Other bloggers have pointed out several notable things that Wagner has said in his recent release. Let me address a few here:
While there must be no toleration or whitewashing of sin, there must also be no allowances for ungodly judgments in the name of Jesus. Hatred often masquerades as a passion for holiness. And while the church has had its share of tragic failures of leaders in recent days and equally tragic reactions, we must get this one right. It is possible to promote holiness and accountability in the spirit of grace.
The quickness to condemn and abandon a fallen comrade has caused us as much concern as has the actual sin of our friend. Some want to humiliate and expose Todd before the world. And then there are others who want to point to the obvious anointing on Todd’s life as the sign of God’s approval of Todd’s behavior. Neither is acceptable to us. There must be deep repentance and thorough restoration.
The restoration process must be firm but loving, while holding to the Kingdom standards of both holiness and grace. The initial goal is not to get Todd preaching again. It is to get him healed from the issues of the heart that have brought devastation to his family, and such shame and failure to him. His gift will always function when given an opportunity. We just want it to come from a place of personal victory and triumph this next time.
1. Where is the discussion or even admittance of wrong doctrine being preached? I have heard no repentance of false doctrine coming from this camp.
2. Where is the discussion of the false prophecies given on stage June 23, 2008?
3. I have seen no bloggers attack Bentley for his “moral failures” aka sin – what I have seen is much discussion on the wrong doctrine he promoted and his hyped up “revival”. Still no admission of wrongdoing from Revival Alliance or Wagner.
4. I also question their belief about “Todd’s gift will function when given opportunity”. I question whether it was a godly gift at all.
I’m still waiting for Bentley’s public apology. We could be waiting a long time.