Initially, everyone said there was no infidelity on the part of either Todd Bentley or his wife.
All the wingnuts went "Whew!"
Bentley, as you know, is that tattooed, Canadian, evangelistic fruitcake with a past, who has been tearing up the revival scene in Lakeland, Florida, preaching his brand of Jesus (whom he talks to), healing all sorts of diseases (sometimes by knocking people down), and generally creating an ungodly uproar. In other words, he's Canada's version of Elmer Gantry.
The uproar increased a few days ago when it was announced that Bentley and his wife had separated. Fresh Fire Ministries, which is Bentley's outfit, also said that no outside persons were involved. It was the ministry that had put so much pressure on the marriage...
Yesterday, Fresh Fire issued an update: "We wish to acknowledge ... 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."
Don't you just love that truth-mincing "unhealthy relationship on an emotional level" bit? Be honest, anyway. Did he diddle her or not?
And all of this in spite of the fact that Bentley was just recently commissioned "as an evangelist by leading apostolic ministers ... The event took place during a special ceremony that was broadcast by God TV."
Bentley's "commissioning" meant that some self-appointed religious wacko poohbahs laid their hands on Bentley's head and certified that he was goofy enough to continue to scam all the deluded and delusionary folks of Lakeland and surrounding areas.
Peter Wagner is a major poohbah of the so-called International Coalition of Apostles. He was in charge of Bentley's "commissioning." When he prayed over Bentley, he said "This commissioning represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the invisible world. With this in mind, I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley, your power will increase, your authority will increase, your favor will increase, your influence will increase, your revelation will increase."
Gobbledygook! All of it! Invisible world? Please!
You have to admit his "revelation" did, in fact, increase. It was shortly thereafter revealed that Mr. Bentley, man of god, commissioned to further con the people by one who claimed to be chosen of the same god, was fooling around with a chickadee on his staff.
But, it really wasn't Bentley's fault. He was so good, you know, doing such good work for the deity, that the devil just couldn't stand by and let it happen. So it really wasn't Bentley's fault, it was the devil's fault.
You can expect that Bentley will soon strike out on his own. He'll put up another tent and will be once again "healing" other fools who line up to get knocked down, even while he's busy knocking off a little on the side.
Read about Fresh Fire here. Additional info can be had from a CBN blog by Craig von Busek here.