Friday, June 13, 2008

The Arch-Heretic - Todd Bentley

Last night I flipped on the "God Channel." Todd Bentley was introduced and came on stage. He walked back and forth shaking and then began to describe his experience earlier in the day about his encounter with the Shekinah Glory of God. Then he sought to give out this glory by yelling out "bam, bam" and throwing his hands out. I only had to listen for a few seconds to realize that this man is a heretic, an agent of the Devil, a wolf in sheep's clothing, and an apostate. You will get a taste in the video clip below.

You don't encounter the Shekinah glory of Holy God and live. Moses couldn't even enter the tabernacle when the glory was present (Ex. 40:34-35), and neither could the priests (1 Ki. 8:10-11). Yet Bentley claims he had a direct encounter with the glory and lives to tell us about it!

The glory encounters we see in Scripture left people prostrate before God (Lev. 9:23-24), and crying out for mercy, not standing up yelling "bam, bam" at people. The angels of God are not even able to look upon this glory (Is. 6:2). Yet Bentley speaks as though he is so close with God that God's Shekinah glory visits him and he lives to tell us about how we can "get some."

If Bentley came into contact with the Shekinah glory he wouldn't be speaking about it simply as something that happened earlier in the day. He would be speaking about how the glory of God was so holy, so bright, so overwhelming that he could do nothing other than fall on his face and cry out how sinful he is and how he begged God for mercy to even live! As a result he wouldn't be telling us how to get the glory, he would be preaching repentance! That is how Isaiah responded (Is. 6). He cried out confessing his sinfulness, and responded by going as God's mouthpiece to preach repentance. Not how you can "get some."

By watching the clip below you can get a glimpse of what I'm speaking about. May God give the Church discernment and wisdom in dealing with such heresy.

5 Comments:

Caron said...

I have a good friend, Justin Peters, who speaks out on the WoF movement and exposes the metaphysical roots behind this… his site is: http://www.justinpeters.org and if you click on “demo” you can see an overview he gave at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He spoke at my church and comes highly recommended by my pastor, Dr. John MacArthur.

God bless you

Duane said...

I guess the author of Hebrews is a arch-heretic of your religion because he instructs us to have "boldness to enter the Holiest". Is Paul also a arch-heretic because he said that we all with unveiled faces behold...the glory of the Lord" Maybe you need to turn from religion, quit judging another's servant and get a pure heart, so that you can see God.

Lance M. Roberts said...

Dear Duane,

Thank you for your comment. I would like to share three thoughts on your statements:

1) You said, “The author of Hebrews…instructs us to have ‘boldness to enter the Holiest.’” The author of the epistle is writing to Jewish believers instructing them that they no longer have to go through a priest to reach God. Because of the work of Christ (Heb. 10:11-18), which was superior to the Levitical system, we have direct access to God through Him (Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16). We no longer need to offer the various sacrifices and go through a priest and can enter into Christ’s presence boldly (“with confidence” is a more literal and better translation), because we have been forgiven (Heb. 10:18). What Bentley is doing is a sham and a show, and has nothing to do with what Heb. 10:19 is speaking of.

2) Your quote of 2 Cor. 3:18 leaves out the key phrase and key parts of the verse that makes clear what Paul was saying. The text says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” The bold print is what you left out. This clearly shows that we are not able to see this glory in it’s completeness/perfectness. It is a process of sanctification that will one day be complete when we enter into His glory (Rom. 8:30; 1 Cor. 13:12). Todd Bentley has not yet seen or entered into this perfect glory unless he has died and went to heaven and come back in his glorified body. He is proclaiming heresy.

3) You said, “Maybe you need to quit judging another’s servant.” I agree with the part that he is another’s servant. You were correct in not capitalizing “another’s.” According to Scripture he is not the servant of God, but the servant of Satan (Mat. 24:24; Acts 20:28-30; 2 Cor. 11:3,12-15; Gal. 1:8; Col. 2:18; 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:4; 2 Thes. 2:9-12; 2 Pet. 2:1).

Lance

Anonymous said...

I would be very afraid of a bolt of lightning coming down on that kind of preaching. A literal BAM!

Anonymous said...

Duane,

Todd Bentley casts demons INTO people, not out of them.

He is a heretic and a false prophet and if he does not REPENT the lake of fire forever will be his lot.

IF he can repent and has not been given over to a reprobate mind.