This report is being published in honor of Rev. Mel Montgomery who lately departed to be with the Lord. Mel had a passion for reforming Charismatic doctrine and restoring the genuine flow of the Holy Spirit to the Church nowadays. We shared this popular passion and became spiritual buddies as a outcome. I’ve taken the liberty to edit his report and make minor grammatical corrections. You can stop by his web-site and familiarize your self with old recordings of correct ‘Word and Spirit’ pioneers of the faith that will enrich your life: brothermel.org
Some time ago Charisma News published an report in favor of “Apostolic Alignment”- the error that claims you have to have to come below an apostle to keep in alignment with heaven’s order. Right here was my response:
Hmmm. . . “Apostolic alignment . . . keeps us out of error.” Effectively then, how did the error-saturated travesty identified as the “Lakeland Revival” take place?
Ten of the greatest “apostles” and “prophets” of the New Apostolic Reformation and the New Prophetic Move flew down to Lakeland and “aligned” Todd Bentley. They whipped out their apostolic authority, praised Todd’s “purity” and “integrity”, and prophesied that the Lakeland “Revival” would boost and spread about the planet, ushering in the return of Christ. Peter Wagner declared Todd Bentley to be appropriately “aligned.” Then two weeks later, the revival collapsed in sexual scandal, economic scandal, and revelations of an attempted cover up. Far from maintaining Todd or anybody else out of error, the “apostles” and “prophets” had been in partnership with Todd’s errors, some even going so far as to try to cover up his sin.
If I recall the account properly, Charisma magazine sent an individual down to investigate the revival and its claims of 17 people becoming raised from the dead, and numerous healings and miracles. The investigator could not document even one particular single healing taking spot, a lot much less 17 folks becoming raised from the dead (he did document that Todd Bentley kicked someone’s tooth out. Even so, we had been in no way told if the man came forward to have his tooth healed). Todd and his employees became unresponsive to the investigator, particularly requesting that he not ask any much more concerns.
The investigator reported the information to Charisma (and I commend Charisma for essentially ascertaining the information rather than falling for the falsehoods peddled by so a lot of big Charismatic leaders). Soon after reporting to Charisma, due to the fact the investigator had private relationships with a number of of these so-known as apostles and prophets, he contacted and met with some of them. He told them the information he had uncovered of sexual misconduct, economic misconduct, false claims of miracles, and so on.
So . . . the apostles told him to expose it all, proper? They place on sackcloth and ashes and wailed more than the hoax that had deceived so a lot of and brought disrepute to the gospel of Jesus Christ, proper? LOL!. Nope. Rather, these he spoke with urged him to cover it all up and not expose any of it. Then inside days, being aware of what they knew, they flew down to Lakeland and proudly appeared with Todd on stage. They publicly praised Todd’s “integrity” and “purity,” gave him their apostolic “alignment” and then prophesied his continued results.
But, the jig was up. The investigator went ahead and exposed the lies and sin.
Hey, the track record for this entire “apostolic alignment” mess is not so fantastic. Corruption saturated groups of males in modern day instances who set themselves up as apostles and peddle such erroneous doctrines is practically nothing new. Pentecostal historian Keith Malcomson’s book, “Pentecostal Pioneers” documents the truth that there was a properly created apostolic network of churches that arose all through Fantastic Britain in the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s.
WIGGLESWORTH AND OTHER PIONEERS OF THE FAITH WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT
Members of Smith Wigglesworth’s Bowland Street mission started to agitate for Wigglesworth to bring his mission and ministry below this apostolic network. But Wigglesworth would have none of it. So some of his members split from his church and left, figuratively writing “Ichabod” more than the door and declaring that God was completed with Smith Wigglesworth’s rebellion and refusal to come below “apostolic authority.” And Wigglesworth’s ministry collapsed, proper? Hardly. He had some of his most productive years and anointed meetings following he refused to submit to so-known as apostolic alignment.
What occurred to the churches that aligned below the terrific apostolic mother church in Fantastic Britain? The head “apostle” got off into deep error, and these churches that did not flee from “apostolic alignment” went into error also. Sooner or later the network collapsed, just like Lakeland. Rather than maintaining anybody out of error, these two big apostolic alignment catastrophes essentially partnered with, led into, or attempted to cover up, error and sin.
Smith Wigglesworth, Stanley Frodsham, Howard Carter, WFP Burton, David Du Plessis, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson, and a lot of other early Pentecostals had been properly conscious of this exaggeration of the apostolic ministry and not only did they not come below “apostolic alignment,” they completely refused to hold meetings for any church that was a component of it.
Due to the fact then, feel of all of the big Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic ministers who in no way placed themselves below any so-known as “apostle.” They in no way knowledgeable “apostolic alignment.” How did their ministries turn out? Judge for your self. A partial list would consist of: Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Hagin, Lester Sumrall, T. L. Osborn, and even Billy Graham. Yes, Billy Graham. He certain went off into error and his ministry in no way amounted to something without having Apostolic Alignment!
Apostolic Alignment? No thank you. I’ll stick with Wigglesworth’s position on this error.
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