Todd Bentley Begins Restoration Process
By Rick Joyner

Todd Bentley was used to spark the Lakeland Outpouring, which raised the faith level of much of the body of Christ. Testimonies of healings and miracles from it are now virtually all over the world.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[We have yet to see the proof of this. TB had the chance to show records he said he had. But he chose not to.]

When Todd’s marriage failed, he abruptly stopped all ministry and virtually disappeared for almost nine months. In the meantime, his divorce was finalized and he has recently remarried.

Redeemed hippie>>>[Nine months? How much do you want to bet that the great Tod Bentley will use the “nine months” as some kind of teaching aid or example in the days to come? Perhaps saying he gave birth to something brand new during those nine months? During those nine months he could have been seeking the Lord on behalf of his marriage and family life. He chose not to.]

Todd has taken full responsibility for the failure of his marriage.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[If he has, then how has he repented?]

He and Jessa also admit that their relationship was premature and should not have happened the way it did. Both are adamant that it was not the cause for the failure of his first marriage, nor did they begin their relationship until Todd was convinced that his marriage was over.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Premature? What, they should have waited longer? They HAD to come out with it. God was bringing this false revivalist and those involved to the light. God began to expose them and lifting the skirts of their many whoredoms.]

They have both expressed that it was wrong and premature. They do not want to try and cover this up even though they know many will never accept them for it. Even so, they are married now and are resolved to make the most of their marriage, their lives, and to continue to serve the Lord in the best way that they can.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Serving the Lord in seeing how many more people they can deceive the next go round.]

My position all along has been that I will do my best to comply with Galatians 6:1, “If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (NKJV). To obey this Word, I have always felt that it did not matter what one had done, and that it was my responsibility to help them find the grace of God to return to the place from which they had fallen.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[These things are true. But when one is a blatant liar such as Tod Bentley and those who backed him up, practicing the occult, teaching the occult as the gospel, there is no room for compromise here. Rick joyner says, “… it was my responsibility to help them find the grace of God to return to the place from which they had fallen.” Let us hope not!  Let us hope he is NOT going to help restore TB BACK to the place he fell. Rather, expose the man for his lying occult abominations! God forbid, that you would take him back to it!]

I confess that with Todd, I am not just doing this as a duty. From the time I first met him nearly ten years ago, I knew that he had an extraordinary purpose and a gift of faith for the miraculous that would be desperately needed in these times.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Rick Joyner had absolutely no discernment if this is what he thought of Tod Bentley. The church does not need Tod Bentley and his abominations. The church needs the truth and accountability.]

I consider helping any of God’s children an honor, and helping Todd is a privilege.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Then speak the truth to him, Rick Joyner. But you too, have gone astray. You follow apostates, you become one.]

I also confess to some selfish ambition in wanting to do this. I had a dream two decades ago in which one of my children had fallen into a sewage ditch and could not get up. My child was being scorned and no one would help him. A man came along who helped my child get up and then cleaned up. In that dream, I felt as if I would give everything that I owned to this man who helped my child. Then I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Jim Bakker is My child. Will you help him?” Since that time, I have been devoted to helping any of God’s children that I could who have committed any trespass, because I knew there were few other things that would bring the Father’s favor. I consider this willingness to at least try to help others this way a major reason for the extraordinary favor that our ministry, my family, and I have received. I love Todd and am glad to help him, but I also know by doing this, I will be doing something that means a great deal to our Father.

Redeemed hippie>>>[Then will you speak the truth to him? Will you tell him the things he practiced and taught were abomnible heresies?]

When we release someone to minister in the body of Christ, we are releasing him or her to minister to God’s own children, and I personally do not do that with anyone who I would not allow to minister to my own family. For all that was done through Todd, and especially at Lakeland, which touched and helped countless thousands, many were also left confused and hurt by the way it ended.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[That word release. These people have no unction, power or authority to release anyone. All they have released were abomnible heretical teachings through this revival. No one came forth and said it was wrong. No one came forth and challenged it. Now, we are just suppose to trust them in doing what is right? I don’t think so. As far as the revival touching thousands, that still is yet to be seen. There is no proof of any great healings. But there is great proof of occult happenings and lies. If anything, all it did was make people hungry for experiences, desiring their emotions to be touched, fed by power hungry people who preyed on the weakness, hopelessness  and ignorance of their followers.]

I think Todd is even more sensitive to this than I am. Although in some ways he greatly misses being in ministry and praying for people, he wants to be sure that when he comes back that his life and his ministry are on the most solid ground possible so that he does not cause these kinds of problems again.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[What problems? The kind where you fake being a family man, and then end of having an affair and divorcing your sick wife for a younger chick? I dare say, it wouldn’t happen again. TB already has what he wants. He has the whole nine yards; the minstry, the backing of others, the money, the new woman. What more could his flesh want?]

Jack Deere and Bill Johnson have agreed to be a part of Todd’s restoration process. I asked them to be a part because I know they will probably see things I don’t,

Redeemed hippie>>>[I don’t know anything about Jack Deere or Bill Johnson. But why would I believe that anyone who Rick Joyner gives any credibility to, has somehow all of a sudden being used to bring the full truth to what TB is all about?  Where were they a year ago when all this apostacy began? Why didn’t they speak out then, if they are so intuned to restoring anyone? Joyner says, “I asked them to be a part because I know they will probably see things I don’t.” Let us hope so!]

…but also because both Todd and I trust them and know they would not sign off on something they did not really believe in. However, both of them are going to be involved in this at a distance, and therefore, I will be the main person responsible.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[They are going to be involved at a distance? Joyner is the main person responsible? Such self-exaltation of self-importance here. There is nothing being said about the Lord holding anyone accountable. It is already obvious these people could not monitor a thing, let alone Tod Bentley. People are to be held accountable to a holy God. Not to those within the same heretical movement.]

Being a believer in body ministry, I expect our whole leadership team, and to some degree, our whole local church, to be involved in helping Todd and Jessa. Our staff and all from the church that I have discussed this with are very happy about them being here and want to help them in any way that they can.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[What about Shonna and the children? Where are they in all of this? Is anyone reaching out to them or is it just about TB and his new chick? Tod Bentley is a habitual liar, a charlaton and an apostate. And somehow he manages to get all the attention, praise and adoration while his wife and children are paying some kind of price for his behavior. Amazing that the church would put more importance on a heretic than they would his family.]

In future Bulletins, we will go into more detail about what we’re doing and why, as well as what we think was a cause of some of the failures Todd experienced. We will only do this for the sake of helping others avoid the same traps.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[The only whay this whole mess could help anyone is if they came out and said the truth; Tod Bentley was a false teacher and a fake.]

We know that trust has to be earned and that Todd will have to earn the trust of the body of Christ for future ministry, which will not be easy, nor should it be. Todd, more than most, does not want to jump back into ministry prematurely, even as much as he misses it in some ways.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[The fastest and greatest way he could earn that trust is to come right out and tell how he has been a fake and a mocker from the very beginning. Anything short of that is not true repentence.]

I for one have been very encouraged by the expressions of grace and genuine concern so many have expressed toward Todd in this situation. It gives me great hope. As we have been constantly reminded, the Lord had great patience with sinners, but He had none for the self-righteous.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Joyners’ way of saying if you disagree with them in any way and don’t jump on board with their program, then you are self-righteous. Never mind the actions of TB. You MUST submit to them by trusting they are doing everything right. I can not and will not. Only a few came out and challenged TB and those who backed him. Those of us who did were called religious cows– that they wanted to kill,– rebellious, unteachable, Jezabelles, etc.]

We’re all here because He had mercy on us, and we know we still need it. However, we also know that true repentance and restoration can only come if we refuse to compromise the clear biblical standards for morality and integrity.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Rick and those who follow him know nothing about no compromise. Compromise was written all over TB and his ministry from the very start. They accepted anything and everything as the truth, all in the name of wanting revival.]

Todd wanted to personally say the following:

It has been a long while since I have spoken publicly and openly. I am sorry for the hurt and confusion that my decisions have caused the body of Christ. It has been a true season of brokenness, hiddenness, and a long process of grieving.

Redeemd Hippie>>>[Excuse me in if am wrong, but how is one broken and yet able to get by with adultry and remarriage within a matter of months? How is TB broken and what is he broken over? The fact that he got caught or the fact that he has finally realized what a heretic he was? I really really want to know TB.]   

As many of you now know, my previous marriage has endured years of unresolved conflicts. I apologize that it has ended in divorce, and I take full responsibility for my part for the ending of the marriage. I realize that my silence and decisions have caused many of you to feel hurt, confused, and offended. The reason for the silence was for my need of healing, creating a restoration process under a team of qualified leaders, much needed rest after the Lakeland Outpouring, repentance, and the divorce process.

I have now relocated to Fort Mill, South Carolina and have entered into my restoration and healing process under Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Bill Johnson. I am confident of this one thing—that God is faithful to His promise and my hope is to be fully restored, strengthened, healed, and to learn from all the mistakes I have made along the way.
    Thank you friends and partners for your continued prayers, encouragement, and love. I am committed to the work of the Holy Spirit and confident that the good men around me will help me be restored first as a man, as a husband, and ultimately to fulfill God’s call on my life.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[I do hope you have repented TB. I do hope you are able to stand in front of the thousands you deceived and let them know what a fake you were. Not just in your marriage, but in the things you taught. The occult, the witchcraft, the manipulations, lies you told, the embellishments, the setting up of an image of Jesus that was a lie. All of it. THEN I will believe you have been restored unto the truth.]

Those of you who were touched by the Lakeland Outpouring do not lose your encouragement. What happened there was from God, and Todd is a true servant of God.

Redeemed hippie>>>[He STILL will not call it what it was; an apostate heretical movement! Why oh why, should any of us believe a word he says? This angers me. How stupid do they think we are? It is the very same spirit that is at work in the political arena and they do not see it?! They have learned NOTHING. They have came to the light on NOTHING.]

He has made some mistakes, and he is trying to get his life back in order, and you can be confident that he will. Throughout the Bible, many of the greatest heroes in it also made some of the worst mistakes. King David, possibly the greatest hero in the Bible after Jesus, made one of the most horrible mistakes, not only committing adultery, but murdering the husband of the woman he committed it with. God knew that was going to happen with David when He called him, and He loved David before, during, and afterward.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[To even compare TB with King David is a stretch of the imagination. TB is no where anything like king David. King David REPENTED. We still have yet to see if TB is going to repent for his abominations.]

One of the remarkable events in the Bible is that the Lord then used Bathsheba to bring forth the heir to the throne, Solomon, and she is part of the genealogy of Jesus. It still stretches me, but we need stretching in the grace of God. At the same time, we must balance it with how God hates divorce, and it is one of the scourges of our times that is tragically hurting many, many people. Marriage is under such an assault now because it is so important. However, legalism will not overcome lawlessness.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Joyners’ way of saying if anyone demands too much accountability or too much change, then we are legalistic.]

This situation and similar ones that almost every church and family are now being faced with is one that we need answers for. We cannot run from Him, but must run to Him with our need.

Many of Todd’s friends and former partners have asked if and how they might help to rebuild and establish Fresh Fire USA, which has recently relocated from Abbotsford, BC Canada and is now based at Heritage International Ministries in Fort Mill, SC. Donations can now be made to Fresh Fire USA at the following address:

Fresh Fire USA
C/O MorningStar  Fellowship Church
375 Star Light Dr.
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Make checks out to Fresh Fire USA, or if you would like to donate by credit card to help in rebuilding Fresh Fire USA, call 1-800-542-0278

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Ahh, there it is. Don’t forget to send a check to them so they can continue to prop up their little idol.

For anyone who may believe I judge TB harshly. I judge his teachings and his actions as being occultic. Just because someone can name the name of Jesus does not mean they follow the real Jesus. The whole world is under the sway of the wicked one. Christians are not exempt from being deceived. An image of Jesus was set up during this movement that was heretical. Few be that call it so. I will have no reason to believe Tod Bentley is a true christian until he comes out and confesses his occult practices just like I had to do back in 1976.]

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