A good friend just today wrote something that I think needs to be shouted from the roof tops and I thought I would share it in light of the ongoing discussions coming out of the charismatic movement, in particular as they deal with all the “accountability” issues being raised.
On that matter Stephen Strang had some good points in a previous post:
“About a week ago Wagner issued a statement about the commissioning process, which I believe was needed and very helpful. Little did any of us know that within a matter of days revelations would come out about Bentley. In 20/20 hindsight perhaps we should have seen it coming.
* -Anyone who is in services 4 to 6 hours a day, 7 days a week for weeks on end is bound to have some type of breakdown.
* -Anyone who covers himself with tattoos while in the ministry raises questions about his stability.
* -Anyone who talks about the “Angel of the Healing Revival” that ministered to A.A. Allen and William Branham must have overlooked the fact that Allen and Branham both were discredited with moral shortcomings.
* -Anyone who baptizes people in the name of the Father, the Son “and BAM” is playing lightly with the Holy Spirit and is bordering on blasphemy.
Many of us who long for revival saw the hungry people coming to Lakeland and witnessed the powerful anointing. We recognize that God can use flawed people (because He uses us!), yet we had major questions about Bentley. But rather than censoring him, we wanted to help correct the problems.
Now is the time for Bentley to be corrected. But it would also be good for Arnott, Ahn and Johnson, as well as other leaders such as Wagner, to issue a statement to the body of Christ to help the tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands who were affected by the outpouring understand what is going on spiritually.
Because all of these men endorsed the revival, it might even be appropriate for them to issue an apology. Some of Bentley’s critics say an apology is necessary.
Perhaps some of the problems would have been prevented if men had spoken into Bentley’s life several months ago. As good as it is to have an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to help the injured, it is much better to have a fence at the top of the cliff to prevent someone from going over.” ~ Stephen Strang ~
My friend Jay had this to say:
“For the most part, I don’t think this is about Todd Bentley. Those who implicated themselves in this mess now pleading for mercy, grace, and restoration for Bentley is/was to be expected. What else can they do? Otherwise they might have to repent for driving the get-a-way car for Todd Bentley’s flesh. Paul didn’t fall all over himself, cutting Corinthian flesh a bunch of apostolic slack. He called it like it was, and took the rejection that came from his straight talking.
The real problem that has been revealed in this mess is the over reaching that is going on at the top of the apostolic/prophetic movement. These men are not novices. This is not the time or place for white washing their “Fischer Price” solutions/(“alignment”) agenda.
When someone who sees himself as the “top of the line,” urges others to come into “alignment,” that just plain goes to far. This is not about Bentley’s flesh, this is about abuse of power posturing as spiritual.
Why is a Catholic Pope questionable, and a “charismatic” chief apostle acceptable? By now it should be clear that neither one is of The Spirit. This is nothing more than fivefold religious ambition, caught taking advantage of a high profile manifestation of the flesh, and trying to put a face saving spin on it.
Come on! We have been around for too many years, and been watching this kind of thing for too long to coddle it any longer.
I heard and was encouraged by Bill Johnson’s positive reference to spiritual fathers, but it remains to be seen if those who are increasingly open to that dimension see it as a matter of The Lordship of Jesus, or just another opportunity for flesh to create more down line.
This is not about Saving Private Bentley! It is about protecting all the “little ones” who have been offended by the charismatic pyrotechnics, and the maneuvering of the “apostolic/prophetic” power brokers.
So now we can see that the lack of authentic relationships ends up being the undoing of lives, no matter how dynamic the ministry and gifts may have operated. At the end of the day the words of John Wimber ring true, “God always chooses character over gifting.” Nothing could be more important than this. Godly character, sacrificial love, a brotherhood of intimate warriors, locked arms together, looking out for each other, now that is worth dying for!
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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