Todd Bentley separates from wife, draws criticism from charismatics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--With controversial faith healer Todd Bentley announcing that he is separating from his wife, charismatic leaders J. Lee Grady and Stephen Strang have reacted by saying someone should have raised questions about Bentley earlier.
Grady, editor of the popular charismatic magazine Charisma, said the way thousands celebrated Bentley despite his moral and theological shortcomings demonstrated a lack of discernment that pervades the charismatic movement.
"We're spiritually hungry -- which can be a good thing," Grady wrote in an Aug. 13 column. "But sometimes hungry people will eat anything."...
Certainly God uses false revival and satanic antics to expose FALSE TEACHERS and false brethren and to cause true believers to separate.
If ANY except the untaught babe in CHRIST claims to be 'spirit-filled' and yet was taken in by such apostasy then THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT BIBLICAL REVIVAL IS
Nor can they be 'spirit-filled' which is blasphemy being deceived by the doctrines of devils when claiming to be led by the SPIRIT OF TRUTH.
Praise God Bible believers have been warning about Bentley for months-sadly charismatics had not ears to hear until after the Lord Mayor's Show and all too late, when it is all gone pear shaped even in the eyes' and itchy ears of even the most satanically deluded.
Let us pray that God in His mercy will graciously bring many out of signs and wonders movement and many will know the true Christ of Holy Scripture and sound doctrine. A return to sanity and a return to the bible, for only without the Holy Spirit and the light of Holy Scripture do the blind follow the blind. The real miracle of healing is God choosing to open the blind eyes as Saul and his preaching Acts 26: 18 'from the power of satan unto God'
Bless God it is His grace that we have spiritual eyes to see.
Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 19:12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Gee, the guy who heals by kicking people in the stomach isn't genuine? Whoda thunk it?
And what a surprise that people who are taught that English gibberish is biblical tongues, that things that don't come to pass are divine prophecies, and that healings that don't cause withered limbs to be filled with strength or occluded eyes, to clear or dead men to rise are really biblical healings would be taken for a ride by such an obvious con-man.
The problem isn't individual shysters, its the whole Charismatic movement with its reliance on, expectation of, and devotion to, false signs and wonders.
Wake up and smell the cessationist coffee or there will never been an end of Todd Bentleys, Benny Hinns, Creflo Dollars, Sister Aimees etc., etc., etc.
rob wrote: Charismatics should have discerned his disorder when he slugged several people
nice PUBLIC apology from Charisma mag editor here a visually atractive presentation of the humble apology from a Charismatic leader. And a good prayer from Tony: "Father, please give Your true Church spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear. Help Your Church to discern truth from error. Give Your Church the wisdom to discern between the genuine power and anointing of Your Holy Spirit and the false outpouring wrought by fallen angels, principalities, and other demonic forces at the behest of fallen, sinful men and women--people who claim to be Your ambassadors, but who are likely lost operatives of the Enemy. Father, I ask that you would save these operatives, too.
Lord, so many people have been hurt by this false revival. And some will suffer consequences in this life as You discipline Your children for their sin against You. Father, discipline Your children as a beloved Father would. And for those who have been duped and victimized by this false revival and its leaders, please bring both physical and spiritual healing to them."
People have traded RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND LOVE OF THE TRUTH for what they perceive as signs and wonders...
People have turned their ears away from "HEARING THE TRUTH" !!!
Re: Paula Ms. White's divorce from Randy last year was her second marraige gone awry. -- She's on a roll ... and still we find her teaching on TBN and DAYSTAR.
I wonder, is Paula White still living her HIGHFALUTIN LIFE-STYLE in that 2.4 million dollar Trump Towers residence ??? -- -- I'm sorry but that's just wrong on so many levels !!!
I don't care if Ms. White can quote the Bible from cover to cover she shouldn't be teaching !!! -- -- Something just isn't right with this picture ... it's just another testament to the lack of "DISCERNMENT" throughout the Body of Christ !!! --- Too many itching ears and too many teachers willing to cater to them, tickling their fancies with watered down truths...
The Church is being attacked from within and without and still men stand still... - Many denominations have accepted unrepentent homosexuals, other denominations twist THE TRUTH to cling to their own lie and still others teach a "Pep Talk Message", NO SIN, NO CROSS, NO HELL, NO BLOOD...
Whatever happened to the church's practice of removing such divocees from leadership? Gee, whatever happened to staying married and faithful through thick and thin? I guess this means that Bentley will marry this other woman and flourish all the more in the worldly ministry of his.
To be honest, I had never heard of Todd Bentley before. -- People are looking for the REAL THING, but ...
"Bentley claims to be visited regularly by angels ... Bentley also says that Jesus Himself appears to him." ------- So does Benny Hinn.
"... if men had spoken into Bentley's life ..."
Grady wrote -- "Yet we are faced today with the sad reality that our untempered zeal is a sign of immaturity. Our adolescent craving for the wild and crazy makes us do stupid things. It's way past time for us to grow up." --
Something else from the article I didn't know -- "John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio divorced his wife of 15 years in 1975 and the next year remarried, but his ministry and influence only grew in the years after that. Richard Roberts, son of Oral Roberts, also divorced his first wife after 11 years of marriage, and 10 months later remarried. Paula White and her husband Randy divorced last year. It was . While these divorces have had ramifications for their ministries, in every case the ministry only flourished afterwards. In most other evangelical traditions, the impact of divorce has been more deeply felt by the ministers in question."
Calvary Chapel Chuck Smith, and Applegate Fellowship Jon Courson are "quiet" charismatics as far as I know. I have a tape of Jon Courson predicting that Jesus would return in September or October of 1999. I am just now learning the dangers of the false man centered "Hole in your heart" Gospel taught by many. Calvary Chapel is where I learned it, and remained unsaved under this teaching for many years.
Just do a youtube video search on Todd Bently, there is plenty of evidence and warnings out there about this guy.
Not just charismatics lack discernment; I remember David Hocking's fall in the early '90s, & Chuck Smith's subsequent hiring of him, effectively negating Hocking's discipline by his church leadership. In the Reformed zone, R.C. Sproul Jr. admitted his pastoral abuse to the RPCGA moderator, but escaped any meaningful penalty simply by switching his church to another denomination. Yet so far as I know, Sproul Jr. is still a celebrity in the Vision Forum world.
So why does it take a sex or tax scandal to bring errant pastors to heel (if even that)? IMHO, supposedly Bible-believing churches of all stripes have a *major* blind spot in practicing justice & judgment, which is amazing, considering how well Scripture covers this subject.
At least he's been stopped from spreading any more of his demonic antics and transferrable anointings. I pray that this will wake him up as he is on "leave". He was the one who filed for divorce. His wife filed for seperation. I saw a picture of them pre-tattoos and what a nice couple they appearred to be. Its a shame what happens when one gets deceived by seducing spirits. In this case it has affected the whole family negatively.
Matt 24:23-24: "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." II Cor 11:13-15: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Deut 11:16-18a: "Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul..."
II Pet2:17-19:"These are wells without water,clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever....et al. " BONDAGE!