Bethel Church Believes New Age Doctrine
There is quite a buzz on Facebook about a recent video clip from Eric Johnson, speaking at Bethel Church (ministry of false prophet Bill Johnson), where he preaches about embracing a doctrine straight out of the New Age handbook.
According to Eric Johnson, we should consider everyone inherently “good,” even if they are not saved.
Yep, devious things are afoot in Redding, California.
The Bible clearly says:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned.
And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
The fact that this is even allowed to be preached from the pulpit at Bethel Church is shameful and blatant heresy. Afterward, people brought up the controversial message to Eric, and he said that he stood by his words. He made no attempt to correct himself. By allowing this to be taught to young, impressionable and (obviously) naive minds, Bill Johnson and the leadership of Bethel church are just as guilty.
Bethel Church Calls Into Question Jesus’ Divinity
A few days later, Danny Silk, one of the pastors at Bethel Church, released this message in an attempt at damage control.
Jesus buried Adam’s fallen nature in the grave and rose with a new nature. This new nature, which He generously shares with us, enables us to love and live as He does. It allows us to overcome fear with love, sacrifice of our self interest, and move toward one another even when we mess up.” – Danny Lee Silk
As you can see, this is a rather weak attempt. It doesn’t really address whether or not a person is inherently “good” or “sinful” – and, from what I can see, it calls into question Jesus’ divinity. You would think this would be more than enough of an indictment against Bethel … But wait! There’s more!
Bethel Students are Encouraged to “Soak In” Dead Men’s Anointing
Bethel students and faculty are notorious for going around and laying on famous revivalists gravestones in an attempt to “soak in the anointing” or “take up the mantle” of these alleged “men of God.”
This also is forbidden in scripture:
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
Research the words “divination” and “necromancer” in detail, and you will see that this is what is going on here.
One of the main supporters of this ridiculous (and dangerous) practice is John Crowder
The young and naive at Bethel (as well as the rest of the prophetic movement) absolutely ADORE this guy. He is one of the young false prophets who are even more bizarre than Todd Bentley.
Check out more of John Crowder’s videos on YouTube.com – he’s a real piece of work. So, are you still not convinced that Bethel is a tool of the enemy? Hang on … there’s EVEN MORE!
Bethel Church is the Dwelling Place of the Controversial “Glory Cloud”
The students and congregants of Bethel Church frequently claim to see a “Glory Cloud” appearing during their worship services. Now, I’m not saying that God will never show up in a meeting, but when the Creator of the Universe manifests in our little finite world, I seriously doubt that it is to be “Ooooooh-ed” and “Aaaaaahhhh-ed” at. When God showed up in the Bible, people couldn’t even stand. Todd Friel of WretchedNetwork offers a great analysis of this phenomena.
There Is No Baby In the Bathwater
When speaking (or writing) to well meaning people, they often chime in “Yeah, but there is a lot of good … you don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater!!!”
Listen, the bible clearly says that signs and wonders are part of the End Time Deception where the “man of lawlessness” is made manifest.
I’m not saying that the people who follow Jesus will not do signs and wonders … they will!
But when you have a socially accepted “movement” hyping spiritual experience and downplaying (and even discrediting) the Word of our Unchangeable God … warning lights should be going off all over the place!
The Way is narrow, my friends … whenever you see a socially acceptable “gospel” … run.
Sniff … Sniff …. I smell wolves.
Learn more about what the Word of God has to say about wolves and how they operate!
- “Ten Distinguishing Marks of a False Prophet” [series]
- “My 7 Years Working for the Elijah List” – [testimony]
- “New Testament Prophets and Prophecy – Echoes of the Old Testament”
- “False Prophets, Fruit and the Unwitting Wolf”
- “Soaking – the Trendy Approach to a Holy God”
- “Elijah List and Joel’s Army – Instruments of Mercy or Judgement?”
- “Old Testament Prophets vs. New Testament Prophets – What’s the Difference?”
For the Truth,