Just a guy who writes in various venues.
No condemnation for Wayne taking mistresses
Most people in our free-wheeling culture wouldn't "scoff" at Wayne for taking two mistresses and having multiple sex partners. We live in a very forgiving society.
And it is actually ironic that Anaiah (Jody), who was Wayne Bent's number one ongoing mistress, would resent the characterization... because Wayne probably wouldn't deny that one himself. He admitted that he was doing very "strange" things which are contrary to God's laws or conventions, but he maintained that his bizarre sexual behavior, although obviously paradoxical to the forbidding specifics of God's commands (in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, such as a man having sex with his daughter-in-law or a man having sex with a woman and her daughter), was the result of the strange and mysterious way God worked sometimes. He justified his "strange acts" by citing numerous times in the Bible where men were commanded of God to do things which would have been transgressions following the written standards of the old testament laws.
For example, when Wayne had sex with his daughter-in-law (Wendy Bent) that would have violated a biblical command:
Leviticus 18:15 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
And when Wayne had sex with a woman and her daughter (Debbie and her child, Bethany) and when Bent had sex with a mother and laid naked with her daughter (Jody and her child Willow), that violated another:
Leviticus 18: 17 - Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter
But, Wayne said that God, historically, had sometimes commanded people to do wrongful acts as part of a grander purpose and that was just the way God worked. So, yes he took mistresses and he also fornicated with the virgins and that was the point Wayne was making... that he was doing all of these ordinarily sinful acts against his own will and that was because he was told to do it by God himself. And he said that the anguish and torment of what he endured (having to undergo all of that sex, violating his own conscience and personal moral code), was the same as Jesus dying on the cross. I am not making value judgements. I am just stating the facts. And in today's libertine culture, most people don't stand in judgement about a man having multiple sex partners, but find under-aged sex unacceptable. It is hard for most people to distinguish Bent's laying skin-to-skin behavior with the minor girls (both of whom had been selected as members of the "seven virgins" group, slated for sex) as "healing," when he followed the exact same "lay naked" procedure with all of the legal-age virgins with whom he did eventually have sex. That's why some view what he did with the minors as "grooming."
Wayne's whole philosophy is based on the supposition or assertion that he was doing things which mankind would ordinarily reject as being sinful (and that his strange acts of sex were equivalent to crucifixion) and that unless you accept that all his sex acts were divinely inspired then you are doomed to eternal damnation. And, of course, in our society a man can believe and preach whatever he wants without public condemnation. It is only the "spin" on the naked "healing," which seems to fly in the face of the other similar circumstances that is troublesome to most people's reasoning.