I was asked to have a look at this healing video called The Last Reformation, wherein a preacher from Denmark, Torben Søndergaard, showcases his relatively new, now worldwide, healing ministry.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation, including the gift of healing. I am no cessationist. I have personally experienced my own very dramatic baptism of the Holy Spirit, but more than one year after my salvation. I believe that according to the scriptures God gives the gifts of the Spirit according to His sovereign will to whom He will and when He chooses.
After some study of Søndergaard and his Last Reformation group, I have to say that this is yet another false cult. But please study for yourself and make up your own mind! You should watch the YouTube film of Liz the Reiki healer’s testimony put out by Søndergaard and read this analysis of his theology. It sounds like and smell very cultic.
Torben Søndergaard teaches that Salvation is evidenced by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which comes through/by baptism in water and his proof of the in filling of the Holy Spirit is the speaking in tongues. He says that only after you are filled up with the Holy Spirit (indicates with his hand, raising it up to his mouth) the tongues comes out of your mouth. This to him is proof. He teaches that only by water baptism can you be saved, that before the baptism you are dead flesh and after baptism your sins are washed away and you are born again. This is definitely a false gospel. What about the poor thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-43), who was dying next to Jesus, to whom Jesus said that because of the thief’s faith he would see Him that day in paradise. There was no water there!
It may be true that people are really getting healed but the message is a false gospel and will lead many astray, into yet again another false Christian cult. People can be so easily deceived but Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, ultimately anyway. Nevertheless for a time even sincere believers can be led astray. But also there are those who think they are Christians but are actually they are not. They have been seriously deceived into thinking they were doing God’s work. Of them Jesus said that on His return He would say, “I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).
I spent many years in a Christian cult. Much of what I learned was basic orthodox theology but then there was the added “gospel plus”. In the cult we were taught that we were the people, we were special and no one else had the whole truth, only us. That sounds like Torben Søndergaard. He says the Reformers failed and that he is bringing the Last Reformation. He says the Reformers didn’t change the church enough, they remained Roman Catholic. Maybe they didn’t go far enough, but the revolt that was unleashed by Luther, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli and others caused a revolution starting in Europe that echoed around the world, spreading the true gospel, translated into native languages, especially English, which resulted in the biggest growth of true believers in history. This was all God’s doing. God never fails!
Now listen to this audio bible study by James Jennings from Grace Community Church (Tim Conway’s church). It covers the important issues in direct relation to what Søndergaard is teaching. It is well worth your time to listen to.
You may recall the story of Jesus encounter with 10 men who were lepers (Luke 17:11-19). Jesus healed all ten of them but only one of the men was saved. Healing does not guarantee salvation. In Acts 2:38 we are taught that we are to be “baptised for the remission sins”, but the word “for” there means “because of”. Baptism is not the cause but the effect. Baptism is an outward show of what Christ has already done. Not the reverse. Read Noah’s ark and salvation.
If you look at the most important requirements for salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); what is the gospel by which we are saved, you’ll see that the Apostle Paul lists that it is Christ, who died for our sins, was buried and rose again. He does not even mention water baptism. And Paul started his letter to the Corinthians with:
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” (1 Corinthians 1:17 emphasis added)
Søndergaard preaches you can’t be saved without water baptism. That is pure works; nothing more.
Being physically healed of a disease or delivered mentally from some physical affliction is nice but really it is eternally of no consequence; only salvation counts. If these healings are going to get someone looking to God; that is excellent. But they still need to repent and trust in the living God for their salvation. If they walk away, like one of the nine unsaved lepers, they are still going to burn in Hell.