Guess who's back? Back again? Guess who's back? Tell a friend. Guess who's back, guess who's back, etc? The not-so-slim shady character Todd Bentley is back.
My co-blogger David Shedden warned me/prophesied to me, that he'd be back. He warned that after a period of repentance Todd would return givin it "In the name of the Father, Son and BAM!" Well here is the ground being prepared for his return. He's undergoing restoration under the watchful eye of Jack Deere.
What is it about the charismatic movement that makes sane people lose their marbles? After it was announced that Bentley was leaving Lakeland due to some marital problems, the female (ahem) pastor of the church took the time to blame the critics of the 'revival' for Todd's demise. Her message was, 'Words have power. Words of Christians have special authority and power. So when Christians criticize fellow brothers, something happens in the spirit realm.' In other words, 'It was the critics what made 'im do it'. It was words to that effect. I heard it straight from the horse's (ahem) mouth on God TV.
I'll make a bold claim: much of the charismatic movement and much of the church is antinomian. Jesus commanded us not to divorce. He said that remarriage after divorce should be the exception, yet we've made it the norm and made staying single the exception. What message does it send to the church when twice-divorced Paula White is back on the screens preaching her prosperity/therapeutic crap? How long will it be before big Todd's at the centre of another 'revival'? Do the idiots who give these idiots a platform give a rats bottom about our Lord's commands? I realise that as our sin-sick culture deteriorates, increasing numbers in the church will have legitimate grounds for remarriage after divorce (indeed, I have a couple of friends in this position). Yet putting illegitimately divorced preachers back on the platform legitimises divorce of any kind in the eyes of the church. It emboldens weaker brothers and sisters to follow the world in dumping their marriage partner for any and every reason (e.g. we've just grown apart, we rarely make love, we've got nothing in common, etc).
I'm sorry, but those who teach will be judged with greater strictness according to James. Should that not give those of us who preach or those who give a platform to those who do, pause to think?
(HT: Adrian Warnock)