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Todd Bentley Shown to be a Deceiver

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Word has come out that Todd Bentley and his wife have separated. The sad thing is that I am not surprised. You can not have a lone ranger preaching all kinds of deception be good. My Church hosted him last month, and God is my witness, I walked in the door hesitantly, and then without reason, left. I never saw him. Something had been wrong for years, but as usual too many charismatics fall for deception, just as Jesus said they would.
They keep looking for a sign and a wonder, so the devil gives them someone wrapped in their clothes. The thing is that in the last 25 years that I have been a Christian, the deception has grown more difficult to discern quickly by far too many. In fact, it would seem that the predominate leadership of the Apostolic movement had been taken in by Bentley. Now, I should say, if you read the stuff his wife says, it didn't sound like she was too thrilled with his Christianity. In fact, in noting the emails and recordings I have listened to, I have never heard him say anything of his wife in a spiritual manner. You know, like "my wife prayed for me," nope, so this could be a thing where an unbeliever wants to depart. If that is the case Todd Bentley better speak up, because he is about to see how fast charasmatics drop people. Forget the shooting star stuff, this is a burial of sorts.

My thing is not against Todd, but the so called leadership in the Charismatic community, including my Pastor, that jumped on the Todd Bentley bandwagon. There were "words" and threats against people questioning this move. They claim to be so prophetic, yet they could not see that underneath all the flash was a person in trouble.

Clues:
He talks to angels
He loves William Branham who was deceived before his death.
He received the tatoos and piercings AFTER he came to Christ

Quote from "Fire in My Bones by Lee Grady:
Why did a group of respected ministers lay hands on Bentley on June 23 and publicly ordain him? Did they know of his personal problems?

This controversial ceremony was organized by Peter Wagner, who felt that one of Bentley’s greatest needs was proper spiritual covering. He asked California pastors Che Ahn and Bill Johnson, along with Canadian pastor John Arnott, to lay hands on Bentley and bring him under their care. Bentley certainly needs such covering. No one in ministry today should be out on their own, living in isolation without checks, balances and wise counsel. It was commendable that Wagner reached out to Bentley and that Bentley acknowledged his need for spiritual fathers by agreeing to submit to the process. The question remains, however, whether it was wise to commend Bentley during a televised commissioning service that at times seemed more like a king’s coronation.

I trust that Wagner, Ahn, Johnson and Arnott didn’t know of Bentley’s problems before they ordained him. I am sure they are saddened by the events of this week and are reaching out to Bentley and his wife to promote healing and restoration. But I believe that they, along with Bentley and the owners of God TV, owe the body of Christ a forthright, public apology for thrusting Bentley’s ministry into the spotlight prematurely. (Perhaps such an apology should be aired on God TV.)

We will never get a public apology because that is not what the Church does. It hides its sin and hope you don't notice. It turns out that the people who were not caught up in the hype were well served, including myself. You know what is odd? My Church, pastored by Che Hahn held a "33 days of glory" with Todd Bentley being the culmination, I never went one day. It seems The Holy Spirit really helped me stay away from something that will ultimately cause many to lose their faith.

Now I have to wonder, do I go back to this Church that has proven itself as unable to discern deception. I can't help but think not. Besides, Che Ahn was friends with Ted Haggard too and didn't know or didn't do anything about what he did know. I don't think God would want me to submit myself under that.


Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading your thoughts about Bentley and what happened around him.
Have been sitting in Sweden feeling sad and worried about the whole thing. Quite sure the Lord will get things in order, but feel very sorry for people having been hurt by all this. Encluding Todd B and wife.
Sigrid L

Cherokeldy said...

I Enjoyed reading your Blog about Bentley..God Bless you for taking a stand for what is right!