Todd Bentley, the controversial evangelist at the centre of revival meetings in Lakeland, Florida, has stepped down from leading his Fresh Fires organisation after filing for separation from his wife. A Fresh Fires statement said that Bentley had ‘entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff’. The Lakeland meetings have drawn and influenced a number of UK church leaders who believe they have seen fruit in healings and changed lives. Critics have condemned Bentley’s style of pushing people to the ground while shouting ‘Bam’ and say his claims to receiving revelations from angels are unbiblical. Bentley, who had been receiving marital counselling for three years, will ‘refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life’, Fresh Fires say.
Sources: Christian Today (20/8); Christianity Today (9/08); Evangelicals Now (8/08)