Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley, who was declared unfit for ministry in 2020 by a panel of ministry leaders due to sexual misconduct allegations, says that the Lord spoke to him "about picking up the mantle" and returning to ministry.
In 2019 former members of Bentley's ministry teams brought forward the allegations, accusing Bentley of sexual misconduct with both male and female interns. The panel uncovered accusations that dated back as far as 2004.
In a Facebook post on January 27, 2021, Bentley claims that he had "a series of angelic encounters, visions and personal encounters with the Lord that were absolutely life-changing," in the summer of 2020.
Many have labelled Bentley as a false teacher, and comments in response to his post show that not many have changed their minds on the charismatic teacher.
Bentley says that after his supposed encounters, he prayed "and received what I believe the Lord spoke to me in faith and I’m ready to walk it out this year."
His post lists new ministry initiatives, including media outreach and training programs. His post also asks for financial support from his followers.
In the panels' findings in 2020, led by charismatic teacher Dr. Michael Brown, the panel wrote "Sadly, we see no signs of true, lasting repentance. Instead, we see a steady pattern of compromised behaviour, including credible accusations of adultery, sexting (including the exchanging of nude pictures or videos), vulgar language, and substance abuse."
The panel had confirmed the allegations brought against Bentley by an independent investigator who conducted a number of interviews at the time.