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.