On revival, healing, discomfort, and Todd Bentley - back off ya'll (Acts 5:38-39)

"'So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!' So they took his advice," Acts 5:38-39

Everyone is complaining about Todd Bentley. Some think he's good, others think he's evil. Some think he's from God, others straight from hell. I hate to use a whole blog entry to discuss this topic but since I could apply it to a verse I thought it fitting.

I take a different stance than most people, and I think mine is easier. Simply - WE DON'T KNOW. And it's really not worth worrying about.

The truth is, God uses people that make you uncomfortable. He'll use people and situations that none of us can comprehend. He is after all, GOD. He's not you. He's not me. He doesn't think like us. In fact, the absolute BEST thoughts you can think about who God is or what methods He might use are still infinitely lower than His worst thoughts.

That is, when you sit down and say "Kicking someone in the stomach is not how God works," you're just absolutely, unequivocally WRONG. I'm not saying that is how he would or will work, simply - who the hades are we to put Him in such a box?

If God wants to save the world through nuclear bombs, He can. He can drop bombs on all the major cities of the world and heal everyone who is in the blast radius (instead of have them vaporized).

It's GOD guys. It's not us. I'm not saying Todd is straight from God. I would imagine like the rest of us he is an unhealthy mix of things from the flesh and things straight from God. These revivals typically have a good mix of things and people who are healed, and people who are completely slimed and undone by what happens.

God can work with the messy. God can work with unhealthy believers. He's God. And we're not. If you're in Florida, I say go check him out, you might even be blessed. Don't take everything he says as straight from God, but remember, the Lord might very well be using him in some weird ways that make you uncomfortable. He has the freedom to do that. He's not a pastor who has to please a congregation, he is the All Mighty. And you, my fellow bloggers... are not.

If he's not from God, he'll just fail. But if he is, it would behoove you not to stand in his way. Take the safe path, it would be a bummer to get to heaven and find out you had stood in God's path.

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