Bishop to investigate Todd Bentley UK visit
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