It happens all too often – someone comes into contact with aberrant theology, and when it proves too leaky a vessel to hold any truth, their faith is shattered.
There are some who say that if people put their faith in the wrong thing, it isn’t real faith to begin with. There’s much, much Biblical truth to that. Sadly, there are some out there who put faith in people like Todd Bentley and Patricia King, and the leaders who enable them, and find their faith in God and the Bible completely shattered.
In the testimony below, I will only post a couple of excerpts, but please take time to read the whole thing. It’s a very easy and interesting read. Keep in mind that while Todd Bentley and others are attempting to “build the Kingdom” their own way, this is the ruin they leave behind.
Updated to add: Please pray for this gentleman. Please pray that he will allow the Holy Spirit to guide him into all truth and that he would be granted repentance for following false teaching and see the false prophets for who they really are – wolves in sheep’s clothing.
We continued in churches where ‘the spirit’ was moving, eventually settling in Global Harvest Centre, the home church of Todd Bentley (www.freshfireusa.com), a famous fringe prophet and faith healer. At that time, our second son got sick with Group B Strep, just ten days after he was born. He is fine now, healing quite well after his ordeal. Over the next couple of months, I took my parental leave from the mill that I worked at. I sat under Todd Bentley’s teaching; soaking and waiting on God, hoping for an encounter. I never had one, but I ended up working for the church, steeping in as a new graphic designer. The church had recently undergone a new name change, as well as a new vision, under the authority of Todd. They needed someone to put a new face on the church. Over the next several years, I came to see some things about church that I never knew before. Politics and meetings. I have never been to so many meetings. The leaders were always in meetings. I was shafted on several occasions because they had meetings to attend. The business of church made them too busy for me. I understood that they had duties to attend too, but it seemed like if you weren’t in the inner circle then you didn’t matter.
About a years and a half into my term there, Todd Bentley had a crash in England. The story was that he suffered a breakdown and didn’t want to continue on with what he was doing anymore. The leaders stated that he was going to take a break and get re-focused. The word behind the closed doors was that he wanted to have an affair with someone on his staff and that person was paid off to be quiet about it. But I won’t speculate about it.
Todd, of course, made his comeback; bigger and badder than ever. But things were starting to change. Especially the way he was taking his offerings. They usually took about thirty minutes to perform and included sermons on giving to receive as well as testimonies to back up the claims. And of course, the money came rolling in. By this time, I had begun my objection observations of the meetings. Working in the environment made it easier to focus on my tasks without getting involved in the hype. I started seeing things in a new light.
Then came Lakeland.