South Bend Tribune and Todd Bentley

Posted: July 17, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Just YESTERDAY I was having a conversation about a dude named Todd Bentley who is claiming a revival in Florida and has had some very unorthodox practices…you know…things like kicking cancer victims in the stomach and punching old ladies…you know…typical apostolic practices…anyhow…

They had an article in the Faith section of the South Bend Tribune about him this morning!  You can read the article here…and you should!

This isn’t about (at least for me):

  • his tattoos
  • his t-shirts and jeans
  • the idea of God’s miraculous healing today, etc.

This is about discernment in the Body of Christ and where IN THE WORLD IS IT?!!?

I get no one wants to be on the “blaspheme the Holy Spirit” side by attributing a work of the Spirit to Satan.  I also get that no one wants to go down in history as that dude that opposed a major move of God (like there are in every period of revival)…

BUT just saying a dude is healed (on a stage holding a microphone with everyone cheering) doesn’t make them healed.  Saying God told you to punch an old lady doesn’t mean God actually said it.  And the reality of 10,000 people showing up to a “revival” service doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit is bringing revival.

The church HAS TO always be confident in asking tough questions.  She must examine the validity of such claims.  There must be testing.  The church CANNOT COWER into some spiritually trumped position because someone is using the Holy Spirit as their excuse for any behavior, conduct, and practice!! 

You can hear from Todd Bentley himself here:

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Comments
  1. Lindsey says:

    Oh come on Sam. You know that people will jump out of wheelchairs and walk if some guy with a fancy suit runs over and smacks them in the head. Benny Hinn has been doing it for years and look where it got him!….Oh wait….it got him a criminal investigation and he had to leave the state of Florida…..

  2. alex says:

    I was going to say something but my wife beat me to it. Well put, babe.

  3. Lorinda says:

    Is this guy for real? I now have to go read the article in today’s paper.

  4. tina says:

    unbelievable

  5. Melissa says:

    This reminds me of the time I told my dad I had a headache and he hit me in the stomach (just barely hard enough to hurt, he was not beating me) and told me, “There, I bet your head doesn’t hurt now.” It did actually stop hurting for a bit, but I don’t think I would call it a healing. Did the guy in the story get his good eye poked out with a stick before he started seeing out of the glass eye?

  6. Helen says:

    The audience was laughing at the violence of a disturbed (man)! SICK!

    Now I am disturbed!

  7. Voice in the Wilderness says:

    This is great!!! I always wanted to knock some heads for Jesus.

  8. K. Rex Butts says:

    Hey I have been looking for a way to justify beating someone up while preaching!

  9. kathy silk says:

    ………….we need to pray for the folks that are listening to this begging God to shower them all with His wisdom and discernment…somehow I don’t see Abraham at the next big Jewish celebration talking about what God told him to do with Isaac and everyone slapping their legs and laughing…. Even Jesus set the example when He healed he asked them “not” to go off telling everyone about what He’d just done… I think it’s the called Humility.. I’m all for those being healed shouting it from the rooftops.. the ones being healed do need to be giving God all the glory! I do believe we have the power to Heal (ah ha) .. (vbs moment) and it comes from God and the glory is to be given to God and God alone!

  10. Kenny says:

    Yes, we are commanded not to believe every spirit but to test the spirits and see whether they are from God (I John 4:1).

    On a completely non-serious note though, the whole leg dropping the pastor thing might be fun to try 🙂

  11. Katie says:

    I hope you are more open minded than to believe one very biased, incorrect article and to do more reading and watching for yourself. You can not let other people make decisions for yourself – how well do you know this reporter??? How well do you know your Bible??? Do you read it?

    What would you do if someone spit in your face and said you are healed? Jesus did. What would you do if you found out your leader commited adultery and killed the husband? King David did.
    Jesus cast out demons and they said it was because he was satan. Jesus said a kingdom divided against itself can not stand – Meaning the devil would not go around casting the devil out.
    But they drove Him out of their town.

    You need to be more intellegent and do your own research or someone is going to end up leading you right off the path. Ask God to reveal Himself to you in this matter.

  12. Dear Katie,

    And how exactly is God going to reveal Himself to me in this matter? And why would you assume that I didn’t?

    And in answer to your comments and questions…Did Todd Bentley spit on someone’s eyes and they were able to see? And why would that be the same as “drop kicking a pastor” “kicking an old lady with biker boots” and “mowing over” those who needed healing? What King David did doesn’t make much sense in this situation unless you are suggesting that Todd Bentley also committed adultery and murdered the offended spouse. And in regards to the devil casting out demons – Jesus also made it very clear in Matthew 7:22-23 – “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name DRIVE OUT DEMONS and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    If you have further research that would suggest the accusations about Todd Bentley are false or if you could provide something for me to read or see that would indicate what he is doing is good or right…I’m all ears and don’t mind reading it.

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  15. thomas patrick huston says:

    everything is evolving, some good, some bad. i fear that any of his fans are addicted to shock value, that the preacher himself was physically abused in some way, or has listened way too much to hardcore punk music with physically abusive lyrics.

    granted, jesus mentions flesh as being secondary to the spirit, but he did heal that man’s ear that was sliced off, i don’t think he nor the holy spirit would condone “the violent voices” this preacher is evidentily hearing and mistaking for the holy spirit.

    i do believe that elijah and enoch will make a lot of religious church-goers unhappy when they return (assuming we all have the same eschatological interpretations), and so i believe it’s important to have an open mind, but this dude is playing shock value for all its worth, just listen to the audience’s reactions, if he gets life from shocking them, his actions for “saving folks” is only going to get worse because it will be harder to shock them. “And so I asked God, God, I prayed for days trying to heal this house full of men and women who are in wheelchairs, and the Holy Spirit said, “it’s because you haven’t run over their home with a semi-trailer…”

    anyway, may be in town this week, i might try and catch a service.

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