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Todd Bentley and the Lakeland Revival

It’s been a busy week at our household. The play set is only about halfway there, we have childproofing to do, toys to organize, ceiling fans to install, a computer and desk to set up, and this other little project called a garage to clean. Busy week.

I found this last week on one of Michael Spencer‘s blogs in regard to the much debated revivals in Lakeland, Florida. It’s an interesting commentary on Todd Bentley, the character at the center of the sensation. I’ve had an experience with Todd Bentley himself, which I mentioned in the comments.

We had Todd Bentley speak at an evening service at a church in Boston I was a part of 5 or 6 years ago and not only was it extraordinarily uncomfortable, it required a lot of decompressing and dialogue afterward among leaders and between leaders and those they led. In my observation he was flashy, loud and just plain over the top. Not much like Jesus at all. More like a despot of a dying country. A good friend of mine thought she’d swallow her judgments and go up to be “ministered to”. She came back feeling more manhandled than anything. “Shoved” was the word she used. Another disturbing aspect of his show was how he treated his father who was assisting him, barking orders and speaking of him like a lost puppy he had saved. Very discomforting.

I’ll be back with some more original posting when the sawdust clears.

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  1. caron123
    June 13, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Ugh… I have been in situations that had a lot of “decompressing” to be done also… It had to do with this type of thing… Many were hurt… For me, however, God used it to lead me to a great church of sound doctrine.

    My friend, Justin Peters went to Lakeland and this is what he wrote:
    http://www.adventuresinchristianity.com/?L=blogs.blog&article=3494

    Check out his site at http://www.justinpeters.org and click “demo” for the overview of his seminar on this subject given at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    God bless you!

  2. a Dad
    June 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Very helpful. Thanks. Especially liked the post by Michael.

  3. abigail
    July 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    You know what is more tragic? I just left an Assembly of God church here in Florida because they are copying Todd Bentley’s group and have been inviting the Toronto Blessing people just to raise numbers. It breaks my heart to see pastors and elders desire a megachurch at the expense of truth in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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