Del Williams


When Todd Bentley Disaster Could Have Been Prevented

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It is a sad state in The Body of Christ these last two weeks of dealing with Todd Bentley problem. But as I see, it could have all been prevented.

1. Todd Bentley needed to be in a Church with the Bible at its foundation. The idea that he spent over 8 or 16 hours a day haveing "spiritual experiences" showed the potential for problems. He found "Emma" his "angel" that told him not to preach Jesus, but about angels.

2. He should have had to wait to enter the ministry. During one of his "encounters" he was told that he was to go to a certain meeting and Jill Austin would commission him to go into full-time ministry.

3. Sticking with a churh instead of starting his own work, Fresh Fire Ministries Resource Center.

This man did not complete High School, yet he has all these programs that people pay to attend.

I just believe that those in Canada who had leadership over him, did not know how to handle him, so they let him do what he wanted. He was 22 at the time that he started Fresh Fire (Took over per the request of Kevin Paterson). He had only been saved 4 years at the time.

"In his late teens, Todd had a dramatic encounter with the saving and delivering power of God. This experience brought Todd out of a lifestyle of drug and alcohol addiction without cravings or withdrawal symptoms. He was also delivered from a lifestyle involving criminal activity, youth prisons, drugs, sex, satanic music and bondage. Todd's miraculous conversion to Jesus was much like the Apostle Paul's on the Damascus road. Todd was instantly transformed into a radical disciple and soul winning evangelist for Jesus."

4. Ordination/Commissioning needed to wait until the character was proved. I don't mean perfection, but cheating, lying, and heresy would be at the top of the list of teaching.

5. Todd Bentley went to the outcasts, flakes, and "movement" seekers for validity not the one's that are known for balance.

6. Bill Johnson blames Todd Bentley's critics in a backhanded way: "I went to Lakeland because of his enemies. The relentless criticism and opposition...their opposition had a greater effect than any of his critics will likely own up to in this lifetime."

7. Look at the whole picture not just the moment. The whole picture is that a man who was not ready biblically to be in leadership was pushed forward because of personality and perceived anointing. He became a casuality because people who should have been able to speak into his life failed him. His failure in his marriage is not the reason for the anger, but the loss of the "outpouring." For once I feel sorry for Todd because the leaders showed they did not care about the man, but his anointing. It may have been Todd's choice to sin, but that bed was a little crowded with the leaders who chose to ignore valid concerns for the sake of having themselves attached to a "movement" or the numbers game (how many came to the revival). The worst part is that they dragged Peter Wagner in there with them because he trusted Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and John Arnott. Goes to show why the Bible says not to lay hands on people too quickly lest you share in their sin.

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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