The Heresey Hunters, the skeptics, and the cynics have all been abuzz commenting and opinionating on Todd Bentley and the Lakeland revival. Bill Johnson gave an excellent response to an email he received recently.
It’s a big challenge to us all not to be so quick to sit in judgement of others….
“How in God’s name can you endorse Todd Bentley?” (email sent to Bill Johnson)
“Have you spent time with Todd?
Do you know him?
Have you watched him with his wife?
Have you seen how he treats his kids?
Have you spent any time with his staff?
Have you been to his ministry?
Has he been to yours?
Have you laid hands on him and prayed?
Has he laid hands on you and prayed?
Have you grieved over tragedy together?
Have you celebrated victory together?
Has he sought your counsel and has he travelled great distance just to meet with you privately for advice?
Have you ever recieved his counsel?
Have you ever been in the room when God shows up on him, used him in stunning miracles?
Have you seen him operate in word of knowledge and the prophetic?
Have you met with his council of elders?
Have you personally benefited from his gift?
Has he benefited from your gift and ministry?
Has he ever honoured you for who you are in God?
Has he partnered with you as a friend?
Have you sacrificed for his welfare, for that of his family?
Have you sought God with him?
Have you ever worshipped the Lord with him?
I didn’t think so…..
I have, and I will continue to support those I have walked with in life and ministry
He is my friend
More importantly God calls him friend
and if you and I were ever friends at that level and people hated you, turned against you, started web pages to tear down your ministry, criticised you to your friends,
wrote against you in christian magazines, criticised you on the radio, wrote emails to other conference speakers and authors…
I’d still be your friend
By the way, criticism in the form of a question, is not a question.
But to respond to your statement “how in God’s name can you endorse Todd Bently?”
Its easy, I do it in God’s name.”
Food for thought
To listen to the whole podcast visit Bethel Church and the podcast is called the Loyalty of Bethel