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Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Florida Revival... Can It Be Dismissed ?!

Dan's very good at twisting my arm, mainly with flattery; he thought that me blogging about my views on the Florida Revival would be really interesting and something that people would want to read about... well let's see if he's right...

Since the Outpouring began, I've been watching, very excitedly to see what God has been doing with His people there in Florida. Seeing Todd Bentley minister to so many sick and ill people, through the awesome anointing that God has clearly laid on him, just makes it so obvious that this is a move of God and it cannot be ignored or brushed aside.

The revival has however come under certain scrutiny or even out-right attack... mainly from Christians!

The element which has incurred the most attack is Todd Bentley himself. For various different reasons, some people have just decided that they don't like him. Could this be as simple as his appearance? Yes, he has tattoos all over his body, he wears Harley Davidson shirts and yes he has piercings in varios places on his head, but is Todd Bentley demonic? That's what some people have gone as far as to say.

Todd says he has an angel which speaks to him, her name is Emma. Of course these haters, have picked up on some random fact that a pagan god goes by the same name, which obviously must mean that Todd Bentley is being controlled in a demonic way. Are these people serious? It's just a name! How can a name possibly be demonic?

There have been various other criticisms surrounding this revival, but you cannot deny that sick people are being healed in Florida. Switch onto God TV and you will see it happening. The most blatant cases are when the paralyzed get up out of their wheelchairs and start walking. Think what you will about Todd Bentley, but this should not be swept aside, because these are miracles and this is revival... this quite simply is God. I'm always amazed when christians willfully refuse to believe what their mighty God has done and is doing.

"People may argue with your doctrine, but they can never argue withyour testimony"
Colin Chapman, Understanding Islam Training Track, Together on a Mission 2007

It's not just what we see with our eyes, but what we hear...there are now thousands of testimonies about what God has done and what He is still doing. Colin Chapman is right, you can never argue with people's testimonies.

I am just so excited that revival is here. And if this has sounded like a rant then hopefully it shows how excited I am. So, can this revival be dismissed...no!! This. Is. God.

6 Comments:

  • So am I ashamed of twisting your arm?! No! This. Was. Worth. It! An awesome, honest and to the point article. Many Christian leaders would do well to read and learn. This is God! And just because He has broken out of our traditions and what we expect Him to do, does not mean it cannot be Him.

    By Anonymous Dan, at 1:04 PM  

  • Scott,
    It's great to hear a fresh voice speaking up!

    I love this quote;

    "People may argue with your doctrine, but they can never argue withyour testimony"

    Amen!!!

    By Blogger lydia joy, at 12:22 PM  

  • Hi,
    I was one of those who was a bit confused about "Emma" and did a lot of research. I have found that Zechariah 5:9 describes two female angels in the Bible (also followed by four winds-may be similar to the "winds of change)...and have also realized that the name "Emma" may be a variant of Emmanuel-

    Now that I see there are female angels in the Bible- I am pretty cool with the Emma stuff...lol

    Thanks for sharing, I am enjoying these "Glory Blogs" and am learning a great deal about many people I hadn't previously heard of.

    Be blessed,

    Charisse

    By Anonymous Charisse, at 8:52 PM  

  • "The Florida Revival... Can It Be Dismissed ?!"

    It has been. By most of orthodox Christendom.

    There is no euphemism for spiritual quackery, and neither is there a euphemism for the clowns who are willfully conned by it.

    The fallen world and unsaved will only laugh and mock, not repent and believe. But just as with Toronto & Pensacola, who can blame them for mocking a mockery?
    (2 Timothy 4:3-5).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:56 AM  

  • "Orthodox Christendom ... Can it be dismissed?".

    Well ... yes if it's defendants are vicious, nasty proud clowns who hide behind the safety of anonymity ... proudly secure in their "orthodoxy" and more than happy to point fingers at anyone who doesn't match up to their rigorous doctrinal standards.

    The world IS laughing ... but it is laughing and mocking at comments such as these that prove EXACTLY what non-Christians believe about orthodox Christianity and are proudly preaching a Gospel that is deliberately devoid of power - not by the fault of God but the control of man.

    Anonymous points one finger. But forgets four are pointing back at him. Where are YOUR (and your group of churches) conversions? Where are YOUR signs and wonders and miracles accompanying the preaching of your gospel? Where are YOUR positive changes in the community because of your passioned preaching of the Gospel - of sins forgiven and concious cleansed? (Or at least are trying).

    Step out from behind your safe anonymous shield, and you may gain a bit more respect than you currently command.

    By Blogger Dan Bowen, at 10:18 PM  

  • This is great info to know.

    By Anonymous Yvette, at 1:01 PM  

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