A Measured Response – Todd Bentley
(Compassion and Mercy)
This is what the Sovereign Lord says,
“In the light of My Word consider carefully the measure with which you have judged one of your brothers in Christ – Todd
Bentley. With that same measure you also will be measured, so consider carefully your own position in Christ.
“Some of you will be surprised to learn that it is My will and intention to restore* and use this man again for My glory.
Therefore I say again, consider carefully your own position in Christ before you dare to cast another stone, verbal or otherwise
in his direction. Yes, there are lessons for the whole Body of Christ to be learned from Lakeland and his [Todd Bentley’s] life,
but be warned, he is not the only student in My school of faith.
“Where are those who were quick to align themselves with him and the move of My Spirit? Where are they now? They were quick to
slip away into the shadows, unlike David’s mighty men who fought at his side, and what of all the others who were just as keen
to be seen with him, where are they now? How quickly so many have been to distance themselves from My servant in his hour of need.
Did you ever stop to consider the fact that I AM Sovereign and knew from the beginning what would come to pass, and the lessons to
be learnt from it?
“While you were all watching Todd, I was watching you, and I am just as disappointed with some of you, as you have been with him.
So I ask you, if I am to have compassion and mercy on you, who have been very careful to keep your own sin hidden from others, but
not from Me – for all have sinned and fall short of My glory – should you not also have compassion on him whose sin had been aired
for all to see?
“So I say to you this Good Friday, that the good news of the gospel is that the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ was shed for all
mankind, and for all their sin, not just the few. Furthermore, it was I who have caused others to come alongside Todd to minister
to his needs, and so, I would remind you, that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but now it is Todd’s time to receive.
“Be warned that in this hour the enemy will overcome all who have not allowed their sinful nature to be crucified; but those who
do, and set their minds on what My Spirit desires, will become overcomers, My true Church. The Body of Christ has an obligation, not
to the sinful nature, but to live by My Spirit, for if you are led by My Spirit, you truly are sons of God.
“As I continue to pour out My Spirit on all flesh, so the enemy will continue to prowl around like a lion seeking to destroy My
work on the earth. So I say to you, do not be deceived, you will reap what you sow, and if you sow to please your sinful nature
you will be destroyed by it; so do not only read My Word, but do what it says.”
Michael Backholer, 10 April 2009 (Good Friday) – www.ProphecyNow.co.uk
* Scripture declares that King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Kings 15:3, 5 and Acts 13:22), yet in a moment of weakness he found another woman (Bathsheba) which led to the end of a marriage and the life of her husband. King David married Bathsheba (2 Samuel chapters 11-12), but King David’s sin displeased the Lord (2 Samuel 11:27). King David was repentant and God forgave him (2 Samuel 12:13-14 and Psalm 51), but these sins did not overshadow his passion for God, as God sees the heart which was loyal to Him (1 Kings 15:3-5, 11). David’s life became synonymous with all that was good and it was to him that all the other kings of Judah (his descendants) were compared, whether good or bad (1 Kings 15:11, 2 Kings 14:3, 2 Kings 16:2, 2 Kings 18:3 and 2 Kings 22:2 etc.).
Revivals are fronted by leaders who are not perfect, some are vulnerable and may have weak areas as sanctification is an ongoing work. Others may have a greater anointing than the character of Christ formed in them. James aptly pointed out: ‘We all stumble in many things’ (James 3:2) and only he ‘who is without sin’ can cast the first stone (John 8:7), yet ‘all have sinned’ (Romans 6:23). ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment’ (James 2:13) and ‘whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them’ (Matthew 7:12). Jesus warned us about judging and with the measure we use, it will be measured back to us (Matthew 7:1-6). See Revival Answers, True and False Revivals by Mathew Backholer
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