The gospel of health and wealth according to Todd Bentley.

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Todd Bentley, Word of Faith teachings
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Todd Bentley

While the bam bam man was kneeing and kicking people in the groin he was also carrying on with a young student behind his wife’s back, and this he called revival. He then divorces his wife marries his mistress and calls it repentance. Now he is back in the game selling himself as the great revivalist imparting the blessing and raking in the money.

Todd as we will see has thrown himself headlong into the prosperity game of health and wealth. Here are just a few comments he has made in his teaching straight from his own website “Fresh fire USA Ministries

“Angelic Functions: Releasing Finances : The angels do God’s bidding (Ps. 103:20). When the Father wants to command blessings, often it is the angelic messengers who are sent out to help us get our inheritance.”

 Despite the words of Jesus NOT to lay up treasures on the earth, Todd ignores this to turn this around to a physical inheritance now, where angels rush out to impart physical wealth. Notice how he slowly turns “Angels do Gods bidding “ to doing his bidding. There is no teaching here of obeying but rather the opposite.

The Bible teaches us:
Mat 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

“The Bible assures us in Philippians 4:19 that God will supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” When I need a financial breakthrough, I don’t just pray and ask God for it; I also petition the Father to release the angels that are assigned to finances. “Father, give me the angels that are assigned to get me money,” I’ll say. “Let those angels be released on my behalf. Send them to the four corners of the earth to gather money.”

Needs are not greed however in Todd vocabulary this becomes whatever makes him rich. Whilst it is true that God will supply our NEEDS there is no provision for a gospel to make people into millionaires.

Do you know why it’s important to pray like this? Because the devil wants to cut off our cash flow and block our finances. He wants to do whatever he can to hinder the blessing and provision that God has for us. Sometimes praying about it isn’t good enough because we need to overcome in heaven where the angels and demons are actually fighting. We must push back the demonic forces, so sometimes we need to say: “Father, let those legions of angels assigned to release financial breakthrough come to the earth right now and loose the devil from the money assigned to me. I call in that money in the name of Jesus.”

Whilst it is true that the devil can oppress people he certainly cannot stop God from blessing. But notice he places the ability to acquire this blessing straight into his own hands. “We must push back the demonic forces” or “we need to say: “Father, let those legions” or “I call in that money in the name of Jesus.. Otherwise turn what we pray into a confession. Notice the language. “ we must… we need … I call “ This is typical of this false teaching. He has gone from the language that God will supply to the point where he obtains through his confessions what he needs.

Sometimes when I pray this way –bam! I’ll have the money I need within a few days. Yes, I get financial breakthrough because God is my source. If man doesn’t have it for me, God does. Yet the devil is trying to keep it from me. Even though God heard me on the first day, the devil wants to delay it as long as he can. But I’ve got to get the angels involved through prayer. “C’mon God, let those angels come and help fulfill Your word. You promised me the blessing of the Lord that makes one rich and that You add no sorrow with it” (Prov. 10:22).

So Todd is back to his old antics with angel Emma and company.

I was at a meeting in Atlanta when someone saw two angels walk into the service and pour oil on the pastor. She saw gold in the oil and knew there was financial breakthrough coming. That night two people wrote the pastor checks for sixteen and seventeen thousand dollars. Others also wrote checks for thousands of dollars to Fresh Fire for our missions work.

Gold appeared on people’s hands and faces, and many experienced great financial blessing within twenty-four hours. The day after this angelic visitation, one gentleman had millions of dollars released to him. He’d waited almost ten years for this breakthrough.
This financial release came because financial angels visited. Can you imagine? The angels broke the spirit of poverty over the church. Often the churches that I visit will see their income double within twelve months. With this angelic assistance, as God’s people we will prevail and overcome the warfare trying to hold back our financial breakthrough.

Now why would a man who can call angels to send him money would have a “CLICK HERE TO MAKE A ONE TIME DONATION” button. Because like all false teachers the theology does not work. If you can call angels to bring you money you would not need a donation button.

“So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life’” (Mk. 10:29, 30).
I firmly believe that God wants us to prosper in all things and be in good health, just as our soul prospers, exactly as 3 John Chapter 1 states: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (v. 2). His desire is to possess you, empower you and prosper you.
This is a typical spiel of the health and wealth brigade. This verse is simply a greeting rather than a set formula. However the prosperity camp turns this statement into a formula and a mandate to acquire riches in this life usually at the expense of others. All John was saying here was that those to whom this letter was written would be fine and doing well. But because the word “Prosper “ is used they grab a hold of it and make it more than what John intended it to mean.
So, today, I will share three keys, and two more will follow next week, that will help you unlock some doors in your life. I’ve also included some exciting testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the lives of a few of my friends. They believed God and then took the principles He imparted to them to heart, and as they put those principles to work, they became prosperous.
1. WATCH WHAT YOU SAY You will eat the fruit of your mouth.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” Galations 6:7. Then the LORD said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word’” Jeremiah 1:12.
God is He who raises the dead, brings into existence and removes from existence, controls all creation, and is the Creator of all things in heaven, earth and below the earth. God spoke all things into existence with His word. Because man is created in His image, we, too have the ability to speak things into existence. That’s why we must sow good seeds by speaking good words. To be blessed in our own lives, we must sow words of blessings over our nation, our children, our neighbors, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ—“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways” (Job 22:28).

 Again another typical misuse of scripture. Words become very important in the health and wealth camp. The belief is that what they confess they will possess, the trouble is that there are grave yards full of people who confessed and have not possessed.

Sadly this is nothing more than the prostitution of the gospel. For many what they confess they don’t possess. Despite all his confessions he could not heal his own marriage and was busy carrying on with a young student behind his wife’s back. Words can be a blessing as well as a curse but they cannot or were never ever meant to be taken in some metaphysical connection as Todd has here. Words can build up and encourage and edify. Great speakers have motivated people to do great deeds. But there are not made to become some supernatural force to influence angels or God.

We must believe and profess words of life over all things because God is always listening, and He desires to bless, enrich and empower His children according to the words they speak. So it is important to decree the blessing over yourself, over your circumstances, over your finances and over your family according to the word of God. You will see it come to pass in your life. If you decree “blessing” several times a day, it will become a habit and the results will be tremendous.

Todd says we need to profess  or decree words of life, otherwise a positive confession.  Wrong we need to confess  and believe the truth of Gods word. Todd turns what he says into a creative force that God listens to.  Notice what he says  If you decree …. blessings”  Nothing is said here about what God decrees or decidesTodd becomes his own saviour.  In fact in another sermon which I read he pats himself on the back for saving his dad.  He spoke the right words which God responded to because God could not do it.

“So, in order to experience God’s full blessing, we need to have a deep hunger and desire to see change come to pass in our lives. As well, we need to be fully prepared to focus on that change. I have heard it said, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.”
“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you’” Numbers 14:28.Negative Conversation: Speaking words of negativity limits what God can do. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21a. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” Ephesians 4:29

Proverbs 18: 21 is simply stripped right out of its context. Notice he only used a part of that verse. Kenneth Hagin built a theology by daisy chaining verses together to make them say something they did not. The power of words here has absolutely nothing to do with confessing health and wealth. Hagin’s concept was that what we confess negative or positive once released from our lips would impact the world around us. Otherwise we create our own world by what we speak. We then become our own little gods creating our own little worlds. Whilst Mormons have to wait until after they have died these men believe you can do it now. Man becomes god and God and angels becomes man servants bound by the words we speak. This is not the gospel but an occult of metaphysical mysticism. Hagin died and went to hell where all false teachers go.”

 When we speak negative words, we are agreeing with the enemy whom the Bible says is the father of lies. For example, if a gardener doesn’t pull the weeds in a flower bed, the flowers won’t flourish and remain beautiful. Their life will be choked out! Just the same, there are things in our own lives that we must remove in order to for us to grow. To guarantee maturity and a winning life, you must eliminate all of the weeds of negativity from your life.

 Where in scripture does it say that when we speak negative words we are agreeing with the enemy?  How many verses can we find in scripture that speaks negatively of something?  This is pure Kenneth Hagin teaching .

Rom 3: 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

This is a negative statement and it certainly does not agree with the devil.

Isiah 41: 26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and before time, that we may say, [He is] righteous? yea, [there is] none that sheweth, yea, [there is] none that declareth, yea, [there is] none that heareth your words. 

Again another negative verse.  Who inspired that verse?    All scripture is inspired by God and so it is clearly not inspired by any devil.

When we speak God’s word, His power is present to perform His word in our lives. A great man of God in Korea made mention of how he carries a tape recorder in his pocket every day so that he can record his conversations. Every night he listens to it to see how many positive and negative words come out of his mouth during each conversation. He uses this technique so that he can minimize negative words and conversely, increase positive speech each day.

People who go down this road become bound to what they say and do not say. It becomes a form of superstition where people will run around making positive confessions in some vain attempt to override the negative confession. The negative brings sickness and poverty and positive confession brings health and wealth, sadly this is not the gospel. Notice that the emphasis is not on right living and rejecting sin but in getting rid of negativity. Where is that theology in scripture?

 2. GOD–CONSCIOUSNESS: In his book, Practicing His Presence, Brother Lawrence wrote about a question that challenged him: “Could a man keep his mind focused and centered on the Lord at all times?” In his quest for a truthful answer, his life actually modeled the answer! He lived a successful life and got to a place of a sacrificially surrendered lifestyle. Like Brother Lawrence, we are all called to work from the resting place of God, a state without any striving. This is done by setting our eyes on the Lord—the Author and Perfecter of our faith, ruling and reigning from that place of rest—where we are seated with Christ in heavenly places.
So keep God in your thoughts at all times. By continuously centering your thoughts on God and scriptural truth, wrong thinking will be crowded out, you’ll be empowered during temptation, and you’ll develop wisdom for important decisions.Equally, you need to meditate on God’s word; this is the daily bread for your life that will cause you to thrive. In the book of Luke, Jesus overcame the enemy who tempted Him in the wilderness by knowing the word of God. Likewise, it is important to know who you are in Christ and who He is in you.

 For those who may struggle in this area, I suggest finding a meeting place, an upper room in your house where you can encounter God daily. Since Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” I would suggest a good start would be with three chapters a day in your Bible. After all, knowledge and faith go hand in hand.

Again Todd takes scripture straight out of context by quoting only one part of this verse. The verse should read.
Hosea 4: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children

While the advise to know Gods word better is good, however the reality is that he is not following his own advise but is borrowing his teaching from men.
Todd Bentley has clearly rejected the knowledge of God. The reality is that there have been plenty of studies showing that the prosperity gospel of Kenneth Hagin is a false perverted gospel. However as I believe that Todd was never saved in the first place it is unlikely he would take much notice. Like all those who have gone before him there is only one thing that Todd really believes in and that is Money.

  1. According to the positive confession lot Paul the apostle would be in fact making a negative statement by this statment:

    Rom 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

    Now was he in fact cursing himself ? No he was expressing his desire that he might see more of his fellow Jews accept Jesus.

    Rom 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

    Paul desired more than ever to see his fellow Jews saved. Now notice he did not try and make what he said into some positive confession, Nor did he claim something else to counteract that statement. In fact the entire chaper is a very negative chapter. But truth is concerned with what is and not what we want it to be. There is not one hint of the theology that Todd Bentley tries to teach.

  2. The Posting of this video is not an automatic indorsement of everything Strom teaches.

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