Disappointment in Lakeland, Florida

So yet another Christian leader is fallen, and this time one that has been heavily promoted, particularly by “God TV”. We now know his deception had been going on for months.

Some will feel disillusioned, particularly new Christians who had hitched their wagon to this teacher and his claims. Though not a ‘Toddley’ myself, I can sympathise with those who have been, and are now wounded by the news.

I remember many years ago discovering that a teacher I held in high regard had been in an adulterous relationship for many years and had been deceiving his church, wife, friends, the conference congregations he ministered to around the world, etc. My instinctive reaction, when it all came out, was to question how good fruit could have come from such a bad root. What was it i had received?

I was in no doubt that God had spoken to me (and others I knew) through his ministry. I quickly came to realise that what I had received from God, I had received from God and not from a man. God can communicate through a flawed vessel.

It gives me hope too, for all Christians are imperfect yet we all want to be used by our master for blessing.

Perhaps “God TV” will have learned something from getting their fingers burned. They have been promoting this “outpouring” so heavily I have been wondering if it could have arisen at all without them.

“God TV” is a strange name. Often referred to as the “God Channel” it is a bold claim to be God’s TV channel.

I do know of a God channel mentioned in the Bible, His unique channel of communication to a needy world. It broadcasts around the clock, and around the globe, has done down the ages. All Christians are that channel, see 2 Corinthians 4:7. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all- surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Yes God can use flawed vessels.

My friend George and I were emailing today abut these things. I love the following from his email to me,

“My prayer …, as I’m sure yours is, is that people would not become disillusioned with our God of slow burning, never-ending oil, as a result of this flash in the pan. As you say, it’s a marathon not a sprint!

See my previous posts for my perspective on Todd Bentley and the events in Lakeland in “Toronto, Pensacola, Lakeland..” and “Chasing Intimacy in Florida”.

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