Many people have been inquiring about Todd Bentley and the "revival"
that is taking place in Florida right now. The following information
will show Bentley's spiritual resonance with a man named Sundar
Singh (1829-1929). At one point in Bentley's ministry, he had a
vision of Sundar Singh - this vision greatly influenced Bentley.
According to a biographer of Sundar Singh, Singh spent much of his
Christian life in deep trance-like states communicating with
"We know he had long hours of
meditation ... Also he had days of silence.... One day ... he
was in the woods praying.... Suddenly his spiritual eyes were
opened and he saw the glories of the spirit world. After that he
had visions from time to time. Later on the visions came as
often as ten or twelve times a month and he then had long talks
with the beings of that world."
Todd Bentley and Contemplative
by Wolf Tracks (from a sheep
Why would God give his children a vision of a contemplative who
combined the East and West in his meditative disciplines? Is this
where Todd Bentley's ideas about visions, spirituality, and
'soaking' prayer are coming from?
Has anyone ever heard of Todd Bentley's strange vision? You can read
about it here:
THE GLORY CLOUD OF REVELATION & PROPHETIC MANTLES - PART 2:
CONCLUSION BY TODD BENTLEY, FRESH FIRE MINISTRIES
This is what he saw:
"...in a vision, the Glory Cloud
of Revelation descending upon the church. It was also during
this time of prayer that God took me in a vision to what I
believed to be the Himalayan Mountains. I saw an Indian man with
a turban on his head and heard the whisper of the Spirit say,
"This is Sundar Singh. I am releasing anointing of revelation
like this." I had no communication with this old saint, nor did
he say anything to me. The experience lasted only a moment...."
And this is the revelation he learned
from the man with a turban:
THE CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE
"Sundar Singh spent at least two hours daily in reading the
Scriptures, meditation and prayer. He would arise at 5:00 am and
finish by 7:00 or 8:00 depending on what his schedule was for
the day. He often spent the whole day or night in prayer. His
discipline was to read one chapter of the Bible, rapidly at
first reading, then to return to reread passages or verses that
were more suggestive to him. These he would linger with and
meditate on for as long as it was fruitful for him to do so.
Next, he would enter into a period of "recollection" for twenty
minutes or so. This was a time of silence, in which he would
allow the Lord to speak to him in some way. With his own mind
and heart quieted, he opened his mind and his heart to hear what
the Lord would have to say to him or just simply enjoy
companionship with his Lord. Often this period of silence would
extend into a deeper state called "contemplation" in which he
enjoyed complete rest and refreshment in the love of God."
Often during times of contemplation,
he entered into experiences of ecstasy.
Click here to read this entire report.
Following the Tracks - from Abbotsford to Lakeland - Part 1
Following the tracks - from Abbotsford (BC) to Lakeland and Around
the World - Part 2
Sundar Singh's Universalist Beliefs:
"However bad and evil-living a
man may be, there is in man's nature a divine spark ... this
spark of the divine is never extinguished ... If this divine
spark or element cannot be destroyed, then we can never be
hopeless for any sinner... The Creator Himself will not destroy
it (man's soul)... even though many wander and go astray in the
end, they will return to Him in Whose image they have been
created; for this is their final destination. (from his book,
Meditations on Various Aspects of the Spiritual Life in the
chapter "Finally All Men Will Return to God)
We recommend those wanting to know
about ministries that are rooted in the River movement
(Word/Faith, ect.), to read
The Other Side of the River by
Kevin Reeves. This important apologetics biography covers
the twelve years Reeves was part of a River church. His story
exposes many of the false, and sometimes mystical, practices and
doctrines that Mike Bickle (IHOP), Rick Joyner, Kenneth
Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, John Wimber, and many others have
taught to countless Christians. Also for extensive documentation
on YWAM's move toward the new missiology, read Mike Oppenheimer
and Sandy Simpson's book,
Idolatry in Their Hearts.
It is our prayer and hope that YWAM
will not continue going in the direction of a new missiology
that ultimately rejects the foundations of biblical truth (see
Oakland article above).