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Todd Bentley and His Circus Side Show From Hell

Is pretty much summed up by the succinct comment recently made by a friend .. “I don’t know if the devil wears Prada, but he definitely drives a Bentley”. 

Carol Brooks

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The Dominionist Doctrine is a volatile cocktail of outright error mixed in with authentic truth, and Bible verses attached to complete fabrications. However their delusions make them more dangerous, not less. This movement, gathering momentum by the week, could very well bring about the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 10:21, which means that every Christian should be aware of who these people are and what it is they profess to believe.

And Slain In The Spirit and Related Manifestations
Compared to The Ancient and Occult Practice of A Kundalini Awakening in Hinduism]
 

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ON THIS PAGE

Introduction
History and Appearance

Bentley’s My Space
Bentley and West Coast Chopper
Violence in The Name of God

Music

Todd Bentley a.k.a James Van Praagh a.k.a John Edward

Contagious Anointing or Contagious Kundalini Awakening?
A New Thing? You Have To Be Kidding!

False Prophecies
Oily Smelly Hands

God Wants People To Believe in The Angel
Emma?
Angel of Finance ????

Christian Alchemy
God’s Nightly Show

The Tree of Life. Bentley Vs. The Bible

Todd Bentley and Sundar Singh
Demon Possession?

Bentley’s Connections
Is Todd Bentley’s Lakeland Outpouring like the Day of Pentecost?

Conclusion

Todd Bentley R.I.P?

He’s Baaack!
Bob Jones Says Christians Have Put A Curse On Todd Bentley
Rick Joyner Issues Special Bulletin Regarding Todd Bentleys Restoration
A Freestyle Approach To ‘Restoring’ Fallen Leaders

 

 

Introduction

Todd Bentley was first brought to my attention in late May of this year [2008]. At first I ignored the whole issue, dismissing him as one more charlatan on the whole sordid landscape of the modern church. However as the voices grew more insistent, I finally (and reluctantly) started reading about, watching and listening to excerpts from his various talks. A short time later I have come to three inescapable conclusions…

    Here we go again… Writing another chapter in the history of a dysfunctional church.

    Bentley definitely has a positive function in life. He makes people like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland look good… really good.

    Whatever rock in the furtherest reaches of hell Todd Bentley crawled out from, Satan is no longer bothering to conceal his minions behind the cloak of respectability (After all Robert Schuller does look and sound like someone’s benevolent grandfather). I wonder if Satan actually thought to himself.. “Lets see just how much these fool Christians will fall for. Let’s hand them someone with tattoos, and body piercings with a sleazy background and a penchant for Harleys... let’s arm him with a fistful of tall stories and top it all with his propensity for violence and see just how gullible these people are.”.CR_Todd Bentley

Well what ‘happened’ is history in the making. The Lakeland Healing "Revival" lead by 32-year-old Canadian ‘evangelist’ Todd Bentley is in full tilt. Bentley's arms and neck are covered with tattoos, and he wears studs in his chin and left eyebrow, yet nearly every evening thousands gather to hear him preach and hear “Holy Spirit fall! God is here! We want more! More, more, more!". In the video I watched Bentley yells “BAM” over and over again along with the usual trite phrases “Release the revival anointing”, “Release revival glory”. He also screams “Take It” over and over again. 

(Hmmm! I wonder whether Bentley ever watches Emeril Live on Food Network. Emeril’s famous trademark ... “BAM” as he adds salt to whatever he is making is endearing ...on him. On a so called preacher it is despicable.

And, most of Bentley’s tattoos seem to have been done over the last 4-5 years. A Youtube video of him preaching in early 2004 at the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship shows him to be tattoo free: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fFp1tG9z7SM).

In the words of Al Dager (Media Spotlight)

    “Bentley believes that his ministry will flow throughout the churches and that it will become a revival that will take us into coming of Jesus. He has been endorsed by John Arnott, pastor of Toronto Airport Vineyard at the time of the “Toronto Blessing” Paul Cain and Bob Jones of the “Brownville Revival”, and others associated with various alleged outpourings of the Holy Spirit manifested by bizarre conduct. At times Bentley has lost control of himself on stage, laughing hysterically, falling on all fours, and engaging in myriad gymnastics to get the people’s attention. He encourages his audiences to let go of themselves to where they bark like dogs, and exhibit the same behavior found in the aforementioned “outbreaks”. [1]

And Gary Osbourne

    “There is no doubt in my mind that the “Lakeland Outpouring”, as it is now being called, is nothing more than a recycling of previous movements that stretch back decades. Whether it was meetings held by people like William Branham, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Steve Hill, or any of the so-called Kansas City Prophets, the spirit and basic doctrine are the same.  There’s a common thread of specific heresies that go back a long way”. [2]

(NOTE: This is almost the only page on this site that makes such extensive use of video clips.. simply because this man has to be seen to be believed. In time I imagine that most of these videos will disappear off You Tube. I have used Real Player to download most of them, although I have no idea if (or how) they can be shared)

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In an article dated May 29, 2008, msnbc.msn.com said

    “The meetings have outgrown four venues, including a local convention center that seats roughly 7,000. Now they meet under an air-conditioned tent that can accommodate 10,000 on the grounds of the local airport. Organizers estimate that more than 140,000 people from at least 40 nations have attended meetings here” ... according to  Fresh Fire Ministries, 1.2 million people have watched live streaming broadcasts of the meetings on the Internet. The meetings also are carried on the religious satellite channel, God TV, which transmits Bentley's healing services to more than 200 nations”.  [3]

According to the Ledger

    Bentley came to Lakeland at the invitation of Stephen Strader, pastor of Ignited Church and son of Karl Strader, to lead a one-week revival beginning April 2... Strader began sending hundreds of e-mail dispatches about the revival during the first week, and soon after Ignited began streaming the services live on Ustream... "We went global in less than two weeks," Strader said. [4]

    “The evening services usually last for several hours, beginning with an hour or more of near-deafening music that has the wildly eclectic crowds leaping and spinning”. [5]

Incidentally

    In March 1993, Karl Strader invited South African evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne to lead a revival at Carpenter's Home. Howard-Browne, now pastor of The River at Tampa Bay, a church in Tampa, is a proponent of holy laughter, and he led 16 weeks of revival services during the following 10 months, with some weeks off....The Toronto revival began at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church under evangelist Randy Clark just as the Carpenter's Home revival was ending [4]
     

Todd Bentley... History and Appearance

History

    Bentley, 32, runs Fresh Fire Ministries, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He said he dropped out of school in the eighth grade and overdosed on drugs three times before he became a Christian in 1994. According to a 2003 article in Charisma, a magazine devoted to Pentecostal news, before his conversion at age 18, Bentley spent several stints in jail, including one for a sexual assault committed as a juvenile. [6]

A Mar. 5, 2001 article in Report Newsmagazine stated that…

    “As a teen, Todd Bentley knew one thing very well: how to get into trouble. Growing up in Abbotsford, his life was filled with drug dealing, fighting and robbery. The nadir came when he was sentenced to 18 months in detention for assault and breaking-and-entry. Mr. Bentley, now 25, was able to put that all behind him seven years ago when he became a Christian. But his transformation was not all at once. Over the past three years, he has gone from working the green chain in a sawmill to speaking in major Protestant churches throughout the western U.S., Canada and Africa”. [7]


Appearance
Todd Bentley is far from mainstream. He is heavy set and bearded and his arms and neck are covered with tattoos. He wears studs in his chin and left eyebrow and certainly doesn’t look anything like a typical evangelist.

But isn’t being a Christian all about being forgiven for past sins and being filled with the Holy Spirit which helps enable one to live out the rest of our lives in righteousness etc. etc. Isn’t being a Christian more to do with the inside being clean, rather than the outside adhering to some set standard? Didn’t Jesus criticize the Pharisees for their appearance of righteousness while the inside was rotting?  

CR-Bentley-TattooCertainly! As long as our present lives are pleasing to God and our beliefs according to the precepts of Scripture, it should not particularly matter what our outward appearance is like. Except for a couple of small problems...

Unlike many Christians, I have absolutely nothing against tattoos, but in the photograph Bentley is displaying a bizarre tattoo that is eerily similar to the popular depictions of Medusa. Besides which it is all too often the case that tattoos, body piercings etc. are far more than just appearance, they represent a lifestyle …a mindset or worldview, if you will, that is completely antithetical to Christianity. A premise that seems to be further reinforced by ....



Bentley’s My Space….
There is a disturbing pattern to Todd Bentley’s interests on his myspace page, which has a prominent Harley Davidson symbol at the top. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Harleys, there is a mind-set here that just doesn’t sit right on a so called minister of God. (Since this report was written, the myspace page has been deleted). The Bible instructs us to come out from the world and be separate (which is the definition of
holiness). So isn’t it reasonable to expect the life of a preacher/evangelist/man of God to be a little bit different from everyone else?  Are we being unreasonable to expect that this man’s life be salt and light, that he set the example for the rest of the flock to follow, that he display at least some separation from the entertainment and lifestyle of the world.

However this is far from the case with Bentley, who’s preferences in movies etc, are pretty typical of any unregenerate ‘tough guy’.  For example his general interests are listed as

    Family, Sushi, Harley Davidson's, Music, Starbucks, Movies, hangning out with Friends (misspelling in original)

And considering later events it seems almost amusing, if not absolutely hypocritical that Bentley listed family as first on his list. Besides which, Bentley seems to have an affinity for roughness and violence...(Why would I not be surprised if Bentley also favored professional wrestling?) his favorite movies include …

    Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Die Hard, Mission Impossible and Bourne on the big screen and King of Queens, Seinfeld, American Chopper and CSI on television.

While time and space preclude a meaningful analysis of all these programs, we have dealt with a few.

Television

    Seinfeld is as dumb as ‘comedy’ get with it’s characters neurotic and conceited at best and immature, dishonest, petty and totally wacko at worst.

    The immature Doug in King of Queens does nothing but watch sports, play poker and put on weight. 

    CSI pushes the envelope as far as graphic violence, images, and sexual content goes. [Emphasis Added]

      “The CSI series (along with its spin-off shows) have pushed the boundary of what is considered acceptable viewing for primetime network television.  The series had numerous episodes on sexual fetishism and other forms of sexual pleasure (see especially the recurring character of Lady Heather, a professional dominatrix). CSI has been ranked as among the worst prime-time shows for family viewing by the Parents Television Council nearly every season since its second, being ranked the worst show for family prime-time viewing after the 2002–2003and 2005–2006 seasons. The PTC has also targeted certain CSI episodes for its weekly "Worst TV Show of the Week" feature. In addition, the episode "King Baby" aired in February 2005, which the PTC named the most offensive TV show of the week,  also led the PTC to start a campaign to file complaints with the FCC with the episode; to date, nearly 13,000 PTC members complained to the Federal Communications Commission about the episode. The PTC has also asked Clorox to pull their advertisements from CSI and CSI: Miami because of the graphically violent content on those programs”. [8]

    American Chopper.... The day-to-day drama of a volatile father and son team (New York natives Paul Teutul Sr. and son Paul Jr) as they create outrageous custom motorcycles. However Paul senior is a hot-tempered tattooed foul-mouthed patriarch who’s every second word has to be bleeped out.

      Fans of "American Chopper" have come to expect certain things from the reality show: Loud engines. Tattoos. Father and son shouting bleeped obscenities at each other. [9]

And TB calls these his favorite television programs.


Bentley and West Coast Chopper

CR-Bentley-Chopper Bentley has a larger version of the picture on the left on his MySpace page. Wondering what the logo on his chest (and sleeves) was, I enlarged it [below right].. Then still not recognizing it, I enlisted my husband, who told me it was the West Coast Chopper logo. Bentley is wearing a West Coast Chopper T-shirt.

West Coast Chopper is a company best known for selling chopper-style motorcycles. If you Google ‘West Coast Choppers’, their site comes up at the top of the page with the charming caption …

    “If you don't like how we're livin', FU jack”


Managed by Jesse James (former host of Monster Garage) who hasCR-Bentley-CU a “a love for custom motorcycles coupled with a bad attitude”

    “James moved out of his father's house at the age of sixteen because his enthusiasm for motorcycles was not matched by his antique slinging father. Spending the next three years stealing motorcycle parts to build his bikes, Jesse James acquired familiarity with the police and Orange County jail cells. This California Youth Authority veteran experienced a metamorphosis from a bad-boy incarcerated to a bad-boy in the spotlight, when the Discovery Channel picked him up for their pilot "Monster Garage" in 2001”. [10]

On the site, which is strewn with pictures of scantily clad women astride motorcycles [Surprise surprise!] you are urged to sign up or become a Chopperdog’s member by a female clad in boxing shorts and strategically held boxing gloves. After signing up you can buy an “Exclusive Chopper F--‘s T-Shirt”. [10b]

 Now Jesse James and the rest of the whatever the heck they call themselves, can do and say exactly what they wish. However a so called preacher of the Gospel, who ‘visits Heaven on a regular basis’ can and should be held accountable. The duplicity of Todd Bentley wearing a cross around his neck, which rests on the West Coast Chopper logo on his shirt is enough to make anyone gag.

While the man is a despicable hypocrite, what is even worse is that he has carried over his violent tendencies into his stage shows, and the so called Christian audience, not only encourage him, they laugh at his loathsome accounts.
 

Violence in The Name of God
The following information including the partial word-for-word transcript of the video below is thanks to Christian Research Service

“At about 10 seconds into the video, Todd Bentley states:

    The woman was standing in the back of the room when the faith of God hit the meeting, and her tumor exploded out of her right leg, slid down her leg onto the floor! (audience applause)

    I said, "God! I prayed for like a hundred crippled people. Not one?" He said, "That's because I want you to grab that lady's crippled legs and bang them up-and-down on the platform like a baseball bat." (audience laughter)

    I walked up and I grabbed her legs, and I started going, BAM! BAM! I started banging them up-and-down on the plat[form]! She got healed!

    And I'm thinking, God, why is not the power of God moving? He said, "Because you haven't kicked that woman in the face." (audience laughter)

    And there is this older lady worshipping right in front of the platform. (audience laughter) And the Holy Spirit spoke to me--the gift of faith came on me--He said, "Kick her in the face with your biker-boot."  (audience laughter)

    I inched closer and I went like this [Todd Bentley performs a kick with his right leg and yells] BAM! (audience laughter) And just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.

The remaining moments of the video speaks for itself and demonstrates what happens to Todd Bentley when he is overcome by the so-called "gift of faith." In what may be termed an award-winning theatrical performance, Bentley claims that "God" told him to: run and knock a person to the ground; "Ground and pound;" choke a man; run and hit a man so hard "it drove him back several feet! He hit the ground and his tooth popped right out of his mouth!" (audience laughter)

The video ends with Todd Bentley claiming that "God" instructed him to perform a "leg-drop" on a pastor.

I hope you realize that this assault would have landed Bentley in jail  had it taken place anywhere other than a ‘church.

But The Audience Did Nothing But Laugh!

NOT ONE of these good ‘Christians’ in the audience objected to this story. Not ONE person stood up and said “Hey! You don’t kick anyone”. NOT ONE person stood up and yelled “We do not serve a God who kicks people”.

God forgive us for what we have become.

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Tragically, Todd Bentley is not the first to use violence in a ‘ministry’. Stories abound about people like Smith Wigglesworth and A.A. Allen. But in the nearer verifiable past

    Kenneth Hagin claims the Lord instructed him to hit an elderly woman in the stomach with his fist. (Hagin, Understanding the Anointing, 114-115 and

    Rodney Browne who attended Hagin’s Rhema college slapped a deaf person so hard the person fell flat on the floor.(Flowing in the Holy Ghost p.53, R.H.B quoted in counterfeit Revival H. Hanegraaff).

So what does Scripture say about

1) the nature of the Holy Spirit…

In the words of Let Us Reason Ministries

    “Jesus said In John 14:16 he would ask the Father to send another comforter (Greek- Allos paracletos) which means another of the same kind, (a person). Here the Lord calls him our helper, the comforter one that comes alongside, he will be in the Christian, as well as with them. His ministry is to do what Jesus did when he was here physically but mainly from the inside of us. Instead of Jesus being here in the flesh, the invisible Spirit is. So the Holy Spirit would have the same nature of Jesus.

    Now we need to ask, what was Jesus like? Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." The Jesus of scripture is Gentle, humble, meek.

2) The Nature and Behaviour of Christian Leaders

Additionally the New Testament is quite clear about the character and behaviour of a Christian, especially the leadership. In his instructions to Timothy regarding the qualifications of a bishop, Paul says [Emphasis Added]

    1Timothy 2:2:  for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.

    1Timothy 3:2-3:  The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach; no brawler, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no lover of money;

    1Timothy: 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2) The Nature and Behaviour of all Christians

Scripture uses the words gentle, peaceable and meek quite often.

    Galatians 5:22 tells us “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness (gentleness), temperance: against such there is no law”

    Ephesians 4:30-32 says "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you."

    1Thessalonians 2:7 "But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

    Titus 3:2 "... speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

    James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."
     

Music
While I do not know a great deal about all the music and musicians Bentley extols, he includes P.O.D and U2 on his list of favorites and we all know what they are like. You don’t? Well I guess that has to be remedied. See POD HERE and U2 HERE.

One of his other music favourites is a so called Christian group called Haste the Day, who spent the summer of 2007 on the Vans Warped Tour and, shortly after that, a month on the road with Atreyu. Vans Warped Tour features post-hardcore, pop punk, some hardcore punk, street punk bands and metalcore acts and Atreyu calls the Bible “some bullshit rule book” and asks to be spared from “biblical back peddling nonsense”. [Details]

While his favorite books include Benny Hinn’s Good morning Holy Spirit, and works by Kenneth Haggin and E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon? Who is Kenyon you ask! Well…

    The modern Word-Faith movement is undeniably rooted in the teachings of E.W. Kenyon (1867-1948). Hagin’s primary role within the Word of Faith movement was to take its teachings mainstream and he ‘borrowed’ from the writings and teachings of E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon taught that our words activate an impersonal universal force and that disease is spiritual in origin. [See The Word Of Faith Movement]
     

Todd Bentley a.k.a James Van Praagh a.k.a John Edwardmacs-for-dummies
I found the graphic on the right on http://defendingcontending.com:80/ and could not resist posting it here, which in no way should take away from the seriousness of Bentley’s deception.

The next video came from on A Little Leaven and brings home the fact as to how similar Todd Bentley’s ‘reading’ are to any of the psychics I have ever watched on television. For example in speaking to a woman, he says ..

    “Thank you Holy Ghost, thank you Lord for that oil coming right now for healing in Jesus’ mighty name for healing… release that”

That oil coming right now?? What oil?  He then asks the woman whether she has any children, to which she shakes her head in the negative.

Bentley then says [Emphasis Added]

    “No Children? cause I’ve just laid hands on you and I feel like there something in that room right now that God’s going to release. Doesn’t mean you’re going to have natural children, it could be that I’m picking up on it because you’re not married, never had children, but the Lord’s highlighting that to me for whatever reason right now.  

In speaking to another person Bentley asks if she worked in medicine or nursing or anything like that. When the woman says no, Bentley asks if she has ever done anything like that, to which the woman again answers in the negative.

Bentley tells the next woman that she need a “creative miracle of the heart”.  Whatever that is.

Bentley then unbelievably goes down the line “releasing the anointing” and yelling “Boom-Ba” as each person falls to the ground.

Boom-Ba???

Let me relate one more ‘incident’ on the video before I throw up… Bentley is talking to a man who was struck by lightning years before and still has some residual effects. After blathering on for some time about impartations etc. Bentley says [Emphasis Added]

    I feel like the Lord told me that the man who had the lightning visit him in the late seventies  will be a man that I am going to mark with a real gift for faith and healing.

Bentley refers more than once to what he is “picking up on” or what he “feels the Lord told him”. So the inescapable conclusion is that either the Lord is mumbling and/or being extremely vague in what He is telling Bentley or Bentley himself is either hard of hearing and/or an extremely bad listener. 

If you haven’t ever done so please turn your TV on and watch one of the psychics in action. Don’t worry, it is extremely unlikely that evil spirits will rush out of the television set and attack you in your living room.  You just have to see the similarities between their ‘readings’ and Bentleys to believe it.

And Christians still fall for this claptrap.
 

Contagious Anointing or Contagious Kundalini Awakening?
In the following video Todd Bentley [in tones that would make any self-respecting banshee extremely proud] says.. [Do not miss his “vibrating” or having his own “glory party” up there]. Comments in parenthesis and bold mine.

    “We have an international television audience tonight” (God help us! Now we are dumping the dregs of the earth on other unsuspecting countries). 

    “The Lord told me that this anointing would be the most contagious anointing in my ministry

(He then bends over and emits a loud and prolonged scream, which I imagine is the same sound someone would make should a knife be stuck in their gut)

    “As great as the anointing’s been, this was the year of the double portion… transferable, tangible anointing

[Puppet on a string imitation again]

    “And the Lord spoke to me in the beginning of this outpouring that ever service, and I have not been tired… at every meeting I was to pray for the leaders coming in from around the world, pastors, missionaries, evangelists that were hungry for a fresh touch on their lives.

[Now we know what kind of leaders we have. Actually we have known for some time now, but that’s another story]”

    “and He told me that this anointing, this same glory would follow them wherever they went….and it is breaking out already,

Bentley then goes on to tell how the leaders of his churches came down and told him that the “glory” is falling in Canada, also how he got a call from someone associated with Randy Clary who told him that he didn’t “know what to do”

    “ He was in Lakeland and you laid hands on him and then he went to Iowa and the same anointing began to break out and a boy with cerebral palsy got out of a wheel chair,

[Hmm! Wonder if he is still out of that wheelchair?]

[Banshee imitation again.. “Send it to Ioooowa”

Someone then walks up to Bentley with a piece of paper which is supposed to have just come in off the web .. Apparently some church in Charleston W. Virginia is advertising the “Florida Healing revival live 7pm nightly. Bentley says they are “piping in the meetings” and “you can get this revival by satellite

[Apparently we all seem to need a primer on what exactly a revival is.. so I strongly suggest you start reading this section]

Bentley then turns and faces the camera screaming to the church in Virginia to

    “stand on your faith and receive that same glory and miracle anointing come on you in Valley Christian in Virginia.. GROWL!. I don’t care, you can get it on God Tv, you can get it on the website streaming, you can get it. We’ve got churches in Peru, Guatemala, Japan, Africa, Canada and all over America that believe that this anointing is so contagious that if they put a big screen up in their church .. the same anointing will pour in.”

Bentley then goes on to say whether he is there for three weeks or five years he is going to

     “lay hands on every leader that’s hungry enough to humble themselves and come and soak in the glory and get some”

    “The Lords has been speaking to me and I talked to Bob Jones about it …12 cities that are next.. 12 cities in America. This revival is international because it’s the winds of change and the wind blows wherever it wishes .. all you can do is set up your sail… It’s the wind of the Holy Ghost.. BLOW! BLOW! BLOW!, WIND! WIND! WIND!... Winds of change…Let a mighty rushing wind be released all over the world. Let the wind blow.

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So Bentley is says this anointing is contagious, the most contagious of his ministry and it will spread through satellite, the internet and television. That he was to pray for the leaders coming in from around the world, so that this same glory would follow them wherever they went…. [John Arnott compared it to a "spiritual virus''].
 

A New Thing? You Have To Be Kidding!
Christians that flock to Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland do not seem to realize that the manifestations at these places are not a “New Move of God” but have existed for thousands of years. They are a “Very Ancient Move of Satan”.  Todd Bentley, John Arnott and the like think they are hot stuff running around screaming “Bam” and “Fire” , yet

    For thousands of years gurus have operated with gifts of healing, miracles, gifts of knowledge and intense displays of spiritual consciousness for thousands of years.

    For thousands of years they have connected with a cosmic power which, though demonic in origin, is very real.

    For thousands of years devotees have gone forward to receive spiritual experience (Darshan) from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch.

    For thousands of years, as a result of the Shakti Pat, these devotees have had a raising of the spiritual experience also called raising Kundalini……  

    For thousands of years Shakti has been easily passed by a touch or by some other method from one already ‘on fire'. “The mere presence of a single being whose shakti is strongly active can awaken the shakti of those around him. Similarly being in the presence of many people whose shakti is awakened to some degree can awaken one's own shakti.

    For thousands of years the manifestations of an awakened kundalini among people of other religions has been exactly the same as the results of being ‘Slain in The Spirit’ in so called Christian meetings. Such as involuntary and spasmodic body movements and postures; vibrating sensations; shaking; abnormal breathing patterns; hot and cold sensations, unusual or extremes of emotions; distortion of thought processes; detachment; disassociation; bodily activities such as trembling, vocal activities such as yelling, roaring, whistling, and chirping, spontaneous chanting and mental activities such as visions.

What Kundalini is
Kundalini has been defined as

    “A concentrated field of intelligent, cosmic invisible energy absolutely vital to life; beginning in the base of the spine as a man or woman begins to evolve in their first incarnation; fed by the chakras along the spine and by the cosmic energy entering through the feet from the earth; as wisdom is earned in each incarnation, this electromagnetic, ultrapotent energy moves slowly upward through the spine; Kundalini is feminine polarity in nature”. Sim. [11].

For more on Kundalini and it’s similarities to the Counterfeit Revivals See Slain In The Spirit and Related Manifestations

 

False Prophecies
Sadly, the so called church has become so used to various fakes spouting exceedingly similar (and tiresome) ‘prophecies’ that no one bothers to even check whether these prophecies actually come to pass.

"Beware of false prophets" (Matthew 7:15). These well-known words of Jesus instantly tell us two things: 1) There are false prophets 2) They are dangerous. In fact the Lord took the whole subject of false prophecy so seriously that the penalty in Old Testament times was death for false prophets (Deut 18:20).

But this is not all. Willing listeners who have given these false prophets credence are under an equally severe judgment as those who done the actual prophesying, since the Lord made it an extremely simple matter to distinguish a false prophets from a real one, and He did so FOR OUR PROTECTION.

The listeners are not excused because false prophets told them lies, for they have given credit to these fabrications.

    Therefore thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them-them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them. [Jeremiah 14:15-16. Emphasis Added]

Jeremiah further tells us

    An astonishing and horrible thing is come to pass in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? [Jeremiah 5:30-31. Emphasis Added]

Which perfectly sums up the situation today, in Lakeland and many other places...

At one of his whatever-he-calls-them meetings on the 7th of June 2008, Bentley read a prophecy by God TV’s Wendy Alec…

    “Listen to this. The Lord just spoke to me and said ‘This IS what will happen tomorrow night, The King and the Kings anointing falls tomorrow night. The 8th of June 2008 The anointing of the king of glory falls. Jesus said “I am coming in person”. The King is coming in person. I sense so strongly there will be a personal divine visitation of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ to the revival tomorrow night. He will come in the clouds in His chariot surrounded by a great angelic host because the great honoring of the Lamb of God, the King of Glory is coming to visit Lakeland, to visit the revival, to visit the outpouring. The devil trembles with that knowledge. For tomorrow the King of Glory sets foot upon the stage in Divine personal one to one visitation.

Bentley goes on to say

    “Now for all those watching that just don’t understand the nature of the prophetic ..tho’ the Lord can appear  .. I’m not suggesting there going to be a physical flesh Jesus Christ … I hope you understand.. we’re talking about atmosphere. Talking about in spiritual experience. We’re talking about impartation.

Wait a minute. Didn’t you just say He was coming in a cloud with all the angels? Didn’t he just say King of Glory will set foot upon the stage in a Divine visitation. How does all that change into “impartation” and “atmosphere”?

And then Bentley gets even more strange. He turns to someone called Roy and says [Emphasis Added]

    “If tonight and last night’s worship is any indication that something is changing in the realm of the gold ring

What the hell is the realm of the gold ring? And for those of you that think that ‘what the hell’ is cussing.. I disagree, but in this case I mean it very literally. [12]
 

Oily Smelly Hands
In yet another embarrassing display Bentley says that his oily hands are a ‘sign’ of the Holy Spirit. 

He extends his hands to several people and asks if ‘they smell that?”, telling them that “it appeared on my hands”.  He then encourages people to pray for oil to appear on their hands…

    “I want you to lift your hand up right now and say ‘God, let the oil appear’. Take a moment and say ‘God, let the oil appear’.. Let the oil drip out of my hands.

Bentley then turns to the camera and says

     “I wish you could smell through the television”

We can not, for which we have to thank God for small mercies, especially when it apparently smells like “Sheeka-Boom-Ba”. Bentley’s words, not mine.

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God Wants People To Believe in The Angel.
In yet another astonishing ‘revelation’ Bentley says that he has to tell people the full story..

    “… if you want to know why God’s moving I have to tell you the whole story. If you don’t believe the story.. well sorry. You know I told the Lord.. “Why can’t I just move in healing and forget talking about all that other stuff ?” He said “because you got to get the people to believe in the angel” I said “Why do I want people to believe in the angel? Isn’t it about getting the people to believe in Jesus? ” He said “The people already believe in Jesus , but the church doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The church has no problem believing in Jesus, what we don’t believe in is the supernatural. What we don’t believe in is angels, we don’t believe in the prophetic, we don’t believe in some of what’s going on, and I’ll tell you what ..we need to have an awakening.

The angel being referred to here is the “angel of the winds of change”

Bentley then apparently told God that maybe He wanted to

    “give this ministry to someone else cause none’s going to receive it.. You’re going to give me the most controversial testimony. You’re going to visit me with all this supernatural stuff. Maybe if I were a little more clean shaven and polished.. Or maybe the world is looking for something new. How any of you believe we need something new?”

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Bentley’s god has his facts wrong.. the church has absolutely no problem believing in the supernatural.. We believe the God parted the red sea, caused the sun to stand still, healed many peopled, raised Jesus from the dead (and will one day raise many others).  We believe in prophecy, which gives assurance to our faith.

We also believe in angels as messengers of God.. that angels announced the birth of Christ, ministered to Him and  that a single angel of judgment destroyed the entire Assyrian army (Isaiah 37:36), that angels protected Daniel and his friends, that an angel rolled away the stone from the tomb of Christ, that one angel shall bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit and on and on and on. So what part of all this is Bentley going to ‘awaken’ us to?

Perhaps his version of the angels, none of which has any grounding in Scripture but often flatly contradicts it. For example he talks about an angel he described as carrying the “Winds of Change.”

    Asked him to describe this angel, Bentley replied that those familiar with the life of William Branham would recognize the angel from being a relevant factor in his healing ministry. He felt that this angel’s appearance signaled a “shift in the atmosphere” for the meetings and felt that an openness for revival had been ushered in. [13]

Hmmm! Is this the same Branham that taught that the Word of God was given in three forms: the zodiac, the Egyptian pyramids, and the written scripture and believed he was Elijah the prophet? The same guy who also believed in UFO’s?

So not only has an angel associated with a man who taught heresy has now turned up at Lakeland, but on another occasion Bentley says he saw a ‘female’ angel called
 

Emma
And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12]

In Bentley’s words

    Now let me talk about an angelic experience with Emma. Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: "Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma?" He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I said, "Bob, who is Emma?" He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. She was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out. Within a few weeks of Bob asking me about Emma, I was in a service in Beulah, North Dakota. In the middle of the service I was in conversation with Ivan and another person when in walks Emma. As I stared at the angel with open eyes, the Lord said, "Here's Emma." I'm not kidding. She floated a couple of inches off the floor. It was almost like Kathryn Khulman in those old videos when she wore a white dress and looked like she was gliding across the platform. Emma appeared beautiful and young-about 22 years old-but she was old at the same time. She seemed to carry the wisdom, virtue and grace of Proverbs 31 on her life. 

    She glided into the room, emitting brilliant light and colors. Emma carried these bags and began pulling gold out of them. Then, as she walked up and down the aisles of the church, she began putting gold dust on people. "God, what is happening?" I asked. The Lord answered: "She is releasing the gold, which is both the revelation and the financial breakthrough that I am bringing into this church. I want you to prophecy that Emma showed up in this service-the same angel that appeared in Kansas city-as a sign that I am endorsing and releasing a prophetic spirit in the church." See, when angels come, they always come for a reason; we need to actually ask God what the purpose is. Within three weeks of that visitation, the church had given me the biggest offering I had ever received to that point in my ministry. Thousands of dollars! Thousands! Even though the entire community consisted of only three thousand people, weeks after I left the church the pastor testified that the church offerings had either doubled or tripled. 

    During this visitation the pastor's wife (it was an AOG church) got totally whacked by the Holy Ghost- she began running around barking like a dog or squawking like a chicken as a powerful prophetic spirit came on her. Also, as this prophetic anointing came on her, she started getting phone numbers of complete strangers and calling them up on the telephone and prophesying over them. She would tell them that God gave her their telephone number and then would give them words of knowledge. Complete strangers. Then angels started showing up in the church. [14]

There are more than a few problems with this, starting with the fact that no angel in Scripture is ever described as being ‘female’. To add to which The World Kigo Database of seasonal words covering Japanese Festivals and Ceremonies from Buddhist, Shinto and other backgrounds, tells us that.

    Enma or Emma is the Japanese name for the Sanskrit: Yama or Yama-raja, the King of Hell. [15]

Enma is not female, but the ruler of the underworld in Buddhist mythology and is often referred to as "Great King Enma". Please remember that the God of the underworld can transform himself into “an angel of light” (2Corinthians 11:14).

So is there any good reason this Emma or Enma would appear as a woman.. Certainly! Since westerners associate the name ‘Emma’ with women, an obviously masculine looking spirit with the name would cause much head scratching.


Angel of Finance ????
Bentley says there is “an angelic realm in Heaven, devoted to the finances”. Using Revelation 11:15 (“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord in Christ) for support,  He then goes on to say..

    I mean God gives power to get wealth. God oversees the wealth of this world.. it’s God’s wealth… God’s riches.. Doesn’t matter who’s hands it’s in, it belongs to the Lord”

However he has not only quoted just part of Revelation 11:15,  but has also taken it completely out of context. The entire verse reads

    And the seventh messenger did sound, and there came great voices in the heaven, saying, `The kingdoms of the world did become those of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign to the ages of the ages!'

Which is a parallel to Daniel 2:44,

    "The God of heaven shall set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break to pieces all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."

Neither of which has nothing to do with finances or healing. Revelation 11:15 is where the seventh and last trumpet of the trumpet judgments is blown. It represents the certain and glorious outcome of the age-long struggle against Satan, who wields the kingdom of the world, which he offered to Christ on the mountain for one act of worship. The climax comes with Christ as conqueror of the kingdom of this world for his Father. This verse is the crowning lesson of the Apocalypse.

Anyway back to TB and his vivid imagination.

After blathering on for a while about incredible financial breakthroughs (For whom?) and “a whole lot of supernatural giving going on’, he goes on to tell how he was sitting in a meeting (in Santa Rosa) and fell into a trance, which he describes as “a dream like state but you’re awake… A state that you go into to have an experience” Why trances? According to Bentley... “God wants to get your attention, cause your brain’s too busy”, but “you know when they are coming and you can actually resist it”.

Bentley says that over the years he has had many trances and uses a couple of Scriptures to back up his experiences. First he says that “God cause a deep sleep to fall on Adam .. it was a trance like state”. He then says that Peter fell into a trance in Acts 10.

However Acts 10 says absolutely nothing about Peter falling into any kind of trance. All it says is that he “saw a vision.. an angel of God coming in unto him”. In fact, unlike Bentley who claims that quite often he cannot even move but just sits there during one of these trances, Peter was very afraid and spoke to the angel saying “What is it, Lord?”.

On this occasion Bentley says that he did not see anything, there was no vision and he was totally awake, but “checked out”. He goes on the say that he

    “..saw heaven open and as I ascended a ladder. I ascended into the heavens…I saw white feathers, I mean these feathers were as real as any bird in the natural. This was not a vision .. these were full vibrant wings. And then I noticed the wings move and there was an arm under one wing and an arm under the other wing  and when the wing was lifted I saw ever precious gem, ruby, stone treasure diamond….every treasure you could think of under the angels wings. Then the angel stood and he has the body of a man and six wings. And it’s the angel of finance. I have seen him on two other occasions. 

I saw a treasure room in Heaven with a door called ‘Treasure’ and the door was open and without thinking he was in this treasure room, which only had one item in it… Gold coins. Bentley, since he got the opportunity “to look at himself during the experience”, saw himself dressed in a 1950’s outfit (suspenders etc)  stuffing gold coins in his pockets and down his shirt. When he asked what he was doing, God told him that “He was getting the offering”. Upon which he made a conscious decision to get more and began “stuffing it in my ears…”

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Also See HEAVEN CANT WAIT ..Visionaries throughout the centuries have claimed to have been caught up to the other side, however visions of heaven throughout the centuries have been significantly conditioned by whichever view of the afterlife prevailed at the time. Besides which contradictory versions about trips to heaven shoot wide of Scripture in significant areas.

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He goes on the tell of “8 golden nuggets coming out of his scalp”  and how ‘his face was covered in gold with gold flakes falling out of his hair” and how later his dog “was covered in gold”. All of which brings one verse to mind

    And he took the (golden) calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. [Exodus 32]

 

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Christian Alchemy
“The most significant meaning for gold is of course in the realm of alchemy, and most people know that the aim of alchemy was to transmute base metals into gold. Although this was actually attempted as a chemical process, the real meaning behind alchemy was a spiritual transformation of flesh into divinity”.

    Alchemy has always made extensive use of analogy, symbolism, and so forth to relate chemical and physical concepts to esoteric and mystic ones. In some epochs and contexts, these metaphysical aspects came to predominate, and the chemical processes were then viewed as mere symbols of spiritual processes. [http://www.crystalinks.com/philosopherstone.html]

In an article entitled All That Glitters, G. Richard Fisher said the following about the Toronto blessing

    It seems that God has reemerged at Toronto as the cosmic dentist — a mystical Dr. Midas — a celestial tooth fairy, a heavenly Goldfinger, who fills teeth and sprinkles a little gold dust besides. What will God think of next?

It seems that the celestial tooth fairy has now shown up at Lakeland.

    “As a confirming sign that a spirit of giving and revival hit in the meeting, when our Road Manager, Mark, was taking the offering in the morning he saw something by divine revelation. He saw gold teeth; people getting gold fillings. Then, right in the offering, a man got one giant gold tooth! And more people got gold teeth; I think there were seven others. But here’s the best part! Remember, the purpose for heaven’s realities (the supernatural) being manifested in the earth is for God’s goodness and redemptive love to touch the unsaved, so that the lost would come into right relationship with Him. Well, one of the hired workers, an unsaved man, was totally blown away when the first man got a gold tooth. He said, “I don’t want to even look in his mouth and see a gold tooth because it will wreck me!” Nevertheless he did take a look—he got wrecked!—and gave his life to Jesus Christ. Yes, Lord!!” [HEAVEN'S REALITIES. by Revivalist Todd Bentley www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read&status=teaching&Id=236&bid. Link is no longer valid]

New? Not really! In 1999 Ruth Heflin’s site carried a report of her meeting with Silvania Machado, who according to Helfin, shed gold dust and fragrant oil. Ruth Heflin was

     In the process of her physical healing of four types of cancer, oil began to flow supernaturally from her body and later, gold dust began to be manifested on her face and the crown of her head. As she praises and worships, this phenomena [sic] is seen. Her Brazilian pastor gathers the holy gold flakes and anoints the forehead of the sick and needy.

Objects transformed to gold (whether rosaries or teeth!), and gold dust sprinklings are no new phenomenon and are not as uncommon as Charismatics like to think. How do Christians explain the fact that  Catholicism abounds with supernatural stories of apparitions of the virgin Mary seen around the world that also speak of signs and wonders identical to the ones we are seeing today in charismatic churches? In fact the most usual place to witness these "miracles" is at a Marian Shrine

“The visions at Conyers, Georgia, USA have taken the same course as the ones at Fatima, Garabandal, Medjugorje and other places. They appear at regular intervals and various supernatural signs are manifested, including signs in the sun. Amongst the signs at Conyers is that of gold dust. The following extracts were taken from the Conyers web site, "Messages From Jesus And Mary"

    Before the noontime apparition at the farm house, Nancy was praying before the crucifix in a room adjacent to the apparition room. Jesus appeared and said, " Gold dust will fall from Heaven. Rosaries will turn golden color and hearts will be converted. I am healing My children. Go and believe." This message was not shared with the pilgrims yet immediately following the apparition several pilgrims were testifying of seeing gold dust on their hands and showing rosaries that had turned to a golden color. [Our Loving Mother's Monthly Message to the United States December 13, 1992]

    [This message referred to many other types of natural disasters.] Jesus said, "People are going to discover they have gold dust on their hands when they go home. You know My greatest healings are the spiritual ones. Do you remember I said I will put Conyers on the map of the world. Well I have." [August 31, 1992 message.]

    A beautiful crown appeared over the Blessed Mother's head. Nancy said that she was beautiful. "More suffering will befall all of mankind if you continue to violate the law of God." The Blessed Mother told Nancy that rosaries will turn to a golden color and that there would be sprinklings of gold dust. [Messages of April 13, 1993] [Unfortunately link www.intotruth.org/tb/marygold.htm is no longer active]

Also the following testimony from a site called conyerswitness.com

    “Following leaving the petition and praying the Rosary in the apparition room, we walked the Way of The Cross to the little church, where we lit a candle and walked back. The gold dust was discovered on my hands as I got into the car.  My husband also had gold dust on his palms. The palms of our hands had changed.  They had a very polished appearance, like they had been waxed.  They were almost iridescent, with tiny specks of very bright glittering gold.  The photograph does not do justice to what we saw.  For the first several days the gold dust was easily seen anytime under bright light or in sunlight.  The phenomena gradually diminished and we could not see the gold dust all of the time. For several weeks, when we would tell of the experience to others, and hold our hands in bright light or sunlight, you could again see the gold dust.  As we talked, some of the people we were talking to experienced the gold dust on their hands. When we checked with some of those people at a later date, a few of them could see gold dust on their palms when they looked at them in sunlight”. [Source]


Nightly Shows
Excerpts from a Cross+Word archived article called Gold Dust and Gold Teeth

    I don't have a problem with God filling a tooth, if need be. God is sovereign and can do as he pleases. If he chooses to fill somebody's tooth then so be it.

    However, I DO have a problem with the scale of this present manifestation. God does not put on nightly shows, reproducing miracles to order to impress the crowds. Can you imagine Jesus, having created an eye out of clay for the blind man, then travelling from town to town with his supporting band recreating the clay eye miracle for hundreds at a time.

    I cringe at the idea of Jesus and his disciples on stage clapping their hands and making clay eyes appear for no reason other than to demonstrate his powers to the masses. I feel confident in saying Jesus would never do such a thing. He never has done so, and why should he change his modus operandi today?

    That teeth were once filled in Argentina is not a great problem to me, but to find that the phenomenon has spread world-wide and that the power to reproduce it is imparted to others and carried around to meeting after meeting is highly suspect.

    The doctrines preached by the revival leadership are misleading if not actually heretical. The aim of the revival is unbiblical. The manifestations are unruly and bizarre. The conduct of those participating has been disgraceful. The fruit has been exaggerated, and the outcome has been a division in the churches, the discrediting of Christians in the world's eyes, a lowering of standards, and a falling away from the faith as laid out in God's word….Therefore, how can we believe that God endorses teaching contrary to his word, and practices he has condemned, by performing miracles amongst those who promote these very things?

    How "holy" can the gold dust, oil and teeth be if they appear amid scenes of ungodly disorder and by the preaching of false doctrines?

    This takes us on to the question of WHY?

    When I first heard that God was filling teeth, or even replacing fillings, my question was, WHY? Somebody reports: "I had a porcelain crown, and now it's platinum." Another says "I didn't receive any gold, but my fillings were shinier than normal". WHY???

    Perhaps my view of God is wrong, but I don't see God doing things that are completely meaningless and that only serve to make Christians a laughingstock.

    The only comparison I see in religious terms is with the Roman Catholic church and its emphasis on superstition, relics and idols.

    We are used to the idea of Roman Catholics, especially in undeveloped countries, gazing in awe as "tears" trickle down the face of a statue of Mary, or sprinkling "holy water" on themselves in worship, or prostrating themselves before a phial of "holy" blood that liquefies once a year. We used to scoff at their gullibility and pity their bondage to a false religion. Now what do we say as these things enter the Protestant churches? Has such superstition become sanctified because it is performed by Pentecostals in the Name of Jesus?

    What proof of holiness is a gold tooth, or holy-dust dandruff? If a sinner goes to a Christian meeting and comes home impressed with the power of a God who can fill his mouth with gold or platinum, what has he gained? In the words of the Bible " For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

    It will be claimed that God is attracting the attention of the world in order to convert souls, but is this true? The world is (rightly) laughing at Christians who act in such a way. Some unbelievers might be awed and intrigued, but will they be saved? Why should they rate gold fillings any differently to spoon-bending, UFOs or ghostly ectoplasm appearing at a seance?

    Secondly, the attendance at these meetings is largely "christian" whether from established charismatic churches, or backsliders seeking to return to a religious experience of some kind. The lost are not being reached by these miracles, and the people receiving them are already saved or in churches. What then is the point of it all?

    I do not believe the main focus of this "revival" is on the lost, whatever the leaders claim. This outpouring is intended to teach believers how to get and use spiritual power!

    In order to persuade Christians that they haven't "got enough", tough measures are called for, and a show of miraculous power is laid on. Born-again, Spirit-filled believers are bamboozled into thinking they must get a deeper impartation, and so plug into another spirit and another power. This alone makes sense of the happenings .If you look for a pure scriptural meaning you will struggle to find one, but when you look at the events as an inducement to seek supernatural powers it all begins to make sense.

    Another explanation of the appearance of gold is to "prove" God's love for his people.

    I feel truly sorry for those who need to have a sprinkling of gold dust before they can believe God loves them!” [16]

Incidentally the only Scripture that mentions Gold Dust is Exodus 32 when the children of Israel were punished for the sin of idolatry. 
 

The Tree of Life. Bentley Vs. The Bible
 In Todd Bentley’s Article Angelic Hosts Bentley issues the invitation to eat from the Tree of Life.

    “I see angels bringing some of you to the tree of life. Remember how God, in Genesis 3:24, sent the cherubim to guard the way to the tree of life because man had sinned. God took Adam and Eve out of the garden. But today the Lord wants to bring some of us into that place where we taste the fruit of the tree of life. I want you to get involved right now and say: Father, please give us that fruit. Lord let those angels bring us right into the place where you have prepared a table for us in the presence of our enemies. Give us the divine life that comes from that tree so we can taste and see that the Lord is good. [17]

Now let’s compare this with GOD’s word.

     Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” [Genesis 2:15-17 NKJV]

     Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

     And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”   Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [Genesis 3: 1-5]

    And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”  And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” [Genesis 3: 11-13]

Moreover the Bible tells us that God placed an angel at the east of garden to guard the way to the tree of life. In other words NO ONE is allowed near the tree and NO ONE can eat of this tree lest they should live forever. There is absolutely NO indication that God has instructed the angel to let some men through, nor that some can eat of the tree.

    Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. [Genesis 3: 22-24]
     

Todd Bentley and Sundar Singh
In the second part of an article entitled The Glory Cloud Of Revelation & Prophetic Mantles, Todd Bentley says…

    As I wrote in Part One, I saw in a vision, the Glory Cloud of Revelation descending upon the church. It was also during this time of prayer that God took me in a vision to what I believed to be the Himalayan Mountains. I saw an Indian man with a turban on his head and heard the whisper of the Spirit say, “This is Sundar Singh. I am releasing anointing of revelation like this.” I had no communication with this old saint, nor did he say anything to me. The experience lasted only a moment.

Advising his readers to “Take the time to study and contemplate Sundar’s life”, Bentley describes Sundar Singh’s practice of contemplative prayer, saying that ..

    Sundar Singh spent at least two hours daily in reading the Scriptures, meditation and prayer. He would arise at 5:00 am and finish by 7:00 or 8:00 depending on what his schedule was for the day. He often spent the whole day or night in prayer. His discipline was to read one chapter of the Bible, rapidly at first reading, then to return to reread passages or verses that were more suggestive to him. These he would linger with and meditate on for as long as it was fruitful for him to do so. Next, he would enter into a period of “recollection” for twenty minutes or so. This was a time of silence, in which he would allow the Lord to speak to him in some way. With his own mind and heart quieted, he opened his mind and his heart to hear what the Lord would have to say to him or just simply enjoy companionship with his Lord. Often this period of silence would extend into a deeper state called “contemplation” in which he enjoyed complete rest and refreshment in the love of God.

    Often during times of contemplation, he entered into experiences of ecstasy. He regarded these experiences as the same as St. Paul’s entrance into the “third heaven”. During his latter years, they occurred frequently, as often as ten times a month. About these experiences he said, “I never try to go into ecstasy; nor do I advise others to try. It is a gift to be accepted, but it should not be sought; if given, it is a pearl of great price.” [18]

Besides which Singh was a universalist

    However bad and evil-living a man may be, there is in man's nature a divine spark ... this spark of the divine is never extinguished ... If this divine spark or element cannot be destroyed, then we can never be hopeless for any sinner... The Creator Himself will not destroy it (man's soul)... even though many wander and go astray in the end, they will return to Him in Whose image they have been created; for this is their final destination. (from his book, Meditations on Various Aspects of the Spiritual Life in the chapter "Finally All Men Will Return to God)

From Is Todd Bentley walking in the footsteps of mystics and seers? by sheepyweepy.wordpress.com comes the following

    Sundar Singh also said this about the “soul of a German philosopher who  entered into the world of spirits and who’s stubborn intellectualism stood in the way of his entering into it”

      “I asked one of the angels what the end of this man would be, and he replied “If this man’s life had been altogether bad, then he would at once have joined the spirits of darkness, but he is not without a moral sense, so for a very long time he will wander blindly round in the dim light of the lower parts of the intermediate state, and keep on bumping his philosophical head, until tired of his foolishness, he repents. Then he will be ready to receive the necessary instruction from the angels appointed for that purpose, and, when instructed, will he be fit to enter into the fuller light of God in the higher sphere.” [19]

The only problem is that the Bible says the opposite

    “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27

Strangely enough, Sundar Singh’s visions of wandering souls in the spirit world and heavenly spheres also included contact with a dead mystic and seer named Emanuel Swedenborg:

    “I saw him several times some years ago, but I did not know his earthly name. His name in the spiritual world is quite different just according to his high position or office and most beautiful character.” [ Reprinted in The Helper (January 2, 1929), p. 5.]

The Bayside Swedenborgian Church says this

    In March 1929, Sundar Singh was visited in Subathu by A. J. Appasamy, Streeter's collaborator in the 1922 book with which the debate began. He reported on their meeting as follows:

    He spoke . . . with real enthusiasm of Swedenborg's books. When Sundar Singh's book Visions of the Spiritual World, was published, the Swedenborg Society sent him some of Swedenborg's writings, pointing out that in some respects Sundar Singh's experience was similar to Swedenborg's. These books . . . he has read with much interest. "Swedenborg was a great man, philosopher, scientist and, above all, seer of clear visions [said the Sadhu to Appasamy]. I often speak with him in my visions. He occupies a high place in the spiritual world. He is a glorious man, but modest and ever ready to serve. I, too, see wonderful things in the spiritual world, but I cannot describe them with the accuracy and ability which Swedenborg has. He is a highly-gifted and well-trained soul. Having read his books and having come in contact with him in the spiritual world, I can thoroughly recommend him as a great seer."

And [Emphasis added]

    according to Streeter-Appasamy, among western mystics read by Sundar Singh prior to 1920 were Boehme, St. Theresa, St. John of the Cross, Swedenborg, and Madame Guyon. And his visit in April 1922 to Swedenborg's tomb in Uppsala, Sundar Singh evidently knew enough to recognize in Swedenborg a fellow-visionary. [20]

So who was Swedenborg? Time and space will not permit much detail, so this excerpt from Wikipedia and related comment will have to suffice. [Emphasis added]

    Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, and theologian. Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. At the age of fifty-six he entered into a spiritual phase, in which he experienced dreams and visions. This culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he claimed he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine to reform Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk with angels, demons, and other spirits. For the remaining 28 years of his life, he wrote and published 18 theological works, of which the best known was Heaven and Hell (1758),[4] and several unpublished theological works. [21]

Not only was Swedenborg a seer and a medium, he was also one of the forerunners to modern spiritualism. Swedenborg believed that he was the only one able to shed light on the true meaning of the Bible, with the help of Angels. This is who Sundar Singh had contact with in the spirit world. [Is Todd Bentley walking in the footsteps of mystics and seers? by sheepyweepy.wordpress.com]
 

Demon Possession
In the following video clip taken off Bentley’s site he talks about the first couple of months of being a Christian and being at a Catholic charismatic church, attending Mass, which he describes as his “hottest meeting”.

Apparently this Mass was rather sparsely attended, with one guy on a guitar singing “spirit of God fall on me” and all these “crazy songs”. Then he got involved a home group of 20-30 people connected with this church. At this point Bentley was apparently a saved Christian with a “dramatic salvation experience” and was feeling “like a giant” (compared to the members of that little home group I presume) since he “had already been involved in casting out demons, discerning spirits and getting prophecy.. speaking in tongues hours every day” 

The young guy (Ahem! older guy) that discipled Bentley in “the prophetic” was called “Frenchie” and was a “seer prophet” up there with Bob Jones.. (Ouch!) and operated like an X-ray machine. “you’d walk into a room and he’d see the demon that followed you into the room”.

Anyway Bentley goes on to relate how as he was sitting there he “hears the audible voice of the Lord” who says “Todd, go up to Frenchie and tell him that you have a demon”. (At this point I am curious as to why the “Seer-Prophet” missed all 25 demons)

Bentley is of course astounded as he considers himself a born again Christian who reads the New Testament in one sitting (and attends Mass on Monday). The Lord insists, so Bentley walks up the Frenchie, starts to whisper in his ear but then begins to “manifest a demon”. In fact it wasn’t his voice anymore since he “was so possessed by this spirit that literally my voice started speaking in another voice” but yet he was aware that another voice was speaking that was not his voice, but he had “no control” and could not get himself back.

He “could feel something rising up through his flesh” and knew that there was a demonic power controlling him.

    (Sadly, at this point, I have to completely agree with Bentley.. there is a demonic power controlling him and it has never let go)..

Anyway it threw him on the floor writhing like “an uncontrollable serpent”, he “smashed the coffee table and grabs people in the room and starts throwing them around.. trashing this woman’s house”.  He was cursing with “profanities coming out of his mouth”

    (Actually profanity coming out of Bentley’s mouth almost every time he opens it).

Anyway to cut a long tale short... 25 demons were cast out of him by Frenchie, including the demon of fear.  (A pity that the demon of pure, unadulterated horse manure was not also cast out)

Bentley then goes on to tell of when he was living with his mother (who was deaf)  and would hear growling etc. from her room in the middle of the night. Then he would hear what sounded like ten people fighting in his mother’s room with mirrors breaking and dressers falling over, but when he opened his mother’s door nothing was out of place and his mom would be fast asleep in her bed. This happened on another occasion, except that this time his mom was on the floor crying with a broken arm.

He goes on to say that to this day his family believes that he broke his mother’s arm since there was a time in his life that he “was so filled with rage” that he did beat his mother.

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So is This Possible?
In the words of Chris Brewer [22]

    “Possession and oppression are two completely different things. Bentley here was claiming to have had his faculties overtaken by the power of twenty-five demons that dwelt within him, and this supposedly as he was serving Christ. This is a full demonic possession, and Biblical examples of possession are found in the following: Matthew 9:32-33, Mark 5:1-20, 7:26-30, Luke 4:33-36, and Acts 16:16-18.

    Never mind the fact Bentley claims possession while he was saved…

    Oppression is an entirely different animal. Jesus was oppressed by the devil, relentlessly attacked during his 40-day fast in the desert. Jesus could not be possessed of the devil for obvious reasons. Daniel in the Old Testament had his prayers intercepted by demons. That’s oppression.

      The definition of “oppressed” by Merrian-Webster’s is this: to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority, or to burden spiritually or mentally (weigh heavily upon).

    Oppression is a burden whereas possession is the full on indwelling of a human by a demon or unclean spirit. Christians can be oppressed (we still fight the evil of this day, and as you said we are affected by many things), but possession is impossible if we carry God’s Word in our hearts and are bought with the shed blood of Christ.”
     

Bentley’s Connections
‘Prophet’ Bob Jones

On May 14, 2008 Christian Crunch informed it’s readers that ...

    “Prophet Bob Jones arrived at the Florida Revival in Lakeland, Florida to deliver powerful, releasing prophetic words.

    He was a huge encouragement to the revival, and brought significant confirmation. Bob Jones sat with Todd Bentley for what seemed like for hours, delivering the prophetic word, encouraging the ministry, discussing angels and angelic visitation, and pouring into the Body.

    Bob Jones is a prophet from the prophetic movement in the early part of the century. His words have come to pass over the years. He runs with Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries, Bobby Conner, and used to run with a little-known prophet by the name of Augustine Alcala. (This was the man who mentored Terry Kruse from our ministry, Miracle Life Now, and prophesied to Mike Bickle about his ministry that became IHOP. He has now passed away to be with the Lord.)” [23]

While time and space do not permit going into any detail about the various antics of Bob Jones, the following two are highly indicative. The following is excerpted from a 1996 article by William M. Alnor,

    “In a series of five hour-long tapes entitled Visions and Revelations, Mike Bickle and Bob Jones are heard wowing followers of the Kansas City Fellowship with all sorts of tales of their unverified experiences in the next plane.

    Bob Jones claims that when he was nine years old living in Arkansas, an angel carrying a "great trumpet" came riding down from the sky on a white horse and stopped before him in the middle of a dirt road.  He didn't know what to make of it until he was thirteen, when he was escorted to the very throne room of God in heaven.

    You say that you saw the throne room?" Bickle asked him in the dialogue.  ". . . what did it look like?"

    It looked like gold and it looked like light and it was a light not like the light you see here which is artificial," he responded, adding that the light, the glory of the Lord, frightened him.  Well, a "guide," which he identified as "the angel of the Lord ' " protected him from danger by standing between him and the throne by filtering the rays from God as if the angel was "like red sunglasses."" He said he later understood that this was God's way of calling and commissioning him for their new important earth-changing work that could go out from America's Midwest. 

Also

    Two women came forward in 1991 and told Vineyard leaders that Jones had used his prophetic authority to touch and fondle them sexually. 39  Jones admitted it and was removed from ministry.  "In recent months, I have manipulated certain people for selfish reasons on the basis of my prophetic gifting," Jones said in a statement that he dictated and signed before the Metro Vineyard Fellowship senior leadership on November 4, 1991.  "I have been guilty of sexual misconduct, and I deeply regret this. (I have not committed adultery.) " [24]

By the way, the picture of Bob Jones at Lakeland on christiancrunch.com bears the following caption… [Emphasis Mine]

    The First Nations (Native American) people were there to welcome the revival to North America as spiritual gate-keepers of the land.  [25]

Somebody tell me they were kidding!
 

John Arnott (Toronto Blessing)
May 21, 2008 the aforementioned christiancrunch stated

    Last night was powerful! We could hardly leave off of worship. There was a spirit of holiness and worship that the crowd led. David Thomberlin kept trying to move the service forward, but the presence was too much.   “…there was a surprise visit by John Arnott and his wife, Carol Arnott. John and Carol Arnott of the Toronto Blessing in Canada came to soak in the anointing and bless the revival. Todd Bentley was highly encouraged by them coming as generals of God from previous outpourings”. [26]
     

Is Todd Bentley’s Lakeland Outpouring Like the Day of Pentecost?
Aptly expressed by one blog site..

    The Tampa Tribune  reported on May 2nd, a comment from one of the many supporters of the Lakeland Revival/Florida Outpouring.

      “It’s like the day of Pentecost,”  said a gushing fan.

    Well, there’s many reasons - biblical and historical - why what is happening at Lakeland is NOT like the day of Pentecost - unfortunately.

    The key is, that far than hearing the gospel being preached boldly in their own tongue, and the wonders of God proclaimed, and the lost getting saved in large numbers, the lost, even in the immediate vicinity of the church buildings, are unaware of what is even really going on there, far less know the message being preached (which is not one of real repentance anyway).

    Pentecost
    Pentecost was about the gospel being preached - the people being empowered and emboldened by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission. Pentecost’s immediate, instantaneous effect was the empowerment of the fearful assembled church to go about the bold preaching of the cross in the face of intense persecution - to prophesy the wonders of God (pp Joel) in order to win converts, and more than converts, to win disciples. Many were added to their numbers that day because of their preaching, prophesying and testimony. There was rapid church growth. But the lost were not won to Christ by looking at the manifestations and thinking them a wonder in themselves - although they were a wonder - no, rather it was the WORD that they heard in their own languages that came through these manifestations, these wonders, and it was this message - bold and clear - that they responded to and were saved by.

    Pentecost succeeded in getting a hidden church to be public again - to get out there, onto the streets, and to fulfill the Great Commission. Pentecost succeeded in getting the gospel heard and proclaimed to many thousands of new people. Pentecost succeeded in enlarging the church with new members (eg not just sheep stealing from other churches). Pentecost succeeded in the salvation of many souls. And it was rapid.

    So Pentecost ultimately was about getting a bold empowered church out ‘there’, out from the upper room to the world, to get a lost world into the kingdom of God.

    Lakeland’s emphasis is about getting people (almost exclusively converts from other churches) to come to THEM into their ‘upper’ room to stay. It calls them into a room, to stay in a room, to focus on what is happening in that room, to focus on the manifestations in that room and the minister in that room, rather than calling them out into a dying world. It calls them again and again into this upper room, hungry and insatiable for more, to glory and revel in the drunkeness and experiences and to focus on self. The dying world is forgotten about. The dying world can wait.

    Yet at Pentecost, just one outpouring (nothing like what is happening at Lakeland), was enough to change and to move the church permanently.   Pentecost’s emphasis was NEVER about the Upper Room, it was about God and bringing people to Him...  

    Lakeland
    Yet Lakeland’s emphasis is about bringing people to Lakeland,  for multiple meetings, for multiple alleged outpourings, that do not succeed in moving people’s hearts or bodies towards the lost. That one fact in itself illustrates its counterfeit nature. If this thing were real and from God, on the second morning there would have been swarms of people all around Lakeland preaching, testifying, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, but there were not. They were back in the meetings getting some ‘more’ for themselves. ‘Yeah but we were worshipping.’ some might argue.  There’s true and counterfeit worship. See Romans 12:1. You can be a worshipper for hours and still dishonor God.

    The people at Pentecost looked to God, not looking for any manifestation but the power of God to break out so God would be glorified however He willed. The people at Lakeland look to Todd Bentley, looking for and expecting manifestations to break out in a certain way and on cue. They desire ‘the power of God’ (which they seeks to control as masters and not servants) to break out so they can see signs and wonders for signs and wonders sake - the anointing is not to move them to works of obedience (ugh!) - it is for them to be ‘powerful’, to be anointed for anointings sake, to have a good time and have great experiences they  can boast about - forget about the lost or what God demands! It is all about Lakeland and Todd Bentley, about his revival or anointings which you got to go to get from him or there if you want some (you can’t just ask God where you are at to fill you with his Spirit, oh no, it has to be passed on by Bentley, the one who Paul Cain proclaimed to be the new Elijah!)

    This anointing of Todd Bentley’s is a self satisfied greedy anointing that seeks for more and more of ’it’ ( not God)  for ME and MY needs. It creates a hunger for more and more of IT for ME, and drives one into more of his meetings rather than out to do good works. Todd Bentley peddles many anointings when the Bible says there is only one, including financial ones and debt breaking anointings - (obtained by sowing a financial ’seed’ into his ministry, of course, the crook!) It is all about meeting MY needs - healing ME, satisfying ME, giving ME money, giving ME a good experience, giving ME revelations for revelation’s and experience’s sake.  Whereas on the Day of Pentecost, the people were not praying to satisfy self, nor were they praying for or seeking an experience. They prayed to God to glorify his name. [27]


Conclusion
It seems to me that very little can be said to sum up Todd Bentley and his revival other than using words from Scripture that, no doubt, he will hear himself one day.. “You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting”. Todd Bentley is a dangerous man and you will pay the same price as he will, if you encourage, listen to and follow by this minion of hell.

 

Todd Bentley R.I.P?
On August 11, 2008 The Ledger reported that

    “Todd Bentley, the evangelist who has led the Florida Outpouring revival here in Lakeland since April 2, has filed for separation from his wife and might not return to the revival, according to his former local spokesperson, Lynne Breidenbach. She said Bentley made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Bentley and his wife, Shonnah, have two daughters and a son and are Canadian citizens. Under Canadian law, separation is a first step in divorce proceedings and takes nine months”. [28]

While the web site of Fresh Fire ministries says in part…

    “…we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life. [30]

As Marsha West rightly says

    “The leadership at FFM and God TV must have known something was going on behind the scenes. God TV has been televising the Lakeland Outpouring for months and promoting the "revival" to the hilt. Recently a message from their Board of Directors was posted. In it they pointed out, and rightly so, that:

    "[M]arriage is a foundational cornerstone to those families called to ministry and would believe that those who have spiritual oversight for Todd and Shonnah's ministry will recommend a time of sabbatical for the family in order to seek reconciliation within their marriage should these reports be accurate."

    The reports are accurate. Now the board of both FFM and God TV must be held accountable for pushing a so-called prophet on the public for four months when they must have suspected that his house was not in order”.

While, I doubt that anyone will be held accountable.. the damage has already been done and most of it cannot be undone. Thousands of people believed there was a “revival” going on and traveled from all over the globe to be a part of it. Some went hoping to be healed, others just to be a part of this ‘move of God’. However the ‘revival’ left people unhealed and quite possibly unsaved, proving, once more how easily and thoroughly we can be deceived. I wonder how many of the the Lakeland participants even now realize that they have been hoodwinked by one of the wolves spoken of in Acts 11. A wolf that was backed by the entire pack.

What pack of wolves am I referring to?

Only the infamous ‘Christian’ leaders such as C. Peter Wagner, leader of the International Coalition of Apostles, Ché Ahn, John Arnott, Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner and several others who came to the 10,000-seat tent to support what Todd Bentley and Fresh Fire were doing and to commission him as an evangelist. Note that most of this ‘ceremony’ took place with Bentley standing there with a stupid grin on his face with his head shaking from side to side.. I have often wondered if the man has epilepsy.
 

[Note that Rick Joyner and C. Peter Wagner, along with several other people mentioned in this article, are leaders of the so called Dominionist movement or Joel’s Army, which makes them very very dangerous. The Dominionist Doctrine is a volatile cocktail of outright error mixed in with authentic truth, and Bible verses attached to complete fabrications. However their delusions make them more dangerous, not less. This movement, gathering momentum by the week, could very well bring about the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 10:21, which means that every Christian should be aware of who these people are and what it is they profess to believe.[See Dominion Theology: The Stench And Foul Smell Of Joel’s Army]
 

Apparently C. Peter Wagner was the one who suggested having an official ceremony in which Bentley could be ‘commissioned’. At this ‘Apostolic Commissioning’  Peter Wagner said he was “humbled as he “approached the task with enormous sense of awe”. He then went on to say that this was a ceremony “celebrating the formal apostolic alignment of Todd Bentley”. A little later, he turned to what he called the three apostles (Ché Ahn and John Arnott were among the three although I could not tell who the third was in the video) and asked the following question… [All Emphasis Added]

    “Do you perceive the grace of God given to Todd Bentley as an evangelist to lead the Lakeland Outpouring?”

Then turned and asked Bentley…

    “Do you recognize the apostolic authority of these three men in your life and ministry, and do you desire to establish an apostolic alignment with them and with revival alliance?”

Wagner then went on to say…

    “With this affirmation we will move to a formal commissioning equivalent to offering the right hand of fellowship as the three apostles did to Paul in Jerusalem. This commissioning represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the invisible world. With this in mind I take the apostolic  authority that God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley ..Your power will increase, your authority will increase, your favor will increase, your influence will increase, your revelation will increase. I also decree that a new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry, a new life force will penetrate a move of God, government will be established to set things in their proper form, God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error. New relationships will surface to open the gates for the future..”

A little later Ché Ahn took center stage saying to Bentley..

    “God has chosen you and appointed you to bear much and lasting fruit in this Lakeland revival and revival around the world…. Knowing that you have walked in a manner worth of the Lord, pleasing Jesus in every way… growing in the intimacy and knowledge of God…”

He was then anointed with “special oil” sent by Chuck Pierce who could not be there that evening..  [31]

In a later newsletter released Bentley said .

    “I am no church historian, but I do not know of any other time in history, since the book of Acts, have so many different apostles and so many different prophets and movements and leaders [been represented],” Bentley said of the capacity crowd. “This is so much bigger than [anything else] ever before. The devil is shaking in his boots because the apostles are gathering and the prophets are gathering.” [32]

It is almost impossible to find the words to speak of these men and their ridiculous posturing,  who actually seem to believe they are in some way on par with the apostles…  that they actually believe that they have apostolic authority and can come into apostolic alignment with someone.

What the heck is apostolic alignment anyway?

It is impossible to find polite words to speak of these men and the farcical, pompous pronouncements they made over Todd Bentley all of which have been proven untrue.. His power did not increase, His authority did not increase, His favor did not increase, His influence did not increase, His revelation did not increase  and God certainly did not pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error. Also there was no “much and lasting fruit” in the Lakeland revival.

 In an ‘apology’, charismatic pastor Dutch Sheets said

    "…the ‘bams,’ the head butts and kneeing, along with certain experiences and doctrines, all in order to embrace the good. Like many of my friends I tried to be - and believe I was - gracious, accepting, ready to think ‘out of the box’, etc. But try as I may, the uneasiness in my spirit just wouldn’t leave."

Guess he chose “thinking outside the box” to instructions in the Scriptures to test everything..

And for those who think they were saved at Lakeland but now doubt their salvation, please remember that remember that anyone who comes to faith in the real Jesus Christ is saved.  See Salvation.

 

He’s Baaack
Section Added April 2010

Not only has Rick Joyner given Todd Bentley his seal of approval by releasing him back into the pulpit and given the platform to Jessa Bentley, but the old fake Bob Jones sounds like he is laying the blame for Todd Bentley’s antics on the shoulders of Christians who he says have cursed Bentley. Is there no limit to these people’s horse manure?

Bob Jones Says Christians Have Put A Curse On Todd Bentley
This partial transcript of Bob Jones’ “prophecy” is by Slaughter of the Sheep blog. It was posted on 8th of January 2010.

In the latest video posted by Todd Bentley on Fresh Fire USA [33] , Bob Jones takes the platform at Rick Joyner’s MorningStar church and gives a prophecy saying that Christians have put a curse on Todd Bentley as well as Rick Joyner, MorningStar, and the women.

    (Supposedly Jesus speaking here.)  “I want you to break curses.  I want you to break a curse off of Todd Bentley.  Because well-meaning christians have put a curse on him, and that’s leaving an opening for him to be assassinated.  Also, that curse is on everyone that protects him.  In other words, MorningStar has been bombarded by this same disgruntled-Christian curse, not knowing what they’re doing.  Take the curse off that.  This building’s been…a curse put on it…take that off.”  (I think this next part is Bob talking for himself.)  “A curse has the ability to make you sick, discouraged, divided.  All these things have got to end now.  So, one of the first things I want to do is if Todd and his wife come up here – by the way, this isn’t an option to me, this is a command.  It’s a lot different than an option.  Uh, the Lord would not have me take this off of Todd and his wife unless there was a major purpose there for them.  One thing about the curse, I’ll just warn you about this, any curse you put on somebody will return to you.  So, if you’re going to err, err on the side of grace.”  (Rick Joyner speaks now.) “He’s speaking of Christians cursing others too with their words.  There’s awesome power in these words.”  (Bob Jones speaking now.)  “Yes, there’s awesome power in his words.  The first one I’m going to break is … (laying hands on Todd and Jessa)… ”I break the curse, the spoken word over my brother and my sister.  (Todd and Jessa begin shaking or “manifesting”.) And now let this … good, here it’s coming… and now let this curse be broken, and let them begin to get the vision for their future, and the purpose of the future, in Jesus’s name.  Good?  There comes the wind, good, good, good, good, good, good (they’re still shaking) … there, feel the wind?  It’s blowing it away.  Good.  Good.   Now, let the spirit man, the conscience be cleaned…let it be cleaned… so that the relationship with the Holy Spirit again can begin in the right way, in Jesus name, amen.  And, let now a new gift come into Todd, let it be discernment of spirit on a level he’s never known before.  In Jesus name, amen.  (At this point Todd begins repeatedly saying, “shoo, shoo, shoo” and bobbing and shaking his head.)  Now, let this supernatural faith that dwells within, let it come again.  Let that supernatural faith come again, that creative supernatural faith, in Jesus name.  Good.  It’s done.  The sword is out.  I now void this disparity against Todd.  Rick, can you see how his face flashes on him now.  See, that glory is back on him again.  And, uh…good.  Just take that deep breath.  One more.  There he goes.  (Bentley staggers and chuckles.) [34]

 

Rick Joyner Issues Special Bulletin Regarding Todd Bentley’s Restoration

[Note that Rick Joyner and C Peter Wagner along with several other people mentioned in this article are leaders of the so called Dominionist movement or Joel’s Army, which makes them very very dangerous. See Dominion Theology: The Stench And Foul Smell Of Joel’s Army ]

No doubt you’ve heard by now that Todd Bentley is back into ministry.  Rick Joyner released a special bulletin [35] to update his followers on the process of restoration Bentley has been undergoing at his church. There is no way I can cover it all, but I’ll quote pertinent points and make my comments afterwards.  The entire bulletin can be read by visiting this link.

     After nearly a year and a half of working with Todd, I recently felt that it was time to release him into some limited ministry in our local church. This does not mean that Todd has been released back into ministry in general, nor does it mean that Todd is nearing the end of his restoration process. We do not know how long this will be, and as from the beginning, we want to be confident that it is the Lord’s timing with each step that is taken.

Regardless of what the Bible says, and regardless of how many people try to point out to Joyner that there is no longer any “ministry” for Todd Bentley, he just won’t listen.  Bentley willfully committed adultery, divorced his wife, and married another.  There is no white-washing that issue when the Bible is so strikingly clear on the matter.  How can an adulterer adequately teach God’s Word when he himself does not follow it?  (Titus 1:6-9)

    “Before Todd will be fully released back into ministry, we will ask for a council to endorse this, which will be composed of those who are respected throughout the body of Christ as true elders in the church. Of course, they would need to come to the comfort level that would enable them to become part of this council, which we think would be a worthy test of Todd’s present spiritual condition. This is not to imply that this would endorse anything that Todd has done in the past; rather that he recognized his mistakes and his sins, has genuinely repented of them, and has adequately “shut the gates of hell” that gave the devil access into his life in every area where this happened, making him now fit for release back into ministry”.

The reason this will fail is because the “council” who will endorse his release back into ministry are the same ones who have circled the wagons around Bentley and are excusing his sin.  Rick Joyner hangs with the likes of Bill Johnson, Bob Jones, Jack Deere, and Mike Bickle.  Do you really expect any of these men to do the Biblical thing and correct Bentley?  Do you expect them to contend for the faith and set Bentley down?  That would hardly be possible when none of the above-mentioned men honor God’s Word themselves.  They simply refuse to follow the Word and tell Bentley that he is disqualified.  Because of this, they are complicit in his sin. 

    Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. [2 John 1:9-11]

Can’t get much clearer than that, can it?

This next statement by Joyner is quite revealing:

    “At the same time, the expectation of this process should not be interpreted as resulting in Todd being made perfect or that some of the nuances of his style, which have been offensive to some, have been dealt with. There is no guarantee that Todd will never fall again, just as there are no guarantees for any of us. However, he will probably be far less likely to fall than those who have never fallen but have judged with pride or condemnation those who have. We see clearly in the Scriptures that the Lord has a lot of mercy for sinners, but none for the self-righteous, and that such pride usually precedes a fall. 

    This is not to imply that all who question or oppose Todd’s release are doing this out of pride, but it is a form of pride to make important or sweeping judgments with partial information. Therefore, we will try to provide all of the information possible to keep people from stumbling in this way and to judge Todd and our process rightly.”

Okay, let’s deal with this one point at a time.

1. Joyner concedes that some of the offensive nuances of Todd’s style have not been dealt with.  What would those nuances be?  Maybe kicking old ladies in the face with his biker boot?  Maybe kneeing a Stage IV Colon cancer patient in the stomach?  Maybe lying to get donations to build an arena?  Since they haven’t been able to deal with those little nuances that people find offensive, is it safe to assume that Joyner has not been able to breed that out of Bentley?

2.  Joyner admits that he can’t guarantee that Bentley will never fall again, which would be a wise statement to make in this case.  However, he then goes on to take a not-so-subtle jab at those who reject Bentley based upon Biblical truth.  He accuses us of doing this out of pride and condemnation, never taking into account that if we are true Biblical Christians, we can do nothing other than reject Bentley if we believe in and uphold God’s Word.  Joyner can lash out and accuse us of pride and condemnation if he chooses, but those who have the fear and knowledge of God in their hearts will not waiver.

3.  Joyner basically accuses those who disagree with Bentley being restored to ministry as being self-righteous and warns that they will have no mercy for the Lord.  He also warns that it is prideful, and pride precedes the fall.  What other conclusion are we to draw from this statement but that we are self-righteous, prideful, and in the end, we’re gonna fall.  These types of warnings come out of cults all the time.  Don’t dare disagree or you will be demonized and ostracized.  It’s an old tactic, and while discerning Christians will see right through it, many of Joyner’s followers are being indoctrinated by it.  The end result is a polarization that forms an elitism among their ranks and isolates them from Bible believing Christians.

4.  Joyner accuses those who oppose Todd Bentley of ”making sweeping judgments with partial information.”  What partial information?  The fact that he supposedly called down Holy Ghost fire and angels on a nightly basis at Lakeland, and then went and got drunk in bars?  The fact that he cheated on his wife?  The fact that he divorced his wife and entered an adulterous relationship with “the other woman?”  The fact that the majority of Bentley’s doctrine, when measured by Scripture, doesn’t pass the test?  Contrary to what is being said, we are not operating on vague truths, false assumptions, or even “partial” information.

Joyner continues:

    “I felt that it was time to release Todd into limited ministry in our church because I had the leading of the Lord to do this. To me, this always trumps every other reason, but I had some other reasons, too. Some of the major issues, or strongholds, which had caused Todd’s problems, failures, and sins had been understood and repented of with considerable depth by Todd and Jessa. Todd’s personal relationship with the Lord has been restored and strengthened. Todd has an understanding of, and a vision for, entering the rest of the Lord, and he has done this to a great degree. As far as his spiritual health, Todd is probably now in a better place than many other ministries I know. However, he does still have issues that could hurt him, or cause problems in the future, some of which we have not even addressed yet. Therefore, he is still very much in the process of restoration, and so is everyone else that I know, including myself”.

Joyner contradicts himself here.  He says it is time to release Bentley into limited ministry because the Lord told him to do it.  This is clearly not Biblical, but that never stopped Joyner before.  Moving along.  Joyner comments on Bentley’s spiritual health and says he is in a better place than many other ministries, but then goes on to say that he still has ” issues that could hurt him, or cause problems in the future, some of which we have not even addressed yet.”  But, the Bible says that bishops or overseers should be blameless.  That is hardly the picture of Bentley that Joyner is painting here.

But, here’s the clincher in all of this.  The following is where Joyner justifies Bentley’s sin of adultery, which he knows many, many will not be able to look past or excuse:

    “It is interesting that the person who is considered the very first evangelist in Scripture is the woman at the well, since she was the first to go forth proclaiming Jesus to be the Messiah. She had been divorced five times and was living in sin at the time. It would be much easier to explain if the Lord had chosen someone far less controversial for this great honor.”

Quite deceptive, isn’t it?  The woman at the well was lost in her sin, not a supposed ”worldwide” evangelist with a revival ministry!  She was, at that moment, being introduced to the Messiah by the Messiah Himself.  If you apply the Bible rightly in this case, you will see that it is too weak an argument to hold any truth!

    Many leaders feel that these embarrassing falls from those in high visibility in the church are causing many to stumble, and doubtless they do. However, the self-righteousness manifested by many when this happens is probably causing far more to reject the church and our message. How can anyone trust our message of redemption and restoration when we will not even restore our own fallen?

     An even more important point is that those who are forgiven much love much and tend to have more real faith—which is having a dependence on who Jesus is, not on who we are. Those who are immature are more dependent, and those who have received the mercy and grace of the Lord in a fresh way seem to be the most powerful in sharing it in a way that lead others who are struggling to receive salvation—making them some of the most powerful evangelists.

Translation:  If you stand for the truth of God’s Word and reject what Joyner is doing, you’re self-righteous.

    We were recently visited by the leader of more than twenty-two hundred churches in India. He told us about how people go to villages all over his region and ask young children their names, and a good number will say, “Todd Bentley.” Their parents named their children after him because he led them to the Lord in his crusades there. This church network, one of the strongest and fastest growing in India, credits much to Todd’s work there. His crusades did not leave new believers who had to make it on their own, but left churches, orphanages, and schools by raising up and working with strong local leaders. Of course, this was not done just by Todd, but by his whole team.

Translation:  Todd is the bees knees, so you have to accept him.  Okay, I’m being facetious there.  Hearing (or reading) Joyner listing all of Bentley’s accolades does not mean that he is now, or ever was, a true minister of the gospel of Christ.  Much, much false doctrine has gone out into the world causing the way of truth to be subverted, and many will continue to suffer shipwreck of their faith because of it.

    Even so, one of the greatest concerns I had about Lakeland was the prima donna attitude that began to manifest on Todd. People with this syndrome don’t think the rules that apply to others apply to them. This will cause you to start thinking you are the main reason for the revival, not Jesus, and not the lost. You’ll start seeing yourself as more important than any one person is, and even essential to the plan of God. This is the root of pride, which likely caused the fall of Satan, and has caused many falls since. 

    One of the biggest open doors to this prima donna syndrome is low self-esteem and rejection. These can cause one to be driven to prove their value to others. This is why the foundation of Todd’s restoration was entering the rest of the Lord and finding his acceptance in what the Lord had done, not what he could do. True faith has to be coupled with patience to attain the promises.

There you have it.  Sin didn’t cause this.  It was low self-esteem and rejection (caused by others, mind you).  These are the things which caused Todd to be a “prima-donna” during Lakeland… not sin.  Not unbelief.  Not false doctrine.  Low self-esteem.

But, if Joyner needed any confirmation that Bentley should be released back to partial ministry, it was soon given:

    I was not asking for confirmation of this step with Todd because I was confident in the leading I had, but confirmation did come in a very powerful way. Bob Jones had been saying for some time that he knew he was about to have a “face-to-face” encounter with the Lord, and he did. In this encounter, Bob was told to come to our Sunday morning service and lay hands on Todd for his release, and then to break off of Todd and MorningStar the negative spoken words against us from other Christians. The effect of this prayer was so powerful that it was like having the sky go from dark and overcast to clear blue instantly.

This is the same Bob Jones that has been proven innumerable times a false prophet.  The same Bob Jones who was disciplined in 1991 for sexual misconduct when he used his so-called gift to have women disrobe in his office so they could stand “naked” before the Lord.  This is the same Bob Jones who’s wife got a prophetic word from his sneakers.  Rick Joyner is bolstering his decision based upon one of the biggest false prophets the modern church has ever known.

Is there any more to be said?

Look, I would love nothing more than to see Todd Bentley come to repentance.  Real, life changing, soul saving repentance.  But, he’s never going to get that as long as Rick Joyner and others continue to circle the wagons around him and encourage him in his ungodliness.  I pray he wakes up to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  I truly do.  That’s my prayer.  But, as things stand now, we have to decide who we will follow… God and His Word or Rick Joyner.

I’ll follow the Lord any day. [36]


A Freestyle Approach To ‘Restoring’ Fallen Leaders.
J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma magazine and author of the article The Tragic Scandal of Greasy Grace seems to believe that Todd Bentley actually had some ’spiritual gifts’. We beg to disagree. Todd Bentley was and is nothing but an outright imposter and charlatan… a very useful tool in Satan’s hand. If our leaders did not publicly decry the entire Lakeland fiasco, there is no reason to expect them to decry Bentleys subsequent affair and divorce.

However the following excerpt from his article makes some very valid points. All emphasis added.

    First of all, it is outrageous that Shonnah Bentley, Todd's first wife, does not seem to be an issue in the current discussion. Her name is never mentioned in Joyner's statement—while Todd is mentioned 18 times. We are never told how Shonnah is handling the divorce. How will she manage to care for the three children she and Todd share? She and the kids seem invisible in this process. Yet if anyone needs healing and restoration, is it not the other half of this broken family?

    Second, we charismatics still seem to have a habit of elevating gifting above character. It's almost as if the end justifies the means. (So what if a preacher ruins one marriage and makes a hasty decision to marry a younger woman—the important thing is that we get him back in the pulpit to heal the sick!) That is a perversion of biblical integrity. God can anoint any man or woman with the Holy Spirit's power; what He is looking for are vessels of honor that can carry that anointing with dignity, humility and purity.

    What is most deplorable about this latest installment in the Bentley scandal is the lack of true remorse. In his own statement, Bentley apologizes for his actions and says he "takes full responsibility for my part for the ending of the marriage." But how can he be taking "full responsibility" if he willingly chose to have a girlfriend on the side—and then married her immediately after his divorce was final? Why did he hide for several months when he should have been listening to counsel and seeking reconciliation with his first wife?

    Many Christians today have rejected biblical discipline and adopted a sweet, spineless love that cannot correct. Our grace is greasy. No matter what an offending brother does, we stroke him and pet him and nurse his wounds while we ignore the people he wounded. No matter how heinous his sin, we offer comforting platitudes because, after all, who are we to judge?

    When the apostle Paul learned that a member of the Corinthian church was in an immoral relationship with his father's wife, he did not rush to comfort the man. He told the Corinthians: "You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst" (I Cor. 5:2). Sometimes we must draw a ruthless sword in order to bring genuine healing. The "wounds of a friend" are faithful to bring conviction and true repentance (see Proverbs 27:6).

    Paul actually delivered the unrepentant Corinthian man to Satan "for the destruction of his flesh" (5:5) so that he could be saved. That does not sound very nice. Many today would call Paul's tactic harsh and legalistic. But that is because we have lost any true sense of the fear of the Lord—and we don't realize that our laxness about God's standards is a perversion of His mercy. When the sin is severe, the public rebuke must be severe.

    In all the discussion of Bentley and the demise of the Lakeland Revival, I am waiting to hear the sound of sackcloth ripping into shreds. We should be weeping. We should be rending our hearts—as God commanded Israel when they fell into sin (see Joel 2: 13-14). To give guidance to a confused church, our leaders should have publicly decried the Lakeland disaster while at the same time helping both Todd and Shonnah to heal.

    We have not mourned this travesty. We have not been shocked and appalled that such sin has been named among us. We act as if flippant divorce and remarriage are minor infractions—when in actuality they are such serious moral failures that they can bring disqualification. [37]


End Notes
[1] Lakeland Outpouring in Second Month. http://www.mediaspotlight.org/pdfs/LAKELAND-TODDBENTLEY.pdf

[2] Lakeland’s Recycled Revival  By Gary Osborne. http://www.biblical-pentecostals.org/Recycled%20Revival.htm

[3] Alice Rhee, NBC News Producer. Revivalist claims hundreds of healings.
http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/29/1075189.aspx

[4] Cary McMullen. Florida Outpouring: Internet Draws Thousands to Lakeland Revival. May 18, 2008.
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/NEWS/805180341/1004&template=printart

[5] Cary McMullen. Evangelist's Popular Ministry Claims Miraculous Healing. Saturday, April 19, 2008 TheLedger.com.
http://www.theledger.com/article/20080419/NEWS/804190395/1021/Life.

[6] Evangelist's Popular Ministry Claims Miraculous Healing. Saturday, April 19, 2008 TheLedger.com.
http://www.theledger.com/article/20080419/NEWS/804190395?Title=Evangelist-s-Popular-Ministry-Claims-Miraculous-Healing

[7] http://www.apologeticsindex.org/news1/an010401-09.html

[8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI:_Crime_Scene_Investigation

[9] Rob Merritt. The Gazette.
http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070625/NEWS/70625014/-1/rss01&rssfeed=rss01

[10] Greg Kucera. Monster Garage: Jesse James, West Coast Choppers, Custom Motorcycles And Harley. May 31, 2007.
http://www.monstergarageoutlaws.com/

[10b] www.chopperdogs.com/us/?msg=LoginRequired&url=/us/. Link is no longer valid

[11] Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary, Editor June G. Beltzer, Ph.D., p. 343

[12] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpvP48Urs5s

[13] Reports of Revival Breaking Out in Lakeland, Florida, Fresh Fire Ministries. April 11, 2008.
www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read&status=revival&Id=132&pid=954&bid=923

[14] http://www.etpv.org/2003/angho.html

[15] http://wkdfestivalsaijiki.blogspot.com/2007/02/enma-king-of-hell.html

[16] Gold Dust and Gold Teeth. http://www.intotruth.org/tb/gold.html

[17] Angelic Hosts, Todd Bentley. Fresh Fire Ministries. http://www.etpv.org/2003/angho.html

[18] http://www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read&status=teaching&Id=143&pid=954

[19] The Visions of Sadhu Sundar Singh of India. http://reluctant-messenger.com/sadhu-sundar-singh.htm

[20] Sadhu Sundar Singh and the New Church. by Eric J. Sharpe. Bayside Swedenborgian Church.
http://www.shs.psr.edu/studia/index.asp?article_id=113

[21] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg

[22] http://www.chris-brewer.com/

[23] Prophet Bob Jones and The Florida Fires.
http://christiancrunch.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/prophet-bob-jones-and-the-florida-fires/

[24] The Kansas City Prophets. Excerpted from "Heaven Can't Wait" by William M. Alnor, 1996.
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/kcp.html

[25] http://www.flickr.com/photos/21734491@N06/2495056736/in/set-72157604925851055/

[26] Florida Revival with John Arnott of the Toronto Blessing. http://christiancrunch.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/florida-revival-
with-john-arnott-of-the-toronto-blessing/

[27] Is Todd Bentley’s Lakeland Outpouring like the Day of Pentecost?

http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/

is-todd-bentleys-lakeland-outpouring-like-the-day-of-pentecost/

[28] Todd Bentley Files Separation for Divorce from Wife http://www.zimbio.com/The+Pursuit+of+God/articles/123/Todd+Bentley
+Files+Separation+Divorce+Wife

[29] http://www.canada.com:80/theprovince/news/story.html?id=30f71dac-4b97-443e-ba28-9ff8a0ff09b6

[30] http://www.freshfire.ca:80/

[31] http://vodpod.com:80/watch/835371-todd-bentleys-apostolic-and-prophetic-commissioning-14

[32] http://www.charismamag.com/cms/news/archives/0624082.php

[33] http://www.freshfireusa.com/media/0,91

[34] http://slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/bob-jones-says-christians-have-put-a-curse-on-todd-bentley

[35] http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000064749/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/
Special_Bulletins/2010/SPECIAL_BULLETIN_Revival.aspx

[36] http://slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/rick-joyner-offers-special-bulletin-regarding-todd-bentleys-restoration/

[37] [J. Lee Grady. The Tragic Scandal of Greasy Grace.
http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones/20005-the-tragic-scandal-of-greasy-grace#ixzz0sjXTWX6r]

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