This is a comment prelude to the Fresh Fire Statement at Northwest Musings:
â€œHere 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 thisâ€.
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.
View From The Wall
From Lakeland to Fakeland ICM
The Simple Pastor
Cerulean Santum – Burned
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 â€“ 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 askedâ€¦ where do we go from here? It is true that we are deeply saddened by these recent events, but it hasnâ€™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:
â€œAnd as you go, Preach, saying, â€œThe kingdom of heaven is at handâ€ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. â€œ
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 Godâ€™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 itâ€™s fourth full year and with more than 50 students already enrolled weâ€™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 yearâ€™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 â€œOutPouringsâ€ across North America and around the world with our Associates, with encouragement and prayer support. In Toddâ€™s own words, â€œWhat God is doing is bigger than one manâ€, 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 Childrenâ€™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 Lordâ€™s promise that He will â€œlead us in paths of righteousness for His nameâ€™s sake.â€ 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
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.
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