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Faith Healing or Mesmerism?

You believe that evangelist Benny Hinn is anointed of God? In reality, he uses mesmerism! That’s a shock for some of you, I know, but I’ll prove it to you. This technique was formulated by Franz Anton Mesmer, a physician and healer who achieved remarkable cures comparable to cases presented in today’s Miracle Crusades, although – remember this – Mesmer never used God’s name in his practice. This German physician successfully developed a method to relieve the pain of his patients, believing in an invisible, curative fluid pervading the universe that could influence the human body. Some kind of an “anointing” if you will that acts on the mind of the person. This was the foundation of hypnotism.

Therefore, he spent a great deal of effort in trying to master that “invisible fluid.” He developed the method, which is defined as follows: The capacity of raising the emotional state of an individual, or a crowd, to an abnormal, but controllable intensity. How is this accomplished? Mainly through music. Yes, emotional, repetitive music plays a role in the control of the mind and nervous system of the followers. The verb to mesmerize means: to hypnotize, to spellbind. It entered the language of the West as a synonym for “to throw into a trance” because the subjects would fall into a state of semi-consciousness. The technique is now being used in religious circles but disguised in different terms.

Compare the Two Men in Action…

Mesmer conducting a magnetic séance

Mesmer conducting a magnetic séance

Mesmer practicing in his apartment

Mesmer practicing in his apartment

Mesmerist Benny performing on stage in a crusade

"Mesmerist" Benny performing on stage in a crusade

Benny waving his hand over a magnetized subject

Benny waving his hand over a "magnetized" subject

You compare these two men above and you take a serious look at the healing testimonies presented by this televangelist. First, nothing comes close to those cases found in the Bible. Moreover, his power to heal the sick does not exceed that of the mesmerists of old or other faith healers who practice under a label other than Christianity. He appeals to many because he’s more entertaining than others but is his anointing from God? More of my observations are listed below.

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FRANZ MESMER put together ideas like suggestion and auto-suggestion in a scientific, systematic method, then popularized his concept for anyone to use. Considered the early pioneer of modern hypnotism, he performed his healing practice in the same manner faith healers operate their ministries today, achieving similar results perhaps even more extraordinary. Though this method has its benefits, please keep in mind that it is far from being inoffensive and harmless. Once people are mesmerized, they can no longer analyze.










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He also exercised the laying on of hands. In his view, cures were induced through “magnetic passes” of the operator’s hands. Yes, the pain would go away and people believed they were cured. At times he would point at a patient standing many feet away from him; the next instant, the patient’s body would lie on the floor in convulsions. He also had a peculiar ability to throw his subjects into a state between sleep and wakefulness, and became a master of it.

BENNY HINN emulates his idol Kathryn Kuhlman. The only difference I’ve been able to observe is that Miss Kuhlman wore a white dress and he wears a white suit. He claims his anointing comes from God. Isn’t strange that he cannot produce biblical healings? In over 25 years of ministry there’s never been one single leper cured, or a person raised from the dead! His theatrics and emotional crusades take pain away leading his admirers to believe they’re healed. From what? asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, blood and heart conditions, etc. How about the paraplegics, those who’ve suffered terrible burns or have been left crippled after a serious stroke? They don’t get healed. Do they all lack faith? Wouldn’t you agree that his “anointing” is selective and quite limited?

He regularly uses his staff members to set the example for those unfamiliar with the “slaying in the spirit” phenomenon. They all fall down giving the impression that an anointing emanates from his hands. I have video clips showing individuals stretching their arm out to break the fall or bending their knees because the men behind them failed to catch them in the usual manner. Isn’t strange? I have seen his wife Suzanne pull her jacket back down over her stomach as she “fell in the spirit.” If she had been “slain in the spirit” would she have cared about her appearance?


MESMER was renowned for his musical knowledge and refined playing. In his séances, he used an elaborate arrangement of music, lights, and other paraphernalia as stage properties to set the mood and relax his patients. He was also convinced that it intensified the communication of this “universal fluid” – the famous anointing, so he profusely used it. Under his commands, musicians shifted from stormy to soft music to induce the mesmeric state through the music’s sharp penetrative tones and vibrations. And people walked out thinking they were healed!

HINN has learned his routine from Miss Kuhlman. Very often during the course of the service, he will order his official organist to change the tempo of the music, and to quickly flow with him in the same spirit! His performance includes melodious whispers and fearful shouts. And he has some angelic music played whenever he prays to give a feeling of divine atmosphere. He puts on, we have to admit, a very entertaining performance. Once he confessed to a Canadian reporter that he’s an artist, that he’s always been an artist…and that’s how you should consider him.


MESMER and his disciples achieved remarkable cures of functional disorders. Thousands believed that such treatments were responsible for the recovery from back troubles, arthritis, paralysis, liver or stomach problems, epilepsy, stuttering, and even blindness. Followers also reported prickly sensations or tingling going through them as the operator exercised the ritual. These phenomena also occur in today’s crusades.

HINN often tells his followers that they can lose their miracle. For instance, he recommends that they should read verses and confess their healing to remain “healed.” If they get sick again, well…it’s not his fault. I suggest to you that they’ve never been healed in the first place. When God heals, He heals instantly, completely, and permanently. I believe in miracles. I also believe that God acts regardless of the environment and He hears the cry of His children. But while some want to give God the glory when blessed, Benny Hinn walks away with the credit when a person gets better.


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  1. And all along I thought it was just that middle-Eastern accent.

    • jesustheking
    • Posted October 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm
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    For those of you who are attacking Benny Hinn I would recommend that you read the entire page linked below. I pasted a small excerpt as well.

    Excerpt below of blog linked above ( I REMOVED YOUR LINK BECAUSE OF THE THREATENING NATURE OF YOUR POST, Damon)

    For those Christians reading now that believe Benny Hinn cannot be of God because of his past mistakes then I ask you this, have you sinned or fallen short in the last seven days from God’s point of view? Are your sins, less or greater than Benny Hinn’? Are you saved by grace, or by the perfect keeping of the Law of Moses? If then it is by grace then why would you consider Benny Hinn not of God because of his past failures? Some of you might say well it’s different because Benny has given false prophecy, so he is a false prophet. Well, I say Benny Hinn has given erred words of knowledge unintentionally in his zeal. Either way you look at it, whether false prophet or false words of knowledge, in Jesus’ grace it is sin that is forgivable.

    Some have said, according to the law a false prophet must be stoned to death. Yes, under the law from the Old Testament this would be true. It would also be true for adultery, fornication, false witness and a host of other sins. So if anyone among you reading today wishes Benny Hinn to be stoned to death in accordance with the Law of God, rather than correction in and by God’s grace, then what you have really done is put yourself back under the law and condemned and stoned yourself. Jesus taught and commanded his disciples to judge not and to love one another. To break this command of Jesus is just a deadly in the law of Christ, as false prophecy would be under the Law of God. Which is greater friends, the Law of Moses, or the Law of Christ Jesus? Question: Who reading here wants to be under the Law and fallen from grace? I will tell you, it is those who choose to stand in Jesus’ place as a judge in the law, rather than a minister of his grace. Friends pray asking Jesus Christ to correct Benny Hinn with his love, his mercy and in his grace and you will receive the same. Judge Benny Hinn by the law rather than by grace and you will also receive the same.

    Matt 7:21-23

    (21) Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many works of power? (23) And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!”
    Many Christians who attack Benny Hinn like using the scripture from Matthew chapter seven. They like to focus on verse 22 in respect to power, such as casting out demons and the like. I find this rather foolish since Jesus never once in this scripture denies whether or not they did miracles in his name, Jesus just states he never knew them. So technically even if Jesus was going to deny knowing Benny Hinn someday and command him to depart, there is nothing in this scripture that states the miracles were not real. Also prophecy in this scripture (Verse 22) has to do with the Gospel message. In the book of Revelation it states that Jesus is the spirit of prophecy and in Corinthians its states that prophecy is for believers, not for unbelievers. Remember, tongues are given as a sign for unbelievers, but prophecy is for believers. The entire word of God is considered prophecy and when you preach the gospel, it is prophesying in his name.
    Last but not least I would like to point out the latter part of verse 21, which most attackers of Benny Hinn seem to ignore; it is, “but the ones who do the will of my Father in Heaven.” What is the will of his Father in Heaven? Well Jesus told us what the Father’s will is, he said; “Judge not, love one another, forgive, and pray for your enemies and so on. So regardless of Benny Hinn mistakes, or your point of view on Matthew 7:22, verse 7:21 applies to all Christians, not just to those working miracles in Jesus name. If you cannot obey verse 21 which commands us to obey his Father’s teaching about judging, then how are you any better than those described in verse 22? It’s a double edged sword brothers’ and sisters, so let Jesus Christ be judge, lest he say to you as well, depart from me you worker of lawlessness, I never knew you.

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    I thought there for a second that you was gonna break our your Holy Ghost Machine Gun and KILL ya someone.

    I will give a biblical responce to your post soon.


  3. The bible says sickness can be TO and FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

    Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

    Joh 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.


    1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

    2Ti 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

    Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. Php 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. Php 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

    Gal 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

    Gal 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Gal 4:15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

    2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    It is also clear from the first two Chapters of Job that God will allow infirmities to come to the believer as a test. He may even employ Satan to do so.

    Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?


    1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

    2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

    1Co 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

    1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

    • hopesome
    • Posted January 10, 2009 at 5:15 am
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    Faith has nothing to do with healing. Faith brings us to a place of understanding as to why we need it then goes to a place to show us his

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