Category Archives: revival

Todd’s Back

CBB is happy to report that Todd Bentley is back at the revival this Friday. I am probably going to ease off on the levity in favor of soliciting prayer for Todd & the overall event. Some of you who might not appreciate Todd’s ministry are flocking to this post, which captures the eerie similarity to a WWF wrestler. I thought it was cute too, that’s why I posted it. However pray for Todd and his team – I want this guy to reach every purpose that God has for him in this season, and not to get burned or tired out.

Psalm 23 – the “Prosperity” Psalm?

Ok, I seldom pass anything on, but the following is worthy of a blog-scrape. For the record, I was raised Baptist and sent to a hard-core religious school that really stressed the importance of the Bible. However, it’s pretty easy to use one’s understanding of scripture as a baseball bat rather than a tool to experience God’s love & “pass it on” (yes, the quotes refer to that 70s song).

The point of this parody is to highlight how ridiculous it is to always assume the worst. Reading way too much stuff between the lines becomes a lose/lose situation pretty fast. Even with Psalm 23!

This was written by a pastor in South Dakota and it is pretty funny. [Note: apparently he picked it from somewhere else as well] A bit of counter-sarcasm to some revival critics out there. Here in Philly most people are still warning their congregations to stay away from Toronto. I don’t have the heart to mention that was 15 years ago now. Or the new Lakeland stuff! Well enjoy… I hope.

"Now let's not get too silly..."

"Now let's not get too silly..."

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HERESY HUNTERS INSTITUTE, INC.
Address unlisted

Dear brother,

Thank you for sending us the questionable document. We are always glad to examine any teaching materials that may adversely affect the Church. We do think that this material is dangerous and certainly want to warn the Body of Christ concerning its subtle false doctrines. Our analysis is as follows:

The document:

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We weren’t given the name of the author of this document, but it is quite clear that is part of the contemporary, humanistic “gospel” of self.

The first thing we would point out is that this is a “positive confession.” Our research shows that this idea was never heard of in the Church before the metaphysical cults introduced it in the late 19th century. This author has obviously been influenced by these cults.

Secondly, note the “affirmation” that he will not want. This is clearly that “gospel of greed” – the prosperity gospel. Whoever wrote this probably is a follower of these dreadful prosperity preachers. Sorry you couldn’t come up with the author so we could do a background check on him or her. Even without the author’s name, it’s still pretty clear who influenced this individual.

Then the author affirms himself to be perfectly led by the Lord. This is the dangerous delusion of elitism. Many of these groups feel they are the only true Christians. They are the only ones who really represent the name of the Lord. You can see the tremendous spiritual pride lurking behind this, I’m sure.

Our author tells us that he walks through the shadow of death. Obvious Christian Science influence here. Denying the reality of matter and evil. This is indeed a pernicious error. This is also practiced by denying the reality of sickness. Sickness, evil and death are mere illusions. Very dangerous!

Notice the references to “green pastures” and “still waters.” The cults always resort to metaphoric symbols and encourage their victims to visualize. This, of course, opens their minds up to demonic influence. Note also that a life of ease and blessing is pictured, very appealing to the flesh. Seldom do these people ever talk about taking up our cross and following Jesus.

The author now mentions restoring the soul. We see two possible references to dangerous teachings here. Firstly, the teaching of restoration. This is false teaching that suggests that the Church isn’t all God wants it to be. Of course, that is unacceptable. We have the Bible; we need nothing beyond the Scriptures. And then secondly, there could be a suggestion of the teaching of inner healing. We have a paper on this error available if you should so desire.

I will fear no evil; for you are with me. Notice the big “I.” Bold, arrogant, egotistical statements like this are common among these groups. Totally devoid of humility. I think you can see the obvious, humanistic bent.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Clearly the error of the authority of the believer is being implied here. Taking the place of God and assuming that mere sinful men can actually wield the rod of God. To say this is presumptuous is mild. This is the “little gods” error. These false teachers never have a due regard for the sovereignty of God.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. The archangel Michael did not dare to bring an accusation against Satan, but these types of teachers boldly mock the Devil. This suggests an unhealthy preoccupation with “spiritual warfare.”

You anoint my head with oil. The height of arrogance. So many today claim they are the anointed of the Lord and no one should question their teachings and activities. I’m sure this author, whoever he is, considers himself to be one of God’s “special” anointed ones.

My cup runs over.
Another allusion to prosperity. A “positive confession” of abundance. Decidedly derived from Unity or one of the other metaphysical cults.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. No suffering, no trials, no difficulties in life! This is not the Bible gospel. These teachers hold out the promise of problem-free living and then bilk those who listen to them of their finances to support their extravagant life-styles. What a mockery of the cross.

I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever. Actually this type of teaching doesn’t belong in the Church at all. This gospel of greed, positive confession and trouble-free living certainly isn’t based on the Bible.

Thank you for sending us this example of heretical teaching. We advise you to steer clear of this teacher. Although it may have a veneer of Biblical sounding ideas, it is clearly imported from metaphysical and New Age teachings.

Sincerely,
Anonymous

FireTunnels are Fun… Really Fun

this-is-a-firetunnel this-is-another-firetunnel

Yeah, we used to do these at church back in Ohio. PA is a bit too stiff for this, unless you’re in Meadville 🙂

For all you skeptics, don’t worry – you probably won’t feel anything going through. Some people really get into it though. I am really getting jealous of these people – that is a HUGE fireTunnel. People will be blasted for days with that one!

Separated @ Birth: Ryan Seacrest/David Tomberlin?

Separated @ Birth?

Host, David Tomberlin | Host, Ryan Seacrest

david tomberlin ryan-seacrest

So if you would like to read the msnbc.com report on the revival, just click here. The best part of the article for sure was when they called David Tomberlin the “Ryan Seacrest of the revival”. That was just great. So in keeping with the previous post I googled them, and they’re fairly close.

Wacky – as I’m typing this, Todd is commenting on TV about this very thing – apparently they think it’s funny too. Well, here they are.

Separated at Birth: Bam Bam Bigelow?

Separated @ Birth?

     Revivalist Todd Bentley                 Wrestler, Bam Bam Bigelow

The Reverend Todd BentleyWrestler Bam Bam Bigelow

 

…so I’m watching another episode of the Lakeland Outpouring on the web and a thought strikes me. I look it up and – yup – it’s true!  Actually Todd Bentley could probably be considered a supernatural wrestler even beyond the WWF dimension!

The Face of Revival?

So I’ve been hearing all sorts of stuff about some tattooed biker ex-con from Canada named Todd Bentley for several years now. Everyone I know who have attended any of his meetings tends to come back raving about it. As for me, I have never seen any of the meetings and never felt the need to. Part of the reason that I had been reluctant to jump on the bandwagon is that Todd is a year younger than me and it sort of messes with my security for some reason. About as stupid a reason as any other, and we all have our various offenses and hangups.

When the buzz started generating about a month ago about a new renewal coming out of Florida, I maintained my wait & see attitude. I’m certainly happy to hear about any credible activity, even any not-so credible activity. The difference with this new outburst of activity is that you can see it live on http://www.god.tv for free as it is happening. It is also spreading to other regions, you can go to the Morningstar website to see another distinct expression of this. Please do NOT do this unless you are open to having your paradigm shifted, and open to God using a heavily tattooed biker ex-con with a non-religious attitude. When he prays for people he says “BAM!” as if he were hosting some sort of show on the cooking channel. I just know this will offend you, so DON’T tune in!

They just brought up an 11 year old kid who “didn’t want to fall over”, and it was funny. When Todd prayed for him you could see he was a bit happy from it but the little trooper stayed on his feet.

God.TV Rocks

So I’m a bit overwhelmed at my options on the webstream. I can watch yesterday’s healing service, watch worship for today’s healing service, the Jerusalem Prayer Meeting, and The Call Jerusalem is happening soon. I’m watching them ALL simultaneously on my computer… a bit overstimulating I suppose.

God TV panel