Lakeland

Todd Bentley (July 7, 2008)

I’ve discussed issues regarding “faith healer” Todd Bentley, and the “Lakeland healing revival” quite a bit recently. I would like to post some thoughts on him here. Also, most of the following post was researched and written by SupermanJMO (blog at www.elyonscircle.com/blogs/Superman) .

First of all, I would like to refer you all to the following set of videos, which provide an excellent view as to some of the major controversial issues with Bentley:

Part 1: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=86513fe0a5cdf9841b43

Part 2: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=d698a1a1b0448cd9d740

Part 3: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=ee15be412cd472b710cf

Part 4: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5f875cf23b0dd1acd74d

Part 5: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=66b63b960fb63398b114

Part 6: http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=4b24feb64c3c84b4a4bd
They will help you make a decision.

This is very concerning, as I believe the man to be demon possessed. Unfortunately, this sounds a LOT like an antichrist scenario. Matthew 24:24 ‘For there shall arise Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders in so much that if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect.’”

If you watch the 6-part series I told you about, you can SEE that he is NOT of God! His “testimony” is ridiculous, and even absurd at times, directly contradicting God’s word, and his “healings” are also unbiblical.

The 6 videos together are under an hour, so I would encourage you to watch them.

Also, there are a couple more recent developments that Worldview (www.christianworldviewnetwork , www.worldviewtraining.com), an EXCELLENT Christian site, mentions. The videos are here (they are linked from youtube, so you won’t be able to see these two unless you can access youtube):

http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/3660/

http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/3690/

He is a lying snake, and should not be trusted, as is VERY CLEARLY evident in these videos. Listen to him tell about his “testimony” of how God started him on his “mission”, etc…and the lakeland “revival” is STILL going on. I no more believe this man is of God than I believe that God does not exist. EVERYTHING he does is unbiblical. Search the scriptures carefully, test the spirits, and be as wise as serpents, yet harmless as doves. Run EVERYTHING he does through scripture (the videos previously mentioned do this…they are excellent), and you will see that he is nothing but a fraud, who I strongly believe to be possessed with a demon (or several).

Also, here is another excellent article: http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/3636/By_Jan_Markell

[From Superman]
In an attempt to put this issue at rest, I’ve spent the entire night gathering articles and quotes and information and so on about Todd Bentley and the Lakeland Revival. This is by far not the definitive word on the subject; it’s not exhaustive and it probably doesn’t cover many of the counter-objections I’m sure that will come up. But, it should be able to convince anyone willing to listen and look at the evidence, that Todd Bentley is a false prophet.

In Lakeland, and you can watch the video here for yourself, God has allegedly told Bentley that he wants the people to believe in THE ANGEL. Now, this angel remains unnamed, so which angel it is (Bentley seems to know a few), I don’t know. Let me quote:

“Now let me talk about an angelic experience. Twice Bob Jones asked me if I had seen a particular angel that was in Kansas City in 1980. He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. He told me that this angel helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980’s as well as helping to nurture the prophetic as it broke out.”

http://www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read…pid=954&bid=955

As a sidenote, this Bob Jones is not the same Bob Jones of Bob Jones University. Heavens no. This Bob Jones is the Bob Jones from the Kansas City Prophets. Who, if you recall, had young ladies strip naked before him to receive a prophetic word from him in private and used his “prophetic authority” to molest women. His quote: “In recent months, I have manipulated certain people for selfish reasons on the basis of my prophetic gifting,” Jones said in a statement that he dictated and signed before the Metro Vineyard Fellowship senior leadership on November 4, 1991. “I have been guilty of sexual misconduct, and I deeply regret this. (I have not committed adultery.) ”

And if that’s not troubling enough, regarding prophetic accuracy, he has said that “Some prophets were as low as 10 percent accurate with some of the most mature prophets having a rating approaching 85 percent to 95 percent.” Now hang on. What does the Bible say about prophets? (Deut 18)

Now we have a man who one, directly contradicts God’ Word; two, is known for his false prophecies; three, makes Bill Clinton look moral; and four, is Bentley’s mentor, and the man who first told Bentley of this angel.

Now, we go on to point two. Not only is the guy who tells Bentley about this angel a little more than theologically wacko, but WHO is this angel. This article used to tell you, but it’s been edited. You can read the full article at the link I got this original quote from:

“Now let me talk about an angelic experience with Emma. Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: “Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma?” He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I said, “Bob, who is Emma?” He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s. She was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out.”

http://www.etpv.org/2003/angho.html

So we have the angel named. Emma. Wonderful. Once again, this is the angel that birthed the prophetic movement in Kansas City, led by such wonderful men like

Bob Jones, whose theological shortcomings we’ve already discussed
Paul Cain, an alcoholic and homosexual (see http://www.charismamag.com/display.php?id=10627) who is also well-known for his off-the-wall theology.
Rick Joyner, who has denied Christ’s humanity and became a Y2K prophet in the 1990s: ”The most severe difficulties will come from the panic generated by the situation” and ” The Lord told me to observe the problems that Y2K will cause in the natural world as a reflection of the problems we have in the body of Christ.”
As well as many others….Jones and Cain have actually been present and spoke at the Lakeland Revivals, which really makes one wonder.

But I’ve been on a side-note. The angel’s name was Emma. Which, once again, jumps out at me, because it’s a feminine name. Bentley (and Jones) make it clear that this was a female manifestation. Now, here’s the interesting thing. If you read the entire article, more than just my quote, you can tell that Bentley is talking about a FEMALE manifestation (despite the fact that angels always appear in Scripture as male). In fact, quoting Bentley:

In the case of the angel called “Emma,” who I described as having mother-like nurturing qualities, some have automatically assumed that my doctrine is that I believe in female angels. This has never been the case! For whatever reason God chose to show me this angel in a female persona, He did.

http://www.freshfire.ca/?Id=1059&pid=993

So I think we can come to the conclusion that we’re talking about a FEMALE manifestation. But hold on. Let’s read some of Bentley’s book, Reality of the Supernatural World:
“A while ago, Bob Jones told me about an angel that helped birth the entire prophetic movement in Kansas City in the 1980s…He appeared young–about 22 years old–but old at the same time. It was as though he carried the wisdom, virtue, and grace of Proverbs 31.”
Wait. Now SHE’s a HE? But still with the grace of Proverbs 31? To keep Bentley’s story straight, we’ve got to have some sort of cross-dressing angel, and to avoid that mental picture and the elaborate rhetoric used to explain such a slip of tongue, I think we can concede that Bentley is being deceitful here.
But I’m not done with this he/she Emma/unnamed angel manifestation. Bentley can’t get his story straight so we could assume that it doesn’t exist, which would be nice, but I’m not totally convinced of that. Instead, let’s see who Emma might be.
Now if you listen to early Bentley, before all the fuss and furor about Emma came about, he would also often call her Emma-O. Which is interesting, because Emma-O is the Japanese lord of Death and king of Hell. Perhaps this is a coincidence…but then again, Mr. Bentley, since having this encounter with Emma or Emma-O has progressively covered himself in Japanese tattoos

He has a large Japanese Kanji symbol on his left arm. On a leg is the warrior Apollo, who in mythology and alchemy, has spiritual and symbolic significance identical with that of the sun. The spreading golden hairs which crown the god’s head have the same meaning as the bow and arrow (sun rays). The Greek name for Apollo is Apollon, also call Apollyon in scripture, or Hebrew “Abaddon” (Rev. 9:11) Why does Bentley choose to embellish the god of destruction on his body? Also, Bentley has tattooed under his arm a depiction of Jesus’ crucified upside-down face with a subliminal monkey in the beard. Above the tip of the head, is a tattoo of what is said to be Oni, a “Buddhist guardian devil”.
Also, Bentley would like you to think he’s had these tattoos for most of his life, since before he began to preach, even though video evidence (he had a mullet) says otherwise.
“Todd claimed when he was 18 he said ‘God I want to be part of a global movement.’ When he was preaching to 20 people, he said ‘God, the biggest stadiums in the world are not going to be able to hold the masses.’ Todd said he wanted to preach to stadiums filled, but claims church people at the time said of him: ‘That tattooed preacher Todd Bentley, you’ll never go anywhere looking like that!’ My leadership team said: ‘Todd, I don’t know, you go all those tattoos on your body, I don’t know, they’re gonna hurt your ministry.’ ‘How many know God wants to use you as you are?’ then said Todd. The crowd then whistled, cheered and clapped.”—From the June 23rd meeting.
But Bentley didn’t have these tattoos at 18. He didn’t have these tattoos until he met Emma. Interesting. Proof can be found by watching videos of him preaching in Toronto.

So let’s recap. Todd Bentley’s circle of mentors and friends are not encouraging. One of these friends more or less introduced Bentley to the angel Emma, supposedly responsible for starting the revival led by Bentley’s aforementioned immoral and heretical friends. Emma or Emma-O is the Japanese Lord of Death and King of Hell. And shortly after encountering Emma, Bentley begins to cover himself in Japanese occultic tattoos.

And yet there is a discussion about whether this is a man of God? And don’t think for a minute this is an exhaustive treatise, either. I’m sure there is more about Bentley to be discovered.

http://www.eternalpath.com/lakeland.html
http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/
http://www.toddbentley.org
http://www.patholliday.com/christograms/from_scribd/ANGEL_EMMA_O_%20GOD_FROM_THE_UNDERWORLD_TODD_BENTLEY.pdf

In closing, let me quote A.W. Tozer:

Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. They timidly remember how the Pharisees refused to accept Christ when He came, and they do not want to be caught in the same snare, so they either reserve judgment or shut their eyes and accept everything without question. This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the color of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be. Try the spirits is a command of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. And the current habit of refusing to take sides is not the way to avoid the question. To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world.
[End of Superman's post]

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