World Magazine, a conservative Christian publication, investigated Todd Bentley, the faith healer who attracted tens of thousands in Lakeland, FL. He was pulled from preaching in August 2008 due to an inappropriate relationship (how utterly shocking, right?). He then separated from his wife and remarried a few months later.
This is what World found out about some of his so-called “healings”:
At the height of what many called a revival, WORLD asked Bentley to talk about the healings, like Fogle’s, and asked for a list of people who had been healed at the services. His associates told me Bentley was out of the country and a list could not be produced. But six weeks and more than a dozen requests later, the ministry eventually sent a list of 13 names. Fogle was No. 12 on the list, along with this note: “Healed through the Outpouring and is back to fishing.”
That was on Aug. 8, 2008. There was just one problem. Two weeks earlier, on July 22, Christopher A. Fogle—according to his obituary in the Keokuk (Iowa) Daily Gate City, “left this life . . . after a courageous battle with cancer.”
A review of the list nearly one year later reveals that Fogle is not the only person “healed” who is now dead. When I called Phyllis Mills, of Trinity, N.C., on April 22, to hear the testimony of her healing, a polite family member said, “Phyllis passed away a few days ago. In fact, we’re on our way to her funeral now.”
Mills, 66 at the time of her death, had lung cancer and was undergoing aggressive treatments when she was, according to the list, “healed at the revival.” Mills “was taking radiation, but was sent home according to notes on Bentley’s list, with “no trace of cancer in her body.”
I feel like Todd could be held responsible for some of these deaths. Through fraud, he convinced people they were healed and then asked them for money. Blinded by hope and faith, they believed him and generously gave.
If they were healed, why should they continue treatment? Why should they continue taking medications?
So they stopped.
And they died.
And Todd Bentley made a hell of a lot of money, committed adultery, then found a new wife — laughing all the way.