TIME to MOVE ON? -Andrew Strom. IN THIS EMAIL: An Apology - Who Exactly Are the "New Mystics"? - Praise for Bloggers - Special Announcement + more... Let me start by saying that there is no-one who would enjoy "moving on" from the topic of Lakeland more than me. When I first heard of what was going on there, my immediate reaction was "OH NO!" because I knew we were going to have to use this List to expose certain things - a task I dreaded at the time. But overall I think it has been a good thing. I have received huge numbers of emails from all over the world from people who were caught up in that kind of deception - who are now breaking free from it - Glory to God! Also, it is important to realize that even though Lakeland is closing down on Aug 23rd - and God TV will stop broadcasting it - Todd Bentley will still be travelling to other cities and nations holding what he calls a "One Night Revival Impartation with Todd Bentley". So it is not completely over - but yes - I am very keen to "move on" from Lakeland and get back to the things we normally emphasize - "Personal Revival" and the 'True Gospel' and massive Reformation and Change in the church, etc. The "OPEN LETTER" And now onto the topic of my 'Open Letter' to Rick Joyner and Peter Wagner earlier this week. I received literally hundreds of supportive emails over it, but also a few where they obviously thought I was being sarcastic in my use of the word "sir", etc. Please realize - there was no sarcasm intended at all. I used the word 'sir' to try and inject some "respectfulness" into quite a hard- hitting letter. Please go and read it again, taking the sarcasm out, and hopefully you will get a different impression of what I was trying to convey. I certainly apologise for any misunderstanding, my friends. Others felt that I was "exceeding my bounds" in writing such a letter to men of stature like that. After all, David did not throw rocks at King Saul. I can totally see this point. And so, if I exceeded my bounds in any way I am truly sorry. I apologise unreservedly for doing so. It may be that in my zeal for protecting the sheep and rooting out deception I went "too far" with that letter. God forgive me. ADMIRATION for BLOGGERS Some say that Lakeland would have fallen apart by itself without any need for all the emails or blogs, etc. As someone with an inside view of events, I have to say that this is not true at all. The people posting information via blogs, emails, Youtube videos, etc, have been utterly essential to what has happened. When Charisma started publishing about the Revival, I know for a fact that when they found out certain information through the Internet it changed their stance from "total support" to 'questioning'. I'm sure that ABC Nightline would say the same. And I know for a fact that ICA apostle Robert Ricciardelli's opposition to Lakeland would not have become widely known at all if it weren't for blogs or email Lists like this one. All of these factors have been utterly crucial. I think some blogs may get a little bit harsh or "personal" at times, but overall I want to say- Kudos to the bloggers! You've made a real difference. You have protected multitudes of sheep around the world from being further deceived and destroyed. When you think about it, isn't it amazing that this is the first 'revival' in history that has played out almost entirely on the Internet and the "new media"? -A sign of things to come, perhaps? WHO ARE the "NEW MYSTICS"? Since I am hoping this may be our last post about Lakeland for awhile, I need to put forth a very specific warning about certain ministries while I have the chance. Todd Bentley has long been numbered among the 'New Mystics' in the Prophetic movement - but there are others that I need to warn about also. These are literally the most dangerous ministries (operating in a strange "power") that I have ever come across in the Christian church. That is the only reason why I feel I must "name names" in this email - and I do so with great sadness. The first of them is Jill Austin - from 'Master Potter' ministries. I have seen her live in person, and sadly I regard her as one of the most dangerous of all. A minister from England described one of her meetings as follows: "The weirdest three hours I have ever had to endure... she spoke of the times that she meets with the Angel Gabriel and other spiritual beings, next we moved on to portals between this world and the next and then finally to how she was going to open up a portal to Heaven in the room that we were all in. Now things started to happen, really crazy things and strange noises... As [she] moved around the room ministering to individual people they were crashing to the ground, bouncing up and down, running around as if on fire and making all sorts of sounds... My Vineyard friend was the first to crash to the floor. Since that day his church has taken on a different guise, it is not the same church any more." In a very similar vein is Patricia King - who operates in the same area of "portals", jewels, 'angels', drunken jerking, etc. There is real power in a lot of this - and I urge people to stay well clear. John Crowder is another one. With his 'Drunken Glory' tours and his "toking the ghost" and every other deceived thing - you cannot even imagine how "off-beam" this guy is. Words sadly fail me. And then there are the "fellow travellers" - men like Ben Dunn, Dave Vaughan, Justin Abraham, Joshua Mills and many others who have imbibed of the same weird spirit out of Toronto and the Prophetic movement. It is just awful what is going on out there. So sad. It is tragic to have to put out warnings like this, but my hope and prayer is that it will prevent great harm from coming to Christ's precious sheep. I hope you can hear my heart in this, my friends. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT A lot of people have commented that we should be PRAYING for all these leaders who have been caught up in these various deceptions. I totally agree with this, and I would like to devote a large portion of our Friday night Phone Prayer to exactly that. And we will not be praying "against" them either - but rather for God's grace and truth and mercy and blessing to prevail in their lives and ministries in a powerful way. Please join us on the Phone Prayer tonight (Friday) my friends. It is a worldwide Conference Call that costs nothing - and people can join in from all over. The time in USA & Canada is 6pm Pacific/ 9pm Eastern time - which is 2am in England, 11am (Sat) in Australia and 1pm (Sat) in New Zealand. We hold it every week. If you are in the USA or Canada, you simply dial this number - 1-800-399-1052 and then enter the Passcode - "65257684" - and you are in! Other nations are MOST welcome also. (-See our website for your number to dial - http://www.revivalschool.com ). Please help us pray for these ministries, my friends. God bless you all! Andrew Strom.