I am glad that Benny Hinn came to Thailand in 2012. Really, I am. He is a false teacher and a false prophet who will probably end up with a millstone around his neck in the final judgment. But I am glad he came because he provided the opportunity to make the prosperity gospel into a live issue among Thai churches.
The prosperity gospel has been in Thailand for many years but prior to Hinn’s visit, it was not a topic of controversy. Various teachers, both foreign and domestic, have put on big shows, made outrageous claims and promises, and generally given people false hope while taking away their money and/or their hope. Some churches are into that kind of thing, and others aren’t. But Thai people are generally polite and don’t like to stir up controversy. The Christian community in Thailand is small, people know each other, and it seems more important to affirm each other in light of the Buddhist majority, rather than cause problems. So while prosperity preachers and self-appointed prophets came and went, barely anyone said much about this form of false teaching even as it has continued to spread and work its way into a larger number of churches through big, exciting “revival” meetings, translated books, and YouTube videos.