Tuesday, August 19, 2008

UPDATE: After originally claiming no third party was involved in his filing for separation from his wife, evangelist Todd Bentley confessed to his ministry’s board of directors last week that he had engaged in “an unhealthy relationship” with another woman—the second such occurance in three years. A letter written by Fresh Fire Ministries’ board stated that Bentley had “entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff.” Another statement released by Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship pastor John Arnott, one of the three leaders appointed during the Lakeland Outpouring to oversee Bentley, added reports of “excessive drinking” to the mix. Bentley has since resigned from Fresh Fire’s board of directors and will “refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life.” “I am deeply saddened for the body of Christ that has been disillusioned yet again,” Arnott said. “Had any of us known what was just ahead, perhaps we would have been able to intervene before things went into crisis.” [freshfire.ca, 8/15/08; tacf.org, 8/17/08; theledger.com, 8/18/08]


Blogger Jeni said...

While I realize those who choose the ministry as their profession are, like you and I, human and as such, sinners, subject to errors in judgment, but it truly saddens me to read about any clergy who has a relationship outside the realm of marriage, an "unhealthy relationship" as it were, regardless of the circumstances and individuals involved. Somehow, I think perhaps we expect more from them than we do from ourselves. But I am also saddened when I learn of people outside the church who become involved in the same circumstances too.

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