It is named after the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church in Toronto, Canada, where the movement first hit the headlines in January 1994.If you have never heard of this movement I will go over of some of their beliefs and views.
If we look at what actually happens when people receive the blessing the immediate observable effects, we see the following:
One of the very obvious things on the Toronto Blessing is that they claim that `switching off your mind’, getting your mind “out Of the way”, yielding yourself unthinkingly to the spirit that is Operating, etc.
My friends I tell you all these that happened in the Toronto Blessing was and is happening all over the world in New Age gatherings and all kinds of cultic gatherings. But one thing we know by reading the Bible and looking at the Christian Churches history you can never find a phenomenon in this manner in the Christian faith. It is a lie of the enemy recycled In Christianity and the sad part is that Christian all over the world are buying into this lie. The problem is that Christians are not satisfied with the Word of God and that is why they start searching for supernatural experiences and fall in the traps of the cultists and false teachers.
It is well-known throughout Christendom that the Bible speaks of the `last days’ as being a time of great deception and apostasy,and it is obvious from the Scriptures that much of this willarise from WITHIN THE CHURCH, so as to deceive the Christians.(See Mt 24, etc). The Apostle Paul wrote that, “in the last days PERILOUS TIMES WILL COME. For men shall be lovers of their own selves… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Tim 3:1-4). And, “the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim 4:1). Surely, as we have seen, we are indeed living today in such `perilous times’.