God’s Heart For Restoration
Last summer I wrote a short history of the Lakeland Revival that was hosted by Ignited Church and lead primarily by Todd Bentley. For reasons I may look at shortly, this is still the most popular page on my blog. My intention was that when I had a little more time I would write an appeal to the body of Christ at large to pray for Todd and his restoration to ministry. My appeal never “made it to print” but the reality that Todd needs people praying to be restored has not changed.
I bring all this up for this reason: Todd has begun the restoration process. Todd has now moved to Morningstar Ministries in the Carolinas and is working with Rick Joyner and their team to repent and be restored. I applaud this step. No matter what you think about Todd, being big enough to admit mistakes and submit to a restoration process in a sign of great humility. I also applaud Rick and his team for being willing to take this head on.
Please begin to pray for Todd and his family as he begins this process. Pray for Morningstar as they take this new step forward in their calling. The level of warfare they experience will surely increase. Whether you agree with everything Todd does or not, he caries a genuine gift of miracles that we haven’t really operated in here in the West. God was forming a gift in Todd to give to the larger body of Christ. His restoration will be of great importance.
Below you’ll find the first of several video updates Rick and Todd are doing to keep the body of Christ up to date on the process. I hope that you’ll use them to interceed for the situation on a more personal level. More video updates can be found here.
We in the body must be about restoration of those who have fallen, no matter how seemingly significant or insignificant they are. We may not in a place to restore a Todd Bentley, but most of us know someone who needs restoration and ALL of us can pray. The days will come when many will be falling away from their walk with the Lord and many will not return to Him. But some will find mercy and for those that do, we must prepare now. Please, join with me in praying for Todd and extending mercy to others around us. I believe the Lord will be pleased.
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- March 31, 2011 -
It’s not about mistakes, we all make those.
It’s about false pride, assumptions, and false premise.
Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the discussion. I appreciate it.
I guess I’m a little confused by your response. Could you clarify?
We assume we know whats going on. The enemy likes us in that place its called false pride, the premise being that someone out there knows what they are doing and again the enemy likes us to think like that.
That way he has control not us.
I guess I would agree with you that Satan does use pride to blind us and distract us. Many times it does lead to us getting off track.
I guess I don’t see the connection, though, between what I wrote and the response you gave. Even if what you said is true and is true specifically about Todd, it still wouldn’t affect whether we’re called to pray for him as he is going through this restoration process.
Galatians 6 says this “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” I take any transgression to mean ANY transgression, including pride. Our level of spiritual maturity is dependent on us being able to stand with the Lord for Todd’s restoration to true devotion to the Lord. I say that as one who doesn’t totally agree with everything Todd does either.
Anyways, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. God has had incredible mercy to mature me through all of my sins, including my own pride and arrogance. I’m reluctant not to give someone else the grace that he passed on to me.
Mercy is when the lord takes over the circumstances and we step back.
Todd awaits mercy, when he steps back the Father will step in.
He is ready to gift Todd, but Todd is not yet ready to receive the gift.
His house is still being cleaned ready for him to receive mercy.