This Is Not Christianity.

Source GreyCoats

Before watching this video I would like to warn our readership of its emotional nature. Please, after watching it once take some time to settle down and then watch it again, then a third time if necessary.

Really examine what is going on with Bentley, the handlers, and especially the little boy with developmental disabilities (specifically cerebral palsy). Take in that he is brought up last—with only 30 seconds left of airtime on God TV. Todd challenges the media to observe ‘a child getting up out of a wheelchair who has not walked from birth’. But be aware that this is not what we see on God TV. Notice that his mother is still supporting him in order for him to stand up. Todd Bentley desperately wants the national news media to corroborate his revivalistic redirection and spiritual sleight of hand. But, he can’t because a magic show just isn’t newsworthy. Sorry. Geraldo Rivera—whose business is sensationalism— isn’t even convinced enough to give Mr. Bentley more than 5 minutes of his time.

Contrary to Mr. Bentley’s dreams of media acclaim this young boy shares a dream that he had of running in a baseball field. Seems like a pretty normal dream for an 11 year old boy. I dream that I can fly, but if I couldn’t run then I’d probably dream about doing that too. Even so, if this boy’s parents had any sense they’d be the ones running on the baseball field, the opposite direction from Mr. Bentley. Notice that after laying hands on the boy Todd Bentley emphasizes the continuing nature of the miraculous healing–healing in the brain, the legs, and the nerves. All this must be beginning to take hold while the boy is laying on the floor, slain in the spirit. Pretty convenient for Bentley. The boy can’t be rounding third while he’s slain in the spirit now can he? And, ooops! Looks like we’re out of time here at the Lakeland Revival on God TV.

Todd Bentley: “Because the day is coming where you’re healing cerebral palsy in Jesus name.” (Please recognize the authority with which Bentley tells God how He will be healing and what He will be healing……oh yeah, in Jesus’ name.)

But sorry little guy, not today.

I can hear this boy asking, “Then when?” for a lifetime. How long can he believe that he WILL BE healed? At what point will he realize that he has been a victim of a cruel manipulation to give another man a credibility which he doesn’t deserve? He’ll finally come to the realization that he was a notch on the belt at 14, 16, maybe 21. Perhaps he never comes to that conclusion. He will simply decide that he didn’t have enough faith on the stage. He thinks, “A few years from now, at the next Lakeland, maybe I will”.

Finally, I want to know where this boy is now. Why isn’t he on the stage with Bentley during every single revival meeting if he was miraculously healed of cerebral palsy? Are you kidding me? If this child were healed of cerebral palsy then he would be the Lakeland poster boy. But, he wasn’t and so he isn’t. He’ll have to wonder his entire life, “Why not me?” I can hear his parent’s feeble attempt to make excuses for God, Todd Bentley, and the religious system which allows and encourages false hope. When this boy gives his pitiful little shout of triumph for the camera my eyes teared up. He’s obviously seen the standard revival etiquette and is simply parroting what has been modeled time and again in front of his eyes. Gritting my teeth I wish that I can reach through the screen of my laptop and give this child a gigantic hug while simultaneously round-housing Mr. Bentley in the esophagus. Yes, I know full well that this thought of aggression is sinful. I am in the process of repenting. My heart is angered, my mind is saddened. I can gin up no solution for this type of madness. God himself must make atonement. Thankfully he has, in the person of His son Jesus Christ. He portions out no partial healings. He uses no camera tricks or sleight of hand. My Jesus is faithful and true. His healing is one that is everlasting, eternal, and depends not on my ability to struggle to the front of the line to receive it. I must trust in his Providence and Sovereign grace—that in the end all will be made right.

Thanks to GreyCoats

7 Responses to “This Is Not Christianity.”

  1. I am a special needs school bus driver, and this young man does not look healed in any way. Over time this boy will probably learn to speak much better, and with therapy have some more control over his body. Will that be considered his healing? This is heartbreaking.

    The bigger matter is Bentley. There is no scripture for “slaying” in the spirit, but more importantly, if the Holy Spirit were slaying people He wouldn’t need Bentley to say
    BAM! Does this remind anyone else of the time God told Moses to draw water from the rock quietly, but Moses chose to command the rock? Bentley is trying to draw the attention to himself, (is there any media here?, how about all those so called resurrections, where was the call on that?), this is not of God.

  2. I’d like to be clear on that I am in no way comparing Bentley to Moses, but God was not pleased with the way Moses hit the rock with the stick when he was told to just to speak to the rock.

  3. I know, I saw this the other day and it absolutely BROKE my heart!!! I wish this little boy could meet Justin Peters…

    I used to work with the special needs children at out church and no, this boy is not healed, sadly.

    I look forward to the day I can see this little boy, Justin and the children in the special needs ministry at Grace Community Church in Heaven… Running, talking, dancing and so forth!

    I am grateful this made it to the camera for any amount of time for this reason: We didn’t know of him and his family before and now we can pray specifically for them.

    I pray they can learn so deeply that His grace is sufficient!

    This was on Slice yesterday:

    *Crosstalk Alert* Wednesday
    I recently posted a message from Justin Peters on the Word of Faith movement and its heretical teachings. This is the movement that has produced so many false teachers, including Todd Bentley and his Lakeland “revival”. …
    Slice of Laodicea –

  4. While the video brought tears to my eyes, it is a clear-cut demonstration of how the subtle conditioning process effects Todd Bentley’s dedicated followers. The crowd hooped and hollered, but the boy left the same way he came in.

    In another “YouTube” video, a man walked on-and-off Bentley’s stage wearing prosthetic legs and a glass eye. But he seemed happy, because he claimed to see “light” through his glass eye, and one of his amputated legs had grown an inch.

    And there are other stories of failed healings. No doubt there will be more before it’s over.

    The worst form of deception isn’t that which is hidden, but out in the open and in-your-face.

    Hopefully, prayerfully, God will be merciful and open the eyes of those being deceived by Todd Bentley and the growing number of false teachers/false healers worldwide.

  5. You know the more i see of this guy and the rest of the word faith,signs and wonders movement,the more i am convinced that Bentley,Hinn,Meyer and the like are not working alone.There are other people behind them,instructing them and controlling them.Where there is large earning potential and more importantly power and influence over many people,there will always be those that seek to corrupt for their own ends.I seriously do not believe that Bentley simply jumped on the band wagon.

    Perhaps it is no co-incidence that he and the rest are involved in the ecumenical movement with the Roman Catholic church … who was it that said “All roads do indeed lead to Rome” ?….maybe ,just maybe that is where the real power and control behind this movement is coming from ?…Thus Bentley is merely a puppet and should be prayed for…not feared,or cause us to get angry.

    I thank God for your blog

    dale (UK)

  6. It hurts me to read what you have to say. However, I understand why. To believe in something on this magnitude requires someone to change their entire way of living. To believe in miracles alone will radically change how someone will think. Therefore, it is much easier to watch this clip from your the safety of your living room and pick apart every little detail that seems off. Defile the speaker, the parents, the child with Cerebal Palsey. It’s a much easier way to live.

    To hear how you manipulated the entire sequence of events that night is what is so disheartening. What actually happened was the child began walking out of his wheelchair, alone, from home plate, for about twenty minutes prior coming on stage. That was what he was referring to as why the crowd was in an uproar. Personally, it was one of the amazing things that I have ever witnessed in my life. There was no manipulation at all by Bentley; he was unaware of what was happening while the child was walking. He didn’t learn about what happened until the boy arrived on stage.

    It is just ashame to hear someone so vehemently against something so beautiful. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium that night. If you think the power of suggestion is that powerful, than you have much more faith than I ever will.

  7. With respect to many of the people who believe in modern day healings and miracles, I have one question to ask of you. Why is it that these modern day healings are supposedly “progressive” in that they aren’t going to be healed immediately as said by people such as Bentley himself, when in scripture, healing done by Christ and the apostles were “instant”? When God healed someone, he healed them instantly. When he rose them from the dead, instant. Acts 9:33-34 tells us “There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” Immediately he got up.”
    Acts 9:40-41 “But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.”
    Most of these healings were performed on unbelievers as proof that God had the power to first of all heal their bodily sickness, but secondly that God also had the power to heal their souls. On the flip side, there are many many instances where Christ and the apostles did not heal people, mostly believers because the promise for them wasn’t healing for now, but a total transformation when they would go to be with the Lord.

    The healings done at these revivals alone should raise a red flag because no where in scripture is healing a “progressive” thing.

    I think the really sad part of this movement is that instead of people looking to scripture and learning about the future of their souls, they’re looking for temporal satisfaction!

    One last note regarding this video of that poor little boy, it reminds me of the passage in Matthew where Christ is blessing the little kids and regarding them as those who inherit the kingdom of heaven. But then Jesus says in Matthew 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    What is it that Bentley is teaching the people at these gatherings, not scripture we know that!

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