Re: One Year Later–Todd Bentley

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QUOTE: "I don’t understand why anyone in their right mind would ever give Todd Bentley a platform again. I believe in redemption, but for some things you forever forfeit your public ministry. This man has proven by his lifestyle to be who he is, and our churches shouldn’t be using him, period." —Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood.

Response: As it now stands I am sadly in agreement with this statement. Even worse, Bentley has obviously become a divisive issue in the church. One point however, I do hold out the possibility that Todd could be properly restored but not in the direction he seems to be going right now. Any comments? Please keep it civil and constructive.

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12 Responses to Re: One Year Later–Todd Bentley

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree with you, Michael.

  3. Arlene Gautier

    I findit hard to believe that ay Christian would ot believe in a time of proving ones self to the faithful when anything has gone wrong.

    The desiples asked Jeses how many times should I forgive me brother and to that jesus sad, 7 times 70 In other works as many times a person needs forgiveness I feel it is our duty as Christians to forgive anyone is they have repented regardless of what they have done.

    In 1.Matthew 18:22
    Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

    In 6.Luke 7:47 it says…
    Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

    In 57.Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    In 58.Luke 6:37
    Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

    When Mary Magdeline was broughy befroe Jesus and thrown at his feet for being caught in the very act of Adultery he stooped and started writing in the sand and he asked Who amoung you is without sin let him cast the first stone and with that fromt he oldest to the youngest dropped their stone and went their way.
    And In 1.John 8:10 it says:

    When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

  4. Arlene Gautier

    And Jesus say, neither do I condem you, go your way and comdemn you. Go your way and sin no more.

    nothing short of the LOVE OF GOS IS GOING TO BRING PEOPLE TO CHRIST. YOU CANNOT SCARE THEM TO THE ALTER BECAUSEE THEY WILL NOT STAY. IT HAS TO BE CALVARY THAT TOUCCHES AND DRAW MEN TO HIMSELF.

    In Chapter 17.Romans 3:23 it says:

    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    In 8.Revelation 5:2 it says:

    And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

    Seerr there is not one worthy to judge and there is not even one who stands in the presence of God to even open the book.

    Until Christians can learn to life in the light and love of God and realze no one is perfect and there is no one on this earth that is persfect, we will forever lost sight of the reason why we are here and the light that was to be taken from under a bushel and place in the light for all to see will forever be dimmed and people in the world look at Christians and say, why would I want to be part of that. They know know how to let the light nad love of god shine through them so all the world can see Christ in us.

    We need to be praying that we would learn to hate the sin and love the sinner. To learn to be Chtistlike in ALL THINGS. Then and then will people that are in this world want to turn for their wrongdoing and turn to God. Christians need to live for God, show the light of his love and realize that sin is sin. God does not see gig and little sin.

    In 1.Isaiah 64:6 it says:

    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    so again I say what Jesus would say….

    Let he who is without sIN cast the first stone.

  5. Arlene,

    This is not a matter of forgiving or not judging a brother–this is a matter of the Biblical qualifications for Christian leaders and ministers who have different standards defined according to the New Testament.

  6. Amen. Overseers and Pastors were to be above reproach.

    This gentleman name is Bentley after somebodies ‘expensive’ brand of car…

  7. Exactly. Because leaders are “examples” to us as ones who are successfully, if imperfectly (because none of use are perfect), demonstrating the character and qualities that the New Testament speaks of.

    Why do we put up with one sin in our leaders (for instance, the tendency toward pride) and not the “more serious” sins of fornication and adultery? Because it takes 1,001 wrong choices in our hearts and actions (many of them deliberate) to wind up in someone’s arms. You can be faithful and pure in most areas and reek with pride because of your superlative behavior. As far as God is concerned, sin is sin. But restoring a leader who has cheated on his wife without sufficient time to repent, heal, and explore how he was tempted and deceived in the first place will remain susceptible until he does that deeper work. It also sends a message to the flock that, “If he can do it, I can do it.”

  8. jd:

    Can’t really blame someone for their last name can we?

  9. I don’t know how anyone in there right mind would have followed him to begin w/…We are living in the last days…we need to pray about who we are following..the Bible tells us that there will be wolves in sheeps clothing..out to destory our souls…

    Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

  10. Maybe Todd wasn’t supposed to get any of God’s glory. it wasn’t about how “good” he was. It is about how good God is to overlook our faults and use us. We desperately need to see and SHED this Pharisee spirit. Todd is a man. Period. Did anyone really think he was going to be better than a normal human being now? Grace is grace. We all need it just the same. Get your eyes off of Him and put them on the Giver. Only He is good. And, Todd is completely forgiven if he wants it.

  11. Here’s the problem: Without knowing what ACTUALLY happened, all of this discussion is hypothetical.

    Did he actually cheat on his wife? Or did the divorce happen first and then he met someone? Was his wife unfaithful leading to divorce and then biblically allowing Bentley to pursue another marriage relationship? Do you know the REAL answer to these questions? Or have you just read a couple second-hand articles.

    I am disappointed with the church’s swiftness in separating themselves from Bentley as opposed to seeking out the truth of the vents and desiring to support and restore him.

    The Pharisees were also very quick to condemn those who made mistakes saying that they were righteously enforcing God’s law, yet when Jesus came, who we know perfectly represented the heart of the Father, he always sought to restore broken man, not condemn him.

    And even if Todd were “guilty as sin” on all accounts NOTHING is beyond God’s restoration. Remember David and Bathsheba? He not only committed adultery but then committed MURDER to hide it! Not only that, he went nearly A YEAR without confessing it!

    During that year he STILL ran the tabernacle of David, he STILL wrote psalms, he was STILL a man after God’s own heart. And after he had confessed he STILL retained his ministry and his place as King. These are not excuses, but there are biblical principals that very much apply.

    http://www.freshfireusa.com/media/0,85

    That is the link to the video where Todd and his new wife confess everything. Straight from the horses mouth. Once we listen to what ACTUALLY happened, then we more accurately discuss and assess “The Todd Bentely Situation”.

    I would propose that some of the most influential testimonies for the kingdom of God are the ones that Todd could now carry. Ones that show major public moral failure and major public support from the churches, repentance and restoration.

  12. Thanks Aaron, some excellent comments and observations.
    Blessings,
    Michael

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