Other than the posts I’ve done on Stacey Campbell and Patricia King, I’ve kept silent on the fallout that began as a consequence of Todd Bentley’s fall from the public pedestal many had put him on. I’ll give my thoughts now, and then move on.
Several apostolic leaders have given their public statements regarding the scandal. One question they seemed to ask was how they could have been so gullible and not seen that Todd Bentley was not acting in the authority of God. C. Peter Wagner, when speaking of Bentley’s commissioning, exonerated himself by saying he has always been known as a risk taker who likes to stick his neck out there for people. He conveyed that some have paid off, and some, meaning Bentley, have been “losers” (Wagner’s words).
What I beg to ask people to consider is this: how could they have been so gullible not to have known that Bentley was a counterfeit? That admission alone condemns their public ministry, as well as their skills of discernment. To be a leader, you must be knowledgeable in God’s Word, and able to lead others. Yet these ministers have publicly said they did not know Bentley was a heretic, despite the fact that they claim to be apostles. Not knowing the Word of God, they run willingly into error and permeate the church with doctrinal poison. The reason they didn’t know is because they do not know God’s Word.
Anyone with knowledge of God’s Word knows when they’re being fed false doctrine. Leaders are expected to know. They didn’t.
Then we have another problem with this whole fiasco. Lack of accountability. Some have said they knew about Bentley’s private sin, yet they participated in Lakeland and the commissioning anyway. Caring more what men thought of them than God, they opposed God’s Word and aligned themselves with a move of Satan because the only thing they cared about was being a part of “the next big thing.” They knowingly pushed this so-called revival on the people and continued to expose them to it, and Bentley, night after night all the while knowing that Bentley was a hypocrite who was living in open sin. Those who call themselves “prophets” stood on that platform saying, “thus says the Lord,” when God did not say it. How can they be true prophets when they didn’t even see the scandal that was preparing to explode before them?
The fact that so many can follow someone like Bentley is an indictment against not only the American church, but the church as a whole; for many came from across the waters to receive an impartation, and take it back with them. This thing would have continued to spiral out of control if the Lord hadn’t put a stop to it. I heard Bentley defenders rebuke us by saying, “Leave Bentley alone! If it’s not of God, it will come to naught!” A true statement if I ever heard one. Sounds quite prophetic, doesn’t it?
Friends, Todd Bentley wasn’t the only one exposed through this shameful ordeal… his enablers and the so-called apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation were exposed as well. The question is, will you hold them accountable and reject them as God’s Word tells us to do, or continue to promote false doctrine by endorsing them with your confidence? Remember, they can have no platform without an audience.