Saturday, June 14, 2008

TODD BENTLEY: "Lifting Jesus High" or Spin Doctoring? PART 1

Todd Bentley recently posted a letter entitled "LIFTING JESUS HIGH - Bringing Biblical Light to Your Questions about the Lakeland Outpouring & Todd Bentley"

This is a sorry (actually sad) attempt to control spin and to do some "public relations" to make himself look more "evangelical" by bringing some of the issues plaguing the "outpouring" into the dim light of discussion. Unfortunately, instead of repenting and asking forgiveness, and fixing things, he shows off his unchanging "leopard spots" more clearly and tries to defend the biblically undefendable. And in the end, rather than "Lifting Jesus High", Jesus is still buried under a pile of Todd's garbage somewhere.

I am going to deal with this letter in several posts because it is way too much to deal with in one post. Right-click HERE and "Open link in new window/tab" to follow along.

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On Visions:


Let's start with the introduction part of Todd's letter. (We will deal with the "On Visions" section in Part 2.

Todd starts off by saying that some of the issues...

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...people have with his ministry (his false teachings, relationships with heretics, mystical practices, "messiness" of a move of God, etc.) seem "to be causing division and some confusion in the Body of Christ."

I would say that Todd IS causing division in the Body of Christ. But that is a good thing. Look at "divisions" in the bible. Men were divided when Jesus came around. Some would believe. Some wanted to kill Him. In Todd's revival, the division comes when those who are in Christ see that Todd is preaching a false "gospel" of lying signs & wonders LEAVE and start to make the error known publicly. This is NOT the division of I Corinthians 12:25, or the confusion of I Corinthians 14:33.
Todd IS dividing his audiences and the "Christian Community", but it is a division separating those to whom the Word has been revealed, who have seen the Light FROM those who are being deceived by Todd's false teaching, who do not understand the Word of God.

Todd Bentley said "God's ways of communicating with us hasn't changed from the beginning of time."

This is a false statement.

Hebrews 1:1-2
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us (including the writer of Hebrews) in His Son, (Jesus, The WORD) whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (IN THE BEGINNING).

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The LIGHT shines in the darkness, (is revealed) and the darkness did not comprehend it.

I John 2:7-9
Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; (LOVE ONE ANOTHER I John3:11, II John 1:5) the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light (IN CHRIST) and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

(All parenthetics are mine)

So it is true that God spoke through the Old Testament prophets in many ways...
But the Apostle's & New Testament Writer's WRITINGS about JESUS (the Word, the Light) are the FINAL REVELATION of God. The "Light" was finally "turned on"! We need no more LIGHT (revelation)! God is through talking!

In fact if you say He never talked (sent Jesus) or if you say He is still talking (New, extra-biblical words) you will be in some deep trouble! (Revelation 22:18-19)

Todd Bentley also quoted Malachi 3:6 to back up his argument... "I am the Lord, I change not"

The context was that God would still judge and was a consuming fire, however, as Gill comments, "such who were Israelites indeed, true believers in Christ; these were not consumed when the wicked Jews were, but were directed to leave the city before its destruction, and go to another place, as they did, whereby they were preserved; and so it was, that not one Christian perished in it; and so it is owing to the unchangeable love, grace, and power of Christ, that none OF HIS perish internally or eternally, but have everlasting life."

It is true that God does not change! Which is why Todd Bentley's argument is necessarily FALSE!

TODD says God HAS changed what He said in Hebrews 1, and I John 2 above, by giving us "New Light" and "Prophetic Utterances, and new revelations, etc"!

GOD says His Word HAS BEEN REVEALED ALREADY. TODD says His "word" is still being revealed!

Who will you believe?

Todd says "...the Bible is the mainstay of His (God's) communication to us in today's Church." yet Todd Bentley does NOT believe that!

If you were going to buy lumber to build a house what would you want to know about it?

You would want measurements; you would want to make sure it was square; and you would want to know what kind of wood it was. You would look it over to see if it was termite-eaten, water damaged, or broken.

You see, the definition of "mainstay" is A CENTRAL COHESIVE SOURCE OF SUPPORT & STABILITY. It is a PILLAR or an ANCHOR. But Todd says "Anything goes! Don't question my visions, angelic visitations, mystical revelations, false teachings, etc because I say it is of God since God can do anything!".

Our "mainstay", the Word of God, is WORTHLESS as a "source of support & stability" if we don't use it FOR EVERYTHING. Without consulting the Word of God, we are helpless to know what is of God and what is not! Todd Bentley is saying, in effect, "Build your house with my wood, but don't measure it! And don't make sure it is square! And don't worry about what kind of wood it is! That's not termite damage!... Just nail it up and trust ME!"

For example, Todd says "Some people desire Scripture for every manifestation of God - for every detail of every God-given, Holy Spirit inspired vision, dream, encounter, or demonstration of the supernatural realm of God manifested on the earth."

In other words, "Some goofy Christians want me to prove by measurement, and by square, that my wood is safe for building up their house!"

Yeah, Todd. That's what EXACTLY what we want. "Divine manifestations" are NOT proof of the Gospel!

The Gospel is the Power of God for salvation. The "greater things" were done by the Apostles to show that Jesus Christ was still alive and the ONLY means of testing spirits, teaching, reproving, correcting, and training in righteousness is SCRIPTURE!

II Timothy 3:17 says we are COMPLETE. We are THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for EVERY good work!

Todd, in this letter you had the perfect chance to "Lift Jesus High" and repent from the garbage that we preach against. You have failed. Jesus Christ was once again shut up in your letter because you wanted to defend your heresies rather than repent from them.

We have begged you to repent and to preach a true Gospel message but you prefer to stick with your heretic friends and message.
I don't need your garbage, Todd! It is not of God, it is heresy, and it is not biblical!
How do I know??...

I measured it and it doesn't line up. Go run off and sell it somewhere else... We'll keep preaching the Word until God shuts you down.

(Part 2 - "On Visions" - will be posted shortly)

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pjmiller said...

Looking forward to reading this!

I have to say, when i first read this letter from Todd, my immediate thought was; 'Todd did not write this'...

It didn't even sound like him.

If he did or not i agree with you, it answered nothing.

God bless...

Ccanuck said...

I completely agree with you, I noticed the same thing.

Greg Koukel from had some good points also about the though process of people like Todd.

Keep it up, stay on this and bring light to the situation.

Bible Student said...

This is clearly another spin operation, as numbers are likely being affected by what is being said.

Bentley shows his Biblical knowledge to be dangerous deficient, yet then again, amongst those of the New Apostolic Reformation/Third Wave position, Bible knowledge is pretty pointless when God can download His Word in realtime to you.

That said, it is encouraging that Bentley has come out to control what has happened. While a statement like that may seem like I have lost my mind, here's why it's good. That he has had to come and say something means that the Biblical truth regarding what is happening down at the three-ring circus is catching wind and affecting numbers. Is it a sad attempt? Very, and that's coming from a teenager. Is it also a sign of good things? I seem to think so, Pastor.