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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 22:22:23 +1200
-Andrew Strom.

Here is how Charisma announced the news of what took place in
Lakeland just a couple of days ago: "Leaders Commission Todd
Bentley at ‘Lakeland Outpouring’... The special service was billed
by leaders as one of the greatest moments in revival history."

The article continues: "Canadian revivalist Todd Bentley, leader
of the “Lakeland Outpouring,” was commissioned as an evangelist
last night in a special ceremony in Lakeland, Fla., that was
broadcast into millions of homes by God TV...

"Participating leaders at the ceremony included [C. Peter] Wagner;
Ché Ahn, pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, Calif.; John
Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship in Canada; Bill
Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.; and Rick
Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Charlotte, N.C."

(EDITOR's NOTE:  If you saw a video of this commissioning, you
may have noticed that Staci Campbell, one of the main 'Toronto'
leaders who spoke, had her head shaking so violently - literally
whipping back and forth - that it was hard to hear her. Of course
this happens all the time and they say it is the "Holy Spirit").

"Wagner said to Bentley on the platform: “This commissioning
represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the
invisible world. With this in mind, I take the apostolic authority that
God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley, your power will
increase, your authority will increase, your favor will increase,
your influence will increase, your revelation will increase..."

“I am no church historian, but I do not know of any other time in
history, since the book of Acts, have so many different apostles
and so many different prophets and movements and leaders [been
represented],” Bentley said of the capacity crowd."

The article goes on to talk a little about why some have opposed
the revival: "Critics complain that Bentley entertains extra-biblical
practices and has devoted some of his past teachings to “third
heaven” experiences and angelic encounters. They say it’s bizarre
for him to claim he has met the apostle Paul and angels named
“Winds of Change” and “Emma.” They also object to what they
believe are exaggerated claims of healings and resurrections."

For me though, one of the most grievous statements in the whole
article is this one:

"Leaders who have expressed private concerns about Bentley’s
ministry turned down Charisma’s request for public comment."
(Article source - www.charismamag.com)

ANDREW STROM: DId you see that last sentence? -Even though
some leaders have been privately expressing their concerns, they
actually refused an opportunity to speak out in public! So where
does this leave the poor sheep? Are these men so concerned with
their "reputation" that they are afraid to speak out at such a pivotal
moment? How will history judge such a thing? Isn't it simply the
"fear of man"? And Isn't this the exact reason why the Charismatic
movement is in such a mess in the first place? Have we completely
forgotten the old saying- "Evil prospers when good men do nothing"?

Who is going to stand up and declare the TRUTH in this situation?
To me, this revival has all the hallmarks of the most blatant of
Last Days deceptions spoken of in Scripture. And yet it is
prospering because good men do nothing!

Todd Bentley is claiming “a city-taking, nation-taking anointing...
We’re going to the cities, then the nations." And look at the lineup
of heavyweights that have now openly joined his crusade to
promote this "impartation" around the world: Peter Wagner, Rick
Joyner, Bill Johnson, John Arnott (of the 'Toronto Blessing'), Che
Ahn - and more!

'Who could possibly oppose such a lineup?' they think. 'What
madman would even entertain the idea? Why - his ministry would
be finished, his reputation ruined, his friends made into enemies
overnight.' Oh yes - they seem to have it all sewn up now. And
so, this "drunken glory" anointing with its angels, its 'jerking', its
epileptic-type seizures - is free to spread around the globe and be
imparted to God's precious sheep everywhere. And all the while,
so-called "concerned" Christian leaders shirk and shiver in the
shadows, never daring to openly speak out.

Shouldn't we be calling this exactly what it is - "COWARDICE"
of the worst kind? Can anyone imagine a crisis in the Spirit-filled
church that is more urgent than this one? Isn't silence simply
aiding and abetting the deception? Who will God hold accountable
for doing nothing? CHRISTIAN LEADERS - SPEAK UP!!

People have written to me asking why we are using Amazon to
put out our new book "True & False Revival" about the Lakeland
Deception. Well - this is why!

It is all very well just using emails and websites, but the fact is,
this deception is huge and growing. We have got to get the word
out to a much wider audience. We need to use Amazon and
Youtube and everything we can to alert people to what is going
on. Amazon is actually set up so that every time a book sells, its
"ranking" goes up and more people find out about it. So that way,
an entire audience that we never usually reach can begin to hear
these warnings. Please believe me - we make very little on that
book. It is discounted so heavily, and it is printed and sold by
others on Amazon - not us. So we are not in it for the "money".
I simply feel it is one of the best ways of getting the word out.
But there are others also.

We are working on some videos for Youtube and Godtube, etc,
but in the meantime please keep sending people to that Amazon
page, my friends. There is a link to it near the top of our website-


And YES! - Please feel free to post any of our articles or emails
on Blogs or Forums or anything else. Thankyou so much for your
help in getting these warnings out, my friends. I hope you can
see how urgent and important this subject is.

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.