We’ve been receiving many comments from those who believe that what we’ve been witnessing in Lakeland is a true “revival” sent by God. There are those who claim that people are “repenting” and that a million have been saved due to the preaching of repentance by Todd Bentley. The dead are being resurrected and people are getting physical healings…….
Let’s start with the million or more that have claimed salvation. I hear supporters of this “revival” claim that Bentley has an “altar call” nightly…and I have witnessed this with my own two eyes. Does a response to an altar call mean that a person is truly regenerated? Please allow me to share an experience from my past ministry experience if you will;
I used to preach in rescue missions. I used to give what’s commonly referred to as an altar call at the end of my salvation messages. I had a guy who was obviously drunk respond to this altar call, prayed the sinner’s prayer and was “saved”! Praise God right? The next night I’m preaching at the same place and the same guy staggers up to the altar again…..drunker then the night before…..this went on for the next week or so…..with absolutely no change whatsoever….I was baffled.
Was the man who responded to my message of salvation saved? I was preaching Christ crucified and he accepted my message but there weren’t any obvious signs of change as happened to Saul in Acts 9. In fact, the man was worse then before. I have hundreds of similar examples that have taught me that an altar call is simply that….a call to come forward and profess Christ….but in NO WAY does that mean the person has truly been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The guy was a false convert and I’ve learned over the years that a confession isn’t regeneration and someone who is truly regenerated by the Holy Spirit will show this immediately and begin to show signs of this regeneration in the form of fruit found in Galatians 5.
I have no way of knowing if those who claim to be saved from this revival actually are…..if they are then PRAISE GOD! I have watched this revival live every night on GOD TV and I have not heard one word about sin or its consequences…..I’ve heard plenty about repentance but ZERO about what these folks are repenting from….plenty about “fire” but absolutely ZERO about the fires of hell….this concerns me greatly. If you know someone who has claimed salvation due to the Florida Outpouring and has dramatically changed then I would love to hear from them…….
Last night as I was watching Bentley perform, a man claimed partial restoration of his hearing on Wednesday night and then, while attending Thursday night, his hearing was completely restored! If it’s true then PRAISE GOD! The one thing that makes me wonder about this….and the dozens more claimed healings is this; In all the healings of Jesus and the Apostles….each was instantaneous…..yet many of the reported healings aren’t this way….which leads me to believe these are the false signs and wonders that Jesus continually warned the disciples about…..
Last night there was a claim that a little girl named “Jaden” was resurrected from the dead…..allegedly she was brain dead for 48 hours and was being prepped to have her organs donated to another when she allegedly “coughed”. This girl was in Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando and I have as yet been unable to confirm this…..if anyone can confirm this for me please do because if this is true then PRAISE GOD!
Finally, Bentley claimed last night that God told him Saturday night would be a “baptism of fire” at his revival. Isn’t it nice that God would actually provide Bentley with this information…..even Jesus wouldn’t tell His Apostles what day they would receive the Holy Spirit…he just told them to wait…..guess God wants thousands of people to show up in Lakeland to receive this fire baptism eh?