Thousands Flock to Revival in Search of Miracles
Controversial Canadian Minister Says He Can Cure the Sick and Weary
UPDATE: After this story aired on "Nightline," Fresh Fire Ministries released a statement announcing that preacher Todd Bentley would be taking time off "to refresh and to rest" after having spent four months in Lakeland, Fla., leading revival meetings. In the meantime their Lakeland broadcasts on GOD TV are put on hold.
(The article was 4 pages long so I only printed the last portion)
The Healing Touch?
When asked to present evidence of the healings, Bentley promised to give "Nightline" the names and medical records of three followers who would talk openly about his miracles. He never delivered. Instead, his staff gave "Nightline" a binder filled with what he says are inspiring miracles, but with scant hard evidence. It offered incomplete contact information, a few pages of incomplete medical records, and the doctors' names were crossed out.
When pressed further, Bentley provided the name of a woman in California who had a large tumor in her uterus that shrank after she saw Bentley.
Her husband, however, told "Nightline" that it could be a coincidence because she was still undergoing medical treatment. He said she was too tired to talk to us at the time but added that she was regaining her strength day by day.
The husband did provide some of his wife's medical records from a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, where she went for cancer treatment after being turned away by American hospitals. They, however, insisted on obscuring the clinic's name and the names of the doctors.
Not a single claim of Bentley's healing powers could be independently verified.
Bentley, however, remains positive.
"I believe God is real and he's showing himself to his people," he said. "Yes, I believe the prayer of faith will save the sick."
Bentley's revival is filled with wheelchairs and crutches, with people of faith and people desperate for salvation through faith.
One of them is Bill Wise. He patiently tended his desperately ill baby daughter throughout the long night's revival. He listened for a call from Bentley offering a cure for his child's condition. But it never came.
Yet Wise defiantly refuses to lose faith.
"Even if we don't see any change, in the immediate run here, sometimes prayer is cumulative," Wise said.
(Here is a post from someone who posted on ABC about Bentley being in Kentucky tonight, saying this after the nightline interview).
"Here you go ABC! Here's Todd Bentley TODAY July 17, 2008 in Louisville, KY still claiming that are 32 reports of people RESURRECTED from the dead in Lakeland, FL. However, here's the kicker! He's reporting now that there have been over 10,000 reported physical healings a night since the 'revival' started in Lakeland. Maybe the Reporter should go back and ask for just three more verified healings! Here's the link to the video, just in case no one believes that he actually said this.
mr_scooterjones 6:44 PM"