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Is Your Pastor a Simon the Sorceror?

Acts 8:9-11: (NASB)

9 Now there was a certain man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city, and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;
10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “This man is what is called the Great Power of God.”
11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.

If you took the time to read the verses above and stopped to really think about it, you might come to the conclusion that we have many Simon the Sorcerors in the church today. 

How many men and women promote themselves by claiming they have God’s power and can dispense it at will?  How many claim to have health, wealth, and wisdom?  How many bill themselves with bombastic titles like prophet, prophetess, and apostle?  There are many.  There are also many who profess to take trips to Heaven, have visions of Jesus, and have encounters with angels with a frequency that is alarming.  Welcome to the church – THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!

1 Corinthians 1:21 (NASB)

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

To maintain a healthy relationship with God, we’ve got to steer clear of false teaching and stand on Biblical truth.  I spoke with one pastor who regularly presents the gospel of Jesus Christ in verse-by-verse expository teaching, and he said his congregants set and flip through the hymnals, fall asleep, and stare off into space.  Another pastor told me that many times he taught the whole council of God from the Scriptures and the people staring back at him from the congregation were disinterested.  So, one night he decided to conduct a little experiment.  He walked down out of the pulpit and kicked the front pew and began to yell.  Someone in the back shouted.  The congregation snapped to life and suddenly became very interested.  Now, that was what they called church!!!  He continued to yell and kick the pew, and they continued to shout.  He preached the Word of God and they snoozed.  He kicked the pew and made a racket and they shouted.  He told me, “Nothing I said was Biblical, there wasn’t a bit of truth in it, but they shouted!”  Yes, they shouted, they praised God, and they showed their ignorance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They didn’t want the gospel… they wanted a real good, feel good show.

There are so many solid, orthodox ministers out there who refuse to compromise for fame or fortune.  They preach the Word of God with no mercenary motives – they do not want to be great or highly exalted among their peers.  Fame doesn’t tempt them, and fortune holds no glory.  They love God and love the gospel.  They strive to be like Christ, the head of all things.  But, there are many out there who can not be described as Christ-like.  When exposing them to the light of Scripture, it shows they are not like Jesus, but like Simon the Sorceror.

Here is what we know about Simon the Sorceror.  (Acts 8:9-11) He…

  • Practiced magic
  • Astonished the people with his magic arts
  • Claimed to be someone great

Here is how Scripture records the people reacting to Simon:

  • Gave attention to him
  • Believed he had the great power of God
  • Were seduced by his magic arts

Let’s take a look at some of the ministries of today’s teachers and see what we find.  Will they be like Christ, or like Simon the Sorceror?

C. Peter Wagner

Rick Joyner

Todd Bentley

Patricia King

 Mike Bickle

Stacey Campbell

Bill Johnson

Che Ahn

John Arnott

This is a sampling from just a few of the false teachers out there.  There are many, many more.

What you see being promoted is prophetic symbolism, fire, the supernatural… everything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Given the evidence, these men and women are in no way Christ-like.  They are more representative of Simon the Sorceror, who exalted himself as someone who possessed the mighty power of God and dazzled the people with his magical arts, but in the end, his crafts had no power to save.  Only the gospel could do that, and it was through the foolishness of preaching (1 Cor. 1:21) that those he seduced with his wickedness were saved.

Thankfully, when Phillip preached the gospel, the people, as well as Simon, believed and were baptized. 

Acts 8:12: (NASB)

12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
13 And even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip; and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

Yes, there is more to the story.  Simon observed the signs and wonders being performed by Peter and the other apostles and attempted to buy that power with money.  This resulted in him being sharply rebuked by Peter.

The point is, are you sitting under a Simon the Sorceror?  Does your pastor/teacher performs mystical tricks as evidence of his walk with God, or does he preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified?  Answering this question will speak volumes about the man (or woman) you sit under.  Will you listen?

The Lord Takes False Prophecy Very Seriously

I hear people like Kim Clement, Patricia King, Stacey Campbell, Mike Bickle, Paul Cain, Jack Deere, Che Ahn, Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, Winnie Banov, etc. prophesy only good things most of the time.  Not judgment.  We all know they are false prophets, but sometimes I think we forget just how seriously God takes false prophecy.  And, even if we don’t, it’s always good to be reminded from time to time.

Hear the Word of God on this matter:

Jeremiah 23:13-40:

13 “Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.

14 “Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

15 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.'”

16 Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD.

17 “They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said,” You will have peace”‘; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’

18 “But who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?

19 “Behold, the storm o the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.

20 “The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it.

21 “I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied.

22 “But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds.

23 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off?

24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’

26 “How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,

27 who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?

28 “The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD.

29 “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other.

31 “Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’

32 “Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them, and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.

33 “Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What oracle?’ The LORD declares, ‘I shall abandon you.’

34 “Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD,’ I shall bring punishment upon that man and his household.

35 “Thus shall each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ or, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’

36 “For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.

37 “Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’

38 “For if you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ surely thus says the LORD, ‘Because you said this word,” The oracle of the LORD !”I have also sent to you, saying,” You shall not say,’ The oracle of the LORD !’ “‘

39 “Therefore behold, I shall surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers.

40 “And I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”

Todd Bentley is Back

Less than a year after Todd Bentley’s disgraceful departure from the Lakeland Revival, he is back in action.

When you click on the link to Bentley’s Fresh Fire website, you are greeted by a video message from Rick Joyner.  In the message, Joyner confirms that he encouraged Bentley to rebuild the website, and through this medium there will be open communication.

What Joyner and Bentley don’t seem to understand is that there is no “ministry” for Bentley now.  There never should have been.  Not only was he disqualified by the fact that he never taught Biblical truth to begin with, he was also disqualified by the fact that he, while ministring to others, was living an alternate life outside of the view of the camera, and cheating on his wife.  So, even if he had been qualified for ministry, he blew it!  Perhaps some consider this to be straining at a gnat, but he left his wife and children, and then married his mistress.  All of this within, not a year, but months of the time his star shot into the orbit  of the charismatic movement.  

Familiarity breeds contempt.  Ever hear that old saying?  When a religious leader falls, it’s not unusual for them to disappear for a season to desensitize the public of their sin and disgrace.  Eventually, they come back on the scene and pronounce themselves forgiven and set free by the amazing love and mercy of God.  However, when they start their run again, you soon find that nothing has changed, and they still walk the road of deception they were on before.   While Bentley didn’t stay away that long, it was obviously long enough for him to test the waters and determine now is the time for his re-entrance into the public eye.

Bentley is now taking invitations to speak and minister.  Having been “restored” by Rick Joyner, there’s very little chance that anything Bentley ministers will be Biblically sound.  A heretic can not restore a heretic to anything other than heresy.  There will be no chance that the truth of God’s Word will be central and key in their teaching.

Things are going to be very interesting.  More interesting will be to see who will actually invite him to speak.  There will be some pastors who are so undiscerning and ignorant in God’s Word that they will gladly unleash this false teacher on their flock.  It will also be interesting to see who else besides Joyner, Deere, Ahn, etc. will join themselves with Bentley and give him their endorsment as they did on the night of the commissioning at the Lakeland Revival.  Will they scatter like rats, or will they be drawn to him like flies?  Too soon to tell just yet.  Nevertheless, it will be interesting.

To read a blog about this, please click here.

To visit Bentley’s Fresh Fire website, please click here.

(HT:  Bud Press)

A Lakeland Update From C. Peter Wagner

C. Peter Wagner sent out an e-mail to keep everyone updated on the progress of Todd Bentley and his “restoration.”  As you read the contents of the e-mail below, take note of such buzz words as “alignment,” and “shifting.”  According to Wagner, the apostolic alignment of Todd Bentley caused a “shifting” that exposed his personal sins.  I guess that’s a new spin we haven’t heard yet.  Anything to explain it away and smooth it over, right?

Notice how roughly half of the missive is spent defending and convincing the reader that the Lakeland Outpouring was from God.  Wagner also makes sure to explain his own involvement in what seems an attempt to clear himself of any scandal.  Like I’ve said before, it’s almost as if they believe if they say it enough, people will believe it.

These men are not apostles.  They are fooling themselves as well as their followers.  The apostles left bishops in charge of the church, but never taught apostolic succession which would carry on down through the church age.  This is what happens when Biblically illiterate men with large egos take reign in the church.

Wagner repeatedly talks about apostolic protocol.  For more of an explanation of what that is, read the letter below.  These men take authority that is not theirs, they commission themselves…God has not commissioned them…they make it sound like God inspired the Lakeland Revival, even though it ended in such scandal by saying it was the power of God and the apostolic alignment that revealed Todd’s sin.  All of this sounds like a great big build-up for Todd’s reemergence onto the scene.

Wagner states that only an apostle or apostolic group can oversee and set about the restoration of a fallen leader.  In all of his talk about authority and protocol, Wagner never speaks about God…people answer to the apostles and the apostles restore them…not God.  The apostles and the apostles alone can decide when to make a public statement regarding restoration.  I wouldn’t want my future in the hands of such men.  Does this sound cultish to you?  The apostles have all the power, and their flocks are subject to them.

Read the statement from Wagner below and draw your own conclusions.

A Lakeland Update
From C. Peter Wagner
October 29, 2008

Dear friends,

This is an update on the aftermath of the Lakeland Outpouring.

As most of you know, a day or so after I went to Lakeland and helped align Todd
Bentley with Revival Alliance on June 23, the veil of secrecy over a number of serious,
hidden sins began to come off.  God has now shaken what could be shaken in Todd’s
life.  On August 12 he announced that he was leaving his wife of nine years, and
it had been revealed that he had been directing his attentions toward another woman.
This is now history, but many have been asking for an update.

I have delayed sending you this email until I had an official statement from Todd’s
apostolic alignment, John Arnott, Ché Ahn, and Bill Johnson of Revival Alliance.
Here is their statement, issued October 23, 2008, four months after the alignment:

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON TODD BENTLEY FROM REVIVAL ALLIANCE

Dear friends, several years ago, six leadership couples came together formed a relationally
based, non-denominational network called Revival Alliance.

When the Lakeland revival broke out Todd Bentley and the revival meetings were coming
under much criticism. At the suggestion of Peter Wagner, three of the members of
the Revival Alliance team went to Lakeland because the Alliance as a whole wanted
to express support for the Lakeland Outpouring and to commission Todd as a revivalistic
evangelist. Having been powerfully touched in the Toronto outpouring, and seeing
the opposition that came from leaders in the church because of that movement, we
wanted to stand with Todd and deflect some of the personal assaults that were coming
against him. Many of the attacks were coming from well-respected Christian leaders,
people that we still hold in high esteem. Yet the mandate from the Lord was clear.
And we stood with Todd and the Fresh Fire Ministries team to both endorse and support
this move of God.

Rory and Wendy Alec of God TV also took tremendous risk in airing the revival prime
time and broadcasting it to over 200 nations around the world. Their heart is to
capture and release the move of God, no matter where it happens, or who God uses
as His instrument. This unparalleled media attention gave unusual advertisement
for the outpouring. But it also put their whole team in an unusual, high-level position
of receiving both praise and criticism.

The impact of the Lakeland Outpouring has been amazing, and it still continues.
The record of conversions and miracles of healing is extraordinarily great in number.
And the spreading of the revival to nation after nation has also been very significant.
The God TV broadcast stirred up the hunger in people from around the world to go
to Lakeland and receive from God, but then bring it home to their local churches.
Impartation seems to be one of the unusual markers of a genuine move of God. Revival
fires began to spread around the world as a result of the impartation received at
Lakeland. But as great as the fruit has been, so have the devastation and fallout
from Todd’s personal failure.

While there must be no toleration or whitewashing of sin, there must also be no
allowances for ungodly judgments in the name of Jesus. Hatred often masquerades
as a passion for holiness. And while the church has had its share of tragic failures
of leaders in recent days and equally tragic reactions, we must get this one right.
It is possible to promote holiness and accountability in the spirit of grace.

The quickness to condemn and abandon a fallen comrade has caused us as much concern as has the actual sin of our friend. Some want to humiliate and expose Todd beforethe world. And then there are others who want to point to the obvious anointing on Todd’s life as the sign of God’s approval of Todd’s behavior. Neither is acceptable to us. There must be deep repentance and thorough restoration.

The restoration process must be firm but loving, while holding to the Kingdom standards
of both holiness and grace. The initial goal is not to get Todd preaching again.
It is to get him healed from the issues of the heart that have brought devastation
to his family, and such shame and failure to him. His gift will always function
when given an opportunity. We just want it to come from a place of personal victory
and triumph this next time.

Since the announcement of Todd’s leaving his wife, Revival Alliance has been working
to help restore our fallen brother. Sin is disastrous on any level, but it is well
known that “to whom much is given, much is required.” Gross sin from someone on
Todd’s level of influence is devastating. Even so, God is ready to heal and restore.
Todd recently spent three days in Redding, California, with Bill Johnson dealing
with the issues of his personal life. Following that, he went to Morningstar Ministries
in Charlotte, North Carolina, to be with Rick Joyner for the same reason. Rick,
along with the Morningstar leadership team, has offered to help in his restoration.
With great confidence, Revival Alliance recommends this as the appropriate process
for Todd’s healing and restoration. Todd will be moving to Morningstar Ministries
to live for a season. Rick Joyner’s wisdom, along with the strength of the Morningstar
community of believers, will be a great support to Todd as he deals with the heart
issues that brought about his failures. A council of three has also been formed
to give oversight to the restoration process. Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Bill
Johnson will give oversight as needed.

We appreciate the prayers and support of countless numbers of believers who have
continued to support Fresh Fire Ministries. We also appreciate the prayer support
of so many for the Revival Alliance. We are also very thankful for Rick Joyner and
his whole team that will be working to bring about a complete healing to our friend,
Todd Bentley.

It should also be noted that effort is being made to ensure that Shonnah (Todd’s
wife) and children are also cared for and given opportunity to receive ministry
and help. As you may imagine, they have suffered great hurt from this failure.
There are many in Fresh Fire Ministries who also need help. Efforts are being made
to serve them as best as possible. John Arnott recently invited the Fresh Fire Ministries
associates to Toronto for their Signs and Wonders Conference to receive personal
ministry and encouragement. These kinds of efforts will continue.

Bill Johnson, John Arnott, and Rick Joyner have each spent time with the Fresh Fire
Ministries board, and will continue to assist them as needed through this tragic
season.

Fresh Fire Ministries will continue their crusades and conference schedule around
the world. They are a group of ministers with much integrity and a great heart for
the lost. Pray for them as they maneuver through the challenging season ahead, while
serving the church at large.

We are thankful for the honor of being involved in this crisis.

On behalf of Revival Alliance:  John Arnott, Ché Ahn, and Bill Johnson
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apostolic Protocol

The Todd Bentley situation affords us a good contemporary case study in the proper
application of agreed-upon apostolic protocol.  Before an international TV audience,
Todd affirmed that he desired to be apostolically aligned with Revival Alliance,
and then received their apostolic commissioning as a revivalistic evangelist. 
Almost immediately, the shifting that this alignment produced in the invisible world
caused Todd’s hidden personal life to begin to unravel until he left the Lakeland
Outpouring in early August.  Host apostle, Stephen Strader, continued services in
Ignited Church until he finally closed it in October.

The Revival Alliance took the first steps toward dealing with Todd’s discipline
and possible restoration.  However, Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries in Ft.
Mill, South Carolina, a friend of Todd’s, offered his services to help in the process.
Revival Alliance, then, decided to outsource the long-term hands-on restoration
to Rick.  Rick brought his friend, Jack Deere onto his team, and Bill Johnson was
added to maintain a link with Revival Alliance.

After reading the Revival Alliance statement above, some have asked not only who
is now in charge of the restoration (Rick Joyner authorized by Revival Alliance),
but also who would make the official announcement to the body of Christ if and when
the restoration is complete and give Todd clearance to resume public ministry? 
The answer to this question revolves around responsible apostolic protocol, and
the proper answer is that only Revival Alliance would be authorized to make such
an announcement.

How would I reach that conclusion?  Later on, I will explain the Lakeland Outpouring
Apostolic Team, but first let me introduce an official statement on apostolic protocol
dealing with situations such as Todd Bentley’s issued by the group in October:

Statement from the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team

Current issue:  Paul Cain and his appearance on the platform of the Lakeland Outpouring

I. The background.  At one point rather early in Lakeland Outpouring I, prophet Paul
Cain was invited to appear on the platform.  A few months before the Outpouring
began he had prophesied publicly that such an outpouring would break out in Lakeland,
and Todd Bentley felt it would be appropriate to recognize Cain on the platform
and let the audience know about his accurate prophecy.  While Cain was there, he
took the opportunity to announce, among other things, that he had been living a
chaste life and that rumors about him were not true.

This event drew criticism from many observers who knew something of Paul Cain’s
recent experiences.  It turned out that he had been living a secret life which involved
problems with drunkenness and homosexuality.  Three Christian leaders who had been
long-time friends and colleagues of Cain, namely Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, and Jack
Deere, attempted to bring correction and restoration privately, but to little avail.
Consequently, they decided that, following the precepts of Matthew 18, they had
come to the place where they needed to announce Cain’s moral turpitude to the church
at large with the hope that this public reprimand would speed the process of his
restoration.  Cain’s response was to place himself under the accountability of
other, self-chosen, Christian leaders who after a period of time announced that
his restoration had been completed and that he was free to return to public ministry.

This was an obvious violation of apostolic protocol.  The correct apostolic protocol
would have been for the three who first blew the whistle publicly to have been involved
directly in any announcement to the body of Christ that Cain’s restoration had been
complete.  Not only were the three not involved, but they felt that the timing for
such an announcement had been premature.

Bentley knew something of this situation because he reportedly later commented that
he had thought (wrongly!) that he had first cleared his intentions of inviting Cain
to the platform with Rick Joyner.  The problem had become more complicated with
Cain’s public confession of having lived a chaste life, apparently denying that
he ever had been involved in homosexuality.  His later explanation that he really
meant that he had been chaste only since his “restoration” was not sufficient to
change the impression left with the huge international television audience who
heard his first words.  Our conclusion is that inviting Cain on the platform and
allowing him to have the microphone was an unfortunate mistake on the part of Bentley
since it was an intended or unintended violation of apostolic protocol.

The principle.  What can we learn from this?  The principle is that the prescribed
restoration of a fallen leader should be undertaken only by or under the direct
supervision of the apostle or apostolic group (whether or not the term “apostle”
is used) with which the fallen leader has previously aligned.  The practice of the
leader, himself or herself, slipping out from under a recognized accountability
structure in order to select what would inevitably be a more lenient person or group
of persons should be regarded by the body of Christ as unacceptable behavior.  The
proper apostolic protocol should be for  those involved in the initial apostolic
alignment, and those people only, to make any public announcement on the progress
of the restoration or that the restoration has been completed and that the restored
leader be allowed once again to resume public ministry.

As a footnote, it should be recorded that in recent years Paul Cain has not been
the only high-profile leader to attempt this evasion of accountability.  Others
have taken similar erroneous pathways, and our opinion is that there should be
a general consensus in the church that such behavior will not be repeated or tolerated
in the future.

Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team
October 10, 2008

In light of the above statement it seems clear that public reports of the progress
or successful termination of Todd Bentley’s restoration be made only with the explicit
approval of Revival Alliance.  Any attempt to circumvent this apostolic protocol
(as was done in the case of Paul Cain) should not be regarded as acceptable to
the body of Christ.  Especially those of us in the charismatically-inclined evangelical
stream feel deep embarrassment over a number of recent cases that have taken this
deviant route.

The Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team

As I have told you in other emails, after I moderated the meeting at which Todd
Bentley was aligned and commissioned, I received over three thousand emails.  Many
of them expressed dismay and concern over issues that had surfaced during the Outpouring
itself and during the commissioning.  I carefully cataloged these and simultaneously
pulled together a group of apostles which I called the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic
Team.  The team included Stephen Strader, Steve Strang, David Cannistraci, Ché Ahn,
Lee Grady, Joe Askins, Jeff Beacham, Chuck Pierce, and John Arnott besides myself.
One of the first things we did was to analyze the issues raised and end up with
a list of 24 important concerns, each of which we would discuss and attempt to
issue a public statement to the body of Christ.

We began our work and issued the statement above on apostolic protocol for the Paul
Cain case, reducing the list to 23.

Meanwhile, God began speaking to Dutch Sheets, whom many of you know is my pastor
at Freedom Church here in Colorado Springs, and who has been recognized as an apostle
to our nation.  Dutch felt that God was giving him an assignment to deal with many
of the issues that I had on my list, and others as well, from a proactive, rather
than a reactive posture as I had been doing.

After consulting with John Kilpatrick, Dutch approached me with the possibility
of making some changes.  I gladly received his suggestions and, frankly, I was greatly
relieved.  While I chaired Todd’s alignment ceremony in obedience to a direct word
from God, I did not have the same clear assignment from God to deal with the issues.
I had organized the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team only because I felt it was
my duty.  Dutch now has a passion for the task, while I only had a sense of responsibility.
The upshot is that I have now disbanded the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team
and passed the torch to Dutch Sheets, who will form a similar group.  One condition
for Dutch’s action was that I would agree to be a member of the new group, which
I did.  I also think that a proactive stance will be much more profitable for the
body of Christ long term than my reactive approach, dealing specifically with problems
arising from the Lakeland Outpouring which no longer exists.

Conclusion

That is my update for now, and probably the last one I will issue on the subject
of Lakeland.   Criticisms of what I have done have been severe, but affirmations
have outnumbered them maybe one hundred to one.  Only a few have been so upset that
they have severed relations with me, and I deeply regret this.  But I have no regrets
over what I have done in the last four months, although there are undoubtedly a
few things that I could have done better.

Let’s move on to new horizons for the kingdom of God!

Blessings,
Peter

More on Todd Bentley’s Separation – An Unhealthy Relationship With a Female Staff Member

As time goes by, more light is being shed on the circumstances surrounding the separation of Todd and Shonnah Bentley.  While we continue to glean more insight into the travesty which is the Lakeland Outpouring, please don’t forget to remember Todd and Shonnah Bentley in your prayers.  Let us also consider ourselves, not thrusting upon ourselves the cloak of hypocrisy and unrighteousness.  Let us consider ourselves, lest we too should stumble.

Here is the latest news from Fresh Fire Ministries:

Aug 15 – From the Board of Directors

 

We wish to thank all of our friends and partners for the overwhelming flood of support and compassion we have received as a ministry on behalf of Todd and Shonnah Bentley. The many phone calls and emails of concern from people who genuinely love the Bentleys and Fresh Fire Ministries have been a great encouragement to all of us here during these past few days. In particular, the rallying of support and prayer for Todd and Shonnah by prominent leaders within the Body of Christ has been a beautiful indicator of the maturity and grace the Lord is bringing to his Bride.

We wish to acknowledge, however, that since our last statement from the Fresh Fire Board of Directors, 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.  Source.

I’m glad to hear that Bentley has agreed to step down and refrain from public ministry, but this should have happened a long time ago.  Given the false doctrine he teaches, he should have never had a platform within the church to begin with.  When something like false doctrine isn’t enough to stop a man from preaching heresy within the church, it seems like marital strife is.  Are people now and only now beginning to pull away from Bentley?  That is not how things should be.  Still, there are those who follow and defend him regardless.  How sad.

My mind goes back to Bentley’s commissioning when Stacey Campbell, Che Ahn, and others were prophesying over Todd as if they were speaking the very words of God.  Was God not wise enough to foresee all of the sinfulness in Todd’s life?  Was God wrong, or were these so-called prophets speaking out of the abundance of their own wickedness instead of out of direction of the Holy Spirit when they were puffing up Bentley and prophesying over him that he was a mighty man of God?  I’m thinking that Campbell, Ahn, and others may be regretting their zeal to jump aboard the Bentley bandwagon today.  I’m hoping that those who follow these false-prophets will see this and flee.  Still, if history is any indicator, they will not.  They will continue in their wickedness, rejecting God’s truth and holding onto a lie.  We should all be in constant prayer in these last days.

Todd Bentley Revival Ending

The tents are coming down!

After today’s service, the tents in Lakeland are coming down, and the revival is moving back to Ignited Church where it originated.  The revival was slated to end August 23rd, but with dwindling crowds, the hefty price tag may be too much for those in charge of the revival to continue, and it is shutting down early.

When the so-called revival first began, Bentley made the bold statement that God told him this revival would continue until the second coming of the Lord.  Either God was mistaken, or Bentley was speaking presumptuously in the name of God.  After being cornered by all the media attention and the discernment ministries who kept sounding the alarm, Bentley ran away, not able to suffer having his theology tested, or the glaring eye of the spotlight searching him for answers to his bold claims.  In other words, he realized his antics weren’t taking place in a vacuum, and there was accountability for his actions.  When the heat reached a boiling point, he bailed.

What does this mean for his enablers such as Patricia King, Bob Jones, Stacey Campbell, Che Ahn, Paul Cain, Rick Joyner, and others who prophesied over Todd in his commissioning?  Stacey Campbell arrogantly stated that Todd was chosen by God to carry this revival forward because he asked for it in a way that no one else had.  Campbell, with head in full swing, was supposedly speaking for God.  Did God change His mind?  No, Campbell wasn’t hearing from God…she was speaking out of the abundance of her own wickedness and uttering false prophesies.

I praise God that many, many, many in the blogosphere ran to the front lines and stood together in solidarity, sounding the alarm and warning others with the truth of God’s Word.  While time is short, let us keep pressing on.  As the Lord continues to delay, there will be others who speak presumptuously, and time will continue to grow darker as we approach the day of His appearing.  Keep looking up.

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