JOYNER, WAGNER, ARNOTT "Commission" BENTLEY -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"). CHARISMA ARTICLE continues: "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 its 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 Bentleys ministry turned down Charismas 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... Were 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- http://www.revivalschool.com 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.