Blowing the Kazoo on Bethel

A reader sent these links to articles on Bethel (Bill Johnson) as a comment and I thought it  worthy  the attention of an article. (Thanks Houghton!)

Read on:

Looks like the local Redding newspaper has finally caught on to Bethel — Johnson has been able to fly under the radar really until now, and he’s been able to recruit a massive following in nondenominational house churches across the entire nation.

Check out this series of articles — looks like more of the old signs and wonders, Word of Faith stuff rebranded and repackaged to me:

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/16/bethel-burgeons-under-pastors-visions-of/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/18/faith-healings-dead-raising-teams-part-of-bethel/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/19/bethels-signs-and-wonders-include-angel-feathers/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/19/glossary-of-bethel-terms/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/19/bethel-lists-evangelical-ministries-as-its/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/16/bethel-church-leadership/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jan/16/simpson-bethel-have-partnership-but-differences/

And here’s an interesting story showing how Bethel members’ gullibility, lack of common sense and lack of discernment led to their being bilked:

http://www.redding.com/news/2009/aug/31/sec-accuses-redding-man-running-ponzi-scheme/

http://www.redding.com/news/2009/sep/05/officials-warn-congregations-of-con-artists/

Talk about being open to “a new thing.”

Anyone who doesn’t know, Johnson’s teachings are right out of the word of faith heresies, he is a pal with Cal Pierce, International Association of Healing rooms and so teaches the same.  He is also one of the chief instigators in the comeback of Todd Bentley.

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11 thoughts on “Blowing the Kazoo on Bethel

  1. Just my opinion here: Whilst unbelievers often see thru the facade of fake stuff more than Christians, who are drunk with the “wine of the harlot”, YET, personally i wouldn’t even bother to consider what those in rebellion against God have to say about or against Christians.

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  2. I think the Apostle Paul was concerned with what those who are in direct rebellion against God think about Christians. He thought of it so much, he made it a requirement for those who desired to be in leadership. I Timothy 3:7.

    That beings said, I didn’t see how any of these articles produced a disqualification according to that specific verse. The surrounding community loved what Bethel is doing financially for them.

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    • I apologize that I have not read thru the articles but I have not had time yet. I put the links for information. Bethel builds it’s own kigdom from false doctrine, and is no wonder they are loved by the surrounding people, those who are lost or have no love of the truth.

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    • Hi Joeseph, Thanks for that. You’re right, what the world thinks about our character DOES matter, so i shouldn’t have said i pay no attention to what unbelievers say, but then again i don’t expect to hear the truth from them either, so i would be silly to try and learn the truth about Bethel or anything else from someone who serves the devil.

      But if the writer is a true man or woman of God then we should listen carefully.

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      • Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

        They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and ***the world hears them***. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
        (1Jn 4:5-6)

        ***the world hears them***

        MEANING, they get good reports in the newspaper and on the TV.

        Like Mother Theresa, et al.

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  3. ***the world hears them***

    MEANING, they get good reports in the newspaper and on the TV.

    Like Mother Theresa, et al.

    …………………………
    Reply from Jesus
    Luke 16:15
    You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts.For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God

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  4. Ian Vincent, just to clarify, are you saying someone like mother theresa isn’t a Christian because she was esteemed by the world? cause i think it’s really difficult to say whether she was or wasn’t. the lives of many Christians have been recognized by the world as being noble. many unbelievers even think Jesus lived a good life, for that matter.

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    • Hi Steph, If you go to Ex-Priest Rischrd Bennet’s website; Berean Beacon, you can read there excerpts of Mother Theresa’s last few letters to her Bishop. That poor woman! She begs the man for any confirmation he can give her that her good works have been enough to earn her salvation. It’s heartbreaking to read of her desperate ‘lostness’. As the Bible tells us, works are NOT what save us, but grace that works through faith. (Eph 2:8-9) (Rom 11:6) Mother Theresa showed truck loads of compassion to the sick, but when asked what she taught people, she said she tried to make Hindus better Hindus & Buddhists better Buddists, rather than trying to convert them. In other words, she witheld from them the truth of the Gospel. I’m afraid that in itself DOES tell us she wasn’t saved herself, because it’s directly disobeying Jesus’ commandment to preach the Gospel, make disciples, & teach them ALL the things He commanded us. Very sad, for all concerned.

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