Canadian ‘Punching’ Preacher Banned from UK
August 22, 2012 Leave a comment
A Canadian preacher, who claims to cure sick people by hitting them, has been refused entry into the UK for a controversial tour.
Todd Bentley, who is based in the US and founded the revivalist organisation Fresh Fire USA, had planned to hold a string of meetings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
He is currently in Norway for an event called Miracles, Signs and Wonders.
However, Mr Bentley has been told he was “not conducive to the public good” and was not allowed to enter the country.
The former drug addict, who describes receiving “prophetic and miracle-healing anointing” from God, has previously used his shows to “cure” cancer by kicking his followers in the face or stomach.
In clips, he is heard telling an audience: “And the Holy Spirit spoke to me, the gift of faith came on me. He said, ‘kick her in the face with your biker boot’. I inched closer and I went like this – bam! And just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.”
Writing on his website, Mr Bentley, 36, said: “The passion of Todd’s life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.”
But according to the Guardian, the Home Office did not see fit to allow him to visit the UK.
“We can confirm that Mr Bentley has been excluded from the UK,” a spokesman told the newspaper.
“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.”
Mr Bentley criticised the decision online, calling on his followers to pray.