Press release issued on August 12, 2008 on Freshfire website: It is with considerable sadness then, that we must temper the jubilation we know you all feel with the sobering news that Todd and Shonnah Bentley are presently experiencing significant friction in their relationship and are currently separated. We want to affirm that there has been no sexual immorality on the part of either Todd or Shonnah, nor has there ever been.
Well it would seem that Todd didn’t tell the truth about his situation because another press release issued 3 days later reads: We wish to acknowledge …. that since our last statement from the Fresh Fire Board of Directors, we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life.This is the fruit of the Spirit? This is the fruit of “revival”? This is the result of a man filled with the Spirit of God? Unfortunately we are now seeing the true fruit of this bogus revival. Despite Paul writing to Timothy and Titus exhorting them to appoint elders that are family men and true to their wives we see Todds true nature, as Jesus put it so eloquently: “you shall know them [false prophets] by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16).
This is the only method of detecting false prophets, by examining their fruits and it is sad that this man not only is separated from his wife but lied about the adulterous affair that he was having.