Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Charismatic Awakening?

I posted an article about false teacher and heretic Todd Bentley back in June. One of his followers sought to attack me for what I wrote, but now other charismatic leaders are pointing out the same things I mentioned about Bentley. Not only are they also calling him a heretic and false teacher, but they even acknowledge that most of his "healings" are not real healings. That comes as no surprise, but may be to many in the charismatic movement.

The Baptist Press is now reporting that Bentley and his wife are separating. We do not take joy in this, but are not shocked by the news based on what we have seen on television. The Baptist Press (BP) article also mentions the moral failure of other charismatic leaders in the past, but then speaks of the growth of the ministries of those who fell! Unbelievable! Bentley has apparently acknowledged that he and his wife have been receiving counseling for three years, and will take a year off from his ministry to receive counseling, and we hope salvation.

J. Lee Grady, a charismatic leader according to the BP, is basically calling for discernment among those in the charismatic movement. He says that ministers should have been much slower to endorse Bentley, and that many people are so spiritually hungry that they will eat anything.

The BP quotes Grady as saying, "Godly leaders are supposed to protect the sheep from heresy, not spoon feed deception to them. Only God knows how far this poison traveled from Lakeland to take root elsewhere. May God forgive us for allowing His Word to be so flippantly contaminated."

Praise God that some can see the forest through the trees. May the Lord use Grady to help lead a charismatic movement back to the Scriptures and to Christ.