Beloved GOD TV viewer,
light of many statements having been released about the LAKELAND OUTPOURING
and concerning Todd Bentley’s marital situation, we sensed that the Lord
has released us to write concerning this situation, so that you, our
viewers would know our heart concerning this matter.
thing we feel led to do is to state unequivocally that in the same manner
as the Lord instructed us to broadcast and serve TheCall gatherings with
Lou Engle; to broadcast what was happening at the International House of
Prayer with Mike Bickle; Rick Joyner and MorningStar; the Solemn assembly
in San Francisco; BattleCry and Teen Mania with Ron Luce; Focus on the
Family’s prayer event for America; the Day of Prayer for the Peace of
Jerusalem; and hundreds of other anointed events over the past three years,
we believe that the Lord instructed us to broadcast the Outpouring services
at Lakeland with Todd Bentley.
It was not
It was not
it was a clear instruction from the Lord.
past twelve years, but especially since our launch in America, we have in
obedience to the Lord searched through the earth for those events and
anointings that the Lord has laid on our hearts – to amplify their message
and anointing to the Body of Christ in this crucial endtime hour that we
Lakeland Outpouring with Todd Bentley was one of those events. We received
over 45 000 e-mails many, many of these heart rending, powerful testimonies
from viewers across the earth of their bodies or their families bodies
healed, their lives transformed and their hearts revived.
None of us
have ever seen such significant fruit in all the years of broadcast.
profound than that were the desperate cries for help. I (Wendy), would go
through the live inbox and see the desperate cries from mothers, wives,
sons and daughters, so many with TERMINALLY ILL husbands, wives, children,
sometimes babies in arms – sensing HOPE in their situation that for so long
had been without hope.
reading these prayer requests would bring one to tears –
often so cloistered from the agony of peoples day by day real life agonies
- and their agonies were written there.
So much so
- that we both sensed that would need the word of the Lord under the fear
of God to stop these broadcasts with the life changing impact they were
having in homes not only in the UK and America but all across the world.
And the Glory of the Living God that was being imparted.
kept a very close pulse on the revival since the start of its broadcast -
we had first hand knowledge of the enormous criticism, persecution and
reviling that Todd Bentley was receiving (often we were second contenders
for it) but it was Todd Bentley and the Fresh Fire team who received the
terrible weight of this.
ministered each day as the revival continued but was consistently and
unrelentingly criticized, maligned, persecuted - the attacks grew
increasingly violent - and the heartbreaking thing was that so much of it
came from the Church.
same time, Todd was facing a second wave of attack. This was from the
covens, the warlocks - we heard firsthand concerning some of these
assignments. The enemy had heard of the great honoring of the Lamb and was
determined to destroy it - BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE AND AT ANY COST.
cost was Todd Bentley.
because Todd was vulnerable and certain areas of his life were not
surrendered wholly? Yes – like so many of us - in all probability.
because the character of Christ was not yet formed in him in the equivalent
measure to his gifting? Yes - like so many of us - in all probability.
be the case that there by the grace of God go YOU AND I… Yes - In all
the areas in our lives are watertight and have been honed and refined and polished
by the Lord while still other areas in our lives are often still in
desperate need of attention. We are an ongoing work and we work out our
salvation with fear and trembling.
Well - all
ministers who preach should ensure their lives are in order, you may be
Yes - we
and our board and our minister peers across the globe agree wholeheartedly.
beloved - unfortunately, THERE ARE TIMES when satan comes unawares and
targets a vulnerable area whose weaknesses only become apparent under the
most enormous and unrelenting pressure brought to bear.
and of course this is just our personal opinion, that the revival stirred
up the satanic realms in a manner that has rarely been seen and with a
difficult to understand the degree of spiritual battle that comes against a
leader. We have learned we need to protect the move of God with greater
prayer for leaders, including ourselves. The body of Christ is growing in
greater transparency and accountability, and this too should be a subject
of us wait till we are as perfect and as watertight as can be and mature in
every area - that of course, would be the safest course of action, but the
truth is that most of us would be 90 years old!
who made us and knows that we are as dust and yet looks on us with His
great mercies and compassions knows this and He the sovereign God of heaven
and earth still chooses to take a GOD-risk on you and I every day of our
under the most intense pressure that we would choose HIM.
would love HIM.
times of intense duress and temptation that we would follow HIM.
And let it
be so - even more in all our lives, but beloved - let us not forget so many
of those who walk in ministry across the earth today with such COURAGE and
FERVOR and lay their lives down for HIS CAUSE at great cost to themselves -
Todd and Shonnah sowed their lives to sow the seeds of revival and we
believe became a supreme target of the enemy.
June 23rd, Todd actually spoke openly and with great vulnerability of his
and Shonnah’s previous marriage challenges and how they had faced those
challenges and the Lord had begun His work. He did not try to hide their
struggle but shared their ongoing journey.
Joyner so wisely put it –
marriage, I have learned there are those who admit they have been through
times when they wondered if their marriage would make it, and then there
are liars. Relationships are hard, and the closer they are, the harder they
can be. I tell everyone that I give premarital counseling to that the Lord
has ordained their marriage in order to kill both of them! That is true. It
is also worth it! The greatest gift He gave to man was marriage and family.
However, to have a marriage that is good, both will have to die to
themselves. If either one does not make the commitment to lay down their
life for their mate and their family, then what was meant to be heaven can
It is an
ongoing walk - and we all are ongoing works. But the Lord said something to
us some years ago - He said - When you hate sin because it HURTS ME - then
it will lose its grip on you. When you hate sin because it displeases ME -
its hold diminishes.
also shared with us that someone can be deceived in an AREA of sin but it
does not necessarily mean that in every area of his or her life or
ministry, they were walking in deception as some critics of the revival may
lean to believe.
And who is
to judge that the Lord does not hold the violent unleashing of criticism
and faultfinding and tearing down and divisiveness of the heresy hunters,
as severe a sin as separation in a marriage?
find out before the judgement seat in eternity.
One of our
greatest grievings has been to see how many in the church backtracked to
protect their own reputations. We have been truly refreshed by several
close ministry friends with their uncompromising love of truth and lack of
a man pleasing spirit that has arisen in the church in the light of the
Lakeland aftermath. They have given us fresh courage when we grew weary.
Do we at
GOD TV refute the Outpouring? NO.
presently planning to broadcast other offshoots of Lakeland in both the
United Kingdom and America, including revival meetings in Dudley, England.
determined in our hearts to follow the Lord with all our might as
courageously and as boldly as we can, to reject the pressures to bow to a
man pleasing spirit but instead to humble ourselves under the Fathers leading.
For HE is
our all in all.
He is our
dear friends, while we defend and rejoice in the many ten thousands that
God lifted and healed, we also know that there were dear souls, sheep, who
were scattered as a result of Todd’s personal choices. The Bible says that
“hope deferred makes the heart sick” and this is the last thing GODTV would
want to see happen. We arepraying for any that stumbled and believing that
the Lord will restore them to Himself.
this was never about Todd Bentley. It was always about the Holy Spirit and
the fact that God loved you and I. It was GOD who touched our lives.
we felt impressed upon our hearts thirteen years ago when we first launched
this ministry. That the Father will allow none of us - whether in ministry
or as a viewer to hold idolatry in our hearts for any man.
Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit alone are to receive our worship.
continue on the road to maturity.
We continue our efforts to serve an end time spiritual army.
continue to try each day to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of the
ONLY one who is worthy of ALL adoration.
also, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
our eyes toward Him and away from our trust in man.
sent His only begotten Son.
Father of Compassions.
alone we bow.
we believe that the best is yet to come.
King and His Kingdom
and Wendy Alec