Australia’s customs balks at Mr. Bentley

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

A big thanks to reader Riles who brings it to our attention that Todd Bentley is not being allowed into Australia for a series of evangelistic meetings he had planned fot later this week in small chuirches in or near Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.

Says the announcement on the Fresh Fire website:

The Australian Tour is currently on hold until further Notice. Australian Immigration has denied Todd entry into the country at this time. We are however doing everything we can to get an answer for the denied entry. We have sent all the required documents and are awaiting approval from Australian Immigration to be allowed to come to Australia and Minister. Please continue to stand with us as we are not giving up.

I don’t know why either, but here are a couple guesses.

When he was ministering in Bellingham Washington, before Lakeland, Todd Bentley complained to his audiences of being held at the border because U.S. Customs considered preaching as working, and he’d need special paperwork–which Todd didn’t want to bother with if possible so he could be back and forth quickly. However, he related the customs officials as saying, if he was merely leading a Bible study, that would be okay.

The customs officials always let him across to preach, but the idea was no doubt planted in Bentley’s mind that he had to find a permanent solution to his problem of guaranteeing access to the U.S., his biggest audience.

Perhaps something similar is happening in Australia. “Hey mate, you’re coming into Australia to preach, and that means work and a special visa…”

Of course, it could also relate to the main reason that Todd Bentley was jailed as a teenager. That would set off an alarm in the mind of any on-the-ball customs official.

And that would have been something that Todd would have taken care of, as far as the US is concerned, by marrying the very American Jessa Bentley. It would be an undue hardship, Bentley would argue, to deny him access to his wife just because she lives in the US. And he’s got to be able to make a living…

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9 Responses to Australia’s customs balks at Mr. Bentley

  1. Rick Hiebert says:

    Thanks to Riles!

  2. Jan says:

    As an Aussie, my guess is that Immigration denied him entry because of past convictions. BTW it is Immigration , not Customs, handling such things. Customs searches for contraband, drugs etc.

    Entry can be denied for convictions for much less than Bentley’s. Can’t really say I’m sorry. I have no time for him or for Catch the Fire either.

  3. Rick Hiebert says:

    Thanks lots for the correction. I’m used to our border guys–the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency–who do both tasks, so my default shorthand would be “customs”.

  4. Riles says:

    I am more than happy to pass on info about this wolf of wolves. He was the catalyst that made us see our former church for what it was. Lakelnad opened our eyes to the little children that masquerading as our pastor and her husband(oops other way around. Must be a freudian slip). Red flag one was their following the teachings of man, first Graham Cooke, and now Bill Johnson and company. When they went to Abbottsford and Lakeland in ’08 they were outed. We left that year and have watched them preach total dominionism, along with sow a seed. Truly sad to watch.

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  6. Street Preacher says:

    At last, the Gillard Labour government has done something good, stopping the false prophet and all round heretic Todd from getting into Australia.

  7. Paulette says:

    Thank the one true living G-d that Australia is safe for now….

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  9. Valerie says:

    It seems that you all have never made a mistake in your lives.Remember the words of Jesus “He that is without sin let him cast the first stone”.I will always remember Todd for his love for the presence of God.Yes he sinned but God has forgiven him but is seems so many people do not want to.Take a long hard look in the mirror (God’s word) and thank God for His mercy towards you every time you have fallen and He has picked you up again and given you another chance.

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