AFTER THE 700 CLUB
by Lore Smith
Ben Kinchlow is someone you may be familiar with from Pat Robertson's
700 Club. Connection Magazine had the opportunity to know a little
more about the man and his mission.
CM: What is your testimony as to how you came to
BK: "In the late 60's and early 70's, I was into Malcolm X/Black
Muslim movement. I worked with a white guy who had a relationship
with Jesus Christ and not a 'church relationship'. The white
brother challenged me to accept Jesus Christ as Lord. I accepted
CM: Do you have any formal theological training?
BK: "No. A group of men in my hometown formed a scholarship
program to send me to the seminary. I didn't go. The
pastor of First Methodist Group asked me this question, "If you had
a patch of weeds to hoe, would you go right out to hoe or would you
sharpen your instruments and then go"? So, I prayed to seek God's
direction. Then I asked the same pastor this question, 'If you had
a patch of weeds to hoe, you had a hoe and your father had
a power mower, which would you choose to do the work?' Of course
the power mower. I don't have anything against the seminary.
I am a firm believer that people should not attend seminary looking
for God. You should already have a relationship with him before you
CM: Are there any ministers in your family?
BK: "My dad was a Methodist minister an there are a lot of Christians
in my family."
CM: How did you become involved with the 700 Club?
BK: "Shortly after I received Christ, I went to the streets
telling people about the one I received. I was the executive
director of a drug and rehabilitation center. This is the place
where I saw bonafide miracles take place in the lives of people.
Pat Robertson heard of the mighty things God was doing and asked
if I would come and be apart of the program as a guest giving my
"When I was invited the second time, I thought it would be as
before. I went in the studio and sat in the counseling section.
As it got closer to air time, I moved into a guest chair. Then
someone told me that Pat and Henry were in Israel and I was the host
of the show. During that time the 700 Club was a three-hour show.
When I heard the opening song, "Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,"
I thought yes Lord!"
CM: How did you know it was time to leave the 700 Club?
BK: "I believe in divine discontentment. It's not that
everything wasn't going well. When you pray God opens doors
and there will be a witness in your spirit. If you look back,
you probably left on your own."
CM: If I didn't know anything about the Holy Spirit, what would
you tell me?
BK: "The Holy Spirit is the person that Jesus Christ commanded
his disciples to meet. The Holy Spirit activates the power
of the gospel in the life of the believer."
CM: If I didn't know anything about prayer, what would you tell
BK: "Prayer is communicating the deepest desire of your heart
to the one who understands the deepest desire, praying with words,
groans or moans that cannot be uttered."
CM: What do you believe the word of the Lord is for the Body
of Christ in this hour?
BK: "It's the same word that is in the Word of God, our redemption
is closer now than when we first believed."
Ben Kinchlow is currently a motivational speaker traveling around
the country doing various seminars; namely, For Men Only, Unlimited Living
as well as a marriage seminar.
He recently visited Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio.