Fresh Fire Ministries public apology: Bentley steps down

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This is a comment prelude to the Fresh Fire Statement at Northwest Musings:

“Here is some info, but according to what we have heard from several sources, this is much more than just an emotional relationship. According to staff And former staff members, they claim that Todd is a pathological liar. The board privately has said that Todd has been lying to them all along. We are praying for those around Todd to demand for him to get the help he needs before thrusting him back into ministry like they did 2.5 years ago when he had an affair with a different staff member. We are praying for Todd, his family, along with others that have been impacted through this”.

Thousands of people have finally figured that out. They been duped, conned and taken by this man and his staff (as in the case of any ministry where leadership operates by their own set of rules).
While I think some members of this ‘board’ are surprised, they did not speak up when they were (literally) selling undoctrinal material.
They did not speak up when lies went around the world.
Unconfessed sin leads to more sin.

Stephen Strang, it is not called a ‘breakdown.’ It is called sin.
C. Peter Wagner, it is not misplaced ‘alignment.’ It is called sin.
Lee Grady, sigh. The inside reporter admitting there were Lakeland problems from the get go, now baffled? Don’t think so, sir. It is called sin.
Doris Wagner, this is not about ‘defending’ your husband, excuses and blaming others.It is called sin.
God TV. You call fellow Christians demonics, it is not ‘unfortunate circumstances’, it is called sin.
Chuck Pierce, is not about more covenant help from you, your unholy product you peddle and your Kabbalah mysticism. It is called sin.
Patricia King, it is not about repeating lies or even making a few more up (satanic rituals around the Lakeland tent? Not according to Lakeland Police) it is not about portals, angels, anointings and blaming. It is called sin.
Stephen Strader, it was your turf, your alliances, your show. You could have pulled the plug. The BBC camped on your doorstep is a good thing. I hope the producers put together a stark expose, with plenty of compassion for the people who looked to you as shepard and left broken.

I agree with Dan at Cerulean Sanctum that if Charisma Magazine has 12 ads next month the magazine and the advertisers should be ashamed of themselves.
GodTV, Strang Communication, Ignited,(Lakeland) (C. Peter Wagner, Global Harvest Ministries) various and sundry groups and networks of New Apostolic Reformation ‘apostles’ did not speak up over blatant extra biblical teaching, televised abuse of others, fraud, hype, pride, and lies.
No one spoke up until the money was made.
Where did that money go?

There was no disclosure from the Fresh Fire 18 listed associates, no correction, no leaving to affiliate with a healthy, transparent organization.
And once again too little was said too late.
There is no apology, no asking for forgiveness from
The lack of discernment, the lack of awareness by those on stage during a GodTV broadcast knighting ceremony…where was it?
For years behavior any follower of Jesus Christ would recognize and speak up against has been covered up and swept under the rug of ‘judge not’ or ‘touch not my anointed’ by these parachurch media organizations, usurpers, and when personal failings were found out by followers, leaders were ‘forgiven’ and allowed to carry on.

These are a group of hierarchical organizations and independent churches who see questioning their leadership as tantamount to disbelief and sin against God.
They have carefully worked to exploit the splits in the body of Christ, playing the us/them card over and over.

And the reality is they will do it again. The spin and twisting that has come out of neo-pentecostal/charismatic network leaders would be funny if so many people had not been harmed, as they have been harmed for years. People’s lives have been wrecked, and we have no one but ourselves to blame if we continue to allow leadership to play their power games, foist their foibles off on others, teach lies and spout their false prophecies.

Their spin and concerns are hollow to Mrs. Bentley and her children.
Their spin and concerns are hollow to the families of those who have died believing one more charlatan. Whether self-proclaimed leaders clean their own house is up to them.

Bentley was a local story really, even though a New York PR firm pitched in. The local US outlet, the Lakeland Ledger did it’s job, a few religious outlets did rewrites, and The Vancouver Sun and The Province ran a rehash of the work the Lakeland Ledger religion editor did.
AP, Fox and ABC asked questions no one had any intention of answering.
Prior coverage of Bentley in Canada has been meager. The facts were out, people choosing to live in their ‘more Lord’ bubble are free to live in that bubble.
Apart from a fluff piece in Christian Week and a few puff columns by ministers in regional papers, media isn’t going to waste resources acquiescing to the latest breathless fraudulent pronouncement.

Interestingly the latest Fresh Fire release landed in my inbox from concerned pentecostals and charismatics this morning, from Australia, Canada, the US.
They are fed up, they are the ones who have to mop up, called not to be in a spotlight, but to walk beside the wounded. And the wounded are many.

Wisdom is justified for her children.
Will more come out?

No doubt, but if warnings weren’t enough years ago, weeks ago, this week, today, people remain ripe for confusion, for the next con.
Chose this day who you will serve. Every day we affirm that choice. I see no purpose in giving the leadership of The Revival Alliance (NAR etc) platforms to bury us in their denials, their disengious power plays, their pleas for support. There is work to do and it starts on our knees.

Frankly I’d like to see Fresh Fire audited by Canada Revenue, not because their star had an affair, but because of complicity in what I’ve mentioned above.

The body of Christ would not be poorer on any level if the Fresh Fire charity status was yanked, and those few perhaps called to ministry can step back, repent and get on with the work of the Kingdom honestly, transparently, in right relationship and as servants.

Sheeple Blog
View From The Wall
From Lakeland to Fakeland ICM
The Simple Pastor
Cerulean Santum – Burned
The Heresy
Should Christians Judge
YouTube tells the story – LocalPastor channel
Prior Fresh Fire posts

This is called sin, just as abuse, extra-biblical teaching, fraud and lies are called sin. It is not ‘an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level’. Jesus called it all what it is. Sin. The Fresh Fire Ministries Board of Directors Apology:

The Board of Fresh Fire Ministries has released a statement apologizing for thier last statement and release information about Bentley’s behavior. It is unlikely this is Todd Bentley’s first affair according to some sources (not in the official email) They also assure supporters Bentley who has been with Fresh Fire since 1998 is no longer head of Fresh Fire Ministries.

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
Ken Greter
Michael Bullet
Valerie Andres

Update: PJ Miller wrote and asked who the board is. Ken Greter, Michael Bullett, Val Andres, Barbara Rail and Archie Binnie.

Note the date on this filing.

Ah, as of today sans Todd according to the Fresh Fire release – the board is as follows. An inquiry by Sola Dei Gloria August 19th to Fresh Fire Canada was answered

Note the date on the filing.

The Canadians are in full force. Greter. Global Harvest Abbotsford. Fresh Fire employee? Bullett, mentioned in 2005? on a forum as a ‘pastor at Global Harvest Abbotsford. Fresh Fire employee?
Horton was President of a Pentecostal College(Masters College and Seminary) in Canada and now Brownsville.
Andres is the Fresh Fire office manager, Canada.

FRESH FIRE MINISTRIES USA, INC.
Filing Information
Document Number N08000005172
FEI Number NONE
Date Filed 05/29/2008
State FL
Status ACTIVE
Effective Date 05/23/2008

Principal Address
5859 HWY 98 NORTH
LAKELAND FL US
Mailing Address
PO BOX 1588
SUMAS WA 98295–158 US
Registered Agent Name & Address
HORTON, EVON DR.
3086 KILLARNEY DRIVE PACE
PACE FL 32571 US
Officer/Director Detail
Name & Address
Title P
BENTLEY, TODD
3837 KALEIGH CT
ABBOTSFORD BC V3G 3-E3 CN
Title VP
GRETER, KENNETH
8509 BRADSHAW PLACE
CHILLIWACK BC V4Z 0-A7 CN
Title S/T
ANDRES, VALERIE
3539 BASSANO TERRACE
ABBOTSFORD BC V3G 2-Z7 CN
Title D
RAIL, BARBARA
1949 HIGHWAY 1
FAIRFIELD IA 52556 US
Title D
BINNIE, ARCHIE
49 BOULDER BLVD.,
STONY PLAIN AB T7Z 1-V6 AL
Title D
BULLETT, MICHAEL
2912 MCBRIDE ST, ABBOTSFORD, BC,
ABBOTSFORD BC V3G 1-G9 CN

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54 Responses to Fresh Fire Ministries public apology: Bentley steps down

  1. Tamara Dickinson says:

    Bene Diction says:
    June 5, 2009 at 3:58 am

    L’Hommedieu

    Explain the difference between stone casting and critical thinking.

    Then explain what discernment is and what we are to do with it.

    “Critical” being the operative word. [Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.]

    Discernment is the ability to see where a loving hand is needed for healing and restoration. Not judgment. There is only one judge. Jesus the Christ and He holds that rightfully!! Each of us are to mature into the fullness of Christ. Additionally, we are called to walk along side of one another and help each other on the way. That does include our responsibility to expose any darkness and there is a written procedure for doing so. In everything we do, we do it in love, meekness and gentleness following after peace. ["Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1)]. ["With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2)]. ["For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9)]. Our second highest commandment is to “Love one another even as I have loved you”. Now, how has He loved us? Just as we are. And He walks a side us too, helping us. It is a privilege to be given eyes to see where someone needs help. It is an honor to help and He is inviting you into the process. We are accountable for praying for others. To see good and not do it is ( )?

    I have included an interesting online article about judgment by: -Eric Vestrup. Be blessed and walk humbly before your God. Peace and love to you. Tamara
    http://www.tektonics.org/gk/jesusjudge.html

    * John 5:22 [Jesus speaking]: “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgement to the Son….”
    * John 8:15 [Jesus speaking]: “You [Jews/Pharisees] judge by human standards; I pass judgement on no one.”
    * John 12:47 [Jesus speaking]: “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.”

    Even superficially, there is no contradiction here. John 5:22 states that Jesus has been given the potential for judging, Nothing here is said in this passage about the actualization of the judging, which judgement will take place at the end of the world. In John 8:15, the context clearly indicates that Jesus’ words “I pass judgement on no one” are to be construed as saying that He does not pass the earthly, casuistic, and superficial judgements that the Pharisees do.

    Grammatically, in 8:15 the plural address “you” in the phrase “You judge by human standards” is emphatic: hymeis …. krinete . Similarly, in 8:15 the “I” in the phrase “I pass judgement on no one” is emphatic: ego ou krino. Grammatically then, we have a direct contrast here: Jesus does not judge as the Pharisees do. ” You judge by human standards, but I do not.” As far 12:47, there is a qualifier: “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them…”

    Some more facts need to be stated. In 5:22, in accordance with the analogy of Scripture, we see that the judgement that Jesus has been entrusted with is the judgement at the end of human history. Jesus’ earthly sojourn was to save the world — see 3:17 for verification.

    Keeping this in mind, 12:47 most naturally echoes 3:17 along similar lines. If one wants to follow the context and allow a document to interpret itself, then this solution is faithful to the text as well as the context.

    Objection: In John 9:39, Jesus says, “For judgment I am come into this world.” This clearly contradicts the statement that “the judgment that Jesus has been entrusted with is the judgement at the end of human history. Jesus’ earthly sojourn was to save the world….”

    The context of John 9:39 deals with Jesus being judged by the world, as in either accepting Jesus or rejecting Jesus. The Greek word here is krima and means a decision; it is not a “judicial” word like krisis or krino. In essence, Jesus says here he came to be judged by us, and it has nothing to do with the other passages where Jesus himself is the judge.

    -Eric Vestrup

  2. Tamara Dickinson says:

    Correction:
    ["Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)]

  3. william bwalya says:

    It is not man’s job to judge,but to encourage those who have fallen to rise to their feet.What we should not forget is that we are in the same swamp,today you may laugh and judge your brother that he is muddy,but tomorrow you will be the one laughed at.What the brother needs is somebody to help him to rise to his feet and not someone to continue reminding him of what he has done,because he already knows that he had done wrong and let ONLY GOD vindicate him.Arise Bentley,don’t let the enemy take advantage of your situation.

  4. william bwalya says:

    Christ said,if anyone of you has not committed sin before let him strike the first stone.We’ve all sinned before.

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