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Mar 20, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Costi Hinn Is Giving The Royalties From His "Prosperity Gospel" Book To Those "Exploited" By Deceptive False Teachers

In a revealing interview with Faithwire, Costi Hinn, nephew of acclaimed charismatic, jacket-whipping televangelist Benny Hinn, is slated to release a book exposing the prosperity gospel this summer. Putting his repentance for taking part in Benny Hinn's ministry into action, Costi shared that he is donating the bulk of the royalties he will earn from the book to the theological education of those who have been "exploited" by ministries like his uncle's.

Hinn's book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies, will be released by Zondervan in July.

“I am eager to see this book used as a tool for God’s glory — not for sordid gain,” Hinn said in a blog post about his decision to give away the proceeds from the book. “Here is a sobering thought: In a rat-race effort to sell books, it’s easy to become the very dragon that we’re attempting to slay.”

“A prosperity gospel book should give more than it takes,” Hinn said, explaining his plan to “give away thousands of dollars in books and resources to those who pre-order in the coming months as well as pastors around the world.”

Hinn, who now pastors Mission Bible Church in California, said his newest book “seeks to charge the prosperity gospel with the grit of a bull while displaying the grace becoming of servants of Christ.”

“After my life was transformed by the true Gospel I began to study and seek out discipleship from mature Christians the Lord had put in my life,” Hinn said in an interview with Faithwire about his experience leaving the prosperity camp. “Having seen their example, I knew what I was supposed to do as I grew stronger in my proper understanding of faith.”

“We are not transformed by a loving God and helped along by others just to sit around feeling good about our state in life!” he added. “It was never enough for me to be saved from the deceptive lies of the prosperity gospel. I wanted to proclaim the truth and do what I could to rescue others with the power of the true Gospel. I think many Christians think this way.”

“Many people have been asking about life in the prosperity gospel, and what they can do to help others either avoid it or be rescued from it,” he shared with Faithwire, noting that he'd resisted requests to write a book like this for some time. “Of course, only God can change hearts, but we are all called to live on mission by sharing the truth.”

Hinn's book will detail his lifestyle during the years spent following his uncle around the country, giving the reader “behind-the-scenes details about some of the shady behaviors, and plenty of teaching about the gospel, healing, money, and reaching people caught up in false gospels like the one I was propagating.”

Hinn hopes that readers will realize just how dangerous the prosperity gospel is in its twisting of Scripture. With God's grace, his book can be an instrument in saving many people from these false doctrines just as Hinn himself was saved.

“That’s the power of God through the Gospel,” Hinn added. “Jesus transformed my life and I went from darkness to light. When God wants to change someone, He comes in like a tidal wave. Nothing can stop Him. I experienced that.”

Hinn and his wife decided to put their money where their mouth is and put "royalties towards theological education and providing resources to pastors and people who have been exploited by the prosperity gospel.”

“I can’t technically say 100% of royalties because there are taxes and fees associated with royalties that I am not in control of,” he clarified to Faithwire. “Technically, and legally, I can’t say ‘all.'”

“Either way, our goal is the same,” he concluded. “A prosperity gospel book should be used as a tool for the kingdom of God. This book isn’t about getting, it’s about giving. We want to make sure that we are practicing what we’re preaching and one of the best ways we can do that is by putting money towards the root of the disease the book addresses.” 

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies can be pre-ordered here.



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