Wow! I know this may be old news for many of you but my wife just told me about this guy, Todd Bentley.
Bentley is supposedly some sort of Canadian charismatic faith-healing preacher with a rather sordid past (not that his past should matter much – some of the world’s best teachers carried pretty heavy baggage). Like a typical snowbird, Bentley flew down to Florida last spring to guest preach at “Ignited Church” in Lakeland.
Apparently he must have done a good job because he stayed over the summer and over 300,000 people have come to attend what has been called the “Lakeland Revival”. There has been some controversy around Bentley and the Revival and recently his home organization,“Fresh Fire Ministries”, has decided to let him go for an alleged marital indiscretion.
What blows me away is that they hadn’t booted him out already for acting like a violent nut. This seems to be Bentley’s preferred method of ‘laying on hands’: (Sorry about the editorial captions – I couldn’t find video without it.)
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My wife asked “What is wrong with these people? Why do they keep coming back?”. I don’t have a good answer. But I will remember this image the next time a Christians speaks condescendingly of the violent religious ‘fanatics’ of other faiths or how the Saints and Witnesses (and Catholics!) are just ‘cults’.