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Latest Alert on Lakeland

Here is the latest Lakeland Alert posted on Moriel Ministries (

Let Us Reason Ministries Alert On Lakeland
by Mike Oppenheimer

Because a large portion of Pentecostals and Charismatics hold to Latter Rain doctrines and practices it is no surprise another revival has sprung up and is quickly accepted- this time in Lakeland Florida.

Recently meetings have been taking place in Lakeland Florida by a new name breaking forth on the on the Signs and wonders scene: Todd Bentley of “Fresh Fire ministries International: Apostolic Network.” Maybe you have never heard of him but he is fast becoming a “household name” in the church. Bentley is called a Canadian evangelist from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. He and his team have been traveling all over the world holding healing/miracle meetings for years.

Since the beginning of April Bentley has been conducting “healing meetings” in Lakeland at the sanctuary of host pastor Stephen Strader’s Ignited Church. Steven Strader is the son of Karl Strader, former pastor of Carpenter’s Home Church that launched Rodney Howard Browne’s ministry of passing fire and contagious laughter as the anointing. TBN broadcasted its services, and the church was introduced to this kind of preaching and behavior as revival.

In the mid 90’s when the laughter was at its peak through Rodney Howard Browne, my pastor then said that it would die out like all trends or fads. I had studied the Latter Rain movement, since the end of the 80’s it was growing. I identified this as the resurgence of that movement. My response was that it would not fade but continue to grow and spread. Indeed it has, and it is here to stay. The laughter movement has not gone away, it continues abroad, though diminished in contrast to newer manifestations. The movement has had a metamorphosis, going to Toronto, to Brownsville, and now, all the elements that were found in these former revival meetings, and more, are found in Bentleys services at Lakeland.

This why our ministry has spent the last several weeks in an intensive scrutiny of what is taking place, watching the videos which are numerous in number, reading the reports, reading his sermons and looking at the blogs. What is being claimed is staggering, from people being raised from the dead to seeing through glass eyes…

The rest of this alert can be read here:

*Other related articles from Let Us Reason regarding the teachings of this current ‘revival’:

Does the Bible teach that angels visit us? can see them or summon them?

Is there such a thing as a Baptism of fire besides the baptism of the Holy Spirit?


4 responses

  1. Caron

    From: Slice of Laodicea

    *Crosstalk Alert* Wednesday
    I recently posted a message from Justin Peters on the Word of Faith movement and its heretical teachings. This is the movement that has produced so many false teachers, including Todd Bentley and his Lakeland “revival”. Justin will be joining me on Wednesday, Crosstalk, the Lord willing, and we will be talking about the basic teachings of this movement and how it is in conflict with biblical Christianity. Justin travels to churches around the country with his “A Call for Discernment” seminars. You can listen to the program live at 2pm Central time at our Crosstalk website.

    June 23, 2008 at 7:16 pm

  2. born2praze

    A starving man will “eat” anything.
    A sad reflection on the condition of the heart of some
    so called “believers”. No Word, No Holy Spirit, No seeking first the Kingdom of God, No discernment! Sad, Sad, Sad. However,it’s wonderful to know that there is ministry still out there to be a light to those who will receive the Truth by CHOICE and not be led astray by experiences. God Bless Justin, God Bless Crosstalk!!!

    June 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  3. sheepyweepy

    Thank you Caron. I’m sure many will be listening. God bless you.

    June 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  4. Just a note about the Browne laughter. I went to one meeting to see what was going on.

    Browne’s wife comes up to get introduced, and she starts laughing….she continues until other people follow her example. It is general psychology that one laughing person can get another going. That is what comedy is all about. It does not mean the holy spirit is behind it.

    Throughout the whole thing, which lasted about 45 minutes, I did not see anything funny.

    regarding Bentley, he screams BAM and sheek a boom bah, to make people think he is speaking in tongues. It should be obvious that the holy spirit would not say such things.


    June 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm

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