Friday, June 06, 2008

Todd Bentley admits he preaches angels instead of Jesus

You have probably heard by now of the so-called "Lakeland Florida Revival" led by Todd Bentley.

I have been disappointed in how many people have evaluated this without any biblical evidence. Some have supported it without decent biblical evidence, and others have opposed it without biblical evidence.

If God permits, then I will try to evaluate this movement from a biblical perspective on the blog, starting with this first point:

Todd Bentley's mission is not to preach Christ.
He believes instead that he has been called to preach angels (see the video below).

This is so contrary to the Bible's message. The apostle Paul said:

1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (ESV)

So even though people in Paul's day wanted to see signs, Paul preached Christ crucified to them. In fact he said,

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (ESV)

Throughout the New Testament, we see this emphasis on Christ, and preaching him. This is not something that is only for non-Christians to hear, but is the message that is constantly taught to the church. Todd Bentley however feels that this is not necessary because the church aleady believes in Jesus. Instead he believes that the church's greatest need is to believe in angels and the supernatural. This means that the whole premise for his ministry is unbiblical.

You can hear his statements in this video: