Saturday, June 02, 2012

There'll be a revival whether I can verify it or not

[Posted at Bene Diction Blogs On jan 23, 2012] The story in the Sunday Express newspaper aside, Todd Bentley is very happy with the "explosion...of miracles" during his recent trip to Britain. Or so one of his minions writes in an e-mail about his UK tour which was sent out a few weeks ago. In there are various somewhat vague accounts of a lady who had a stroke and was healed through one of Bentley's prayer cloths and a girl who was healed of dyslexia and went to her school and had a spectacular result on a test. "Todd was able to break down for what we believe to be the beginning of a huge move of God coming to the UK," the e-mail notes. Small problem, though. Although the stories are good, if true, it's going to be hard to verify that they happened. What is the name of the lady who was healed by the prayer cloth? What is that name of the student? Where do they live? Back at the Lakeland Revival, Todd Bentley complained about the Sunday Express' coverage of his plans to come to Britain at that time. He said then:
....Oh, they did a terrible story on me in England, I know. Terrible story. Blown out of proportion. Never verified the facts...."
Well, Bentley can't really continue with this complaint against the press, if he makes it difficult, if not impossible for reporters to check what happened due to his vagueness... It's not the standard set by Christ as recorded in the Bible, where you could track down living eyewitnesses to what Christ did if you were reading the epistles and Gospels if you were alive shortly after they were being written up and distributed. Christ's testimony thrives on eyewitnesses. Bentley seeks to make it hard to track down eyewitnesses of his work, by comparison, seems to make sense, for dismaying reasons that don't lend credit to what Bentley seeks to do.