First Dutch Sheets “came out” and now Peter Wagner has added his voice to the Todd Bentley scandal.
Wagner doesn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the situation. He claims that “The Revival Alliance is dealing with Todd Bentley and the fallout from his sin that has been and continues to be exposed.” No one seems to know what is yet to be discovered about what this man has been up to.
“Todd Bentley now carries the label of a liar and a deceiver.”
He tells us,
“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.”
I find one of the most interesting things he says is that there is going to be an attempt in the USA to define a standard regarding “operational beliefs and practices, particularly in our charismatically-inclined evangelical segment of the church.”
This is like Church History repeating itself with a church council producing a creed. They certainly seem determined to prevent a repeat of this tragedy. Wagner says they have a list of 24 serious issues that have emerged.
Now, as I consider some of the outrageous things Todd has done, the kicking, punching and outlandish claims he has made such as his personal visits to the throne room of God, I wonder how much of it will have been while he was under the influence of alcohol.
Where does all this leave us? Christians need to be Biblically literate. There is no better source for revelation for the believer that the ancient scriptures. That is what we as church leaders are called to do above all else.
Note: I have pasted quotes from their original sources so some will notice typos and USA spellings.
It seems Peter Wagner’s full text was not posted on a website but sent as an email bulletin. See this link for a copy.