Well for months I have been preaching and writing about the need for caution regarding a so-called “revival” going on in Lakeland, Florida. Many big names have declared it to be both “God” and a revival. My small voice of warning seemed lost in the wilderness of unknown, little ministry, western prairies.
My warning was simple: character before charisma (gifts) and objective (God’s Word) before subjective (experiences, visions, angels, dreams, winds, dead saints speaking, third heaven visits…) and, of course, correct theology and application of Bible verses and principles. Just your typical Ralph Howe and his “negative bend” on things.
Well, the Canadian heading it all up has passed the baton on to his juniors. His wife has been granted a separation. Even those involved in his leadership team and the host pastor handled this badly. They have known for 10 days this was going to happen – rumor got out about it – people asked about the situation – they lied – sorry, didn’t speak the whole truth (want to be politically correct).
And so much for accountability. Only 6 weeks ago most of the big names in the apostolic and prophetic realm – most self-appointed and with shaky theology and really wacko teachings and writings – went to Lakeland and ordained Todd Bentley a “five-fold evangelist” to lend credibility to the “revival” and his ministry. It is not a revival by any classic Christian or Church definition and it is obvious that they were clueless about what was going on in his personal life and with some of the basic character issues. So much for discernment and accountability.
Will we ever learn? Character is important. Accountability is of paramount importance. Submission and humility are key to real revival. Hype, smoke and mirrors, theatrics, playing to the cameras of “God-TV” worldwide will never do the work of God on the Earth. Don’t need it – we have God’s Word as our only standard and the baptism in the Holy Spirit giving us power and supernatural gifts. We certainly do not need mega-superstars who people flock to … we have what we need. Jesus as Lord and Saviour and both the Word and the Spirit of God.
Maybe if believers were busy out reaching the lost as God commands we do then we would have less time to head to these “hotspots” and would actually experience real revival.