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Todd Bentley was rotten and a false teacher from the start, so this article should not surprise anyone!

from The “Christian” Post:

Stephen Powell, an estranged protégé of controversial evangelist Todd Bentley at Fresh Fire USA, has publicly dismissed his mentor as “not fit for public ministry,” alleging that he has a “perverse sexual addiction” that has driven him to prey on interns.

Citing personal and reported testimony, Powell, who runs Lion of Light Ministries in Pineville, North Carolina, alleged in a lengthy post on Facebook Thursday that Bentley “has an appetite for a variety of sexual sins, including both homosexual and heterosexual activity.” He was not immediately available to respond to The Christian Post’s request for further comment on Friday.

Powell also charged that Bentley’s behavior is enabled and covered up by his wife, Jessa, as well as Christian leaders in the evangelist’s orbit such as Rick Joyner, author of The Final Quest and founder of Morning Star Ministries and Heritage International Ministries.

Joyner helped Bentley create Fresh Fire USA in 2009, the year after Bentley separated from now ex-wife, Shonnah, and got involved in an emotional relationship with a staff member. Joyner was also part of the “healing team” that was formed to help restore Bentley after the divorce and emotional affair.

In a Facebook Live broadcast on Friday, Joyner said he currently has no authority over Bentley and acknowledged being aware of accusations that he had preyed on interns. He also acknowledged that Powell had come to him and tried to pressure him into taking swift action against Bentley. He accused Powell of operating in a spirit of “witchcraft” for going public with his knowledge.

“When people come to me with pressuring, manipulating, especially threatening if I don’t do something their way, or in their time, I know that’s the devil,” Joyner said. “That’s in Scripture, counterfeit spiritual authority which is called witchcraft. That is not the Holy Spirit. We’ve got to start recognizing what is from the Holy Spirit and what is not.”

Powell said that even though he had been aware of misconduct by Bentley over the years, much of the evidence supporting his current allegations came to light this summer after he started appealing to Joyner to stage an intervention.

“Down through the years, Todd [Bentley] has made sexual advances toward (and in some cases engaged in sexual sin with) a number of different men and women outside his marriage, many of them interns and/or students under his leadership care in the church,” Powell alleged.

Powell cited testimony from a male intern who claimed in 2013 that Bentley offered to pay him $1,000 if he allowed him to perform oral sex on him.

He said the intern told him: “‘There was a time that I was with Todd and I was struggling to get by. … I was living with my sister, working a job, just trying to pay my bills and get by, and Todd was supposed to be my mentor you know. And we’re hanging out and he’s paying for me to eat out, paying for me here, paying for me there, you know, and always showing off his money you know. … And he was like, ‘I know you’re struggling so’… I don’t know how it came up, but He was like, ‘Can I suck your d— for $1,000?’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ I was like, ‘What the F is your freaking problem?’ … And I was like, oblivious. … And you know, it was not just that. … I saw pictures of His wife naked, fully naked, the whole nine yards.”

He said he was told by another male intern who witnessed what happened that he informed Joyner of Bentley’s actions but ultimately “nothing was done and Todd was still allowed to go on in ministry as if everything was okay.”

In a response on Facebook Friday, Bentley admitted to “having a past” and noted that the allegations against him weren’t new.

“I decided to come out in a public way ahead of what has been brewing in recent months….This isn’t something new as many of the things that I’m dealing with do go back up to six, seven years. Yes, old stuff. I do have a past and many of the things I’m being accused of today come from the fact that I’ve had cracks in my foundation. I’m not about to hide, try to lie or run from the fact that I have a past in which my wife and my therapist [have been a part],” he explained.

He said he has been working with a therapist for approximately one year as well as an accountability team.

Bentley called many of the current accusations against him, “false.”

“They are gossip, they are swirl, they are speculation, hearsay and they are without any real evidence. As far as let the accusers come forth. Let them name names. Let them meet with me, with Rick. With whoever is on my leadership. I would love to be able to look in the eye of the people making the claims,” he said.

“I do have the things in my past I gotta say … whether they are six months, a year, two years, five, six, seven. Many of the things that I’ve addressed and continue to address in my life to be clean,” he said.

“I am not guilty of the things that I’m being accused of as far as those homosexual acts. Things that are taken out of context in inappropriate text messages or conversations that I had that were not right that I’ve had to own, that go back to 2013,” he said, noting that he didn’t have any sexual affairs or commit adultery.

He said he is now leaning on the prayers and support of his friends, then read a prepared statement after assuring his followers that his ongoing healing revival will continue.

In his response, Joyner explained that after he completed oversight of Bentley’s restoration in 2012 stemming from the 2008 scandal, the evangelist has been charting his own path while continuing counseling.

“I do not have authority over Todd Bentley. Those of you who know the story had the issues [that manifested in 2008]. I was asked by Peter Wagner as a representative of the Revival Alliance to oversee Todd’s restoration. I was given very few guidelines, [not] anything. Just here, you take this. We think you’re supposed to do it. I thought I was the worst one in the world to do it,” he said. “I’m not good at that. That’s not my type of calling.”

He said he prayed about it, however, and he felt like God would give him the grace to do it.

“I would say this about Todd, he’s still being restored but guess what? So am I. So are you. We still have a ways to go. I felt like the Lord showed me in 2008 that this wasn’t the last big public embarrassment that Todd was gonna have or mistake or sin. I was given a Scripture in Proverbs where the righteous fall seven times. Even the righteous fall seven times, but He said Todd would keep getting back up. He said he would fight on. But I never expected after we released him in I think about 2012, that he would be perfect,” Joyner said.

He disputes as well that nothing was done when he learned of Bentley’s behavior toward interns.

“A situation arose in 2013 when Todd, a friend brought some text messages that Todd had sent to some interns. I was appalled,” Joyner said.

“They are in the accusations that the brother put out yesterday. I was shocked. I still didn’t have authority over Todd but I went to him as a brother and I confronted him with it. As a matter of fact, I confronted him harder than I ever confronted anybody over anything. I was absolutely outraged,” he said.

“If a brother is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore them, and do it in a spirit of gentleness lest we too be tempted. So I’ve resolved to obey that. I’m not gonna turn away from anyone who is caught in any trespass. And I’ll be honest with you, working with some really public figures … my whole concept of any trespass got so stretched. And my concept of what God would give His grace and mercy to got so stretched. Even the deplorable things that Todd did do in this case, to me, they weren’t shocking anymore. And I’ve seen God help people through things way worse,” Joyner said.

He said Bentley got counseling and repented of the things he did in 2013, and he along with others will investigate the other allegations made by Powell.

“My opinion, the things that are said about me and written about me in this accusation, I thought they were not only not true but in my opinion, they were the opposite of the truth. They obviously helped me doubt everything else in it except for what was true that Todd had done way back in 2013. But the rest of it, we’re still gonna examine. We’re still gonna check out and try to get with witnesses and everything else. It’s a long process. I can’t just lay everything else I am doing down,” Joyner said.

Citing testimony he was given, Powell alleged that Joyner refused to help the young male intern who reported Bentley in 2013.

Another intern alleged that Bentley offered to pay him $500 to send the evangelist a video of him masturbating, while yet another claimed that Bentley and his wife frequently sent him explicit photos and videos.

It was further alleged by Powell that Bentley “made out with his young female assistant whom he is not married to, walked into a room, closed the door, and stayed in there for at least 30 minutes with Jessa being in the same house and knowing about it.”

Citing several other accusations in the post as well as in a Facebook Live broadcast, Powell said he was forced to speak out because the leaders of Bentley’s ministry have done nothing to address the evangelist’s behavior.

“I believe that both Todd and his wife, Jessa, are both complicit in this sexual perversion and have both participated in inviting other sexual partners, both men and women, into their marriage bed. Todd and Jessa’s relationship and marriage began in sexual sin and it appears that that sin has only grown and become stronger in their lives over the years, despite the bond of marriage they share,” he continued.

“I believe Todd is not fit for public ministry. On top of his sexual sins, he has proven to be a compulsive liar, he lacks financial integrity when handling God’s money, and he is a substance abuser that has drawn many others into these sins with him over the years. I believe Todd has proven over more than two decades of ministry, moral failures, and abuse of others that he cannot be trusted with the care of God’s people.”

Powell said he was a janitor at a small church in Alaska in 2012 when he met Bentley who “recognized a ministry gift on my life and began mentoring me in ministry.”

Bentley, he said, helped him get established as an itinerant preacher but in recent years, he began distancing himself from the evangelist after God spoke to him about holiness. He admitted to being involved in crude behavior while he was a part of Bentley’s camp but said he was never a part of any sexual acts.

“I myself have seen things over the years that I find very disturbing. I myself have seen Todd preach, pray, and prophesy over the people, only to leave the meeting, purchase hard liquor, and walk into his hotel to party the rest of the night,” Powell said.

“I myself have seen and heard Todd and Jessa speak with unclean/foul speech. I confess that I myself, at times in the past, have gotten caught up in some of this culture of speech that’s unpleasing to the Lord … what one might call ‘guy talk’ or ‘locker room banter,’ which the Lord has dealt with my heart on and I’ve repented for. But honestly, with the vile culture that has infiltrated the charismatic church, it is extremely difficult at times to have fellowship with other ministers, and build alliances with others for the kingdom, and not be affected by this stuff,” he explained.

Powell noted that he is hoping Bentley will respond to the allegations with repentance.

“At the end of the day, given the evidence I have and the 100’s of hours I’ve spent on the phone talking to witnesses, I am fully convinced that Todd & Jessa both have lost the privilege to minister to God’s people any longer, in full time ministry,” he said.

“When someone has a record of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, inappropriate behavior, drunkenness, lying, & cheating going back more than 20 years … and they have repeatedly been offered great mercy and grace rather than disqualification from ministry, yet they continue to behave in this matter … in my mind and through what I can see in the scripture, they have lost the right and privilege to minister to God’s people ever again, in their own public ministry.”

Joyner argued that Powell acted out of frustration, which is not of God.

“This brother put out this thing yesterday, admitted he did this out of frustration because I wouldn’t meet with him. I was gonna meet with him, but at the right time and for the right reason. I was not gonna cave to his pressuring threatening, manipulating, anything else,” he said. “Frustration, I don’t think is a fruit of the spirit … If we do things out of frustration that is not going to be the Spirit of God.”

Powell argued that he, along with some of the witnesses he interviewed to compile evidence he submitted to Fresh Fire leaders, have already been threatened.

“Some of the witnesses I talked to at the beginning of my investigation have since withdrawn their testimony because they have been threatened by people involved in this network of sin and cover-ups. I’ve come across at least one witness who was paid off and made to sign a legal gag order in order to keep silent about the great sins and abominations he’s witnessed. And in some cases, I personally have been threatened with a lawsuit and violence if I revealed my findings,” he said.

Regardless of the allegations, Joyner believes that Bentley and his ministry will survive and the exposure will be “used for good, for Todd, for me.”

“I’ve seen the consequences of those who’ve done the things that this brother is doing … I was waiting to meet with him so that I could have something from God that I could give to him that might help set him free from the course that I believed him to be on,” Joyner said. “It’s a black hole when you start to believe you’re the police of the body of Christ but you’re not getting that from above. You’re getting it from the devil.”


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The sad False prophet Todd Bentley saga continues! And what is STILL very apparent is that nothing is EVER addressed or spoken of about his anti-Biblical Theology. IT WAS ALL JUST ABOUT ADULTRY!

Bill Johnson stated in his endorsement that a prophet had prophesied the revival, yet also prophesied it would collapse if Bentley didn’t address personal issues.

But of course someone prophesied this and we are only hearing about it NOW AFTER the fact!

What really makes me ill about these guys who CALL THEMSELVES Prophets, is their utter arrogance and total disregard for God’s Word!

These men ARE NOT PROPHETS OF GOD. They are Profit$ who prophesy from their own belly! God has not sent them!

from The Examiner:

On August 17, 2011, Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California, publicly endorsed the ministry of Todd Bentley.  Bentley was the main leader of the Lakeland Revival, also known as the Florida Outpouring or Florida Healing Outpouring that began on April 2, 2008 when he held a series of meetings at Ignited Church, led by Pastor Stephen Strader in Lakeland, Florida.  The services were aired nightly on the Internet and through God TV and drew more than 400,000 attendees.

An investigative report regarding the revival was aired by ABC’s Nightline in June 2008.  Several days after the airing of the report, Todd Bentley stepped down from the revival.  He later admitted to having an affair with one of his Fresh Fire staff members and proceeded to undergo a period of restoration under Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries.  Bentley and his wife, Shonnah Bentley, divorced and he later married the woman whom he had the affair with: Jessa Bentley.  Due to the number of testimonies that occurred throughout the revival, yet the differences that noticeably set the Florida Outpouring apart from revivals of the past, such as Bentley’s method for praying over people and the lack of regular, nightly altar calls for salvation, the Christian church quickly split over the revival.  To this day, many refer to the Lakeland Revival by derogatory names such as the “Fakeland Revival” and view Bentley as a sham.  Bill Johnson, however, addressed Bentley’s past failings and has endorsed his ministry saying that Bentley is restored.

Bill Johnson stated in his endorsement that a prophet had prophesied the revival, yet also prophesied it would collapse if Bentley didn’t address personal issues.  Johnson said he had worked previously with Bentley.  He stated, “Before the Lakeland Revival, I had not only worked with Todd in ministry but also met with him, along with some of the core staff from Fresh Fire Ministry, to help him in the broken areas of his marriage.   He was advised to cut back on ministry and get help.  He did as was requested.

“Fast forward: I was assured that there was great improvement in the Bentley marriage.  Todd started to travel again with great breakthrough anointing.  Lakeland actually started fairly soon after his return to travel.  The outpouring happened exactly as had been prophesied.  Interestingly, after some time in the revival, the same prophet who had prophesied the revival also warned of its collapse if Todd’s personal issues weren’t addressed properly.”

During the time of the revival a number of well known pastors, journalists, evangelists and ministers spoke publicly against what was happening.  Benny Hinn issued a video series against the revival.  Others who vocalized concerns about the move included Rodney Howard-Browne and writer for Charisma Magazine, J. Lee Grady.  Andrew Strom, founder of Revival School, wrote a book about the revival and maintained a regular list where he spoke against the move as a counterfeit, fake revival.  Benny Hinn issued a teaching called “Freedom from Deceptive Revival,” where he referred to the move as false and even demonic.

In the message, Benny Hinn specifically stated, “There was a revival recently in Florida that was not a true revival- was not a true revival.  It was not a move of God and thousands of people flew from all over the world believing that God is in it.  (Fast forward to 3:01 in this Benny Hinn video  )  Hinn likened Bentley to a false prophet with signs and wonders that would deceive many.  He continued to warn that signs and wonders occur in the demonic realm as well.

J. Lee Grady wrote frequently about the revival and wrote one piece titled “Strange Fire in the House of God” that immediately spoke about angel worship that that took place during Bentley’s ministry.  In his article he stated, “During the Lakeland Revival last year in Florida, a man from Germany took the stage and claimed that an angel walked into a restaurant while he was eating a hamburger, took his intestines out and replaced them with a gold substance.  Others have testified that angels took them to heaven and operated on them.   And many are claiming that angels are dropping feathers, gold dust and precious gems on worshippers.

“I know God can do anything.   He can make an iron axe head float, hide a coin in a fish’s mouth and use a little boy’s lunch to feed a multitude.  Those were genuine miracles that He can still do today.  But we still have to use caution here.  There are counterfeits.  If we promote a false miracle or a false angel in the Lord’s house, we are participating in strange fire.”

Videos from the revival showing Bentley punching a man with stage four cancer in the stomach as a method of “laying on of hands” for healing went viral causing numerous bloggers and lay people to question Bentley’s teachings, method and ministry.

Additionally, the move would report night after night testimonies of resurrections from the dead but when Nightline interviewed the ministers, no one could verify any of the claims.  Todd Bentley has largely been absent from public ministry except for supervised meetings under the heading of Rick Joyner.  As Bill Johnson’s endorsement suggests, this is about to change.

Speaking of Bentley’s submission to Rick Joyner, Johnson states, “Rick called me a while back saying that he wanted to start to use Todd in ministry in a safe place.  The safe place idea was for Todd’s sake.  The perfect setting for this is, of course, Morningstar Ministry. This is where Rick could observe and monitor Todd’s progress, or, on the other hand, see areas that need attention.  Rick has told me many times how encouraged he has been with Todd’s personal transformation as well as some positive changes in ministry.

“The next step has been to release Todd to minister with trusted friends who could benefit from and help in the process of Todd’s restoration.  This is in process right now, and the fruit has been good.  I have now ministered with Todd in both settings, Morningstar and at a conference in Texas.  It was good to see Todd in ministry again. He handled himself well and functioned under great anointing, and much more out of “rest.”  The fruit of the ministry was very good.

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from Christian Research Service:

Constant promises of financial breakthrough from the hyper-Charismatic camp remind me of a strutting rooster. It sticks out its chest and crows its cock-a-doodle-doo day in and day out, month after month, year after year, and produces nothing but noise.

Well, after a visit from the “angel of finance,” and a meeting with Bob Jones who, in turn, had a visit from an angel named “international banker,” Todd Bentley is crowing like a rooster, again, about an upcoming super-duper, humongous, stupendous Greater Glory Gathering at the MorningStar hen-house this month.

And to no surprise, Bentley is encouraging businessmen and women to attend.

Roosting at the event and crowing for dollars with Todd Bentley will be Rick Joiner, Bob Jones, Ryan Wyatt, and Jason Hooper.

There is no charge for attending the Greater Glory Gathering, but be sure to bring your checkbooks, credit cards, and a bag of chicken feed. Your hard-earned money always helps the financial breakthrough break through.

Breakfast includes rotten fruit, with a side-order of rotten eggs.

Listen to the crowing:

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from Bene Diction Blog:

 think that Todd Bentley wants to make a happy announcement, judging by the evangelist’s Twitter feed.

Is Jessa Bentley, his new “trophy wife”, with child?

Earlier today a series of tweets on his feed reads, from newest to oldest:

proctorjb: @IAmToddBentley Human Growth Hormone. Also detected in women to confirm pregnancies!! I think congrats might b next!!! about 5 hours ago 

from txt HCG_Cookbook: RT @IamToddBentley What do u know about HCG??? Don’t ask what is is it. I’m askng u??lol. Yes I know too. Do u?
\about 5 hours ago

from API wimvisscher: @IamToddBentley what do you mean todd
about 6 hours ago from Twitterrific

IamToddBentley: What do u know about HCG??? Don’t ask what is is it. I’m askng u??lol. Yes I know too. Do u?
about 7 hours ago from Twitterrific

Our Todd is laughing out loud as he explains that he knows what HCG, a material that is released during a woman’s pregnancy is. Now why would that be? And which woman would release to Todd Bentley such intimate results of a medical test?

If, and I emphasize if, Jessa is pregnant, it would only remind those who are opposed to his remarrying that he has, poking them with a sharp object. And If we recall Todd Bentley’s regrets that his ministry “was his mistress”, and that he already has three children by his first wife that he may not have spent much time with, it may not be a good omen for any “littlest Bentley.”

Todd might be trying to deflect people from noticing something else on his Twitter feed, which reveals that Bentley, who a year or so ago was “down to his last $20″ can now afford a “dream house”. Interested? Please read more… 

Yesterday, Bentley wrote on Twitter:

IamToddBentley: building our new dream home. It’s moving along nice. Dinner break Korean BBQ
1 day ago from Twitterrific

Things are looking up financially for Bentley in other ways too, as he has a “new DS game” and has been taking his first batch of kids on vacation-type activities and such.

I recall that last year or in 2008 Bene D was mentioning that Fresh Fire had bought a fancy house in Lakeland for Todd and his starter family during the Lakeland Revival. [Sorry, but I am unable to find the posts.] I presume that this sale was reversed. But it does seem clear that Todd had always planned that he would have a expensive home at his home base and then travel the world as the “mighty man of [insert place name of famous revival here]“.

Now, with his “dream home”, he can do just that.

But what I find interesting is that just after the end of Lakeland, Bentley says that he was down to his “last $20″. Where is all the money coming from. Even if we guess that Bentley got a year’s pay as de facto severance pay from his old ministry, that would only be about $100,000 Canadian. That’s not enough to build a “dream house” in many places.

This leads me to wonder if Bentley has sources of income–or a secret deposit box or two–that we may not know about.

At any rate, Bentley can’t plead poverty any more. Although I made a guess above, that he is not hurting for money, for some reason, is apparently a fact.

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from Moriel Ministries:

What do Ted Haggard, Todd Bentley, and Roberts Liardon all have in common?

  • All either compromised with false doctrine or preached it even before their public falls from grace.

As we have warned repeatedly, like morally discredited false teachers from Jim Bakker to Paul Cain and Bob Jones, when someone goes off doctrinally it is a symptom that they have gone off morally. And when someone goes off morally, it is almost inevitable they will also go off doctrinally.

  • All have an exposed history of homosexuality while claiming to oppose homosexuality.
  • All have constructed bogus doctrinal justifications for returning to the ministry.

Such tragic figures always employ the same arguments to justify their return to Christian leadership after publicly discrediting the body of Christ and openly dishonoring the name of Jesus. While I myself have no propensity towards homosexuality, I am not without my own proclivities and can only prayerfully trust Jesus to prevent me from transgressing in a manner no less serious and depraved. As Paul says, “Let he who thinks he stands take care lest he fall”. This consideration should be foremost in all of our minds when we observe the debauchery and hypocrisy of men like Bentley, Haggard, and Liardon.

However, God’s standard remains fixed. In the New Testament someone cannot be in ministry unless they have a good name with those outside of the church where the world cannot bring a discrediting indictment against them. [1] We are warned specifically that those being in ministry whose witness and testimony to the unsaved world is not good that for such men to remain or return to ministry, or to be in ministry at all, is a snare of the devil that will trap them, according to Paul. And that they will fall into reproach. Yet we repeatedly see the likes of Haggard, Bentley, and Liardon throwing themselves into that trap when in fact they can never have a good reputation with those outside of the church.

In order to justify their rejection of plain teaching of the New Testament, such villains characteristically misinterpret a narrative of the Old Testament where God forgave David for his sin with Bathsheeba. An exegetically distorted misinterpretation of the Old Testament can never negate the unambiguous instruction found in the New Testament. In fact, David was never a member of the clergy. He was not an Aaronic priest and held no Levitical office. He rather had a political office and was from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. It is a false comparison, to say the least, to say that a political figure being restored to leadership in the Old Testament has an equivalency with a member of the clergy being restored to ministry in the New Testament. Moreover, such an argument becomes doubly erroneous by virtue of the fact that David was never restored to leadership because he was never removed from leadership to begin with. The entire argument is absurd. . . . .

read the full article here.

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from Christian Research Service:

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. -Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:16

Years ago, a Christian strolled into a Christian bookstore, browsed the many shelves of reading materials, and noticed M. Scott Peck’s book, The Road Less Traveled on a special display. He began thumbing through its pages.

The book might be a good read, thought the Christian. After all, it has its own special display and is on the Best Seller list. So, It must be okay.

But as the Christian soon learned, The Road Less Traveled wasn’t okay, for within its pages he found that:

M. Scott Peck (now deceased) was a bonafide New Ager and taught that “God wants us to become Himself (or Herself or Itself). We are growing toward God. God is the goal of evolution” (p. 270); that “we can define spiritual growth as the growth or evolution of consciousness” (p. 280); and that “to put it plainly, our unconscious is God. God within us. We are part of God all the time. God has been with us all along, is now, and always will be” (p.281).

Peck’s statements disturbed the Christian. Equally disturbing was that the book was being advertised and promoted within a Christian bookstore. 

It wasn’t necessary for the Christian to purchase and read the entire book to know it was New Age blasphemy, and extremely dangerous to the spiritual welfare of the believer. All it took was a few statements.

But when the statements were pointed out to the bookstore manager, the manager returned the book to its special display. The manager maintained that The Road Less Traveled was a runaway success…It helped pay the bills and draw customers into the store…Many professing Christians loved it.

“Just pick out the good and throw away the bad,” said the manager. 

As the Christian walked out of the bookstore he replied, “True Christians don’t believe they can evolve into God, nor do they refer to God as ‘her’ or ‘it.’ A New Age ‘god’ can’t save anyone.”

The Christian bookstore manager shrugged his shoulders, and waited on a customer browsing the special display for The Road Less Traveled.

For the discerning Christian, sometimes all it takes is one sentence, one paragraph, or one page out of the book or article to know something is wrong.

While Todd Bentley’s latest book, Kingdom Rising: Making the Kingdom Real in Your Life, doesn’t term God as a “her” or “it,” or state that “God is the goal of evolution,” it does, however, contain his latest endeavor to spread his version of the gospel of the kingdom–which the reader will soon learn is a false gospel.  . . . .

Read the Full Article Here.

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from Slice of Laodicea:

bentleyThe “evangelist” who made his name kicking a cancer patient in the stomach and boasting of kicking an elderly women in the face with his biker boots left the center ring of the Pentecostal circus after refusing to reconcile with his wife because of his adultery and marrying his girlfriend. Now fellow false prophet, Rick Joyner, is helping Bentley plot his return to the spotlight. After all, what the world needs now is more Todd Bentley, right?

J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma magazine, stuck his neck out and dared to call Joyner and Bentley wrong for what they’re doing. He went further and attacked the “greasy grace” of Christians today who refuse to hold anyone accountable for their conduct and console the perpetrator while ignoring the victims. Grady comments:

“Many Christians today have rejected biblical discipline and adopted a sweet, spineless love that cannot correct,” Grady said. “Our grace is greasy. No matter what an offending brother does, we stroke him and pet him and nurse his wounds while we ignore the people he wounded. No matter how heinous his sin, we offer comforting platitudes because, after all, who are we to judge?”

Rick Joyner immediately charged Grady with being self-righteous. (Boy, does this sound familiar, Mr. Grady!) No Rick, the truth is your protegé has no business in public ministry, is obviously suffering from psychotic delusions, is abusive to others and is in dire need of repentance for the sake of his soul. Further, Mr. Joyner, Todd Bentley’s 100-night freak show brought untold shame on the name of Christ, disillusioned countless ill and desperate people who believed Bentley’s lies, and demonstrated the total lack of spiritual discernment in millions of “Christians” today.

One anonymous Pentecostal source in the CT article says the following:

“I’m now convinced that a large segment of the charismatic church will follow the Antichrist when he shows up because they have no discernment.”

Correction: A large segment of the charismatic church has already followed many anti-Christs because they have no discernment. That goes for non-Charismatic Christians as well.

So, brace yourself for Todd Bentley’s soon return. The Big Top has already been erected, the popcorn is being popped, and the sawdust is already in the three rings…

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Lakeland was a travesty. Todd Bentley is a false Teacher! He was a false teacher long before he left his wife for his mistress.

In this time of Economic and social upheave, and a tme of a collapse in Biblical Faith. We are seeing the false teachers devour each other!

from CharismaMag:

Lee, I think what you call “the Lakeland disaster” would be disputed by multitudes of people who got healed or touched there. If you are such judge of this what gives you the credentials? What moves of God have you led? What have you built? Paul the apostle claimed to have authority for building and for tearing down, but what gives you authority to tear down the work of others is having built something yourself.

I, Todd, Bill and Jack all know this is a very serious matter, and are treating it as such. I am deeply offended that you would call our work “a travesty.” The Lord had far more grace for sinners than for the self-righteous, who He had no grace for at all. I am personally far more concerned for you than for Todd.

Lee, I love some of the things you write, but I also feel that some are straight from the mouth of the accuser. I do think you have done at least as much damage to the church as Todd’s fall has by your unrighteous and unfair judgments. I don’t think you have earned the credentials for it, and you’re putting yourself in far more jeopardy by trying to be such a self-appointed judge.

I’m quite sure you will misunderstand what I’m saying, and I’m definitely not implying that we want to cover anything up, or promote cheap grace. We have just started the process and its being judged negatively. Give us some time, and some grace. Grace is, by the way, something we are supposed to be giving to each other.

If you care to follow this, Todd and I will be doing Video Special Bulleting each week that will be posted on our website, U-Tube, and carried by many others. These will be short, like the first, only about 10 minutes, but we want to cover the mistakes Todd has made, and as much as we can in the time we have, how he fell into some of the traps he did, strictly for helping others to not have to go through what Todd has. He will no doubt be doing a lot of public apologizing during this time because the public deserves these apologies.

I think you owe Todd, myself, Bill, and Jack apologies for your presumptuous judgments. I think they should be as public as this letter was. If not, I feel that I will have to address this publicly, and I don’t think that is in your best interest.

I also think you need to come down and spend some time with Todd and me. If you have problems with someone we have Matt.18 as a guide to how we should deal with them. Read the first part of that chapter. This was given to help protect people from becoming stumbling blocks, which the Lord made quite clear was something we do not want to be. If you think being a journalist exempts you from complying with Scripture, I would like to know what philosophy you have bought into that trumps Scripture.

Sorry if this comes across as harsh. I don’t mean for it too but I am quite busy and just don’t have the time that I would like to maybe be a bit more tactful.

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