Benny Hinn is well known around the world for his healing crusades. These crusades draw those who come in with many illnesses and who leave fully healed. Having attended some of those crusades myself and seeing the miracles, I (and many other fans) was very surprised at the announcement that his wife, Suzanne, had filed for divorce about two years ago. In February 2010, Benny Hinn posted a letter that declared to the world his innocence and the fact that neither he nor his wife had been found in infidelity. He wanted to make sure that his partners knew that he had not sinned. Christians from around the world prayed for this couple. After the divorce, rumors spread about him being seen in Rome walking hand in hand with Paula White. Those who have wanted to see him fall continued the rumors while adding their own false information. Some partners of the ministry even stopped sending support. However, as the saying goes, “You can’t keep a good man down.” The prayers of the righteous did avail much and Benny Hinn recently wrote on his website that God has restored his marriage to Suzanne. In His own words,
“Our marriage died for two reasons. One, I, Benny Hinn, was married to the ministry, not realizing it was killing my marriage. And two, Suzanne started taking certain prescription medications to help her cope with some of her personal struggles.……The truth of the matter is that Suzanne filed for divorce because she was crying out for help….. show me-as a man of God and as a man-that I cannot function properly without my wife and family.”
Since statistics point out that some Christian marriages are ending in divorce, it is necessary to learn several lessons from Benny and Suzanne Hinn’s experience.
The first lesson learned is that you cannot put all efforts into ministry and ignore family. It is rather better to note that the minister’s own family should take first place in the ministry. A person who ministers to the world and ignores his or her own family is headed for trouble.
The second lesson learned is that everyone who asks for a divorce does not necessarily want a divorce. Some people ask for a divorce out of desperation. Divorce causes a lot of hurt, not only for the adults but also for the children involved. Consequently, all means of counseling should be utilized before actually filing for a divorce.
The last lesson learned is that God is a God of restoration. Chip Ingram of Walk thru the Bible Ministries taught a series on parenting. He said that the most powerful words to use as a parent is, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” This same motto should to be used in every relationship. It should be on the lips of every person to apologize and to forgive whenever possible. Jesus said that if you cannot love and forgive those who you can see, how can you love a God who you cannot see?