Pray for Todd Bentley

Fresh Fire ministries have just made public that Todd Bentley and his wife Shonnah have experienced a huge amount of friction as a result of the pressures of the Florida Awakening, plus the often hostile media attention.

 

They are currently being pastored by members of the board and two international ministries who have a strong pastoral ministry.However, Todd and Shona are currently living apart and we’d value your prayers for them as a family.

Revival history tells us that Wesley’s relationship with his wife was much less than it should have been, and Bible history tells us God used some remarkable people who were adulterers, killers, liars and boastful. David, Joseph, Paul etc. but God did not excuse their sins. There is always a way back to God based upon His grace and our repentance.

Thank God that Todd and Shona are receiving wise counsel from key figures. The biblical approach is to cover people in their sin and failure whilst the Holy Spirit and His servants on earth give pastoral input to failed lives and marriages.

We must do the same.

For our King and His Kingdom,

Gerald

 

UPDATE:

Fresh Fire Ministries have just made public that Todd and his wife Shonnah have experienced a huge amount of friction as a result of the pressures of the Florida Awakening, plus the often hostile media attention.

They are currently being pastored by several senior national Charismatic Evangelicals who have a strong pastoral ministry.

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19 Responses to Pray for Todd Bentley

  1. Steve says:

    Good heart and wise counsell to pray for this couple. It does show however, one is perhaps to quiick to endorse this move, let’s wait for a while.

  2. I think that its not a problem to endorse this move but maybe not good to put all the emphasis on one man and his ministry. We know that God moves in great men, but this revival has simultaneously broken out across the world and there should be a lot more emphasis on the international revival than just the ‘little’ one in Florida. I use ‘little’ because when you hear about all the other countries erupting, Florida is just one of many revivals. If this going to be the start of a worldwide revival, I would love to see the God Channel going to the churches that cannot pay for the broadcasts and see the works God is doing in them. Todd Bentley has shown the world that God is still alive and actively healing people in their communities. Now we need to show that its not just a ‘Florida’ revival but actually a worldwide revival!

  3. Ayjay says:

    As is so often the case in any campaign against hell, they have counter attacked along a volnerable point in our defenses. Very rarely has one person’s marriage had so much strategic significance. The pressure on Todd is always going to be unfair, and I suspect that the current circumstances are little reflection on him. Human nature always breaks under enough pressure. It is no more a sign of weakness than Jesus bleeding on the cross. It is human. What he needs is a miracle to uphold him and hopefully his marriage as well.

  4. Matt says:

    Actually according to Bentley’s Ministry website (freshfire.ca), Bentley’s separation from his wife involves a relationship with a female member of his staff. Fresh Fire’s directors say:

    “We wish to acknowledge, however, that since our last statement from the Fresh Fire Board of Directors, we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life.”

    I would have to disagree with the previous comment. Everyone is responsible for his own sin. Man does break under pressure, but if we are walking in the Spirit we won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Gal 5:16).

    We should certainly pray for the Bentley’s, but we shouldn’t be naive and think that this happened only as an attack of Satan and that Bentley is only a victim. As James 1 says, he was drawn away by his own desires. David’s sin with Bathsheba was long before the event as 2 Sam 11:1 implies. In other words this is the fruit reaped from seeds sown in the mind/heart.

    Yes we should pray for the Bentley family, and we should also not excuse what has happened simply as the enemy (although Satan is certainly involved).

  5. Ayjay says:

    I concede the above points. I would be amazed if Todd had remained completely sinless in every regard for 144 days public ministry. I have the luxury of leaving Todd’s sin lurking somewhere between him and God. Based on very limited information I am going to defend him anyway.

  6. David says:

    How sad, and now John Arnott has released details of Todd Bentley’s “excessive drinking” ( http://tinyurl.com/6nodhr ) which was also confirmed by Peter Wagner who commissioned Todd. They also mention that these marriage problems have been going on for a long time, way before Lakeland.

    Peter Wagner just sent out a statement saying: “It has become clear that he indulged in periodic drunkenness. He has no intention at the moment of reconciling with Shonna, nor does she with him. Their marriage has been torn for years by his emotional attachment with at least one other female whose physical contact went beyond hugging and kissing and holding hands….it was clearly immoral. All of this was skillfully concealed by lying and by swearing close associates who had observed his behavior to secrecy.”

    The whole thing is shocking and very sad that Todd deceived us all for so long.

  7. I totally agree with both of you. Everyone has their weak areas but we are all responsible to keep our focus on God and in doing so will not be swayed. The good thing is that these findings have not stopped the move of the Spirit at all. This awakening is still spreading fast and wide. Both of you should go to the meetings Gerald is holding on a Thursday evening in London. God is working wonders at these meetings!! Glory be to God above everything else!

  8. Ayjay says:

    I am praying that ultimately God uses the current situation to heal and bless the Bentleys. It could be the best thing for them because at least these things are out in the open now.

    I want to go to Marsham Street. I might have to wait some time before I get an opportunity.

  9. mkemoney1 says:

    I totally agree, and I too, will keep them in my prayer as well. My mothers always said, (and to me it true), Prayer Changes things.

  10. alex says:

    Whilst I understand Gerald’s wish to put a good public face on this, it has subsequently been shown that Bentley’s problems were not caused by the circus at Lakeland but have come to light, and to a head, by its media attention (itself sourced largely by God TV).

    Nor is it biblically the work of the Holy Spirit to cover sin. I suggest Gerald rewrites this piece as soon as possible so that it really is for the King and the Kingdom.

  11. Ayjay says:

    St. Peter preached that there is a sense in which we *shouldn’t* cover sin (1 Peter 2:16) and a sense in which we *should* cover sin (1 Peter 4:8)

    Gerald speaks for himself but I like posting on his blog (if he doesn’t object).

  12. philgreenleaf says:

    A circus usually involves lots of different animals. It is a bit unfair to call Lakeland a circus or perhaps you were you entertained by a clown, alex? Gerald thinks about what he writes & long may it continue.
    Much of the media problems have resulted from the complete seperation of the secular & religous. There certainly is a connection to be made!

  13. Ayjay says:

    I think Alex’s points are fair enough but I do feel a bit sorry for Gerald if he has to justify everything he writes using theology. What is the fun in that?

    Would more people get saved if church were like a circus?

  14. Theo Logian says:

    I have tried to send a message before, but received a response saying that its content was being considered before posting on the site……well let’s hope that this one gets through…..? My comment on the whole Todd Bentley affair is very simple. If the ‘prophets’ and ‘apostles’ around this situation were so discerning, why didn’t any of them have a word from the Lord about it? Isn’t this the elephant in the room? Also, why didn’t anyone stop this nonsense about ‘Emma the angel?’ Our Lord clearly teaches that angels have no gender! Furthermore, why did he (and many others in this movement) feel the need to push, shove, shout and froth at the mouth to perform his ministry? Everyone is carried away by the circus, and no-one has the wisdom or courage to challenge it! Moreover, Gerald Coates comparing Wesley’s difficult relationship with his wife in which he showed great patience and forbearance, to Todd Bentley’s deliberate, on-going fornication, even when he was ‘ministering’ is outrageous! Wesley never sinned! Bentley did! ‘By their fruits you shall know them!’
    Whoops, I guess this one won’t be posted either!!!

  15. RoseofSharon says:

    Even Gerald Coates (who is a supposed prominent christian leader) is involved in covering up for this guy.. it is called ‘adultery’ or ‘cheating on your wife’ and getting drunk is just that. It says it in the article he refers to. It was clearly happening before, during and probably after his ministry. Why do these guys lie to cover up each other.. Coates is known for his negativity towards women, presumably next it will be the poor wife’s fault for not being submissive, at the moment according to Gerald it’s the media and the congregation’s fault – everyone’s fault but Todd’s. That’s how they get into power that’s how they abuse it, that’s how they make the Lord look rubbish in public.

  16. ayjay says:

    Theo,

    “If the ‘prophets’ and ‘apostles’ around this situation were so discerning, why didn’t any of them have a word from the Lord about it?”

    I think it is down to God to give us words rather than for the discernment powers of the prophets and apsotles to get the information. And why would God have to supernatually tell a particular person about Todd’s personal sins when he could just bring it all out into the open naturally and let everyone know?

    “Wesley never sinned! Bentley did!”

    How do you know Wesley never sinned?

  17. ayjay says:

    Rose,

    I think Gerald is great.

  18. Philip says:

    Andrew,
    Everyone knows, Methodists don’t sin.

    I have never seen the Lord look rubbish in public.

    *picks up litter*

  19. Revival says:

    This is a enlightening blog. I’ve in most cases been a supporter of this kind of thinking. I’m hoping that this sparks a revival of this style of thinking along the same lines.

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