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May it never be! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Ro 3:4)

Todd Bentley Prophetic Infomercial Scam Artist

What Todd Bentley does is to exploit people’s most basic fleshly desires (maybe his ministry should be called Flesh Fire). One of those desires is to be healthy when we are sick. But he also appeals to our desire for power and be extraordinary. In all the messages that I’ve heard and read from Bentley he twists Scripture to exploit these desires to attract people. Bentley twists Scripture to his brand of sensationalism.

Here is an example of how he does this, in one of his sermons “The Goodness of God”. First, he starts by appealing to your greed and desire.

God want to give you good gifts, but abundantly above what we can ask or think.

He continues to build this idea that God is waiting to give you these great gifts with other selected verses from the Bible, e.g. God shall carry out great exploits, Jesus performs miracles as gifts, God delights in mercy for you. Like an infomercial scam artist he is showing you the jetsetters lifestyle, the champagne and caviar dreams, but never showing you the details and the methodology of how you can get there.

Second, he wants to convince you that this rich lifestyle is yours for the taking if you would only believe and just reach out and take it.

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ ….” (Rom 8:15, RSV). “We need to be able to relate to God as Daddy. … His goodness causes Him to look for someone, anyone who loves Him, so that He can bless them. That someone might as well be you!”

Is Bentley saying those who don’t get healed are not blessed by God and they don’t love God?

Bentley then elevates these gifts to such importance, it becomes heretical.

What’s more, when Jesus saw their faith, He also saw their hearts acknowledging Him not only as the Son of David, the One who forgives their sins, but also as the One who is mercy and compassion personified, always willing to release healing. Ponder that, because so often Christians only think of Jesus in terms of forgiveness of sins. As born-again believers we know our sins are forgiven, but so often many of us have difficulty understanding Him as the Healer.

This sounds like Bentley is trying to put healing on equal par with the forgiveness of sins. This is the crux of the problem; Bentley is more interested in emphasizing the sensational rather than the gospel. He either deliberately misrepresents our Lord?s ministry or he has no understanding of why our Lord was here. The miracles that the Lord performed were not his main emphasis. Miracles are only a tool to authenticate his ministry, which is the propitiation of our sins. Mt 5:17, Jn 9:39 Miracles were also performed to move people to repentance. Matthew 11:20

Bottom line why did Jesus came?

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, ?You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.? Jn 18:37, Jn 14:6, Jn 3:16-17

The Bible is explicitly clear on why Jesus came and what the most significant reason for His ministry is. For Bentley to even try to twist and cast healing (as wonderful as that might be) with the same emphasis as eternal salvation is despicable. The reason Christians think of Jesus in terms of forgiveness of sin, first and foremost, is because that is what the Lord wants. For Bentley to twist it by adding the emphasis on miracle is for his benefit not ours or God’s. I think he has to do this because if Bentley stays true to the Bible he has nothing to gain. Our Lord has already completely all the work necessary in a Christian’s life. We only need to go to the Lord. But now if we need to seek miracles we need to come before Bentley and beg for this miraculous healing power.

Bentley is a false teacher by the evidence of his fruits. Matthew 7:15-23 What fruits do I see from Bentley? Does Bentley deliver some spirit filled sermon that leads Christians to a greater commitment to live as disciples of Christ? Does he inspire Christians to be more holy through the exposition on the Fruits of the Spirit?

Bentley likes to entice people with promises of healing and fantastic visions but does he tell people about a Christian’s vocation to suffer with Christ?10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. php 3:10-11

Bentley is nothing more than a prophesy peddler version of Joel Osteen. He offers a form of escapism for Christians who has been beaten up by atheistic scientism and a plethora of New Age spiritualities. Sensational peddlers like Bentley are popular because it makes the Christians feel superior to other competing worldviews. Christians are an easy target for Bentley because we are already predisposed to sensationalism. Remember the Y2K mania from the Christian churches or just look at all the end time prophesy theories and fiction books. So when Bentley comes along and offers what appears to be a cool drink to a dry thirsty audience, he because extremely successful. There is just one small problem. He is not Biblical. Why does he not teach on the nobler calling of God.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: ?For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro 8:35-39, 2 Co 4:6-10

I share with other Christians the desire to have healing from illnesses. Who doesn’t worry or fear about cancer, heart disease and a slew of other deadly diseases. America is facing a boom in an aging population, health and well being is bigger than ever. The Christians are not immune to these real physical needs. However, a Christian’s life is not about our physical well being. It is about our heavenly well being. As Paul shows clearly that our present bodies are to be likened to jars of clay, we will have persecution, face death and even to be slaughtered if it comes to that, but we can still rejoice in the love of God.

Bentley said we don’t understand what it means to be sons and daughters of God. He reminds us of Rom 8:15 as evidence to free ourselves to receive God’s gift.

He is looking over the ‘balcony of heaven’ saying, “I want to bless somebody! I want to give somebody mercy! I want to be moved to compassion! I want to begin to release My love right now! I want to release the Father’s love!”

It is true that it is an immeasurable blessing to be adopted into the family of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ we have gain this inheritance. The key here is that our inheritance is the blessing. If that is not enough for Bentley then I am sorry but I can’t imagine any other gift that could possibly be greater than what I’ve already received from God, Abba, Father. As a matter of fact in php 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

I am curious does Bentley think that our privilege of knowing Christ is sufficient or does he think that maybe we need some sort of healing miracles to make our life more complete and abundant.

Bentley also forgot to read a little bit further to verses 16 and 17. 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Is it possible that Christians might suffer? Is it possible that through our trials even in illness that we might share in his glory? Should we, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

I wonder who is being glorified when Bentley describes his prophetic experiences of being transported to a surgical table in heaven by a pillar of fire. He had his chest and stomach cut open so that God can stuff gift boxes inside. God tells him that He doesn’t have 30, 40 years to prepare a vessel so this is a supernatural gift of 10 years worth of knowledge and character maturity.

What I don’t understand is that why do so many of these sensation teachers always make God out to be so weak. Why is God so press for time? Did He miss a schedule somewhere? Did He mismanaged His time in the past? Is there something that He didn’t foresee popped up and now He is running out of time?

It is presumptuous for Bentley to preach against God.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End Revelation 22:13
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. Ephesians 1:11

As Christians we are commanded to test every spirit.
1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

In testing Todd Bentley’s words and deeds, there is no doubt he is clearly teaching contrary to the revelation of God’s Word. Bentley is a false prophet.

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