Although I've been working all weekend, I am so grateful to various friends for keeping me in touch with what's going on in Florida. I must make mention of the fact that two very important people have given their impressions for the first time on what they think of Lakeland Florida. I must admit I wasn't hugely impressed or thrilled with Terry Virgo's opening post - but I am assured on good authority by someone who was at Prayer and Fasting that Terry said;
"You need to understand that because in a minute I am going to be really, really positive!".
Thank God! It all sounded very eerily deja-vu-like from my past about other moves of God. So all those who aren't Todd Bentley fans and were claiming Terry as a supporter - hold on just a minute. Scott has also been "persuaded" into sharing his thoughts on Lakeland! Yes - I am to blame. But he is so different from me in that I sometimes feel like I need a cork to bung my proverbial flow of thoughts - he on the other hand needs his opinions bullying out of him. And I really appreciate his perspective - and I know you will too. He says;
"Think what you will about Todd Bentley, but this should not be swept aside, because these are miracles and this is revival... this quite simply is God. I'm always amazed when christians willfully refuse to believe what their mighty God has done and is doing".
Can it be argued that one of the problems (again) is that God is doing a "new" thing? I am from the generation who most remembers Toronto and Browsnville even though we weren't permitted to be part of either. So laughing, shaking and falling is very familiar to me. But healings, signs and wonders aren't! This is new! Is that the problem? Ern Baxter always warned that the biggest opponents to the current move of God would be those from the last revivals. Can we expect to see those from the former charismatic movement vigorously opposing Todd Bentley's styles? Surely just because it's "new" - is no excuse whatsoever. I tracked down this excellent quote from the mighty Jonathan Edwards;
"Some make their rule to judge of this work by, instead of the Holy Scriptures, is history or former observation ... if there be anything extraordinary in the circumstances of this work, which was not observed in former times, theirs is a rule to reject this work which God has not given them, and they limit God, where He has not limited Himself.
And we who live in those latter days where in we may be especially warranted to expect that things will be accomplished which it will be said, who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things?".
Let's remain open-minded and eager for what heaven has to reveal. Surely oh surely God has many, many surprises in store for climax of the ages! Final bit of news before I head off to work (and HOW excited am I!?) - it seems Pete and I don't have to worry about finding the funds to get to Florida anymore (unless God miraculously provides it of course!):
Don emailed me this;
Todd Bentley just said he will be coming to Birmingham in August -- NEC Arena!
He also just had John & Carol Arnott on stage, telling that Scott McDermott, pastor of the UMC at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, told him that two angels visited him in his office. The angels had on backpacks, and told Scott that they were visiting all the revival spots of the 90s, to see if those places wanted a new outpouring. Those places that are hungry will receive fresh fire! Todd had John pray over those places, then prophesied over John that this anointing will be going back and forth between Lakeland & Toronto. Carol Arnott, shaking like a leaf, said the Lord told her - right then - that he is pouring salt into the 90s revival wells, to purify the water and bring forth a pure revival of love and power.
Have you seen the guy who is beginning to see through a glass eye, and whose amputated legs have grown an inch so far????
The glory of God was soooooooooo powerful tonight, that Roy ended up falling off his chair, most of the platform staff was totally blitzed, and Todd could hardly talk. Amazing miracles taking place tonight! GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!