Archive for May 13, 2008

First of all, watch this video

As a result of my previous post on Todd Bentley on God TV, I received various comments from people defending him. Here are a few of those comments:

  • What if this is God and you are the ones that have “missed the boat”?
  • Jesus is being glorified, ministries from Scotland, Pensacola, SC and more are giving testimonies
  • You shall know them by there fruit, where’s your ministry, where’s your God television, all your doing is slagging other christians off who are trying there best to win people for God
  • Wow! did any of you see the Florida outpouring last night it was awesome. People on their faces, more testimonies….
  • Are people being healed and delivered? It appears a lot are. Even Todd wants verification. There “ain’t” know way he wants to document this “thing” with the media without verification.
  • I am also a researcher, I can be a skeptic also, so my wife and I went to check it out. The ones that go want more of God, not religion. I and they have been touched by God in a tangible way.
  • GOD touched me and i found that what my family members were criticising and mocking was actually happening to me a nobody from northern ireland.when i came home i had an even greatar love for JESUS and the WORD OF GOD.Surely this is the fruit in my life.I ask you not to judge yet but see what the fruit of this outpouring is.Surely satan is not going to glorify JESUS and get people truly saved.
  • You guys have no idea how much of God you are missing out on. I used to be a dry church pastor. We must look to the Bible to see that Jesus said, ‘by their fruit you will know them.’ Every night hundreds of people are getting saved at the Florida Revival
  • What if the doctrine you have learned is wrong! And now you are avoiding the real thing and therefore God?
  • I ask you not to judge yet but see what the fruit of this outpouring is.Surely satan is not going to glorify JESUS and get people truly saved
  • Guys who are we to judge, all you lot are doing is putting yourself in GODS chair and judging and making up your own minds what is off GOD or not, you need to seek GOD before you make up your minds

Now, looking at the Benny Hinn video, I am sure that many of the people who were there could say exactly what my commenters have been saying. That they ‘experienced God’ at his meetings, that anyone who speaks against him is judging. I mean, look at the people with their hands raised to God. The devil wouldnt want that would he? You can see that people are being ‘touched by God’

So the question is, if all these people are experiencing these things, does it automatically mean it is from God? Lets see what the bible says about Benny Hinn

So now we have a dilema. Is Benny Hinn a prophet of God because of the experiences we see in the first video or does scripture tell us something different?

Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness

So here we see that people will be suprised when Jesus rejects them, even though signs and wonders were performed and no doubt people had ‘experiences’ as a result.

He also says in Matthew 24:25-26

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.

In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 the apostle Paul says the following

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

So you can see here plainly that Satan will transform himself into the ministers of righteousness. He will not make it obvious, hence the reason why Paul calls them ‘deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ’. They will do God stuff. They will mention the name of Jesus. They will even perform miracles. From these scriptures, we can conclude that experiences, signs and wonders does not automatically mean that a person like Benny Hinn or Todd Bentley is from God

Some of the comments basically tell me to ask God for verification or to seek God about it. When scripture tells us plainly, there is no need to seek God about it because he has already given me the answer in his word. That will be like asking God, “Is it OK for me to steal?”

I will always says this. ‘Doctrine determines experience’ and not ‘experience determines doctrine’ which is what I seem to be hearing a lot of by the defenders of these teachers. This is what happens when we have a low view of scripture and elevate our experiences above it or we do not have some basic rules of biblical interpretation. We must be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and examine the Scriptures for ourselves to see if what they teach is true. I will leave you with the words of Jesus

TAKE HEED THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU

Related posts:

Revival Shown on God TV…or is it?

Judge Not?

How much more evidence do you need? The ministry of assault and battery

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 1 – A Form of godliness

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 7 – Signs and Wonders

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 9 – Giving False Hope

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers – The Conclusion

Coming out of deception

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