British Concerns Over Todd Bentley Tour and His ‘Violent Evangelism’

Todd Bentley.  Few names in the evangelical Christian world are so polarizing.  While he’s managed to create a massive audience of followers for himself, he’s also alienated himself from many corners of the Christian world, largely due to his outrageous tactics and outlandish claims. Bentley believes he is a prophet.  He believes he is a healer.  He says that God speaks to him personally and guides his ministry.  While today’s charismatic world is filled with preachers who proclaim special healing gifts, Todd’s ministry is different in that he uses decidedly violent means to deliver “healing” to his followers.

In one interview he says, “And I’m thinking  why is the power of God not moving? And He said, “Because you haven’t kicked that woman in the face.”

That’s right, Todd Bentley claims that healing power moves through him, but that in some cases, God has advised him to use means like kicking people in the face or head in order to pass on the gift.

Bentley is slated to tour Britain this month, and his proclaimed antics have worried some U.K. officials.

According to the next page, Labour MP for Croydon North Malcolm Wicks has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Mr Bentley from the UK. He told her: ‘His visit can do nothing but harm and I would be grateful for any measures you can take.’

I searched the internet for examples of Todd actually hurting people physically, and came up pretty short.  Although I found LOTS of videos of him claiming to kick, punch or hit people to deliver healing.  He laughs as he talks about kicking an old lady in the face with his biker boot.  Sadly, his congregation laughs right along with him.  Even when he isn’t bodily touching those in his midst, he certainly does inspire violent reactions to his “anointing”.

Furthering my suspicion that Mr. Bentley’s talks of violence are just that… talk… are the words of those closest to him who say that they’ve never witnessed him hurting anyone.  While they obviously say this in an effort to protect Todd Bentley’s image, it is quite telling that Todd relays the stories of his violent actions over and over again, yet those closest to him cannot recall ever having seen such a thing.  Of course, this means someone is lying.  Again from the legal writing service:

Shanee Lemos, who is organising the UK tour, denied the preacher used violence. He said: ‘I’ve worked with Todd for a long time and I’ve never seen him kick someone.’

He added: ‘Even the terminally ill or people with a few days left to live are encouraged to come along and Todd will attempt to cure them.’

Bentley himself tried to calm British fears by saying  ‘Kicking people in the face is not a practice of our ministry and I do not see this happening in the UK.’

As a believer, I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit moves amongst believers.  His gifts may manifest in a service and His presence is certainly felt.  But as Paul admonished the Corinthians, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”  1 Corinthians 14:40

When I see such disorder and chaos in the church, my heart tells me that it is not from God.  Another spirit is ruling these meetings.  A spirit that should be avoided.

Bentley’s rise to fame began when he was invited to participate in the controversial “Lakeland Revival” that took place in Lakeland, Florida in 2008.  Bentley was originally invited to be in Lakeland for only five days but remained there for over six months.  Over the course of the “revival”, evangelists proclaimed that there was an outpouring of healing and divine manifestations, and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands participated either by attending Lakeland services or watching live on Recommended Site where the revival was being broadcast.

Nightline did an expose of Bentely while the Lakeland services were being held, and shortly thereafter, reps released a statement announcing that Bentley was taking time off “to refresh and to rest” and their Lakeland broadcasts on GOD TV were put on hold.  In time, Bentley resumed the revivals and broadcasts resumed.

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