“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith that this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulations produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30.
Down through the centuries there have been many revivals that sprang up like wild fire, burnt a bit and died? They were not centered on the development in the life of the Christ like character in the lives of their adherents. They forgot that Christians were predestined to be conformed to the image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who is the firstborn among many brethren. The revival went off on wonderful tangents but not on the center which is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. When all is said and done, at the end of life besides the good works that we have done and have gone before us, the only thing that Christians take with them is the character of Christ in them.
Miracles, signs and wonders are wonderful and great as well as the glory manifestation of God but it has to translate into real character change of Christ in us or it has no value for us in eternity. If we win one million souls for Jesus and we are not like Jesus, it is meaningless. We don’t get much reward in heaven for all our efforts. Paul said that we could have faith to move mountains, we could have prophecies to understand all things and if we don’t have love, we are nothing. We need to have a personal transformation in our life is to have the character of Jesus. That is the most important part for and of any revival.
It’s wonderful to live on the promises of God and see them come to fruitrition in our lives and have God’s abiding presence, as a result of hearing God’s voice and to be in God’s perfect will, bringing us to position where we could demonstrate God’s anointing and power. But we still must have the character of Christ which is an inward thing and is not necessarily demonstrated by all the outward things such as mass healing and deliverance! It is important that all the power of God must first flow from us through the character of God in us.
The signs and wonders, the true manifestation of God that comes, flow in proportion to the character of God in us where we demonstrate the character and compassion of Jesus to others. Many Christians are so obsessed with the outward manifestation that they forget that it’s the inward character that is the most important. God’s word is unchanging:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 1 Corinthians 14:1-3
We don’t deny or neglect the gifts of the Spirit but rather we understand that on the basis of the love of God in us and through us they bring edification and exhortation and comfort to men. Having the character of Jesus in us allows the power of Jesus to flow into our life more powerfully and the gifts of the Spirit work more powerfully as we allow the character of Jesus to developed and manifested in us. And everybody profits as a result including ourselves.
The test of a true revival is not the quantity of manifestations and gifts of the Spirit but whether people have become more loving. Have their character been changed? Have pride and arrogance being demoted in their lives rather than being promoted. God judges Christians not only by the power in their lives but also by the fruit. God’s word is unchanging:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
The most important thing in life is to allow God to build the character of Jesus in us so when the gifts flow out of love it will have the effect and impact and will last forever and all will profit from it. Yes, love obeys all the commandments of God! Yes, as well love God we hearken to all the commandments of God and this causes all good things to be upon us, including health abundance, prosperity abundance, and life. When we walk in love and keep the commandments of God we receive all the blessings of God and God will make us the head and not the tail. The health laws and all the other laws flow with the blessings and the promises of God as we walk in love and let the character of Jesus be manifested in us.
It’s to be noted that the most important role of the apostles, evangelists, prophets, pastors, and teachers is to bring the church to be like Jesus in character, in walk, in faith, in power, in everything. And being like Jesus starts in our hearts, in our soul and in our life! The power of God that is in Jesus begins with us becoming Christ-like. And when we have the character of Jesus we will have true prosperity, good health, the power of God in our life and we will glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. We will have faith, virtue, knowledge, knowledge self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. God’s word is unchanging:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 1 Peter 1:2-9
Revival is a joke in America especially when run and started by a family owned and run ministries who are thieves, liars and scoundrels.It seems that all of these family run ministries see the dumb sheep as God sent to be fleeced for their own hidden agenda and growth of their personal kingdom of which they are kings and rule supreme and are not accountable to the public but only to God. But they collect their money from people and not God? And their tax exemption comes from the people and not God? So whom are they fooling? Not God and not the people!
Is it possible that they are really crooks who use the separation of Church and State to fleece the sheep as South African Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne had said, it was their responsibility to fleece the sheep? For in a Howard Browne winter camp meeting in the USF Sun Dome in Tampa Florida attended by two CNT reporters, South African Pentecostal Evangelist Dr. Rodney Howard Browne taught pastors that “sheep needed to be fleeced or they would have too much hair and could not see where they are going. It was the pastor’s job to fleece the sheep.”
Dr. Rodney Howard- Browne had been credited with bringing the laughter revival to America. But from what really happened in Carpenter’s Home Church in 1993 and 1994 and its devastating effect on the community including the robbing, raping and murdering of the sheep, was not much of a revival.
The leadership of the Assembly of God denomination both in Lakeland and Missouri also would not accept the testimony of one of its members Roy Aldrich that he was robbed and raped by money changers and wolves in sheep’s clothing in Carpenter’s Home Church during the so called “revival”. But the State of Florida who cared about justice, righteousness and truth accepted the words and testimony of Roy Aldrich about the Straders.
The Florida State prosecutors proved their case and convinced the jurors that Dan Strader, the son of the senior pastor Karl Strader, devised an elaborate scheme to attract cash in the real-estate and mortgage investments. He was selling the securities without a license and that the securities were unregistered. This was done in an organized method amounting to Racketeer-Influence and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act.
Daniel, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties that didn’t exist or already had liens against them. Others who were involved along with Dan Strader were not pursed by the State of Florida as they felt that the conviction of Daniel Strader was a good example for others to take notice.
Dr. Rodney Howard Browne used his influence and powers to raise money at Carpenter’s Home Church to buy the senior pastor Karl Strader his much needed second Lincoln Town Car. But when Rodney was requested to use his influence and power to raise money for the unfortunate elderly victims of Dan’s Strader, he refused. But when German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s decided to relocate his ministry to Florida, Rodney Howard-Browne decided he would give Bonnke a house. At first he offered Bonnke his own house in Tampa, but Bonnke had to locate in Orlando to be closer to his operational base. It was then that Howard-Browne decided to build Bonnke a new $250,000 home in Orlando. Rodney then drove a brand new car to Bonnke’s driveway. How wonderful of Rodney to be a respecter of persons and to show partiality to the rich?
It is to be noted that Howard-Browne’s standard biography claims he once served as an associate pastor at Rhema. But according to Rhema church officials contacted, Howard-Browne was never an associate pastor-nor did he ever hold any pastoral credentials or responsibilities. Said Kelmeyer: “Rodney was never an associate pastor here. He was an ordained minister by the state and a lecturer at our Bible school, but was not involved in any form of pastoral work.”
Howard-Browne also claimed a “doctorate of ministry degree” from an obscure San Jacinto, California correspondence institution called “The School of Bible Theology.” A state Department of Education employee contacted likened the tiny school, which bills itself as “The Seminary to the World” and has no faculty, to a “diploma mill.”
While most doctorate degrees are earned through serious study at through hard work at a credited University, Life Christian University of Tampa, another diploma mill now related to Dr. Rodney, gives out honorary degrees to prominent Charismatic Christians based on stupidity and has stated:
“Many full-time ministers continue their education to the doctoral level through our Distance Learning program. These doctoral programs can include work in which the minister is currently involved and advanced standing is awarded for published works. Our illustrious alumni include such internationally-prominent ministers as:
Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne
Doctor of Divinity
Doctor of Theology
It’s a fact that many of the so called revivals and their leaders are from the pits of hell and are devoid of “love” which is the mark of a true Christian. Unlike Jesus they take the lives of the sheep instead of laying down their own lives by taking money from the sheep in false pretenses like Todd Bentley did in the so called Lakeland Revival.
Todd Bentley, the criminally convicted homosexual pedophile turned drunken heretic and adulterer who kicked old ladies in the face and stomach on YouTube at the failed Lakeland, Florida counterfeit revival has entered into a biblically adulterous re- marriage while under a “process of restoration” led by biblically proven false prophet Rick Joyner.
Bentley was ring master at a debacle of lunacy and false healing debunked on national TV orchestrated by the infamous Strader family, whom the District Attorney implicated in financial scandals defrauding elderly Christians of millions of dollars. While the Florida District Attorney publicly names Pastor Steve Strader as complicit in the swindling, his brother was sent to prison for over 30 years as a professional gangster under American anti racketeering RICO statutes.
Despite its unbiblical doctrines and practices, Wendy Alec of the so-called “God Channel” denounced opponents of the madness and heresy as being of Satan. Lunatic fringe figures such John Arnott, Rick Joyner, Che An, Bill Johnson, and C. Peter Wagner decided this fiasco was a revival in the character of the similarly failed counterfeit revivals in Toronto and Pensacola.
Bob Jones was debunked as a sexual predator with vulnerable women while Paul Cain was publicly disclosed to be a drunken pervert with a life long history of alcoholism and homosexuality.
So what happened to all the supporters of Todd Bentley at his Coronation at Lakeland, Florida who were very vocal about what God was going to do with and as a result of Todd Bentley? (Todd Bentley’s Apostolic and Prophetic Commissioning 4/4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAnNSiZfgvI )
I guess the deceivers and liars thought that that if they closed their eyes, their mouths and their eyes it would all go away and be just a bad nightmare?
If only such things happened in life where we can just change the TV channel whenever we don’t want others to know how bad and deceived we really are!
But real life is not like that! And the bible tells us:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:15-20
“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Luke 17:3
It’s a fact that Todd Bentley is an unrepentant thief, liar, adulterer, and scoundrel who has demonstrated by his words or deeds. So how can we forgiven someone who is not a Christian but a false prophet who has been rebuked and refuses to repent? We cannot!
And Rick Joyner, the deceiver, did not address at all the real issues like Todd Bentley was and is still an unrepentant drunkard, liar, thief, adulterer and wizard who had not confessed his sins nor repented of them! For example Todd asked for 1,000 people to donate $ 1,000 dollars ($ 1million) so he could make a down payment of $ 475,000 on property on a lake in Lakeland for a love nest for Todd and his mistress Jessa.
Todd stole the money under false pretense and he is obligated by God’s word to restore the money!
And Todd’s wife Shonnah Bentley was just as much of a liar and deceiver who carried on with the masquerade of a perfect and wonderful marriage at Todd’s coronation in Lakeland but knew all about Todd’s being a drunkard and a womanizer!
It’s a fact that all those who were involved in this demonic revival and claimed to be super apostles and prophets and having absolute no discernment about Todd being a womanizer, a drunkard, an adulterer, a liar and a thief before and during the revival! So they and their supporters are not different from Todd or Rick. They are liars and deceivers who are not sons of God but sons of hell!
A blogger named AriseMyLove on April 19, 2009 posted the following that is to be noted:
Rick Joyner is trying to get people to “throw stones” at Todd Bentley so that his critics look like the “Pharisees”.
However, the real criticism of Todd Bentley, let us never forget, is the Satanic teachings of Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, Bill Hamon, Paul Cain, and C Peter Wagner.
Bentley’s sin is simply the fruit of Joyner’s own false ministry.
Let us not fall prey to Joyner’s Anti Christ tactics.
I’d much rather ask the questions of Joyner than respond to his demented videos.
Again, Joyner is baiting everyone to make us look like Pharisees who are casting hypocritical stones at Todd Bentley for his sin.
It is not Todd’s sin that we care about so much, it is the Jezebel breeding ground of false prophecy that we care about, the false teachings of the NAR.
Jesus says that false prophetess Jezebel “teaches sexual immorality”
so Todd’s sin, like Bob Jones sexual sin and Paul Cain’s sexual sin and Ted Haggard’s sexual sin — is all FRUIT of the NAR.
The FRUIT of Lakeland is fornication, adultery, lying and drunkenness.
Jesus tells us to judge false prophets by their FRUIT.
We know who Joyner and Bentley are because of their rotten FRUIT.
We all have sin, Mr. Joyner, so we could care less how you want to frame Todd Bentley now because you both need cash for your “ministries”.
The real question is, Mr. Joyner, how you and your friends “prophesied” so wrongly about Todd Bentley a 10 months ago.
You said, Mr. Joyner, that Todd’s revival was the great outpouring, was a great move of God.
So, repent, Mr. Joyner. Repent Mr. Wagner. Repent, Mr. Jones. Repent, James Goll. Repent Stacey Campbell. REPENT Bill Johnson. Repent Lou Engle.
REPENT, you liars of hell. You should be grateful for Todd’s critics, because someone is giving you the Gospel to save your own souls BEFORE you stand before your Judge!
REPENT RICK JOYNER
And HOW DARE YOU RICK JOYNER TRY TO RE INSTATE TODD BENTLEY TO MINISTRY WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS MINISTERS NEED TO BE OF “ONE WIFE!!!”
The Lord rebuke you, Satan.
P.S. CONCERNING “PASTOR STEVE GRAY IS AN IDIOT CLAIMING HE IS THE LEADING VOICE IN REVIVAL” On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Your opening line is, “their leaders are from the pits of hell and are devoid of “love” which is the mark of a true Christian”. Your title is ‘Steve Gray is an idiot’. Jesus said the world will know you’re His disciple by the love we have for one another. You are called to bring reconciliation and hope through love. Doing the right thing the wrong way is the devils work. That’s what the temptation of Jesus was during his fast and time with Satan. He tried to get Jesus to do the right thing the wrong way. I think you’re doing the right thing the wrong way by being so hateful towards others.
SINCE WHEN IS EXPOSING WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING AND DECEIVERS THE DEVIL’S WORK? IT ISN’T!
AND YOU ARE NOT TO LOVE OR SUPPORT WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!
AND YOU DON’T RECONCILE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING BUT YOU EXPOSE THEM JUST LIKE GOD’S WORD INSTRUCT US TO DO IN EPHESIANS 5 AND TITUS 1
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