Those regular readers of "way-out-west" will know that I have been trying to keep a generous but critical eye on the Florida goings-on... some wonder why I bother, but I have for reasons of community and fellowship... anyway I do/have tried to be open even though as someone who experienced the charismatic renewal of the 80s and early 90's from "inside" as it where I am naturally very sceptical. Recently there have been several recurring themes in Bentley's monologues that have deeply disturbed me... here they are...
- Bentley seems to see himself as the key to revival... even to heaven! He refers to the "Witches and Warlocks" gathering with the Devil to block the gates of heaven and to block the "revival"... the only way this can be prevented is through Todd Bentley's preaching the supernatural and Angels... it seems it is Todd who "opens Heaven" and allows the Angels to come out, without Todd God's work will be blocked!
- Bentley has begun to associate himself with the prophecies of the Kingly anointing and the "Anointed One" who is given dominion over the world in Psalm 2... a messianic prophecy as far as I understand.
- Recently (at his commissioning by leaders of the "prophetic" movement), he said “Do you love me… Do you really love me? are you sure? how much do you love me..? This is your opportunity to show me, ‘I love you Todd’” strangely reminiscent of Jesus' words to Peter in John 21... cringe-worthy and utterly irrelevant at the very least!
- Continued and indeed increased talk of "seeding the revival" by paying into Todd Bentley's ministry (even encouraging people to use credit cards!)
- Bentley seems to say we should "defend" the Gospel through Scripture, but not the way God works... saying "To apply doctrine to the response of God in our lives is wrong." and "I don't believe we're to defend divine manifestations of God, because they are proof within themselves of the Gospel" so neither Scripture or Tradition "Church history should never be used as a blueprint for experiences" can be used for discernment, we should let the "miracles" speak for themselves - however he goes on to contradict himself by saying "Signs, wonders, and miracles should be proof of the Gospel. However, Jesus said there would be false signs and wonders in the last days that were not done by Him (Matt. 7:21-23). Of this, I am well aware. Some people may do these things in His name and yet never really have a relationship of love and fellowship with Jesus."
Incidentally, he also seems to have begun to reference the discredited Kansas City "prophet" Bob Jones in his talks again, and having deleted any connection to Bob Jones' "Angel Emma" from his web-site he seems gone back to original story now talking about "the angel called "Emma," who I described as having mother-like nurturing qualities" saying, "Emma appeared to me in angelic form appearing feminine."