Sunday, September 7, 2008

Todd Bentley Revisited

I'm sure many of you heard about the drama going on with Todd Bentley after the Florida Revival. Our pastor spoke a tiny bit about it in his sermon today on Samson and how God uses people inspite of their weakness. He mentioned Dutch Sheets remarks on the downfall:

Did leaders handling the Lakeland situation make mistakes? Yes – huge mistakes. Beyond the obvious fruit of salvations and healings, can good come from Lakeland, as some have suggested, even with the recent revelations concerning Todd Bentley? Yes, but only if there is complete honesty and transparency, the removal of all attempts at self-preservation, and absolute humility from all sides.

…mistakes were made and must be acknowledged and learned from in order for us to heal, grow and move forward.

Some of my closest friends endorsed and participated in the Lakeland meetings…Should those who "aligned" Todd with spiritual fathers (which was a good thing and positioned him to receive help if he chooses to accept it) have realized to do so publicly was a mistake and could be interpreted by those watching in no other way than as a complete endorsement? Yes, they should have, especially when the event became a commissioning ceremony, complete with decrees and prophecies of going to higher levels, predictions of Todd’s increasing world-wide influence and leading a world-wide revival, emphatic and prolific endorsements of his character, etc.

...We, the leaders of the charismatic community, have operated in an extremely low level of discernment. Frankly, we often don’t even try to discern. We assume a person’s credibility based on gifts, charisma, the size of their ministry or church, whether they can prophesy or work a miracle, etc. (Miracles and signs are intended to validate God and His message, not the messenger; sometimes they validate the assignment of an individual, but never the person’s character, lifestyle or spiritual maturity.) We leaders in the Church have become no different than the world around us in our standards for measuring success and greatness. This has contributed to the body of Christ giving millions of dollars to undeserving individuals; it has allowed people living in sin to become influential leaders – even to lead movement, allowing them influence all the way to the White House. Through our lack of discernment we built their stages and gave them platforms. We have been gullible beyond words – gullible leaders producing gullible sheep.

Check the whole thing out here. It's long, but it's worth a read!

My take: I'm glad that God doesn't wait until we're perfect to use us in mighty ways. There's hope for me! I don't have to do everything right or a certain way for God to heal others or save souls.


Gombojav Tribe said...

You should know that Todd has been in Redding getting intense counselling with Bill Johnson and Kris Vallatton. Another man of God has also stepped up who has taken a one year sabbatical from his own ministry. This man is going to work with Todd for one year--mentoring/fathering him.

Todd is at this time submitting to those he was aligned with back in June.

Pastor Che preached last Sunday about how to respond to what is happening with Todd and Lakeland. It's worth ordering the CD. EXCELLENT!

Also, the revival in Lakeland is actually continuing with another revivalist.

Zimms Zoo said...

We don't come from a charismatic background, but I enjoyed that he was willing to admit fault and looked to God for correcting those.

All of us make mistakes and fail. We should be helping each other back up and not casting stones.