Todd Bentley has been accused of being involved with homosexuality, adultery, drug addiction, drinking and several others acts of sinful behaviors. All of these are unbecoming of a Pentecostal leader. How do we respond?
Let me say from the start that I take claims like this very lightly in most cases. I have been the victim of slander and gossip on a very large scale. A group of over 50 people networked just to attack me. I know the pain of being false accused of many times.
I have seen some of the things that are coming out right now with my own eyes. My history with Todd Bentley is interesting. I use to love his ministry because he would talk about miracles, signs and wonders and at the liberal Assembly of God, all I could hear about was being “purpose driven” and being seeker sensitive.
However, even in those early days, I had this feeling that are concerning to me: Todd did not know the scriptures and what he did know seems horribly out of context. While I celebrated his emphasis on healing the sick and casting out devils; I was very uneasy about his doctrine, his claims of experiences, and stories of sinful behavior that I hear about.
Todd Bentley & homosexuality
A lot of this was unknown to many, including myself. However, there is enough proof to state that Todd Bentley has engaged in homosexual relations. It does not seem he had a relationship with a man but more “hook ups.”
The stories that I am hearing currently remind me much of the stories we hear about Bishop Eddie Long. Ministry trip with male interns and sharing a hotel room. Todd Bentley would offer them positions in ministry and in at least one case, money in exchange for giving homosexual pleasure.
The deeper concern is that Todd and his second wife (birthed in adultery as well) has had an open marriage. They have had other men and women in their bedroom for orgies. This is beyond sinful and downright demonic. There is no excuse for a Pentecostal leader acting like this. This makes Jimmy Swaggart look like an angel.
There is also claims of multiple female staffers that he had kissed and felt on them. In one case, a female intern shared a room with Todd Bentley on a ministry trip. In another case, they have spend up to an hour in his room alone. People close to the situation have stated to me that they fully believe he was engaging in adultery.
It is clear that Todd has some broken elements due to his history before coming to Christ. Sexuality was a major issue when he was living for the devil prior to conversion. It seems that many of these issues were not resolved. It leads me to wonder just how serious his baptism in the Holy Spirit really is. The lack of sanctification means He did not have much of one.
The claims of Heavens and Angels
Where I distance myself from Todd Bentley was his claims of going to heaven, meeting the Apostle Paul and John Wesley. This was beyond concerning for me. The bible tells us that is actually demonic. I do not know if he really believes he has these experiences or if he just made it all up to sell teachings and books. No matter how you look at it, it is wrong and in my opinion, evil.
He would also claim to see angels almost daily. He would see this angel and that angel. He would name them and claim they had special anointings for him. This looked like it was a page right out of Gnosticism from the second century. I also believed (and still do) that he was worshipping angels which scripture warns against.
Around this time, I began to notice something about Todd Bentley, Patricia King and several other prophetic ministries. None of their messages were calling people to a deeper level of holiness and repentance. In fact, hardly any of the prophetic word even mentioned sin or holiness. It was all “encouragement.” (Prophecy and encouragement are two different gifts according to Romans 12)
As I took a hard look at people like Todd that claimed all these supernatural experiences but had no desire to be more holy; I started to look at the prophets of the early Pentecostal movement. People like WT Gaston, A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill and David Wilkerson had a very different message. Any prophetic word they gave was always a call to holiness.
Is Todd Bentley a false prophet?
It grieves me but I must say that we must consider him one and mark him as one that walks in the same path that Jezebel did in Revelation 2. I firmly believe that someone who walks in the power of Jezebel must have the influence to do so. Todd Bentley without question, has the influence needed to deceive many.
While great revival is coming in the years ahead, so it great deception that even the elect will be captured by ministries and movements that look very anointed but are deceiving. I believe we have seen a forerunner of this with Todd Bentley. It grieves me to say this because I believe in him.
The truth is that the last days will be full of people like him who claim amazing spiritual experiences to deceive the masses. Paul told that these deceivers will be: 1) love themselves 2) love money 3) be boastful 4) spiritual pride 5) be abusive people 6) dishonoring to parents 7) ungrateful 8) lack personal holiness 9) lack love for others 10) not forgive others 11) slander people who disagree 12) lack self control 13) be brutal 14) not love goodness 15) be treacherous 16) rash people 17) they will be conceited 18) love personal pleasure. Any you can see the behavior of Todd Bentley is very close to many of these.
2 Timothy 3 goes on to tell us about these people who will, “worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth….They are men of depraved minds,who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.” (2 Timothy 3:6-8)
John’s warning from the Lord
Speaking of Heaven (as Todd claims to go to often), Revelation 21 tells us of the New Jerusalem. While many would quote the verses about there being no weeping, death or sorrow; there is much more to that chapter.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp….Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:22-23;27)
Something that I am not even sure I have ever heard preached is Revelation 22:27. No one that does shameful or deceitful things will enter the New Jerusalem but only those who have their name written in the Lamb’s book of Life. This should scare us.
Something that is even more concerning is the greek word for doing shameful things here is only used once in the New Testament: the abomination of desolation. This should be the fear of God in every one of us. Shameful things which is just another way of saying sin in our lives is connected to the rise of false prophets in our midst.