Looks like God left Sarnia and went somewhere else to outpour his Spirit. I guess I don’t mean God, I mean Todd Bentley. Instead of it being called the Sarnia Revival, it is called the Florida Outpouring. Just replace Sarnia with Florida in this post here and you’ll get a good understanding of where I’m coming from. I thought this was a great article on the subject, interviews with those inside and out of the event. Here are some other news clippings. Brings up some obvious problems with revivals like this especially about money, which I will get to.
Update: As opposed to offering news clippings, which I had up here before, I will direct you to some blog posts of people commenting on the matter, you can find the news clippings by googling.
I am fascinated about how fast and good the designs/websites are that can go up for stuff like this. I wish I would have been on the ball and bought floridaoutpouring.com before they did. That would have been fun. Check out some of the links on here and how fast they get e-mail lists, blogs and tv schedules online.
I think one of the first things “revivals” like this should do is post their budget for all to see. This is how much money came in and this is how we are distributing it to those in need. Jesus talks about money more than any topic in his life because it is crucial to have a firm grasp on it (and not it on you) to live a Kingdom centered life. To hear stories about buckets full of money floating around and no one really knowing where its going breaks my heart. I would be a lot less skeptical about these things if money was an open topic and we knew where the funds were going and were assured it wasn’t just going into the organizers pockets and that they were actually being used like they should. The economic toll that events like these play on convinced souls is massive and it is just another way where the rich get richer and the poor, or middle class who are looking for “blessing” get poorer.
I wonder when the masses will learn that when you put a great entertainer in front of a large crowd who are all expecting something great, that something is going to happen. Wether it is great or not, everyone will think its great and then you’ll start a website, logo, brand and make lots of money all in the name of Jesus. You know the same Jesus who asks us to sell our posessions, take care of the poor, love our neighbour and pray in our closets.
UPDATE: I turned off and deleted most of the comments of this post, they were just becoming spammy and annoying.