I take no pleasure in posting these two accounts which I came across today which confirms what I feared would happen–that there would be evidence of many of these healings not being true or of God. I still know God heals–but its at HIS DISCRETION, as to whom or when, not mans.
Two stories–two accounts of falsehood..
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
This is my first post to this forum, and i’ve been following the Lakeland revival ever since I got word from Andrew through his email about it. I live in Washington State, and I have been dealing with alot of people asking me about this “revival” and what my thoughts have been. I have advised people to constantly “test the spirits” and the usual, feeling that this is mostly emotionalism and hype and agreeing with most in these forums, that what has been going on here is not of God.
I do believe that the Lord will take this awful situation and turn it around for good. I do believe that while they maybe using the Word of God for personal gain, God’s word will not return void but it shall accomplish that which He pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto He sent it. I believe that God will deal with these false prophets in time. I do pray for the people who thought that they had an encounter with the Holy Spirit, that they will truly come into a personal knowledge of the truth. I have so much to say about this as Im sure y’all do.
Anyways the real reason I decided to post on here was because of a dear friend of mine who passed away this morning at 5:20 AM.
His name is Pastor Larry Reed, Pastor of Olympic View Assembly of God in Silverdale, Washington. Pastor Larry has been suffering for the past 18 months of terminal bone cancer. He was given only a year to live, but PRAISE THE LORD out lived the doctors findings. He (Pastor Larry) told me last year at breakfast one morning that he wanted more for Jesus and was going to do whatever it took to accomplish that. He invited speakers from all over the country from evangelists to prophetic speakers so that he and his congregation could catch the fire and maybe just maybe a revival would break out in his church.
He really took a turn for the worst this year, and lost most of his weight, he looked like a skeleton, was on oxygen and needed care all of the time. He couldn’t even preach anymore. Pastor Larry was a man who dearly loved Jesus, and was very strong in his faith and very strong in stature physically. So to see him him so frail was shocking to say the least.
Last week on 5/18/08 he was in the sanctuary there in Lakeland trying to find the healing he soo much wanted, sitting in his wheel chair in front of Mr. Bentley, he was deemed as “healed” when Pastor Larry stood up and cheered in victory. During the course of last week when he returned, he got worse and so this morning he died.
Now I have to say with all my heart that I believe without a shadow of doubt, that this so called “revival” is fake! I wont question my friend’s faith because his ministry was filled with faith. But if this was truly a move of God and all these people were getting healed, then why did my friend die?
I truly believe with all of my heart that God in His infinite mercy and love for his child Larry Reed took him home this morning to end his suffering and that he is face to face with Jesus right now. But what about all the others who have been duped into going along with this mess and is finding out that they right back where they started? I tell you if I could I would knock some people’s lights out, of course that wouldn’t be right, but thats how I feel.
I hope that all of you who stand up for this guy Bentley, will “wake up, arise from the dead and allow Christ to shine in you”, the days are evil family, the light of day is growing shorter and shorter, and we’re wasting our time hunting down the anointing looking for the next wave of revivals. People are dying about a hundred thousand a minute. Instead of seeking the anointing for yourself why not run out to your street corner and begin to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and take on the heart of Spurgeon when he said that if people want to go to Hell, the they will have to jump over his body to enter those gates!
Blessings to all in Christ Jesus
I find this heart breaking folks… Not because this brother was taken home to be with our Lord, and not even for the person who wrote the above post, for they appear to have not allowed the death of this dear friend to shake their faith in God. But see, many others are not as strong as this person..what about them?
A few weeks ago, I started to write a post titled “Aftermaths of False Revivals’…I put it aside, hoping to add to it as I had time to study through past false moves of God and the fall-out from them. This was one example of what I was coming across in my research; False healings and miracles, which ultimately cause many to stumble, become disillusioned and perhaps, God help us, lose their faith in God.
Also from TheologyToday:
I’ve felt that something was off in Lakeland….and now I’m absolutely convinced that this so called Florida Outpouring is a man made hoax…..Todd Bentley claimed on GOD TV that a 3 year old girl named Jaden was resurrected from the dead…..he claimed she was on her way to have her organs donated…..funeral arrangements had been made….and she “coughed! Arnold Palmer Hospital officials deny this;
Hundreds are claiming healing from various ailments, including deafness, cancer, tumors and paralysis. There are also unconfirmed reports of the dead coming back to life.
One of the cases involves a 3-year-old girl, dead for two days, who allegedly woke up and coughed as she was being wheeled into a room to have her organs harvested, Strader said. The hospital denied the report. link
I remember watching Todd Bentley talking on a cell phone with this girls father and proclaiming the good news of little Jaden’s resurrection….and now we all know that this was a lie….there was never a resurrection of little Jaden.
I remember how the crowd went euphoric at the news of little Jaden’s resurrection….and how Bentley jumped around shouting and yelling “Praise God”! Was it all an act?
Now the million dollar question?
Did Todd Bentley know the truth or was he purposely deceived?
Is Todd Bentley deceived or is he a deceiver?
This false resurrection claim makes all his other claims like visiting heaven and conversing with angels questionable, don’t you think?
This false resurrection claim also validates my beliefs that this revival is a hoax. I would think even the most ardent supporters of this revival would take pause and re-examine this man, his ministry and his revival….don’t you think?
Why hasn’t GOD TV, like Charisma Magazine, stepped forward and stated the resurrection story of little Jaden was a lie? Charisma Magazine buried the story but why haven’t they placed this on blast and denounced this hoax?
It’s time for some honest answers from the Bentley people…..from Stephen Strader and anyone else affiliated with this so called revival!