One More Look at Lakeland?

Todd Bentley

(-Todd Bentley via Wikipedia)

Here’s a link to one more article by J. Lee Grady about Lakeland: 

"20/20 Hindsight: What I Hope We Learned From the Lakeland Revival"

Grady lists a few points that he hopes that we can agree on.  Some lessons he hopes we have learned from the Lakeland experience:

Lesson #1: Accountability. Accountability. Accountability.

Lesson #2: The one-man show is over.

Lesson #3: Chill out.

Lesson #4: Character is more important than anointing.

Lesson #5: Lay hands on no man quickly.

Lesson #6: You can’t have revival without repentance.

He also provides a link to a new statement (Nov.28) by the directors of Fresh Fire Ministries on Todd Bentley.

Response: Re: #1,2,and 6 –I am in total agreement with. Re: #4 -Character is just as important as an anointing. However, God has used flawed servants to do incredible ministries in the past. Re: #5 -Todd was not new to ministry, he had been ministering with a healing anointing for quite a few years. Who gave Todd the anointing in the first place?

The greatest disappointment to me was that it remained a one-man show that fell apart when the one man fell. I had hoped that it would just be the beginning of a move that would spread across the country and that thousands of unknown leaders would take it to another level. 

The statement by Fresh Fire is sad to say the least. We need to continue to remember Todd and particularly his family in our prayers.           *Top

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2 Responses to One More Look at Lakeland?

  1. Lesson #2: The one-man show is over.
    I really thing that this “one man show” argument is unbiblical. I guess Peter was a one man show on the day of Pentecost.
    I don’t see Grady’s column written by a presbytery. Is his column a one man show? Is this blog a one man show? No, they are jobs and ministries. Todd has a healing anointing. He had healing meetings. If people did not like that they should ask God why others did not walk in the same anointing.

    The greatest disappointment to me was that it remained a one-man show that fell apart when the one man fell. I had hoped that it would just be the beginning of a move…

    I said from very early on that this was not a Toronto or corporate revival. Todd had a great increase in anointing and lots of people came to his meetings. You had to know that unless he was going to plant a church in Lakeland (which it seemed that he was going to do) and pastor every service, this was not going to be a sustained revival.

    Go back to the archives and watch any meeting he did not lead. They weren’t any more anointed then most other meetings in a Spirit-Filled church.

    Benny Hinn has this figured out. He has crusades, manifests his gifts and moves on. One man show? maybe, but it is what it is.

  2. Thanks for your insights Carl. Some good observations.
    Evangelists always seem to be a one-man show for sure.
    However, I do believe that the church is not well served by ‘lone rangers’ who are unaccountable to anyone or under some sort of leadership covering or organization.

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