Dawn sent me a link regarding Todd Bentley attempting to explain away a few misconceptions regarding him personally and the Florida Outpouring in general. Today I would like to look at a couple of statements he has made and offer Mr. Bentley a challenge. Please read his statement at the following link;
Some people have even ventured to say that my visions and visitations are false. That’s like telling someone who’s just told you about a dream they had in their sleep that they didn’t really dream it.
In the case of my encounter with Paul the apostle, just as Paul didn’t know if he was in his body or out of his body when he was taken into the third heaven, I don’t know whether my encounter was in a vision or an actual encounter. I do know that it was not of the adversary. God had reason for this experience and for the revelation that transpired from it. These things I cannot refute.
I’m one of those critics Mr. Bentley. If you know that what you saw in regards to Paul was real and not imagined or that this vision wasn’t the “adversary” then why did you completely remove any reference to your interaction with the Apostle Paul from your article?
Later on in the column Bentley answers my question….well sort of;
From what I’ve been hearing, my heart is saddened because critical people are bringing more attention to the supposed “works of the devil” in my life, and here in Lakeland than to the very real and wondrous works of God. Too much credit is being given to the devil and to man to the detriment of God’s sovereignty and power. Some are even attributing good and wonderful manifestations of God’s loving response to His children, to the devil! But this exalts no one but themselves when they choose to make a ministry out of their judgments and criticisms in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since when did the devil come to heal the sick, raise the dead, open deaf ears and eyes, lead people to salvation in Jesus, or preach that the Kingdom of God is at hand? Just when did the devil change his plan? Jesus promised life and life more abundantly, and that’s the fruit that we’re seeing in Lakeland.
For this reason, I asked my staff to remove from our website, articles that are causing such strife and division and deterring the Body from the very real and pressing focus of these last days. Jesus wept when people missed the purpose. Every blessing flowed and people received, but they missed the purpose. Don’t miss the purpose!
Again….why remove your “vision” about interacting with the Apostle Paul and him telling you that Abraham co-wrote the Book of Hebrews if all of this was true? I did notice that Mr. Bentley didn’t remove his “treasury room vision” and how he filled his pockets with gold coins….but I suppose this is more believable then him visiting the Apostle Paul in his log cabin in heaven??? Please see the following article for reference;
For a very interesting read, please see the following link to a booklet written in defense of the Florida Outpouring by Dr. Gary Greig;
Before You Pick Apart the Worker…
Please examine the fruit before you pick apart the worker. People are being saved! Certainly this is common ground with every believer – our hearts should always be for the lost. Can we not come together and make this our mission, understanding that our theologies may be different but that we agree on this very important and vital commission. We serve the same God. God is the Father of all of us. We are His children. We are all in the same family. We are all running the same race but at different paces. The Word planted on good soil bears good fruit!
I agree that Salvation is the most important thing here but how do you know people are being “saved” Mr. Bentley? I have examined the fruit so to speak and this is what I see;
1). At least two confirmed false resurrections.
2). At least one false prophesy
3). People being kicked in the face, kneed in the mid section and pushed to the ground
4). Questionable statements removed from teaching articles without any mention of said removal
Plenty of bad fruit and more then enough…at least for me…to continue to warn others there is a wolf in our midst.
Last week Wendy Alec “prophesied” that Jesus would be making an appearance in Lakeland on Sunday night June 8th 2008. Of course this didn’t happen which makes her a false prophet….but I haven’t seen anyone denouncing this failed prophecy…at least not from the Bentley camp. Bentley has been nattering on and on about integrity during his meetings so here’s a good opportunity for him to demonstrate the integrity of his ministry and this “revival”….
Are you ready for my challenge Mr. Bentley?
My challenge to Todd Bentley
Wendy Alec of GOD TV has made a false prophecy concerning Jesus making an appearance at the Florida Outpouring…that obviously didn’t occur. Under Levitical Law this woman should be put to death….but I’m not asking you to do this….but if you really are interested in integrity then do the following;
1). Publicly state that Wendy Alec is a false prophet by refuting this prophesy live on GOD TV.
That’s it. Go on TV and tell the world that Wendy Alec is a false prophet. If you are really interested in integrity then this should be easy for you to do…shouldn’t it?
There is plenty more to Bentley’s article we can address….and I look forward to your views!