12 Out-Of-Control Faith Healers
Banned By The BBC
5. Todd Bentley
As the head of Fresh Fire Ministry group and the Lakeland Revival since 1998, Todd Bentley's pre-conversion past as a convicted sex offender and self-proclaimed drug abuser hurt his reputation among skeptics, but had little effect on his success as an evangelist. The satellite television programs and webcasts of his often raucous revival meetings -- he once was "moved by the Holy Spirit" to kick an elderly woman in the mouth -- are wildly popular.
He has, however, been the subject of several investigations regarding his claims to faith healing. The conservative Christian publication World Magazine asked Bentley's group for a list of names of those who had been healed. After a long wait and much persistence, they eventually received a list of 12 names, many of which had died from the ailments they were supposedly cured of. A further investigation by Nightline reported that "not a single [medical] miracle could be verified." Nevertheless Bentley has retained his hold on Fresh Fire followers.
6. Maurice Cerullo
Cerullo has brought his style of faith healing to many parts of the world, though with controversial success. He was once challenged on British TV to prove his miracle healing powers by a panel of doctors, who found no proof of healing. This came after the BBC reported that a woman, Audrey Reynolds, had stopped her epilepsy medication because she believed she was healed in one of Cerullo's large crowd healing rallies (Cerullo points out that he never specifically told Miss Reynolds to stop medical treatment).
He also brought his brand of faith healing to India, but a rally in Kolkata ended in riot when a skeptical crowd charged the stage. The Indian government declared Cuerllo persona non grata and barred him from returning to India. His past hasn't hurt Cuerllo in his home country – America. In 2009, Cuerllo and his family opened a multi-million dollar broadcast building for The Inspiration Network. The headquarters is known as the City of Light.