Canadian ‘punching’ preacher banned from UK
telegraph.co.ukAugust 22nd, 2012view original
Todd Bentley Photo: http://www.freshfireusa.com
Photo by: Todd Bentley Photo: http://www.freshfireusa.com
Todd Bentley, who is based in the US and founded the revivalist organisation Fresh Fire USA, had planned to hold a string of meetings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
However, Mr Bentley has been told he was “not conducive to the public good” and was not allowed to enter the country.
The former drug addict, who describes receiving “prophetic and miracle-healing anointing” from God, has previously used his shows to “cure” cancer by kicking his followers in the face or stomach.
In clips, he is heard telling an audience: “And the Holy Spirit spoke to me, the gift of faith came on me. He said, ‘kick her in the face with your biker boot’. I inched closer and I went like this – bam! And just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.”
Writing on his website, Mr Bentley, 36, said: “The passion of Todd’s life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.”
But according to the Guardian, the Home Office did not see fit to allow him to visit the UK.
“We can confirm that Mr Bentley has been excluded from the UK,” a spokesman told the newspaper.
“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 that we refuse to extend to those who might seek to undermine our society.”
Mr Bentley criticised the decision online, calling on his followers to pray.
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.”
He also pointed out the number of times he has previously travelled to the UK ahead of his planned tour of Croydon, south London, Portadown in County Armagh, Liverpool and Cwmbran in South Wales.