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What do you think of Todd Bentley?

Submitted: 5/16/2009
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Question: Praise the Lord, what are your thoughts about Todd Bentley? He claims at his revival that people are healed. He claims he sees and is contacted by angels. Also he claims that he has and can visit the heavens, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd heaven experiences. I know in the Bible people were taken into heaven and had certain revelations from God. Is this a man I should be listening to? May the Lord bless you!

Answer: We do not know anything about Todd Bentley, but we do know what the Bible says about determining who we should listen to. For example, 1 John 4:6 says, 'We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.' This passage tells us that the way we can identify whether a person is speaking with the Spirit of truth or the spirit of error is by examining whether what they teach agrees with the teachings of the apostles. They are the ones that we know for sure are of God. Everyone else we must be sceptical of. This is the Berean spirit. Acts 17:11 says that the people of Berea 'received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.' We must always compare what the speaker is saying to what the Word says. The Word is our safeguard. Sadly, many people flock around signs and wonders rather than the Word.

Another point is this: Jesus said, 'Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits' (Matthew 7:15-16). The fruit of a man's life cannot be adequately examined through a TV screen. This is why the Bible tells us that we should follow trustworthy people whom we can see up close. Hebrews 13:17 says, 'Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account.' Is Mr. Bentley watching out for your soul? Is he accountable to God for how well he watches over you? Does he even know you? If the answer is no, then he is not a man you should be obedient and submissive toward.