First Dutch Sheets now Peter Wagner

First Dutch Sheets “came out” and now Peter Wagner has added his voice to the Todd Bentley scandal.

Wagner doesn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the situation. He claims that “The Revival Alliance is dealing with Todd Bentley and the fallout from his sin that has been and continues to be exposed.” No one seems to know what is yet to be discovered about what this man has been up to.

He declares,

“Todd Bentley now carries the label of a liar and a deceiver.”

He tells us,

“First of all, Todd has been removed from public ministry until further notice. He has resigned from the ministry he founded, Fresh Fire, so he is no longer a part of that board. It has become clear that he indulged in periodic drunkenness. He has no intention at the moment of reconciling with Shonna, nor does she with him. Their marriage has been torn for years by his emotional attachment with at least one other female whose physical contact went beyond hugging and kissing and holding hands. Enough said-maybe more details will be revealed later-but it was clearly immoral. All of this was skillfully concealed by lying and by swearing close associates who had observed his behavior to secrecy.”

I find one of the most interesting things he says is that there is going to be an attempt in the USA to define a standard regarding “operational beliefs and practices, particularly in our charismatically-inclined evangelical segment of the church.”

This is like Church History repeating itself with a church council producing a creed. They certainly seem determined to prevent a repeat of this tragedy. Wagner says they have a list of 24 serious issues that have emerged.

Now, as I consider some of the outrageous things Todd has done, the kicking, punching and outlandish claims he has made such as his personal visits to the throne room of God, I wonder how much of it will have been while he was under the influence of alcohol.

Where does all this leave us? Christians need to be Biblically literate. There is no better source for revelation for the believer that the ancient scriptures. That is what we as church leaders are called to do above all else.

Note: I have pasted quotes from their original sources so some will notice typos and USA spellings.

It seems Peter Wagner’s full text was not posted on a website but sent as an email bulletin. See this link for a copy.

3 thoughts on “First Dutch Sheets now Peter Wagner

  1. I wonder if all the same leaders who ordained and protected him will now be clamoring to denounce him. At one time there was kudos in supporting Bentley, now there will be kudos in denouncing him.

  2. I expect we will see a bit of tribalism – people in their separate groups, desperate to justify themselves and failing to see the other point of view. Those that were deceived will find it difficult to face it and admit it. Those who were already anti will find it difficult to admit that God had genuinely met with sincere believers.

    In matters of faith, things are usually more complicated than we would like them to be.

  3. Jesus told us to love God and our neighbor and He also told us MT 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

    But my neighbors are not evil and wicked men, wolves in sheep’s clothing, liars, thieves or rapists who prey on dumb unsuspecting sheep just like the sons of Eli did. And God held Eli responsible for not constraining his sons?

    So those who support evil and wicked ones like Todd and the false Apostle and Leaders are no less guilty then Eli whom God judged and killed along with his sons!

    And Apostle Paul told us that we were to expose these evil and wicked men not bless them or entertain them:

    ACTS 20:29 “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 “Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

    EPH 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 5:12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 5:13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

    And Jesus told us all about why Todd Bentley and his friends are hiding and will not come out in the open to repent of their sins and ways:

    JN 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 3:21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

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