In a shocking admission that has some people wondering if his words were a Freudian slip, Todd Bentley confessed to having financially “fleeced the church” to get by. Bentley claims that by his beard-balm product line, he can do something besides “fleece the church” to get by, and so he told listeners they should buy his products if they love and support him.
Bentley is the subject of an investigation by New Apostolic Reformation Apostles into his alleged homosexuality, polyamory, and substance abuse. Rick Joyner admitted knowing about his behavior but chose to do nothing about it (he also said Bentley should be restored and accused Bentley’s accusers of having the “spirit of witchcraft”). Dr. Michael Brown, who is heading up the investigation, has attacked Bentley’s accusers. Bentley has acknowledged a good portion of the accusations against him but has denied others.
It is likely that Brown will “disqualify” Bentley while saving the careers of Rick Joyner and other NAR elitists who covered up his sins. Bentley knows this, and so he is trying quickly to “re-brand” himself as a lifestyle coach peddling beard balm and beauty supplies. In his last podcast (from a sermon on Sunday), Bentley said he didn’t need permission from any church to preach, attacked the investigation he at first said he would cooperate with, threatened the whistleblowers that he could extort them, and promoted his new “lifestyle company.”
While promoting his beard-balm “passion project” as his preaching career fizzles, Bentley said, “As an itinerant minister full-time, I’m not just limited to wanting to fleece the church or charge for big events and conferences.”
You can find that at about the 2.30 mark. Yes, he said it. It’s on video.
While Bentley claims that “it is not a ministry, but a business” he continues to call it a “kingdom venture.” We suspect his products will be offered in exchange for tax-deductible gifts and the “business” will be set up under his 501(c)3 as a non-profit.
While calling charismaticism the “Charismatic Zoo” during his Sunday sermon, Bentley claimed that all the charismatic leaders, including his mentors, had engaged in just as serious behavior and they were treating him more harshly than others.
Bentley calls his beard balm company, The Magnificent Man. The company’s subtitle should be “…of Sin, and Son of Perdition.“
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