What happened to Todd Bentley?
Did I Sit on the Sidelines While the Playing Field Burned?
By Pastor Chris Elrod
Senior Pastor, Compass Point Church
August 19, 2008
Angels or Demons? Todd Bentley and
"The Beautiful Side of Evil"
"...the news about Todd Bentley -- the news that had
circulated around Lakeland for weeks -- was finally about to
Todd’s wife was in Canada getting help while he was 'floating
around' the United States trying to get his head together.
"Yes Todd had been convicted of molesting a 7-year-old boy in Canada. Yes Todd was legally separating from his wife. Yes there was another woman involved. Yes this was not the first time Todd had been involved with another woman.
... Yes there was not one single medical document to prove that any healing had actually taken place. Yes the media could find no one…not one single person…to come forward and say they had been healed during the
"I attended four separate
'revival' meetings over a two month period. I also watched countless hours of the events on the Internet. I witnessed Todd hollering
'BAM' a lot. I witnessed 'verification teams' in the parking lot carefully choosing people deemed candidates for
'healing' while turning many others down. I watched ushers push ill children away from the stage area because they had not been preapproved for
"I heard stories about pixie-dust-spreading angels and conversations with the Apostles in some abstract heavenly cabin. I saw leg drops, high kicks, head punches and every other Wrestle-mania cliche under the sun. I heard anonymous crazy stories about people being healed and others being raised from the dead. I heard and saw many strange things…but nothing that even remotely kept with sound doctrine. Every Biblical discerning bone in my body showed me that there was nothing going on at the “revival” that was in keeping with God’s Word.
"I began to speak out against the revival, Todd and Ignited Church to our people.
... However, I was advised by several other pastors not to speak out against it publicly because
'I might be speaking against something that God is actually doing' (I wasn’t questioning God…I was questioning Todd).
"It now turns out that this was the same hyper-Charismatic craziness without accountability that the leadership of the sponsoring church is known for. The three ring circus has been packed up, the tents have been taken down, the moral failure has been announced, everyone involved is pushing back and
thousands of hurting people are left questioning God and their salvation."
exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to
their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will
heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears
away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be
watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5
"And this I
pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and
all discernment, that you may approve the things that are
excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day
of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are
by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." Philippians
Biblical Discernment and
Don't Be Deceived!
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