Chapter One – What Happened

No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.
Barack Obama, February 13, 2015

michael_in_prison (1)My Last Will and Testimony
“The Little Book” Rev. 10:2

by Wayne Bent

(Written from prison)

The Legal Case

Chapter One
What Happened?

This letter has been written over the period of my seventh year of captivity and from my prison house in New Mexico, where I have been held captive for my faith in God and for practicing my faith and religion in all good conscience. I would like now to explain our events and religious persecution, and some of the consequences of the spirit of our times, and I am making it public. The Appeals Court judges, the Supreme Court justices and the district court judge have all stated their opinions in my legal case. Now I would like to tell my story and issue my opinion of it. My opinion is what is true however, for I was there and witnessed it all and so did the state's witnesses. The state saw and witnessed nothing but their own evil surmising -- their own made-up story.

Seven years after my baptism of the extraordinary anointing from God and my consummation in the year 2000, the world was given its opportunity to declare its judgment of me, first in the media, then in the courts. I made it plain to the world at that time that it was the Father in heaven who had designed my events, so that they would not ignorantly come against God and receive damnation by doing so. But the courts gave their opinion of God's movements in me and condemned me to prison for ten years for something not even against the law, but for something deep in the dark shadows of their own souls.

Now, after seven more years, I am giving my opinion of them -- their "justice," and their great illegality because of the way they regarded clear evidence. But I am not creating falsehoods, as they have done. Yeshua (Jesus) said to the Jews, "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuses you, even Moses in whom you trust." But I now say to the United States of America, "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There are three that accuse you: even your laws, your Constitution, and your own profession. These will be your accusers, for you make a profession and assert that you are a nation of laws, 'with liberty and justice for all,' but you do not do what you say. You make up what you want, when you want, and you attack unlawfully whoever offends you and I declare to you, 'Oh you hypocrites, you can predict the weather but you cannot discern the signs of the [end] times'." Matt. 16:3.


Before I get to the actual purpose of this letter however, I want to establish a few facts regarding my legal case and its implications, because this is the context in which God revealed the shocking reality of heaven's view. And I will begin by sharing the real reason I think that there was even a legal case against me in the first place, and the real reason is not what the state said it was. It all started with the slanderous movie about us, especially in regard to our motivations, first aired on Channel 4 in the UK, and then remade by National Geographic and aired in the US and around the world. It was created by Ben Anthony, who was cheered on by a host of people who cried, "Crucify him!" And there was a specific reason the media came against us in this way, followed by the state. There is an expected backlash, legal or not, against anyone not conforming to the accepted world view. This is the nature of man. The sad reality is that mankind has not changed or become more enlightened in thousands of years.

On April 27th 2015, we attended my last evidentiary hearing over my Habeas Corpus petition. My family, church, and friends filled the courtroom gallery, and District Attorney Donald Gallegos, my attorney, and Judge Abigail Aragon all heard the testimony of the two witnesses that the state had previously misused at my trial to condemn me. We had all seen and heard the expanded explanations of the evidence since my trial that the jury had not been privy to, which was contained in the 2010 video deposition and affidavit. Once more we all heard and saw the live testimony of those two witnesses on the witness stand in 2015. And the consistent testimony was, No, Mr. Bent did not molest us. No, Mr. Bent did not intrude on our bodily integrity. No, Mr. Bent did not touch any sexual parts. Yes, the events were all religious and of a spiritual nature. No, Mr. Bent did not force us or coerce us to do anything. No, Mr. Bent did not try to influence us to do anything. Yes, the state caused us mental suffering and anguish over its twisting of evidence for its own agenda. Yes, we believe Mr. Bent was wrongly convicted. But did the judge who heard all these things, then send me home? No. The unjust conviction remained. The very clear force of the truth did not matter. The law did not matter. The hearing was terminated. Before the expert witness could testify, before any more evidence could be presented in the courtroom, my evidentiary hearing was brought to an abrupt end.


The judge was visibly affected by the testimony of the two witnesses that the state had formerly used against me. In the proceedings, the question of whether I was guilty or innocent of "criminal sexual contact," or "having used my authority to coerce them," had been clearly answered by the two witnesses and we all heard it. But yet, in the full light of my declared innocence of the state's charges, clear as crystal, the DA continued to take the position that my conviction should stand, "because the jury had decided it." But what did the jury decide on? It decided to agree on the many lies told by the state about me, but which I had not been permitted to address during my trial. The jury got to decide after being exposed to the National Geographic propaganda about us that played on the world media for a full year before trial. I was not permitted to present a defense by explaining the truth. The jury had no opportunity to understand me, except for an occasional denial. My constitutional right to present a fair defense was denied me.

What the DA proved by continuing to press that the jury's guilty verdict of "criminal sexual contact of a minor" be retained, after the clear habeas testimony of the two witnesses to the contrary, was that "criminal sexual contact" by me was not the actual reason the state had put me in prison. My crime seemed to be that I was not conformed to their world propaganda and that I influenced people in that nonconforming way of thinking. They must "put away" dissenters (Protestants). This is the only conclusion I can come to.

Truly we all saw and heard these things eye to eye. Truly there was no crime, according to the witnesses themselves. The crime for which I was charged and convicted simply did not occur. But in this letter I will be sharing some of the real reasons I think that the state worked so hard to get me convicted and imprisoned, which my supposed crime was a cover for. There had to be a reason made to "put away" this nonconformist whom they named a "cult leader" who had "power." But there is no cult greater than their own.

Speaking the way I do, and not like any other man, and as some have interpreted as arrogance, came with God's Spirit. It all started in 1967 when God came to me, convicting me that I was an unconverted Sunday school teacher and causing me to approach unto Him, and then He converted me to Himself. (Jer. 30:21, AMP) The clarity and force of God's communications have continued through the years and it has come to feel very natural to my spirit. At the time of my conversion, Father told me, "You will always tell the truth," and since then I always have. If these recent events concerning me were not from God, I would tell the reader. Since they are from God, I tell the reader that they are.

Even though I will be writing strong things in this letter as I expose what people have actually done, I have no condemnation for them. I also desire that nothing I express about our district attorney or the judge in my case, be taken as ill will, for I do not have any for them. I do not take our present controversy in any personal way because I view all of these things as the movements of God for His own purposes, and His present purpose is to damn this present age because of its hypocritical condemnation of me and because it loves wrongdoing. (2 Thess. 2:12)


But moving with the purposes of God, when the DA publicly and forcefully accused me of touching the sexual parts of young girls, and publicly stated that I required the girls to have sex with me or I would kick them out of the church, I am duty bound to answer those falsehoods. When the DA declared the innocent acts of God, which He placed upon these young women to ask of me, to be sex crimes, I could not keep silent. When taxpayer money was used to prosecute me and incarcerate me, thereby involving the whole state in this outrageous perversion, I owe it to the public to explain to them what they have been made responsible for. The state publicly slandered me in the worst way, and over a lie, and it is right for me to sanely and respectfully set the record straight, and that I have done in this final letter. The DA publicly declared that A.S. and L.S. were victims of sex crimes, placing this dark stain upon them for life, when that statement was untrue. He made it up.

This entire event carries with it huge prophetic consequences, and I must not be one of those dogs that "cannot bark." (Isa. 56:10) I am not judging any man's motives in my writings. I am only commenting on what men have done, and my view of things, since the state got to publish its view of things and illegally punish me for that view. Yes, the state committed crimes to get me "put away." The definition of a "crime" in Webster's Dictionary is: "Activity that is against the law."

I am very grateful for my family and friends who have been with me in my ordeal as if it were their own. In spite of their human failings, some have borne loneliness as I have, and my heart is strongly affected for them. I am in my 75th year and my natural strength is not what it once was, but I am grateful to be sustained long enough in my captivity to complete my last word. God anointed me for judgment, and until this day I have kept my calling and followed my instructions. I tell you truly, "I came into this world for judgment, as a Separator, in order to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind." John 9:39, AMP & MSG.

It was the act of always following my Father's voice that brought me to my cross, as it has always done for every true believer. And this began on March 22, 1967, when He came to me and converted me to Himself when I was 25 years old and commanded me to keep the seventh-day Sabbath and to leave my present Sunday-keeping church and forsake Sunday worship which is prevalent in the apostate churches. When I agreed with God to keep the seventh-day Sabbath, immediately my whole life changed. My whole life changed so much that I was not even the same person as before, and I was now purposed to follow the will of God and His Voice of leading, no matter the cost to myself. My life was dedicated to listening for His personal instructions to me and always following them, and this I have done for 49 years now.

From the very beginning, however, I discovered that this change was not appreciated by those who were not like-minded. A natural separation began occurring because of it, and this only increased at every further step God took me in the path of His will and purpose for my life. As a result, I lost friends, family, property, jobs, support, church membership, and eventually even my freedom, for the cause of following Christ (the Anointing) and being true to Him, no matter the opinions of man to the contrary. If a soul does not follow the "Voice" when He speaks then he is a castaway and the Spirit of God leaves him.

I am nothing of myself and I only do what I see God do. (John 5:19) I have few gifts and am not even good looking. There is nothing that mankind desires in me. (Isa. 53:2) I am old and used up, but when the Voice speaks I must not harden my heart, or God would cast me away as He has done to so many who have denied Him through cowardice, self-righteousness, personal offense or just self-interest.


In past times, those who were wholly given over to Christ (the Anointing within them) were not appreciated by those who did not share the same purpose. Those who protested corruption were tortured and burned alive by Roman Catholics who do not believe in freedom of religion if they are in power; they were imprisoned for manufactured crimes as I was, fed to the lions by pagans, stoned to death by the Jews, and beheaded and crucified.

In our generation, the faith that comes from God is not appreciated any more than it was in past times by those who do not have it and do not want it. Today the faith of God is imprisoned, outlawed, ridiculed and mocked by the media, government, and even the churches. That is why the faith of God in me is mocked by them. True, the churches have a form of godliness, but the power of God is not in them. They have come to believe that fleshly emotion is God, or that financial prosperity is God, or that their particular ideas about God will save them. They each cherish their own particular doctrines, such as refusing blood transfusions, special underwear, Sunday sacredness, or some other bright idea. But there is no conviction from His Spirit and His presence has gone from them, for they have compromised the truth for so long that the Spirit was grieved away. There is only a shallow pretense of godliness and much hypocrisy, injustice, and a strange lingering guiltiness that never goes away.

Some say that love is the New Testament law, yet they do not love when it requires a real sacrifice of themselves. They say they are free and that they believe in freedom of religion, but they feel very threatened when their cherished religious customs, and the world they love, are violated by the life and testimony of people with God's faith, and they must attack them. This is the true reason they came for me. God had said, "Come out of her My people, that you be not partakers of her sins and that you receive not of her plagues (wounds)," and I had come out. (Rev. 18:4) I had separated from them. I was not like them, I was different. I didn't have the ways of thinking and living that marked me as being a part of them. My greatest offense in all the world was that I showed myself independent from them and my testimony was that I was led of God. For this they called me a "cult leader," but there is no "cult" greater than theirs. Our church does not persecute those who are different, but they have persecuted us. The "free country" myth has been exposed.

Because I didn't worship what the world and its nominal Christian churches worship, and furthermore, because I could not be made to, this offended "the image of the beast," the self-proclaimed ruler of this world and self-proclaimed educator of our children, and caused it to target me as not being part of it. Because I had failed to worship it, and it determined that I was not part of it, and could not be "caused to receive its mark," I would no longer have the privilege of functioning in its world and would no longer be able to "buy or sell." (Rev. 13:11-17) So it targeted me, first by its media system and then by its system of legal authority. This present generation has truly proven beyond any doubt to me, that its profession of freedom and liberty is a falsehood, a myth of men in a stupor who show utter inability to consider or judge things carefully and who have no heart for truth and justice. There is only a form of liberty now, and it is given to those who have the beast's mark in their hand (their labors) and in their forehead (their thoughts and agreement). (Rev. 13:16)


The religions of America trust in their works, and their doctrines that they have created. Roman Catholics have the Virgin Mary to pray to, crossing themselves, their Pope, and many memorized prayers to the dead, and other religious works, holy artifacts, images, ancient art and relics. The Pentecostals have "tongues" that they made up, and a host of preachers who have developed the same strut on stage, and a strange waya ofa speakinga. The Jews have their holy things and holy days, and beliefs that they are God's chosen. The Muslims believe in praying three or five times a day on a rug, and their prophet is Mohammed. But no one, not one, will ever enter into heaven trusting in their holy works or beliefs, or by the keeping of their rules. No, not one will ever be saved that way. These things are all destined to be burned up in the lake of fire. We are followers of nothing but smoke, mirrors, pretense, force and make-believe if we are not followers of the Spirit of God's Anointing living in us. (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 4:6) One is only saved by the act of God putting Himself in the human soul and living out His divine Life in that soul 24/7, just as He did with Yeshua (Jesus). For the Spirit of God's Son within us will create the same divine experience of life in our fallen human nature that He created in Yeshua's fallen human nature. (Eph. 4:13: Col. 1:27: 1 John 2:27; Acts 10:38; 2 Cor. 1:21) For some reason this doctrine causes people to become very angry with me but it has been the actual gospel for almost two thousand years. Any other gospel is "anathema" (bound under a great curse).

Yeshua (Jesus) said to his Jewish contemporaries, as I say to my contemporaries, "The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it that the works thereof are evil." John 7:7.

So we were each "killed" by the world, thinking that they did God a service. (John 16:2) In my own case, after God anointed me for my work, Satan, my adversary, used the media and the state and every possible energy to crush out my testimony by the strong public attack against me by the mob of haters who are the self-condemned, and by imprisoning me. But, for the cause of my anointing from God, I will take all that they throw at me. Before I was ever a prisoner of the state, I was a prisoner of the Lord, a prisoner of the Son of God, Michael, which was His original name in heaven before becoming incarnate in Yeshua (Jesus). Even though my body is held captive by the state for Christ's sake, my spirit is held captive by God and I will not give up my soul to unbelief just because the beast has put me in its belly. I just light a fire from there. They have already stolen what is left of my earthly life and I don't care or worry about what they might do to me now. As with Sampson, with my last bit of strength, I will pull down the pillars of the temple of deceit they have erected, and it will come crashing down.

I was sentenced as a violent sex offender and they have me in prison as a violent sex offender. I have a question for the judge: Where is the violence, except the violence perpetrated against me, my family, and the two minor witnesses, by the state?

The ridiculous nature of the dark, cold, religious extremism of these people is exposed by the simple truth of the events. The Islamists have not unleashed their terrorism against our community but professed Christians are the ones who unleashed their terrorism against us, "because they hate our freedom." George W. Bush

Those who have come against us when there was no evidence for their charges and conviction only reveal the slavery of the pharisees. They are in bondage to their own lusts. It offends them that we have Christian liberty and can follow God's instructions in freedom without resorting to lustful practices as they do. Those who accused us have a veil on their face, and the law -- which they do not keep -- is rabidly clung to when people of faith offend them. They are a law unto themselves and that is the law they cling to.

But it is written: "Where the Spirit is, there is liberty." We are not bound up and shackled by the law, for we are not slaves to sin. God can lead us with His instructions and we will not fall into the sins of the flesh as our accusers would. Our freedom offends them for they could not stand as we have done, but they would fall. But the law does not save them, for their hearts are still in rebellion, and even though they have a measure of control they are not clean.

I could place my hand on the sternum of A.S., a sixteen year old human female, without becoming agitated in the flesh, because I have been freed from the power of my flesh. She was not a "sex object" as my accusers have made her. My heart was only for her healing and my accusers could not understand this. Their "righteousness" is a "white knuckle" experience, trying really hard to be good, but that they cannot actually manage. But the righteousness of Christ who came into me is natural, free, and without work. My accusers do not understand the Lord our righteousness.

So this is how and why it came to be that the state of New Mexico charged, tried and convicted me for "felony criminal sexual contact of a minor," and sentenced me to 18 years, ten of which are actual prison time. I have just completed my seventh year of those ten years. The state attorney, Mr. Emilio Chávez, told the jury that I must have bumped into a boob while praying for two of our minor children with my hand on them, because my hand is so large. I believe my hand is about average size. Both of the state's witnesses denied the lying assertions of Mr. Emilio Chávez.


The New Mexico law defines "criminal sexual contact" as "unlawfully and intentionally touching or applying force to the intimate parts of a minor...intimate parts mean the primary genital area, groin, buttock, anus or breast." (Sec 30-9-13) The truth is that this crime never occurred, and the two young ladies over whom I was charged, stated so -- before my trial, during my trial, and since my trial, as we have witnessed.

The young lady for which I was acquitted of criminal sexual contact, stated before trial:

I was given a copy of the 'grand jury indictment' and it states...Wayne Bent, did unlawfully and intentionally touch or apply force to the unclothed intimate parts of L.S. and L.S. was at least thirteen but less than eighteen years of age and the above named defendant, Wayne Bent, was in a position of authority and he used that authority to coerce L.S. to submit...

NO, NO, NO, none of those things occurred EVER, and I have testified over and over again that they haven't. Michael [Wayne Bent] NEVER molested me or touched me sexually in any way nor did he use authority to coerce me.

The charges brought against Michael [Wayne Bent] are false and you have no proof for them. It was because of these very same false charges that you allowed CYFD [Children, Youth and Families Department] to kidnap me from my home. (Excerpts from L.S.'s letter to the District Attorney, June 25, 2008)

It was at this time that State Attorney Tomás Benavides named L.S. a "little bitch" because she protested the state's wrongful charges. They had contempt not only for me, but even for their own witnesses. This statement sets the tone for the state's attitude in my case.

The young lady I was convicted over (16 years old) stated on the record:

There's no reason...Wayne Bent should be in jail. He didn't molest me in any way, absolutely not...I didn't feel intruded upon...He's innocent...there's no reason he should be [in prison]...he was convicted over nothing. ...I think the state didn't do the right thing. I think they made a wrong choice. I honestly thought they...were going to send him back home. But no, they wanted to "put him away" and I don't want to be the blame for it because I don't feel he should be in there. He didn't violate me at all. ...He didn't do anything to me to be in there. (Excerpts from A.S.'s videoed Deposition Interview, July 1, 2010)


During trial the state attorneys told numerous lies (I was told there were forty-two of them), poisoning the minds of the jury. The state told lies for which there was no testimony in court and for which there was no evidence. One lie was that I would "help the girls rob a bank." District Attorney Donald Gallegos stated at one of my hearings in front of the TV cameras, "He required all the minors to have sex with him or he would kick them out of the church." The state invented or promoted numerous rumors and imaginations for which there was no testimony or evidence. State Attorney Emilio Chávez stated numerous times that the girls had testified as to having been touched sexually. This "testimony" never occurred. It cannot be found in the court transcripts. Our state and nation are governed and ruled by a host of lying politicians, all holding power for their own self-interest. They will do anything to preserve themselves, even if it is to completely pervert justice, and they are cheered on by the mob of those who have lost their reason. The state attorneys repeated that I was naked with the girls, yet on the witness stand, under oath, the young lady, A.S., whom I was convicted over, stated very clearly that I was fully clothed during her healing procedure. I was declared "not guilty" over L.S. after I explained my healing procedure in regard to her.

The forty-two lies that the state attorneys told are indicative of people who "see things that are not there." In any other arena they would be classified as mentally ill. In prison here, when people imagine things that are not there, they are put in the "Mental Health" unit and given medication for their mental disorder. But when people who work for the state have this mental disorder, they are rewarded, and those whom they imagined things about are punished for being the object of their mental disorder. In reality though, all who lack the Holy Spirit cannot actually think right, for without Him their only other option is to project their own human mental skews and personal distortions of reality onto others. This state of mental disorder becomes the "normal" for a society without the Spirit of God, while those who have the "mind of Christ" and are truly sane, are considered antisocial or evil and may be charged with "hate speech" or some other antisocial behavior. They may be charged with being "antigovernment" as Jesus was, while in reality he was just sane and normal.

I told L.S. to tell the truth and not be afraid of them, and I also thought at the time that you could trust the state's legal system to follow the clear evidence. I was mistaken. A.S. and L.S. also discovered that the state could not be trusted. My eyes were also opened as I discovered how dark the legal system is, so full of the darkest spirits and a grave self-righteousness. The judge ended up punishing the young women for their faith, as he did me. He did not put them in prison but he did trouble their hearts and ruin their trust in state agencies. The judge opened their eyes to statecraft and it grieved them.

So these are some of the facts in the case, but now I would like to show the greater meaning in these things. At the two young ladies' request, I had prayed for them with my hand on their sternum and clavicle area. The state called that "criminal sexual contact." I was acquitted on L.S. and found guilty with A.S. for the same thing. On the face of it, the jury revealed that it lacked some basic honesty. Is not a stone, a stone? Or is one a stone, and the other stone a carrot? Was it legal to heal one young woman, but not the other? Is the law so lax, and jury instructions so meaningless and exploitable, that justice or the justice system is only about the political whims of men or the skills of jury manipulation?

L.S. wrote in a letter to the district attorney before my trial,

What happened to freedom of religion? Why can't I, another human being just like you, be free to do as the God of heaven is leading me? Who gave you authority to step between God and His creation? What makes you think you are doing the right thing? What authority did God give you to interrupt the flow of our lives in Strong City when there has been no crimes of any kind whether it be sexual abuse, neglect, or control of hearts, mind or bodies of any human being? (Excerpts from L.S.'s letter to the District Attorney, June 25, 2008)

Well, little lady, there is no actual freedom of religion and the Constitution is a dead letter. The only people with freedom of religion are those people who have a religion that does not make any difference.