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US-based preacher ‘saddened’ after ban prevents town visit .


US based Preacher “saddened” after ban prevents him from entering UK

Todd Bentley
 
Todd Bentley

THE controversial US-based preacher Todd Bentley has spoken of his disappointment after he was banned from appearing at a three-day healing event in Portadown.

 Mr Bentley, whose unorthodox approach to healing – including choking and kicking people – provoked wide-spread international criticism, had been due to appear at The Christian Centre on September 1, 2 and 3.

The former drug addict, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child when he was a teenager, had been invited to Portadown by Pastors George and Irene Elliott who run the Tandragee Road-based church.

However, the Home Office announced this week that it was refusing to permit Mr Bentley entry to the UK via an exclusion order. He had also been due to preach in England. A spokesperson for the Home Office explained, “The Government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they’re not conducive to the public good.”

Mr Bentley reacted to the Home Office decision by publishing a statement on the Fresh Fires Ministries Church, an American church he is affiliated to.

He said, “I am deeply saddened by the recent decision of the UK government regarding my entry into the country. At this point, 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.

“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.”

When news broke that the Canadian-born preacher was due to fly to Northern Ireland and mainland UK, town clergymen expressed their fears that such a visit by the 36-year-old would ‘exploit’ the most vulnerable in society. Clips of the preacher on video-sharing website, YouTube, show Mr Bentley hitting a man in the stomach with what he describes as his “holy knee”. Another clip shows Mr Bentley speaking about how he banged a crippled woman’s legs “like baseball bats” off the ground.

The Rev Jim Campbell, Rector of St Mark’s Church, and Pastor Johnny Brown of Portadown Elim Church both said they felt Mr Bentley’s style of healing was at odds with Biblical teachings. And local psychologist, Dr Arthur Cassidy, told the paper that Mr Bentley’s ‘healing’ events could potentially lead ill people to stop taking their medication.

The Portadown Times contacted Pastors George and Irene Elliott for their response. However, they said they did not wish to make any comment.

From the: Portadown Times N Ireland…..http://www.portadowntimes.co.uk/

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August 25, 2012 - Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Disgusting, fraud, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, nature, People, religion, scams | ,

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