Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
There is a supposed revival going on in Flordia. The speaker or lead is Todd Bentley. I believe he is a heretic and teaching content that is not biblical nor Christian as all heretics do. (See yesterday’s blog – Cloud of Witnesses -filed in The Apostle blogs).
Some say that they can discern and so chew the meat and spit out the bones. In other words, they don’t have to believe the doctrine being taught but can, at least, enjoy or become part of the anointing that is healing people. I wouldn’t.
There is a distinct possibility that the anointing itself is also not from God just as the teachings are not from God. The Bible says that in the last days many false teachers, false prophets, and false apostles will show up in the Church and in the world. And, that these false ministers preaching a false gospel and false doctrine will do real miracles, signs, and wonders.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
If sickness is an oppression of the Devil (Acts 10:38) then a false prophet or teacher or apostle who is working for the Devil can cast the demon off the person who is sick so that he or she gets well (for a time). The person – and undiscerning believers – will see this as a valid miracle not loooking at or to the source of power that brought about the healing. And, as soon as the spotlight is off that conference or that person who was healed the “oppression” will come back on them and the person will continue to suffer with their ailment and maybe even die from it.
You don’t tell a “false preacher” by their lack of signs and wonders – your litmus test is their doctrine and teachings. The anointing can be from the wrong source and yet look good – but it does follow from the teaching base and the doctrines. If the doctrines and teachings are incorrect (heretical, in this case) it is likely the anointing is not from God either – as powerful or beneficial as it may appear.
We have disciples of Todd Bentley in the city that I live in. Graduates of his training school. Their doctrine is frightening. Their loyalty to Todd Bentley is seriously out of balance. Their acceptance of everything he says, without questioning and without searching the scriptures like the Bereans did (Acts 17:11), is a deep concern. Their basic understanding of the Bible and its foundational issues and doctrines is in doubt. And, their knowledge of how to understand and interpret the scriptures and apply them properly today is almost nil (see below for some recommended books).
I am deeply concerned about everything connected to this current “move of God” and so-called “revival”.
To learn how to correctly handle the Word of Truth as found in your Bible… two excellent books:
“How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth”
“Listening to the Spirit in the Text”
Both these books are by Gordon D. Fee – Professor of New Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, British Colunbia.