This from a fresh notice placed today on Todd Bentley’s website “. . . 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 for a season to receive counsel in his personal life.”
Some of you may well have missed this. I came back from a holiday yesterday (posts have been published on autopilot with a bit of help from my editor) to discover Todd and Shonnah Bentley were reported a few days ago to have been under significant marital pressure to the point where they have now separated. Their own ministry’s board of directors issued a statement which reported that no sexual immorality is involved, but explained that Todd will not be a part of a forthcoming missions trip, while God TV announced that they have come to the end of their broadcasts from Lakeland.
Charisma magazine has a commentary on these events, and John Piper also has reacted to the news and discussed discernment. I am saddened by this news, and so, although it might be tempting to join those pointing fingers of accusation at Todd, or at those who arguably welcomed him rather too hastily into the limelight, I think this is, firstly, a time to pray, and secondly, a time to be extra careful of our own marriages. I have written a number of previous posts about the events in Lakeland, Florida.