John Paul Jackson: “Todd Bentley committed adultery”

While I am not a fan of John Paul Jackson, nor do I following his teachings, some of what he wrote to his subscribers recently is true.

From Bene Diction blog, posted by Rick Hiebert


It would be my guess that Jackson should naturally tend to agree with people like Rick Joyner, but he has chosen, somewhat quietly, to publicly differ with Joyner on one issue–the restoration of Todd Bentley….

Sometime in the past few weeks, John Paul Jackson sent out a letter to his supporters. I am guessing this was perhaps sometime in January;

We, the Body of Christ, not only fail to distinguish between grace and righteousness, but between forgiveness and restoration. Forgiveness is given the instant there is sorrowful repentance, but restoration only comes with trust and trust is earned.

Thus Paul could order the man who was sexually involved with his step mother to be thrown out of the church for the destruction of his flesh (1 Cor. 5) and then after deep sorrow was exhibited Paul ordered the man to be restored to the Body of Christ (2 Cor. 2). Sadly, today we would say Paul lacked grace, and call him legalistic and self-righteous.

So back to the issue of Todd Bentley.

Jesus said this, “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” Matt. 19:9.

The fact is this–Todd has committed adultery. He planned out and premeditated the divorce from Shonnah. He, immediately after Lakeland, went to Hawaii with Jessa, whom he later married. Subsequently, though Todd is from Canada, he went to Reno, Nevada to get as quick a divorce (six weeks residency) to marry Jessa. In Canada it takes over a year to get a divorce.

You can read it all here, “Todd [Bentley] has committed adultery”–John Paul Jackson

Let me reiterate; I don’t follow the teachings of JPJ. From my understanding he is still associated with other members of the disbanded Kansas City Prophets, and still a member [last time I checked] of the New Apostolic Reformation. This means he agrees with their doctrines (Heavenly Portals – John Paul Jackson) and all the other crazy aberrant things these folks teach, (See, Streams Ministry list of courses and events).

What I find the most interesting about this letter by Jackson, is it points to disunity among the NAR group concerning Todd Bentley. This may be why we’ve not heard of any comments being released from Wagner, Sheets, etc. since shortly after Joyner took on Todd’s ‘restoration’.

Makes me wonder what kind of relationship Rick Joyner has now with his fellow NAR members…

something to watch in the future


18 comments on “John Paul Jackson: “Todd Bentley committed adultery”

  1. Dare we believe that their house WILL TUMBLE. Oh grant it Lord we pray – and quickly. There must be many more in the NAR network that are secretly fuming over this mess. I guess I may be naive but I am truly praying that a point has been reached where a mammoth split occurs amongst them to convince the deceived what a dreadful sham it really is.

  2. How can you trust anything said by a “Kansas City Profit”?

    What is the real motivation of the false profit
    John Paul Jackson to use the word “Adultery” now,
    when Todd Bentley was committing Adultery
    a number of times over the last number of years?

    A simple answer is that JPJ was pressured by his
    financial supporters to take a harder position against
    Todd Bentley, or risk loosing their financial support.

    I don’t believe for a second this KCP
    wrote the letter for anyone other than his wallet.

  3. I like what you said above PJ.

    “Let me reiterate; I don’t follow the teachings of JPJ.
    From my understanding he is still associated with other members of the disbanded Kansas City Prophets,
    and still a member [last time I checked] of
    the New Apostolic Reformation.
    This means he agrees with their doctrines
    (Heavenly Portals – John Paul Jackson)
    and all the other crazy aberrant things these folks teach.”

    Well said.

  4. Thanks for thinking outside of the box once again, PJ.I think I understand where you’re going here.

    What I see going on here is proof of what a divided man will breed, which is simply more division.

    Sadly, I know people who have recently subscribed to JPJ’s teachings, but the fact that he is speaking out and taking a stand against the Bentley/Joyner matter will hopefully reveal to those who have ears to hear that nothing is sound here and they will be forced to seek God for answers.

    I believe this is nothing short of God’s winnowing fork raised high in the air, doing it’s winnowing work.


  5. This is a very interesting development. I’ll be looking to see if Rick Joyner addresses JPJ’s statements (in a roundabout way) in his next bulletin.

    What JPJ says in this letter seems to substantiate what Peter Wagner said more than a year ago, that Todd & Jessa did more than kiss and hold hands (i.e. it was more than just an emotional affair, which is all that Todd has admitted to). Neither of them (JPJ or Wagner) have documented their sources, though. Nor has Robert Ricciardelli (who said–in a comment in a forum–that Todd’s affair began in January 2008), as far as I know. This is unfortunate, because it leaves room for Todd’s supporters to say that these statements are merely rumors.

    Speaking of Wagner, we’re still waiting for that list of 24 doctrinal errors in Lakeland which he was supposedly going to address back in 2008.

    • Speaking of Wagner, we’re still waiting for that list of 24 doctrinal errors in Lakeland which he was supposedly going to address back in 2008.

      You’re right, he’s never sent that list. In fact the whole group [NAR] has stayed fairly quiet about Bentley for awhile now.

  6. Thanks, as always, for the mention.

    Maybe there might be a splt between those who want TB at all costs and those who don’t that we will learn of soon…

    • We can only hope Rick. God works in ways which are not always obvious–Bentley could be the tool used to splinter this group.

  7. The truth is that the teachings of John Paul Jackson are just as dark and heretical as the teachings of Todd Bentley. It is another episode of a pot calling the kettle black. JPJ is about as mystical and supernaturally out there as anyone can get. (I’ve taken three of his courses.)

    The major difference in the two is the violence. The affair with Jessa (and I’ve read it wasn’t the only one, hence Bentley’s Dark Night of the Soul teaching a few years ago, which was not illness, but his sex life revealed) is not the true issue.

    Todd is a false teacher as is John Paul. Both of them spend a great deal of time and energy preaching a false jesus. Adultery is only a part of what is wrong with TB, but it’s been made the biggest and most important by Joyner and the followers. Denying Christ is the biggie and they all do it daily. None of them are to be trusted for even a moment. Their words are trash.

    Thanks pj!

    • Todd is a false teacher as is John Paul. Both of them spend a great deal of time and energy preaching a false jesus. Adultery is only a part of what is wrong with TB, but it’s been made the biggest and most important by Joyner and the followers.

      Amen. Its the smokescreen used so the false doctrines won’t be noticed or questioned.

      Adultery can be forgiven–preaching doctrines of demons and leading people to hell–well, that’s a whole different matter.

    • Mkayla,

      Your assessment of JPJ is spot on. I was married to a man that followed him faithfully. I still receive JPJ’s newsletter’s in the mail for ex-husband. I am astounded at the trickery and veiled deception. He never exalts Jesus, only this or that supernatural experience. And he puts himself on the spiritual pedestal of divine revelation. He is somehow specially chosen by God to reveal truth’s that we underlings should be so eager to have him share with us.

      His “ministry” is works based teaching, exaltation of self and very dangerous!

  8. When we judge others in the church it is out of necessity, not pleasure. That so many would spend so much time criticizing and agreeing with the accuser of the brethren is sad. How many times can you call someone a false prophet and an adulterer and not feel bad about it?

  9. How many times can you call someone a false prophet and an adulterer and not feel bad about it?

    As long as they are among us they must be pointed out–repeatedly if necessary.

    Rom 16:17 “MARK THEM which cause DIVISIONS & OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which you have learned; and AVOID them.”

    How many times does God warn us of false prophets?

    Matt 7:15-20 Jesus says, “Beware of the FALSE PROPHETS, who come to you in SHEEP’S CLOTHING but INWARDLY ARE RAVENOUS WOLVES. You can identify them by their FRUIT, that is, by the way they ACT. Can you pick grapes from Thornbushes, or Figs from Thistles? (17) A GOOD TREE produces GOOD FRUIT, and a BAD TREE produces BAD FRUIT. A GOOD TREE can’t produce BAD FRUIT, and a BAD TREE can’t produce GOOD FRUIT. So every TREE that does not produce GOOD FRUIT is chopped down and thrown into the Fire. Yes, just as you can identify a TREE by its FRUIT, so you can IDENTIFY PEOPLE BY THEIR ACTIONS.”

    Matt 24:4-5 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone Mislead you, for MANY will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive MANY.”

    Matt 7:21-23 Jesus warns, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the WILL OF MY FATHER in Heaven will enter. On Judgment Day MANY will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We PROPHESIED IN YOUR NAME and Cast out demons in your Name and Performed many Miracles in your Name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who BREAK GOD’S LAWS.”

    Matt 24:11 Jesus says, “MANY FALSE PROPHETS will appear and will deceive MANY people.”

    Matt 24:23-26 Jesus says “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For FALSE MESSIAHS and FALSE PROPHETS will rise up and perform GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS SO AS TO DECEIVE, IF POSSIBLE EVEN GOD’S CHOSEN ONES. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time. “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it!”

    Mark 13:22 Jesus warns, “FALSE CHRISTS & FALSE PROPHETS shall rise, and shall show SIGNS & WONDERS, IN ORDER TO LEAD ASTRAY, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, EVEN THE ELECT. But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.”

    Rev 2:2-3 Jesus says, “I know all the things you DO. I have seen your Hard Work and your Patient Endurance. I know you DON’T TOLERATE EVIL PEOPLE. You have EXAMINED CLAIMS of those who SAY they are APOSTLES but are NOT. You have DISCOVERED they are LIARS. You have Patiently Suffered for Me without Quitting…(6) You HATE THE EVIL DEEDS of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.”

    Matt 16:4 Jesus says, “ONLY an EVIL, ADULTEROUS generation would demand a Miraculous Sign…”

    Acts 20:29-32 “I know that FALSE TEACHERS, like VICIOUS WOLVES, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the Flock. Even some men from your own group will rise up and DISTORT THE TRUTH in order to draw a following. Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you. “And now I entrust you to God and the Message of his Grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.”

    Rom 16:17-18 “WATCH OUT (MARK THEM) for people who cause Divisions and Upset People’s Faith by TEACHING THINGS CONTRARY to (TO THE DOCTRINE) what you have been taught. STAY AWAY from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own Personal Interests. By SMOOTH TALK and GLOWING WORDS THEY DECEIVE INNOCENT PEOPLE.”

    2 Peter 2:1-3 “But there were also FALSE PROPHETS in Israel, just as there will be FALSE TEACHERS among you. They will CLEVERLY TEACH DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES and even DENY THE MASTER (JESUS) who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their Evil Teaching and Shameful Immorality. And because of these Teachers, the way of Truth will be slandered. IN THEIR GREED THEY WILL MAKE UP CLEVER LIES TO GET A HOLD OF YOUR MONEY. But God condemned them long ago, and their Destruction will not be delayed.”

    1 Tim 4:1 “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the LAST TIMES some will turn away from the TRUE FAITH; they will follow DECEPTIVE SPIRITS AND TEACHINGS that come from DEMONS.”

    2 Tim 4:3-4 “For the time will come (END TIMES) when they will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but wanting to have their EARS TICKLED, they will accumulate for themselves TEACHERS IN ACCORDANCE TO THEIR OWN DESIRES, and will TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH and will TURN ASIDE TO MYTHS.”

    Titus 1:10-11 “For there are many REBELLIOUS PEOPLE WHO ENGAGE IN USELESS TALK AND DECEIVE OTHERS. This is especially true of those who insist on Circumcision for Salvation. THEY MUST BE SILENCED, because they are turning WHOLE FAMILIES AWAY FROM THE TRUTH by their FALSE TEACHERS. And they DO IT ONLY FOR MONEY.”

    Gal 1:6-12 “I am shocked that you are TURNING AWAY SO SOON FROM GOD, who called you to himself through the loving Mercy of Christ. You are following a DIFFERENT WAY that PRETENDS TO BE THE GOOD NEWS but is NOT the Good News at all. You are being FOOLED by those who deliberately TWIST THE TRUTH CONCERNING CHRIST. LET GOD’S CURSE FALL ON ANYONE, INCLUDING US OR EVEN AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, WHO PREACHES A DIFFERENT KIND OF GOOD NEWS THAN THE ONE WE PREACHED TO YOU. I say again what we have said before: IF ANYONE PREACHES ANY OTHER GOOD NEWS THAN THE ONE YOU WELCOMED, LET THAT PERSON BE CURSED. Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the GOSPEL MESSAGE I Preach is NOT based on mere HUMAN REASONING. I received my message from No Human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by DIRECT REVELATION FROM JESUS CHRIST.”

    2 Cor 11:13-15 “These people are FALSE APOSTLES. They are DECEITFUL WORKERS who DISGUISE THEMSELVES AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST. But I am not surprised! SATAN DISGUISES HIMSELF AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. So it is no wonder that his Servants also DISGUISE THEMSELVES AS SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. In the end they will get the Punishment their Wicked Deeds deserve.”

    Phil 3:18-19 “For I have told you often before, and I say it again with Tears in my eyes, that there are MANY whose CONDUCT SHOWS they are really Enemies of the Cross of Christ. They are headed for DESTRUCTION. Their god is their Appetite, they Brag about shameful things, and they THINK ONLY ABOUT THIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH.”

    Col 2:8 “BEWARE lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and VAIN DECEIT, after the TRADITION OF MEN, after the RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD, and NOT after CHRIST.”

    Col 2:18 “Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on PIOUS SELF-DENIAL or the WORSHIP OF ANGELS, saying they have had VISIONS ABOUT THESE THINGS. Their sinful minds have made them proud..”

    2 John 1:10-11 “If anyone comes to your meeting and does NOT TEACH THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a PARTNER IN THEIR EVIL WORK.”

    2 Pet 2:18 “They Brag about themselves with Empty, Foolish Boasting. With an Appeal to twisted Sexual Desires, they lure back into Sin those who have barely escaped from a Lifestyle of DECEPTION.”

    Amos 8:11 “Behold, the Days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a Famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD.”

    1 Tim 6:8-10 “So if we have ENOUGH FOOD and CLOTHING, LET US BE CONTENT. But people who long to be RICH FALL INTO TEMPTATION and are TRAPPED BY MANY FOOLISH and HARMFUL DESIRES that plunge them into RUIN AND DESTRUCTION. For the LOVE OF MONEY is the ROOT of ALL KINDS OF EVIL. And some people, CRAVING MONEY, have WANDERED from the TRUE FAITH and pierced themselves with MANY SORROWS.”

    Jude 1:1-17 “I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the Salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to DEFEND THE FAITH that God has entrusted once for all time to his Holy People. I say this because some UNGODLY PEOPLE have WORMED THEIR WAY INTO YOUR CHURCHES (CREPT IN UNNOTICED; or SLIPPED IN AMONG YOU) saying that God’s marvelous Grace allows us to live IMMORAL LIVES. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ…. (10) But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, THEY DECEIVE PEOPLE FOR MONEY. And like Korah, they PERISH IN THEIR REBELLION. When these people eat with you in your Fellowship Meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like DANGEROUS REEFS THAT CAN SHIPWRECK YOU. They are like SHAMELESS SHEPHERDS WHO CARE ONLY FOR THEMSELVES. They are like CLOUDS BLOWING OVER THE LAND WITHOUT GIVING ANY RAIN. They are like TREES IN AUTUMN THAT ARE DOUBLY DEAD, FOR THEY BEAR NO FRUIT AND HAVE BEEN PULLED UP BY THE ROOTS. They are like WILD WAVES OF THE SEA, CHURNING UP THE FOAM OF THEIR SHAMEFUL DEEDS. They are like WANDERING STARS, DOOMED FOREVER TO BLACKEST DARKNESS. Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, Prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless Thousands of his Holy Ones to execute Judgment on the people of the World. He will Convict every person of all the Ungodly Things they have done and for all the insults that Ungodly Sinners have spoken against him.” These people are GRUMBLERS AND COMPLAINERS, lIVING ONLY TO SATISFY THEIR DESIRES. They BRAG LOUDLY ABOUT THEMSELVES, and they FLATTER OTHERS TO GET WHAT THEY WANT. But you, my dear friends, must remember what the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. They told you that in the LAST TIMES there would be SCOFFERS WHO PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO SATISFY THEIR UNGODLY DESIRES. These people are the ones who are CREATING DIVISIONS AMONG YOU. They FOLLOW THEIR NATURAL INSTINCTS BECAUSE THEY DO NO HAVE GOD’S SPIRIT IN THEM.”

  10. You really did not John Paul Jackson to tell you all you said, there are hundreds of Pastors who are saying the same thing but the church works like the world with its ” TO BIG TO FAIL” mentality so all these adulterers, go free because if you replace them the ministry they head up will fail and that will be bad for the Kingdom, never mind what the Bible says, Paul Crouch with his driver, Jan Crouch, Eddie Long, all the “DownLow” brothers, Mark Cherona, and tha just 10% of the list, all of them forgiven but should be fired, our youth are disgusted with us

    • Hi Bruce…and thanks for stopping by. I’m not really clear on what you’re trying to get across. I’m sure its me. Perhaps you could explain a little more???

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