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    “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great
    signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
    Matthew
    24:24.

    “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart
    from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of
    demons.”
    1 Timothy 4:1.


FALKLAND, BC — Hundreds of thousands of Believers (the elect)
have apparently been deceived by a world wide mystical phenomenon,
called the Toronto Blessing.

Some will call such a statement as “heresy,” while others will reply,
“Right on, Brother.”

And just when the incredible enthusiasm surrounding the one-time
Vineyard church at the end of Toronto’s Pearson Airport and now in
larger quarters had reached its peak, another event of startling
proportion took place on Wednesday night, March 3, 1999.

In an official statement, dated March 17, the Toronto Airport
Christian Fellowship claimed that more than 50 people told the audience
they’d received what appeared to be gold or bright silver fillings or
crowns on Thursday, March 4. There were reports that the teeth became
shiny and changed in color from dark amalgam to bright silver or gold.

“It’s demonic,” said Rev. Henry Young, a fundamentalist preacher and
former missionary in New Guinea. “God blesses our souls and not fill our
teeth.”

However, the excitable TAC congregation, led by John Arnott since its
birth five years ago, believed God directly placed the “fillings” in
their mouths.

“Why would God fill people’s mouths with gold? Perhaps because He
loves them and delights in blessing His children. Perhaps it is a sign
and a wonder to expose the skepticism still in so many of us. Perhaps
His glory and presence are drawing very near,” continued the statement.”

The so-called “miracle” wasn’t a one-shot deal. On Saturday, March 6,
more than 300 spoke about this “unusual sign.”

After the Intercession Conference, a number who had attended it
returned home and started to talk about the “fillings.” There were
stories of dental “miracles” in such places as South Africa, Australia,
England, Mexico and throughout Canada and the U.S.

Arnott was quick to ask that people obtain dental confirmations. No
official report has been released to date.

In Ted Brooks’ book, “I Was a Flakey Preacher,” the Alberta pastor
wrote the following: “Several pastors and leaders have asked me, ‘What
do you think of these revival centers such as Toronto or Pensacola?’
I’ve told them that this question cannot be answered with one blanket
statement without addressing what happens to the people in these
meetings or without questioning each manifestation and experience — one
at a time.

“Why do we have to take on one manifestation at a time? The reason is
simple: many strange, wild, and even demonic manifestations are found in
these movements and ministries. It isn’t just one simple issue. Many
assumptions have to be answered. Doctrines from our past, which have
been handed down to us by our spiritual forefathers, need to be
examined. Our own pre-conceived ideas about how God moves needs to be
questioned in the light of the revelation of Christ. We need to be
willing to re-examine our opinions about which manifestations are of God
and which ones are not. Why do people shake to portray the presence of
God? Why do people cry, moan, or laugh to prove that the Holy Spirit is
doing something supernatural to them? Why do people think they have to
fall down when they are touched by the man of God?”

The Toronto Blessing, operated by righteous people such as Arnott,
has certain favorable qualities, but their penchant for the supernatural
borders sometimes on the absurd.

Shortly after the movement started, I spent nearly a year within its
environs, even after it moved from the airport area to the larger
quarters down the road. During those 10 months, the routine stayed the
same night after night.

The lineups at the door were immense. Grunge musicians played louder
and louder and the excitement increased and people began to sweat
profusely.

A “testimony time” would be the next order of business with people,
from around the world, telling of their experiences and usually
collapsing in a heap on the stage while laughing or crying
uncontrollably.

After a speaker delivered a short message, the masses would line up
again behind taped lines on the floor. And as they moved forward,
counseling teams would touch their foreheads without any noticeable
force. They would lie there — laughing, crying, and making sounds
similar to ducks, chickens, barking dogs and even roaring lions.

On several occasions, demonic spirits seemed to be scattered
throughout the room, causing disruptions.

Obviously, the preachers and counseling teams lacked any discernment
to whether the laughing jags were from God, or a manifestation of the
flesh, or, actually, demonic.

With the gold fillings now appearing during the TAC meetings, Young
emphasized, “It’s all bogus. It’s all counterfeit.”

However, there are favorable endorsements from the likes of Oral and
Richard Roberts, Marilyn Hickey, Paul and Jan Crouch, Kenneth Copeland
and Benny Hinn.

Former Pentecostal evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne from South Africa
has been credited with the movement’s success; however, the Toronto
Blessing was initiated by a Howard-Browne disciple, Randy Clark of St.
Louis, Missouri. He spoke to a small crowd when the “fire from above”
fell on Toronto.

On January 20, 1994 it became a phenomenon, with huge crowds seeking
a sign from God.

“… Worshippers are overcome by laughing, weeping, groaning,
shaking, falling and, to the chagrin of some, noise-making that has been
as ‘a cross between a jungle and a farmyard.’ But of greater
significance are the reports of changed lives; healings, restored
relationships and an increased fervor for God,” wrote Diana Doucet in
Charisma magazine.

Speaking as a Toronto Blessing graduate, I have a ton of doubts
concerning such doctrines and movements in these, the Last Days.

What is definitely needed, friends, is discernment.

In conclusion, a Maui, Hawaii reader put “flakes in the church” in
perspective by writing the following:

“Mainstream/fundamentalist Christians have been bashed and trashed
and insulted long enough, all the while keeping lips tightly closed and
suffering in silence for fear of hurting the feelings of their
charismatic brothers and others.

“It has long been apparent and indeed obvious to me that the spirits
at work in most charismatic churches are errant, and therefore evil
(certainly not the Holy Spirit). It breaks my heart to see the
charismatic churches open their doors wide and invite the enemy in to
“prophesy” to them, knock them down, cause them to “quack” and seize,
jabber, and in general have a hay day making jackasses of them.

“I recently refused to allow my grandchildren to be planted into a
charismatic church. As a result, I was (very unlovingly) accused of
being unloving and prideful, and my grandchildren were shunned and very
much hurt by these charismatics.

“We mainstream Christians have chafed and said nothing while the
charismatics called their churches and themselves “spirit-filled,”
implying that the fundamentalists are not, and they label their churches
full gospel, implying that the fundamentalists don’t have the full
gospel. I, for one, feel that your expose is right on and timely. We
have tolerated their blatant and insinuated insults much longer than
necessary.”

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