How far this will go and of what profound effect in the world of cyberspace I do not know, only if someone reads it, perhaps they’d just like to give it some consideration!
I wanted to write concerning the so-called Lakeland Outpouring regarding some Christians’ attitude which unfortunately has been allowed to go unchecked in many places; in other places there have already been responses so I’m not writing anything new, just adding my voice.
I want to be careful in saying this, so don’t mishear me: There are some who would say they “did not agree with”, “decided against”, or “didn’t approve of” what apparently happened with the Lakeland Outpouring. Let me ask you this: when was church ever meant to be approved or disapproved of? When did one church in the book of Acts ever stand up and reject another portion of the church without suffering some serious rebuke and/or correction from the apostles? (I’m thinking of the whole Gentilic-addition problem they had.) And yet today we think that just because some expression of church conflicts with our own idea of what it should be that we are quite entitled to go about rejecting and disapproving left right and centre. This is not the duty of the church, brothers and sisters!
Now of course the same people clap and applaud themselves now that Todd Bentley who headed up much of the revival, has taken a serious fall. Unknowingly they have championed themselves into a subtle kind of pride that they were right and others were wrong, while people like the God Channel stand up to endless criticism and in a recently released statement (I have the email) humbly stand their ground that Lakeland was a true move of God which continues to push out into the earth.
Again the critics champion themselves without perhaps considering that life and death was in the power of their tongues as long as they slandered (to whatever degree) Todd Bentley, and that the arrangement of the apostolic commissioning that Todd received in order to raise a covering over him, on God’s calendar could not have been more timely.
The responses from the likes of Patricia King (who has been doing a video series on ‘When Leaders Fall’) and Bill Johnson (videos below) are straight and to the point for those who will hear them, and cover whatever else I would say. Lastly, to those who release slander week by week against who they call ‘false prophets’ etc., I ask you to hold your tongue and be wise, as life and death are in the power thereof, and don’t get in the way of my prayers: I’m praying for Todd Bentley, that his marriage would be restored.