Roy Fields (Lakeland ‘Worship Leader’) shares his violent heart in this very disturbing prayer.
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Todd Bentley was allowed to “minister” even after the truth was known.
According to Patricia King, it’s our fault Todd Bentley committed adultery with of our ‘negative words’.
For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God? (1 Tim 3:5)
From the Board of Directors at Fresh Fire
We wish to thank all of our friends and partners for the overwhelming flood of support and compassion we have received as a ministry on behalf of Todd and Shonnah Bentley. The many phone calls and emails of concern from people who genuinely love the Bentleys and Fresh Fire Ministries have been a great encouragement to all of us here during these past few days. In particular, the rallying of support and prayer for Todd and Shonnah by prominent leaders within the Body of Christ has been a beautiful indicator of the maturity and grace the Lord is bringing to his Bride.
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.
On behalf of the Fresh Fire leadership and the Board of Directors we wish to apologize to our friends and partners and to the larger body of Christ and to ask for your forgiveness. We are truly sorry for the pain many of you must feel and so regret that in the midst of great revival, the enemy has found a way into our camp. To those who have stood by us, we wish to thank you for what in many cases has been years of support. Thank you for your financial giving towards the vision of this ministry, and thank you especially for your prayers. For those of our partners, friends and supporters who may be struggling with the recent disclosures and finding continued support of this ministry in conflict with either conscience or conviction, we release and bless you with all our hearts and trust that God will redeem in your hearts the good that He has accomplished in your lives through this ministry. It is our sincerest hope and prayer that the Lord bless you and bring you into your fullest destiny in Him.
When this ministry was initially birthed in May of 1998, Todd had but one simple desire in his heart – to see the world come to know Jesus. Now, only 10 years later, Fresh Fire Ministries has grown to become a Resource Center that is literally reaching out to all the corners of the Earth. There have been dozens of associate ministries, scores of interns and hundreds of graduates from the Supernatural Training Center. Over 60 nations have received a combined total of more than five million dollars in humanitarian aid and we have seen well over one million conversions for Jesus Christ.
And so, the question can well be asked… where do we go from here? It is true that we are deeply saddened by these recent events, but it hasn’t shaken our faith in either God or His goodness towards us and with the help of wise and compassionate leaders within the body, we will do everything within our power to see our brother and sister healed and restored.
As a ministry, we can not forsake the vision and heartbeat upon which Todd Bentley founded Fresh Fire Ministries which is simply this:
- Matthew 10:7-8
And as you go, Preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
While Todd and Shonnah each go through the necessary steps towards restoration and wholeness, we are compelled, with the resources with which God has entrusted us, to continue to spread God’s love and power all over the world.
There are many noble activities and endeavors in which Fresh Fire Ministries is involved, initiated by Todd, and to which we are still committed. We have the Supernatural Training Centre, our school of ministry, already in it’s fourth full year and with more than 50 students already enrolled we’re believing for an amazing year of biblical instruction, practical application and encounters with the presence of God. Many mature and gifted speakers and associates, graduated interns and teachers filled brim-full with the DNA and fire of this ministry are ready to pour revelation and passion into the hungry hearts of this coming year’s student body.
We will continue to host conferences in our region with speakers and worship leaders from around the nation whose message and mandates resonate with the vision and heart of Fresh Fire Ministries. In addition, we are committed to supporting the growing “OutPourings” across North America and around the world with our Associates, with encouragement and prayer support. In Todd’s own words, “What God is doing is bigger than one man”, and we now have a golden opportunity as the Body of Christ to pick up the baton and to run with perseverance for His glory.
Our missions department is progressing, as previously mentioned, with our major African crusade. With close to 100 team members in attendance, excitement is beginning to build and team members have responded that they are still believing God for the most amazing missions trip ever! Our Uganda Jesus Village in Kampala is forging ahead with the recent acquisition of 35 acres of land 30 minutes drive from our present location. Two of the 15 homes planned for the property are nearing completion, and the expanded village, when finished, will house almost 150 orphans rescued from war torn northern Uganda.
So whether in our Children’s Home in Africa, in our Supernatural Training Centre in British Columbia, in the revival meetings and outpourings spreading around the globe, or in taking teams to minister compassion and practical assistance to the poor in the far corners of the Earth, we have been and still are committed to bringing love, hope and a demonstration of the saving, healing, delivering power of the Gospel to a world in need.
Thank you all once again for your prayers and support. We bless each and every one of you in whatever decision you must make. Please know that our heart in all of this is to see the name of the Lord vindicated, and we take great encouragement from Psalm 23 and the Lord’s promise that He will “lead us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Together we look to the mercy and wisdom of our loving Father and we remain as ever, your brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Fresh Fire Board of Directors
Todd Bentley, the evangelist who has led the Florida Outpouring revival here in Lakeland since April 2, has filed for separation from his wife and might not return to the revival, according to his former local spokesperson, Lynne Breidenbach. She said Bentley made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Bentley and his wife, Shonnah, have two daughters and a son and are Canadian citizens. Under Canadian law, separation is a first step in divorce proceedings and takes nine months. Bentley and his wife have been in marriage counseling for several months, Breidenbach said. She called the situation “very sad” but insisted it “doesn’t invalidate what Todd did” at the revival.
Breidenbach, who said her contract with Bentley’s Fresh Fire ended today, said it is not clear whether Bentley will make further appearances at the revival. About two weeks ago, Bentley announced he would leave the revival on Aug. 23 in order to resume his traveling evangelistic work. The Fresh Fire Ministries Web site indicates that a September appearance by Bentley in England has been postponed. Stay tuned for further information.
Yep. He said what you thought he said.
“When God does not show up and when God is not moving, I thank God I have a gift, and I thank God I move by faith, and I thank God when God’s not moving I move God.”
Here we see a so called ‘Pastor’ at Lakeland tell the audience of this circus that he told a member of his church a whooper, which according to him he had divine help to make the story up.
‘When I make stuff up, the Holy Spirit does it cool’.
Well, you may have been wondering what happen to the man Bentley kicked in the stomach live on Stage at Lakeland, Roger is 40 years old, he manages a Pediatricians office. The two men who gave Roger the plane ticket to Lakeland and went with him are friends of his from a bible study and do not work for any Fresh Fire affiliates. These questions were asked by New Leaven.
Initial questions to Mr. Roger:
I know it took a lot of courage for you to identify yourself as the man in the much-talked-about video with Mr. Todd Bentley. Well, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your testimony. I hope you don’t mind me asking you a few questions for my own benefit. Than you. Here we go:
Before you went to the healing service conducted by Mr Bentley, Were you truly ill? Were others aware of your illness? In going to the healing service, Did you believe that God was going to heal you through the ministry of Mr. Bentley? Do you have firsthand knowledge of others who had known illnesses and were then healed through Mr. Bentley’s ministry? Were you completely healed?
Do you consider Mr. Todd Bentley a man of God? Were you ever skeptical of Mr. Bentley’s healing ministry? If so, Was it because of what you heard from others, saying that he’s only a fake and so on? Or was your skepticism simply one of unbelief, because you didn’t think God can heal you through such ministries as Mr. Todd Bentely?
Thanks for allowing me to question you.
Mr Roger’s reply:
Have no problem with you asking me anything. I don’t see this as being couragous in identifying myself, I see it as a necessity (sp?) since this has been taken way out of context. I just felt that I needed to set the record straight. Anyway:
1)Before you went to the healing service conducted by Mr Bentley, Were you truly ill? Yes, I was diagnosed approx 4 yrs ago this Aug. 7th with Stage 4 Met Colon Cancer which had spread to lymph nodes & liver. I had a colon resection where they took 1 ft. of the sigmoid colon. I then started intense chemo 2 wks after surg. I did this for 6 months. We then did a CT to see if how much the tumors in my liver had shrunk so we could go after those. I went and had my CT, right after I got home from the scan, I wasn’t home but 10 mins & the center where I go called and told me I had to get back to the office right away. They said I needed to have an EKG & they needed to put me on oxygen right away. (It was an urgency as if I were coding in a hosp.) Well, come to find out, the tumors had reponded really well to the treatments, but I had a Pulmonary Embolism. Being in the medical field myself, I know the severity of Embolisms, but I did not know the statistics. I was told by the Pulmonologist that the stats for the size of Embolism that had already traveled to my lung was that 90% of people die within the 1st hour of developing. Well we had to put off going after the liver tumors for awhile to address the blood clot. We treated this with Levonox injections (given in the stomach) for awhile. We then placed a filter in the vena cava the night before my liver resection. We then took 2 pieces of my liver out. I was in ICU the 1st night, then the 2nd day I was moved to another floor. When they moved me from 1 bed to the other, I noticed that I was having problems with my left arm. Turns out, I was having a mild stroke (TIA). So now we had to figure out why this happened. After several studies, it is determined that I have what is called a PFO. I was told this is where the muscle that divides the chambers of the heart is off aligned, so when they moved me and I had to stand up, I must built pressure up from getting up 1 day after being fillet like a fish, that the muscle flapped open and a piece of the clot we had been treating must’ve went across the chambers and flicked up to my brain to cause this. Well, after getting out & recovering, I went back to work and everything looked really good. We decided to recheck me in 8 weeks rather than 3 months. When we did that, I was told that I had a recurrence of my cancer in the lymphnodes in the abdominaL area. So back out of work I was. We went back to chemo & added intense radiation everyday for 6 weeks. We seemed to have hit a home run with this because my numbers were in the normal area for quite some time. Shortly after though, I fell into a depression even though the doctors were telling me I was in the best possible positin I could be in. Not sure why this happened, but when I went for a follow-up appt, the doctor told me that they were wondering when this was going to happen not “if”, they said most people go into a depression when 1st diagnosed or during treatmen, but I was different cause I kept going to the gym & continued playing softball. It was only after really deep into the treatments that I started slowing down. Anyway, he started going down the list of things that happened to me: 1) Diagnosed w/stage IV cancer & had a baby boy on the way. (The 1st thing out of my mouth when I was diagnosed was “Am I going to be around to name my son? He couldn’t give me a straight answer. Just said that’s what were shooting for.”). 2) Had a colon ressection, 3) Went through imtense chemo. 3) Had an embolism (should’ve killed you), 4) had a liver ressection 5) Had a stroke, 6) Had a recurrence. The he said something that didn’t hit me until I was driving home from the appt. See while I was going thru my intense chemo, the 1 constant prayer I said, was “Lord if I fall please help me get up, because in your path to crusafixtion, look how many times you fell & you got up every time. Even when they thought they put you down for good, you rose again. So, please I have to get up.” This was my prayer because at that time, I felt like I was being selfish to ask for healing because there are so many other people out there that in my opinion are much worse off that I am. Although now I know it’s okay to ask for healing. Anyway, the doctor told me after going thru the whole list of things, he said “Look how many time you have fallen and you have gotten up every time.” Like I said, it did not hit me until I was driving, but I realized I got back word for word what I had been praying. The doctor did not have to use those words. He could’ve used any other wording, but he chose those. I do believe that was God answering my prayer. I tell people all the time, God does answer prayers. It may not be right then but in time he will give you the answer. What has happened now, is that my #’s have been slowly creeping up again. A normal CEA for a non-smoker such as I should be no more than 2.5, my numbers had risen to 8.3 and after several scans, we determined that I have a hot (active) cancerous lymphnode in y lower abdomen that is causing my counts to go up. Also, just want to say this, when I was 1st diagnosed, my # was “786″. I asked that doctor, you must meant to tell me that the normal # should be no more that 250 right? he said “No”, so then I said, you must mean that my # is 7.86 ? He said, NO, it is 786 (seven hundred eighty six). I said, WOW, I must be lit up like a christmas tree inside.
2) Were others aware of your illness? Yes, many people including my wife and children.
3) Did you believe that God was going to heal you through the ministry of Mr. Bentley?
I had never been to anything like that before. The 2 gentlemen that I went with, I had told them that I would go with an open mind, open heart, open eyes & open ears as much as I could. I also told them that I was not going expecting anything and if nothing happened to me while I was there, that it was not going to automatically make me think that this whole thing is a sham. See my primary focus was not to see Todd, but to be in the spirit of god. I can say that I had NEVER been around so many God loving people at 1 time before.
4) Do you have firsthand knowledge of others who had known illnesses and were then healed through Mr. Bentley’s ministry?
I personally don’t know anyone, but I met some people that claim to have had a healing. The way I see it, is there are only 2 that truly know if anything has happened. 1 is that individual person & God.
5) Were you completely healed?
I want to make this very clear, that I NEVER said I was healed. What I said to the 2 men that I was with (and they could verify this) is that when we returned home on a Wed, I was to have treatment on that Friday, was that they would be drawing my lab that we track which is called a CEA (Carcenogenic Embryonic Antigen) and I just knew that I was going to have a SIGNIFICANT drop in my numbers. They asked me, “Are you saying you are healed” I said, “Well I guess it just depends on how you view that. All I know, is that I was going to have a significant drop in my #”. they said did you feel anything like a heat or an electricity going thru your body ( I think they asked that cause that seemed to be a commen answer given by people that claimed to be healed.) I told them No, but I did feel like a flutter in my lower abdomen the 1st night we were there, Todd asked everyone that had any problems to place ther had over that area and since I said I was goin to be open about this, I placed my hand over my lower abdomen.
Todd began praying for different things and then he said, “There is someone out there with a cancerous lymphnode in your lower abdomen”. Now I’m not saying he was specifically talking to me, but it did get my attention. So if I had to give a yes or no answer to your question, then it would be no.
After I returned from Lakeland and I had my treatment that Friday. I had a follow up appt with 1 of my doctors. We were getting ready to start radiation therapy. When we re-looked at my #’s and they had dropped to 4.1. My wife and I looked at each other and I proceeded to tell the doctor where I was the previous weekend. the doctor did some calculating and he looked up with a grin on his face and said “You had a 53% drop in your #, I would say that is pretty significant.” I had never had a drop like that in my #’s.
6) Do you consider Mr. Todd Bentley a man of God?
That was the 1st time I ever seen or heard him, but from what I saw & how he spoke of god, yes I would have to say he is a man that loves god.
7) Were you ever skeptical of Mr. Bentley’s healing ministry?
I would have to say yes among others. What I told the guys that I went with, is that I DO believe that god can still do miracles, I DO believe that god can still heal & I DON’T believe that these things have to take place in a certain venue. I also believe that god presents us with opportunies and I believed that god was presenting me with an opportunity to go to Florida with these men.
See, they called and offered to pay my flight & hotel all I had to pay was personal expenses. So I said I would be a fool to pass that up. I also said, ” The thing that kinda rubbed me wrong is that some of the things I have seen via TV, for example Benny Hinn, I’m sure there are some wonderful things that go on during his services, but why do some of these guys like him have to dress up in all white and almost have the light shining on them. Seems like they are trying to put the focus on them. Maybe he does not mean it that way, but that is the perception that is given off.
7) Was it because of what you heard from others, saying that he’s only a fake and so on?
8 )Was your skepticism simply one of unbelief, because you didn’t think God can heal you through such ministries as Mr. Todd Bentley?
No, my skeptisim was not one of unbelief, because I DO think that god can heal. If god chooses to heal thru such ministries such as Todd Bentleys, then let it be done. Like I said, I DON’t believe that god will only do great things in certain venues. God can do it wherever & whenever he chooses.
There is so much more.
May God bless you!
Todd Bentley wanted the attention. He got it on a US network – ABC’s Nightline.
UPDATE: After this story aired on “Nightline,” Fresh Fire Ministries released a statement announcing that preacher Todd Bentley would be taking time off “to refresh and to rest” after having spent four months in Lakeland, Fla., leading revival meetings. In the meantime their Lakeland broadcasts on GOD TV are put on hold.
Nightline did what any investigative show would do – asked questions. There have been plenty of bloggers focusing in on this Canadians theology, his connections to a heretical charismatic fringe, a few minor fluff pieces in Florida media, but once he was off stage facing a seasoned news team, he couldn’t hide his lies and deceptions. Bentley, from Abbotsford BC was promoted by Strang Communications, The Strader family, GodTV, and for the most part the silent complicity of mainstream leaders in Pentecostalism/Charismatic organizations.
Bentley has been on the fringe charismatic preaching circuit for a few years, but it was his contract with the UK’s God TV, with the streaming of the videos of his healing shows (think Benny Hinn on steriods) and the co-ordinated efforts what he called his revival online with tightly moderated pro Lakeland sites that that sent hundreds of thousands of needy people flocking to Florida. And made a pile of money for all concerned, no doubt. No one involved wants to talk about how much has been raked in. (photo: Abbotsford blog)
Night after night, blogs have exposed his lies and unbiblical teaching. A few weeks ago Bentley appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s show on Fox. Bentley did not fare any better than he did on Nightline. This leave comes in the the time June 22 – July 22, 2008 prophesied by Bentley and Bob Jones to be “the best and biggerst outpouring of God’s presence since Acts 2, when the Glory would fall fullest.”
Here is the spin PR God TV released after Bentley ducked for cover after the Nightline expose:
Fresh Fire Ministries announced yesterday that Todd Bentley would be taking some time off to refresh and to rest from the Florida Outpouring after nearly one hundred days of ministry. The Lakeland meetings will continue and Todd will remain the leader of this move of God.
GOD TV as the exclusive broadcast partner in the outpouring knows our viewers have been incredibly blessed through our nightly broadcasts with many lives changed, bodies healed and souls refreshed – we have received thousands of e-mails testifying to the work of God in your lives.
We will continue to stream the LIVE services from Lakeland every night on our dedicated Florida Healing Outpouring stream, (click on Watch Online on the left and select the Florida Healing Outpouring stream) and also make available the most recent service via our on demand platform. However we will take the opportunity to rearrange our broadcast schedules and bring you some incredible primetime programming – including the 2008 Hillsong Australia Conference EXCLUSIVELY on GOD TV, Rodney Howard Browne’s Summer Campmeetings LIVE and many more programmes – PLUS highlights of some of the best nights from the Lakeland Outpouring – this will also all form part of our Battle For Britain initiative in the UK.
We will make another announcement once Todd is fully refreshed and rested about the resumption of our LIVE broadcasts from Lakeland – but until then, you can continue to enjoy the nightly meetings LIVE at http://www.god.tv/stream and if you are watching on GOD TV then you have lots of great programmes to look forward to plus highlights from the outpouring.
Eli Miller, a senior leader of Fresh Fire Ministries and a long time associate of Todd Bentley announced today that Todd Bentley, leader of the Florida Outpouring, will be taking some time off. “We are grateful for our partnership with GOD TV that has allowed this revival to go around the world”, Miller said. While the revival will continue, the leaders of Fresh Fire believe it is important for Todd to take some time to re-fresh and to rest.
During this time, the revival broadcast will still be available LIVE on the GOD TV website and at Fresh Fire’s website.
I’ve no doubt Todd Bentley will be back. Think Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Peter Popoff. Benny Hinn, Richard Bonnke. There will be no transparency and honesty coming from the Fresh Fire crowd or God TV about finances, lies, heresy, and we won’t be seeing repentance unless it suits the powers behind Lakeland to get the show back on the road; it’s easier to get him out of the way for awhile until the public shock and outrage dies down. There are 50 more ‘apostles’ ready to take Bentleys place, but they don’t have the crowd manipulation skills Bentley has. Yet.
Meantime as seen on the Fresh Fire site, Bentley has a full summer schedule elsewhere.
I commend US bloggers for stepping forward and exposing his false theology, many have been solid discernment sites, many have been walkaways from earlier manifestations of these false teachings (Holy Trinity Brampton, Toronto Blessing, Gainsville, Pensacola) and I commend ABC for giving him the attention he deserved.
A letter to a Florida paper by a medical professional sadly shows a young man who went to Lakeland did not fair well after Bentley told him he was healed.
Roger begins his story here, Roger went to Lakeland unaware of the heresy being peddled, seeking God for healing as thousands have done. The video of Roger being kneed by Bentley has been one of the most watched on YouTube.
Fresh Fire Canadian Charity filing
1) Charity Listings
2) Canadian Registered Charities
a) Charities Listings drop down: Charities listings
b) Charity name: Fresh Fire Ministries
c) City: Abbotsford
d) Province: BC
e) Postal Code: V2T 6R3
g) Category Code: 47
h) BN/Registration: 880636428 RR000l
This is an interview on Way of The master Radio with Todd Friel interviewing an ex faith healer, Mark Haville, who, after reading the Bible, realized the unbiblical nature of it. He explains the tricks used to make people think they are healed and how they make people fall over.
Members of the ministry team of controversial healing evangelist Todd Bentley are to visit London next week – details in our Church Times story: Hype or fact? US outpouring heads for Britain
The Sunday Express had a story about the Bishop of Dudley, David Walker (no relation) and his concern about Todd Bentley’s visit to the UK in September. I mentioned Todd Bentley in a blog post last week: Anglican churches embrace Florida ‘revival’. The Express story, which has the headline ‘Born-again child abuser’s visit to ‘cure cancer” isn’t ‘officially’ online anywhere as far as I can see apart from on the Press Display site which unfortunately doesn’t allow me to link (and causes my computer to slow down). The text has however been posted on Ship of Fools. A couple of extracts:
A Church of England bishop is so concerned by claims that Todd Bentley can cure cancer by kicking tumours out of bodies with his biker boots, he has pledged to investigate before the meetings take place at the NEC Arena, Birmingham.
… Last night the Bishop of Dudley, David Walker, said: “This is the first I have heard of this, but I am concerned and I want to make my own inquiries.”
The paper has a phone-in poll: ‘What do you think – should this charlatan be banned from Britain?’ I’ve no idea how one discovers the results – they don’t appear to be published on the website.
The evangelist is due to appear at the NEC in Birmingham in September. The organisers are the Bakers of the ‘Revival Fires’ church in Dudley, hence the bishop’s interest. I have never quite understood why they have chosen a nuclear explosion as their website logo.
Methodist Minister Richard Hall continues to post about Todd Bentley at his Connexions blog for those interested in finding out more. There have been a couple of related press reports:
- The Washington Times: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: Celebrity revivals fleeting
- Sunday Times: Liam Clarke: Lo, a resurrection brought forth the miracle of publicity
Todd Bentley shows you how to keep people alert for the unexpected injury. It is a Florida Outpouring of violence! The ministry of assault and battery goes on.
In the words of Lane Chaplin ‘Anyone who is still considering that this charlatan is legit needs to get their head checked. This is utter blasphemy.’
Thanks to Local Pastor for continually uploading videos to expose this False Revival, more of his videos can be found HERE