Friday, June 6, 2008

Assemblies of God say Lakeland "should be avoided"?

I'm not sure if it is in direct response to our open letter, but I just received a note (thanks Karen) notifying me that just a few hours ago, the Assemblies of God posted an "Official Statement on Revival" . The link leads to a video of Dr. George O. Wood making comments which deal with "revival" in general. The "statement" never mentions Florida, Lakeland, Ignited Church or Todd Bentley, nor does it mention specific matters in relation to the "Florida Outpouring".

I think this would be a good start if there is going to be some further direct statements concerning the "Florida Outpouring". But if there will be no further statements, I would only call this a positive step to a wishy-washy objective. This statement gives no firm warning to the "sheep" to stay away from Lakeland, and to stay away from Todd Bentley and his posse of heretics

For now, I will have to take what I can get. Dr. Wood's statement deals with...

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...the history of the Azusa Street Revival and he states: "the sure plumb line of truth was God's revealed and written Word. Elder Seymour and others were criticized sharply for their insistence on "checking everything out with the Word." But, they were unashamed."
Dr. George Wood also states "The Word of God stands over personal viewpoints. Any Biblical revival must "contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 3). If so-called truth is being proclaimed that cannot be found in Scripture, then that proclamation violates the specific announcement of Scripture that the faith "was once for all entrusted" and such a proclamation also deviates from the apostles' fidelity to preach the Word, and from the early Church's devotion to the apostles' doctrine."
Dr. Wood continues; "Miraculous manifestations are never the test of a true revival - fidelity to God's Word is the test."

"In summary, the message must always be examined. If the message and the messenger line up with God's Word, then the revival is on safe Biblical ground and it should and must be embraced. If not, then even though miracles and manifestations occur, it should be avoided."

So according to Dr. Wood's own statements, this "outpouring" in Lakeland, Florida is NOT on safe Biblical ground because it most assuredly DOES NOT "line up with God's Word! Therefore, Dr. Wood implies that the "Florida Outpouring" and Todd Bentley "should be avoided."

I wonder how Dr. Wood and the Assemblies of God national leadership will get this message to their flock??

I hate to be so pessimistic but I have a feeling that if Dr. Wood can't bear to name names, then he must not want to turn his pastors and congregations against a "particular" outpouring.

I'm thankful that Dr. Wood has made some kind of statement (regardless of the generalities and vague non-specifics). I just pray that he does whatever it takes to make sure that the congregations hear the little bit of a leading that he expressed. (Dr. Wood... How about an article in the Pentecostal Evangel telling people to stay away from Lakeland?)

Be sure to comment about Dr. Wood's statement below.

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Anonymous said...

They must be too busy trying to form the corporate Christ by proclaiming "let there be life!"

Being little gods and birthing Jesus is very hard work. So many things on your plate.

TMRFiles said...

Hi Jon

Regarding George O. Wood's statement, my assessment is as follows:

General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God has come forth with a general statement concerning 'revival', but conspicously omits Todd Bentley and Lakeland 'Revival'. He avoids mentioning and denouncing what is going on in Lakeland with Todd Bentley and rebuking or confronting those leaders involved in this counterfeit revival, and thousands are still being lead in the wrong direction, and seeking unbiblical, extrabiblicall and New Age occult counsel through partaking in this 'revival'. The Apostle Paul did not hesitate to openly confront Peter and rebuke him for Peter's hypocrisy as shown in Acts 15:7-11 and in Galatians 2:11, 14-19, and Mr Wood needs to do likewise. Thus far, Mr. Wood has only compromised the Gospel of Christ by doing too little to late and by not taking a stand to openly confront the guilty Assemblly of God leaders involved in this circus' and the show goes on, making a mockery out of the Gospel of Christ before the entire world. Mr. Wood's statement can be read at the above link.

The Apostle Paul wrote and taught in his writings to Timothy:

Preach the word; be instant in season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. II Timothy 4:2-4

The time is now, Mr Wood!

Anonymous said...

Just when you think things cant get any stupider,THIS comes along!Kicking a woman in the face to heal her???Have we all lost our MINDS,my Christian brothers and sisters?Wont someone take a stand against this sickening heresy?