Todd Bently -Florida outpouring

Please first read the July 17th entry in my personal blog and the endorsements given to Todd.

I received an Email yesterday from God.TV confirming that Todd had separated from his wife, I have just checked the freshfire.ca website and it confirms this, then very sadly a quick look at some Blogs on the internet to see many people ‘sticking the knife in’ to Todd and what happened at Florida. Why the ‘christian’ world does this I do not know.

I distinctly remember one speaker in my time at BCV The Bible college of Victoria, he was a guest who just spoke the one time. He told us that he had had the honor of being present in the Pacific on three separate occasions when revival had broken out, he said each time it was different and that the one very sad common thing was that on each occasion the established church missed it. It seemed that we had ‘god’ so defined that we were closed to any other expressions of Him. I distinctly remember at that time vowing to myself that I would never be so closed or proud of my thoughts or theology that I would shut out that which was different to my preconceived ideas.

I fully admit that when I first saw Todd this was a struggle he is ‘out there’ but you know what he is an American ministering mainly to Americans, so my reserved Australian opinion is extremely irrelevant. I received an Email from a western Australian pastor a couple of weeks ago and he was ‘warning’ people of Todd and what was happening in Florida. The guy had not been to Lakeland, he had never met Todd yet here was a mass Email throwing unsubstantiated doubt and suspicion all over Todd’s name, why would Christian leaders do this? If you don’t particularly know anything why say anything? Why throw muck? I suppose it is pretty hard when there is nothing supernatural or reflecting the presence of God happening in your church it is very confronting and threatening to have someone claiming that people were being raised from the dead and that people were getting out of wheelchairs and there were thousands of medically confirmed healings. Thousands.
I don’t want to rant or rave here just to say I saw the very strong personal endorsement of Bill Johnson, who said that he knows Todd and the family and his ministry well and personally and that IS enough for me. This is endorsement is available to listen to from www.ibethel.org look for the June 22 podcast and the actual commissioning can be seen on www.God.tv look for the June 23 meeting. Please no one take cheap shots and judge Todd until you have seen both of these events.

So let’s actually stop and pray for Todd and his wife. Prayer points can become gossip columns. There are casualties of front line battle here, do people sometimes take bullets when they find themselves on the front lines. YES I can personally attest to that. So let’s find ourselves in the group Loving and caring and supporting showing compassion, not the group that thinks a cheap shot and a few bad words will in some way lift them up or promote themselves. There will be many people throwing mud and saying ‘I told you so’. I want to be one found focusing on the God of the move not the man God used, and I want to clearly state that if the man of the move is found to be human and vulnerable, who should be surprised at that? The God he loves and proclaimed isn’t human or vulnerable. Thanks Todd for standing up and proclaiming loudly and with enthusiasm the name of our King.

There is a good comment on perspective by Pete Greig of the 24/7 prayer movement, boiler rooms UK that goes well with this blog.

6 Responses to “Todd Bently -Florida outpouring”

  1. Rose Muiri Says:

    I thank God for Bently,he was bold enough to stand out of the crowd,and in obedience to God, allowed himself to be used For the furtherance of the Kingdom.It is a challenge to me and you to get out of our comfort zones and be faithful according to Mt 28:19-20 .To yield to the Holy Spirit to work through us, for indeed the harvest is much BUT the workers are Few. And to always PRAY for the church of Christ for we are not fighting against flesh and blood. BUT THANK GOD the enemy is already defeated.

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  3. mark Says:

    Here is the latest report and News on Todd Bently and his wife. It is from the board of his ministry Fresh Fire Ministries. Unfortunatly it seems Todd is not willing to follow the direction of leaders around him and he is pressing for divorce and is involved with a younger female staff member.
    This is very very sad, and a geat loss to the kingdom of God.
    My prayer is that we will know as my father in law use to say very often “Don’t get your Christianity from Christians, get it from God.” We need to look at this and ask God what He has for us in it all. We need to expect Todd’s actions to be at the human level as that is what he was and is, human.

    I believe what happened at Lakeland was from God, God is not limited by man and his weaknesses. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith, remembering that it was God that did the miracles and choose to reveal Himself at Lakeland, Todd taught this. Just because it appears Todd has now fallen doesn’t discount what Todd did or what God did. Maybe it just shows even more that what drew people from all over the world, was in fact God and not Todd. As per usual man has proven to disapoint God never does. Lets keep looking to the King for our inspiration and needs.

    http://www.freshfire.ca/printpage_content.php?id=1067

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