Church leader queries methods

The president of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma has revealed that he will try to make a request for Benny Hinn to visit people in need of healing instead of holding a crusade at the stadium.

Reverend Ame Tugawe said he would bring up the subject at the next meeting of the Assemblies of Christian Churches when it discusses the return of Mr Hinn.

He said the decision for Mr Hinn to come to Fiji was that of Reverend Suliasi Kurulo who then invited other member churches under the ACCF to attend the crusade.

“I am concerned about his return because usually there is supposed to be a discussion by members of the ACCF about a preacher who wants to come to Fiji then a background check is conducted on the preacher. This is done to prevent a repeat of what happened to Reverend Dr Moon,” he said.

Rev Tugawe said although he appreciated Mr Hinn’s preaching during the crusade, his methods of healing were new to members of the Methodist Church. “If I had the opportunity to speak to him, I would direct him to St Giles Hospital and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital because these are the places where most people require urgent healing. I would have also asked him to heal people suffering from HIV/AIDS because this is a disease that has no cure,” said Rev Tugal.

He said Mr Hinn should go to where the people were instead of holding a crusade at one place for the public as not all people would be able to attend. Of Mr Hinn’s method of healing Rev Tugawe said, “It looked as if it were a drama.”

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Fiji Sun, Fiji
Jan. 24, 2006
Samantha Rina

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