In April 2008 Todd Bentley was invited to preach at a revival meeting that would become known as the Lakeland Revival. It would end six months later with an adulterous affair between Bentley and a staff member. Bentley began an attempt at restoration with a committee made up of Rick Joyner, Jack Deere and Bill Johnson, but the committee abandoned the restoration when Bentley refused to comply with the process.
Bentley divorced his wife, left his children, and married the other woman.
Here are 4 Youtube clips. The first one is of Todd Bentley being rebuked by several pastors during one of his meetings:
Here are those who did the rebuking after they were ushered out:
Bentley has since moved to Fort Mill South Carolina where Joyner's Morningstar ministries are located. Here is an interview with Bentley and his new wife conducted by Rick Joyner:
We are no doubt living in confusing times.
The name of this post is Picking Sides. In the first video those two sides are shown. Whether wittingly or unwittingly, we who consider ourselves Christians watch that video and take one side or the other. If you pick Bentley's side, that would be an easy emotional decision as long as you don't think about it too much. For sure you would not want to think about Bentley's forsaken wife, or his children and their view of this "Jesus" their Dad preaches. On the other hand I find it striking how easy it was to make those rebuking Bentley look bad, like the angry ones, the haters, the unforgiving. But does not love demand that someone do this?
Here is Bentley's new wife... "ministering":
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