Todd Bentley, a Canadian citizen claiming to be able to cure people by hitting them was not allowed to enter the UK for his planned nationwide tour. He had meeting arranged in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, however it turned out he is a subject of exclusion order on the grounds that he was not “conducive to the public good” and the UK citizens deceived by him might be at risk.
Bentley is a reformed drug-addict, who kicks, punches and chokes sick people in order to “cure” them. He claims his practice can cure a variety of diseases, including cancer. His technique first became popular in Florida, after Bentley hold a series of popular revivalist meetings known as the Lakeland Outpouring. However since them his methods are highly questionable.
Bentley`s UK tour was set to begin from Croydon however after Malcolm Wicks, MP for Croydon, understood what it was about, he urged the Home Secretary Theresa May to issue an immediate ban for him.
Mr. Bentley commented on the decision to be banned from the UK, by saying: “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.”
The Home Office made it clear that this was a final decision and they will not apologise for denying access to Bentley. “Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who might seek to undermine our society.”
Tom Bentley has visited the UK before, but his UK nationwide tour provoked high controversy and led to a ban for him.