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Great Florida Outpouring – USA Today Article

July 27, 2008
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USA Today ran a story on the Florida Outpouring which is a little more balanced than the wonderous Nightline piece. In it they have a little bit different story about names Fresh Fire has provided:

Expecting critics, Bentley’s ministry distributed a list of 15 people it said were cured, and vetted by his ministry, with all but three of their stories “medically verified.”

Yet two phone numbers given out by the ministry were wrong, six people did not return telephone messages and only two of the remainder, when reached by The Associated Press, said they had medical records as proof of their miracle cure. However, one woman would not make her physician available to confirm the findings, and the other’s doctor did not return calls despite the patient’s authorization.

Fast-rising preacher’s ‘healings’ draw ire – USATODAY.com.

The thing that became obvious to me in reading this article is not that people are not being healed, but that they do not want to talk to the news media about it. They do not want their personal information out for all the world to see or to be grilled by hostile media personnel.

CBN (the 700 Club) has had a bit of a different experience.  They have been running reports on the Outpouring since it’s early days. They went to the meetings and have talked to people who were healed. People were willing to talk to them and to provide medical evidence for their stories. You can read all the articles here.

Leaving Wheelchairs Behind

The first night CBN News was here, eight handicapped people were healed and left their wheelchairs behind.

Cancer had put Dara Erickson in a wheelchair. “I had tumors going up and down my spinal column. And it wrapped around my spine and cracked my backbone,” she said.

Her healing came progressively during four days and nights of meetings. “I guess it was the fourth day, I was out of the wheelchair. And I could walk. I felt my legs get stronger and stronger and stronger.”

Caroline Tollefsen-Gonzales can’t stop moving and flexing her right hand. Before the revival, it was shriveled up like a pain-dispensing claw because of a rare syndrome.

Rare Syndrome Healed

“It attacked the joints, the muscles, the bones, the skin. And it was unbearable,” she said.

Caroline sent CBN News a medical report a neurologist wrote last year about Caroline’s right hand, labeling its condition “Permanent Impairment” and writing there was “nearly no range of motion of the fingers with claw-like deformity, and pain from the fingers to the elbow.”

But the first night Caroline came to the meetings, she received a total healing. Flexing her hand by her face, she said, “I have never been able to do this since it started.”

It is, however, a sad statement on the Body of Christ that we are willing to trash a brother due to biased reporting from the secular media, when contradictory information is readily available from reliable, Christian sources.

The Doctrine Police have a lot in common with the X-Files’ Fox Mulder. The poster in his office says, “I want to Believe.” Unfortunately, the Doctrine Police WANT to believe evil of all those who do not agree with them.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 2, 2008 6:25 am

    Jesus is alive 🙂 Wahoo.. many wonderful works of God happening in Lakeland and around the world.. lets spread the word check out http://www.florida-outpouring.info 🙂

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