Neo-Montanists and “Revelations”
Todd Bentley and the Florida outpouring has been getting its fair share of coverage, and I thought I would weigh in with a couple of thoughts, but before I do what will most likely be a brilliant post (if I do humbly say so myself) on some theological difficulties with the “outpouring” I need to vent. Watching Bentley flared up one of my pet peeves for Christian speakers.
If you are going to “preach” (I’m not sure what other term to use in correlation with some of these guys but a blanket term must suffice) then you should probably try and get the name of the biblical books correct. You don’t say, “Matthews 3:10, Marks 2:4, or Malachis 3:6” therefore you should never, ever, not, under any circumstance utter the word “Revelations” in reference to the book of Revelation when you are “preaching.”
There is only one revelation. It is the Apocalypse of John. Now you know.
For some of the same silliness search Dogtube where one church actually has “Revelations” on their broadcast screen.
You think the angel may have mentioned in one of his multiple visits, “Uhhh…Todd. Umm…boy is this awkward. Anyways, I talked to John and he’s a little annoyed, and he asked me if you could start referring to his book by the name Revelation.”
Some of your rooms caught on fire by a spirit? Why am I thinking the spirit he refers to is more likely this guy?
OK this one was semantics.
On why much of the religion and suppositions of this “outpouring” more closely resemble Old Testament theology rather than New Testament theology to follow.
Philip Schaff on Montanism:
It is the first example of an earnest and well-meaning, but gloomy and fanatical hyper-Christianity, which like all hyper-spiritualism, is apt to end in the flesh.