Sermon – The Lakeland Revival, Convicted Child Molester Todd Bentley & Lying Signs and Wonders

Recently ‘Christian Television’ (primarily through ‘God-TV’) have issued glowing reports of a ‘revival’ breaking out in Lakeland, Florida at ‘Ignited Church’ pastored by Stephen Strader. Every night up to 126 million people are being deceived by this movement/Todd Bentley (convicted child molester) who looks more like a Hell’s Angels biker than a man of God. Mr. Bentley is a certified false prophet/teacher from the infamous Elijah List, an umbrella group that markets all the bogus ‘prophetic’ material their many seers sell. Many of these forerunners for the antichrist are heralding this outbreak as the much-touted outpouring of the ‘Latter Rain’ and ‘Third Wave’.

One of the main problems with Mr. Bentley’s healings though, is that he is doing so (admittedly) by the power of a supposed female angel named Emma-O. This is the same spirit that supposedly ‘birthed’ the Kansas City Prophet movement & The Pensacola and Toronto Revivals (among her many accomplishments).

The Encyclopedia Britannica identifies Emma-o in Japanese Buddhist mythology as the overlord of hell. The information contained in this teaching is truly unbelievable but easily verifiable & well documented. Wendy Alec, co-founder of God-TV prophesied regarding this latest ‘outpouring’ of the unholy spirit: ‘THIS is just the warm up party – for what you shall see in the coming days shall even make these days pale – with what I have up my sleeve…’

Listen to this sermon by Scott Johnson

10 Responses to “Sermon – The Lakeland Revival, Convicted Child Molester Todd Bentley & Lying Signs and Wonders”

  1. Okay, are you kidding me!? I started reading about this fiasco over at imspeaking’s blog. People need to wake up and study the word of God. Why are we looking to angels when we have the HOLY SPIRIT?

    Teach on my friend, teach on!

  2. God Forgives Says:

    I can’t comment on his admittence of talking to an angel named Emma-O, as I don’t know what to think of that yet. I do know that angels do have names as mentioned in the Bible (Gabriel, Michael, etc.), but even Paul was spoken and instructed by angels. He did warn though about angels who appear are from God, but really aren’t.

    I do want to comment though on the molestation case. You have to understand that certain things in a child’s life can drive them to do stupid things. In his case, he was abused, did drugs, and was pretty much on the wrong side of the fence. It’s quite a shame that people can’t forgive certain sins, even though God does and expects us all to do the same. If you are a Christian, then you should understand that God and His Word changes and transforms people beyond our own understanding. He has done the same in my life. I am in the same shoes as Bently. I too, at the same age acted in the similiar manner Bentley did. It started after my parent’s divorced, re-married, I was in some ways abused by another person after that time, came very close to committing suicide, and sexually molested by younger step-sisters.

    I did have to go to court for these stupid things that I did. But now 15 years later, I am married, I have 2 of my own boys who I love with all my heart. I continually seek God daily in my life and I have no temptation as an adult to do those wicked things. God truly has transformed me, and made me into the person I am today. I believe God has forgiven me, and I believe that He has shown me that He has desires for me to walk in ministry.

    But, I am having doubts about doing so, as I fear that I now will be looked upon as who I used to be, instead of what God has transformed me to be now. I am thankful that God is using Bentley, as it gives me encouragement and hope that God can and will use me. I just wish others could somehow see and understand the power of God’s tranforming powers. If they don’t, then it seems to me that they are limiting what God can do in people.

  3. Del Hershman Says:

    it’s a sad day when the church is fooled by such a person like Bentley. i pray that those who follow this man will see the truth and come to know the real Jesus AS savior and lord.

  4. I am a rape victim and this man sets off warning alarms within me. How dare churches disrespect sexual abuse victims by hailing this man as holy? It makes me sick! Where is the compassion and emapthy for victims? Does the church not care how this makes victims feel?

    • Anthony D. Says:

      Paul in the Bible was once called Saul and he murdered Christians. God forgave and placed him into a ministry type position. Was that fair to the murder victims’ family?

      I’m really sorry about what happened to you, but to say he shouldn’t be in the ministry at all is ridiculous. Todd’s sins are no different than a man in the ministry who once struggled with silent sins of the heart like lust, jealously, or hatred… The Bible says that sin is sin in the eyes of The Lord. None outweighs the other. You should consider how much shame and condemnation follow this man, from the mouth of the church, even after being forgiven by The Lord. Think about what that is like and have Empathy and compassion for him.

  5. paulnsilas Says:

    having had hands laid on me a couple years ago by a guy at a Toronto Airport spin-off (i knew nothing of any of that at the time), i testify that the manifestations…not just the things we can SEE happening , in or on or around a person, are as real as they appear to be in video.

    In other words, though these signs and wonders are indeed lying signs and wonders, they are not merely people hypnotized as some would say. there are very real and very powerful demonic spirits at work here.

    i know because i was under the deception/manifstation/molestation myself. The Lord was merciful to me (i believe because i was a baby christian then who had no clue whatsoever that this stuff exisited. what i mean to say is that yes, i had read in the bible all the warnings of this stuff, but had never “seen” or witnessed any of it, and had no chance whatsoever up against it.)

    these evil spirits do not ask your permission to deceive and molest you. they do however have to have God’s permission to do so.

    that is the truly horrifying part. in 2 Thessalonians 2 we know God said He Himself sends strong delusion to those who do not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved.

    so, the demons are real, the manifestations are real, and the DELUSION/BLINDNESS is JUDICIALLY sent by God.

    after 3 weeks of revelling in feeling tipsy-happy (“drunk in the spirit”), feeling carried about by angels, caressed and gently rocked, etc etc, i suddenly realized (thanks to The Holy Spirit speaking to my spirit) that i had not opened, nor read, nor even thought about my bible for 3 weeks. when i went to it, i felt apprehension, maybe something like aversion. this is an incredibly CONFUSING STATE TO BE IN. i feared Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit no matter what i did.

    The Holy Spirt continued to gently but persistently Pull me back to the cotroversy i felt in my spirit. in other words, i could no longer feel comfortable with the PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS. because it was so troubling and upsetting, and i could find NOT ONE SINGLE CHRISTAIN TO HELP ME, The Spirit was pressing but comforting.

    I went into it with Him in faith, and that began a long, intense series of fasting, prayer, research, study which ended (after another 3 weeks) when i, with The Holy Spirit’s help put out a fleece to The Lord about whether the stuff was from Him. I kept it silent, between Him and me so any evesdropping demons could know (LOL!).

    He was faithful, and showed me the truth, and i then got the courage to turned it around and resist the bad spirits, and finally rebuked the deceiving, counterfeit spirits, and AMAZINGLY THEY WENT OUT THAT SAME HOUR! they got really oppresive and rouged me up in the time they had left around me though!

    but it was not all easy. it was extremely difficult (though now God has strengthened me via personal experience to be able even more to discern both good and evil – Hebrews 6).

    coming out from under this junk is something the believer MUST DECIDE TO DO ON THEIR OWN.The Holy Spirit prompts us that this stuff is not good, but if that warning is overridden by our desire for thrills, we are in BIG BIG TROUBLE.

    here is a resource book The Lord directed me to (in a very miraculous way!!). War on the Saints was written at the turn of the century,after the Welsh “revival”.

    i don’t know about some things in the book, but i testify that the chart showing True from Counterfeit is BANG ON AND IS THE SAME TODAY.

    please pass this along.
    the link goes to a real formatted chart

    The True Workings of God, and Counterfeits of Satan

    “Knowledge and all discernment; so that ye may prove the things that
    differ, that ye may be sincere and void of offence. . . .” Phil. 1: 9,10, m.

    True. Counterfeit.
    1. The Baptism, or Fullness of the Spirit: An influx of the Spirit of God into the human spirit, which liberates the spirit from the soul (Heb. 4: 12), so as to become a pliable organ or channel for the outflow of the Spirit through the believer, manifested in witness to Christ and in aggressive prayer service against the powers of darkness.

    It is a true baptizing into the Body of Christ, and oneness with all the members of the Body. Its special mark and result is known in power to witness for Christ, and in conviction of sin in others, and their turning to God.

    The highest manifestation of the Fullness of the Spirit is co-existent with the use of the faculties and self-control.

    There is but one reception of the Holy Spirit: with many succeeding experiences, developments, or new crises, resultant on fresh acts of faith, or apprehension of truth; various believers having varied degrees of the same Infilling of the Spirit, according to individual conditions. The enduement of power for service is often a definite experience in many lives. Pages 50, 291, 297.
    1. Counterfeit workings of evil spirits may accompany a true reception of the Fullness of the Holy Spirit, if the believer “lets go” his mind into “blankness,” and yields his body up passively to supernatural power. As a “blank mind” and “passive body” is contrary to the condition for use required by the Holy Spirit, and is the primary condition necessary for evil spirits to work, the anomaly is found in the Holy Spirit responding to the law of faith, and filling the man’s spirit, at the same time that evil supernatural powers respond to the law of passivity fulfilled in mind and body. They then can produce in the senses manifestations, which seem to be the outcome of the Holy Spirit’s entry to the spirit.

    The results of the counterfeit manifestations are varied, and wide in their ramifications, according to individual conditions. The abstract result is great “manifestations” with little real fruit; “possession” by evil spirits of the mind and body in varied degrees; a spirit of division from others, instead of unity, etc., etc. Pages 54, 97, 106, 107, 108.

    2. The Presence of God: Known in and by the human spirit, through the Holy Spirit. When He fills the atmosphere of a room the spirit of the man is conscious of it, not his senses. The faculties of those present are alert and clear, and they retain freedom of action. The spirit is made tender (Psa. 34: 18), and the will pliable to the will of God. All the actions of a person moved by the true and pure Presence of God are in accord with the highest ideal of harmony and grace. Pages 104, 107.
    2. The counterfeit of the Presence of God is mainly felt upon the body, and by the physical senses, in conscious “fire,” “thrills,” etc. The counterfeit of the “Presence” in the atmosphere is felt by the senses of the body, as “breath,” “wind,” etc., whilst the mind is passive or inactive. The person affected by this counterfeit “presence” will be moved almost automatically to actions he would not perform of his own will, and with all his faculties in operation. He may not even remember what he has done when under the “power” of this “presence,” just as a sleep-walker knows nothing of his actions when in that state. The inaction of the mind can often be seen by the vacant look in the eyes. Pages 109, 112, 124, 128, 130.

    3. God in and with man in the spirit: John 14: 23. The Father in heaven is realized to be a real Father (Gal. 4: 6), the Son a real Saviour, the Holy Spirit a real Person; manifested as One in the spirit of the believer, by the Holy Spirit: with resulting effects as in Rom. 8: 9-11. Pages 103, 130.
    3. Evil spirit’s counterfeit, as the occasion serves them, each Person of the Trinity, and can thus obtain access, and become in and with a man in manifestations given to the senses, in which the real spirit-sense may have no part. Pages 52, 103, 104, 105, 108.

    4. Christ manifested in the believer by His Spirit, so that He is known as a Living Person on the Throne in heaven, and the believer joined in spirit to Him there, with the result that Christ’s life and nature is imparted to him, forming and building up in him a “new creation,” (Gal. 1: 16; 4: 19. Col. 1: 27), the believer growing up into Him in all things.note 1 Pages 103, 107, 126, 127, 289.
    4. Christ apparently manifested inwardly as a “Person,” to whom the soul prays, or with whom he holds communion, yet there is no real evidence of the expression of the Divine nature, or true growth of the Christ life, with a deepening fellowship with the Christ in heaven. On the contrary the Christ in heaven seems far away. The counterfeit centres and ends in an “experience” which keeps the person introverted or self-centred (spiritually). Page 107. Cf. pp. 289, 290, 291.

    5. Consciousness of God: Felt in the spirit, and not by the physical senses. Pages 107, 108.
    5. “Consciousness” of “God” in bodily sensations, which feed the “flesh” and overpower the true spirit-sense. Pages 106, 130.

    6. The Holiness of God: when realized by the believer produces worship and godly awe, with a hatred of sin. On the ground of the Blood of Calvary God draws near to men, seeking their love, but His presence does not terrorize. Page 289.
    6. Evil spirits counterfeit this by giving a terror of God, which drives men away from Him, or forces them into actions of slavish fear, apart from the use of the mind, and volition, in glad voluntary obedience to Him. Page 143.

    7. Surrender to God: Of spirit, soul and body, is a simple yielding or committal to Him of the whole man, to do His will and be at His service. God asks the full co-operationnote 2 of the man in the intelligent use of all his faculties. Rom. 6: 13. Page 70.
    7. Passive yielding of spirit, soul and body to supernatural power, to be moved automatically, in passive, blind obedience, apart from the use of volition or mind. Evil spirits desire “control” of a man, and his passive submission to them. Pages 68, 69.

    8. Fellowship with the sufferings of Christ: The result of faithful witness for Him, and in such “suffering,” the joy of the Spirit breaks forth in spirit. (Acts 5: 41). The fruit of true conformity to Christ’s death in the “fellowship of His sufferings” is seen in life to others, and growth in tenderness of spirit, and Christ-likeness in character. 2 Cor. 4: 10-12. Page 89.
    8. “Suffering” caused by evil spirits is characterized by a fiendish acuteness, and is fruitless in result–the victim being hardened instead of mellowed by it. The demons can cause anguished suffering in spirit, soul or body. “Possession” manifested in abnormal suffering, may be the fruit of (unconscious) acceptance of sufferings caused by evil spirits, often under the name of the “will of God.” Pages 88, 89, 90.

    9. Trusting God: A true faith given of God in the spirit, having its origin in Him, without effort reckoning upon Him to fulfil His written Word. Co-existent with the full use of every faculty in intelligent action. “Faith” is a fruit of the Spirit and cannot be forced. Gal. 5: 22. 2 Cor. 4: 13. Page 275.
    9. “Trusting evil spirits” comes about through trusting blindly some supernatural words, or revelations, supposed to come from God, which produces a forced “faith,” or faith beyond the believer’s true measure, the result being actions which lead into paths of trial never planned by God. Pages 129, 135, 274, 275.

    10. Reliance upon God: An attitude of the will, of trust and dependence upon God, taking Him at His word, and depending upon His character of faithfulness. Page 127.
    10. Reliance upon evil spirits means a passive leaning upon supernatural help and experience, which draws the person away from faith in God Himself, and from active co-action with Him. Page 143.

    11. Communion with God: Fellowship in the Spirit with Christ in the glory as one spirit with Him. The consciousness of this is in the spirit (John 4: 24) only, and not in “feelings” in the senses. See for conditions of true communion with God, 1 John 1: 5-7. Page 291.
    11. “Communion” with evil spirits may take place by retiring within to enjoy sense communion, in “exquisite feelings” which absorbs and renders the soul incapable of the duties of life. The “flesh” is fed by this spurious spiritual “communion” as really as in grosser ways. Pages 124, 125, 155.

    12. Waiting on God: The spirit in restful co-operation with the Holy spirit, waiting God’s time to act, and a waiting for Him to fulfil His promises. The true waiting upon God can be co-existent with the keenest activity of mind and service. Page 62-63.
    12. A “waiting for the Spirit to come,” in hours of prayer, which brings those who “wait” into passivity, which at last reaches a point of “séance” conditions, followed by an influx of lying spirits in manifestations. Pages 62, 63.

    13. Praying to God: Having access to the Holiest of all, on the ground of the Blood (Heb. 10: 19). Penetrating in spirit through the lower heavens to the Throne of Grace. Heb 4: 14-16. True “prayer” is not directed toward God as within the believer, but to a Father in heaven, in the Name of the Son, by the Holy Spirit. Page 126.
    13. Praying to evil spirits comes about by praying to “God” in the atmosphere, or within, or possibly to “pictures” of God in the mind; instead of approaching the Throne of Grace according to Heb. 10: 19. Pages 95, 130.

    14. Asking God: An act of the will in simple faith, making a transaction with God in heaven, on the ground of His written Word. “Answers to prayer” from God are usually so unsensational and so unobtrusive that the petitioner often does not recognize the answer. Cf. pages 249, 276, 279.
    14. “Asking” evil spirits, by speaking to some supernatural presence in, or around the person. The “answers” are generally “dramatic,” sensational, calculated to over-awe the person, and make him feel he is a wonderful recipient of favour from on high. By this means the demons gain control over him. Pages 118, 119, 142.

    15. God speaking: Through His Word, by His Spirit, in the spirit and conscience of the man, illuminating the mind to understand the will of the Lord. Page 136.
    15. Evil spirits speaking, wither puffing up, accusing, condemning or confusing the person, so that the is bewildered or distracted and cannot exercise his reason or judgment. The “speaking” of accusing spirits resembles the “thinking,” or speaking to oneself, when the words are not uttered audibly. Pages 170, 171. Also “Listening” on pages 119, 125, 136, 142, 143.

  6. paulnsilas Says:

    sorry Moderator, i apparently posted twice!
    if possible, the second post is better.
    thanks for your site, i am sending to friends

    onward soldiers!

  7. Malokai Says:

    Thank ypu for such a good aRticle

  8. Anthony D. Says:

    I am sickened by the hate and lack of forgiveness, masked by Christian “obligation” and scripture taken out of context. It isn’t fair and it’s a terrible witness to the world for us to continually judge this man. The bible says there is no condemnation for those who are Christ Jesus and that we should love our neighbor. So tell me why are so many attacking this man, even going as far as to attack him because of his weight or his looks? “looks more like a Hell’s Angels biker than a man of God”… How dare you judge anyone! I’m sleeved on both arms and I love Jesus! You are, however, do not sound like you have any love or compassion in you

    You can say this man is of the devil or whatever, but YOU ARE WRONG! The bible says a kingdom divided can not stand and Todd praises Jesus. The enemy will not benefit from that. Do not act like the Pharisees. He has confessed his sins to the Lord and we too must love and forgive this man of his past sins. please stop attacking our brother!

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