THE 21-year-old son of filthy rich Christian conman – evangelist Benny (“The Hair”) Hinn – has reportedly been detained along with two bodyguards employed by the Hinn ministry for allegedly assaulting a deaf/mute man during an evangelistic creep-show in Manaus, Brazil.
Could this be the same Joshua Hinn who was arrested for drunk driving in Florida last June?
Hinn, Caleb Shirk, 26, and Konstantins Konstantinovs, 34, apprehended Hestephenson Araujo as he approached Hinn Senior during a sermon with a bottle of water.
Araujo had reportedly attended the “miracle healing crusade” last Saturday at the Provos da Amazonia arena. He hoped to get a blessing from the charlatan Hinn, who claims to have an “anointing,” or special power from God, that gives him the supernatural ability to heal people.
Hinn, Shirk and Konstantins allegedly grabbed Araujo, 21, whom they thought was going to throw water at the minister. They are accused of taking the victim to a trailer where they interrogated and beat him. Araujo was eventually rescued by police, who had been called to the arena by “concerned members of the public”.
Although the three men were detained on suspicion of torture, no charges were filed. They reportedly told police they did not know Araujo, who was treated at a hospital for his injuries, was unable to hear or talk.
Araujo’s father claimed he made a deal with Benny Hinn’s representatives to refrain from pressing charges allegedly in exchange for a “large sum of money”. However, local authorities reportedly plan to continue investigating the alleged attack on Araujo.
Joshua Hinn and the ministry’s two body guards left the country without incident and returned to the US on Sunday, which was the final day of Benny Hinn’s “miracle healing services” in Brazil.
Benny Hinn, who is reportedly worth $42 million, has become known throughout his 36-year ministry career for his Holy Spirit Miracle Crusades and Worship Celebrations in which he promises to heal those suffering from various physical ailments. Hinn’s services, free to the public and held all over the world in stadiums and arenas, are often filled to capacity and usually marked by the evangelist waving his hands before large crowds to deliver a purported healing.
The ministry’s tour in Brazil was scheduled to run from February 11-17, according to a news release on its website that claimed many attendees had been healed.
In addition to Hinn’s healing claims coming into question, the 60-year-old minister was included in a 2007 Senate investigation into the financial dealings of several high-profile prosperity, or health and wealth preachers.
Hinn voluntarily divulged his financial information as requested, and claims that he was recognised by the US Senate Finance Committee for “[engaging] in open and honest dialogue” and for “[providing] information over and above what was requested.”
The Christian minister previously announced that he and his former wife, Suzanne Hinn, had reconciled and are planning to remarry after divorcing in 2010 due to irreconcilable differences.
They have three daughters, in addition to Joshua Hinn.
Benny Hinn Ministries’ headquarters and the minister’s World Healing Center Church are located in Grapevine, Texas.
Hat Tip: Stephen Mynett and BarrieJohn