Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tood Bentley: A minister of "the spirit" of?

Well, here are some more videos compiled by Lane Chaplin on the Todd Bentley "revival" over at Lakeland, Florida, using the audio from the Way of the Master episode on this very topic.

Part 1:

Part 2

[HT: Lane's blog]

And here is a Crosstalk program on this issue:

Claims of revival must always be made in the light of Scripture so that we can determine whether this is a true movement of the Holy Spirit that points to Christ, or if it’s a counterfeit.

With this thought in mind, Ingrid Schlueter welcomed Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries. Joining him was Pastor John Sharp, the pastor of The Way Christian Fellowship in McCarney, Texas. These pastors joined Ingrid to discuss the alleged revival in Lakeland, Florida.

There are numerous theological and doctrinal problems with this alleged “revival” that are discussed by the pastors, problems that are highlighted by audio clips presented by Ingrid. One clip has Todd Bentley claiming that gold teeth are appearing in his followers. Another mentions how he was ordered by Holy Spirit to kick an “elderly worshiper” in the face! One makes contradictory statements about the source of the “anointing,” while other clip exposes the overemphasis on angels.

[HT: Christian Research Net]

Well, to this we must conclude: Todd Bentley is most definitely influenced by a spirit, but it most definitely is not the Holy Spirit.

Beware of Todd Bentley!

3 comments:

rick said...

:-(

Joel Tay said...

I wonder if we should be making a clear distinction between the Word-Of-Faith movement (Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, etc) and the more conservative charismatic movement (e.g. charismatic reformed baptist. John Piper, C J Mahaney, etc)

But this Todd Bentley thing is so obviously out of line with scriptures that is a amazing that any would support his ministry.

PuritanReformed said...

Joel,

yes, we should. And the way that I make the difference is that reformed charismatics are termed "continuationists" rather than "charismatics". I can respect and treat continuationists as brothers and sisters within the fold of orthodoxy; I cannot do the same with the Word-faith crowd.