To be generous, you could say that they just have the timing of Romans 8 off. But the end result of MSoG is to ascribe divinity to ourselves, which will never happen. Of course there are many other problems; let's see how many you can spot without coaching.
Kingdom Theology (combined) with the Manifest Sons of God doctrine (believes in) the ongoing incarnation of God and (that) believers are "little gods" exercising autonomous sovereignty within their spheres of dominion.
-Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
In part 2 we will look at another of Bentley's sermons, this one given at about the time of the meltdown of Lakeland, due to Bentley's affair with an intern (now his wife) Bentley is speaking at Rick Joyner's church near Charlotte, North Carolina on August 8, 2008. The date 08.08.08 was celebrated by some as having some sort of prophetic meaning, even thought it has no meaning in God's calendar. Morningstar was calling it a "historic night of new beginnings," which in a way was sadly funny because Bentley was abandoning his wife at that time.
That Morningstar also embraces this theology is evidenced by the fact that the DVD as of this writing is still promoted on the Morningstar website. The cover of the DVD which I have calls it a "DVD teaching set."
Todd Bentley, August 8, 2008, at Morningstar
You know I saw a progression, (in) this anointing. In the first two weeks that God broke out in Florida, I had an open vision. Four stages of this revival. In fact there were twelve steps. Twelve stairs on a staircase. Four floors; every floor was one stage of the progression of revival.
The second floor is called "notable, remarkable miracles." He calls this the "creative miracle realm." "This was the legs, the arms and the eyeballs.."
The third floor was raising the dead. Ironically, Bentley stated (his affair was known by Joyner at this time) "And there were some other things on the (third) floor. The Spirit of Holiness, Romans 1:4. There was character..."
Back to Bentley:
And I was surprised that there was a fourth stage coming that we've still not hit. We've only begin to hit the third floor. Some of us aren't even in the notable-remarkable realm yet. We're just satisfied, we think the healing realm is revival. We're splashing around in the pool of Bethesda and God's trying to move us to the (Peter's) shadow. Then we get to the shadow, we finally start seeing the dead being raised, resurrection. And the fourth floor, I'll tell you what it is.
I got up to the fourth floor, the door opened, it was Romans 8, the Manifestation of the Sons of God, power, dominion, and it was called resurrection life. And I said, wait a minute God, what's the difference between raising the dead and resurrection life? He said, "Raising the dead is something that you do, but there's a place where there'll be such a maturity and glory in my church, that will be resurrection life, power, dominion and authority over every sin, sickness, disease, death, a realm of conquering. Listen, when Jesus came up out of the tomb, when Jesus was risen from the dead, when he came up, just because of the anointing on him, the glory on him, other dead people were raised by accident.
He said Todd, you can pray for one person today to be raised from the dead but there's coming a realm of corporate anointing that when it drops on a city, or drops on a life, or drops on a ministry, and the power become so great, it affects the area hospitals, it affects - people get raised from the dead, wherever they're watching. Because of the anointing in the atmosphere. There's been people raised from the dead for 2000 years.
You can be an apostle, have great faith and pray, and somebody gets raised from the dead, but when you walk in the realm of resurrection life and glory Manifestation of the Sons of God, and there's such a corporate atmosphere, and such an anointing around you. You step into a city and all that's death and decay, and all that's terminal and cancer get affected, and every devil begins to shake.
And that's when I said "God, I'm not focused on raising the dead anymore, I want resurrection life." Do you know, raising the dead isn't something that happens, raising the dead is a person. Resurrection isn't something that happens, resurrection is a person. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, I am the life." Raising the dead is Jesus. When the dead are raised it's Jesus.
The person. Resurrection is the person. "I am the resurrection, I am the life." Resurrection is Jesus, not something that happens.
God's going to move the church into such a realm, yes Peter's shadow, yes unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, aprons, handkerchiefs, yes healing, yes creative miracles but we're moving into a realm of, yes a revival of raising the dead. But we're moving into a realm of Romans 8: resurrection life, power, dominion over every sin, sickness, disease, death, and it's an atmosphere. Because everything is the person of Jesus. And we are pressing in for that Romans 1:4 anointing. (divinity -ed.)
Do you know how Jesus was raised from the dead? By the spirit of holiness and declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection of the dead. And I just believe there's an impartation to call forth "Christ in you the hope of glory" "the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead."
And I want to take one moment church and I want to press in, I want you to press in with me, to go from one floor, to two floors to three floors, to four, and let's progress and let's say God beyond raising the dead, beyond notable-remarkable miracles, beyond healing, let there be a release in the church of the realm of glory and power and dominion and authority that affects everything that's death and decay around us and it's true victory, it's true resurrection life, true resurrection power, and true resurrection glory. And I want you to press into that for a moment 'cause there's coming a day, where when that resurrection power comes, its going to be so great, that hundreds of those that are terminally ill will be healed, area hospitals will be emptied, dead will be raised five block down the street.
People will be made alive. Born again. Thirty-mile radius of glory- shaking city. That's the cloud that's coming down. That's the overshadowing.
So Lord, I pray tonight, for release of that glory realm, the glory realm that shakes, signs in the heaven above, wonders in the earth beneath. The glory realm that abides. The thirty-mile radius glory. Shaking glory. resurrection life. Resurrection power. Resurrection glory. I want you to press in to it right now and I'm going to pray.
Manifested Sons of God. No longer in the closet but boldly in the open. Coming to an apostolic/prophetic church near you!
Note to the gullible: The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead NOW dwells in us. Not when we reach "the fourth stage" whatever that is.
Go to Part 3.