The “Revival” in Flordia

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.

3 replies
  1. karenc
    karenc says:

    What frightens me is the numbers of “Christians’ who literally think with their behinds. There can’t be a soundly saved one among them, including the head guy, can there?
    I know just how much “a son (daughter) of hell” I was and someday I may truely grasp just how very much Jesus did for me. How could you possible claim to follow the Son and even entertain any of this crap?
    I for one will not ever again shrink from tell everyone the terror of the hell to come and more importantly, the ‘escape clause’ that God provided.
    God help us!

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  2. Bev Wensel
    Bev Wensel says:

    I had not seen any of the revival programs until quite recently. The Miracle Ch. is airing them from 3:00-5:00 AM so not many of us are “fuctioning” too well @ that hour, ha!
    But I believe the Lord woke me up to see some of what was/is going on there & followed it up by giving me a dream that same day. One part of the dream showed very tall 14-18″ & very green grass growing. A lawn mower had tried to cut the grass but was stalled/stopped after only cutting a short swath rt. next to a sidewalk…meaning, I believe, that correction was given at the very beginning but was not rec’d {ie. stopped by the “fleshly” grass}.
    I was also awake to hear that a young pastor there say that some church or org.{I didn’t hear the name}had “officially” denounced it as not a move of God etc. He laughed & said that they “officially didn’t care”. So, it would seem “they” are not listening to the correction

    What concerns me even more than their-leadership reaction, is that so many desperate people needing healing are being deceived & some may shipwreck their faith with offence etc…wounding so many sheep … we really need to keep all these people in our prayers!!
    Bev.

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  3. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    As far as I know many have tried to speak correction into what is happening. J. Lee Grady of Charisma Magazinein – his Blog “Fire in My Bones” – has had a number of good write-ups offering insight and suggestions. As far as I know he has only received negative feedback. You can go on line to the magazine and read back issues of his Blog. They are very well done and balanced.

    I also read last night that the Assemblies of God leader in the United States has written and “suggested” this is not of God and that has been ignored (if I remember correctly). This may be what your dream is referring to. This denomination felt it had some right to speak in to what is happening as the “Ignite” Church the revival started in was part of the Assemblies of God group.

    I am deeply, deeply concerned for the direction things are going – both in Lakeland and in the Church in general. Too much Eastern religion and New Age is creeping into our teachings and experiences.

    The more I read and research about the move in Lakeland the more deep concerns I have.

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