Miracles become common: Thoughts on Todd Bentley
Todd Bentley, that wild, crazy, bearded evangelist from Canada. He is seeing miracles in Pakistan. I always love to see the miraculous happen right before our eyes. There is something about when you have someone that is crazy enough to believe God at His word and you mixed that with one of the most radical Islamic cultures. It is a recipe for revival and world evangelism.
I am not say that I endorse Todd Bentley’s theology or agree with him on every issue. In fact, in many ways, we disagree on some pretty important issues but healing and deliverance is not on that list. He know how to get the power of the Holy Spirit to fall like fire….like in Acts 2. God confirms the gospel in Todd’s meetings.
His past and even his failed marriage (and re-marriage) does not bother me too much. Charles Fox Parham was a racist child molester, Aimee Semple McPherson walked out on her husband, A.A. Allen was a drunk, Kathryn Kuhlman was divorced and had moral issues… the list goes on. God uses us inspite of our problems. Our attempts are holiness are rags, filthy and nasty rags at that.
Am I saying it was ok? Not at all. I am saying it is under the blood. When we came to Jesus singing “come just as you are;” it does not change once you get saved. It is just come to Jesus as you are.
Todd Bentley and Miracles in Pakistan
I have been following Todd’s ministry trip to Pakistan and have a friend that is there. Pakistan is also a special nation to me. It is a key in the natural (anti-terrorism) and in the spiritual. I know that country and in their soil is memories I would rather not have.
I see the miracles happening and I see the masses coming to Jesus. That is what I love about Todd. With all his issues, he still preaches the gospel with power and authority. Many are coming to Christ in the meetings and many are being healing and delivered because Todd will stand and pray “come Holy Spirit, come.” That is nothing but positive.
Do I question that all 60,000 decisions are new believers? Of course but if only half of those are new converts; that is still huge for Pakistan. The Angels throw a party when even one get born again. People are getting saved because of Todd’s willingness to go to the country believing for miracles.
What I have always liked about Todd, despite his issues, has his heart in the right place to just be used by God. There is something to be saved to someone with their heart positioned to the Holy Spirit and say “Here I am, Send Me. I will go anywhere you want me to go.” That willing spirit will anoint you far more than having flawless theology.
I have friends who have as sound of theology as they come but that doesn’t mean that I would hand them a microphone in a healing meeting. You can’t give what you do not have. If someone needs healing, they don’t need a bible study.
Miracle workers and holiness
First of all, we are made holy by being born again. Holiness is not something we do. Our holiness is based on Christ living in us, not how we dress, speak or how good manners we have. Alot of people confused good southern manners and Midwestern hospitality with holiness.
Without said, many people before us had issues but they were still used mighty because they were willing. There was evening that A.A. Allen was too drunk that he had to ask Don Stewart to preach the message. I am not talking drunk in the Holy Spirit either. Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for a week just to get in the newspaper because she need some publicity.
The list could go on about people that God used to reach their generation that had major character flaws. I think John Alexander Dowie would take the award. He died claiming he was Elijah in the flesh. Guess what, he was critical to the healing theology of the Pentecostal movement.
What I saying? Having a “holy life” (or what we call moral purity) is a good thing to preach but God has used alot of people in their weakness. History is full of examples and guess what? The bible is full of screw ups like Moses, David, and Peter as well.
Miracles are through you
Miracles are not for you. They are through you. It is about impartation. Your healing is not for you. It is so you can give away what you have received. When you are healed, you have the testimony, the rhema word for healing to the world. Your deliverance is a testimony of God’s power; not just so you can live a little “cleaner.”
I am convinced that the world do not care about how Christianity makes you have better homes and garden. if that is what they want, all they need to do is tune into Dr. Phil. What they need is the power of God. Does Jesus still do what the Bible says about him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
The world wanted to know if this Jesus we talk about still will heal their sick baby and if He can deliver their son that is addicted to crack. They do not need to know how to have better “community,” they need the power of God to break the spirit of shame and fear over them. That is our assignment.
The world is looking for a people of God that actually represent Jesus: healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out devils. They have read the gospels or seen movies about Jesus. They are waiting for us to show them the “stuff” as John Wimber would put it. How long will they wait?