I know this is long, but please read it all the way to the end. I am sorry if it offends you but sometimes the truth is hard to take. The past three weeks I have been burdened with this beyond belief. I am sounding the alarm! I know some might say not to touch God’s annointed, but beloved we are all God’s annointed if we have the Holy Spirit in us! I am not speaking anything that is not truth. We are told time and again about this in the bible and told to make sure things line up with God’s word!
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ (Ezekiel 33:6)
I will be silent no more! It’s time to sound the horn, the wolves have come for the sheep and the sheep don’t know they are in danger. I don’t want your blood on my hands, it is time to repent for our redemption draweth nigh!I am heavy burdened by the Lakeland Florida outpouring and the front man Todd Bentley. If you have never heard of it or him I advise you to do a little research. His strange fire could be coming to a church near you. I shouldn’t be at all surprised that people are only looking at the surface and calling it an awesome move of God. In this day and age we can’t just look at the surface of anything and make up our mind about it. (1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. )
Let’s take a look at the movie the “Golden Compass” for instance. When I saw the preview at first I thought that it looked like a great movie, lots of big name actors in it, it just looked like a good movie. Well until we started to get e-mail’s about it and found out that an atheist that hates God wrote a series of fictional books about going against God. Now it doesn’t look like something we want our kids to see, after all they will see the movie and then want to read the books. Thank God we looked into it! So are you just ignoring the warning signs that I know you have heard about Todd and Lakeland or are you going to look into it? I mean how are we going to tell if a wolf comes to us in sheep’s clothing? We have to look a little closer, dig a little deeper and trust those checks in our spirits. (Matthew 7:15-20″Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.)
I for one have had countless checks in my spirit while watching Todd and reading some of what he believes and talks about. I am sorry but I can’t get behind a guy and support him that openly brags about God telling him to kick an elderly woman in the face with his biker boot, leg drop people and take a run and hike his knee in a guys stomach. This man is very violent in his methods and that doesn’t line up with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K8XjObzfXM
(Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. His methods do line up with the works of the flesh.(Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders,[b] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.)
While watching the Lakeland outpouring I have seen many violent manifestations. Sometimes Todd looks as though he is being electrocuted, which he calls vibrating. Others lie on the floor in what looks like convulsions. I watched a young man who actually looked like he was fighting off some unseen force. There was also a young mother giving her testimony and the whole time she acted rather erotic. She would twist around as if something were slithering up her body and she could barely get her words out for breathing so heavy. Do a little research about Kundalini energy and how it manifests itself, it is eerily similar. Kundalini is a Hindu occult and their God is Shiva.
Lets now move on to the Angels that Todd constantly refers to. Some would argue that Todd doesn’t worship angels and after all there are angels in the bible. Well lets just say I talked about movie stars all the time and my favorite TV shows, if you talk about something more than Jesus, that is what you are worshiping. Furthermore there were murderers, polygamists and adulterers in the bible too but I am not using that as a license to go out and do it. We are told not to worship angels! (Colossians 2:18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not[a] seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind) Todd even has names for some of these angels, one of which is called Emma and on occasion he has even called her Emma O. There is a Emma O that is a Japanese Buddhist God of the under world, could it be a coincidence?
I don’t even want to get into his third heaven stories where he claims to go regularly and talk to Paul in his cabin and where the angels put him on an operating table and put little boxes in him. I am not making this stuff up, I have seen him on video clips talking about all this. There are many videos and articles where he talks about this and even changes his story from time to time. When fishermen catch fish they get larger with each telling.
The most disturbing thing that I have listened to is an audio recording. (I have the link that you can click on here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKA_X1zxOQc&NR=1 Todd says that God told him that he has to get the church to believe in the angel, and that the people already believe in Jesus but the church doesn’t believe in the supernatural. He goes on to say that what we need is something new. Oh Beloved! I caution you to not fall for this! Don’t take your eyes off Jesus to start believing in the angel and the manifestations. God shares His glory with nobody! (Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.) I seem to remember a certain angel who wanted God’s glory that got puffed up with pride and we all know what happened to him and some of his other angel friends that we now refer to as Satan and Demons. (1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron)
If you think for one second that Satan won’t use the name of Jesus, or perform miraculous signs and wonders to get you distracted enough to bind you and lead you astray then you are either deceived or on your way. Satan can’t deceive anyone unless he looks like the real thing, he will set himself up to look like anything you desire above Christ! He wont look like, sound like or act like himself, he has to be able to trick you into thinking it is of God, to get your eyes off of Jesus. How you say? Just start believing in the Angel, signs & wonders and God himself will give you over to a debased mind. (Romans 1:18-32)
I do believe God still performs miracles today and Val Thomas is living proof of that. I believe that God can do all His word says He can. However don’t be so hungry for what God can do that you will chase after anything that might resemble a move of God. Let’s stop focusing on the supernatural, angels, healings, revivals and everything else we are begging God to do for us. If we are seeking to know and obey God HE will send Revival, a revival that moves us all to fall on our faces in sincere repentance, crying out for His forgiveness. We are a faithless generation that demands signs from God, where is our Holy fear of the Lord? When are we going to get that it’s all about Him, His will, His plans, it’s not about us! Be careful when you cry out for God’s fire to fall, it might not be what you expected. I myself don’t want to have to go through any more fiery trials to get what God is trying to tell me, and I certainly don’t want God’s fire of judgment poured out on anyone! REPENT, REPENT, REPENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And draw near to Jesus and only Jesus.
P.S. Don’t just take my word for it, start looking into the people that speak into your life. Don’t just go with the flow if you don’t know for sure where you are flowing to!
(Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.)
(Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’)
(Acts 20:28-31 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[a] which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.)
(Endnotes from NKJV life application study bible for 1 Timothy 4:1,2 It is not enough that a teacher appears to know what he is talking about, is disciplined and moral, or says that he is speaking for God. If his words contradict the Bible, his teaching is false. Like Timothy, we must guard against any teaching that causes believers to dilute or reject any aspect of their faith. Such false teaching can be very direct or extremely subtle.