Over the past few months I’ve been torn. On one hand I commend passionate, spirit-filled pursuit of Christ and know that the Lord can do tremendous moves in the unseen realm. It’s great to be able to not just know about God and His Word, but to be able to genuinely feel and expect him to turn up in daily life in unforseen ways. As long as you stay rooted and grounded in the scriptures, I am of the camp that believes that God did not necessarily end the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit with the closing of canon and the dying out of the apostles.
Along with that, there’s also a strong movement of professing believers claiming to be filled of the Holy Spirit, where all manner of experiential, ah “life” places itself at a higher level knowing of the Lord. In this realm, most Christians separate from them are doing it wrong, and are a cut beneath those who expect God to move in radical ways, on their behalf and at their whim as one of the Lord’s anointed or enlightened ones. You can call these by many names; Joel’s Army, the folks of Mike Buckle and IHOP and the like. For some, it goes like this: there’s a 7 mountain mandate to be fulfilled before the Lord will return triumphant and let’s work hard and perhaps we will turn the tide of culture enough to where Christ will appreciate our work and come back and reign in glory here on earth!
Please don’t take me the wrong way on the last part; there are noble and passionate believers that think this way, and I love them very much. I just hold that these individuals may be somewhat askew in their orthopraxy of what the Christian faith is to be about, and depending on how far these people go, it could lead them dangerously off course and into heresy and unbiblical beliefs and practices.
What are we to think of the latter group? Can we expect to live as true believers in Christ, and allow our emotions, feelings and experiences to dictate what is true about matters of life and godliness? These three aspects of human nature can each walk along side us to provide context to what we face in life, but we cannot let any of these components of our inner being countermand the truth of God in His written word. I believe any part may over power our human reasoning and rational thought process – if left un-checked.
To my point is this piece found over at Pirate Christian titled, Bethel Church Tells Witch that She’s “On the Right Path” and “God is So Proud of Her!”
Right off the start and you will hopefully realize something alarming to a student of Scripture. It can be summarized in one simple statement from Steven Kozar and that’s this:
What spirit would encourage a former Christian to continue practicing witchcraft? Definitely not The Holy Spirit!
If this one testimony from a single person who went to the School of Supernatural Ministry of Bill Johnson at Bethel Church in Redding, CA was validated in her pagan practices as a child of God, and found in right standing, then…. nothing more should really be said. The host of practices and outpourings would need to be examined closely as coming from a false spirit and not one from the Lord Himself, which cannot make an error of this magnitude. To chalk it up as one who is exercising their gifts and fell flat, then refute this passage in 1 John 1:5
Former Bethel attendee who came out from the camp: http://kimolsen.net/2013/07/11/a-testimony-how-god-rescued-me-from-bill-johnsons-cult/
More on Kris Vallotton : http://www.crossencounters.us/2013/10/bethel-church-false-gospel-of-kris.html?m=1
Former Pentecostal & Bethel member (7 years, from ’02-’09) speaks out: Saved from the deception of Charismania
Herescope – A second Pentecost?: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-second-pentecost.html?m=12016-04-02
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