I fought long and hard against the Word of Faith movement (Hagen, Copeland, Roberts, et al.) all through the late 70’s and 80’s. It embedded itself in our church through the people who came in during the healing revival and since the Rector was a relatively new Christian (despite seminary, or maybe because of it) he was always one step ahead of the congregation. He eventually fell on his face and the Word of Faith people used the opportunity (they were substantial givers who had “claimed” their success and wealth) to pretty much take over for a while.
I recovered many an injured soul that had been damaged by the fallout when their healing did not materialize, so their faith became suspect. When Joseph Farah wrote “From the Pinnicle of the Temple” there was finally a public stand from someone who could said to be within the circle (he taught at Oral Roberts).
I sometimes referred to it as the Word of Arrogance movement and other times, since there were so many yuppies caught up in it, the Word of Self-Centeredness movement. Believe you me when I say I am initimately aware of that flavor of heresy.
That said, Lakeland is not that type of expression. It may have more in sync with the Emerging movement than anything else. It is sort of like a Christian version of Ozzy Ozborne, but with understandable dialog.
Only God raises from the dead (albeit the Anti-christ may be raised after a mortal head wound by Satanic possession but the jury is still out on that). Mordor seduces, gives mere lipservice to Christ if he is mentioned in a realistic way at all, and elevates itself. It seeks to possess, not point to God in any meaningful way.
This may be a Corinthian revival where the power of God is mixed with excess and error, but Corinth was real and Paul counseled them TWICE for all of us to see and use. I wonder what the first few
months years at Corinth were like. The power of God must have been palpable, just like it appears to be in Lakeland. Error and excess are correctable to a right heart and about that only time will tell.
On another front, tomorrow I do a lemonade fast day (only drinking lemon enhanced water with a little honey). I plan on fasting every Friday for the near future. I am beginning with food. Later I will add things like audio/video entertainment, the internet, reading of anything outside of the Bible, etc. But for now, it is one step at a time.
Grace and peace.