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In his career of 54 years, Reinhard Bonnke has encountered jealous rivals, angry witch doctors, violent thunderstorms, corrupt heads of state, and rioting Muslims.

But this fall the global evangelist journeyed on uncharted ground—his first revival ...

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Rick Dalbey

November 14, 2013  11:28am

Robert, so what does your comment have to do with the subject of this article? "Bonnke has moved to establish that he is financially accountable and transparent, selected a reliable leadership team, and kept his distance from prosperity theology." He never speaks about creationism, nor does he address abortion or homosexuality and is not a prosperity preacher. He is an evangelist with a laser focus on reconciling people to God through Jesus Christ.

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robert puharic

November 14, 2013  8:04am

As an atheist who tries to keep up with the goings on in the Christian community, the spreading of the "Prosperity Gospel" has to be one of the most repugnant movements ever to hit the religion. The fact Christians can't excise these hucksters and scam artists in a religion replete with creationists, anti abortion fanatics and rabid homophobes can only lead one to conclude Christianity has collapsed and is now nothing more than a cult for making money and gaining political power.

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JOHN F Penrose

November 11, 2013  1:08pm

Well the Gospel is the Gospel -- whats "old time" are the methods and delivery -- so think the artical is mis titled --maybe should have said "Jesus follower" The good news is that I am not ever ( nor is Rehinard Bonnke) responsible for the outcomes -- thats about the Holy Spirits work in the hearts of others. Too bad that we are so " star driven" based on#'s and words and outcomes -- he is not better than ? ? ? . . . but just a sinner saved by Grace sharing Jesus. I say horray -- if it is changing lives may The Lord be high and lifted up -- but lets not get lost in the numbers and the claims but give thanks to God not Reinhard nor Billy nor Franklin nor ??? -- for being faithful and At the same time lets remember that there are amazing folks around the world holding forth the message and name of Jesus that we will never hear about -- who will never have a "million people" at there meetings -- but are faithful in using the gifts and abilities God has entrusted to them.

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Rick Dalbey

November 08, 2013  4:58pm

Cosimano I think you just like to complain and doubt. That picture shows a distant horizon with faces as far as the eye can see with no land visible. The crowd extends beyond the picture frame in the right, on the left and in the foreground. There is no sense of the limits of physical space shown. And Reinhard Bonnke has 1.2 million filled out decision cards. So what you are saying is this evangelist lied about the size of the crowd and lied about the number of decisions for Christ? Why?

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Charles Cosimano

November 08, 2013  12:40am

Whenever people throw around numbers like 1 million, I get very skeptical because it is pretty hard to fit a million people into the physical space shown.

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Evelyn Sims

November 06, 2013  4:47pm

In answer to Cathy's questioning of "Bonnke's old-fashioned traditional techniques of evangelism [transcending] a culture saturated with high-tech media preaching". I would say, in America, Australia, UK, NZ...anywhere, people will want to "come to his meetings because they are sick, disabled, and feel spiritually oppressed." Hi tech communication has global connectability but personally remote as face to face encounters and/or live conferences are more immediate and effective in touching the heart. Why not wait and see how effective Bonnke is in America rather than prejudging. He has been a wonderful blessing here in Australia not just in bringing souls into the kingdom but in challenging mediochre or comfortable Christianity. one of his sayings: 'Jesus can lift you out of the deepest pit, but not out of you comfortable easy chair.'

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Rick Dalbey

November 06, 2013  10:54am

Nathan, did you notice in CTs Gleanings section that the Nigerian President is leading pilgrimages to Israel with 8 governors of Nigeria and thousands of Nigerian citizens, visiting and praying at Christian holy sites. Something significant has happened in that nation. At a prayer service in Jerusalem for thousands of Nigerian pilgrims, President Jonathan said "This is the first time the pilgrimage is taking this shape. I believe we will continue in this spirit. Let me reassure you, even though we are passing through challenging periods, God has made it possible for us to be here. Even in the scripture, we've seen the many battles the Jews are fighting. But because of their zeal and commitments, God has kept them." Thank God for the wisdom of meticulous record keeping. Thank God for the power of video tapes which can confirm the size and reaction of a crowd. These are first time conversions, not American rededications. We should all be rejoicing not criticizing.

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Nathan Swenson

November 06, 2013  7:57am

I guess it is hard to schedule the Holy Spirit in America. He seems to be all over the place in Africa with millions showing up and getting saved and healed and resurrected, but in America, not so much. A couple of points that CT should cover in more detail: 1) love to hear from Lenora Gauthier's attending physician to verify her pre-healing blindness, rather than just her side; 2) Love to have verifiable physician reports of Ekechukwu's actual death. Word of an unnamed local doctor (what kind?) isn't evidence. 3) Bonnke's claim that 1m were saved at his rally in Nigeria represents approximately 0.75% of the Nigerian population. When Peter preached at Pentecost and 5,000 were saved, that represented about 2% of the population and the world hasn't been the same since. Why is Nigeria still a 3rd world, pagan nation swallowing prosperity shams like water? 4) where there is smoke: Bonnke associates with wolves Benny Hinn and Ken Copeland, the latter being Bonnkes "largest financial partner

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