The Devil Flees Florida (Again)…And His Wife!

So Todd “The Tool of Satan”  Bentley is fleeing Florida…again. This time, he’s taken the demonic road show overseas:

Leaving Lakeland

The Florida Outpouring revival concerned Pentecostal leaders.

Cary McMullen, The Ledger of Lakeland – posted 8/12/2008 10:13AM

Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley has announced that he will leave the Florida Outpouring revival meetings in Lakeland on August 23 to conduct revivals overseas. But some local Pentecostal leaders, as well as some national ones, won’t be sad to see him go, and have been wary of giving approval to the meetings since they began in April.

As a side note, take a look at the mind of a typical Bentley follower (my emphasis in bold):

Bob and Hilkka Mounder traveled from Sheffield, England, to attend the revival. “Todd is rather special to us. We’ve really experienced God’s presence at his meetings,” Bob Mounder said. “I’m 20 years older, I know lots more about the Bible than he does, yet there’s something about him. He’s got something I haven’t got.”

You got that right, Bob – it’s called demonic possession. But don’t loose heart, you’ll get it if you keep following Todd “The Tool” around. The rest of the article disputes all of the alleged healings and resurrections that have been claimed, so there’s nothing new on that front.

It also appears that Todd’s is leaving his wife:

Separation May End Bentley’s Lakeland Appearances

Todd Bentley, the evangelist who has led the Florida Outpouring revival here in Lakeland since April 2, has filed for separation from his wife and might not return to the revival, according to his former local spokesperson, Lynne Breidenbach. She said Bentley made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Bentley and his wife, Shonnah, have two daughters and a son and are Canadian citizens. Under Canadian law, separation is a first step in divorce proceedings and takes nine months. Bentley and his wife have been in marriage counseling for several months, Breidenbach said. She called the situation “very sad” but insisted it “doesn’t invalidate what Todd did” at the revival.

You know the drill – click on the titles to read the articles in entirety. I don’t know if Todd thinks that “Emma the angel” can do a better job than his wife, or if his wife got tired of seeing demonic manifestations on stage AND at home. I don’t endorse divorce, but I think there may be some merit to this one:

Matthew 19:8-10 (New International Version)

 8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”  

10The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

I guess Mrs. “Tool of Satan” can claim that Todd was unfaithful to her by clinging to Emma and all of the other apparitions from his twisted mind. I’m sure she’s agreeing with the disciples that in this case…“it is better not to marry”.



17 Responses to “The Devil Flees Florida (Again)…And His Wife!”

  1. 1 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen August 12, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I watched the actual broadcast when he “released the revival” back to Ignited Church, and I have to admit, I was glad he was finally quitting, but at what cost? No doubt parking his evil self in another country for over 4 months in the name of ministry while neglecting his wife and kids would naturally put strain on a marriage. Being married to the Tool of Satan doesn’t help either – he must just starting beating the devil out of you in you sleep…

  2. 2 Cop August 12, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    You mean Todd can heal(but not proven)cancer, brain tumors, back aches, and sore knees, BUT CANT HEAL HIS OWN MARRIAGE?

    And the people still follow him.

    Lord help the country he winds up going to next.

  3. 3 Dave August 13, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I understand your concerns and feelings about Todd, but being overly sarcastic, critical and calling him demon-possessed isn’t following the way of Christ. I encourage you to put your energy into praying and building up the church (including Todd) as opposed to demeaning and accusing people you don’t agree with.

  4. 4 speaking truth August 13, 2008 at 10:19 am

    but being overly sarcastic, critical and calling him demon-possessed isn’t following the way of Christ.

    Matthew 23:33 (New American Standard Bible)

    33″You serpents, (A)you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of (B)hell?

    Dave, the passage above contains the words of Jesus Christ while he was addressing the scribes and pharisees – calling them hypocrites, sons of hell, vipers, and murderers and chastising them for claiming that they are doing the Lord’s work when they were in fact creating their own traditions.

    While Jesus may not have been “sarcastic”, He certainly was critical – thus my allegiance to His way.

    I will not pray for Todd Bentley because I believe his is of the devil. I don’t call out Todd Bentley because I don’t agree with him (which I don’t), I call him out because THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT AGREE WITH HIM!. He called himself demon possessed, so who am I to disagree with his own assessment?

    I pray for those who fall into his deception, and I pray that the Lord’s will be done concerning this episode and the various other apostasy that we’re seeing in the church.

    If you’re a Todd follower, then you’d be better served visiting a site that fawns all over him. All you’ll ever get here is the truth – and the truth is that Todd Bentley is a tool of Satan.

  5. 5 HiScrivener August 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Cop said it best. This tool can go 100 days strong proselytizing the Gospel, casting out demons and throttling any believer that stood in his way, BUT his Super Friends powers are limited when comes to his own house?!

    You know there is nothing that spells f-a-k-e like a preacher that talk God’s word in public but can’t walk it in private. This shows you one thing soundly: this Body of Christ is so hungry for a move of God, they are willing to hitch to any foul-smelling circus truck with Jesus bumper stickers that drive by.

    Jesus help us… and he started by exposing this dude for the charlatan he is. Nice post, brother.


  6. 6 Ralph M. Petersen August 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Breidenbach got it right; Todd Bentley’s separation from his wife doesn’t invalidate what he did at the revival; the Word of God invalidates what he did.

    And maybe God did heal Bentley’s marriage; we just can’t verify it with objective evidence. Just like all those healings and ressurections; there’s no tangible proof.

  7. 7 DT August 13, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Please don’t think that I am playing down ministry because I’m not. I am a pastor myself and I understand the importance of the call of God. But think about this…

    If he does not or cannot have/get a handle on his marriage what makes him think that he can handle “ministering” (I’m really using this word lightly here) to the church which is a picture of marriage?

    Our marriages/families are our first priority.


  8. 8 Kyle August 14, 2008 at 12:55 am


    Your from the UK right? If so you may want to go to one of his revivals (so-called) if your close enough and give us an update when he does his European tour.

    BTW Harry Ramsden’s has nothing on Long John Silvers. LOL!


  9. 9 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen August 14, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Yup, I’m in the UK…I might go to the “revival” if it comes to London (or if i can get a train ticket to Birmingham)

  10. 10 Susan August 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    WOW!!! The Million Dollar Todd Bentley Hoax!!! WOW!!!
    Todd says God told him to get 1,000 people to give $1,000 dollars. When people confronted Todd, Todd admitted that God did not say that. WOW!!!
    Proof positive that Todd Bentley is spiritually abusing everyone.
    Todd Bentley is EXPOSED as a LIAR and a THIEF!!!

  11. 11 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen August 16, 2008 at 8:24 am

    The video maker LocalPastor from YT just posted the following:

    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

    I can only pray for Shonnah Bentley – not only has the tool of Satan left her, he’s off to ruin some other woman’s life!

  12. 12 Pam August 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Straight out of ‘Apostle’ Peter Wagner’s mouth:

    “First of all, Todd has been removed from public ministry until further notice. He has resigned from the ministry he founded, Fresh Fire, so he is no longer a part of that board. It has become clear that he indulged in periodic drunkenness. He has no intention at the moment of reconciling with Shonna, nor does she with him. Their marriage has been torn for years by his emotional attachment with at least one other female whose physical contact went beyond hugging and kissing and holding hands. Enough said-maybe more details will be revealed later-but it was clearly immoral. All of this was skillfully concealed by lying and by swearing close associates who had observed his behavior to secrecy.”

  13. 13 speaking truth August 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    You see, Pam (and anyone else reading this), this is the problem with fake “Apostles” going around anointing people as though they were Peter and Paul. The bible (that these bufoons continually eschews) clearly states that we shouldn’t “lay hands” on anyone hastily (1 Timothy 5:22), so should we be surprised at what becomes of the mess that these “Aposlte’s” sanctioned?

    And Bentley is really strolling down the pulpit pimps path – swearing associates to secrecy? Yup, that’s pimping 101 (with a bit of Church Mafia to boot).


  14. 14 dr. jay worth allen October 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    In answer to Dave, plus kudos to Speaking The Truth:

    The capacity of judging, of forming an opinion, is one of our most valuable faculties – the right use of judging, is one of the most important duties we have as believers. “I speak to wise men; judge you what I say” (1 Corinthians 10:15). “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors; the one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And He said unto him, you have rightly judged” (Luke 7:43). The Lord applauded Peter’s “right judgment.”

    I was told as a child, “You shouldn’t judge.” “You can’t judge another man.” “Now Jay, stop judging.” Yet the Bible tells me to judge “right judgment.” We have two attitudes here, “judge not lest you be judged,” and “you have rightly judged.” So what’s the difference?

    What if we see a brother sin? If we say he’s sinning, aren’t we judging? If we don’t judge his sin, aren’t we harming our brother, and the church? So what kind of judging are we not to judge? Jesus Himself said, “Why even of yourselves judge you what is right” (Luke 12:57); “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). If we don’t form judgments as to what is right and true as opposed to what is false and wrong, how can we embrace the one and avoid the other? It is very necessary for us to have our “senses exercised to discern” – thoroughly judge – “both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14), so we will not be taken in by every oily-mouth imposture we encounter.

    The Lord never forbade us to act according to the dictates of common prudence. He did not prohibit us from judging men’s character and actions according to their avowed principles and visible conduct. Rather, He said, measure men by this rule, “by their fruits you shall know them.” The actions of men absolutely requires us to form a judgment – with respect both to their state and their conduct. This is being responsible “sons.” Unless we come to a decision of what is germane, what is good or bad in those we meet and situations we are in, we will be found rejecting the one and condoning the other.

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15): how can we honor this injunction unless we carefully measure every one we see and hear by the Word of God? Which is judging.

    The judgment, or judging we do not do, is judging another man’s heart – we do not have the cognition or wisdom to discern whether any man is a Christian or not – that’s the Lord’s job, not ours.

    Much love in Christ Jesus,
    Dr. Jay

  15. 15 JamieLynn December 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Jay for your thorough explanation on judging and for reminding us that we cannot judge a man’s heart (only the fruit of his/her life), neither can any of us purport to be perfect or without fault and flaws in various areas ourselves.

    Though I did not follow it closely, I am grieved by the events surrounding Todd Bentley that have had such a grievous impact on the body of Christ. It grieves me that so many fellow brothers & sisters in Christ are hurting and grieving as a result of all of these things.

    I agree that we should be praying for ALL involved. I believe it is just as much blasphemy to label Todd a “tool of Satan” as it was for Todd to cover up his sin or speak any “Word from the Lord” that was manufactured or untrue. To follow this line of thinking would be to condemn David (King David of the Bible) as a tool of Satan because of his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and for subsequently having her husband killed on the front lines. Yet, God called David a man after His own heart, and to this day no one completely negates or dismisses all of David’s victories in the Bible. We also see God’s restoration come to David when he reaches a point of repentance. Even David understood God’s mandate to “touch not mine anointed”. When King Saul was in sin (& even after God Himself had turned his back on him), still David honored the anointing of God on him and allowed God (who knew his heart) to pass final judgement in the end.

    It is definitely our place at Christians to judge sin the in the life of one who calls himself a brother (only after we have examined our own lives, of course), but I don’t believe it is our place to label a minister or brother in Christ as of Satan and to refuse to pray for him or her.

    Let’s be true to God’s character AND to his Word in all of our responses. The Bible says a house divided against itself will not stand, and to promote division instead of restoration and a joint seeking after God’s truth, only tears down the body of Christ as a whole and ruins our credibility with the rest of the world who sees us constantly bickering among ourselves.

    Sincerely…a Sister in Christ and Servant of our Lord…
    Only By HIS Grace,

  16. 16 speaking truth December 2, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I believe it is just as much blasphemy to label Todd a “tool of Satan” as it was for Todd to cover up his sin or speak any “Word from the Lord” that was manufactured or untrue.

    Jamie Lynn – I called Todd Bentley a tool of Satan because that is what I think he is, according to the circus atmosphere he created and the never-ending blasphemy and false prophesy that he spouted until he finally fled Florida.

    To follow this line of thinking would be to condemn David (King David of the Bible) as a tool of Satan because of his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and for subsequently having her husband killed on the front lines.

    No one can sanely argue that David was being used by the devil – as Todd Bentley is. David sinned, admitted his sin and repented before the Lord. Todd Bentley pretends to be a minister of Christ by summoning all manner of “angels”, conjuring up “visions” and “holy laughter”, and “baptising” in the name of “bam”. Dr. Jay can speak for himself, but he wrote clearly about the concept of judgement and how we as Christians are to judge. Todd Bentley has proven over and over again that he is not my brother in Christ because we don’t worship the same God – no matter how Bently tries to make it appear so.

    As Christians, we have a responsibility to present the authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ – not some edited and manipulated version purported by a con artist. If we don’t call out a fake when we see one, then we are allowing the deception to continue. That’s not bickering among ourselves, that is drawing a distinct line between God’s children and His enemies.

    I still affirm that Todd Bentley is a tool of the devil sent to decieve the masses. Period.

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