Benny Hinn crusade organisers undeterred

Organisers of the Benny Hinn crusade say they expect more than 300,000 people to attend the three-day event here next month despite opposition from some churches.

Pastor Manasa Kolivuso of the Christian Mission Fellowship said they expected a successful crusade.

“Those who oppose the crusade are entitled to their own opinion but we are confident that it will be a huge success,” he said.

“We are aware of there being questions raised regarding Pastor Hinn’s dealings in the United States but there is no evidence to substantiate these allegations.”

Pastor Kolivuso said Fiji stood to benefit a lot economically from the crusade with a large number of foreign delegates expressing interest in attending it.

Benny Hinn

Evangelist Benny Hinn is controversial for his frequently aberrant – and at times heretical – theology, his unorthodox practices, and his false claims. Nevertheless, large numbers of people who indentify themselves as Christians follow – and, often, appear to worship – this preacher.

“I have received unconfirmed reports that almost all the hotels in Suva are fully booked for the period,” said Pastor Kolivuso.

Pastor Hinn will be accompanied by a 70-member entourage consisting mainly of television crew.

His visit is being facilitated by the Fiji Government who will provide security for the internationally renowned evangelist.

The Indian Division of the Fiji Methodist Church said there was no need for Hinn’s crusade because the different churches provided the gospel the country needed.

Reverend Immanuel Reuben said such events confuse people and split homes.

The president of the Fiji Council of Churches Bishop Apimeleki Qilio called on the government to closely review Hinn and the purpose of the crusade.

He said churches were already working amongst people here.

The three-day crusade will be held in Suva from January 20.

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Dec. 14, 2005

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