Ohhh yes, my heathen horde, I’m serving up another hot plate of my favorite dish and yours: Christian faith healers.
Check out Part 1 this series: Kerney Thomas and his magic handkerchiefs, showcasing a douche of monstrous proportions!

A Holy Cage Match

Now that we’ve warmed up, let me introduce Todd Bentley, a man who likes to beat people up and brag about it. This pierced, tattooed, ex-con/druggie is one of my favorite examples of see-through bullshittery.

I dig the tatts and piercings and the “everyman” appeal of his aesthetic, but I cannot stomach some of the tall tales of his godly beatings for Jesus. This man enjoys violence and places God’s stamp of approval on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhpFbjfmK6E

Bentley: “Why Isn’t the power of God moving?”
God: “It’s because you haven’t kicked that woman in the face!”
Bentley: “… And just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.”

May I be the first to say… No shit, Sherlock!

One of the worst assaults was on a man with stage 4 colon cancer. Todd kicks this man in the stomach and then brazenly  acts like he did the right thing!

Caught in a Lie

As I was gleaning video clips for this blog post, I came across a blatant discrepancy in Bentley’s testimonies. I think it illustrates the importance of reliable evidence and how the personal experience of an individual may not be trustworthy, especially when it’s used to elicit an emotional reaction.

Click here to watch both clips side-by-side. [Edited 01/14/11: Sorry folks! The user who posted these videos is not on youtube anymore. I’m leaving this text on the blog for the record anyway]

In clip 1 Bentley speaks of a woman whose legs get beaten like a baseball bat on the stage. In clip 2 he’s telling the same story (you can hear the similar lead-in about “crippled people” and “not one”) but this time it’s a small boy whose legs God says to beat on the stage. So which is it, a male or female? I believe these tall tales are fabricated for theatrics and to give the audience a sense of awe and to gain trust before they step up to be healed. Hardly a  trustworthy man of God!

Bentley glorifies his stories of slapping grandmothers through doors, clotheslining men who need healing, and more. This man’s glorification of senseless violence in the name of God is truly frightening!

On top of his lies, fabrications, and glorification of violence, this man was also involved in an extramarital affair, left his wife, and married the young woman he cheated with. Sure, normal assholes do this of every creed, but when you claim to have a special relationship with the Almighty and converse regularly and intimately with him… you’d think your moral character might look a little bit less like that of a complete troll.

Nightline featured on Todd Bentley in 2008. View part one and part two.

Tell us what you think of Todd Bentley in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Lies, Damn Lies, and Lunatics: part 2”

Veritas · November 23, 2009 at 12:04 am

Wait…he beats up people for Jesus? And people buy this horsecrap? Here I was, thinking we were advancing…I don't know who's worse, Todd Benthole or Peter Popass.

    godlessgirl · November 23, 2009 at 6:20 am

    It's a religious sideshow, like those people who held poisonous snakes in church. It's entertainment for people who watch professional wrestling and Left Behind movies :/

      Veritas · November 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      There are a lot of professional wrestlers who take faith very seriously who would not be very pleased by this guy. Of course, it makes a certain sense – injury = adrenaline rush which can, of course, mimic the effects of sudden faith healing…

      But wow. What a sadist.

Pony · November 23, 2009 at 6:25 am

That… that was fucked up. Wow.

@overflowinglove · November 23, 2009 at 6:56 am

As a christian, I have struggled a long time with my faith and trying to sort out God from the bullshit that gets taught alongside God as religion, I have come to really know who God is in that I cannot deny God. However, I learned to recognize God's voice, and this man reeks of so many things that are half truth taught as full. It makes me heartsick, I'm so sorry that this is what is know of those who follow Christ. I really am.

Beaker · November 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I spent the summer working with the guy who taught evangelism during the Lakeland revival. One of the things he “taught” us was to tell stories of healings that either we’d seen or participated in or that we knew about to “get the faith level in the room higher”. The idea being that if the crowd hears stories of backs being healed, and they have a back ache, the stories would give them more faith to believe for their healing.

All that being said, it was the most futile four months of my life. I was already having problems with believing any of it, but my experience in Florida was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now I’m deconverting and trying to figure out how to be freaking normal. These guys are effin delusional. I watched the guy tell people to take off their glasses and believe their eyes were healed, all the while he had his contacts in. It’s all a load of bullshit man. All of it.

greengeekgirl · January 22, 2011 at 4:21 am

Faith healers make me want to vomit. They are seriously some of the lowest scum of the earth.

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