Like every born-again believer, Torben had the desire to do something for God. But how and where? The only way he could think of, was to become an usher in the church, welcoming people, collecting the offering etc. It was good, but in a very short time he found himself part of a church system, where there was a mindset that is so unbiblical and wrong. He started to get frustrated. The life inside of him slowly died and the desire for God began to leave him. God opened his eyes and he saw that the people were actually doing nothing, only coming every Sunday again and again. Some even went to Bible school and they got a lot of knowledge but they had no fruits. So he and his wife decided to flee that church.
They found out that in another city there was a couple planting a church and they decided to help them. But after a year there were not many good fruits, so they went to another city and worked with someone else in that city. There they started a new church again. That moment, Torben started to get really frustrated with his life, because he was on fire, he loved Jesus but he did not see any fruit. Compared to many people in the church, he was really radical, but compared to the Bible he was not radical because there was no fruit. Then in the year 2000 he decided to fast for 40 days, because he wanted to bear fruit.
That fast really made a big impact in his life. He experienced a fear of God like never before. He also experienced a freedom from sin. Before this fast Torben lived in Romans 7, like many Christians nowadays: the bad things I do not want to do, I do, and the good things I want to do, I don’t do etc. But now he could live in Romans 6, in freedom from sin, sin has no dominion over you, you are not under the law, but under grace. That is the normal Christian life!
Suddenly he understood: Wow, I am free, free not to sin! He also got a lot of revelations during that fast and God spoke to him very clear, not like a voice, but still very clear: “Torben, write a book.” So Torben wrote the book ‘The Sound Doctrine’ but it was clear he should not get it out yet. God first wanted to confirm these words in Torben’s life and when it was time he could give out the book.
From that moment on, he saw people getting healed, others got set free and also other people that got born again. After one year he had seen over 150 people got healed, ten people got born again, and continued in Christ and from that moment God opened some doors. Torben was on TV, he also prayed for the sick there, some amazing things happened and three years later God spoke to him that he should publish the book.
A small remark from Torben: ‘It is not like I hear God speak everyday. I am not hearing voices. I have never heard like a big audible voice, but a few times I felt really strong that God spoke to me and then I acted on it and then I see it is God.’
Torben went around and had some big meetings, but once again he got really frustrated because he could see that he was bearing fruit.. but what about the other people? It was so hard to really make disciples. Suddenly some things happened and Torben could not stand behind the ideas and decisions of the church he went to, so he got thrown out of it. It had gone so well, but then suddenly they lost everything. But then he got a prophetic word from God:
A division has happened, but that division was from God, so you will not get too comfortable. God has led you through a desert to learn to be dependent on Him and not on people, but now your pain is over and God will take you from the dust to the mountaintop. A famous businessman in your country will come and support you and everyone will hear that story and they will be surprised.