Tuesday, May 27, 2008

STEPHEN STRADER: My response to his lacking statement

Ignited Church (Assembly of God) Pastor Stephen Strader responded to my Open Letter. In his response Pastor Strader says they need our "Prayers and Encouragement"... I must assure him that they already have my (our?) prayers! And I heartily ENCOURAGE HIM and everyone else involved, to drop the garbage that they are "preaching" that falls outside the revealed Word of God...

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to preach instead a consistent, clear message of sin, repentance, and righteousness through Jesus Christ alone.

Pastor Strader said "as of TODAY -- Todd has said or done nothing that is in direct conflict with any A/G doctrine."

That is very much debatable, and the silence of any AG leader thus far concerning Todd Bentley's doctrine worries me greatly about the spiritual health of the denomination!

Pastor Strader continued... "He (Todd) has had "guests" on the platform that would not be acceptable (by AoG Standards), but "those guests" are just "guests" and Todd and myself are leading this as best we can."

Unfortunately, Todd's guests ARE Pastor Strader's guests. What does "leadership" mean if not keeping heretics off your stage? And if they are unacceptable to the AoG, Pastor Strader should be reprimanded by the NHQ for hosting these "unacceptable guests"!

Pastor Strader also said "Do you remember when the hurricane hit New Orleans? You had people DEMANDING to know "why" there were people in the super dome not being cared for... they wanted answers... that wasn't the time to ask "why"... it was TIME TO GET THEM HELP... We need HELP... not questions..."

My response is how many more souls would have died without the questions? Pastor Strader, NOW IS the time to ask biblical questions to help SAVE THE PEOPLE both from this mess now, and in future "winds" of false revival,... not "Wait and See" what is left standing and who is left alive after the storm blows over! People are being led to destruction by way of Todd's unbiblical "Winds of Change" mess.

Pastor Strader asked for prayer and I believe we should all oblige him. Pray for him. Pray for Todd Bentley. And pray (or continue to pray) for all involved and the thousands of people who are being led into deception by way of the "Florida Outpouring".

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PASTOR STRADER'S LETTER TO ME FOLLOWS:

Jon

I'm very sorry... I just don't have the time to answer all of your questions or concerns...

I guarantee that if you had three A/G pastors in a room, somebody would be in disagreement with something one of the other two is doing.

This is NOT about the A/G or Todd or me... this is a God thing... I don't "own it" nor can I "control it"

I think the mistakes of the A/G is that they "threw out the baby with the bath water" when they renounced the "latter rain" outpouring. I think they made "blanket statements" that condemned the whole bunch because of a few "bad apples"...

None of us wants to make that same mistake again.

The A/G made those statements "years" after the movement was started... today is only day 55... do you understand that WE don't even understand what is happening???

Todd and I have discussed many doctrinal "adjustments" that he has made over his ten years of ministry -- just like any man of God -- he is constantly adjusting...

as of TODAY -- Todd has said or done nothing that is in direct conflict with any A/G doctrine. He has had "guests" on the platform that would not be acceptable, but "those guests" are just "guests" and Todd and myself are leading this as best we can.

Have you ever watched Fox News have a "panel debate" over a "speech" given by the President??? Those speeches have been "thought out" worked on by specialists... lawyers... politicians... etc... EVERYTHING we are doing on that stage is PURE SPONTANEOUS... it's like trying to "ride a bull"...

There are been many mistakes... we make adjustments and get back on the bull the next day... PLEASE -- PRAY FOR US -- this is NOT the time to "dissect" this or "analyze this"... We need your prayers and encouragement.

Do you remember when the hurricane hit New Orleans? You had people DEMANDING to know "why" there were people in the super dome not being cared for... they wanted answers... that wasn't the time to ask "why"... it was TIME TO GET THEM HELP...

We need HELP... not questions...

Stephen Strader
pastor@ignitedchurch.com
www.ignitedchurch.com


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I pray for the family of this Assemblies of God pastor who died after Lakeland "healing"

http://www.revivalschool.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=9609&start=390

Jon@TheWay said...

LINK TO ABOVE ARTICLE

Jon@TheWay said...

The last paragraph of the above article says this:

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!


I say "Preach it!"