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With four days left before I’m going to South Africa, I get really excited when I hear about the current outpouring in KwaZulu-Natal. Famous and controversial healing evangelist Todd Bentley is leading meetings at a church in Tongaat, and people come from all over the world to take part in what God is doing. Many get healed, saved and filled with the Spirit. Christian News Wire reports:

Todd has been touring South Africa this month and many healing miracles have been documented. These include a girl who was born deaf in both ears and mute, who spoke for the first time and a man blind in his left eye who was instantly able to see. Over 10,000 people have attended the meetings in Durban and hundreds of Muslims and Hindus have committed their lives to Christ.

“Something is really happening here in Durban SA. It’s a move of God,” said Todd Bentley. “It’s an explosion of power. The hospitals are calling for prayer. They are bringing the sick from the hospitals too. One man that was crippled and blind from kidney failure was healed. This is the closest I have been to revival since Lakeland!”

The meatings are being broadcast live at God TV, and people watching the outpouring get touched as well. On their website, God TV share some testimonies:

NAME: DR H
FROM: TONGAAT, SOUTH AFRICA
I am a registered medical doctor and the revival is taking place at my church. I have a patient who has been diagnosed with a large cyst on her uterus 2 years ago. She came in yesterday for consultation saying that she wanted an ultrasound done. Upon asking her why? She replied that the day before whilst she was seated at church, Todd Bentley said “Place your hand on the body part that needs healing.” She did, she felt electricity going through her uterus. I did the ultrasound upon her request… THE CYST IS TOTALLY GONE!!!

NAME: EDWARD
FROM: BASRA, IRAQ
I wanted to watch the Revival on my computer as i do not have a TV in the desert in Iraq. I have an extremely bad Internet connection and was not able to see the Revival, so i prayed and asked God for a miracle so that I can watch the Revival and now I can see the Revival online without any interruption.

NAME: NATASHA
FROM: UNKNOWN
Hi, I’m Natasha. My husband just accepted the Lord right now and is hungry for God, thank you Lord Jesus!

NAME: ROGER
FROM: GOTEBORG, SWEDEN
Hello, and God Bless You on GOD TV. Tonight i have watched the Revival from Durban in South Africa. I felt a warm and tender touch come into my body and spirit as I watched the program. And later when Todd Bentley started to pray, he said that we who will be healed shall lay our hand on the part of the body that is sick. I have suffered from Rheumatic illness for 31 years, with the most problems from my spine, neck and shoulders. I lay a hand on the back and felt a warm feeling in my body spread from the hand. I also lay my hands on other parts of my sick body, and felt the warm feeling come in to my body. Todd Bentley says that we who get the anointing shall do something that we normally not could do. I who never (even before i been sick) could bend my body forward to try reaching the floor with my fingertips. I suddenly reach the floor with my hands without any problem and I didn’t feel any stiffness or pain as I doing that!!! Normally I only reach just below my knees!!! And now I reach the floor without any big effort!!! Oh, I thank the Lord for his Great Anointing. And im sure he will lead his people to the well of healing for mankind. The awakening around the world has just started, and will now open up many peoples eyes for the only true God and Lord Jehovah and his son Jesus!!! God Bless You Everyone!

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10 Comments

  1. Alice Royan says:

    Im Alice Royan from Phoenix in Durban. I visited the revival meeting & i got healed from
    bells posis. I actually felt my jaw move to its position. Thanks you Jesus.

  2. katesjc6189 says:

    God TV astroturf blog. The God TV Propaganda.Machine in blog form

  3. speaking truth says:

    Todd Bentley is operating under FALSE FIRE -point blank. WAKE UP! He is not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, but of himself and his 30 seconds of fame. No wonder the “revival” moved to Africa, folks in America found out the truth back in LACKland. Fool us once… well you know the rest.

    People of God, you must test the FRUIT to determine whether a prophet is of God, not whether their “words come true”. Balaam prophesied things that were true, but he was a FALSE prophet because he misled the Israelites into committing sins, disregarding the word of God. *We are seeing an increase in FALSE signs and wonders. The Bible tells us that THEY will perform all kinds of miracles.. do you not remember the magicians of Pharaoh? Exodus 7:22 “But the Egyptian magicians did the SAME things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.”

    We are not to seek after “signs and wonders”. Signs and wonders FOLLOW the preaching of TRUTH. It’s not (all) about what he did with Jessa, but it’s WHERE he went to seek “restoration”. Morningstar (Rick Joyner) teaches a HOST of false doctrines and opens his church up to the Kundalini spirit. A “mystical spirit” that takes you to a “3rd Heaven”.

    http://www.false-prophets.org/elijahlist-god-tv-todd-bentley/

    • Hello my friend!

      I definitely agree with you that we should judge the prophets by their fruit, as well as by their teaching. And what is the fruit of Todd Bentley? If you check his website you see that he is 100 % preaching Jesus, their statement of faith is 100 % evangelical and their is absolutely no teaching about kundalini or some other strange stuff. And his fruit when it comes to evangelism is enormous, thousands of people have received Jesus through his ministry. To say that they aren’t truly saved is wrong because Todd preaches the true full gospel, that Jesus died for our sins and heals our diseases.

      Now, there are some things that I think aren’t sound with Todd Bentley. His mistakes during Lakeland and his strange habit of hitting people that need healing are among them. But I can’t call him a false prophet as long as he preaches Jesus and leads people to salvation. Just as I can’t call the apostle Peter a false prophet because of the mistakes he maked and that he claimed that angels spoke to him.

      God bless you!

      • speaking truth says:

        Thank God Australia and the UK had enough sense to refuse his entrance. ONE WORD FOR ALL IN AFRICA WHO ARE READING: RUN.

        Friend, I say this in love… where is the discernment? Can you not sense the false fire and emotional manipulation that surrounds him? Perhaps you do not know the background of his beliefs or his fellow circus clowns. Ever heard of the Toronto Blessing??

        Let me first say… There is a difference between making a “mistake” and then continuing on with the lie. Show me WHERE and WHEN did Todd repent and correct the false teachings that he spewed forth in Lakeland. In fact he FURTHERED his own demise by going to his buddy Rick Joyner (the Prophet representing Lakeland) for a “restoration” after he was publicly exposed and FORCED to do something (who btw…. said IN HIS OWN BOOK that Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ visited him and that there is so much “revelation” he never recorded in the Bible and he gave it to Rick to teach to the Church. He also states that Paul says his letters to the Churches were never intended to be “foundational doctrines” to the Church, but that WE have turned them into that.) huh??? really?? Check out this video, I highly recommend it. http://www.mojvideo.com/video-false-spirits-invade-the-church-kundalini-warning-andrew-strom/3485831d9956fb044dec

        God did NOT begin Lakeland, that’s why he did not finish it. IT amazes me how just 2 WEEKS before Bentley was exposed and the revival came to a quick END… that God’s “prophets” were on the platform prophesying that God HIMSELF is PLEASED with Todd and he will “increase his anointing” and “tomorrow the Lamb of God will personally appear in the meeting.” huh, really?? Oh he appeared alright and SHUT IT DOWN.

        I strongly encourage you to do more research Michael, both on Morningstar and Todd Bentley. OF COURSE he isn’t going to tell Christians on his own website that they tap into a demonic spirit or get into their goofy teachings on tapping into their “MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE 3RD HEAVEN”. THEY NEED CHRISTIANS (mainly AMERICAN) TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT IT!

        Perhaps they are so BLINDED to their own conscience that they believe the experiences of a “Mystical Glory Realm” are real. It sounds “spiritual”, but it’s NOT Biblical. *Where do we see the Apostles going around calling on particular angels to bring the glory and fire of God and usher in revival?? Even the physical manifestations of these supposed “glory” impartations are anything BUT biblical.

        Could someone be saved under the teaching of a False Prophet? Sure! A piece of “fruit” can be placed among the bushes, but it does not mean it ORIGINATED from that bush. A murdering drunkard could ramble on about Jesus dying on the Cross and someone sitting at the bar could receive that truth and get saved. Does that mean the drunkard is a man of God, going to Heaven?? Same principle here.

        ***Now as far as “angels”… NO WHERE in scripture do angels start revivals. NO WHERE in scripture are angels “female”. NO WHERE in scriptures do angels appear and have conversations with men, where those men DON’T FIRST fall down in fear and trembling. THE ANGELS APPEARED TO PETER (AND OTHERS) WITH A COMMANDMENT FROM GOD TO OBEY AND TO HELP THEM TO SAFETY. There is not ONE account of an angel showing up to impart an “anointing” or a “new revelation” … this is DEMONIC. Reminds me of Joseph Smith and Muhammad.

        and ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE in scripture do angels hearken to the commands of men, they obey God. Again, show me where in scripture is EMMA?????? WHERE IN SCRIPTURE ARE WE TO RECEIVE special “IMPARTATIONS” by these “specially anointed men”?? I’ll tell you what…. THEY TEACH THIS BECAUSE A DEMONIC SPIRIT MUST HAVE YOUR PERMISSION TO COME ON YOU OR IN YOU. AND THAT IS WHY THEY INSIST ON “LAYING ON OF HANDS”. So they can LEGALLY transfer this spirit and so others can “SEE” the manifestations that follow. TO APPEAR AS IF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD IS UPON THEM.

        Just like the Apostles layed hands and so there is a Biblical sense of praying for the sick, but again…. you are giving permission to the DARK SIDE or the right side. Be careful that NO MAN lay hands on you suddenly, there is a REASON the Bible warns us of this.

        Are we to seek “signs and wonders”? NO. But yet 100’s of thousands of dollar$ are spent by flakey American Christians running from one goofy conference to the next. Buying into the lie that “they are a part of a new movement of God”. Appeasing their FLESH.

        **THIS IS WHY we are NOT to run after an EXPERIENCE** According to the Bible, signs and wonders FOLLOW the preaching of the Word of God to confirm it was truth. FALSE SIGNS FOLLOW THOSE THAT SEEK AN EXPERIENCE in the name of seeking Jesus on behalf of elevating A MAN. (We get EXACTLY what we seek after… think about it.)

        Where in scripture are we instructed to have an “AWAKENING”? This is new age doctrines of demons, disguising themselves as “angels of light” to lure the spiritually seeking into a ditch! bluntly put.

        Todd is also claiming that gold dust and diamonds are now appearing. What’s next?

        I dare you to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bind the spirit of every SEDUCING demon influencing you and see what happens. I know you don’t want to “believe” it, but as they say: IT IS WHAT IT IS.

        Todd Bentley and his croonies are late autumn trees without fruit. And they are making a spectacle out of the Gospel of Jesus Christ via “GodTV”. THEY ARE USING THE BODY OF CHRIST FOR GAIN.

        • Hi again my friend! Let me answer some of your questions and comment some of your statements.

          “Ever heard of the Toronto Blessing??”

          Yes.

          “There is a difference between making a “mistake” and then continuing on with the lie. Show me WHERE and WHEN did Todd repent and correct the false teachings that he spewed forth in Lakeland.”

          Well, that’s based on the assumption that the teachings were false, something that I still think you need to prove (I will explain below why I disagree with your views on angels). With mistake I meant Todd’s affair with the worship leader who later became his wife.

          “Check out this video, I highly recommend it. http://www.mojvideo.com/video-false-spirits-invade-the-church-kundalini-warning-andrew-strom/3485831d9956fb044dec

          I’ve seen it and it’s really bad, I will explain why in a future blog post.

          “OF COURSE he isn’t going to tell Christians on his own website that they tap into a demonic spirit or get into their goofy teachings on tapping into their “MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE 3RD HEAVEN”.”

          What demonic spirit, Todd is preaching Jesus on the platform as well as on his website! If “MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE 3RD HEAVEN” is demonic, does that mean that the apostle Paul was a kundalini satanist (2 Cor 12:2-4)?

          “Even the physical manifestations of these supposed “glory” impartations are anything BUT biblical.”

          Examples?

          “Could someone be saved under the teaching of a False Prophet? Sure! A piece of “fruit” can be placed among the bushes, but it does not mean it ORIGINATED from that bush.”

          Well, people getting saved out of Todd Bentley’s teaching sure is a fruit originating from Jesus through Todd.

          “NO WHERE in scripture do angels start revivals.”

          Well, they do in Acts 10, as well as ministering a lot through the whole book.

          “NO WHERE in scripture are angels “female”.”

          Well, many times we do not get information about their sex at all, so that’s just an assumption from your part. Is like saying “NO WHERE in scripture are angels “black”.”

          “NO WHERE in scriptures do angels appear and have conversations with men, where those men DON’T FIRST fall down in fear and trembling.”

          Actually, most times angels appear in the Scriptures it doesn’t outspokenly say that people reacted that way. Acts 12:7-8 is an example of that.

          “There is not ONE account of an angel showing up to impart an “anointing” or a “new revelation” … this is DEMONIC.”

          Well, when Gabriel visited Mary, he sure gave her new revelation about the Messiah, plus a virgin birth anointing. In fact, ALL the times angels appear to people, they either give them new revelation about things or impart new abilities to them.

          “Again, show me where in scripture is EMMA??????”

          Well, most angels in the Bible are nameless, and should we really assume that angels that don’t appear with their names in the Scriptures doesn’t exist? Really, the only angels that we know the names of are Gabriel and Michael.

          “WHERE IN SCRIPTURE ARE WE TO RECEIVE special “IMPARTATIONS” by these “specially anointed men”??”

          Lots of times. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. The apostles laid their hands on people to impart the Holy Spirit. and so on.

          “THEY TEACH THIS BECAUSE A DEMONIC SPIRIT MUST HAVE YOUR PERMISSION TO COME ON YOU OR IN YOU. AND THAT IS WHY THEY INSIST ON “LAYING ON OF HANDS”. So they can LEGALLY transfer this spirit and so others can “SEE” the manifestations that follow.”

          This is quite unbiblical teaching though. If you check recordings of Todd’s meatings you see that he clearly prays for impartations of the Holy Spirit, not any other spirit. Now, can you show me anywhere in the Scriptures where demons are imparted in the name of the Holy Spirit? No, never. This teaching of a “false fire” and “false anointing” popularised by Andrew Strom is completely unbiblical. If you pray for Holy Spirit and impart Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit is what you get.

          “Are we to seek “signs and wonders”?NO.”

          Yes. “Eagerly desire the gifts if the Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy.” – 1 Cor 14:1.

          “According to the Bible, signs and wonders FOLLOW the preaching of the Word of God to confirm it was truth.”

          Yes, and Todd preaches the Word of God, you have still failed to prove anything else.

          “Where in scripture are we instructed to have an “AWAKENING”? This is new age doctrines of demons, disguising themselves as “angels of light” to lure the spiritually seeking into a ditch!”

          New age doctrine? Words like awakening and revival were firstly used during the 18th and 19th century when dead churches were brought back to life and people got a living faith instead of boring church life. It was the time of Methodism, salvationism, the Great Awakening in the US and later the Welsh revival and Azusa Street. People still use the words to describe the same phenomena.

          “Todd Bentley and his croonies are late autumn trees without fruit.”

          Nope, they have led thousands to faith in Jesus Christ, so they’re not fruitless.

          A final remark: Discernment is important, but don’t attack people that preach Jesus and impart the Holy Spirit. In my country, Sweden, there are priests in the Lutheran Church that practice Reiki healing, kundalini, oneness blessing etc. Most of them also preach that all religions lead to God, that the Bible isn’t the word of God, that Jesus didn’t do miracles etc. These are true false prophets. Aim your fire at people like them, not Jesus-worshippers like Todd Bentley. ‘Cause no matter how much you dislike him, you will never find him saying something positive about kundalini, new age or satanism, and you will never find him saying something negative about Jesus.

          God bless you!
          Micael

          • speaking truth says:

            The TRUTH always outlives a LIE. In the end, we will see if the “fire” they call down from Heaven is of God or not. In the meantime, be careful you don’t get burnt playing with it.

            As you are taking a great liberty with the scriptural rebuttals you have provided. Scripture interprets scripture and there is no testimony to your exegesis. We compare spiritual things to spiritual things. These “movements” are not new, maybe just new to you. They will fall away, just like those of the past. The only thing different is the degree of Christian Carnage that is left behind.

  4. speaking truth says:

    Btw Todd….. Angels do not “start revivals”. Next time “Emma” appears to you, you need to cast “her” out. Turn away before you lose EVERYTHING. Over time people will forget about you and all that has happened, you need to prove nothing. Jesus can fix it, let it go BEFORE you die in it my friend.

  5. Don’t be seduced by lying signs and wonders (yes many people are being saved and healed – but will these fruits last or is Satan doing it just for show – three quarters of Christians fall away – Mat 13:3 – Mat 13:23) – we must test everything by the Word of God:

    Is Bentley preaching the ONE TRUE FAITH: No
    [KJV] Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the FAITH which was ONCE delivered unto the saints.
    The ONCE delivered FAITH – ‘is’ the very Word of God – the King James Bible:
    [KJV]Rom 10:17 So then FAITH cometh by hearing, and hearing by THE WORD OF GOD.

    Is Bentley QUALIFIED to do what he is doing: No, Bentely LEFT his wife – she did NOT leave him – he abandoned three baby children and his wife for an adulterous – Bentley was involved sexually with her even during Lakeland:
    [KJV] Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
    [KJV] 1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
    [KJV] 1Ti 3:12 LET THE DEACONS BE THE HUSBANDS OF ONE WIFE, ruling their children and their own houses well.

    I was at Lakeland: I was told by some ladies who were staying at another hotel where Todd Bentley’s dad was staying, they said HIS DAD was doing the SAME things in the hotel and he had even more POWER. Both Bentley and his dad (who also abandoned his wife and kids) are former alcoholic’s and drug abusers – funny that both should have the SAME seductive satanic anointing!

    THE KEY QUESTION IS DOES GOD FORGIVE CHILD RAPISTS – NO, NO, NO, NEVER
    Todd Bentley is a convicted child rapist – he raped a seven year old boy:
    Todd Bentley, when he was 15 years old SODOMISED/RAPED a 7 (SEVEN) YEAR OLD BOY CHILD.
    Here’s the proof a child rapist CANNOT be saved and they WILL ONLY GO TO HELL:
    [KJV]Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    Mat 18:6, Mar 9:42 and Luk 17:2 OVER-RULES Mar 3:28 …All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men…IT IS GOD WHO CHOOSES WHO SHALL BE SAVED, WE CAN’T CHOOSE HIM OR KNOW HIM, EXCEPT GOD BY HIS GRACE REVEAL JESUS CHRIST TO US: [KJV] Act 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
    Once and it not a fact, twice and the witness is true, three times and it is established forever: God says child rapists will go to hell THREE times: Mat 18:6, Mar 9:42 and Luk 17:2
    All children go to heaven and we to ot hearts like children to enter – so ALL CHILDREN BY DEFAULT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST – that’s why a baby KNOWS what LOVE is : [KJV ]1Jn 4:8 …for God is love.
    [KJV] Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    • Hello my friend!

      Child rape is utterly horrible but the Word says that all our sins are forgiven in Christ (1 Jn 1:9, Mt 12:31). Mt 18 does not overrule that, on the contrary, that very chapter talks about forgiving people even if they sin against you many times. Exegetical scholars agree upon that “the little ones” refer to Jesus’ disciples rather than children, and it aint and argument for not forgiving, cause that would sort of contradict the rest of Jesus’ teaching. Forgive and be happy.

      Blessings!

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Micael Grenholm - a Swedish charismactivist residing with the Jesus Army in the UK.

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