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Who is Hank Hanegraaff?

Who is Hank Hanegraaff? Does Hank Hanegraaff's ministry promote Biblical teachings, ecumenical doctrines or a false gospel?

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Hank is with the CRI which investigates sects of Christianity concerning Scriptures.
---yohannes_estonia on 2/4/12


Ken, what biblical languages are you talking about?
---Mark_V. on 1/19/12


does anyone know if Hank Hanegraaf has any knowledge of the "biblical languages"?

tnx,
---ken_bouchard on 1/18/12


Hank is very knowledgeable. Believes strongly in eternal security. And understand soulwinning, how to and when to.
---mima on 5/18/10


Donna66, I myself also have followed Hank for a long time. His Bible answers are great and so far I have not heard him teach anything that I am not familiar with. Of course he has many who hate him. He speaks against many, "word of faith" teachers and cults who do their best to destroy the deity of Christ. They are many so he does have many enemies. And you will hear many here on this blog who hate him and so will speak very much against him. All the lessons I got from him were free.
"The Kingdom of the Cults" a book written by Walter Martin and edited by Hank Hanegraaff is a very good book that gives you a look into what cults are teaching and who they are.
---MarkV. on 5/18/10




John_Hendrenon on 2|14|08>>>>is absolutely correct. Humility, yes. Show some.
---catherine on 5/17/10

His name is John_Hendren. and Wow! 8~I
---aka_joseph on 5/18/10


Hank Hanegraff is a controversial Christian apologist. I'm more familiar with his predecessor, Walter Martin, under whom I took classes at a "pentecostal" college.
Martin was not a pentecostal but was respected by faculty and students alike.

Martin exposed the flaws in the "Word-of-Faith-movement" (e.g. Hagin and Copeland)
as does Hannegraff. He had a thorough knowledge of Scripture. Hannegraff also opposes the "Toronto Blessing" and the movement at Brownsville as being at odds with Scripture.

He has been accused of unethical financial dealings. But I have no knowledge of the actual accusations or the facts. I do know that he has quite a number of "enemies" in the Christian community.
---Donna66 on 5/17/10


John_Hendrenon on 2|14|08>>>>is absolutely correct. Humility, yes. Show some.
---catherine on 5/17/10


I suggest you people learn a little Humility and stop listening to others and see for your self what he says on his program.Try a little Humility.
---John_Hendren on 2/14/08

Hank, has made money and points by pointing out others worse than himself. Humility.
You mention rightly "Humility".
The very title hankie prefers is the "Bible Answer Man". Humility? He is learned in the small worldly things, but does not have any Biblical meat answers. Goes full bore against prophets/scripture in denom/doctrinal areas.
He merchandises Christ, daily....in a shadowy form of spreading the word. Which he does with Ten Dollar words in a condescending egotistical format. Humility?
---Trav on 5/17/10


Casey your atheist can claim anything he/she likes. However ask him/her to provide the evidence that the Cananite and Egyptian texts are older than Psalms. And further ask them to provide the texts from which they claim the Psalms came.
---Warwick on 5/16/10




//How do I answer an atheist that says that the Psalms were lifted directly from the Canaanite and Egyptian religious texts?//
---Casey on 5/15/10

answer - Proof?
---aka_joseph on 5/16/10


How do I answer an atheist that says that the Psalms were lifted directly from the Canaanite and Egyptian religious texts?
---Casey on 5/15/10


I never seen so many complete lies and distortions of truth in my life!God will judge you. Hanks teachings is completely from the bible and he uses the bible and knows his bible more than any man I have ever known. Its only the crazies that seem to get heard now days. That should tell you something, like the Devils doing his work well in deceiving the masses. I suggest you people learn a little Humility and stop listening to others and see for your self what he says on his program.Try a little Humility.
---John_Hendren on 2/14/08


2. the language barrier." Today as never before cultists of all stripes are using Christian terminology while pouring their own meanings into the words, in the process sometimes fooling even conservative evangelical leaders. I can see that people are unwilling to change due to what they have learned through many that twist the word of God. The Research has tapes movies and sermons of all that teach and they check everyone to defend the Christian faith.
---Lupe2618 on 1/14/08


I have never heard of Hank Hanegraaff. Although we should never put our trust in any man, I do like ministers like Billy Graham and Charles Stanley. They preach only God's truth with nothing added by man. They tell it like it is, right out of God's Word. I am very happy as a Christian now.
---born_again_fmr_Cath. on 5/21/07


Stay away from this false teacher.
---Dianne on 5/20/07


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I have heard this Hank on the radio. He is adept at using 'big words' to discribe little ideas, thats called pedantry.
This CRI was founded by Walter Martin, a fundamentalist on the fringe. I have a tape of Martin saying 'Jews are children of the Devil' and fossils were 'created by the devil' Thats all I need to know. As I understand it, CRI was taken over by HH as a 'hostile takeover,' it is only a business. They left So. Cal. last year do to legal battles with Martin's family and others.
---MikeM on 5/17/07


Many of you don't know who Hank Hanegraaff is. True he does oppose the majority of Churches with his stance against dispensationalism. But he does so with a reason. Not every Biblical scholar believes Revelations was written in 90 AD. In fact most don't, the majority of Christian denominations oppose "left Behind" And Hank is pointing this out. He is telling us to read scripture and gives tools to help us. But he is also saying don't get caught up in the Popular ideas of today.
---Jared on 5/17/07


Hank is president and chairman of the board of Christian Research Institute Internaltional, the oldest and largest organization in the world specializing in the study of cults and fringe religious movements, contemporary religious controversies, and related issues. He follows the work of Walter Martin founder of the Research institute and father of Christian cult apologetics. Walter Martin prophetically warned that the day would come when Christians would be unable and unwilling to "scale
---Lupe2618 on 5/17/07


steve, Hank has always done that. His response is always, you need to learn to read the bible for all its worth... now buy my book so you can understand it. He never seems to really refer people to the Bible itself. We are too dumb to read it so we need his version. I dont think so. He is ok on the essential doctrines, but tends to lead people to man made writings rather than the Word of God. I dont think it's intentional though.
---tofurabby on 8/31/06


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, hank has now been quoting himself instead of quoting the Bible. and he has taken a stand against israel. what more can we say?
---steve on 8/31/06


Lupe / Chris

I don't know everything, nor will I ever on Earth know everything. Even if I could remember the entire Bible it wouldn't help me. knowledge does not save, only Jesus saves.
Rev 12:17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspringthose who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

If the Law was nailed to the cross (According to Hank) what commandments are being spoken of here.
---gerardo on 4/11/06


Lupe / Chris
Sorry it took me a while to get back. I pray that our dis agreement will only lead us to God's will. We can not, however, take any man's word for their belief without testing it against God's Word. Since we are all sinners we have all worked on the side of the evil one. God makes things clear. Here is a big problem. Almost all bible scholars believe the book of Revelation was written around 90 A.D. Hank is one of a few who put it before the fall of Jerusalem in 70A.D.
---gerardo on 4/11/06


1 John 4:1-3
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist...
---chris on 4/4/06


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I used to struggle with Hank because I dont agree with his "back burner" points. I do believe that his essential doctrine is completely correct.

Reading 1 John 4:1-3 I see that Hank is of God.

Paul tells us in Rom. 14:1-5 that we should not dispute the doubtful things.

Hank is not always right (nor am I), even the apostles could make mistakes. Gal. 2:11
---chris on 4/4/06


Lupe, great points. Gerardo, I appreciate the scripture about the Sabbath. It was informative. I do agree with Lupe that overall, Hank's ministry is pretty straight forward and honest. One thing about the Sabbath that Jesus did say... "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Mark 2:27 So, take from that what you will.
---daphn8897 on 4/4/06


5. I believe Gerardo that having infomation for us to look at, as commentaries, books to interpret in Hermeneutics, and a few lessons on how to read scripture, we can learn the Truth correctly. Maybe disagree on a few points but never to an extend as to seperate. Of course our ultimate book is Scripture so we are to compare everything we read with God's Word.
---Lupe2618 on 4/4/06


4. You see Gerardo, if you try to stop someone that is working for God, and you are wrong, you are working for the enemy. You spoke about Martin Luther and others, I done agree with everything Wesley wrote either but those are great man in history that loved the Lord and worked hard for God. Whether they disagreed,(as Luther) or agreed, (as Wesley) on free will, they were still great man of God. You speak as if you are more knowledgeable then they were.
---Lupe2618 on 4/4/06


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3. You also mentioned his earnings or wages. That to me sounds like you are looking for dirt. So your intention from the start is not to find out if he is right or not but you have already made up your mind without checking if what he wrote is true or not. You know his material is free many times when you don't have money. Most of the articles on line are free. Of course he writes about many so many will be upset. Instead of been upset check to see if what he write is true compared to God's Word.
---Lupe2618 on 4/4/06


2. In the Kingdom of the cults he does not put SDA's in the same as cults because after checking he found that the same essentials are in place as orthodox christianity. Or the same essentials of the Christian faith are in place, but much of the material of E.G. White is still been used so many outsiders do consider them cultic. Now of course if someone prints anything against what we believe to be true we would get mad too. But that is why having this information for us to compare is good.
---Lupe2618 on 4/4/06


Gerardo, instead of writing all you did, all you had to do is tell us that you are SDA and you don't agree with his teachings. That he is wrong and his ministry is wrong. Then give something we can look up, like dates are where you get the information. I have read "Christianity in Crisis" and "The kingdom of the cults" both well written and true. While "The kingdom of the cults" was written by Walter Martin but was edited by Hank Hanegraaff,
---Lupe2618 on 4/4/06


Finally read Mark 16:14(Later Jesusappeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.)And Thomas John 20:25 (So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.

This is Hank's FIRST Sunday Mass.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


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Please read it carefully. When the women went to the tomb they still expected to see Jesus dead (Luke 24:1 the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.) They did not believe He had resurrected. When the deciples gathered they were hiding, not worshiping (John 20:19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!") They had doubted also.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


Gen 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This was before any Jews were alive on Earth. When God sanctified the Seventh day He set it apart for Holy use. When Jesus presented himself to the women and the apostles on the first day ( Hank likes to use these verses) It was not to change the day of worship.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


According to Hank, if you worship on the Seventh day because you believe it is the Lord's Day to worhip, Hank states that you are doing it as a form of "works" for salvation which is totally not true. People that worship on the Seventh day know that Salvation is by Grace alone. When you give your self to Jesus it is no longer "works" rather it is a pleasure to follow his commandments. God created the seven day week and only one of those days is sanctified, the Seventh Day.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


Hank still holds some of those traditions, like worshipping on Sunday. No where in the Bible is the day of worship changed as a commandment. If we read verses out of context we could come up with many different ways to interpret the bible (Martin Luther) or denounce other religious leaders only to become a similar dictator ( John Calvin) We are looking at what is convenient for us without asking Jesus what is right.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


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When Constantine and Licinious signed the Edict of Milan 313 A.D., it created a marriage between Christians and Rome.
This went totally against God's instruction in 2nd Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

Christianity was sold according to the black horse.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

We as Christians must come to the realization that we compromised Jesus with the world.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


Rev 20:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. As the Christian's official "Bible Answer Man" Hank better be telling the truth in every aspect or he will cause his own downfall and his diciples with him.
---gerardo on 4/4/06


Does Hank Hanigraff criticize churches that do not teach preterist doctrine? He'd alienate most evangelical denominations, I think, if he were to do so. If he was like National Geographic he wouldn't even call himself Christian!
---Donna2277 on 4/1/06


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I said before that Hank has the essential doctrine correct. I just dont agree with his preterist views. It follows right along with National Geographic and other main stream outlets that have to find "alternate" interpretations of the bible because the truth is hard to swallow.
---chris on 4/1/06


"Kingdom of the Cults" was written by Walter Martin (not Hank Hanograff)... great reference... it outlines the beliefs of almost any cult you can think of (and some you can't). Martin was highly educated and not flamboyant in any way. I knew him personally. He's the first person I heard of that dared take on the Mormons publicly. He was not an evangelist, didn't care about attracting followers for himself. If Hannigraff is like him, he probably makes lots of enemies!
---Donna2277 on 3/31/06


I agree. It seems that they are using the faith for personal gains. That is why I ask where their hearts are. With that much wealth, it is probably safe to assume they are willing to teach and write in a way that is most profitable for them and less profitable for those who are trying to find answers? A lot of them tend to stray from Gods word to avoid offending people. Many will find the truth offensive. Matt. 24:10; Matt. 24:9
---chris on 3/31/06


Hank has been around for years. As a rule, his doctrine is correct. As for his finances, the amounts listed by Chris are but a drop in a bucket compared to the likes of Joyce Meyers, Benny Hinn, and all.
---daphn8897 on 3/31/06


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A little more
Test mans writings against scripture to see if they are true. 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:21
In 2001: CRI earned +$500,000/month. Hank Hanegraaff earned $251,886. Kathy Hanegraaff received $87,600.
In 2002: CRI paid $66,000 for a blue Lexus sc, purchased for Hanegraaff the same year former employees said a lull in giving caused layoffs.
Matt. 13:22; Matt. 19:23; Matt. 19:24; Luke 6:24; 1 Tim. 6:9; James 5:1; Matthew 7:15; 1 Tim. 6:20,21: 2 Cor. 11:13,14; Matt. 15:8
---chris on 3/31/06


Hanks essential doctrines are correct, but I dont agree with many of Hank's "back burner" beliefs. Where is his heart is truly at? When I listen I notice it is more marketing than anything. He tells us to "Read the bible for all it is worth" by recommending books written by man rather than the actual bible itself. Instead he should tell us to study the bible directly and to test mans writings light of the scripture to see if they are true.
---chris on 3/31/06


Gerardo, Hank gives books away and gives much of the lessons that there for the Christian. If you have no money you will get it for free. I know because I have gotten a lot of material from him. I think you want to compare him with the evangelist and he sure is not even in the same space as them. If you have a question on Scripture against him bring them out so that we all know. I know he has many enemies because he speaks against many that teach false doctines so he will get a lot of hate mail.
---Lupe2618 on 12/27/05


One must be open to be examined. When you look into Hank's history one must wonder, Is Hank preaching for himself or for Jesus. Every time you hear him he is pushing one of his books. If a man is a true Christian you would think God would would do the selling for that man. God blesses in ways un thinkable. We all fall at one time or another, we must repent and return to God's ways.
---gerardo on 12/18/05


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, if you will not accept dinosaurs and man living together, then what do you do with the first chapters of Genesis? God made all creatures in six days, not six billion years.
---steve on 12/5/05


Len-k, What do you not agree with, and show scriptures where they are wrong. You want a definition of doctrine, yet which part of doctrine? I am sure if I define something it will not be to your liking. Hank must have wrote something about your denomination and you didn't like it. I know many don't like him for that. And what are you against? Is it hard to write down what you stand for? You can read all of my answers to many and you can see what I stand for. This answer is with love not hate or anger.
---Lupe2618 on 12/5/05


The problem is i do have sources, but is against the rules, and for good reason to post other .com sites. I will say James Randi, who exposed and brought down new age Guru Uri Geller and fake preacher Peter Popov is a good source. People are often comfortable in their respective bubbles, not wanting to know the truth about their 'leaders.'
---len_k on 12/5/05


"It is important to all of us that we preserve doctrine." -Preserve doctrine, define your terms-what doctrine?
---len_k on 12/5/05


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3. Hank has wrote many books and one of them is, "The kingdom of the cults" now this books brings out many denominations and what they teach. I am sure many on line read about their denomination like the SDA's, J.W. Catholics, Mormons, and many more that are on line at this minute and I can see why they are upset. But the truth has to come out whether someone likes this guys or not. It is important to all of us that we preserve doctrine.
---Lupe2618 on 12/4/05


2. Sister Delore had an experience with someone's ministry and everyone jumped on her. 1 Cliff on the other hand, is really teaching false doctrine and I sure don't see many jumping on him except for Elder and Eloy and Ulrika, maybe a few more. He continues to make a mockery of our faith. Now there is a case that should be met head on, because it concerns the Gospels as we know them in Scripture. We have to defend our faith. Nothing else should be more important to us.
---Lupe2618 on 12/4/05


I hear you speak a lot but anyone can say something without merit. I was asking for some titles or letters or articles or something that we can check. Everyone has an opinion about someone and many defend people that are teaching false doctrine with no questions ask. Just like I asked in Pat's blog I am asking you as well. I can check if you give something that I can go by. If it is just your opinion, then thats ok too because that is how you feel. Nothing wrong with that.
---Lupe2618 on 12/4/05


Lupe, My issue against Pat Robertson is 100% his politics.

'Hank' runs a business. He has no concept of pluralism. In attacking other beliefs he demeans his own. People from ALL sects, Christian or not are ready to step up to the plate to say why they are right, and all others are wrong. This could be a threat. He believes the earth is only 6,000 years old, what can I say? Word-faith? some division withen fundamentalism
---len_k on 12/4/05


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2. I have much information on this ministry and up until now, I have not read or heard anything none Scriptural but I could be wrong. I hope you are not like the people against Pat Robertson who just don't like him. If there is a doctrinal cause, let us all know. I want to get my facts right. Can you please explain?
---Lupe2618 on 12/4/05


Len-k, can you give the book title or something to prove what you said is true? I don't know everything about walter Martin but I know that he spoke very much against the Word faith teachers. He did pass on and Hank has taken over. I know many people don't like Hank for speaking against the Word faith teachers, is this comment coming because you are a Word Faith follower? If you are then I will not follow this. If Walter Martin or Hank has said anything that is not doctrine, can you please explain?
---Lupe2618 on 12/4/05


Maybe i was not clear; Walter Martin said "Jews are Children of the devil" Its on tape, by the James Randi foundation. Yes, Hank H said dinosaurs lived at the same time as man. After hearing that, I would take little of what he said as having worth.
---len_k on 12/3/05


, if you would only ask hank himself, you would see that he categorically denies such accusations. america was founded by diests and unitarians, but i am not one of them.
---steve on 12/3/05


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Hank said dinosaurs lived at the same time as mankind. His organization was founded by the late Walter Martin, known for his 'straw man' agruments against beliefs he did not like. This is on tape, he said 'Jews are children of the devil.' He said this in 1986, a year before his death on a Los Angeles radio station, enough said.
---len_k on 12/2/05


, go and you will find that hannagraaf has a lot of resources on false teachers such as joyce meyer and TD jakes.
---steve on 11/29/05


, hank has been a very good man who has pointed out the false teachers and teachings out there. however, he seems to be focused a little too much on raising funds, claiming that donations have dropped to low levels.
---steve on 11/22/05


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