Waldorf, Statler and the Lakeland Healing Revival

In the last blog entry, “What Do YOU Think About the Lakeland Healing Revival,” I explained that I was withholding my opinions and judgment because of the infancy of the movement. This pause was in the presence of some disturbing doctrinal and practical issues that had been recognized by many, including several national, Spirit filled leaders. The gist of my rationale for suspending judgment was that despite both obvious and inferred problems, God was certainly working there. I wanted us to pray for the leadership, asking God to graciously help them—to receive grace and wisdom that we all could use more of.

Have you ever watched “The Muppet Show”? Part of the shtick is the sarcastic and merciless commentary of two balcony-dwelling know-it-all’s named Waldorf and Statler. They usually state the obvious, however, their role is simply to put others down who are at least trying to do something worthwhile. Now don’t think for a moment that I have gone off the deep end and begun to rant against the lack of virtue in modern puppetry characterizations—no matter how hard their foamy hearts may be. No, these distempered, stuffed geezers are a perfect metaphor for a common tendency we all have to quickly put down others who are trying something we are not willing to personally attempt ourselves.

My previous blog entry was a call to prayer, asking God to grant special grace and wisdom so that the leadership would enable the “God percentage” to increase and the “human percentage” to decrease. I didn’t want to be a trigger-happy critic viewing things from my own perfect balcony, nor did I want to miss something that God was doing.

For those of you who have been recently watching the revival or attending in person, it has become clear that the “God percentage” is indeed on the increase. Just last night (June 26), Todd Bentley announced several new safeguards against exaggerated reporting of miracles and greater levels of accountability. There has been a distinct trend away from the more disturbing doctrines and a greater focus on souls. These, along with other positive signs, are incredibly encouraging to me.

Don’t get me wrong, if I was in charge, the doctrines and practices would be up to my personal standard of absolute perfection (smile); but that’s the point: I’m NOT in charge. This fact does not excuse me from the restraint of my biblical understanding and convictions, but it does free me to benefit from the spiritual zeal and motivation that are so evidently a part of what God is stirring up.

The bottom line? Don’t eat the wrapper along with your Big Mac, just eat the burger.

Please join me in continuing to pray for the Lord to be ever-increasingly honored through the Lakeland Healing Revival.

Posted on June 28, 2008, in Revival, Spiritual Leadership. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Waldorf and Statler rule!!! ;^)

    Thanks for this commentary Tim and I wholeheartedly agree with what you say here. While I’ve been disturbed by a few things I’ve heard from this revival, I try to remember that the baby and the bathwater have separate destinations. I also thank God that our doctrine doesn’t have to be perfect in order for Him to use us, otherwise, we might all be in a little trouble.

    I’m enjoying your new book, btw!

    Blessings,

    Eric Smith

  2. P.S. – It’s interesting to note that Smith Wigglesworth could punch people and they get healed (my grandmother witnessed this once) and he’s hailed as one of the great men of faith in history (correctly so in my opinion) – Todd Bentley does things like that and it’s a “sure sign” that he’s not of God…

  3. P.S.S. Do you ever respond on here bro? ;^)

  4. Hey Eric…I don’t respond to people like YOU! Just kidding.

    I think you’re right on.

    We get far too concerned with what’s wrong and with what does not jive with MY presuppositions.

    Of course, if there was a difference with essential Orthodox Christianity my opinions would be much stronger.

    Have you punched anyone while ministering healing lately. Eric?

    Peace,

    Tim

  5. Hi Tim!
    I come here via Eric Smith’s blog. (He’s part of my online ministry “Assembly of God Blogs”) BTW- I would LOVE for you to add your blog! It would be such a blessing! You can ask me or Eric any questions! To find more info. you can go to either site via my profile.

    I’ve been hearing (aka reading on the web) about this Lakeland revival for a few weeks now, and it finally has my attention. I’ve been trying to research, and find out more, but usually what I see are big rants against it.

    In your post you mentioned about watching the revival, and having recent information. Where can we watch and/or get recent information on this movement?

    Thanks! And I do hope you’ll add your blog to A/G Blogs!!!!

    Blessings!
    ~Sharon~
    (an A/G Pastor’s Wife in Indiana)

  6. LOL…haven’t punched anyone during prayer yet – however I once had an intern who wet his finger and stick it in a deaf guys ear when he prayed for him to be healed. Healing didn’t happen – but he cleaned his ear out pretty good :^0

  7. And that is how “Wet Willy Ministries International” came into existence…

  8. Hi Sharon.

    Thanks for your comment.

    You can check out this website for the webcast of the revival in Lakeland: http://www.freshfire.ca

    Please feel free to add our blog to your site.

    Blessings,

    Tim

  9. I wanted to let you know you are mentioned on my blog today!

  10. good thoughts!

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