Since Todd Bentley has decided to leave Lakeland, thus ending the so-called Lakeland Revival, J. Lee Grady of Chrasima magazine is asking a few questions. These are good questions that should have been asked from the beginning by all, not just outsiders who were uneasy with the whole deal. (And no, I don’t care about his divorce.) Here is the money quote:
From the first week of the Lakeland revival, many discerning Christians raised questions about Bentley’s beliefs and practices. … But among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: “This is God. Don’t question.” So before we could all say, “Sheeka Boomba” (as Bentley often prayed from his pulpit), many people went home, prayed for people and shoved them to the floor with reckless abandon, Bentley-style. (emphasis mine)
I should note that in the portion I removed, Mr. Grady points out a few critiques that most serious commentors did not make. Sure, some may have been disturbed over t-shirts, tatoos, and piercings, but that wasn’t what was important.
I still have more to say about this, specifically about Bentley’s (and God TV’s) practices in general, but I see this as a good step forward.
Mike at Conservative Reformed Mafia has some great posts on the Florida Outpouring (part 1, part 2). These are absolutely must-reads. I might be a bit effusive in my praise, but Mike strikes me as a cross between Hunter S. Thompson and Dave Berry.
Without comment, here are some links that provide a critical view of the Florida Outpouring. Alternatively, if you have some positive links, put them in the comments.
Dan Edelen at Cerulean Sanctum (and here and here).
TMH at The Boar’s Head Tavern.
pjmiller at Soli Deo Gloria.
Michael Newnham at Phoenix Preacher (especially the comment section).
I’m sure there are more, but I don’t want to beat this into the ground. Again, if you have a pro-Florida Outpouring link or experience, put it in the comments. This is not about screaming at each other or trying to prove some point, but to consider this movement against the God of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ.
I think this video pretty much speaks for itself (and explains why I want to separate myself from crazy “Christians”), but I would like to make a few points while trying to restrain my language.
- I’m waiting for the Resurrection, but not because of this douche bag guy (the first version was ill advised, see here).
- If I am in heaven, please don’t pull my spirit out. I’ll punch you in the face.
- Any man that rejoices in someone praising his name is not a true minister of the Gospel.
- I know wolves will be dressed as sheep and tares will grow up with wheat, but this kind of stuff really makes me mad.
- Anyone who would prey on desperate people is doing the devil’s work.
- I don’t believe in that man’s god. What he and others like him are talking about sounds nothing like a god I am interested in.