Who is Todd Bentley? Until
April 2008, almost no one in
the world had heard of him. Then he came to Lakeland, Florida for some meetings
and suddenly there were reports of miracles happening with an outpouring
of the Holy Spirit.
These meetings did not stop and have moved to larger and larger venues
because of all the people wanting to attend. He was the talk of the
Christian media and people from all over the world were flocking to
Lakeland to receive the "anointing."
Due to his decidedly strange behavior and doctrines, we felt that creating
a page with links to various articles and videos was in order because of
the growing interest in him.
Bentley is no longer in Lakeland and the meeting have been called off due
to personal problems. The board of directors for Fresh Fire Ministries
released a report that Bentley had "entered into an unhealthy relationship
on an emotional level with a female member of his staff" while in
Lakeland. Who is to say how far this relationship actually went and what
kind of sexual misconduct took place? But we do know that Bentley filed
for separation, soon thereafter, which in Canada is mandatory precursor to
divorce. Thankfully the wild times of this so-called revival are over but
I fear that there will be more problems within the Church as people who
attended the Lakeland meetings will bring this unholy spirit to their
churches and infect them too.
Gary Osborne reports on Todd Bentley's "Revival" in Lakeland, Florida in a
week-long series of posts as an in-depth eyewitness report from someone
who attended and observed this "revival" as it unfolded.
Introduction: Testing the Spirits
The Practice of "Revival"
Bentley's connection to the Latter Rain Movement
Music, Mass Hypnotism and Angels
Belly up to the Bar
Demons? - Berit Kjos
What's driving Todd Bentley? Why do thousands of people flock to his
revival meetings? Some reasons are obvious. Many seek healing, financial
success, spiritual experiences, prophetic knowledge and sensual
entertainment. After all, Bentley puts on quite a show! Known for his
heavenly visions, angelic "partners," mystical tattoos, and irreverent
"teaching," he makes them laugh. Back in the eighties I read The
Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelsen. For many years she was
caught up in the occult, yet she believed that the "angels" who reached
out to her were servants of God, not Satan. One of those "angels" sounds
strangely similar to Bentley's "floating" angel, Emma. crossroad.to/articles2/08/bentley.htm
Contemplative Spirituality and the Todd Bentley Revival -
Many people have been inquiring about Todd Bentley and the "revival"
that is taking place in Florida right now. The following information will
show Bentley's spiritual resonance with a man named Sundar Singh
(1829-1929). At one point in Bentley's ministry, he had a vision of Sundar
Singh - this vision greatly influenced Bentley.
Is Todd Bentley walking in the footsteps of mystics and seers?
Bentley actually receiving revelations from God, or is there something
more to his visions of angels and messages from heaven? For example, what
about his vision of Sadhu Sundar Singh? Read the article and decide if these things are biblical.
Bentley was in
Toronto a year ago, sharing stories of another visitation from an
angel. (This is the very same church that gave us the "Toronto Blessing"
with people laughing hysterically and barking like dogs.) Many people
assume that he got all those tattoos before he was saved but this is not
Bentley describes how God works when a
woman was healed when a tumor in her leg exploded and slid down her leg.
Then God told him to grab a crippled lady's legs and bang them on the
platform like a baseball bat, kick a woman in the face with his biker boot
and even punch a man in face. The video ends with Todd claiming that "God"
instructed him to perform a "leg drop" on a pastor lying on the floor.
This is another video of
Todd Bentley "ministering" to people and seems like the same
manifestations of the "Toronto Blessing."
This is short video of
Todd Bentley going down a line of people and just touching them. I suppose
he is praying that the "anointing" will come upon them. Something
definitely comes upon them as they start collapsing, shaking and
screaming. Does this seem like the work of the Holy Spirit to you?
some pictures of Todd Bentley's tattoos.
Bentley was already preaching the Gospel when he
willfully chose to disobey the Bible.
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