I believe that Matthew Barnett should NOT open his church to be rented by Todd Bentley on theological grounds among other issues. I believe this is bigger than just getting some money from a rental of a facility here. Among other things, we are talking about the mother church of the Foursquare church.
When Matthew Barnett, son of the once largest Assemblies of God church in America, rents Angelus Temple to Todd Bentley; he is stamping his name to the meetings that will be marked by questionable behavior and in all likelihood, wild fire.
Todd Bentley is someone I have personal encounter with. He believes in some very questionable things but one of them is right from the website of his ministry,
We recognize that God is continually restoring truth and light to His Church by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we place no limit on further revelation;
Depending how you read this but knowing what I know about Todd Bentley, it leads me to believe he actually think prophetic words, angelic visitations, and dreams are equal to scripture. His fixation of angels is concerning.
Why is Angel worship a concern?
If you have studied church history, especially American history, you would know a lot of cults started off as legit groups that got led astray by angelic encounters. Did you know the Mormons were once a solid group until they started believing that “angelic encounters” was to lead them? The same is true of William Branham.
It should concern us as people of the Spirit. We believe in angels. We believes in the prophetic. However, there is fallen angels as well. There is false prophecy just as much as there is true prophecy.
Aimee Semple McPherson, with all her issues, did not stand up and preach from “I saw this angel.” She was an evangelist that preached the saving, healing and delivering power of Jesus Christ because of Golgotha. That is a big difference.
Having followed Todd Bentley for years, I am not sure that he has sound soteriology. I have no question that his pneumatology is not in accordance with that of historical doctrine, the Protestant reformation, and classic Pentecostalism. The systemic theology of Todd Bentley is a scary thought to have.
It is bigger than just theology
Todd has claimed to have had regular encounters in heaven (like John did in Revelation) and has even claimed he had coffee with the Apostle Paul. His teachings are the Latter Rain movement of 1948 taken to the extreme. He has even tried to revive the Joel’s Army teaching that Mike Bickle among others had said just is not there. Paul Cain, the prophetic voice that they got the concept from, even said he misunderstood the vision.
His theology leads to people into a world of familiar spirits, fixation with false prophetic words and in the end, a lot of wild fire that looks like revival fire.
I say this as someone who was in Lakeland for most of the “Lakeland Outpouring.” I was dialog with people on his team during it about these very issues. What many do not know is he left his wife right before the “revival” broke out. There was also rumors flying around about the drinking. In the end, he was trying to be the next A.A. Allen, womanizing and partying all the time but still being a Holy Ghost revivalist. It ended badly for both of them.
I find it hard to believe that Matthew Barnett, the founder of the Dream Center would want to be part of meetings that is going to be about familiar spirits, questionable prophetic words, and end with a lot of confusion for many. I do not know Matthew personally but I do not think that is the way he is.
The plea to Matthew Barnett
As a leader in the Foursquare church and having been raised Assemblies of God; you know as well as I do there are standards we hold to and affirm. There is no way that Todd Bentley’s theology could be unity with either the doctrinal statement of the Foursquare or the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.
Even with the challenges of Aimee Semple McPherson, there is no way that Todd could be part of the Foursquare Gospel. If he could never be part of the church you lead, why would you allow him to rent the mother church of the movement?
I believe that you can and should pull the plug on these meetings on theological and ethical grounds. There is just too many problems related to having Todd Bentley do some meeting at Angelus Temple.
Update: Matthew reached out to Azusa Report and clarified what is going on. The following is what he had to say about the issue.
He is not using our building he’s using the Spanish church facility who we have no control over. Separate entities. They make their own decisions as a separate church we inherited when moving into Angelus temple.
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