Sam Hinn (the brother of Benny Hinn) has been restored to ministry only 8 months after a 4 YEAR affair. Over the last couple days, both Charisma magazine and the Christian Post (as well as other publications) have come out with several articles that present the various “sides” to the issue, but leaving the most important question unanswered.
In a nutshell, here is the question:
- Should we restore an adulterer to ministry in a short period of time?
I’m going to give you the “straight-up” answer . . . NO!
At the most basic level, look at the requirements of 1 Timothy 3. If anyone cannot measure up to these essentials, they don’t belong behind a pulpit . . . period. These traits cannot be developed and/or matured in a few months, or even a couple years.
If these qualifications were for elders and deacons, then certainly the leaders of our congregations should be held to AT LEAST these standards.
Either that, or Paul was lying . . . but, of course, you know that’s not true. Here are some further thoughts on Quick Restoration . . .
Quick Restoration Supports Idolatry
The “spiritual leaders” who (sometimes literally) get caught with their pants down, may at first be genuinely sorry for their sin. But, soon after their cries for grace and compassion, they remember the roar of the crowd . . . the flood of adulation and the brightness of the spotlight.
Because of this allure, they RUSH back behind the pulpit . . . and the masses LOVE to have it so . . . their IDOL is back on the pedestal.
Quick Restoration Rewards Sin
It’s also very convenient as to how these “restorations” transpire.
In the midst of all the controversy, insincere repentance and greasy grace, Todd Bentley STILL got his trophy wife . . . Paul Cain STILL restored himself back into ministry, all-the-while ADMITTING he was a homosexual.
It’s almost like a thief who gets caught stealing a hot car.
After a brief period of the thief saying . . . “Oh gee, I’m sorry” . . . they get to keep the car!
Quick Restoration Justifies a Sinful Congregation
And that leads me to the third dynamic that is at work here.
People LOVE the idea of a “restored adulterer” being quickly set back behind the pulpit . . . because it rubs a superficial salve on THEIR OWN GUILT.
You see, if the pastor is a “restored adulterer,” then the congregation doesn’t have to feel so bad about their own sins.
If a PASTOR can be restored in a short period of time, then the congregation feels justified in their porn use . . . or in their gluttony . . . or in their other addictions.
After all, porn isn’t as bad as ADULTERY, right??? “wink, wink” << – that was sarcasm, btw
If I Ever Commit Adultery
Some people may think “That’s easy for YOU to say . . . what if the shoe was on the other foot?? Certainly YOU would want compassion from your brothers and sisters! Certainly YOU would want to be restored! . . . Right?”
First of all, I dearly love my wife. There’s NO WAY that could happen. We’ve vowed our lives to each other before God, and no matter how rough it gets (and it can get rough), divorce is NOT an option.
Secondly, if I ever committed adultery, I wouldn’t have a CHANCE to be restored, because my wife would not allow me to continue on this earth! Hahahah!
But all joking aside . . . if you saw me unable to successfully maintain a marriage (that only consists of two people), you would be completely deluded to expect me be able to shepherd an entire congregation.
But unfortunately, that’s exactly what you are seeing happen with Sam Hinn.Kevin Kleint
Originally written August 14, 2013
If you read any of the links below, please read “An Overseer’s Response . . .”. Ron Johnson hits it on the head.