I can hardly keep track any longer, but I think Todd Bentley and his Lakeland “Revival” (or “Outpouring”) are claiming that so far, something like 22 people have been raised from the dead.
I’ve already done a couple of posts about the nebulous nature of these “resurrection” stories. And I’m still waiting for a genuine documented case of a cadaver in full rigor mortis truly “coming back to life” again. As much as I believe that God absolutely can do anything He chooses to do, and as much as I believe that it is literally NOTHING for Him to speak merely a word and call forth all the billions of dead people from their graves, even if their ashes had been scattered 200 years ago, I cannot help but be skeptical about these Lakeland stories.
First of all, I think if such things like these purported “resurrections” were truly happening, our secular news media, its anti-Christian bias notwithstanding, would sit up and pay attention.
But far more telling is how quiet our friends within the CHRISTIAN media have been about these things. As I’ve said, where is Charisma magaazine in all of this? Why aren’t they right there, asking the hard questions and TRULY “building people’s faith” by showing the hard facts behind these stories? These publications have resources, they have reporters, they have people who could ferret out the truth. If they chose to.
But apparently, they are NOT choosing to. I find this sad beyond words.
Here is a video of Todd Bentley as he shares the thirteenth “resurrection” story. Perhaps this video will help to explain why nobody from the news media – secular OR Christian – has had much to say about these many cadavers supposedly “raised from the dead.”
Check it out, and then share your thoughts in a comment below. Here is my take on this particular “resurrection” story:
First of all, I noticed right off how, when the email writer talked about playing GodTV’s coverage of the revival at the wake, he/she was careful to add that they refused to have the brother embalmed for his funeral.
I thought that was extremely fishy. I mean, if God (and the “anointing” that is supposedly transferred via TV from these meetings) is strong enough to bring a truly dead person back to life, wouldn’t this God be strong enough to restore all the cadaver’s “innards” to their former state?
Why would it matter if the person were enbalmed or not? Why??
One other thing. I find it jarringly disgusting that the email places so much attention on Todd Bentley and seems to give a lot of the credit for this “resurrection” to Todd (i.e., the email writer says, “My brother woke up praising God and Reverend Todd Bentley,” as well as, “He could hear Todd Bentley’s voice calling him out of heaven”).
Obviously, if this email were genuine, Todd would have no control over what the author had written. But he easily could have made sure to distance himself from seeming to take some of the credit for this “miracle”! He could have redirected the crowd to God and His glory. But he did not do so.
And the last line (that he shared) from the email said that after the dead man sat up in his coffin, “All the people at that funeral home began screaming and crying for more fire.”
So really, these people are not praising God. They’re praising Todd and “the fire.”
I’m so disgusted.