Medical treatment usually hurts a little bit. The doctor has to give you a shot. He warns you it’s going to hurt.
When people suffer enough, they go through a lot to try to find a cure. Some people resort to alternative or non-traditional medicine. For other people, traditional Western medicine is enough of an ordeal. Medical treatment can hurt.
Would you take a punch to the face to be cured?
Todd Bentley is willing to oblige you. He’s the beefy, tattooed “evangelist” who promises divine healing from his punches, kicks, jabs and choke holds.
And just as quickly as he is gaining notoriety during his global tour with Fresh Fire ministries, communities and governments are trying to block his way.
So, God works in mysterious ways. Who says he can’t work through a biker’s knuckles?
If I Testify About Myself…
First, a couple of observations about Todd Bentley:
It looks like Benny Hinn has finally met his match. While Hinn has been known to shove people or slap them with his coat, he has never (to my knowledge) said that the Holy Spirit instructed him to kick an old woman in the face.
I haven’t seen any testimonials about the effectiveness of the beefy Bentley’s holy punches. Just his own testimonial. Didn’t Jesus say something about people testifying about themselves having no credibility?
Maybe the people he’s cured can’t testify because they’re still recovering from collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Which begs the question, if getting beat up by Bentley can cure cancer, why can’t he cure compound fractures and internal bleeding?
But if his punches can fix broken bones, then I wonder how Bentley could ever win a bar fight if his punches and kicks heal his opponents as soon as he lands them. Can the Holy Spirit travel through pool cues and tire irons too?
Go to the Circus
I’d like to believe that divine healing is possible. I really would. I’d like to believe people when they tell me to my face that they’ve been miraculously healed.
But this guy is just a sideshow, a circus act. Hey, several decades ago, a guy with that much ink would only have a career as a circus freak. Once again, what could be a possibility is just turned into a mockery. If he really is beating up women, then he’s committing assault with an exhibitionist streak. If he’s not, then you might as well watch pro-wrestling.
I recently posted about how to recognize false teachers. Case in point.
Sick People Aren’t Stupid
What strikes me the most is that people actually show up to his events. They voluntarily go up on stage, knowing what he’s going to do. This illustrates something about people:
When people have suffered long enough, they are desperate. Desperate enough to believe that getting jabbed in the throat could help them. To the sane, logical, not-suffering mind, it sounds like gullibility or stupidity. But it’s not. It’s desperation, probably fueled by ignorance. But even the person who reads his Bible might be desperate enough to give it a go.
Second, most people would rather believe something absurd, or even something that could hurt them, than give up all hope. People would rather hang on to a shred of hope, no matter how remote or insane it seems, then give up and resign themselves. Most people are optimists, not cynics. Hope is sometimes the source of our greatest strength, and at other times, it leads to our greatest weaknesses.
And as long as desperation cripples the human heart, no government can stop Todd Bentley. People will go to him, give him their money, and hold out hope that even this could be the answer.
What do you think? Is it possible that Bentley’s the real deal? If you (or a loved one) were desperate for a cure, would you let him take a shot at you?