I have been in ministry for 30 years, travelled to 60 nations and seen the evidence of so many young men and women putting ministry first even before their marriage vows and family responsibilities. They were modelling what they saw in the services conducted by famous preachers. They admired how God was using them and only desired the same for their lives.
Jesus said He was building His church, which is a local expression that is there for you and your family all the days of your life. An evangelistic event, conference or seminar is wonderful but sadly only lasts a few days, is not relational, and when it comes to an end you go back to serving your family, local church and community - which is the real world not the ideal one.
I am glad Benny Hinn has shown humility and gone public with the demise of his marriage - even if prompted by The National Enquirer. This will be a help to others who put ministry ahead of their family and bring some much needed course correction.
PS. You can read the whole article in The Christian Post at: https://www.christianpost.com/article/20100811/benny-hinn-says-neglecting-family-led-to-divorce/index.html
Evangelist Benny Hinn about the recent breakup of his marriage.
Hinn admitted that he contributed to the demise of his marriage by putting ministry over his family. "I was so busy in the ministry, I was so caught up with the ministry, I forgot about my family," Hinn said. "That's probably what broke the whole thing up."
He said he often preached that ministry comes first, acknowledging that he knew that teaching hurt his children. "You know what? It's wrong," he said of the teaching. "I'm here to admit I was wrong because the call of God first should touch the family. If you have no family, you can't go on anyways."
Hinn admitted he and his wife had "challenges" but said he didn't expect her to end the marriage.
"We had troubles for a long time, and I would ask her often, 'Would you ever divorce me?'" Hinn said. "She said, 'Never because I fear God too much.' She said, 'My covenant is with God, not you.' And I guess she could no longer handle it. One day she did it to my shock."
Hinn said it's painful to talk about his marital problems, noting that he and his wife were separated long before the divorce filing. "We've had to be very quiet to protect the ministry, the work of the Lord," he said. "But sadly when you are a public person, everything you do becomes public."
"I don't care how strong you are," Hinn added. "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. I am a human being just like you."