A number of emails have been coming in to me from a Walter Kambulow asking me, in caps no less, “SO DO THE WORLD A GREAT FAVOR AND LOOK INTO TORONTO AIRPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OR TORONTO AIRPORT CHURCH OF THE FLESH AS I CALL IT”.
I do not know the man, nor do I know much about the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. I do remember, about 10 or 12 years ago, that the pastor of our church took a field trip to this “movement” and came back shocked at what was taking place. People were barking and clucking. Acting as though they were possessed. And not in a good way. Another weird cult.
Apparently, TACF are suing this Walter fellow for several million dollars. According to their statement of claim, Kambulow falsely and maliciously published, to specific individuals, which may or may not include me, and to the world at large on the internet false and defamatory words. The defamatory words apparently included things like adultery, rape, robbery, exploitation, embezzlement.
I am not a lawyer, so I cannot comment on the merit of the claim. However, Wikipedia has a fascinating entry on the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship which reads, in part:
The church is also the source of the so-called Golden Sword Prophecy. Another notable phenomenon that broke out there in March 1999 was the outbreak of allegedly instantaneous, allegedly medically documented dental ‘miracles’ including amalgam fillings or porcelain crowns being ‘supernaturally’ changed to high-quality gold.
At TACF Revival services, worshippers have exhibited unusual behaviours that they attribute to an encounter with God and the “fire of the Holy Spirit”?. The most common described behaviours include laughter (or “holy laughter”?), weeping, deep bowing, shaking, ‘drunkenness’, falling to the floor under the Holy Spirit’s power (aka “slain in the Spirit”?) and speaking in tongues. Other less common behaviours include manifestations that resembled roaring like lions and crying like an eagle. At one time the TACF website described it thus: “The Toronto Blessing is a transferable anointing. In its most visible form it overcomes worshippers with outbreaks of laughter, weeping, groaning, shaking, falling, ‘drunkenness,’ and even behaviours that have been described as a ‘cross between a jungle and a farmyard.'”
If that is what these folks at TACF stand for, then I would stay far away. Here is one perspective that claims the group is led by false teachers.