Several people have, some more gently than others, scorned me for stating my viewpoints on Todd Bentley's marital issues and the Lakeland Revival (I stated that "crappy, man-made movements produce crappy fruit" - not my most eloquent words, I know). For the sake of not having to address this anymore, here is the gist of what I've responded to people with. Many of you may not even know what in the world all of the hoopla is about. If you don't, go watch the Olympics and save yourself the time. Yes, I'm kind of laying it all out there.
Few tested the spirits - angels were invoked repeatedly (much more than Jesus was called upon when I watched) and leaders were violent in order to "blast people with the anointing". People, Holy Spirit power needs nothing of our "working it up" or flamboyant assistance - God is the power and we are simply His vessel for it to flow through. I believe with every part of my being that God is grieved when His glory and power is made into a show. As I stated months ago, can you imagine Jesus making spittle in His holy hand and then smacking the blind man as He pummels Him to the ground and cries out "BAM! BAM! BAM!"? I don't think so. Why? He was the power - He was the authority - He was the Healer. The power is not a "thing" to possess, it is something to be possessed by. When men begin to mess with the power of God, whether you've been labeled some great evangelist or not, you are on dangerous ground. The power of God has become some cool byword and manifestations have become some kind of freakshow. Most would rather see some woman writhe and shake "under the anointing" as they yell "fire!" than see a small child quietly, and what would likely be deemed as uneventful, healed. We have become a hype-oriented, excitement fueled, consumer of the glory and it makes me sick. God's glory is His - any experience that I have with it is an honor, a privilege and I stand in awe that He loves me enough to let me experience even an ounce of it. It is not an experience to be taken lightly. Don't even get me started on all of the "Jesus bong" and "glory blast" nonsense that I see people doing these days - it infuriates me to no end.
With this being said, I do not discount what people experienced at Lakeland. The simple fact is, what we deem as "revival" is what God desires us to know and walk in DAILY. Believers run to this meeting and that and want to bask in the glory here and there, yet have little to no personal reality of Jesus in their "normal" lives. Few realize that God's presence can be reality in their everyday life. He is not into productions and meetings. He is looking for hearts that are after Him.
As I heed people's warnings to "be careful", knowing that I am not above reproach, I ask all to see my intention - for people to realize that God is longing to move right in their living room. They don't need to go get special one-time anointings and "more of Jesus than you can get in your town" at this revival, this meeting, this concert, this...whatever - all who intimately know Him have all of Him - and all is absolutely all that we need. I think we can interpret Scripture (Luke 17) to warn us when people begin to say "Come here, Jesus is here. We 'have' Him here!" I will not run to moves and hype. Why? Because God is already moving in our midst here and now! He is already blowing my mind with His glory...here!
Again, I know I am accountable for what I say and do. I truly believe that I'm hearing what the Spirit is saying in this hour and I don't flippantly say anything... even on here. This is not criticism because some guy has tattoos or something ridiculous like that - IT IS A SPIRIT MATTER - period. Example: A lady that I sat across a room from, that had just gone to the revival, even went as far as to say how disappointed she was because "Todd didn't do any healings the night we were there... they only had salvations". Excuse me?
If I don't stand up and declare what the Spirit is saying to me, I am disobedient. I will not tickle ears in order to make people all warm and fuzzy. Who will be a voice in the wilderness that is seemingly teeming with both ends of the spectrum - lame mediocrity or over-the-top super hype? Are these our only options? Can we not walk in assuredness, confidence and power without having to get worked up to do so? I'm personally sick of "Christians" running all over the country to be a part of the latest "God activity". I will see people healed HERE - I will see people delivered HERE - I will walk in the move of the Holy Spirit HERE - I don't need your meetings, rock shows and pep rallies. THE AWESOME POWER IN AND REALITY OF JESUS CHRIST IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY MORE THAN ENOUGH!