Yesterday, we published an article expressing our concerns over the hyper-emotionalism on display at the so-called Asbury Revival taking place at Asbury University, a multi-denominational ecumenical school that is loosely associated with the Wesleyan-Methodist tradition. The school, as we reported yesterday, promotes quite a few unbiblical teachings and doctrines including women in the pulpit and “side B gay Christianity” that is in line with the Revoice movement.
As one pastor put it, “Unless what’s happening at Asbury leads them to repent of promoting and supporting Feminist Marxism, it’s not truly biblical revival.”
But it’s more than just a lack of sound teaching and biblical repentance that demonstrates that this supposed revival is questionable, at best. But it is also the kind of people who are attracted to this movement en mass that further discredits it. The infamous, faux faith healer, Todd Bentley, described the scene as “tangible waves of [the Holy Spirit’s] presence.”
In case you’re not familiar with Todd Bentley, he’s basically a circus clown masquerading as a prophet of God. Todd Bentley was disqualified as a minister after it was found out that he was caught up in multiple sex scandals.
Bentley once claimed he healed seven deaf people in one night and also claims to raise people from the dead. On one occasion, after claiming to raise someone from the dead in a hospital, Chris Rosebrough called the hospital only to say that there was no record of what Bentley claimed. Here, he practices a circus miracle while faking a pirate voice. If nothing else, it’s comedic. What’s sad though is that so many people think this is real.
In 2017, Bentley claimed to have resurrected someone in a hospital in Houston, Texas. A man was brought to the hospital on a heroine overdose and pronounced dead on arrival. According to Bentley, everyone stood around and watched him raise this man from the dead:
But here’s the thing: Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith called that hospital and asked them about it, and they had absolutely no recollection of anyone dying and coming back to life or anything remotely resembling what Todd claimed. Here’s the audio of the phone call:
It’s safe to say that any event that such a false liar and charlatan like Todd Bentley claims is a move of the Holy Spirit should be called into question and examined much further than what the superficial claims are. If Todd Bentley sees it as a move of the Holy Spirit, it most likely isn’t—because if it were, it would cause Todd Bentley to either flee, or repent of his idolatry, charlatanry, blasphemy, and false teachings.