Faith healer Todd Bentley called a fraud, false teacher
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--A new faith healer is making headlines for his claims of supernatural powers, but conservative evangelical leaders warn that Todd Bentley is a fraud and a false teacher.
Bentley, leader of a revival that began in Lakeland, Fla., this spring, is known for his multiple body piercings and tattoos, his violent healing techniques, his claims of angelic visions and "holy" laughter and "holy" vibrating shakes. He even claims to have raised dozens of people from the dead.
In one YouTube video, Bentley, who is Canadian, can be seen kneeing in the stomach a man with stage 4 colon cancer. When the man bent over in obvious pain from the blow, Bentley said, "I had to be obedient to the Lord, sir, but I believe that colon cancer is coming right out of your body now." In other videos, Bentley explains how he kicked an elderly lady in the face, banged a crippled woman's legs on a platform...
Faithful Remnant wrote: Tony Manio's video clips [URL=http://thelawmanchronicles.blogspot.com/]]]Tony Manio's video clips [/URL]
Also interesting to hear his preaching and review of it at WayoftheMaster weekend radio (aug 2) [URL=http://podcast.wayofthemasterradio.com/audio/podcasts/0808/WOTMR-08-02-08-Weekend.mp3]]]Todd Bently switches coasts:Lawman tracks him down[/URL]
Thankyou Faithful and Lyn for your posts I will look at these web sites hopefully during lunch today.
It amazes me how much deception is truly out there. I have 6 brothers and one of them is my identical twin, he is saved the others are not. One of brothers and I had a discussion the other day and the venom that came from this atheists heart would make a devil worshiper blush. He hates Jesus Christ and all of his followers. In his worldly mind all roads lead to heaven. As we all know John 14:6 makes it very clear that there is only one way and that is Christ.
RV, Here: Tony Manio's video clips here are even more telling: http://thelawmanchronicles.blogspot.com/
You can see him preaching to the TB crowd and how they oppose Mr. Manio. I pray her eyes will be opened to the truth in the scriptures. I am amazed how illiterate they are and are opposed to an open Bible. Even the Lord chose a physician as an Apostle--Luke. Ask these people you know to show you in the Scriptures where God says to hit people to heal them. And if they cannot find that, then quote the scriptures I have posted many times on this thread. Here:
"Though we or an angel preach any other gospel than what we have preached, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8 "As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:9 "Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path."
Proverbs 30:6 "Do Not add to His words, lest He rebuke thee, and thou be found a liar" and "If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."(Isaiah 8:20)
Sherry, thanks for the update. Why can't they tend to the "revival" and follow up on people? Interesting. So yes, I think Mr. Bentley is now in the Los Angeles area.
RV, that is so tragic. We all must pray for this woman and her child. If she puts her trust in this huckster, there is a good possibility her child will die. Sadly, then his deceptive ways and his gospel that is contrary to sound doctrine will be proved false. Endtimesdeception.com is a good reputable site exposing the heresy of these hucksters, as well as deceptioninthechurch.com. There's also a good article at bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=28522&ref-BPNews-RSSFeed0723
I know a woman Kimberly who has a child that is a severe diabetic. She thinks this Todd Bently guy is the real deal and has chosen not to give her child the medication needed for this disease.
She said all she needs is enough faith and that everything that comes out of this guys mouth is absolutely from God.
She says the same thing about Benny Hinn. I know alot about the lies about both of these men and have communicated them along with scripture to her.
But she has been brainwashed into believing in these fools. Do any of you know a good web site that I could send her that might help her out of her darkness before something horrible happens to her child?
Received news this morning that Bentley and his crew have packed up ther "revival tent" and left Lakeland. It seems that the news media and discernment ministries (and Sermon Audio) have warned the sheep about this devilish fraud and numbers began to dwindle of those attending this circus. It was not financially feasible for Bentley to stay. So much for the false prophecies of this revival lasting in Lakeland til Jesus returns and of His appearing there! Guess the fire of being held accountable for his methods and theology was getting too hot for him to bear. Oh well, he is rcher for the experience thanks to those whom he deceived into giving money in order to receive God's blessings.
Good point, Sherry. Why do they not get revelations of the state of sinners and an angel telling them to repent. Hey, that is in the Bible. We already have the vision of this in Revelation! So we have a real revelation in Revelation! Amen to that! Of course they had a revelation of the importance of fully trusting Christ by faith alone when Mr. Manio spoke outside their event. Yet they sneered and mocked him....mocked the Gospel, really.
Oh, but Faithful Remnant, they are not under the law! None of us are, really. But they believe it gives them carte blanche to do as they will. I guess that little bit about upholding the law that Paul wrote about in Romans 3 is of no consequence to them. DOH! I forgot that they don't read the Word! Maybe one of their leaders will have an inadvertant progressive revelation concerning the responsibility we have toward the law. Then they can Trance Dance til it becomes one with their body...
Thank you Bruce. These people need a real awareness of their lack of holiness, but many appear to sneer at the doctrine of justication by faith alone(very apparent from the videos and audios posted below). If they cannot get justification right or oppose such a vital doctrine, they are not even saved and certainly will have no comprehension of sanctification by grace through faith and the holiness is produces. Faith Alone by RC Sproul may be a good place to start, along with Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther...and the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.
Amen to your comment about those godly Pentacostal pioneers, Faithful Remnant! Sadly, the pentacostal faith has been attacked since its inception and it appears the enemy is winning. Thankfully, God gives us His Word - Rev. 3:9 -concerning Bentley and all of his ilk. One of the first thoughts I had this morning was that it seems the wolves aren't even bothering to fully dress in sheep's clothing nowadays. Checking my email this AM, I got an email from Reverand Fun that shows a cartoon of a wolf dressed in shepherd's clothing leading the sheep. The caption went something like it being easier to put on the shepherd's clothing to lead the sheep astray. I did a little chuckle on that though this is a serious matter. Next thing you know there will be "christians" claiming to be satanists leading the sheep! O.K., I admit that's a stretch. But Bentley is blatently New Age/ Occultic. I just finished reading about the symbols of some of his tattoos which he has had done since his start as a spiritual leader. Yeesh! I won't give the site - just do a search if it matters to you. Sometimes I regret going too far into checking out the heretics.On your earlier comment to me about being blessed of God that He kept me from Mormonism, well, God is good all the time, even before I was born! Amen!
Evening everyone. If anybody would to find books on Holiness and other things.Please go to google.com and look up Holiness Classics and you will find many good books to read on line. I have been doing it for a couple of months and it is fantastic. Take care all, In Christ, Bruce
Sherry, he might be a Pentecostal, but he is right on. These neo pentecostals and charismatics are very illiterate in the things of the Scriptures. I am sure many early Pentecostal pioneers would be rolling in their graves if they knew what is going on in the name of the Lord and Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. Many pentecostal pioneers were a people of the book even if they were off on some doctrine. The video clippings help prove Tony Manio was not making this up. He preached on site and faced a few angry people. He speaks with passion. I have never known anybody else going public to expose false teachers and false prophets(he quotes one prophecy that Jesus was supposed to appear bodily two days earlier yet He never showed up). He gets my support.
Thoughtfull wrote: "The Way of the Master" evangelism techniques.
Jesus ... He only did what He saw The Father doing.
"The Way of the Master" evangelism techniques means TRYING TO 'parrot' "The Way of the Lord Jesus Christ our Master teacher, as seen in the Bible" evangelism techniques.
You are right that when someone is just parroting, that is not what we saw the Lord do, the Christ our Lord is the one that Ray Comfort and his buddies are trying to follow. They make many mistakes, but one mistake IS NOT in assuming that the typical church is a great place to evangelize. Most churches are dead, dead, dead.
Rev. 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead... 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:..."
Thought I'd pass this quote along by Pastor Joeseph Chambers, a classic Pentecostal who has an excellent article about Bentley at Paw Creek Ministries: " When the whole Word of God is not supreme, the Holy Spirit is not welcome." It makes sense concerning the Bentleyites coming against the Gospel being preached. I can't see/hear the video/audio of the site given but I wouldn't doubt there was sounds like a hissing snake being made against Pastor Tony as he preached. The devil hates the Gospel as much as the Light revealed in true believers.
I have been reading some of the articles over at deceptionbytes.com and Meshel, who was very much involved in the Toronto revival said that the congregants started despising the Word of God as far as reading and studying it. The people believed in progressive revelations and felt that to be more important than knowing scriptures. Since Bentley's revival is considered the Third Wave, Toronto and Pensecola being the First and Second Wave, they believe in progressive revelation, too. Meshel also noted an increase in alcohol and drug abuse among the church goers. On another note, Trance Dance guru Patricia King is the one who discovered Bentley and groomed him (tattoos, shaved head) and promoted him to stardom. C.Peter Wagner and Bill Hamon have publically rebuked her for her witchcraft and have warned people to stay away from her as she will not repent of it. Even heretics can spot a heretic sometimes! These Bentleyites prefer to know the Word through making it one with their bodies via Trance Dance than to have to sit down and read the Word (more fun dancing than curling up in a comfy chair in a quite time of reading and prayer, y' know!). That is why Jodie preferred her poem revealed by that "river of truth" flowing from her than Daniel Lee Ford's quoting of scriptures.
Regarding the audio clip from Shofar, all I can say is WOW! But it is so true. Why was the vast majority of the Bentley group verbally attacking this preacher? They evidently never heard of the lost and depraved condition of their soul. The preacher is right on though. You cannot work your way to heaven nor think good thoughts to heaven and praying your way is not even approved(a Biblical example is Cornelius in Acts 10 who prayed to God but was not forgiven of sins till he heard the word). Very telling indeed, that many out there have believed a different gospel.
"Though we or an angel preach any other gospel than what we have preached, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8