CRN reported on 6 August that self-proclaimed “healing evangelist” Todd Bentley was planning to take his revival tour to the UK later this month. At that time, it was noted that Labour MP Malcolm Wicks had asked Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Bentley, stating, “His visit can do nothing but harm and I would be grateful for any measures you can take.”
Todd Bentley is known for his outrageous and sometimes violent methods of “healing.” It was concern over this style that led to a call for Bentley and his tour to be denied entrance into the UK. Wicks was not the only one to express concern, and it has now been confirmed that the UK is refusing Bentley entrance into the country. The Guardian elaborates:
Todd Bentley, a controversial revivalist healer based in the United States, had been due to hold a series of gatherings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the next few weeks. But the Home Office said Bentley, a Canadian citizen, was subject to an exclusion order and would not be permitted entry to the country.
“We can confirm that Mr Bentley has been excluded from the UK. 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,” the Home Office said.
In response to this decision, Bentley’s Fresh Fire Ministries has released the following statement:
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. Source
The violent “healing” methods of Todd Bentley are documented in video and stories from Bentley himself. There is no biblical evidence to indicate that the power of God would manifest itself in such a violent manner, and thus the concerns and subsequent actions of the UK government may be understandable.