Bob Jones has a huge impact on Todd Bentley, that is plain to see. But who is Bob Jones, and what is his track record in the ministry? What fruits has he produced through the years? Bob Jones is known as one of the Kansas City Prophets. Who are the Kansas City Prophets, and what do they believe?
The following paragraph was taken from Deception in the Church. It is an excerpt from a book written by William Alnor. This will briefly explain who the “prophets” are, and what they taught:
These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. They argued that God was spearheading a new revival from their churches, and that he was restoring the office of prophet. Just as other “prophets” we discussed in these pages, yesterday’s Kansas City stock could have it both ways. They could hear from God, and speak forth God’s words, prophesying of great events soon to transpire on planet earth. And they could have flipped a coin as to whether what God allegedly told them would actually come true. Often they didn’t come true.
Some of the main prophets and/or leaders in the movement included Paul Cain, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, and others. Bob Jones (no relation to Bob Jones of Bob Jones University in South Carolina) was the visionary of the bunch. He was said to have been especially anointed with supernatural visions from the Lord and a prophetic gift. However, he was quoted as saying that the general level of prophetic revelation in the movement’s “prophets” had an accuracy level of about 65 percent. Some prophets were as low as 10 percent accurate, he said, with some of the “most mature” prophets having a rating “approaching 85 percent to 95 percent. Source.
The Kansas City Prophets movement eventually ran out of steam and crumbled, but not without leaving behind many rotten fruits for us to glean insight from. The prophecies which pervaded the movement ranged from outlandish to absurd, with tales of angel visits and trips to Heaven.
Bob Jones, considered to be one of the most powerful of the movement, was removed from ministry at the Vineyard in 1991 for sexual misconduct. He used his “prophetic gift” to fondle women in the church. This is taken from the same article at Deception in the Church:
Bob Jones, however, who not so long ago was regarded as the most powerful of the Kansas City crowd is out of ministry. First when Wimber’s Vineyard absorbed the Kansas City Fellowship, Jones and another “prophet” were disciplined for making some outlandish statements and prophecies that were judged to have harmed some, and their prophecy tapes were removed from distribution. Jones’s ministry was then limited to church leadership “behind closed doors.” 31
But it was behind those doors where Jones’s ministry ended. Two women came forward in 1991 and told Vineyard leaders that Jones had used his prophetic authority to touch and fondle them sexually. 39 Jones admitted it and was removed from ministry. “In recent months, I have manipulated certain people for selfish reasons on the basis of my prophetic gifting,” Jones said in a statement that he dictated and signed before the Metro Vineyard Fellowship senior leadership on November 4, 1991. “I have been guilty of sexual misconduct, and I deeply regret this. (I have not committed adultery.) Source.
This is Todd Bentley’s mentor. This is the man Bentley continually lauds as a source of wisdom and reliability. If only Bentley would put as much credence and value in God’s Word instead of fallible man…
Special Note: Deception in the Church lists their sources for this article at the bottom of the page.
Special Note #2: Here is a link to a newspaper article that was taken from the Olathe Daily News, published on November 13, 1991, which chronicles the scandal.