It is interesting to see Todd’s before and after pictures. Some find it fake and unnerving when a person makes such a dramatic change. It is like the kid that showed up to school in cowboy boots and a big belt buckle one semester only to be a gangster rapper the next. Is it just whatever works?
How authentic is it to go from Todd in a tie to Todd in tattoos, from a two piece suit to two facial piercings.
It has been said that it is all part of the circus act. “Circus of God” actually:
Jesus under the big top
VisionTV’s Circus of God explores the unusual world of Christian tent revivals
If it’s not the greatest show on earth, it’s certainly the holiest.
The “tent revival” has been part of the North American Protestant tradition since the 1800s. In parking lots and playing fields, worshippers still gather beneath a roof of canvas to hear the fiery words of great preachers and be healed by the power of faith. But a 19th-century revivalist would scarcely recognize the modern-day version of this gathering.
Circus of God, a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Triffo (Dad), takes an eye-opening look inside the tent revival movement.
If you want an emblem for this “fast age,” look no further than Todd Bentley, a motorbike-riding evangelist from Abbotsford, B.C. who intends to “save a million souls” before he turns 30.
“I’m into anything loud and fast,” Todd says proudly – and that sums up his tent meetings, which are part evangelism, part showbiz extravaganza. Circus of God is there to capture the phenomenon in all its rock ‘n’ roll glory, from the brimstone sermonizing to the speaking in tongues. Todd’s particular market niche is faith healing (“Is there anybody here who has cancer that is terminal?”), and his very touch leaves worshippers convulsing on the ground in the throes of the Holy Spirit. (Or the throes of something, anyway) Sept. 6, 2006 http://www.visiontv.ca/Programs/documentaries_circus_god.html