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Todd Bentley – Chad Taylor

August 28, 2008
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I received this in my email from Chad Taylor of Consuming Fire Ministries. All I can say is, AMEN.

WHY I AM STILL A FRIEND OF TODD BENTLEY’S
Chad Taylor
Aug 26, 2008

WHY I AM STILL A FRIEND OF TODD BENTLEY’S
By Chad Taylor

MY DISCLAIMER: To all the so called apostles and prophets releasing their letter’s and essays on the claims of moral failure of Todd Bentley in a abortive attempt to save face you may want to stop reading now. This is not written for you. Even if you do read this most likely you will never heed it because you have already taken the posture of judge and jury. If you did read any further I may become your enemy too lining your linear notes for upcoming sermons and treatises for “morality” and “unity”.

Is it so easy to forget that in the trenches and fox holes of rabid ridicule and persecution that the greatest testimonies are made? Like Paul who suffered extreme judgment from his peers he emerged from the pit and prison of past failure and present persecution with this testimony, “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge…” (2 Tim 4:16-17).

The house of cards that we currently call “apostolic and prophetic” is quickly imploding as the unsaved world watches in utter amazement. The Jesus of the Bible who flung Himself in the line of fire as stones of judgment were about to be hurled; who later stated boldly to that day’s “revival alliances” and networks of ambitious and ostentatious, “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you…” You may want to stop reading now.

Heaven is not lined with “networks” and “prophetic clubs” that prophesy and prophesy and never come to any knowledge of the truth. Heaven is filled with trophies of grace that are marred and scarred with the sweat of great achievement and in the end, even in failure can claim as Samuel did in the Bible to do more in a few days, weeks or months than those faint hearted facile figures that stand on the sidelines of history never willing to engage and only criticize.

To the doom and gloom prophets who are shouting from the housetops (and YouTube), “I told you so! I was right!” You are left more wanting than them all. Rather than don sackcloth and ashes and discover what is truly apostolic and prophetic you have chosen the shallow guileful path that has no blood, sweat and tears. In the deep ruts of your insecurities and lack of true identity you hurl stones of rhetoric around the world wounding rather than warning.

Like Job’s friends you stand just outside the circle peering in never able or willing to sit down in the dirt with them. Your cowardice and inability to truly love will be your undermining. Oh if we truly had an apostolic voice in the land that cried with Paul! “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren…” (Rom 9:3). Paul the Apostle knew what it meant to stand in the gap. We however have mastered the art of rebuke, arrogance and emulation.

If anything I pray this can be a small diversion from the religious witch hunting that is rampant in the Church today and is targeting my friend and brother Todd Bentley. If we have the liberty to do this to our own flesh and blood then what becomes of the poor pitiful world around us in our dire inability to love unconditionally? The bedraggled, decrepit, dilapidated are already dead in their tracks with their alternative appearances, repulsion of religion and complete utter disdain for our current Christianity. Church, it’s about to pay up as the Great Judge stands at the door of our current crisis and collects His due,

“So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (Matt 18:31-35).

I am still Todd Bentley’s friend because the Bible says I should be, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Prov 17:17). Unlike thousands if not millions of Christians that naively follow the ebb and tide of public opinion that can change as suddenly as the weather; God has instructed us to be radically different. Love is not a double barrel shotgun of accusation but rather a mighty shadow that covers a multitude of sin apparent or illusionary.

I am Todd’s Bentley’s friend because it is unpopular to be so now! Jesus loved the disdained and was drawn to the controversial. Even in their apparent sin or demise He stooped in the ground and wrote untold secrets as the religious elite and self proclaimed apostles ranted and raved “according to the law”. What we have now is a mad dash to distance ourselves from the back lash. Jesus never ran, He took the blunt of religious rip tides and plunged into them. He sat in the sinner’s house and allowed the prostitute to wash His feet. That was His world one void of any reputation, ours is a well oiled and organized conference scene with polished music and prophetic crescendos as the masses soak. Jesus preferred the lepers and illegitimate as He spent countless sleepless nights in their presence; we are drawn to meetings and church buildings as the orbit of planet earth careens toward a climatic end.

When it was popular to be Jesus’ friend they heaped upon Him accolades and endorsements and clamored to be in His company. They called Him “King” and cried His praises in the streets. If their had been the internet and modern technology in the First Century it would have been streamed around the world as every camera captured the epic moments unfolding daily. With even more intensity they would rapidly report on His apparent failure and the headlines would read something like this, “JESUS CHRIST IS NOT WHO HE CLAIMED TO BE!” or, “PROMISES TO RAISE HIMSELF FROM THE DEAD IS OBVIOUS FRAUD…” or even, “FALSE REVIVAL HITS JERUSALEM AS THOUSANDS FILL THE STREETS!” The book of Acts would have gone down in flames under our current regime.

I am still Todd Bentley’s friend because he is God’s vessel and like our predecessors David, Jonah, Moses, Peter they will rise to the moment again and make history even in the backdrop of their shortcomings. Friend, if you need something else to forward, blog, gossip and talk about – simply send this letter and then let’s strive to hit the high mark of God’s love and prove to the agnostic and atheist that we are still able to forgive, cover and love just like Jesus did so long ago.

If we spent the energy and time it takes to read the endless articles, long letters from our leaders of “Why, Who and What” we could save our cities and streets from utter depravity and sin. Prophet, quit your rants go find a valley of dry bones and prophesy to them. Apostle, cease and desist from your damage control and go “where Christ has not been preached” and be who you claim to be. We still have a world to win for Jesus. (Rom. 15:20).

TODD BENTLEY I AM STILL YOUR FRIEND!

Chad Taylor – Aug. 26th, 2008

www.consumingfire.com

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat…” – THEODORE ROOSEVELT, (Paris Sorbonne 1910)
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. kiwi in perth permalink
    August 29, 2008 2:49 am

    Thanks so much to Chad for sharing from the heart. Thanks to rahabsplace for passing it on. Thanks to Todd Bentley for giving it all you got. Thanks to God for the unspeakable riches of his mercy.

    From Luke… The Pharisee stood and said to himself, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men. They steal, cheat, and commit adultery. I thank you that I am not like Todd Bentley…

  2. Robert DiStefano permalink
    August 29, 2008 7:39 am

    Chad,
    It is so refreshing to read your comments on Todd Bentley. I feel the same way. Too many are quick to rush to judgment. Todd needs our prayers right now, not our condemnation. God bless you brother for standing by Todd.

  3. Sherri C. permalink
    August 30, 2008 7:56 pm

    I am heartbroken that this is going on with Todd and just as appalled at the attitude of which you so adequately described.

    All he has to do is call on the name of the Lord and his sin will be forgiven. Unfortunately, such will not be so easy from the critics. Many will never forgive, nor forget. You can count on it. Thankfully, it’s not the critics that really matter, it’s our Father in Heaven who loves us and forgives.

    And Todd, if you happen to read this, there are thousands of people who love you and are praying for you. I know from personal experience that the devil gets at us from any direction he possibly can. He will always aim for our weakest link.

  4. theresa permalink
    October 1, 2008 8:17 am

    WE are all TODD BENTLEY and his wife friends
    TELL TODD DONT STOP people are dieing and going to
    hell and so are these so called “JUDGES”
    JESUS SAID who is without sin cast the first
    stone no was there but HIM and the woman.
    TODD NEEDS to continue cause this generation does not
    condemn. WE DONT HAVE TIME to make mistakes
    and take ourselves out of the race CONTINUE ON
    MY FRIEND. we were there 47 days and our lives
    will never be the same, we came back and have
    been perscuted by family friends church also
    and that is why I know it is GOD and why TODD needs
    us to back him up. WE were interviewed by CNN and
    told CNN to come back when JOSHUA (CP) is talking
    and walking HIS story is not over it is just
    Beginning. TODD NEEDS US to bring him back to
    the work only HE can do thru JESUS and we will be
    HIS witness. SO pray for the breakthrough!
    lov in christ
    mother T

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