Thursday, December 20, 2007

Grapevine-based Benny Hinn Ministries defies U.S. Senate

Grapevine-based Benny Hinn Ministries defies U.S. Senate; By Pegasus News wire; 8 December 2007.

Benny Hinn of Benny Hinn Ministries in Grapevine, recently announced that he will not respond to a Senate inquiry into preachers' salaries, perks and travel until next year. The Senate is investigating six Word of Faith ministries, only one of which, Joyce Meyer Ministries, has cooperated with the investigation.

Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa who has spent the past half-decade investigating non-profits and who is also the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent lengthy questionnaires a month ago to six "Word of Faith" ministries to ensure that pastors were complying with IRS rules that bar excessive personal gain through tax-exempt work.

Several of the ministries are not cooperating with the Senator because, they claim, the IRS already keeps tabs on the pastors' finances. Grassley has responded by saying his previous investigations have unearthed lodes of information the IRS knew nothing about.

Comment: Is this really something the Senate should be involved with; really come on Grassley.

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