The State of the Evangelical Movement – from Ed Stetzer with my own thoughts interjected

These notes reflect my own impressions of what Ed Stetzer had to say at the recent Dwell London event. He was doing a seminar for cross-cultural workers to help them understand the current evangelical movement.  There are many of my own comments entwined with what Ed actually had to say. So blame me, rather than him for anything you disagree with, and credit him and not me for anything useful! Anytime I use the word “I” in these notes, this definitely reflects my opinion, not Ed’s necessarily. An … [Read more...]

Gifts of The Spirit —Discerning Spirits, Tongues, and Interpretation

So far I have shared a transciption from my recent sermon of my general thoughts on the gifts, on the word of wisdom and word of knowledge, and on miracles, faith, and healing. Today we move to discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation.DISCERNING OF SPIRITSThis is a gift of recognizing the work of the enemy, but also recognizing the work of God. Sometimes I think we panic. Could it be the devil? Could it be God? Actually, God gives us this gift so that we can tell where the spirits … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Reason, Understanding, and the Word

Last Monday I shared some of the things that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed we should not do when weighing whether what appear to be gifts of the Spirit are genuinely from God. This week I am sharing his view on the positive ways of testing and examining these gifts. My paraphrase of his tests is as follows:1. We should use our human reasoning and understanding.It's interesting to see his stress on wisdom, led, of course, by the Scriptures, but the use of our brains nonetheless. It's a sad … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Why Discernment is Vital

As a believer living in the West, I'm constantly reminded of the need to exercise discernment, especially when it comes to matters such as claims of spiritual gifts and the activity of the Holy Spirit. I thought today I would go to one of my favorite works by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Joy Unspeakable.Directly before this quote, the Doctor points out that in all ages there are two main dangers confronting Christians when they need to evaluate claims regarding the reappearance or revival of gifts in … [Read more...]

Todd Bentley "Has Separated From His Wife" Amid Reports of an "Unhealthy Relationship"

UPDATEThis from a fresh notice placed today on Todd Bentley's website ". . . we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal … [Read more...]

AUDIO – Terry Speaks About Todd Bentley and the Lakeland, Florida 'Revival'

UPDATE - Todd Bentley has now stepped down from ministry after separating from his wife.Regular readers of my blog will know that I published some posts last week on the events in Lakeland, Florida. Terry Virgo has now made available online a talk on the subject that he gave on the events at the recent Newfrontiers Prayer and Fasting leaders meeting. You can download it or listen to it here. … [Read more...]

Jesse Phillips Gives His Final Conclusions on the Lakeland, Florida 'Revival Meetings' with Todd Bentley

UPDATE - Todd Bentley has now stepped down from ministry after separating from his wife.Over the last few days we have been reflecting on events in Florida. This will be the final post. To read the complete series, please visit the following posts:Todd Bentley and the Lakeland, Florida ‘Revival Meetings’Worship at the Lakeland, Florida ‘Revival Meetings’What is Happening in Lakeland, Florida, by Jesse PhillipsTerry Virgo Continues His Reflections on the Lakeland, Florida ‘Revival Meetings’Jesse … [Read more...]

More Reflections From Jesse Phillips on the Lakeland 'Revival Meetings'

Having shared my own thoughts, along with Jesse's view of the worship, and some other events of the evening, as well as his subsequent reflections, we resume Jesse's report today, beginning with more of his reflections on the meeting he attended. “Fourth, there was not an emphasis on preaching from a doctrinal standpoint; rather, there seemed to be a great emphasis on faith, wholeness, healing, and inner light. Again, many things were said that are true. But I think what was missing was that the … [Read more...]

Jesse Phillips Reflects on the Lakeland, Florida 'Revival Meetings'

So far, I have shared my thoughts, and my friend, Jesse, has reported on the worship and other events of the evening he attended. Today he begins to reflect on his thoughts, looking back on that experience. “Those are the events that stand out in my mind as I look back over the evening. I was able to draw out my father-in-law a bit, who has been to Toronto and Kansas City during various times of outpouring, and develop some perspective about the Lakeland Revival. There were several things that s … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo Continues His Reflections on Todd Bentley and the Lakeland, Florida 'Revival'

UPDATE - Todd Bentley has now stepped down from ministry after separating from his wife.UPDATE - Terry Virgo has also made the audio of his short talk on Todd Bentley available.I wanted to continue to post some reflections on the events occurring in Florida. Terry Virgo has now posted the second part of his comments, so I thought I'd share all the links we have so far, and then end the post with some quotes from Terry's latest post. There are also several more posts from Jesse Phillips which … [Read more...]