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Lakeland Revival

Posted by appolus on June 12, 2008

Madam Guyon writes…………….I am deeply grieved that so many in this day(she lived 300 years ago, people never change)even some good people, allow themselves to be led astray by the enemy. Has not God warned us against false prophets and lying wonders of the last days? All true prophets have spoken in the name of the Lord-”Thus says the Lord.” The enemy gains great advantage because people love extraordinary manifestations, signs and wonders. I believe the inordinate love of external signs is used of the enemy to draw people away from the Word of God and from the inward way of faith.The signs that come from God encourage you to die to yourself. (Intimacy with Christ..p21)

Lakeland Revival ?

 

This is a question that you should seriously consider. In the last days many will come and say “lo ,Jesus is here, ” or ” lo , Jesus is there,” and will go and seek Him out . They will travel half way around the world seeking His presence, think about that. Does not Jesus lie within your heart? Your Church? Your community? Where two or three are gathered, has He not promised to be in our midst. Did the Apostles go to the world, or did the world come to the Apostles?

Todd Bentley says that there is not enough time for people to be sanctified so, if people come forward to be prayed for, they are going to get ten years worth of sanctification in one go. When Satan took Jesus up to a great hieght and showed him all the Kingdoms of the world, and told Him that He could have them all if He would only bow down to him, what was going on there? Is not the Lord the Lord of all? In the end, does not every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father?. What was going on was a snare Satan tried to have Jesus step into. Why go to Calvary Jesus? Why suffer at all, I will give you everything you see right now without you having to go to Calvary. Praise Jesus, the Lord was wise to those who promise us the sun and the moon and all at no cost, a shortcut to victory. Well, actually the cost would have been for Jesus to worship Satan.

Brothers and sisters, take the greatest care when you are offered a deal that is too good to be true, the fact is, it is too good to be true. There are no shortcuts in life. And the snake oil salesmen who offer the shortcuts are to be avoided like the plague. We will follow Jesus in the path that He has set before us, we will take up our cross daily, we will be sanctified in the furnace of life.

Be of good cheer though, for He is forging a masterpiece, and it will, when He is finished, rightly fit into the place that He has prepared for it. These promises are made to those who overcome, and be of good cheer, for to be overcomers, we must follow the one who has overcame the world. Jesus, we will bow to no other. We are his and we are bought with a price. Do not sell your birthright for a pot of stew, even if you are momentarily hungry.  Here is a link to Todd Bentley’s testimony of being demon possessed after being born again and Spirit filled.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtSK9TyduR4

Below is the statement from The General Superintendent for the Assemblies of God. Some people say that they did not go far enough, I would probably agree with those that say that but there were many good points made. Before you read it, consider what Madam Guyon says ( a spirit filled woman who was locked up in the Bastille by the King of France for her faith, a woman considered to be a “mystic.”)

Madam Guyon writes…………….I am deeply grieved that so many in this day(she lived 300 years ago, people never change)even some good people, allow themselves to be led astray by the enemy. Has not God warned us against false prophets and lying wonders of the last days? All true prophets have spoken in the name of the Lord-”Thus says the Lord.” The enemy gains great advantage because people love extraordinary manifestations, signs and wonders. I believe the inordinate love of external signs is used of the enemy to draw people away from the Word of God and from the inward way of faith.The signs that come from God encourage you to die to yourself. (Intimacy with Christ..p21)

FROM THE GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT
http://ag.org/top/General_Superintendent/Statement_on_Revival.cfm

From time to time, the General Council receives inquiries desiring comment on various revivals or ministries held in both Assemblies of God and non-Assemblies of God churches.

Rather than attempting to comment on any specific series of meetings, I feel it would be preferable to provide some Scriptural guidelines for assessment. I have great confidence in the maturity of Assemblies of God pastors and laity to make their own judgments and heed the admonition of the Apostle Paul: Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).

The Assemblies of God is irrevocably committed to the inspiration of Scripture, that the Bible provides the assessment tools needed for evaluating doctrine and experience, and is deeply hungry for the continued filling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Our former general superintendent, Thomas F. Zimmerman, once compared the Holy Spirit to a mighty river, and the Scriptures to the banks of that river. Brother Zimmerman said that great harm occurs when the river overruns the banks, but that the river does great good when it stays within the banks.

Thus, it is well for us to look at the safeguards the Bible provides in helping us “test everything.” Here are the questions we should always ask.

Is Jesus Christ exalted? The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to testify about Christ; and to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come (John 15:26, 16:. To the Corinthian church that had become overly enamored with charismatic manifestations, the Apostle Paul reminded them that “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Thus, the focus for any lasting revival always must be on Jesus. The Holy Spirit has not come to glorify Himself, or any human or angelic personality.

Is the Word of God proclaimed? Every revival with lasting effect has always been rooted in the preaching of God’s Word. This is in keeping with the spread of the Gospel in the early Church as recorded in Acts.
• Following the first persecution, they “spoke the word of God boldly” (4:31).
• Following the second persecution and flogging, “day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped preaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ” (5:42).
• After the selection of deacons, “the word of God spread” (6:7).
• Resulting from Saul’s persecution of the church, “those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” (8:4).
• Samaria “accepted the word of God” (8:14).
• The Gentiles of Cornelius’ household “received the word of God” (11:1).
• Paul and Barnabas preached “the word of God” on their first missionary journey and “the word of God spread through the whole region” (13:46, 49).
• Before departing for their second missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas and many others “taught and preached the word of the Lord” at Antioch (14:35).
• The Holy Spirit kept Paul and Barnabas from “preaching the word in the province of Asia” (16:6).
• The Bereans “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (17:11); Paul “was preaching the word of God at Berea” (17:13).
• At Corinth, “Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God” (18:11).
• Through Paul’s ministry at Ephesus, “all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (19:10).
• Paul’s farewell words to the Ephesians elders are: “For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God” (20:27).

It is clear from the above references that great focus was given in the early Church to the preaching of the Word, sometimes also identified as proclaiming the Gospel. This is consistent with the first commitment of the early Church following the day of Pentecost – “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine . . .” (Acts 2:42).

Thus, a doctrinal test for any revival is whether the content of the preaching is the same as Jesus and the apostles. The Word of God stands over personal viewpoints. Any Biblical revival must “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). If so-called truth is being proclaimed that cannot be found in Scripture, then that proclamation violates the specific announcement of Scripture that the faith “was once for all entrusted” and such a proclamation also deviates from the apostles’ fidelity to preach the Word, and from the early Church’s devotion to the apostles’ doctrine.

The Azusa Revival (1906-1909) unabashedly proclaimed that the sure plumb line of truth was God’s revealed and written Word. Elder Seymour and others were criticized sharply for their insistence on “checking everything out with the Word.” But, they were unashamed. In fact, Seymour responded to these criticisms in the September, 1907, issue of The Apostolic Faith.

”We are measuring everything by the Word, every experience must measure up with the Bible. Some say that is going too far, but if we have lived too close to the Word, we will settle that with the Lord when we meet Him in the air.

Miraculous manifestations are never the test of a true revival – fidelity to God’s Word is the test. Jesus Himself said there would be many who would do miracles in His name and even cast out demons, but He does not know them (Matthew 7:15-23). Jesus warned that “many false prophets will appear and deceive many people” (Matthew 24:11). Paul warns, “If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing” (1 Timothy 6:3). To the Galatians, Paul writes: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned (Galatians 1:. Paul also warns us: “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connections with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow” (Colossians 2:18-19). Peter warns us that “there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies . . . Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

In summary, the message must always be examined. If the message and the messenger line up with God’s Word, then the revival is on safe Biblical ground and it should and must be embraced. If not, then even though miracles and manifestations occur, it should be avoided.

This raises the question of how can healings and miracles occur if the message and/or messenger are not consistent with Scripture. The attribution for the healings and miracles is the grace of God and his mercy for hurting people.

3. Are persons repenting of sin, and being baptized in water and the Holy Spirit? Repentance has been called the first word of the Gospel because it is the initial response called for by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), Jesus (Matthew 4:17), the Twelve (Mark 6:12), Jesus after His resurrection (Luke 24:47), Peter (Acts 2:36), and Paul (Acts 26:20). With repentance comes baptism in water and the overwhelming or baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39).

Unless these initiatory events of the Christian life occur, along with the sanctifying work of the Spirit that leads to a holy life – then the miracles, crowds, and enthusiasm will quickly wane.

Of course, there are additional questions that can be raised, but my purpose is to give some starter reflections for those who have honest hearts to “test all things” as Paul admonished. If the above three questions cannot be answered with a resounding yes, then perhaps other questions are unnecessary.

The modern Pentecostal revival is now over 100 years old. Within that revival, there have been some significant centers of activity. For example, the Azusa Street Revival generated a missionary movement whose effects we still see today. The Charismatic Renewal brought refreshing both to Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal believers. However, there have also been some tornadoes that have brought destruction. In other words – there have been good winds and ill winds.

It is our responsibility to maintain a deep hunger for God and to keep our focus on the mission He has given us: to bring glory to God, to evangelize the lost, and to make disciples. We cannot do this on our own. We need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit along with the signs that follow those who believe.

Someone has said that revivals are like child birth. They are messy, but you like the final result. Certainly, every revival has been marked by some elements that would be regarded as extreme. Dr. J. Edwin Orr, who studied and wrote more on the history of revivals than anyone else in Christian history, told me once that revivals are like a cabin on the Maine coast that has been shuttered up for the winter. When the winds begin to blow, the first thing that begins to make noise is all the loose hinges and shutters. And, that may well be the case – so we must be cautious at the initial onset of a revival to let some “loose hinges and shutters” have their freedom – but, ultimately, if the revival is to have enduring fruitfulness, it must be pastored carefully with doctrinal soundness, moral and financial accountability, and care to give publicity to Christ rather than to the revival.

The Azusa Street revival had such enduring fruitfulness precisely because the three questions raised above can be well answered – both then and now: Christ was exalted, the Word of God was the plumb line, and people responded to the Gospel with repentance, and baptism in water and in the Spirit. And, like the early Church, they were full of the Holy Spirit and went everywhere to share the Good News!

Let us keep the prayer of Habakkuk (3:2) in our hearts and on our lips:

LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day,
In our time make them known.

Your brother in Christ,
George O. Wood
with the concurrence of the Executive Presbytery of
The General Council of the Assemblies of God

19 Responses to “Lakeland Revival”

  1. Dan said

    Thanks for this post. If Bentley openly says people don’t need to repent or be confronted by the Word or sanctified, then that is not good. Obviously. I do know this is having a huge impact on people, with churches in my area buying into it, and some who have sent people there who give their churches glowing reports about what they saw.
    I don’t want to say this guy is a false prophet but so far I don’t see the prayer, repentance, confession, Scriptured centeredness of the older revivals. But I wonder with the anemic spiritual state of the church in the states, and the easy believism and materialistic Christianity being promoted, if America is really honest and mature enought to deal with a true revival, and make the sacrifices necessary– intense prayer etc… for one to happen. My gut feeling- and I’m no prophet by any stretch- is that there has to be a major economic reckoning to drive us to our knees. That’s about the only way I see a revival happening.

  2. appolus said

    Hi Dan….Thanks for dropping by, I think that you make some excellent points on the potential for revival in America. The really sad thing is that Christianity is in such a low state in Britain and Europe, that the Christians there look at America, compare it to themselves, and think that things are wonderful here. This major economic reckoning that you are talking about is something that I have wrote about before. David Wilkerson(a man that I admire) prophesied just such a word back in the 90s and recently just wrote about it again. This , I believe, will be the judgement on all Americans. This idol of the “American dream,” will be brought into perspective. If our faith and trust is in money and material things, then I think we are in for a rough ride. Funny how those who call themselves Prophets, always prophesy that things are going to get better, everyone is going to prosper and all will walk in perfect health. They appeal to the most basic of human instincts found around the world and in every society, health and wealth. This is not the appeal of Jesus. He tells us to count the cost, He asks us if we are willing to die, He tells us that we have to pick up our cross and follow Him daily. He tells us to pursue riches that are eternal and store them up in heaven. It does not take much Biblical knowledge to know that the false prophets of these last days preach the opposite of what Jesus taught. How could this happen? According to Barna, this is the most Biblically illiterate generation in 300 years. That is how it happens, “My people persih through lack of knowledge.”….Frank

  3. appolus said

    Hi Dan….If you click on the first video on my front page called “Revival Hymn,” you will hear some genuine men of God talking about genuine revival and what it takes…..Frank

  4. Dan said

    Frank, thanks for your response; yes I saw the revivalhymnvideo and it is very powerful. In a Bible study the other night I asked the people if they would be willing to pray hour upon hour for revival and God’s mercy, as happened before the Lewis and Welsh revivals; they couldn’t imagine praying that long and wouldn’t know what to say. And I probably wouldn’t either- to be honest the price is high. Am I willing to pay it? The Holy Spirit has to convict you before anything like this can happen. On my own power I cannot do it.

  5. appolus said

    Hi Dan…You raise an interesting point about responsibility. Is it the Holy Spirit’s responsibility for our hunger or our thirst? When the Scriptures compel us to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…….” What part do we play? Will God place a hunger and thrirts inside of worldly people? Will He place it inside of a people who are pursuing their own dreams ? Or, do we have to position ourselves in order to receive? If our eyes are not on Him, would we not have to take our eyes of of what distracts us and look to Him? If our hands are full of stuff and we expect to receive from Him, will we not have to lay our stuff down? If we are to come into the Holy of Holies, would we not have to visit the brazen alter first, bring our junk to Him and have it burned up? In order to bring our junk would we not have to “humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, then He would hear from heaven and heal our land?” Yes, we have our part to play and we are well able to do it, now, how badly do we want it 🙂 ? Something to ponder brother , look forward to hearing your thoughts……….Frank

  6. caron123 said

    Thanks for the post!

    For your readers, check out: http://www.justinpeters.org and click on “demo.”

  7. appolus said

    Hi Justin, thanks for dropping by. I sent you an e-mail yesterday, did you get it ?………Frank

  8. Dan said

    Frank, regarding questions of our responsibility in the revival process; Ravenhill and others are quite emphatic that without genuine and gut wrenching prayers revival will not happen. They also say that revival may not happen even with that sort of prayer because God calls the shots. Our motivations are crucial here. Do we want a revival for God’s sake of for our own glorification? Do we pray for revival just so our own congregations will grow so we get the glory? God will stop sending us His power if we want to use it for our own advancement, which Gurnall points out in vol. 1 in “The Christian in Complete Armour”. I know I’ve done that and can attest that God does not honor this. I think this is a huge block against revival in this age and place. There has to be an authentic desperation that we cannot fake; God cannot be fooled. And so this brings me back to the idea that something drastic needs to happen before revival comes.

  9. appolus said

    Hi Dan….I could not agree more. I believe that the Lord has witheld the rain for the reasons that you stated and others. He has withheld it and He will release it for His own purposes and His own glory. Perhaps He will even release it becuase of His love for the world and that His church is such a poor witness right now, at least in the Western hemisphere. If you click on to the China video on the left of my blog I think you will be richly blessed Dan. A revival of tears and one where the center is Jesus and Him crucified…………Frank

  10. timbob said

    Greetings. Sorry for the delayed absence. This post covers a most needful topic. Never has it been more crucial than today for searching the scriptures daily to see if what’s being presented lines up with truth. While I wholeheartedly believe in the gifts of the Spirit as outlined in scripture, I also believe that those outlines are critical. If a person is seeking signs for the sake of seeing signs, they’re opening themselves up for deception. The outline from the Assemblies of God has some really good guidelines.

    This is a generation that, in large, is woefully lacking in discernment and has been “programmed” to seek after a show. The world has fostered this mentality and it has carried over into the church. The warning that Jesus gives us in Matthew 24:24 should cause us to all pray with out ceasing and searh the scriptures diligently.

    I have a lot of thoughts on this subject,however, I try to be really careful on how I word things concerning it. I like the above sentance “but if we have lived too close to the word, we will settle that with the Lord when we meet him in the air.” Thanks.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus; the name that is above all other names.

    timbob

  11. appolus said

    HI Timbob…Thanks for dropping by, and , as always, I appreciate your thoughts and comments. I too am a believer in all the gifts of the Spirit, Tongues and all. I speak in tongues and the Lord has spoken through me. I have seen miracles, I have received a healing form a chronic illness(Read, “Anatomy of a Miracle.” )And all of that lay within the confines of the Word. All of it was completely orthodox. What is being taught at Lakeland, whether it is demon possession of Born-again Spirit filled Christians, or 10 years worth of sanctification in one fell swoop, all of this lies outside the bounds of the Word of God. When these things are being taught, things that violate the Word of God, one does not even have to look at the “manifestations.” Now the “manifestations,” are a whole other subject. When Moses went up into the mountains , and it seemed like he was not coming back, the Israelites took their treasures, treasures the Lord had blessed them with as the departed the world, as they departed Egypt, and melted them all down and created an idol. Oh the horror that Gods people would make a golden calf, and bow down and worship the works of their own hands and have a “party in the desert.” Well, Lakeland may not be the desert, but their is a party going on. When the Lord of Hosts returns, will He find faith on the earth? Or will he interrupt the party of the blind?

  12. Caron said

    Check this out:

    *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”. …
    Slice of Laodicea – http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com

  13. appolus said

    Justin is certainly a Godly man……Frank

  14. Paul said

    Thanks For your blog, God bless you 🙂 Jesus is alive! Praise God for Todd’s boldness to step out and trust God. Come Holy Spirit 🙂

  15. appolus said

    Hi Paul…thanks for dropping by and God bless you too, not sure is you read my post but we can agree to disagree on Todd Bentley………….Frank

  16. Carroll Ann said

    I just finsihed watching the U Tube video of Davis Wilkerson. Praise the LORD FOR GODLY MEN who know the WORD OF GOD.

    My SPIRIT was grieved over what has been happening in Lakeland with the group of FALSE PROPHETS that are there leading Christians astray with a false teachings and signs and wonders.

    THE HOLY GHOST…does not cluck like a chicken…bark like a dog..hit people in the head and yell BAM!!

    If????? People, would stay in the WORD…READ IT…..In The WORD it says that “My people perish for lack of knowledge”…They are not reading…they are looking for others to fill them…And PASTORS…need also to warn their sheep of untruths.

    The HOLY SPIRIT has been my teacher…and He has placed inside of me discerment…to judge the spirits…to let others know..

    The GOSPEL is to simple to understand…The get rich quik gospel is all around us…no mention of sin…repentence…just a place to sit in a comfotable padded chair and hear a feel good gospel…In no way are they preparing them for eternity…What a rude awakening they will have. The road is very narrow and very few enter therein……They are not preaching JESUS and the CROSS..We can not go to heaven unless we are BORN AGAIN and have a personal realationship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE shed HIS BLOOD for you and me…and it is JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED and ROSE AGAIN…..This new so called wind…is of destruction to the body…pulling people away and many loose the bit of faith that they had…WHy? because they had their eyes off JESUS and wee looking for man for the solution..IT IS ONLY JESUS!!!!!!

    There are many people I know….church people that have fallen for this FALSE PROPHETS GOSPEL….gold teeth…gold glitter falling from the sky…ORDS…falling feathers….going to the THIRD heaven…Impartation of the SPIRITUAL GIFTS….( Only the Holy SPIRIT gives the GIFTS)…we can not give the gift that HE gave us to use to someone else….TAKE HEED CHURCH……If you are a SPIRIT FILLED BELIEVERS and have fallen into seeking only after the signs and wonders….ask the LORD to forgive you and get back into the WORD…and listen to the SPIRIT in you.

    I JOHN 4:1 “BELOVED, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of GOD; because many false prophets have gone out into the world”…..( read the rest )

    We have been warned! Let us stand fast..together in the service of our LORD JESUS CHRIST…
    In CHRIST LOVE…
    Carroll Ann
    ONLY JESUS AND THE CROSS where HE shed HIS BLOOD so that we who believe will have ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM.

  17. appolus said

    Hi Carroll Ann…I say God bless to every word of your comments, we are kindred spirits. May the Lord Jesus, and His Word alone be praised…………….Frank

  18. Carroll Ann said

    LOOK AT THIS : It is on YOU TUBE.

    Todd Bentley AKA False Prophet
    He preaches that GOD told him to preach about angels, not JESUS.

    People are still falling for this CIRCUS SIDE SHOW that is directed by satan.

    BELIEVER….PRAY!

  19. appolus said

    Hi Carroll Ann. There is more of this to come in the near future. If it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. So we must pray, as you say, but we must not fall for the fowlers snare. We know that it is ultimately not possible for the elect to be deceived and that good people, brothers and sisters in Christ who seem to have fallen for this, will be corrected in their spirits. Meanwhile, every true Christian must guard the treasures of their heart. They must not allow their peace to be stolen, nor must they, at any cost, become unloving. Let us be as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. God will judge, God will convict, let us simply continue to share the truth in love.When the Lord comes, will He find contentment in our hearts? Will He find faith, a people that are still trusting Him despite the swirling chaotic circumstances of a world entering judgement? Let the oil in our lamps, seperate us from those who have no oil……..Frank

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