Someone emailed me a few weeks back asking my opinion on the so-called Florida Revival. That was the first I'd heard of it. (If you're reading this, friend, I'm sorry I have misplaced your email and don't remember who you were, but as it happens, my response at the time would have been an unhelpful "Never heard of it.")
I don't know all that much about it now. But since then I've read more on it here and there.
Three things I should mention:
a) I'm not now nor have I ever been a charismatic, but I am a continuationist, theologically speaking. That is, I don't believe the charismatic gifts described in Scriptural history ceased at the closing of the canon (or any other time).
b) That said, I am pretty much knee-jerk suspicious of most reported "outpourings" like this, and I tend to think charismatics/Pentecostals could gain a whole lot more sympathy for their cause if they stopped jumping on every freakshow bandwagon that popped up.
c) That said, I am not eager to malign the character or impugn the motives of people I don't know or know much about.
But here's my opinion:
It sounds satanic.
I'm trying to take a look at original sources (actual writings by Todd Bentley, actual video clips) and not rely on critical accounts, but the original sources aren't helping the case for authentic revival.
When the "angels" visiting Bentley aren't spouting bland Chicken Soup for the Charismatic Soul platitudes, they're teaching him bad theology. And is it any surprise to anyone that these angels really want people to have financial breakthroughs? Because, I mean, come on!, the Bible is very concerned that we all have financial breakthroughs. Right?
I read this, and I'm sorry, I know it is his word against mine, but this is b.s.
It just is.
That might make you mad, and that's fine. You probably weren't inclined to think I'd be fair anyway, but I'll start being fair when this stuff produces:
a) prophetic pronouncements with 100% accuracy and quantifiable results, not loud animal sounds and crippled people falling down because you yelled "Bam!",
b) an understanding of the Holy Spirit as a comforter and healer who evokes awe and wonder because he is God, not as a magical pixie dust you can throw around on people like Rip Taylor's confetti,
and c) actual, reformational revival in the land, not arenas full of people whooping and hollering. That's not revival. That's . . . well, I don't know what that is, but it's not revival.
So yeah. That's my opinion of the goings on in Florida.