Saturday, June 02, 2012

"Beware of the tattoo preacher [Todd Bentley]", Britain's Sunday Express newspaper warns its readers

{posted at Bene Diction Blogs on Dec 3 2011] I can imagine that Todd Bentley might have been running around to every grocery and news agents in Cwmbran, Wales, hoping that he could buy every copy of the Sunday Express that he could find before anyone read the newspaper's story about his visit to preach there. It's Bentley's first visit to Britain since the collapse of the Lakeland revival in 2008, and he evidently hopes to make up for lost time, preaching here in Wales until the 7th, and then in a town near London England on the 9th and 10th. [Note from Rick: I very much want to link to the actual story, but the usual way of hyperlinking is not working. And not even the convoluted way that I was writing--click on this, type that, was working either. I logged onto Google UK News, and did a search for "Todd Bentley" and it brought up the story. Perhaps that will help until Bene D can work some magic. If he can post a note to that effect, I'd appreciate it...] Hey Rick - got the magic, the link is working.:^) Frustrating eh? - BD Very! But if the link doesn't work the roundabout way through Google News UK might still be okay.] Anyways, Todd is bragging on his Twitter feed that he has people coming from other parts of Europe, but the Sunday Express, which has covered Bentley before, seems unimpressed. One of the local MPs, David Davies of the Conservative Party is certainly worried. The Sunday Express reports:
Tory MP David Davies, whose Monmouth constituency covers part of Cwmbran, said: “I go to church and respect Christian beliefs, but I am concerned that some of the claims made by Mr Bentley are far fetched and should be treated cautiously.”
It will make for an interesting few days for Bentley. Will other English papers--especially the national tabloids--pick up on this and follow the Express' lead? Will Todd's hand tremble a little as he drinks his breakfast cuppa? This deserves more than I can give right now, so I hope to return to the story in a day or so. There's interesting background--including what I interpret as Todd Bentley's dare to the Daily Express and Sunday Express that their stories would be futile in preventing him from returning to Britain--which I hope to explore as I try to place this in context. Have Britain's newshounds caught a scent? We'll have to see. But if Todd Bentley cuts his visit to Britain really short, we'll know why...