keeping a watchful eye on the wolves

Tracking Bentley back to Benny

There used to be some videos on YouTube that revealed some very sad issues behind the ministry of Benny Hinn that are very damaging to the body of Christ and the way the world perceives Christians. Due to recent threatened legal action against YouTube, some of these videos have been removed from their site.

Now they are on Google.

You may now track the many faces of Benny Hinn Parts 1-8 here:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5582961561140514506

Sad to say, many sincere people have been deeply influence by the teachings of Benny Hinn. One of those is Todd Bentley. Here are some quotes:

“Todd had not been spiritually born into, or grown up in a religious church environment. The first Christian book he had read was “Good Morning Holy Spirit” by Benny Hinn. Therefore, Todd did not realize that praying and soaking in the Holy Spirit many hours a day was unusual. Like Benny Hinn, as a newborn Christian, Todd had learned that extended times of intimacy with the Lord was normal Christian living.”
-How We Began (http://www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Id=103)

“On Tuesday afternoon, Bentley’s staff talked excitedly about inquiries from NBC and CNN. They said there is interest in the revival from someone affiliated with Benny Hinn, the Christian televangelist and faith healer who was born in Israel to Palestinian-Armenian parents and became a Christian as an adult.

“Wouldn’t it be great if Benny came?” one staffer said.”
– Tampa Tribune – Lakeland Revival Attracting National Attention (http://www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read&status=revival&Id=149&pid=954&bid=923)

“Let me give you a little background. I was impacted years ago, and first introduced to this kind of intimacy, through the ministries of Benny Hinn and Kathryn Kuhlman. They opened the way for me to go beyond the power of God’s Spirit, the gifts or any kind of experience like the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” -Todd Bentley
(Fresh Fire or False Fire? -http://reformedevangelist.com/?tag=todd-bentley)

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26 responses

  1. asad123

    His Wikipedia page is interesting. He made several outlandish prophecies in the 90’s that didn’t come true. He said God would destroy America’s gays in 1995 and that earthquakes would rock the east coast of the U.S.

    May 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm

  2. Interesting. I live in N. central Florida and work in a Christian bookstore. I’ve had several people come in the store talking about what is going on at Lakeland. I am cautious about calling something a revival or awakening. I remember all to well several well known ones during the 90’s. Also, I am very cautious of miracle working services.

    Oh, I like your header.

    May 12, 2008 at 9:07 pm

  3. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen

    Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that Benny Hinn’s name creeps up in all this. As an ex-Pentecostal, I know firsthand the damage a man like Benny Hinn has done to individuals, families and churches..not to mention he’s a murderer [the name Eleanor Parks springs to mind].

    May 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  4. sheepyweepy

    Interesting comments everyone.

    asad123,

    False prophecies? I guess he was listening to the wrong angel.

    Here’s the Todd Bentley wikipedia page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Bentley

    TheDeeZone,

    You are wise to use caution. I’m glad you like my header, although I’m sad that such a header and blog is even necessary and that the sheep are not using discernment.

    Douglas,

    I haven’t heard about Eleanor Parks, but I have heard about some people who died at one of Benny Hinn’s crusades in Africa, and then there was a Mrs. Ella Peppard (85) who died after someone was slain in the spirit and fell on top of her, broke her hip, and she died 2 weeks later.

    Sad.

    May 13, 2008 at 4:02 am

  5. This Todd will keep his flock from that Todd.

    May 13, 2008 at 5:37 pm

  6. sheepyweepy

    Very good. The sheep need more good shepherds like you, Todd.

    May 13, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  7. May some hear this and be warned. This is a false Fire indeed and it is sad, but shows us how gullible the people have become in this last day. We are in the last days as the signs Jesus wrote of that are found in Matthew 24 of the false prophets and false chriats are everywhere now.

    I left a meaaage with you before when I first heard of this false fire…and you printed it concerning this False Raging so called rvevail of satanic soul power. It is and hurting many that should Know better then to open themselves up to demonic deman powers. Others should read what you posted of what the Lord gave me as well and may some and I say—some TAKE HEED. The way unto destruction is seen as the broadway and many and not few will go that way. WHY? Because they did not desire to love the Truth and to walk and yet yield to the crucified life and taking up their and our “own” cross in following Jesus Christ outside the camp of “religion” that is “supposed” to be Christain and Christ like but is foolishness. May we hear Him and follow on into being conformable unto his death. The death that we see is the death of the cross and our “Old man” of our carnal “flesh.” Amen. (Matthew 24:4-5)You will Never hearTodd Bentley or Benny Hinn or any of the imposters and wiolves that are in sheep’s clothing out there in the realm of “The Prosperity Gospel” as well And tell the people or teach the people what the FEAR of the Lord is. For without and holiness no man shall see the Lord. It is thatthey shall also perish in their foolishness without the wisdom that comes from above and the understanding and the godly discernemnt of God’s holy ways. The fear the Lord people need to straigthen them out unfortunately. They need to die to their flesh as the word of God declares…Roamns chapter 6 and chapter 8.

    This Todd Bentley fellow’s so called revival is nothing but PSYCHIC “Soul” POWER that is being reproduced and generated coming from the “mind” and not the genuine Holy Spirit anointing. But it is cominig from the “latent power” of the “soul” and not the true Spirit of God. The soul of the triune man is in three parts the spirit, the soul and body. pauol wrrotes of this. The “soul” is that part of man that which is of the mind “realm,” the Bible calls it the “psuche” and NOT the spirit of the regenerated man or woman in God and the eenemy is using it that which is he latent power that lies in every man, even Christians and we are NOT to use it never. It is “soul Power” the mind of this man Todd Bentley as being used as a tool to deceive many that are not grown up enough in the Lord to be able to discern what is of “both good and evil” or they don’t know or have not an “intimate” relationship with the real and “genuine” Jesus Christ, the Son of God that died for us at all. (See Hebrews 5:8-14: 6:1-6.)

    I highly recommens the book by Watchman Nee, a man who had the real substance of the life of Christ worked into him. His Book is called “The Latent Power of the Soul” and another awesome resource material is written by a woman named Jessie Pann Lewis of the long gone Welsh Revival with Evan Roberts. In her book Called “The Soul and Spirit,” we can find the real and the counterfeit that is being used as spirit power, but is soul powerinstead. She explains much in how to identify which is which. Mrs Lewis was a real teacher in her day. Another good resource material also fre for the asking is the Book that solid truth that was written by T.Austin Sparks on the same subjct called “What is Man?” And last is my booklet free of charge called “The Last Day’s Deception –Soul Vs Spirit.” Anyone can contact me at my website – The Sound of a Trumpet – Storm warnings – at
    http://Www.meat-in-due-season.net ot write me at my email address – EMAIL hislionswhelp@Yahoo.com. I will be glad to help in anyway possible to get a few out of this mess of deception with thte truth that sets men free in Jesus Christ— IF “they” are willing and teachable to see it for what it is before they too are taken over by the demon spirits that are passing themselves off as the Holy Spirit and the voice of God to this poor young man Tood Bently.

    In Christ and for His glory,
    Sister Rosemary LaVigne

    May 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm

  8. Please see “A Call for Discernment” by going to http://www.justinpeters.org. Justin is an evangelist and in addition to expository preaching, also holds seminars on the “Word of Faith” movement. At Southwestern, he did his thesis on Benny Hinn. Justin has cerebral palsy and concurs with the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

    To God be the glory!

    Caron Strong
    Los Angeles, CA

    May 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

  9. Todd Bentley has lots of sermons on his website. DOES ANYONE KNOW if this quotation is fond on hos website –
    “Let me give you a little background. I was impacted years ago, and first introduced to this kind of intimacy, through the ministries of Benny Hinn and Kathryn Kuhlman. They opened the way for me to go beyond the power of God’s Spirit, the gifts or any kind of experience like the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” -Todd Bentley

    June 6, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  10. Yes, you guessed it – I found it a few minutes later (after searching for quite a while).

    The sermon is called Intimacy With The Holy Spirit – Part 1 of 2
    Date: 2008-02-18
    Author: Todd Bentley

    This is the link

    http://www.freshfire.ca/index.php?Act=read&status=teaching&Id=231&pid=954&bid=955

    June 6, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  11. sheepyweepy

    seeker,

    Thanks for finding that link and sharing it…seek and ye shall find. :)

    What a terribly dangerous thing for anyone to do and say – to “go beyond the power of God’s Spirit, the gifts or…the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”

    June 6, 2008 at 11:48 pm

  12. Plis do not judge anyone. God will do it

    June 9, 2008 at 11:41 am

  13. Why not pray for the guy that the demons will leave him than to mock at him? Is this how we build the body of Christ. What message are we sending to the world as Christians?

    June 9, 2008 at 11:43 am

  14. As a ministry we sought to issue warnings to God’s people at the time of the so-called ‘Toronto Blessing’ and it’s interesting that many of those involved in ‘stirring up’ Toronto are making their way to the stage(s) in Florida. I have posted an article to our website linking the Toronto pastor, John Arnott, to Lakeland and then you can watch excerpts from the service held in Toronto in 1995 to mark the 1st anniversary of ‘The Blessing’ That link is http://www.takeheed.net/Current_Concerns/ToddBentley_TorontoBlessing.htm

    A second article on our website that I have posted includes a recommendation for a very helpful book that was written by a lady called Ruth Davis who was graciously ‘delivered’ by the Lord from the Toronto Deception. The book is called ‘True to His Ways’ and there is a link in the article to her website where you can purchase the book. The link to our article is http://www.takeheed.net/Current_Concerns/Todd_Bentley_ua.htm

    Todd Bentley certainly needs to be prayed for but God’s people also have great need to be protected from him.

    Your servant for Christ and His truth

    Cecil Andrews
    ‘Take Heed’ Ministries
    http://www.takeheed.net

    June 11, 2008 at 8:34 am

  15. sheepyweepy

    Hello Cecil,

    Thank you for the links (and that book looks very good). I do appreciate your ministry very much.

    God bless you.

    June 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm

  16. susan

    Hello Readers,

    I took a look at Ruth Davis’ bend on her book
    True to His Ways… Let’s forget about Soaking,
    and all the other stuff. The thing that I thought was rather egotistical is that Ms. Davis was experiencing wonderful love, peace, and everything God promised for those who seek Him. All seemed to be just fine until she discovered that Indian gurus
    (people she would consider heathens) were experiencing the same thing.
    Oh my, how insulting is that – people who don’t call themselves ‘christians’ (though probably live it more than most Christians) could actually experience God’s presence.

    I think Ms. Davis needs to examine her ego and motives more than anything else. So now I guess
    she is satisfied with just knowing God’s out there somewhere, but as far as real experience with Him, would rather cut off her nose to spite her face.

    I wish people would stop giving ‘Satan’ equal God-like power. Isn’t that what the pharisees said to Jesus? They told Him he was casting out satan through Satan. I like His answer to them.
    If Satan was in the business of giving us the experience of Love, Peace, and Light then he’d be
    really doing his house a disservice.

    Ms. Davis didn’t test that so-called spirit. She just stopped doing what she was doing because it rubbed her the wrong way that God can reveal himself to whom He chooses and to those who seek Him. Many gurus who engage in what she called
    ‘magic’ have yet to be tricked by the devil.

    I believe that our biggest threat is our own selfish egos, which need to be examined and tested more that anything. Remember, if you loose your life, then you will find it.

    I don’t know what encouraged Ms. Davis to write her book – oh, ‘I don’t know – could it be – SATAN’.

    June 15, 2008 at 2:09 am

  17. sheepyweepy

    You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

    June 15, 2008 at 2:24 am

  18. Tom Buffalo, NY

    Its the *foolish* things of God that confound the wise.

    I LOVE it that a tattooed, pierced guy in a black t-shirt is praying for the sick and turning people to Faith in the One True & Living God. If that isn’t foolish & just-like-God, I don’t know what is!

    I LOVE that God has used Todd Bentley to preach Jesus alone for salvation & healing, and offers to pray for the healing of people in Jesus’ Wonderful Name. Jesus told His disciples *NOT* to stop those believers who were healing in His Name- that’s powerful!

    This healing ministry is receiving documentation for cases of actual healings!! Its not up to us to remain in such overly-cautious doubting – it stunts our faith.

    Imagine that. There’s prayer for miracles like Jesus did and MORE – isn’t that also in the Bible?!

    I come from a background that questioned and sneered at anything called ‘healing’ because it was supposed to end at the ‘end of the Age’ the verse says. Back then, we assumed it was at the closing of the Scriptural age.

    But in college the thot occurred to me – What if God DID want to do the Acts-type healings today?!
    That thot has smoldered in me ever since – it lit up my faith in how great our God is and in what He can do!

    I was always hesitant with Benny Hinn, but its not up to me who God chooses to use. Time magazine did that article where Benny responds to the question of his choice of an expensive car saying “what am I supposed to drive, a Honda?!” It still makes me laugh and then shake my head, but he then CHOSE to back off his lavish lifestyle, and shorten his swoopy haircut and stop throwing his jacket at people in meetings, and of course, he replaced his vehicle with a Honda. Most importantly, he submitted himself to other leadership. Remember Robert Tilton? He didn’t.

    It seems to me that its the Pentecostals who take these massive risks to allow God to heal the world one or MANY persons at a time. And tho i will never deny the power of personal prayer times, Jesus stepped out, laid Compassionate hands on and sometimes just prayed aloud for sick people and they were healed – WHY CAN’T WE?!

    *Please* don’t let your heart grow cold to what the Lord is doing in these Revivals! Our churches are full of hypocrites, heathens & hucksters, but God is the ANSWER FOR THESE PEOPLE, AND THEY ARE PARTIALLY US since we need Him too!! Who of us is without sin?

    PRAY for your friends & family – LOVE your enemies and bless THEM TOO! And LIVE RIGHT – blessing & not cursing others. God is doing some great things in Todd’s meeting, and tho you can ALWAYS be wary of doctrinal errors, be MORE OPEN TO FOLLOWING GOD. YOU CAN DO BOTH! It will stretch you as a thriving believer to Trust God & step out in faith!! Scary at times, but holy & thrilling! Watch what God is doing.

    Please Don’t be lost in criticism & fault-finding. YES, be wary of error, but please don’t stop the blessings & outpourings of God to His people (or to yourself) by being resistant toward His Healing Power like I once was.

    When Jesus healed, ALL were healed – I’d love to see that some day. But for now I’ll support what God has chosen to do in Lakeland, FL.

    These End Times require us to be vigilant in THE WORD to avoid error, but also requires openness to His Voice & His MOVING. **Miss either, and we have missed God**.

    Thank God for His Grace tho, because He will come back around again for us when we make mistakes & miss Him. Isn’t He great?!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

  19. Like the other Pastor Tod,
    I will also keep my sheep safe from all this confusion .
    “God is not the author of that”
    If only they knew that one thing they might stay away.
    And if anyone thinks God would use violence to give a blessing. They do not know the LORD Jesus Christ or read their bibles;I would have to say.Amen.

    Blessings,
    God’s servant and defender of the truth,
    Pastor Renee

    June 17, 2008 at 8:00 pm

  20. THE LORD WILL ALLOW ME TO GIVE A WARNING TO ALL NOT EVEN TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC.
    I GOT A PHONE CALL ASKING FOR PRAYER AND AS WE GOT INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD I HEARD SOMETHING IN THE BACKGROUND. IT WAS SOMEONE SINGING. I WANT TO SEE JESUS LIFTED UP OVER AND OVER .THEN THERE WAS A CHECK IN MY SPIRIT. BECAUSE AT THAT SAME TIME I SAW A VISION OF JESUS BEING LIFTED UP, ON THE CROSS. AND NOT FOR THE GLORY.AS THE SPIRIT SAID” THEY HAD NO FOLLOW THROUGH” AS HIGH AND LIFTED UP OVER ALL OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT WAS UNHOLY.I ASKED WHAT IS THAT? AND THE PERSON ON THE PHONE WITH ME SAID THE LAKELAND REVIVAL.
    I SAID I HAVE TO GO. HUNG UP THE PHONE.
    THAT’S NOTHING REMOTELY LIKE A REVIVAL THERE IS NO BROKENNESS OVER SIN AND NO WORD OF GOD BEING PREACHED! THE WORD OF GOD ALWAYS TAKES PRECEDENCE
    OVER THE GIFTS.AMEN
    DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STRONG GIFT OF DISCERNMENT!DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO EVEN THE WORSHIP.IT GRIEVES THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
    BLESSINGS,
    “IN HIS PRESENCE MINISTRIES”
    PASTOR RENEE
    P.S. IT’S GIVING OUR MINISTRY NAME A BAD NAME!

    June 17, 2008 at 9:38 pm

  21. rebecca

    I am a charasmatic. I beleive that God operates in the supernatural. With that said I also have a deep passion for the purity over God’s word. After a few weeks of watching Todd Bentley I immedatley knew this was not of God. The Lord reminded me of Matt 24:24. I agree there needs to be a brokeness over sin. The old time people like Wesley tell of stories were people cried over their sin and whole towns being up late at night repenting and crying out to the Lord for salvation. I pray that the Lord will send preachers like these again where the law of God which Paul says brings the knowdledge of sin. May the Lord protect His people in these dangerous times
    In Christ rebecca

    July 6, 2008 at 12:27 am

  22. sheepyweepy

    Thank you Rebecca, that was well said. True revival is always about repentance.

    It’s so nice to hear from sheep who know their Shepherd’s voice.

    May God bless you.

    And thank you to Renee too, who commented earlier.

    July 6, 2008 at 5:06 am

  23. Brenda Robinson

    Thank you for getting the truth out there. I was intimately involved in this movement before the Lord took me out. I had heard preaching that did not conform to the Word while there, but did not call anyone down for it (i.e., they thought Jesus might be visiting in a “different” person and perhaps was in the next room at a particular conference). Jesus will NOT be in the next room or visiting anyone’s conference. Jesus won’t be appearing “in the next room” or out of the “desert.” This IS in the Bible. The next time we see Him will be a catching away in the clouds. If you see “Jesus” in your bedroom you had better check out the Spirit with the word of God. If you are seeing angels, you had better check the Spirit according to the tests in the Bible. Angels/apparitions are now appearing all over the earth in quantity that are NOT of Him. There is a Satanic being out there now that looks like the Jesus we have seen in our pictures from childhood and is performing healing miracles. I challenge all to check it out – it is all on the Net.

    I too wanted SO very much to believe this was of God, but the Lord gave me a huge check in my Spirit. I challenge all to check out the Hindu Kundalini Spirit – check out the write-ups on their books on Amazon.com. It is contageous, healings are documented, it is obtained through “soaking” sessions and by totally emptying one’s mind (to demon possession). This is NOT of the Lord, folks. This stuff is straight from hell. It is the “strange fire” that Revelations talks about being called down. The Lord is coming SO VERY SOON and we have been told directly by Him to watch for this stuff.

    July 27, 2008 at 11:07 am

  24. Brenda,

    Where those people smoking anything?

    D.

    July 28, 2008 at 3:28 am

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  26. blessed

    I experienced God at Toronto back in the nineties but knew Todd was a fake after reading about him selling the gospel and Emma and the other craziness. I think he was and is a wolf. But the early days of Toronto blessed my smelly socks off because it was the Holy Ghost.

    November 26, 2008 at 9:45 pm

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