about. Education about our bodies, how they work, who they belong to, and the right to privacy should begin at a young age.I lived in New Brunswick when I recieved my first health classes regarding sex ed.I was 7 years old. And it gave me the courage to tell my father to stop touching me, BECAUSE IT WAS ILLEGAL AND WRONG.How else would a child know…god help them…if they weren’t empowered from a young age to take control of that situation? This brings us to the church and the state- our laws are based on Christian faith…at least in Canada. Studying the laws can help clear up any sexual immorality issues, for those that have had no education in this department.Heck, you can save your teenager alot of heartache, and money, if you look up some of the things that aren’t in the drivers handbook, such as having open liquor in the car,(even if your not drinking it) one headlight burnt out…ect. You get my point right? I think there should be Christian HEALTH/PSYCOLOGISTS speaking to youth groups to try and fill in all the blanks that todays parents do not think is a vital part of growing up. One mistake and you could be an unwed parent, or have an STD,or worse- die…(HIV)ect. And I don’t mean marriage counseling, although that is important for young adults… I also think that Pastor Mark should maybe talk a little about what the BIBLE says about sex, and sexual urges, and promiscuity,and the TOOLS that God has given us to cope with these things….there ARE solutions in Gods world!(I wouldn’t know His solutions, because I have yet to read the whole Bible. Uh….3 kids/ under 11/ all boys)(Oh! And all with the same father…how about them apples? Not something you see much of these days…)
    Our job is listed in the SEVEN SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY:
    1.Instruct the ignorant
    2.Council the needy
    3.Chastise the sinful (well,admonish sin at least)
    4.Comfort the Sorrowful
    5.Forgive enemies
    6.Suffer tribulation
    7.Pray for all fervently,the living and the dead.
    In order to understand these concepts- and god knows few people abide by them…we need to EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE.
    Thanks for listening folks….Pleeeeeaaasse, Pastor Mark, SPRING is here, the cats are howling, the birds are chasing each other, lets have a sermon about GODS laws of attraction,and how to react to them, in a godly way, for all.
    Victoria, now from a small french town in Quebec.
    (I lived in Winnipeg for 17 years though…so I have been to the church.)

  37. AL says:

    Good one Victoria!!
    yes we all need help here.
    I have teenage children! our church is a young church we dont have such teachings.

  38. Sue says:

    While I agree that marriage is counted an “honorable thing” to God and should be the utmost priority however, I think we ought to be careful about the context of another’s words. You ‘inferred’ that Hinn was saying his ministry is far more important than his marriage. However, the quote you gave stated he was going to continue with God’s ministry. Did Hinn actually say “I am placing my ministry in priority over my marriage.”? Did Hinn actually say, “I am not going to work on my marriage and try to fight for it”? I don’t know, I never read or heard his statement but the quote you provide does not actually say that. Also, Hinn can try as hard as he might with God’s help to try and save his marriage but he can not control what his wife chooses to do–he can only try his best to change her mind. Be cautious brothers and sisters, implication and innuendo is a slippery slope. And just for the record, I am not a “fan” of Hinn but I will not stand in judgment of his behavior -that is for God to do. I will continue to run my race and do my utmost for my Lord.

  39. Faithwalker says:

    “But that doesn’t change God’s standard. If these men merely turn the page and carry on like nothing happened, then God’s Word means nothing.” AMEN

    If ones personal life is not producing fruits of repentance, restoration and reconciliation, (these fruits are the substance of Christ) and if any man or woman has thorns bushes and briers growing within the walls of his or her home, it wont matter how loud they shout “LORD LORD” in the field. Will it?

    Col 3:5 You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed (for greed is a form of idolatry).
    Col 3:6 Because of such things God’s anger will come upon those who do not obey him.
    Col 3:7 At one time you yourselves used to live according to such desires, when your life was dominated by them.
    Col 3:8 But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips.
    Col 3:9 Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits
    Col 3:10 and have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself.

    It is noteworthy, that Christ does not make a single exception to His standard. Not even for the many Preachers, Prophets, miracle workers, or any other laborer in the field, using His name.

    Mat 7:15 “Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves.
    Mat 7:16 You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briers do not bear figs.
    Mat 7:17 A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit.
    Mat 7:18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit.
    Mat 7:19 And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire.
    Mat 7:20 So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do.
    Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.
    Mat 7:22 When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’
    Mat 7:23 Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!’

  40. Ryan says:

    It shouldnt be at all surprising, Benny Hinn is only in it for the money. He exploits the faith of others for financial gain. If thats not a sin I dont know what is. A shameless scammer with no conscience.

  41. Danny says:

    Sad when traditional sacred view of family and marrage are no longer considered as such, and within THE CHURCH!! God hates divorce, divorce is the result of sin, and remarriage adultery.
    Malachi 2:16 “For I hate divorce, says the LORD the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.”
    No man has the right to aprove or take lightly what God hates and disaproves. Where are these leaders leading us? Yes we look at the fruits which tell us that the divorce rate among christians are just as high as among non christians. This is far from the traditional orthodox view of marriage, actually a satanic attack on the dignity of marriage.

  42. Faithwalker says:

    “No man has the right to aprove or take lightly what God hates and disaproves. Where are these leaders leading us?”

    Very well said Danny

    Luke 6:39 Jesus also used some sayings as he spoke to the people. He said: Can one blind person lead another blind person? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Are students better than their teacher? But when they are fully trained, they will be like their teacher.

    Divorce is rampant in the church because the sheep will follow in the footsteps of their leaders.

    Let the church get back to following Christ.

  43. Kay says:

    So if remarriage after divorce is adultery (that IS what the Bible says), what does Church of the Rock do with Christians who are divorced and remarried while their covenant spouse is still alive? Do they do what the Bible instructs (as Pastor Mark quoted in 1 Cor 5).

    With a church having as large a congregation as this one, it’s difficult to imagine that this truth of God’s Word is really adhered to.

    Please comment, someone…

  44. AL says:

    Hmm A lot of interest on this issue. Need to over come the world and the desires of the flesh.
    God bless and help us all !!

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