I found today on the Revival Fires website the following message from Trevor Baker, who has worked closely with Todd Bentley and leads the Dudley outpouring meetings:
Open Response in regards to the Florida Outpouring
I know many of you will have heard of the breakdown of Todd and Shonnah Bentley’s marriage and that they have separated. This is very tragic in the light of all that Todd and Shonnah have given into the Outpouring.
It is now time to pour into their lives and their family, the grace and love that we all so eagerly desire.
Todd has withdrawn from public ministry while he seeks counsel and help from those he is accountable to. A meeting with Bill Johnson is planned when he returns from Australia. This will take place on 30-31 August. Do pray for the Holy Spirit to give clear counsel during this time.
There are areas of Todd’s life that have resulted in the breakdown of his marriage that he is willing to address. We now have both opportunity and responsibility to steward the Outpouring and see it increase. Bobby Conner prophesied that the further from the source we take this, the greater the flow would become.
Now it is time for us all to maintain the Outpouring and see it increase in our personal lives, our family, churches and communities where we minister.
I have been truly transformed by my association with the Outpouring and have seen an increase in healings, salvations in Dudley and a deepening of my dependence on Jesus to manifest His glory.
May we all continue to seek the grace and mercy for our own lives and also for Todd, Shonnah and their family, and the Fresh Fires Ministry.
I personally will uphold Todd through the difficulties he is encountering in his personal life. He remains a dear friend in ministry and I will continue to pray for his full restoration.
I believe the best days of the Outpouring are still ahead of us.
Amen! It is good to hear that Todd is prepared to address at least some of the issues, and that he will be able to address them with the wise pastor Bill Johnson quite soon.
Certainly the Outpouring will continue in some way, in various places round the world, but we need to wait and see in what form. Meanwhile meetings continue in Dudley four nights a week, with various special events planned including a visit from the same Bill Johnson.
PS: Rupert Ward has posted some very perceptive comments about Todd and Shonnah:
They are the victims in this. Willing, co-conspiring victims maybe. But victims none-the-less.
Victims of the hype of the church; the tendency of the Body of Christ to idolise human beings. The longing for God to move, which tragically means the Church lurches from one thing to the next, looking for the next big thing that God is doing. I applaud the hunger, but not always the response to that hunger.
Although I suspect the seeds of this situation were sown in their marriage long before April this year, the pressure of nightly meetings, the criticism and scrutiny of the world (both Christian and non-Christian) and the internal battle form being in that kind of prominence and position that undoubtedly would have been raging within Bentley, must have stretched his family to breaking point. I wonder how many marriages would survive?
I wouldn’t want to test mine in that cauldron of pressure and public glare. My stones are firmly being left on the ground.
So tonight, as I write, fan or not, I feel God’s compassion towards Bentley, his family, and no-doubt the many people who will be disillusioned and hurt by another prominent failure of a Christian leader. I feel God’s sadness that this has happened at all; that it was all so avoidable. Not because Bentley didn’t have the right safeguards, or accountability. But because the church doesn’t have to put that kind of pressure on people, to chase after the next big thing in the way we do, to set people up on pedestals that they can only fall from.