Crazy Christian thug barred from the UK
TODD Bentley looks like one of them geezers you’d cross the road to avoid. And you’d be wise to. Built like a breezeblock and covered in tattoos, this bald, bearded Canadian thug is a bully-boy for God.
The US based evangelist imagines he can “cure” people of all sorts of ailments – by beating them up. Bentley once kicked a woman in the face while wearing biker boots, and on another occasion, pushed a man over so forcefully that a tooth popped out of his mouth.
Bentley is reported as saying:
While operating in the gift of faith, I felt I was to kick a woman in the face as a step of obedience.
This is one of several isolated accounts where I have prayed in an unorthodox manner for individuals, but I do not consider it violence when no one is injured.
According to this blog, Bentley, who was in Wales last year, claimed he could raise the dead, cure cancer, and give the power of speech to mutes.
Some, of course, would argue that people who believe that God’s “healing powers” can be channeled through a violent sociopath like Bentley, who was once involved in a”sexual assault ring” deserve a bloody good bruising, but the UK Government disagreed, and has barred the nutcase from returning the UK, where he planned on bringing his dangerous antics to the Portadown Christian Centre, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and to Croydon.
Following a campaign, led by Labour MP for Croydon North Malcolm Wicks, the 36-year-old evangelist has been banned from entering the UK.
Wicks, who wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May urging her to block Bentley’s entry to the country, said:
I am delighted. The Government has made the right decision on this one … This man was a disgrace to any idea of Christianity.
Writing on his Facebook page, Bentley condemned the decision.
I am deeply saddened by the recent decision of the UK Government regarding my entry into the country. We know and believe that the UK has a great destiny, and we are praying for the leaders and those in government. Please continue to stand with us in prayer regarding this decision and our return to the UK.
And, according this BBC report, Bentley, who describes himself as a “healing evangelist, revivalist, and author”, said:
We are thankful to God for the support from our friends in the UK who truly love Jesus and embrace the supernatural, faith and healing. Please continue to stand with us in prayer regarding this decision and our return to the UK.
But a Home Office spokesman stood firm:
The Government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they are not conducive to the public good. Coming here is a privilege we refuse to extend to those who might seek to undermine our society.
The BBC contacted George Elliott, pastor at Portadown Christian Centre, but he declined to comment on the matter.
The Presbyterian Church, which has no connection with the centre, has issued a statement saying:
Violent activities reported as part of Mr Bentley’s faith healing technique have no part whatsoever in our understanding of a loving, caring and compassionate ministry that is sought, often by weak, frail and distressed people.
Clearly Bentley is barking mad, but so, apparently was the man he claims to represent: Jesus. According to this report, the man who spawned Christianity “had lost his mind” and several other biblical characters, among them John the Baptist, St Paul, St Francis, may all have been “mentally ill”.
Ironically, this revelation is contained in a Church of England sermon!
Hat tip: Gill Kerry and Robert Stovold (sermon report)