This evening I came upon the first article I could find, which came out tonight on the’ Knighting’ of Todd Bentley on the 23rd. Did anyone watch it live? I did. Though I wanted to post about what I saw and heard, I waited; hoping someone might have posted some youtube clips to share with you. So far there is none I could find–though you can still watch it tape-ed at GodTV. Where to begin…
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.
California pastors Ché Ahn and Bill Johnson, along with Canadian pastor John Arnott, laid hands on the 32-year-old Bentley while Peter Wagner, leader of the International Coalition of Apostles, (*see The Apostles Are Coming To Your City, Ready or Not) read a statement about the need for apostolic alignment. Other prominent leaders from the apostolic and prophetic movements stood on the platform to show their support for Bentley and to endorse the revival, which began in early April and is now in its 83rd day of continuous meetings.
The ceremony, held in a 10,000-seat tent, took place after some charismatic leaders raised questions about Bentley’s claims, methods and theology. They asked Wagner to oversee a dialogue, and he responded by organizing Monday evening’s event so that Bentley could have more accountability—or what Wagner calls “apostolic alignment.”
“I believe last night was truly historic and a true sign of unity,” Bentley told Charisma today. “Many streams converged and I know last night’s commissioning will truly help bring God’s outpouring to a much larger part of the body.”
Participating leaders at the ceremony included 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.
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 also decree that a new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry. A new life force will penetrate this move of God. Government will be established to set things in their proper order. God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error. New relationships will surface to open the gates to the future.” (full article at link)
The live broadcast was strange. I listened to a worship group I hadn’t previously seen at the outpouring…Don’t know their name but I found myself crying as I listened to them. I sensed the presence of the Lord. Surprised? Me too. Whoever these guys are, they were different then any of the worship singers I’ve seen at Lakeland. The music honored Christ. It was none of the high octane stuff that is usually heard night after night–which causes the people to go nuts. No one jumped up and down, fell out, etc..they worshiped.
And then it was over and I felt my stomach clinch as the “emcee” got up and began revving up the crowd by walking back and forth, yelling and head shaking. (it appears all of Todd’s ‘group’ have picked up his constant head shaking)
Then came Todd.
While listening to him brag and boast I tried to take notes. I’ll try to relate to you what I witnessed.
He compared what is happening to Acts 8…the story of Phillip. OK, but this is what shocked me, he also quoted Psalm 2…
6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
This is about Christ–I hope you know that. Apparently Todd does not for he attributed these verses to himself and the ‘Kingly Anointing’ upon the false prophets there on the stage with him. He said, ‘I’m not just reading these verses, I’m making a decree…a Prophetic decree”…
He also compared what was getting ready to occur–his ‘commission’ to the greatest thing to occur in the Church since the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) At this point I felt ill and came close to turning it off, but stayed with it.
He said he ‘felt’ two anointings were to be imparted that night…the only one I recall hearing about though was the ‘Kingly anointing’. He said it was coming with a big KA-BOOM-KA-BOOM-KA-BOOM! (repeated about 5-6 times as he looked into the camara)
The next thing (I wrote down) made me feel like crying folks..
Todd started talking about ‘sowing seeds’ into the outpouring….It was take up the offering time.
He began to talk about the ‘impartation’…asking the people how much of it did they want–comparing how much they gave to how much of this impartation they could receive. In other words, sow into the impartation little, you’ll receive little [of it]..
Then he said something which is what caused me to want to break down in tears.
“Do you love me…Do you really love me? are you sure? how much do you love me..? This is your opportunity to show me, ‘I love you Todd’..”
Can you see what he did folks…even his voice changed as he semi- quoted the words of Jesus to Peter:
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. John 21
Then the commissioning (Knighting) got started…
This was the biggest bunch of nothing I ever saw. All the false Prophets and Prophetess’ gathered on stage, while Peter Wagner led it off by speaking. I won’t repeat what he said, its included in the quotes from the Charisma article above.
They then gathered around Todd anointing him with some ‘special anointing oil’ which was flown in from Africa. He shakes his head back and forth–finally falling down. While lying prostrate, with the head still going, they all take turns speaking individual prophecy’s over him.
About the ‘Branham anointing’ on him…portals opening up even more for Todd, the same anointing Christ has is Todds….on and on it went–giving him the power over other nations/countries….Unity is going to come forth in the whole body of Christ because of this Kingly impartation, …
One of the ‘prophetess’ came forward, hissing and shaking her head back and forth so hard [and long! it must have been 5 minutes) speaking over Todd of judgment against his critics, the Kingly Apostle anointing [on Todd] etc etc…I had a hard time watching her.
When they finished he got up–and they presented him with a ring with more prayer and words spoke over him. Todd’s laughing etc etc..
Todd again speaks about this event as being historic….global, etc…He did thank God for the anointing.(sigh..)
He ends by promoting all the cities he’s coming to soon, to bring this Glory and Kingly impartation.
“Cry out for the Glory’ he says as he walks back and forth…shaking his head and fists in the air.
“Theres impartation in the air..we’re not done tonight” he says…
Then he begins to lay hands on those on stage…manifestations, shaking, falling down, etc…
More bam bam bam…
I turned it off then.
My conclusion was this commissioning was a show and nothing more.
Please hear me, those who believe I started watching this already biased–I did not. As I said, at the beginning, the worship group was very good, I really liked listening to them. I found myself worshiping God as I sensed the sincerity of the young man singing praises to Jesus, to God. And as I watched the peoples faces out on the floor–I saw the needs, the love for Jesus.
But I also was being truthful about being immediately turned off as soon as the speakers began to get up…
It was like going from the presence of God one second to having cold water thrown in my face. I know when what I’m hearing is God and when its flesh or worse. Nothing spoken tonight from those present, Todd or any of the Apostle club members resonated of God with me at all…
I was sickened by the manipulation of the crowd (and those watching on GodTV) by Todds words which mimicked the words of Jesus to Peter (do you love me?) to attain money..and of the misapplying of Psalm 2, to himself and this Kingly anointing. The so-called prophetic words spoke over him by all those present, was nothing more then flattery and in my honest opinion, self serving for those “prophets” and “prophetess’ in attendence; see, they all plan on being a huge part of what they are calling “a global event…historic….not seen since the book of Acts’ etc…Which they plan on taking and sending around the world.
I’m tired. Just writing this out, recalling my notes and how it left me feeling, is like a heaviness returning to my spirit.
But all I know is, God will prevail folks..no matter how much people try to take his Glory, how many false words are spoken, false teachers and prophets rise up, false moves begin, God will prevail. And so will his people…
Pray for those in Lakeland…please. Watching their faces, with so many needs in their eyes and in their tears, is heart breaking.
Lord, I pray for all those there coming night after night to Lakeland…that you would look upon their hearts, see their love for you, and answer their needs Father. Keep them safe in your hand…let nothing but your Holy Spirit touch them. In Jesus name I humbly ask.