Fat Prophet and Mark Byron both comment on the ‘Florida revival’ being led by Todd Bentley. The revival meetings are being broadcast on God TV (cheesy music warning!), so I’ve seen a bit of this myself.
I’m mugwumping on the theological merits of this. It’s hard to get objective information; you either have the Holy Spirit junkies who can’t get enough of Bentley and this “Florida Outpouring” or you have the heresy-hunters who train both barrels at anything charismatic and noteworthy.
What we do seem to have is something that could be the Toronto of the late 00s; TACF had to buy a conference center and convert it into a church to handle their crowds.
At least people will have better weather to visit this revival in. We’ll see how the charismatic pilgrims handle the “air you can wear” of a Florida summer.
The other thing that amazes me is that people are travelling from across the world to Florida to be part of the anointing - there was a pastor there from England the other day when I switched on and he said that he had been watching on the TV at home in England and just felt he wanted to be part of this move of God.
I have over the years in pentecostal churches I have attended seen God move in peoples lives in a very tangible way and it would seem that this is happening in the Todd Bentley meeting so perhaps it is just me being a little sceptical due to my stiff British Upper Lip or of course it could be that I have some concern about the building up of peoples hopes in respect of being healed.
If you don’t have the delights of cable or satellite (or maybe lack the strange inclination to watch God TV), here’s a sample:
My take? Let’s say I have FP’s skepticism. If anyone wants to get me a ticket to Florida, I’d love to do a day or two’s blogging about this.