Todd Bentley

15 08 2008

As i have wrote on the validity of Todd Bentley’s move on Revival and a false prophet and teacher as Todd is, I read with little shock that Todd Bentley has announced an official separation and eventual divorce with his wife and 2 kids, and he has announced to leave the Revival ministry to concentrate on travel evangelist.

This is on Freshfire.ca

“It is with considerable sadness then, that we must temper the jubilation we know you all feel with the sobering news that Todd and Shonnah Bentley are presently experiencing significant friction in their relationship and are currently separated. We want to affirm that there has been no sexual immorality on the part of either Todd or Shonnah, nor has there ever been. Undoubtedly the pressures and the burden of the Outpouring, which approaches 144 days on August 23rd, have helped to create an atmosphere of fatigue and stress that has exacerbated existing issues in their relationship. We wish to stress however, that the Outpouring is not “to blame” for the current chain of events and that in effect we have no interest in blaming anyone, but rather we deeply covet your prayers for Todd and Shonnah and for Fresh Fire Ministries during this time.

We know that many of you will have questions, for most of which we presently have no answers. We cannot see far down the path ahead of us, but we have quiet confidence in the One who sees the end from the beginning and promises to provide grace and strength for whatever lies ahead. We are hopeful that the outcome will include restoration, but we can make neither promise nor guarantee. We intend to take each day as it comes and look intently for the new mercies promised us each morning. We will watch and pray and ask each of you to do the same, knowing that you will pray as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

And Patricia King had a video on her website on Todd Bentley’s situation.

I agree with what she said about Christians criticizing each other, especially those in the public such as Todd Bentley, and i support what she said about Todd Bentley fell cos of his pride. I feel there is much more, from the fruits of his false teachings, and even so, as John Maxwell puts it – a true leader always put his family first, and then ministry for it will flourish, but if it is the other way round, both will suffer.

As a public figure within the Christian world, such news only brought mockery to God, and to the Church, and who then, can say the validity of the recent revival that has happened? What will happen to the new converts? Are we seeing a huge exodus of Christians who got saved, going back into world and stumbled by Todd Bentley? Will Todd Bentley bear the responsibility of stumbling thousands of young converts because of his action? Who then can give an answer to all these amidst of disappointment?

I believe no one can, but one thing is for sure, I can trust in God. I am not going to judge Todd but like Patricia King, let’s keep him in prayer. Despite the many flaws in his theology, he is first and foremost, a Child of God, and we need to lift each other up in prayers and in love that the body of Christ must stand united in love. Let’s pray for Todd that God will bring him back, and restore his family, and his ministry that through this, greater glory is ascribed to God!

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