[anzac] A FALSE HEALING REVIVAL?? -Florida

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:33:52 +1200
-Andrew Strom.

Many of you will have already heard about the "Healing Revival"
that has purportedly broken out in Lakeland, Florida.  Today
Charisma Magazine put out a piece on it entitled 'A Holy Ghost
Outbreak in Florida' - "...Charismatics are flocking to the sleepy
town of Lakeland, Fla. to attend evangelist Todd Bentley’s
unconventional revival services."  Is Charisma preparing to hype
this one to the skies like they did with Toronto and Rodney Howard-
Browne? It seems perhaps they are.

But why am I opposed to this 'Healing Revival' so soon after it has
been announced?  -It is because I already know Todd Bentley's
ministry all too well, and this whole thing centers around him.

Todd Bentley actually has deep roots in the Prophetic movement,
and he is one of the very few ministers that I have ever felt I had
to publicly warn people about by name. -His ministry is that bad.
False "angel" encounters of the weirdest kind, gold dust, guided
visualizations of the "Third Heaven" that are straight out of the
New Age, etc. And yet there is a "power" with it that makes it
all the more dangerous.

Here is how Charisma describes his Florida meetings-
"His methods are far from polished. When he prayed for people in
Lakeland, he usually began by laying his hand on their heads and
then yelling, “Bam!”
Often the people fell backward to the floor. After one elderly woman
fell, Bentley told the audience: “She doesn’t know why she fell
down.” The woman then laughed and said to him in the microphone:
“Because you pushed me!” He prayed for her three more times that
night, and she said she could hear better...
During the past three weeks people have testified of being healed
from heart conditions, skin rashes and back problems, and many
said scars disappeared...
Many charismatics are wondering if the protracted meetings will
become a phenomenon similar to what happened in Rodney
Howard-Browne’s meetings in Lakeland in 1993, at the Toronto
Airport Vineyard Church in Canada in 1994 and at Brownsville
Assembly of God in Pensacola in 1995..." [END QUOTE]

Sadly, the Charismatic movement is in such a sick state today
that it would not surprise me at all if this happens. (-I say this as
a strong Spirit-filled, tongues-speaking believer myself. I am by no
means opposed to genuine miracles). Have we completely
forgotten the warnings of "Lying signs and wonders" in the Last Days?

Below is a testimony by Lynn Clark who is a Moderator at our
website 'RevivalSchool.com'. This is what she wrote about her
involvement with Todd Bentley's ministry:

"I decided to check out Patricia King and Todd Bentley and,
ignorant of their 'third heaven' guided visualizations, attended a five
day conference of Patricia King and then two of Todd Bentley's
conferences and began to imagine third heaven visitations - guided
visualization - still not realizing that these are actually spirits of
darkness - the New Age calls them spirit guides - demons is what
they are. And so I bought Todd Bentley's teaching on third heaven
visitations and brought it home to listen to.
"I was in my living room laying on the floor listening to the teaching
on how to visualize the third heaven and what to say and was
getting caught up into his teaching and all of a sudden I began to
shake uncontrollably and jerk and groan, and no sooner had this
taken place I became frozen stiff - I could not move any part of
my body and I knew this was a demon trying to take hold of me,
and so with all the effort I could muster I cried out, "God save me -
Jesus help me" - and as soon as I cried out to the Lord my body
went limp. God spared me that night and I will be forever grateful.

"I spent much of the night in tears asking God to forgive me - and
renouncing all the hands layed on me and all the awful deception
I had opened myself up to..."  [END QUOTE]

ANDREW AGAIN:  I myself have heard the tapes of Todd Bentley's
"Third Heaven Visualization" teachings, and I want to tell you - they
are straight out of the New Age handbook. -Terrible stuff. And yet
so widely accepted by thousands of Christians today.

Do these kinds of practices (above) produce a genuine 'Healing
Revival'? -These are the kinds of questions that we need to be
asking Charisma Magazine. I leave it for you to decide.


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God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.