When Suzanne Hinn filed for divorce in February, the world was stunned, but the Pastor has publicly told his children he is sorry, writes Peter Nyanzi
International Evangelist Benny Hinn has finally made a public apology to his family, saying he made a mistake in neglecting them while on his global tours on ministry. Pastor Hinn’s wife, Suzanne, filed for divorce on February 1, 2010 for undisclosed reasons. The Hinns married in 1979 and have three daughters, Natasha, Hannah, and Jessica and a son, Josh. In a public statement shortly after the divorce action had gone public, Pastor Hinn said though his wife “had been under great stress,” filing for divorce was a total shock for him and their four children.
He said his wife “had no biblical ground to do what she did.”
But in a public show of contriteness, Pastor Hinn, on the August 5 edition of his show, This is Your Day, called his children to the stage and apologised to them, saying “he was wrong” to have told them that preaching the gospel was the single most important thing to him. He acknowledged having taken his family for granted, which he said had brought irreparable pain to his life and ministry.
“So, I’ve made mistakes because I wasn’t the perfect husband and the perfect dad because I was always gone traveling the world, he said, adding that it was regrettable that he was always so “busy in the ministry” and travelling the world that he forgot about his family. “I was wrong, please forgive me,” he said.
He warned fellow preachers against the dangers of serving the Lord at the expense of their families, suggesting that they would pay dearly for not focusing on what is important.
“I don’t care how strong you are,” he said. “I don’t care if the anointing of God is mighty on you. Nobody wants to be alone. I don’t care who you are, if you neglect your family, you’ll suffer pain. You have got to focus on your family.”
He did not give a hint on any plans to reconcile with his estranged wife or whether he would remarry. “Now, I’m going to go on serving Jesus Christ with all my being,” he said, “And whatever the future holds, I don’t know.”
However, he defended his spouse, saying there was “never” any issue to do with infidelity. “We kept our marriage vows. There was nothing immoral ever on her part or mine. And I want you to know to this minute, I am clean and so is she,” he said.
Pastor Hinn dismissed media reports that suggested he had an affair with Pastor Paula White. However, he admitted that it was “stupid” of him to travel with her on a recent trip to Rome in Italy last month, which raised suspicions.
In a July 23 article, the National Enquirer claimed Hinn was having an affair with White and published photos of the two leaving a Rome hotel together holding hands.
“It was stupid on my part. And for that, I do ask forgiveness. But that was an innocent mistake - nothing to do with stupid stuff,” he said.