TV this morning was full of comings and goings in London. There’s a bit of a wedding going on. (I wish them well, of course. I’m just not big on these ‘national occasions’) So I’m flicking through the channels looking for an alternative, and there’s not much doing. Eventually I end up where all the “Christian” channels are: GodTV (Missions Week again!?), Revelation, TBN Europe, Daystar… Wait! Here’s the Gospel Channel with the last 10 minutes of Pastor Benny Hinn’s programme ‘This is Your Day’. (”Benny Hinn ministry broadcasts what the Holy Spirit is doing through major crusades and local mission outreaches”) And, as usual, he’s selling something.
OK, not selling. That would be vulgar. He’s offering to send me a book in exchange for a gift of only £30.
What’s unusual is that this is not one of his own books. No, this time he is offering ‘The Archko Volume’, a collection of the original official records from the likes of Pontius Pilate, Herod, even Caiaphas. Wow!
Except that it is no such thing, and Hinn must know it.
The Archko Volume was originally published as ‘Archeological Writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews’ in the late nineteenth century and it was written by W. D. Mahan, a Presbyterian minister from Missouri. It’s a well-intentioned fraud, but it’s a fraud nonetheless. And you can buy it on Amazon (if you must) for $10, which is a fair bit less than Hinn’s $50.
That should be no surprise.