Rick Joyner’s history of extreme and bizarre political and supernatural claims haven’t stopped him from successfully moving into the political sphere by partnering with conservative leaders and mobilizing his new policy-oriented group, the Oak Initiative.
Another troubling aspect of Joyner’s work is his relationship with Todd Bentley. Todd Bentley is well-known for his violent ‘healing’ events, which led to his anointing by New Apostolic Reformation leaders such as C. Peter Wagner, Che Ahn, Chuck Pierce and Joyner. After a devastating report from Nightline exposing Bentley’s inability to prove that a single person was healed by his ministry and the revelation that Bentley was having an extramarital affair, he left to join Joyner’s MorningStar Ministries, where his “restoration” has been one of Joyner’s primary missions. He recently returned to organizing ‘healing’ meetings. Bentley frequently gloats that he speaks to Jesus and Angels in his dreams and has even said that the Holy Spirit has ordered him to kick a kick a woman in the face with his boot and to take a woman’s legs and “bang them up and down on the platform like a baseball bat.”