I keep hearing people make statements like, "take what is good from it" or "eat the meat and spit out the bones." I'm sorry, I cannot agree with that. There is false teaching and things happening that are contrary to God's Word taking place in Lakeland.
Listen people... God does not ever violate or add to His scripture! I believe what we are witnessing is a deception of epic proportions.
The first and major reason is that Todd Bentley admits that he has an angel named Emma who appears as a beautiful woman. He has described her as wearing a long flowing dress and says she floats off the ground when she walks. He also claims to have the angel of William Branham and John G. Lake with him. He regularly talks about seeing angels, and having them talk to him, minister to him and even claims that the angels performed surgery on him when he was taken up to heaven.
And note that in every scriptural case of a human having contact with an angel the angel always says, “Fear Not”. There was a reason for this. In our mortal bodies seeing an angel would startle or cause fear in all of us. The solders who were guarding the tomb of Jesus fainted when they saw the angel.
However Todd Bentley and others like him would have us believe that angels appear to them daily and engage them in normal everyday conversation.
When he describes his being taken up to Heaven, he says that the angels strapped him on a surgical table and that he was terrified. Does this sound like how God would operate?
19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
What about the healings.
What about all the good stuff?
I have offered this to several people:
When I was in prison, I was surrounded by demon possessed men.
There were people who worshiped Satan.
There were people who worshiped false gods.
You could literally feel the evil around you.
But when 2 or 3 (or more) of those of us who were Christians got together and began to worship the Lord, his presence and glory came down.
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst."
I submit the same thing is true in Lakeland. True men and women of God are there, worshiping God and He is there. But his presence no more endorses Todd Bentley or the entire event there in Florida than he endorsed the activities taking place in the prison where I was incarcerated.
Don't buy into the "Eat the meat and spit out the bones" stuff. (Read the blog preceding this one about the Parable of the Brownies.
If you study scripture you will see that God is not too thrilled with a “mixture” in our worship... in fact He hates it.
I know you are still not convinced - I mean after all what about the great signs and wonders??
Think about it folks.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophecy in your Name, and through your name throw out demons, and through your Name do many wonderful works? And then I will say to them, I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity.