Laughter/Toronto/ Pensacola/Lakeland/Bethel /IHOP
There is some truth to the idea of our limiting God by not believing he can do just about anything. But just as important, we can also attribute to him what he is not doing. We need to be careful of either extreme. So how can we know what God is doing? There is a simple solution to this answer, he will never contradict what he has already done.
It was back in 1991 at a Benny Hinn Crusade that we see laughter break out among the children and Rodney Browne is on stage and called forward by Hinn. “Rodney, God has given you a great anointing for this. Let the holy laughter hit them in Jesus’ mighty name…it’s coming [zapped him]…. Pick him up. Now release it on the people, Rodney!” Hinn laid hands on his forehead (transferring the anointing) and he goes down. He then picks him up and inaugurates him into ministry by saying go ahead Rodney. Rodney starts by saying “I command you to laugh in Jesus name “and repeats over and over ad nauseam. This is not the polished stick that the world was exposed to on TBN, airing him on Praise the Lord program or at the Carpenters Home Church. It was raw and awkward but worked nonetheless on those with weak minds that are willing to receive a suggestion they think is of the Holy Spirit..
Rodney commanded “Be filled right now. In the name of Jesus, I command you to laugh right now. I loose the joy of the Lord right now. In the name of Jesus, let it bubble out of your belly right now in Jesus’ name. Let the joy of the Lord bubble out of your belly. Lord make everybody drunk in the . Make everybody drunk in the . In the name of Jesus [repeated 10 times]….Double dose!” ( clip from A Plague in the Land video by Alan Morrison available from CWM)
What I am about to propose (and hopefully prove) is that this whole new movement is not a sovereign move of the Spirit, but concocted up by those who have brought other teaching heresies. Rodney Brown has said revival is something that can be planned… That can be scheduled.
It is what the new age movement has called the paradigm shift, a new way of looking at things. But for this to take place the old must be discarded and replaced with the new. John Arnott agrees with this as he has stated, “We can never go back to Church the way is use to be, never.”
The “new paradigm” is subjective and operated by experience. It uses secular songs, dances and cliches’ and reinterprets them into a Christian view (unorthodox one) anything can have prophetic significance.
Rodney Browne has been the featured speaker at numerous Churches. So who is Rodney Browne? What’s interesting is all the players in this movement are either from the word /faith camp or have an affiliation with them. John Arnott has been good friends with Benny Hinn for years. Copeland and Hagin have long since prophesied of this revival occurring. Rodney Browne is from Ray McCauley’s church which is connected with Rhema -Kenneth Hagin’s ministry. What is significant is that Hinn went to S. Africa in 1986 and was getting people to laugh under his anointing even then (this was at Ray McCauley’s church). This becomes important when we see who Browne seeks out in America to launch his ministry of laughter.
Browne says I knew that there was more, much more…In July of 1979, I cried out to God in sheer desperation. I wanted Him to manifest Himself to me and in me. I was hungry…As I prayed that day, I told the Lord, “Either you come down here and touch me, or I am going to come up there and touch you.” I was desperate. I must have called out to God for about 20 minutes that day. Suddenly, the fire of God fell on me. It started on my head and went right down to my feet. His power burned in my body and stayed like that for three whole days…I was really praying, “Lord, I am too young to die.”
In the fourth day, I am not praying, “O Lord send your glory,” I am praying, “Please lift it off me so that I can bear it.” I was plugged into heaven’s electric light supply…my desire has been to go and plug other people in. My whole body was on fire…Out of my belly began to flow a river of living water. I began to laugh uncontrollably and then I began to weep and then speak with tongues. I was so intoxicated on the wine of the that I was beside myself… (Rodney Howard Browne. The Touch of God. Page 73-74.)
This is similar to those who have had occult experiences but completely foreign to historic Christianity. In 1987, Rodney Browne left South Africa for United States on a mission. In 1990, he preached at Benny Hinn’s church in Orlando, Florida. He had the red carpet rolled out for him so you can lie down on it. The effect of this is to be useless in you witnessing and to look plain silly. Which many in the revival say, God is offending our mind to gain our heart.
Richard Riss refers to “1991 or 1992, Dr. Ron Shaw brought in Reinhart Bonnke (Shaw’s brother-in-law), and there was a tremendous impartation given to the pastors who were there, including Rodney Howard-Browne, who was visiting from Karl Strader’s Church (the first time he was there). Rodney did the offering at that time, and was one of many, many pastors and leaders who received a real impartation from Bonnke.” (A History of the Worldwide Awakening of 1992-1995 Richard M. Riss Eleventh Edition: October 15, 1995 )
We seem to have the same names and players involved in this from start to finish.
Rodney Howard-Browne at Copeland’s meeting prophesied: “This is the day, this is the hour,” saith the Lord “that I am moving in this earth. This is the day that I’ll cause you to step over into the realm of the supernatural. … The drops of rain are beginning to fall to the glory of God.” What drops of rain is he speaking of? The Latter Rain! Nowhere does the Bible say to step over into the supernatural realm. This is what the occult is all about. Brown often says These are the days of the glory of God. But this is not a Biblical teaching but found in the heretical Latter rain theology. Biblically, God’s glory comes to earth with the Glorified son at his 2nd coming and not before, and even then we will not be drinking to become drunk!
“For this is the day of the fire and the glory of God coming unto His Church. Rise up this day…. To drink, to drink, to drink, to drink, to drink, to drink, to drink, to drink, to drink [goes off in tongues]. We drink [more tongues] [he laughs].” Kenneth Copeland then speaks Rodney, while speaking in tongues. Facing Kenneth Copeland, Rodney answered him in tongues apparently understanding what he said. Copeland then laughs in response, Rodney laughs back as if they understand each other’s tongue. And it is a joke (rightly so) this goes on for a great portion of the service.
What is a tongue? It is man speaking to God, not each other and there is no joking involved, it is to be praises from the heart. This alone shows their contempt for God. Whatever their drinking, it is very powerful.
“I remember one service where I just went and sat down for an hour and a half. I just went and sat down. Well, there was nothing else I could do. Total pandemonium–people falling off of their chairs, people crying, people laughing and some were wailing–some were shaking.” (Rodney Howard-Browne, TBN video-taped service which was broadcasted on May 1994, p.23-24.)
It is later at Karl Straders church that Browne releases the people, and they drink up the new wine. Everyone was completely out of control laughing. It got so out of hand at several meetings that people started to run through the aisles because of the erratic energy that was filling them up. They flared their arms up and down like propellers, they danced in front of Mr. Browne like fairies, and they fell when he came close and spoke “the fire” on them. As the new paradigm was accepted it spread throughout the land like a prairie fire in a drought. The real Spirit of the Christ does not make people act erratic but gives them peace, serenity and comfort. What is so holy about laughter, can you imagine going into the tabernacle to minister to the Lord and break out laughing in his presence as a priest? When God’s glory was manifested visibly no one laughed, but mostly feared, they got the shakes on the inside.(Exodus 19:16; Leviticus 9:23-24; Deuteronomy 5:24; Numbers 16:45)
We find that it was Randy Clark founding pastor of St. Louis Vineyard fellowship who after not seeing fruit (for 23 years he had been relatively unsuccessful) and suffering from what he described as spiritual burnout, heard of the manifestations at Rodney Browne’s ministry. But he struggled to go because he was having a problem with his doctrinal differences of Kenneth Hagin. He says God rebuked him, saying, “You have a … denominational spirit if you think you can only drink of the well of your own group.” God then asked Clark a very pertinent question: “How badly do you want me?” (Randy Clark, Catch The Fire ’94, Test Me Now … I will Back You Up, TACF, 10/13/94, audio). Eventually he swallowed his pride and went to attend Rodney’s meeting in Hagin’s Rhema Bible Church in Tulsa Oklahoma. Browne in 1993 laid hands on Randy Clark and he received the the “anointing” that he was longing for and then brought it back to his own church and rest is history.
In Oct.93, Happy Lehmann asked Randy to share at his church and a limited outbreak occurred. Then in November Happy shared what happened at a Vineyard board meeting with John Arnott. Arnott convincingly impressed went home and immediately invited Randy Clarke to come to speak in a four day conference in January 1994, and so was born the newest outbreak known now as “the Toronto blessing.” “Everybody catches it if they soak in it, but were still working under Randy’s anointing.” Arnott says. Yes, but is Randy’s anointing the same as the Holy Spirits?
Arnott had been seeking more as well spending a great portion of 1993 seeking a “fresh anointing.” John Arnott, pastor of the Toronto Airport Vineyard is also close friends with Benny Hinn. A year before he went to maple leaf Gardens in Toronto where Benny Hinn was ministering, it was here where Hinn ministered to both he and his wife and she became drunk in the Spirit.
Arnott explains his experience in seeking the Benny Hinn anointing: “I’d probably had Benny pray for me 50 times, trying to give me what he had [John hadn’t received the anointing until November `93). “I was never sure if I fell down that everything happened so fast that the catchers behind me just grabbed me and pulled me back or if he [Benny] hit me so hard on the forehead that he knocked me down, or whether I just wanted it so bad that I just sort of fell over because that was what expected of me and I’d been kind of lying there on the floor thinking to myself- ‘I don’t feel anything, you know I don’t want to make this or you know hype it or anything in any sense of the word. I might as well just get up from here,’ not in touch with the fact that I was really receiving things of God whether I received it or not.” ( from A Plague in the Land video by Alan Morrison.)
Arnott of the Toronto Vineyard sought this by constantly going to Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, and Claudio Freidzon. At the same time, Randy Clark, St. Louis Vineyard pastor, received the laughing anointing by Browne at Kenneth Hagin’s Rhema Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma . When the “Revival” breaks out at Toronto Vineyard Jan. 20 1994 there is absolutely no mention of Browne’s connection with Toronto through Clark, however Arnott does explain how it is transferred from his Church to others, as well as to his Church. “What happens is, there’s a transference of His anointing where, not only do you see it, not only do you experience it for yourself, but you’re going to take it home to your people.” (John Arnott, Pastor of the Toronto Airport Fellowship, pastor’s Meeting, October 19, 1994) This proves it is not a sovereign move of God but people have to travel to get it, to bring it back to others, to get it. It is passed on by impartation of laying on of hands. Many agree without Randy Clark (or Rodney Browne), there wouldn’t be a Toronto Blessing.
With the additional prayers from Rodney Howard-Browne and an Argentinean named Claudio Freidzon (who received “it” from Benny Hinn and Rodney Howard-Browne began a laughing revival in Argentina ), John Arnott made the breakthrough he was looking for. (Randy Clark, Catch The Fire, TAV, 10/14/94, audio) “In a 1994 sermon Mike Bickle reported that the laughter had started seven years before, with Freidzon. ( Holy Laughter, Charles and Francis Hunter, p.17)
Randy Clark “We’re not yet seeing the healings of the magnitude of the great Healing Revival of 1948 up until around 1957, in that period of time. We’re not seeing that yet, but God says we will not see that, we will see greater than that, … there will be a time of purification, there’ll be a time of persecution, there’ll be a time of testiness, and having walked through that time of purification that we will be vessels that can be trusted and He’ll pour out His Spirit in a major, like we have never seen before. (Randy Clark, Evidence Of This Present Move, Toronto Airport Vineyard, October 15, 1994) Notic the Latter Rain movement of the late 40’s is used as a model. (to learn more about the Latter Rain)
The “new anointing” paradigm shift makes one to act inebriated go dumb, mute, frozen and when they are able to move scream like a maniac, roar like a Lion, etc. Finally things got so out of hand even Wimber had to stop his association with Toronto. Wimber stated in the Jan. 8, 1996, issue of Christianity Today: “I believe that there has been an authentic visitation of the Spirit there. However, I am unable because of my own scriptural and theological convictions to any longer give an answer for, or defend the way, this particular move is being pastored and/or explained”.
A few years ago Benny Hinn tried to distance himself from all the abusive behavior in Toronto. In Hawaii someone in his service started to howl and he said we will have none of that here. On PTL he came right out and said “You have so much today that is pure flesh, yet people have labeled it as the Spirit. It’s not the Spirit, because it’s not centered on Christ. It’s pure emotionalism. Some of what is happening today, some of these manifestations where people are barking, making sounds of animals – I can tell you, that is not the Holy Spirit. It is purely demonic. The does not bark. Only a devil barks. If somebody barks in my meeting, I’ll cast the devil out of that man.” (PTL July 4, 1997)
For once I can agree with Hinn. However, this is quite an interesting dilemma since he was responsible for Browne’s launch into public acceptance and from Browne came forth the Toronto phenomenon.
In 1993, doctors discovered a malignant tumor in Wimber’s nasal pharynx. The cancer and subsequent treatment reportedly caused Wimber to lose more than 100 pounds. John Wimber died from a brain hemorrhage caused by an accidental fall at 63. With all the miracles and the new anointing, none came to his rescue, neither did any of the healing evangelists come to help the one who began the movement of power evangelism and strange manifestations. They never do.
John Wimber never did reject the laughing revival. He endorsed John Arnott’s book, The Father’s Blessing. He merely rejected some of the extreme manifestations of this movement. The Vineyard Association’s statement of December 1995 concluded: “OUR ACTION DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE HAVE REJECTED THE CURRENT RENEWAL. Many of our churches have benefited greatly from this current renewal and have incorporated it into their church life within the healthy and biblical guidelines reflected in the articles and policies published over the past two years. WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE RENEWAL IN THIS WAY.”
Today RHB now has his own Church called “The River” (correctly named).
Next comes Pensacola. This “pandemonium” already practiced in Toronto is now being repeated in Pensacola by Kilpatrick and is even mentioned as a prayer for God to send “Pandemonium. (I challenge the reader to look this up in a dictionary or Encyclopedia to see what this actually means.)
We need to keep in mind all this can be traced back to Hinn who at the time was blowing on people and waving his jacket and they were falling over like a building in demolition. At the time teaching that God had 9 in the Godhead and that each had its own body and soul (this is similar to Mormonism), “God the Father, God the Son, and God the – three separate individuals, one in essence, one in work – and, may I add, each one of them possesses His own spirit-body. ” ( “Praise the Lord”, 10/23/92) He also was teaching that Jesus paid the price by being sin and in Hell and was the first born again man. “He’s [referring to Jesus] in the underworld now. …and the Bible says He was begotten. Do you know what the word begotten means? It means reborn. Do you want another shocker? Have you been begotten? So was He. Don’t let anyone deceive you. Jesus was reborn. (Benny Hinn, Our Position ‘In Christ,’ Part 1,1991)
Along with this he agrees with Copeland and Hagin we are little gods. “Kenneth Hagin has a teaching. A lot of people have problems with it. Yet it is absolute truth. Kenneth Copeland has a teaching. Many Christians have put holes in it, but it’s divine truth. Hagin and Copeland say: You are god. Ye are gods.” (Our Position In Christ” cassette tape #A031190, Orlando Christian Center, 1990)
What does this mean. That Hinn was used to start this whole faulty concept of anointing and revival to a already deceived portion of the Church. From just a few false teachers influence a major portion of the church has ended up in an apostasy today. That’s comforting, considering how many will be coming on the scene in the next generation that were influenced by this one. What crawls in one generation walks in the next. The only way to escape this is run from it.
Those in false teaching are like driving on a foggy road. One car crashes and then others who can’t see either, continue to crash into each car until its one big pileup.
The “Pensacola Revival” is the directly linked to the TB, as the fateful 1995 Father’s Day outbreak . Both Steve Hill and the leadership of the BAG had gone to Toronto to receive the “anointing” personally.
“Strange, unusual and wonderful things started happening after Brenda Kilpatrick came back from the Vineyard church in Toronto, Canada . . . signs of early revival started manifesting in the spring services . . . What had been seen in Toronto started happening among the people of Brownsville . . . Brenda explained how she had a drastic change in her prayer life. ‘I could never be the same again after I returned from Toronto.” (The Source of “The River” By Pastor Bill Randles)
Brenda then proceeds to tell one of these ‘wonderful things’ – being frozen in one position for over two hours! This is the very same occurrence in RHB at Carpenters Church in Florida.
“The time had come for God to allow His move at the Pensacola church. [Brenda explains] ‘We had a friend named Steve Hill . . . He called us about his impartation that he had received from England. He was just on fire with a new anointing of what God had given him. We were so excited and said,’Maybe this will bring revival when Steve comes . . . ‘”
Pentecostal preacher Joseph Chambers wrote in The End Times Newsletter, (March-April 1997, p. 8). “For several weeks leading up to this time [the beginning of the manifestations in Pensacola], some changes had been taking place, and some of the members of Brownsville AOG had been traveling up to Toronto meetings, even taking carloads and vanloads of members along. Mrs. Kilpatrick [the pastor’s wife] made two trips accompanied by the wife of one of the church officers. Revelations Kilpatrick [pastor of Brownsville AOG] started to drive up there one time, but his trip was interrupted and he returned to Pensacola without making it to the Toronto airport vineyard meeting. I saw no mention of this in his book. When this series of meetings began in Pensacola, a lot of organization had to be done in a hurry–namely, the formation of ‘prayer teams’ and how to deal with the people who came forward. The order of the day was: ‘That’s how they do it in Toronto'” (Dr. Herb Babcock, former member of Brownsville AOG, “That’s How They Do It in Toronto!”
“Our pastor’s wife went to Toronto in February or March of 1994, I don’t remember when for sure, but when she got back…without even telling of any of the manifestations she had seen…a few started that very Sunday she returned. She came back healed of things…so changed that Pastor was jealous of the refreshing touch God had given her!
“Then Lindel Cooley became our new worship leader. Our other one was anointed but Lindel brought something more….He, too, had visited Toronto right before he came to Brownsville.”
Kilpatrick showed the congregation a video of a Toronto Blessing service, in which people fall to the floor, “slain in the spirit,” as they feel the Holy Spirit taking over them.
Kilpatrick had followers of evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne attend a Brownsville service, where they functioned as an example of highly expressive worship. Howard-Browne, a dramatically energetic evangelist who calls himself the ” bartender,” is known for promoting the “holy laughter” phenomenon in which people succumb to hysterical convulsions. His followers did that at Brownsville.
It was at HTB that Hill was to receive the “impartation” that he’d transmit to the BAG church, which would become the basis for the “Pensacola Revival.” Hill had first read about HTB in an article in Time magazine titled Laughing for the Lord, August 15, 1994.
Hill said in an interview with Don Nori in the Destiny Image Digest, “We’ve received a lot from the Toronto church on how to pray with people and care for folks. We model a lot of what’s going on here from them.”
Hill had been to Toronto to receive the “anointing.” But sought another anointing in a Anglican church in England, Holy Trinity Brompton.
Hill’s recounts how he received the “impartation” at HTB. Reading the Time magazine article titled Laughing for the Lord, August 15, 1994 lit something in him. He asked his hosts, “Where is the moving in England?” His hosts were members of HTB and loaded him down with literature concerning the “revival.” Hill began to read, “testimony after testimony” of lives changed and of faith renewed, his hunger increased, and he made an appointment with the pastor of HTB, Sandy Millar.
Hill arrived at the church during the prayer meeting, amazed at the sight of it: “I stepped over bodies to get to the pastor. When Sandy touched me, I fell to the ground . . . I was like a kid at Toys-R-Us . . . Then, I got up and ran to a couple and said, ‘Pray for me, man, this is good!’ They touched me and WHAM! I went back down. Some of you, God is going to hit in a powerful way. If you are hungry, get prayed for a dozen times.” (From the Father’s Day video, June, 1995.)
I guess if it doesn’t work the first time be opened to eleven more. Pensacola has become famous for its palsied “chicken walk,” or shake, jerk and fall manifestations. Even the prayer teams themselves were manifesting some form of the jerks, twitches.
Brenda explains one of those ‘wonderful things’ – being frozen in one position for over two hours! like Toronto they claim it was a spontaneous outpouring, just like Toronto they are frozen (which all comes from Rodney Browne). One is given the notion that, “Suddenly, like a rushing mighty wind,” the Spirit blew in on an unsuspecting Pentecostal church taking them by surprise, hitting the pastor in the back of his legs and knocking him over. But there was an anticipation that something was definitely going to happen.
[Brenda explains] ‘We had a friend named Steve Hill . . . He called us about his impartation that he had received from England. He was just on fire with a new anointing of what God had given him. We were so excited and said, ‘Maybe this will bring revival when Steve comes . . . ‘”
Revelations Kilpatricks statements reveal the his understanding of this move, “THIS IS NOT A PREACHING REVIVAL,” (Revelations John Kilpatrick Leadership Meeting Oct. 1996, Kerrville, Texas)
If not preaching then what? “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom. 10:17) Peter preached the Word, three thousand were added that day. We are told to preach the word, we are sent to preach, not to make them twitch and shake. But he is right it is not a preaching revival in the same way Toronto was not either.
Evangelist Steve Hill, a Pensacola’s Brownsville Assembly of God, interviewed on TV’s “20/20,” explains his experience “I didn’t believe in God, but…out of desperation…I said, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.’ I just began to say that name, and a power came through my body....” This same chant is seen at the services invoking Jesus. This is how he was born again, a highly unusual and non biblical way.
Well the church of Witness Lee (local church) does the same thing, just chant Jesus. The more you say his name the more power of his presence is there.
Steve Hill enthusiastically moving from one seeker to another at Brownesville touching the middle forehead yelling, “More, Lord!” this is the same as Toronto The result is always the same-the spirit is imparted and it causes seekers to shake, laugh, roar, fall out, etc. all the same things at Toronto.
Hill chants the name,” ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!’ A peace, a warmth such as I never felt before, flooded my body. This power rushed in like a river and took command of everything. I kept crying out His name, louder and louder: ‘Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!’ The more I said it, the greater was my deliverance.” (Hill, The Pursuit of Revival, 30)
This is what the cults do to beckon the spirit to manifest. The repetition of words over and over is a New Age occultic technique called a mantra. as Hindu mantras “Aum” or “Hare Krishna”-invoke a spirit. The Gnostics said iii eee oooo and other such syllables to invoke the power.
When a willing subject is found in a passive state and a mantra is repeated, a demonic power overcomes the speaker. This is exactly how Hill describes his conversion! Where in the Scripture does it instruct someone to do such a thing?
Hill does the same , repeating “More, Lord!,” and “Fire! Fire! Fire!,” to summon and pass on the spirit at the Brownsville “revival.” For instance, the Brownsville prayer team, the group that prays for people at Hill’s altar calls, is instructed to impart the spirit only by touch and the repetition of words (cliche’s). Dr. Herb Babcock, former prayer team member explains, “While on the prayer team, we were instructed to NOT pray in Jesus’ name. We were told to NOT pray for the needs of people. The only thing we were to do was touch people on their forehead and say, “More, Lord!” and keep repeating that until there was an “impartation” of the spirit being promoted in these meetings.” Babcock continues, “If the person did not respond in a reasonable time, move on to someone else. Any deviation from the limited procedure would result in being removed from the prayer team, which did happen to a few individuals.” ( Dr. Herb Babcock, “That’s How They Do It In Toronto!,” The End-Times and Victorious Living, Vol. 11, No. 2, March/April 1997, 18.)
This is exactly what Rodney Browne states! Fill , fill, there it is , the fire etc.. Coincidence, not really.
Hill has stated in rebuttal to his critics, “The second mark of a God mocker is a fear of confrontation and change. They are so stuck in religious tradition that they are closed to new revelation. … (How anyone can come into a revival meeting in Brownsville and fail to feel Jesus is beyond me! I can’t imagine it.)” (Stephen Hill, The God Mockers, chapter 1)
This is similar again to what Browne states to his critics. “Pharisees, Saducees. wouldn’t sees.”…”You can’t understand what God is doing in these meetings with an analytical mind,’ he says. ‘The only way you’re going to understand what God is doing is with your heart.” (Holy Laughter, Albert James Dager, 1996)
In 1996 Steve Gray of Smithon Missouri went with is wife to visit Pensacola. He states he went not to get something but to see “as Moses went to o see the burning bush.” While he may admit he went not to get “it’ he certainly believed it was God he went to see, as the analogy tells all. After the revival services he says that God spoke saying “he wanted you to have revival.” This again shows me that this is man centered, because God would never say such a thing since it is by his spirit alone that revival comes from. He never tells anyone to ‘have a revival” but to repent and from this attitude he may or may not send one.
Steve was depressed and couldn’t fathom the thought But God told him,”I didn’t say I want you to be a revival. I said I want you to have a revival.”
When he got back to his Church on the 2nd night God poured out his power, healing and restoration on the entire congregation. he describes “the air felt like a waterfall flowing with waves and waves of the glorious river of God. So was born the Smithton outpouring. There have been over 200,000 people from all over the world that have visited since Mar. of 1996.
Now where is the tie in besides Toronto look at what Pastor Kilpatrick says, “Brother Kenneth Hagin and Brother Kenneth Copeland have done an excellent job along with others on teaching us about the authority of the believer.” (Glory on Your House , John Kilpatrick) Where does the source come from? The common denominator is traced to the word faith movement. Hagin, Copeland, Hinn.
Personally I would like to believe this is genuine but when one knows of the trail that this all came from, how can something that came from Pensacola, that came from Toronto and came from Copeland, Hagin, Rodney Browne via Benny Hinn and even further back into the Latter Rain be authentic?
Well this has been quite a ride (though a short one) of tracking the spirit manifestations from its infancy to its current teenage state. As it spreads further it will mature into its real purpose.
The teaching of anointed ones who dispense the “it”. This spirit is localized and transferable from Benny Hinn, Rodney Browne, and Toronto. Go to Toronto, Brownsville to “receive a fresh touch from God.” But you cannot receive this spirit unless someone that already has received it, gives it to you.
These are pilgrimages to “power centers” (anointing) where the spirit is in manifesting is exactly what Jesus warned about in MT.24 “When they say to you, ‘Look here is Christ or there he is’ go not after them . . . “(the newest one is to TB Joshua in Nigeria)
It is not, “Look here is Jesus,” but “Look here is Christ.” The word “Christ” means ” anointed one.” They go to Toronto or Pensacola for “the anointing” from an anointed one, not for the teaching of Jesus. In fact most of the people participating in these spiritual movements care little for teaching- they are there for an experience.
There are testimonies of a experience but How does God authentically change a life? The new model says that God changes people by “zapping them” and they have an immediate experience, he operates on them, they feel him. There is no such thing as this in Scripture except for the immediate born again experience of salvation. And more often than not people will not feel a thing.
Constantly the people are sent messages like “Some of you are going to feel a heavy sensation in your arms and legs. That’s God. You’re going to fall down, or you will feel numb and can’t move. Others are going to feel heat, or electricity and some of you will start to laugh or cry.” This is sensual feelings from the outside, true spiritual activity is from within if one possesses the new nature. this is no different than what the gurus gave to their devotees in shakti-pat.
We should be careful not to confuse the sensual with true spirituality. Certainly there are times God can be felt but feelings are to be ruled by the spirit of self control, which demonstrates true spirituality. One need not wonder what needs to take place for the church to be removed from the faith. Something must come to undermine the peoples objective discernment by either replacing it or changing it. Feelings and experience are a hard taskmaster to live by. Jude whose book is about contending for the faith and apostates in the Church warns us of those who are ” sensual persons.” they cause divisions (heresies) not having the Spirit. Those who do not have the spirit or are not having him work by them will often do gyrations to convince themselves and others they do!
I watched a baptism conducted at Pensacola on video and some people go wild, thrashing and fighting as they are dunked. They look like they need deliverance instead of officiating a welcome into the body of Christ. I thought baptism was to illustrate the old person is dead, in these they ( the old nature) becomes more alive.
Hill has said, “I’ve come home with wounds and bruises all over my body, friend. This is revival!”Power and activity = God, is a dangerous road to travel on.
Today’s revival is filled with dumbfoundedness, collapsing (slain), stammering, slamming, paralysis all kinds of acts of violence and one can act like a Looney bird and blame it all on the Spirit. (just look at the Toronto video of John Scotland drunk and singing I shot the Sheriff to see the hard truth).
As of late Pensacola is now defunct as Steve Hill, Michael Browne and Kilpatrick have gone each their own ways and not peaceably. I guess you can sum it all up by the new wine turning to sour grapes.
Tommy Tenney is now making the rounds with his God chaser concept to Toronto and Pensacola.
When God is our portion in our life, no matter what our life currently holds for us, the church will come alive. Then we will push back the powers of darkness (falsehood) having Jesus exalted in the right way. In TRUTH! contending for the faith in an objective manner being able to give many convincing proofs.
Sometimes when people are involved in something of this magnitude and for some time they need to step back for a while and reassess from an outside perspective. Proverbs says to hear both sides of a matter before one makes a decision, many have obeyed the voice beckoning them to jump into the “river” the waters fine!
The lines of Christian practice are widening and soon one will not be able to cross over from one side to another.
I would encourage you that if you haven’t received your inoculation of TB (Toronto blessing) then you will be susceptible to BP and other “new” and “fresh” anointings and fires (really spiritual viruses) coming. Get inoculated now while there is still time, before the great deception happens and there is no cure.