Things Paul Never Wrote

By Rick Becker 14 May 2020

We identify false teachings by comparing them to what is clearly taught in scripture.  Sound exegesis of a text will separate truth from error, and expose the twisting of scripture. The reason false teachers have to ignore the context and distort the truth, is because what they teach is NOT taught in scripture.
If the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and other heretical movements were true, then we should have a different bible. In this post, I speculate as to what Paul should have written in order for some of these false teachings to be true. It won’t take long for you to realize that what many in the visible church and the NAR in particular have accepted as truth, is not only a lie, but ludicrous.

 

Things Paul never wrote to the Romans.

• I’m not ashamed of the gospel, especially the gospel of the kingdom which is the power to transform the nations.
How can we rejoice in our sufferings when there is no suffering in heaven, this ought not to be so!
• For I know that something good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.
• Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God, a special new breed that will usher in the kingdom of God on earth.
• If God was willing to give his son for us, will he not give us all things? Now by all things, I mean anything you desire – new fishing boats, a house on the banks of the Jordan etc.
• Don’t worry about tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword separating you from the love of God, because these misfortunes never happen to those who know their rights as believers.
• How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news – and leave out the part that all have sinned and are under the wrath of God unless they repent.

Things Paul never wrote to the Corinthians.

• Jews demand signs and we give them what they want, because everyone deserves an encounter with God.
• For consider your calling brothers, many of you were influential because God needs the powerful and strong to transform society.
• Anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body brings judgement on themselves, but that is not why many of you are weak, ill, and have died – God never uses sickness to judge or discipline.
• There are varieties of gifts, they are apportioned by apostles or prophets and will be taught at supernatural schools of ministry.
• If the whole church speaks in tongues, unbelievers or outsiders might think you are out of your minds – ignore them, because decency and order puts God in a box.
• We were so afflicted and burdened we despaired of life itself, but don’t tell the others, it will give the impression that God ordains suffering.
• Although we are new creations in Christ and the old has passed away, we still need deliverance, inner healing based on visualization techniques, and the regular breaking of curses.
• The Macedonians, despite their afflictions and extreme poverty gave generously. I have sent them my teaching on the law of seed time and harvest, and instructed them to tithe regularly so that in future they may prosper.
• False apostles never disguise themselves and will never use scripture or claim to speak on behalf of Christ.
• Three times I was shipwrecked – because I failed to take a risk and model the miracle of Jesus when he rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves.
• I was often hungry, thirsty, and exposed to the elements, but that was before I started selling anointed handkerchiefs and my manuscripts.
 If I must boast, I will, have I ever revealed to you the mysteries and revelations I received when I was caught up into the third heaven?
• I received a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan that harassed me. I knew this was not from God so I bound it and cast it out.

Things Paul never wrote to the Ephesians.

• God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing – except the ones that you will receive through impartations, upgrades, activations and soaking in his presence.
• And you were mildly affected by sin – you were still inherently good and worthy of redemption.
• The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, a foundation that will need to be laid again year after year.
• Unity of the faith and our maturity cause us to tolerate the different winds of crafty doctrine taught by some.
• Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness – unless your objective is to take dominion of that specific sphere of influence.
• Do not get drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit – even though the effects of both are the same – convulsions, incoherent babbling, bizarre behavior and incapacitation.
• Take up the whole armour of God in your struggle against evil forces – bind the devil, break curses, and shift the atmosphere wherever you go.

Things Paul never wrote to the Philippians

• I pray that your love may abound – without knowledge or discernment. 
• Writing from my comfortable residence has given the brothers assurance that they too, may prosper.
• Jesus took the form of a servant that we may live as kings, and fulfill our own ambitions and interests.
• Hold fast to your encounters with God, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud.
• Epaphroditus was near to death from illness, but his declarations based on the word spoken through the prophet Isaiah made him whole again.
• Enemies of the cross set their minds on earthly things, but the saints set their minds on the seven earthly spheres of society and will one day rule over them so that Christ may return.
• Knowing him and the power of his resurrection, will end all suffering as heaven invades earth.
• Do not be anxious about anything, but take dominion over what troubles you by speaking into the situation.
• There is no secret when facing hunger, because there is no hunger in heaven.
• We can do all things through him, so dream big and don’t allow negative talk to rob you of your goals.
• God supplies more than just our needs, he caters for our wants as well.

 Things Paul never wrote to Timothy

• An overseer must be the wife of one husband, and manage her household well.
• The Spirit expressly says that in later times, there will be a billion soul harvest.
• Until I come, devote yourself to signs and wonders.
• Your frequent ailments, mean the lack is at your end of the equation.

• If anyone teaches a different doctrine, embrace them don’t judge them.
• Godliness is a means of gain, don’t be content with just food and clothing.
• Follow the pattern of miracles that I have performed.
• Some have swerved from the truth, but I won’t mention their names.
• Understand this, that in the last days, times will be easier as godliness increases.
• I charge you: preach the word…but remember it’s a worthless exercise without a demonstration of God’s power.
• The time is coming when people will love sound teaching, they will die to their  passions as they listen to the truth.
• All scripture is breathed out by God, yet incomplete – God will give downloads and new revelations to apostles and prophets in the last days.

 



 

SBC prays into The Seven Centers of Influence

By Rick Becker  4 May 2020

When you hear the term “seven mountain mandate” or “seven spheres of society” be assured you’re not dealing with a principle in the New Testament, but with the heresy of dominion theology as espoused by those caught up in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) The NAR are failing, and will continue to fail in their unbiblical quest to influence and transform society, but have achieved massive success in influencing churches. The reason for that is found in 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” The latest denomination to be influenced by what can only be described as an agenda from the pit, is the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

This mandate to influence the seven spheres or mountains of society is based on the belief that the church should take dominion of the kingdoms of this world before Christ can return. It’s a quest to get the earth to look like Eden again, and the teaching itself is known as Kingdom Now or Dominion theology. One way of understanding it is that Kingdom Now theology attempts to create what God has described as a future kingdom under his rule on a new earth, in this present dispensation. Perhaps it’s the appeal of a just and prosperous society on earth in this dispensation that has lured an increasingly woke SBC. While they may distance themselves from the bizarre manifestations, practices, and certain teachings of the NAR, the SBC has published a prayer guide that is based on the seven spheres/mountains of society identified by Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham.

Self appointed general in the faith, and false prophetess Cindy Jacobs describes the roots and strategy of the Seven Mountain Mandate as follows: In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), developed a God-given, world-changing strategy. Their mandate: Bring Godly change to a nation by reaching its seven spheres, or mountains, of societal influence. They concluded that in order to truly transform any nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, these seven facets of society must be reached: Religion, Family,Education, Government, Media, Arts & Entertainment and Business.”

The SBC prayer for the 2020 theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth into the Seven Centers of Influence in America for the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2020”
The “Seven Centers” are nothing less that the New Apostolic Reformation’s “Seven Spheres.” The SBC has used the phrase “centers of influence” whereas the NAR typically refer to mountains or spheres of influence. Two other minor differences are that the SBC has made the “Military” a sphere on it’s own (whereas the NAR view the military as part of the governmental sphere) and exclude entertainment as they probably perceive it as being part of the “Arts” sphere. Comparison of the seven areas of influence below: 


The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee prayer guide:

On the surface, and to those unfamiliar with the NAR, the prayer may seem to have godly intentions based on scripture, but those familiar with the NAR know the power of a little leaven to leaven the whole lump. Once the insidious teachings of the NAR gain a foothold in a church or denomination, the result is always the same – incremental deception. Typical NAR phrases appear in some of the SBC prayer descriptions:

“..ask God for a great spiritual awakening in the United States…”

 “Pray for each person working in the media and arts professions to find new ways to use their talents and technology to fill the airwaves with the glory of God.”

“..and for financial blessing and prosperity to return. Pray for
supernatural understanding of what is needed for a safe return to
business.”

“Pray that the glory of God will fill churches across the nation in a new and
fresh way”

Believers within the SBC should be concerned, very concerned. The mere fact that this prayer guide based on the NAR seven spheres of influence was even published, is indicative of SBC leaders with little discernment. Hopefully (and shamefully) they are ignorant of what a wicked movement the NAR is.

For more information of the New Apostolic Reformation:

The Messed Up Church
Church Watch Central
Famine In The Land 

A GLOSSARY OF NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION TERMINOLOGY

By Rick Becker   29 April 2020

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is one of the fastest growing and insidious movements in the visible church. One of the ways to identify leaders and their followers (NARites) in this movement, is by paying attention to the terminology or buzzwords they use. Some of the words in this list are biblical, but the meaning and application are far removed from what scripture actually teaches (biblical terminology to gives credence to their aberrant doctrines) Certain words used in the NAR appear to be sci-fi or computer buzzwords, and their applications originate in the minds of the false apostles and prophets that drive this movement. The words listed are not exclusive to the NAR, but occur in some Charismatic, Word of Faith and other movements.

 

1. Accelerate – some sort of divine acceleration process, which like everything else in this list is going to benefit you in a pleasant manner. For example, scripture teaches us that suffering is beneficial, but the NAR god will never accelerate your trials, tribulations and suffering, just your comfort and powers. It may be an acceleration of a gift, favourable circumstances, increased anointing or a financial increase.. 

2. Access – access to special knowledge, superpowers, or God’s presence is a big deal in the NAR. This access usually involves paying for their latest course, or attending one of their meetings. This could also mean that God has given the NARite access to the heavenly courtroom, and they have the privilege of obtaining new information that would benefit the church. Access to mysteries, secrets, and ways to experience encounters with God are a cash cow for NAR teachers. Believers should avoid these schemes as God has already given us the access we need – Heb 4:16; 2 Peter 1:3; Eph 2:6.

3. Activate your faith – God needs you (an oxymoron) to generate enough faith so that you can achieve some desired result. It might mean a miracle of sorts, or possibly another means to attain some kind of earthly gain.

4. Activation – this is usually in reference to some sort of gift or anointing, and the only way to be “activated” is to attend a meeting, supernatural school, or purchase an online course where “activation” is promised. Naturally the leaders don’t have the power to “activate” anything, though some actually believe they do. Practically speaking it means that you will have to step out in faith, take a risk, and begin practicing a particular gift such as a word of knowledge for someone. For example, ask your friend if they had a rubber duck named Bob when they were a child. Wrong? – try again. 

5. Alignment – an example of this would be to position yourself to understand what God is doing on earth, and be a part of it. You can get into alignment through various means – by changing the attitude of your heart, speaking the right words, and of course unconditional acceptance of what the NAR prophet has instructed you to do. Another application is to come into alignment with God’s promises, which in the NAR means the conflation of the old and new covenants, for example expecting financial blessing because you tithe. One form of alignment means an association with another ministry. Name dropping due to associations/alignments has benefits for up and coming NAR apostles and prophets. The alignments between NAR apostles and prophets do not mean they hold each other accountable to what scripture teaches – but rather “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”

6. Angels angels obey God’s commands and are described as ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” Hebrews 1:14. In the NAR, certain leaders teach that believers can command angels, and even wake up sleeping angels. One of their arguments is that if Jesus taught that believers could bind demons (he didn’t – see binding & loosing) then surely we can loose angels. We supposedly loose them by our words as we declare scripture (out of context) You may hear the phrase “releasing angels” in NAR circles. This “release” or “activation” allows angels to complete a particular assignment. NAR leaders also claim to have met certain angels or name certain angels that don’t exist – such as the angel of: finance, government, transition, breakthrough, revival etc. One of the bizarre claims is that when angels have been present, they very often leave feathers behind. Naturally none of these feathers have been tested, and if they were the DNA would connect them to the donor – some kind of bird. Believers have no authority over angels, but make their supplications known to God.

7. Anointing – yet another blessing or condition you will have to chase after in the NAR. The connotation is that the anointing will enable you to perform great works, preach great messages, and generally live a cut above the average believer who has settled for less. In the NAR, only fools neglect to seek after a greater anointing, after all, a greater anointing will enable you to walk just like the ultimate anointed one – Jesus. Furthermore, if you are an anointed NAR apostle or prophet, you can manipulate your followers and skeptics by claiming that they “dare not touch the Lord’s anointed.” This ensures that the “anointed” apostle or prophet avoids scrutiny, so their teachings, visions, and prophetic words are accepted as truth. The truth is that all believers are anointed: Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.” 1 John 2:18-20. 

8. Apostle & Prophet or Apostolic & Prophetic the titles of apostle and prophet will give your ministry the necessary clout and admiration to climb the NAR food chain. God apparently forgot to activate apostles and prophets for centuries, and only recently decided to restore the five fold ministry by reintroducing apostles and prophets. These are the men and women on the cutting edge of manifesting God’s kingdom on earth. Without them, the church cannot function or reach maturity. These self-appointed generals of the faith equip their minions to conquer the seven spheres of society, take dominion, bringing heaven to earth, and walk in signs and wonders. Unfortunately for them, the foundation has already been laid by true apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20) and the office of apostle and prophet is closed. (see point 30)

9. Assignment – God has given everyone a particular assignment, the problem with this word in NAR circles is that it could mean anything, as it’s totally subjective. It’s dependent upon hearing from God, a prophetic word from an NAR guru, or even an omen. What this leads to, is a departure from simple obedience to scripture, trust in God who is able to make all things work to the good for those who love him, and being content with where God has placed us in this world. The result of this departure from trust in God and the teaching of scripture, is confusion and even guilt because you have not heard from God what your individual assignment is.

10. Atmosphere another word that has emerged in recent years. The atmosphere in a meeting plays a pivotal role by creating expectation and awakening the senses in order for those who are ministering to manipulate their followers. You may have heard comments such as “I sense the presence of God in this place”…which begs the question – where was he beforehand? Apart from physical stimulants in the form of lights, music, creative dancers, and live painting that create an atmosphere, NAR proponents go a step further by attempting to change the spiritual atmosphere wherever they go. In fact, you can take a course on “shifting atmospheres.” This course will help you discern the unseen, and release the kingdom of God into the environment…none of it biblical of course.

11. Attract – the law of attraction masquerades as biblical teaching in the visible church. Supposedly, believers in whom God already dwells, need to take further measures to “attract his presence.” In fact, if you play your cards right you can attract wealth, angels and all kinds of good things or spiritual experiences. Lets be clear, there is nothing attractive about us, and there is nothing we can do to attract any divine favors. This false teaching is the product of a works based philosophy and new age principles.

12. Awakening similar to Revival (60).  If you need your passion reignited and want to discover your unique calling, then some kind of awakening meeting or movement is the answer. This is likely to feature the usual NAR celebrities with the usual hype and promises that a great awakening is taking place, which will transform you and the nation the meeting is being held in.  A familiar name from the Great Awakening in the 1700s was Jonathan Edwards. His sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” would be frowned upon by many NAR leaders who are repulsed by the fact that people are inherently sinful. If there was a sermon that defined the false claims of awakening or revival by NAR charlatans, it should read “Awesome People in the Hands of a Grateful Papa.”

13. Billion Soul Harvest while scripture describes the last days as being a time of great deception, apostasy, and a rejection of sound doctrine (2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Timothy 4:1-5) the NAR believe the opposite. A billion soul harvest will supposedly be the result of a great end time revival. How do they know this – a prophecy of course! 

14. Binding and Loosing – NARites attempt to bind anything – poverty, diseases, territorial spirits, approaching storms but the most popular teaching is that we can bind Satan and demons. This is part of the NAR spiritual warfare methodology. It’s based on the words of Jesus found in three texts: 

Matthew 16:18-19:And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Context – Jesus is addressing Peter, and later includes all the apostles. He is giving them the authority to bind and loose something. The words “bind” and “loose” in NAR and some Charismatic circles are thought to be some kind of authority available to all believers, to bind spiritual forces. But Jesus gave this specific authority to the twelve, and the terms “bind” and “loose” should be understood as forbidding something, or allowing something. You will not find a single example of an apostle “binding” Satan or a demon. So what did the apostles bind (forbid) and loose (allow) During this foundational phase of the church, the apostles had the authority to make decisions that were binding or loosing. Certain people were claiming that circumcision was necessary for salvation, but Peter loosed the Gentiles from obeying the law of Moses regarding circumcision:
Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” Acts 15:10-11
Then the words of James, who bound the Gentiles to obey certain practices:  Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.” Acts 15:19-21
This text has nothing to do our struggle with Satan or demons.

Matthew 18:18: “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Context – This passage describes the process of church discipline, and deals with the private offense of a believer sinning against a fellow believer – “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault..” (vs 15)  The repentant believer is free to continue fellowship, if he continues in his unrepentant sin he is bound from fellowship. In other words, if this process of discipline is obeyed on earth, it is sanctioned from Heaven. It’s worth mentioning that verse 19 has also been taken out of context: Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” This verse is referring to the subject at hand – church discipline, but has been twisted to imply that if two believers agree on anything in prayer, it will be done. A second erroneous belief based on this verse is that Jesus arrives if there are at least two or three in a prayer meeting.

Matthew 12:28-29: But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.”
Context – Jesus heals a blind, mute and demon possessed man. The Pharisees believe he is using the Satanic power to perform the miracle. Jesus uses a metaphor to show them how ridiculous their theory is, as well as blasphemous. Jesus is stronger than the “strong man” – Satan, and Jesus has defeated the strong man, and plundered his kingdom: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” Colossians 1:13-14. This was a metaphor that pointed to Christ’s power, it was not a method for believers to deal with the Devil..

15. Birthing something new in the spirit is about to take place. This may involve spiritual warfare or intercession, in order for God to bring about his vision and purpose.
People may be “pregnant” with new revelations, mantles, and increased anointings.
The NAR thrive on activity, and there has to be something new happening to keep followers in a permanent state of expectation – to help them forget that the previous expectation failed to materialize. All that is really “birthing” in the NAR are the latest vain imaginations of false prophets and apostles.

16. Breakthrough – this particular word is used ad nauseam in NAR circles. Still struggling with sin, finances, health, lack of spiritual experiences? Well, the NAR solution is not repentance, discipline, studying God’s word, contentment in bad circumstances or enduring suffering in a fallen world. The solution lies in the fact that God has decided it’s a year or season of breakthrough. Why he allowed certain misfortunes or limited his presence and power for a time is unknown. Perhaps he changed his mood and is feeling benevolent. True believers don’t have to wait for the “prophets” to declare a breakthrough because “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” 2 Peter 1:3

17. Cultural architect – these are people who shape culture by the power of the Holy Spirit. They restore the cities, influence nations, and transform society. These cultural architects supposedly inspire collective reasoning that contributes to the creation of healthy and prosperous communities. Jesus called us to preach the gospel and make disciples, not create cultural architects who will create a Christian utopia on earth.

18. Culture the great commission is to make disciples, but the NAR believes that influencing and redeeming culture is top priority. By creating a kingdom culture, or revival culture, the NAR hope to invade society which will lead to the transformation of the world. While the gospel is salt and light to a dying world, and will have positive effects on a community when embraced, there is no biblical mandate to transform culture. Another phrase you may hear is “culture of honour.” This is nothing less than the establishment of a hierarchy (apostles & prophets at the top) and a means to manipulate followers into blind submission. In other words, it creates untouchables who get away with false prophecies and false teachings. The anointing is filtered down through these super apostles, and to dare question them or expose their heresies means that you will be cut off from God himself. It’s a “culture” that has been cultured in the pit of hell, and enabled charlatans and deceivers to play god. It’s the very opposite of what is taught in scripture – mutual submission and accountability, testing all things, and not lording it over others.

19. Decree & Declare this is a fruit of word of faith (WOF) theology, the idea being that our words carry some form of inherent power, and are causative. So instead of obeying scripture – “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6) NARites believe they need to exercise their faith, speak to their mountain, and enforce their dominion in a given situation. They attempt to “speak life” into the dead, dispel hurricanes, quench fires, and restore finances with their decrees and declarations. This “little god” behaviour fails every time, because only God can decree or declare. Another form of this is called “speaking into a situation.”

20. Destiny – every believer has a destiny – “to be conformed to the image of his Son” Romans 8:29. Biblically speaking, this destiny has nothing to do with the comforts of this world or superpowers. In the NAR world, your “destiny” usually comes with some form of greatness and great works – a man centered theology (NAR teachings) glorifies man. Some leaders in the NAR have the audacity to think that they have the power to release followers into their destiny. This destiny will naturally be an ear tickling future, full of excitement and adventures with papa God…nothing like to prospect of being crucified upside down or suffering the loss of all things.

21. Discipling the nations – Jesus instructed his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19. Previously, when Jesus sent his disciples out (Matthew 10:5) he instructed them to avoid the Gentiles.  In the great commission (Matthew 28) Jesus made it clear that the gospel is for all nations (Jews and Gentiles), and that people from all nations would be saved: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” Revelation 7:9. The NAR use the verse in Matthew to suit their narrative and claim that literal nations will be saved. They have progressed from “take your city for God” to make your nation a Christian nation. (see point 64)

22. Dominion – Dominion or Kingdom Now theology is the belief that earth is going to look like heaven, as the church takes dominion over the seven spheres/mountains of society. This is a teaching that has its roots in the Latter Rain, or Manifest Sons of God movement. A new breed of overcomers will supposedly ensure that Jesus returns to a unified and spotless church that has established his kingdom on earth. A product of this teaching is the belief that believers should regain the dominion that Adam lost during the fall. This includes dominion over the earth, in the sense that believers are able to exercise their authority over the elements. This is why you will see “prophets” who cannot even change the flight path of a mosquito with their utterances, attempt to change the direction of a hurricane by speaking to it. One only has to look at the state of the world to realize that this new breed have failed miserably. 

23. Double Portion – the miracle obsessed NAR want to be like Elisha, who asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:9) The result was that during Elisha’s time in the prophetic office, scripture records twice as many miracles than during Elijah’s ministry. The NAR leave out the part that despite a double anointing, Elisha died from an illness. So, should believers seek after a double potion? The answer is no, every believer receives a gift from God, and spiritual gifts for believers are apportioned according the the will of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor12:11)

24. Downloads – another word for a revelation, or some sort of spiritual download. It’s really a fancy way of saying you received something from God, and will add weight to your story when you tell others about whatever you received. Every believer has the indwelling Spirit of God and the infallible scriptures, but that is not enough for those who entertain the lies of the NAR. These kinds of words are used because they imply that something has been received from God – something you have not received. Downloads are assets, and assets can be sold.

25. Drunk in the spirit – based on the assumption that the disciples were behaving like drunkards of the day of Pentecost.  Acts 2:15 is the text used to justify this: “For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day”  The text does not say that the disciples were drunk in the spirit, but that they were accused by some mockers as being drunk.  What had “bewildered” the multitudes?  The answer is in the text, the disciples were speaking in different languages (tongues) and those present heard their own “native language” being spoken.  The text does not say the disciples were staggering, incoherent, slurring their words, incapacitated, laughing or shrieking uncontrollably. This gift of speaking in foreign languages was a miracle, and having no explanation some accused them of being drunk. One of the effects of the Spirit’s outpouring was boldness (not drunkenness) to preach the Gospel.  Peter had previously denied Christ on three occasions, but now he is able to face a crowd, and boldly proclaim truth.  How could he have delivered his first sermon in a state of drunkenness? Self control is a fruit of the Spirit, drunkenness is not. Being filled with the Spirit does not look like drunkenness:  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18

26. Encounter this is a must on your spiritual CV if you want any sort of recognition or acceptance in NAR circles. What it means is that you have had some sort of experience in this experience driven movement. It could mean you have a mind image, heat sensation, vision, angelic visitation, or simply goosebumps. In other words, anyone can claim to have had an encounter. Encounters have also become a necessary ingredient as far as NAR evangelistic endeavours are concerned. Because experiences are revered above the written word, believers supposedly owe the world an encounter with God. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel, but NAR leaders believe the gospel without some sort of encounter gives unbelievers the right to disbelieve. (see point 67)

27. Expectation – similar to the law of attraction. NARites are taught to raise their level of expectation – as this will increase the chances of whatever they are expecting to actually happen. They are taught to live with an expectant faith, which sounds good, except that the majority of what they are believing God for is based on a false interpretation of scripture or some sort of revelation. At the core of the NAR version of expectation, lies the idea that God will do what we want him to do as long as we have reached the right level of expectation.

28. Favour – true believers have already received God’s ultimate favour in spite of themselves (Romans 5:8) This favour is based on God’s mercy and grace, not our works. The NAR version of receiving God’s favour may include a variety of conditions. It goes without saying that one of them will be sowing into the kingdom, which really means – give your money to your ear tickling prophet or apostle. Others may include – praying or fasting for a certain amount of time, taking risks (acting outside of scripture) unquestionable submission to your leaders or simply receive favour by faith. NAR favour looks like this – greater anointing, business opportunities, everybody will like you, increase on all fronts, greater influence, and possibly a trip to heaven.

29. Fire – fire is highly symbolic in scripture, it can represent God’s presence and glory, but is primarily symbolic of judgement.(Numbers 16:35; 2 Peter 3:10) The emphasis in the NAR is on some form of manifestation –  “fire tunnels” allow people walking through a human “tunnel” to receive an impartation of some kind, including the fire of God. The physical sensation of heat in the body is thought to be the Holy Spirit manifesting, but this is a sign of a Kundalini, or Chakra awakening, and yet another unbiblical manifestation in this movement. The disciples did on one occasion ask for fire from heaven, but that was to destroy the Samaritans who rejected Jesus (Luke 16:51-56)
There is no biblical mandate to seek or call down fire on believers. There is not even the suggestion in scripture that sensations of heat are due to operation of the Holy Spirit at work in a believer.

30. Fivefold ministry – this term is used to describe the five types of leaders God gifted his church: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:11-12. Apostles and prophets faded from the scene during the first century, and the NAR believe that God has restored the office of apostle and prophet – the restoration of the five fold ministry. Apostles and prophets according the the NAR are the most essential highest ranking leaders in the church. They govern the church, give direction, receive revelations, impart spiritual gifts, and need to be submitted to (come under their covering or else…) If it were true that God has only recently restored these offices and left the church without vital offices/leaders for 1900 years, it means that Jesus has failed his church. Naturally this is not the case – qualified elders and deacons lead the local churches. The apostles and prophets were the foundation of the church, Christ being the cornerstone: So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” Ephesians 2:19-20. That foundation is complete, and the words of the apostles and prophets still speak to us today through the scriptures, the office is closed!

31. Glory – NARites want to experience God’s glory, which they believe appears at times in various forms – glitter, smoke, gold dust etc. This artificial manifestation of glory results in inappropriate responses – watching particles float around and filming the “glory cloud” with your smartphone. If God’s glory really manifested in a meeting, people would be on their faces in repentance and trembling. Not content with viewing God’s glory, NARites believe they can morph into “glory carriers.” They think that the visible manifestation of the Spirit upon them enables them glow at times, and that deposits of gold dust on their bodies are a work of God. Carrying the glory has the added bonus of performing miracles, including supernatural weight loss and hair regrowth.These absurd manifestations and claims drive NAR adherents further into mysticism and self deception.

32. Heaven to Earth or Heaven Invading Earth Jesus’ example of prayer included these words: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Sometimes the occult phrase The phrase “As above, so below” is used – that’s how the Message “bible” translates the verse:Do what’s best— as above, so below.”
The NAR  use this verse to justify their quest to make earth look like heaven. The reasoning is as follows – there is no sickness in heaven, so there should be no sickness on earth etc. This ties in with the mandate of dominion theology – redeem the earth by taking back what was stolen in the garden of Eden. The logical conclusion of this faulty theology means that believers will achieve sinless perfection, and live forever. Furthermore, it ignores the very things that Jesus promised believers – sufferings, tribulations, persecution etc. When Jesus returns, it will be a time of judgement and wrath for the nations of this world and unbelievers (Revelation 19) Included in this judgement, will be a false church that has rejected the truth, and entertained false signs and wonders. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12) Scripture does not paint a picture of a Christian Utopia on earth during the last days: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” 2 Timothy 3:1-4

33. Hosting the presence – apparently while God dwells in all believers, he does not rest upon all of them. The picture given is that of a dove resting on your shoulder – walk in a way that the dove does not fly away. Now while it’s true that we can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19) it’s not true that God only rests on certain people. It’s believed that by successfully hosting the presence, you will generate atmospheric shifts wherever you go, and receive more breakthroughs. This mystical and subjective theory with it’s accompanying benefits were conceived in the mind of a false apostle, not scripture.

34. Impartation the idea that NAR apostles and prophets have the ability to impart some kind of spiritual power or gift to those who pitch up at their meetings. The NAR apostle or prophet may lay their hands on you, blow on you or in your general direction causing you fall backwards as a sign that God is really at work. NARites will cite Romans 1:11 to justify this act: “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you.” This was not a type of anointing to perform miracles, as the next verse indicates: “that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
A second verse used to justify an impartation, is 1 Timothy 4:14: “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.” Timothy’s gift was was given to him by the Holy Spirit, not the elders, they merely confirmed what God has given and the laying on of hands was symbolic, not a ritual that included the ability to impart gifts. Timothy’s gift is alluded to in the previous verse: “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” – vs 13. The gifts the NAR pursue are usually related to the miraculous.

35. Increase – what a lovely word, I mean decrease is never a good thing right? John the Baptist knew that his purpose was to point people to Christ. When Christ came, John said “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John the Baptist pointed to Christ as someone greater. The NAR point to Christ as a model, almost an equal in some regards, and as far as signs and wonders are concerned Christ is lesser. So the new breed on NARites must desire increase as far as anointing and miracles are concerned. That’s not the only increase NARites desire. The prosperity gospel is part and parcel of NAR theology, so an increase in finances is expected. Paul knew that knowing Christ was not a means of increase in anything worldly : “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
Philippians 3:8. 

36. Influence – at the very core of NAR theology lies the fanciful notion that the church needs to influence and take control of the seven mountains or spheres of society. This is one of the reasons why NARites take great delight when they have the opportunity to prophesy over or advise world leaders. When people of influence in one of the spheres such as sports, politics, or entertainment claim to be saved, it is viewed as gaining territory in one of the areas the NAR hope to dominate. Believers are called to preach the gospel, not “influence” a world under the sway of the wicked one.

37. Intimacy with God – a broad subject often abused by romanticising our relationship with God, and promoting forms of mysticism.The criteria used to determine our level of intimacy with God becomes subjective. Do we feel close to him? Do we have goosebumps during our quiet times with him? Has he whispered in our ear lately?.. etc. One particularly absurd teaching is that God only shares his secrets with friends – those who are intimate with him. This teaching means that scripture is insufficient, and that only those who “press in” or have achieved a certain level of friendship with God will get to hear the good stuff.

38. Kairos there are two words for time in Greek – Chronos (χρόνος) and Kairos (καιρός)  Chronos refers to the length/duration of time, while Kairos refers to an opportune or appointed time to take action – “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor 6:2.  It’s a word and concept taught in scripture, but the NAR use it to push their agenda and make it sound as if what they are presenting is significant and should be acted upon….without question of course. Some NAR leaders speak of Kairos moments, these are times when God is doing something important, and if you are not aware of the season or “Kairos moment” you are going to miss out. NAR Kairos moments come with clues – strange occurrences, acceleration of things, and other supernatural activities. If you are aware of these Kairos moments and act on them, you become a Kairos Conductor.

39. Kingdom – a word found approximately 160 times in the new testament. Many of the Jews thought that Christ had come to seize political power and ease their burden under Roman rule, but Christ’s kingdom is not political, neither is it of this world. Jesus made this clear to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36. The error of NAR teachings is the belief that the church should take dominion of the kingdoms of this world before Christ can return. This is what motivates the seven mountain mandate idea, and the attempt to “influence culture.” It’s a quest to get the earth to look like Eden again, and the teaching itself is known as Kingdom Now or Dominion theology. The prophetic words concerning the apostasy and tribulation during the end times are deemed to have been fulfilled. One way of understanding it is that Kingdom Now theology attempts to create what God has described as a future kingdom under his rule on a new earth, in this present dispensation. This has led to the false teaching that there are two gospels – gospel of salvation and the gospel of the kingdom.

40. Legacy a legacy is your story, your example. NAR leaders encourage their followers to live in such a way that they leave an amazing legacy. In the NAR you will supposedly  perform greater miracles than Jesus, so your legacy will be just as important as his, after all, you are just as glorius as he is. NARites boast of their exploits and miracles, Paul boasted in his weaknesses. If Paul left a legacy, it was that he counted all things rubbish that he might gain Christ. The NAR use Christ to gain all things, and believe their legacy will be determined by how they influenced culture, and modeled the miracles of Jesus. Sadly, many of them will hear these words:
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Matthew 7:22-23.

41. Level similar to upgrade (81). Believers should mature in their faith, but that is a far cry from the endless levels on offer in the NAR. Typically, a false apostle or prophet will claim that “God is taking us to the next level.” It may be a corporate or individual new level. It’s another attractive reward system or promise of something fresh in NAR land.

42. Manifestation – anything goes in this regard, they are signs that make you wonder, and you wonder because they are not biblical. These “supernatural manifestations” are supposedly a sign that God or angels are present. They could be objects such as feathers, gemstones or gold dust that are found, and it could be a physical response such as involuntary spasms, hysterical shrieking etc. Connected to this word, is the “manifest presence of God.” A biblical example of this is Moses and the burning bush, and the day of Pentecost – something spiritual taking place was observable. We know that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers (1 Cor 6:19) and there may be times when He is at work in us, prompting us, giving us a greater awareness of his presence etc, but the true working of the Holy Spirit will never result in the bizarre kind of manifestations witnessed in the NAR.

43. Mantle – Unless your name is Elisha and you lived in 800 BC you are wasting your time with this one. Mantle is another word for cloak, a covering some prophets in the old testament wore as a sign of their office. When the NAR speak of receiving someone’s mantle, they are using the same text as they do for a “double portion” as justification – 2 Kings 2. After Elijah was caught up into heaven, Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle/cloak, that had fallen to the ground, and began his ministry as God’s appointed successor. Now that the Holy Spirit dwells in believers, there is no need to ask God for the anointing or authority of people whose ministry we admired. But the NAR is a movement that elevates men and women, so it’s not surprising that they ask God for the mantle or anointing of the dead whose ministry they covet. It’s also not surprising they they covet the mantles of deceased false teachers who “operated in the supernatural.”

44. Miracle NARites chase after miracles in an effort to do greater things based on a faulty interpretation of John 14:12. The greater things Jesus referred to was not individual miraculous works – who can raise a stinking corpse, walk on water, or change water into wine? Rather, it is referring to the preaching of the gospel throughout the world. God is the only being who can perform a miracle, and perform it according to his sovereign will and timing. For that reason, when you see a meeting advertised in advance with the claim that “miracles” will take place, you can be assured you are dealing with someone or a ministry that should be avoided. Claims of “miracles” in NAR circles are as common as flies around a dung heap. Hundreds have supposedly been raised from the dead – without a single death certificate made public. 

45. More there’s always more to experience in the NAR, perhaps you have heard this phrase uttered by the speaker on stage or when someone is being prayed for: “more Lord, more, give them more” Typically the subject is receiving an impartation of sorts, and the person ministering is asking God to deposit more of whatever he is giving. If the subject falls over, jerks, or wails it’s considered that God has done his job. This contributes to the hype and expectation in the meeting. Claims of “more” coming your way, is a way for a teacher to keep his followers expectant and glued to his congregation.

46. New move – this happens every few weeks in NAR circles. While Jesus is building his church, the NAR are building their own little kingdom, and part of that process involves creating hype and expectation. Few take the little time available between new moves and the stadium events that ignite them, time to consider the claims and results of the previous move. This is a characteristic of the NAR – nothing is tested, and as a result nothing is found wanting. Each move seems to bring an increase of bizarre practices and outlandish stories, leading followers further into a deception that very few are saved from.

47. Open Heaven
– based on Mark 1:10: “And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him.” Another text used to justify an open heaven is  Isaiah 64:1: “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down..”  An “open heaven” is a “sense of presence” or supposedly a geographical location where heaven is near to earth. Instead of reacting to the spirits, or evil in the area, believers who are aware of the open heaven and the presence of the Holy Spirit within, can actually alter the environment (change the atmosphere)

48. Portal – a kind of gateway into the heavenly realm, some NAR teachers will use the story of Jacob’s dream (Genesis 28) of angels ascending and descending a stairway between heaven and earth as an example of a portal. These portals supposedly allow people to access the heavenlies, and give the heavenly realm greater influence in the earthly region below. Believers don’t need portals to access God: “ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom..” Matthew 27:50-51.  The veil that separated us from the presence of God has been torn, and as a result every single believer has this privilege: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  ansince we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”  Hebrews 10:19-22
Every believer has Christ dwelling within them, so why search for your nearest (non existent) portal?


49. Position yourself – similar to alignment (5) There are teachings on how to position yourself to: hear from God (which has nothing to do with reading scripture), receive a blessing, walk in the supernatural etc. The popular teaching of course is how to position yourself for financial increase, because this involves strict tithing which means the apostle or prophet is in the position to make more money.

50. Poverty spirit – both the rich and poor can apparently have a “poverty spirit” according to NAR teachings. But dig deep enough, and you’ll find that the ideal and desired state implies financial prosperity.
Some teachers focus exclusively on the material aspect, they teach that the spirit of poverty is one that prevents you from growing wealthy. This horrible spirit will crush your dreams, ambitions, and ability to make wealth – because Jesus dies to make you rich. They reassure their followers that there’s no guilt in accumulating wealth because: “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22. These teachers will never quote 1 Timothy 6:8-9: But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
The other aspect could be described as a poverty mindset – thoughts that you don’t deserve something, you will never succeed, you are too negative etc. Believers certainly can neglect their great salvation, and walk in ignorance concerning certain truths revealed in scripture to their own detriment. But the poverty spirit teaching espoused by the NAR promotes a man centered theology that instills confidence in the flesh, and misappropriates the promises of God.

51. Presence – the NAR place a great emphasis on the presence of God, because it’s one way to manipulate a crowd. By claiming that they sense God’s presence during their meetings,  the crowd is persuaded that something special is taking place. When “God shows up” encounters and miracles can take place. If God is “present” then followers are more likely to be caught up in their feelings, as well us unconditionally accept the teaching that follows. If you don’t sense or feel the proclaimed presence, then you must still be lacking in something. It’s this kind of subjective approach that can lead many into condemnation and disappointment because they are not feeling or experiencing the presence of God. In terms of personal guidance, Moses’ reply to God in Exodus 33:15: “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” has been used to justify a subjective means by which to make decisions.
God is omnipresent, and believers have the indwelling Spirit of God, whether believers feel or sense the presence of God does not alter the fact.

52. Promotion – this can refer to a secular promotion or some kind of spiritual promotion to the next level. The convenient aspect of false teaching, is that you can take a word like promotion, and concoct a thousand messages. Promotion for instance, could depend on: your hunger for God, your level of expectancy or intimacy with God, your ability to hear God, your unwavering dedication to your apostle or prophet etc.

53. Prophetic word – generally this means that a prophet, or someone with a prophetic gift has given an individual, a fellowship, or even the whole body of Christ a word from God. NARites thrive on prophetic words – because they are always about how awesome they are, and how great they will be (leave a legacy etc) NAR authors like to claim that they have a prophetic word for the body, this makes it sound like essential reading for every Christian – more book sales. Believers already have a prophetic word, it’s 100% accurate, and lengthy – 66 books long.

54. Prosper/Prosperity – Johns’s standard greeting of the day to Gaius – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (3 John 2) is the go to text (wrestled out of context) to justify material prosperity. Spiritually speaking, Jesus promised us an abundant life, he also promised suffering, trials and tribulations and never promised wealth. Paul’s secret was not seven steps to prosperity, but that of contentment in all circumstances: I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me” Phil 4:12-13

55. Realm – Paul’s epistle to the of Ephesians uses the phrase “heavenly places” (some translations use the word “realms”) five times. That’s five times it’s mentioned in scripture, compared to over one hundred and ninety times it’s mentioned in the NAR perversion of scripture – The Passion translation, which is a complete abomination penned by false teacher Brian Simmons. It’s clearly a big deal to the NAR that thrive on subjective experiences and revel in various forms of mysticism. While Paul taught that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3) the NAR offer courses on how to access the heavenly realms. Many of the teachers in the NAR claim to have taken trips to heaven where they received some sort of revelation. Furthermore, they offer seer courses – enabling you to see into the spiritual realm, and courses in shifting atmospheres – where the spiritual realm invades the physical realm. Don’t fret about all the “realms” mentioned in NAR circles, they are simply a mystical distraction.

56. Receive receive is usually employed by the person ministering, encouraging the recipient of the prayer to receive more of whatever impartation they are experiencing. Nobody really knows how to receive more during “ministry time,” perhaps it means stop resisting the hand that’s trying to push you over.

57. Release
a word used in similar context to decree and declare – the assumption is that we have the power to do what only God can do. Typically, the false teacher will release something over the crowd, it may be an anointing, specific healing or gift. There are literally no boundaries as to what NAR mini gods believe they can release – angels, finances, miracles, glory, your future spouse etc.

58. Religious spirit – in NAR circles this term is often used to describe those who question their false teachings and obsession with signs and wonders. NAR followers are taught to take risks – which really means operating outside of the confines of scripture in order to get a result of sorts, or experience some kind of encounter with God. Dare to question their methodologies or strange manifestations in their midst, and you will be accused of having a “religious spirit.” They may accuse you of “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power” (2 Tim 3:5) but they ignore the rest of the chapter which exposes their hypocrisy: while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  (2 Tim 3:13-17)
It is also used by NARites to describe the more traditional type of churches – the “dead” ones that conduct their meetings decently and in order (as prescribed in 1 Cor 14:40)

59. Reset
with all the turmoil in the world today, some NAR prophets claim it’s a time for reset – a type of realignment. The only reset the visible church needs – is one that returns to the teachings of scripture. That’s not going to happen in the NAR, so any reset they speak of will simply be the regurgitation of their false teachings. You may hear NAR prophets speak of God pushing a reset button which will bring things back into alignment. The release of divine blueprints to give the church strategies to move forward in the new season will be available – courtesy of these prophets who claim to be infallible mouthpieces for God.

60. Revelation – the idea that God is giving new messages to the church…conveniently through selected mouthpieces. A teacher’s job is to exposit the scriptures and point to Christ. But false teachers love the acclaim (and money) they receive, and new “revelations” place the focus on themselves. They are the ones intimate with God and worthy of receiving messages from God. Now it’s true that God does open our eyes, or enlighten us to the truth that is in scripture. However, false teachers will claim that God gave them a new revelation for the whole body of Christ. This new revelation makes scripture incomplete, but false teachers would make less money if they did not come up with some new teaching. When they include the word “revelation”, or “God told me” in their teaching or book, they are luring the gullible who don’t want to miss out on what God is saying to the church.

61. Revival one of the most overused words in the NAR, similar to awakening. I would argue that any revival, or awakening is characterized by at least two things – the preaching of God’s word and repentance. Neither of these are found in the NAR meetings. Revival, or some form of act of God as on the day of Pentecost, is exactly that – a sovereign act of God. What the NAR claim is a revival is simply a massive gathering led by self proclaimed apostles and prophets, twisting the word of God and manipulating the hordes of false converts and biblically ignorant followers in their audience.

62. Revivalist – linked to the above – an individual trained how to model the ministry of Jesus, operates in their sphere of influence (seven spheres of society) and brings revival.

63. School of Supernatural Ministry – in reality, it should be called the school of Simony because students pay to be trained in the supernatural. Impartations and activations deceive students into believing they have supernatural gifts. Students are “taught” how to heal the sick, prophesy, operate in words of knowledge, and are encouraged to take risks. In an attempt to model the ministry of Jesus, they attempt to raise the dead, walk through walls, and walk on water. These are the schools that churn out young revivalists steeped in mysticism and false doctrines.

64. Seer – NAR prophets believe this is the ability to see in the spirit. In the old testament a seer was a prophet who received visions. The NAR teach that people with a prophetic, or seer anointing, are able to discern things in the spirit and heavenly realms. This is a coveted “gift” in the NAR because if you can have visions and explain what is happening in the spiritual atmosphere, no one is going to question you.

65. Seven Mountain Mandate – this mandate stems from Kingdom Now or Dominion theology. It’s the erroneous belief that the church is called to transform the seven mountains or spheres of society: arts & culture, government, media, education, religion, family, and business. Apostles and Prophets will lead the church which will eventually transform society and establish God’s kingdom on the earth so that Christ can return to an earth that looks like heaven. This heresy is what fuels NARites to influence culture with the goal of dominating each sphere. The opposite will in fact happen according to scripture. The world will not “be saved” (2 Tim 3) but will continue it’s slide into wickedness, and at the same time hate true believers – not celebrate their position of dominance and influence in society:Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13

66. Shift – another popular word that is thrown around ad nauseam. It could mean that there’s a shift in culture because God is using his new breed to influence the world, or it could refer to a spiritual shift that has taken place. NARites depend on their apostles and prophets to inform them when the imaginary shift is taking place. The only “shift” believers should understand is the shift that took place on the cross – the shift from the law, to the gospel.

67. Signs & Wonders – one of the major attractions of the NAR is their claim that they operate in signs and wonders. Miracles are supposedly normative, and one of the favourite tricks of NAR faith healers is to grow the legs of gullible people. The “signs and wonders” that occur in this movement are usually unverifiable, manufactured, or demonic. What they don’t tell you -you could read the entire bible within a week. You would read many accounts of miracles, signs and wonders, and might think that they are normative. Anyone coming to that conclusion has failed to realize that:
The scriptures span a period of approximately 4000 years.
There were centuries that went by during this time, without any miracles.
The number of people who performed miracles could fit in a small church building.
The major reason for signs and wonders in the New Testament has been fulfilled – to authenticate the message and ministry of the apostles (2 Cor 12:12) and the ministry and identity of the messiah (John 10:36-39)
The “encounter gospel” of the NAR assumes that without signs and wonders, the gospel is reduced to words and will be ineffective. If that were the case, Paul preached a “reduced ” gospel : “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16
For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” 1 Cor 1:22-23
The story of the rich man and Lazarus makes it clear that miracles don’t generate repentance. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his family, Abraham’s response:
But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’  And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’  He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” Luke 16:29-31

68. Slain in the spirit – supposedly a sign that the power of God has come upon an individual who has fallen over. This usually occurs during “ministry time” when the preacher “minsters” by touching people on the forehead, pushing them, or blowing on them. Once on the ground, some may begin to have various manifestations, some of which resemble seizures. There are a few reasons why people are “slain in the spirit” and none are biblical. Some fall over because they are simply too embarrassed to remain standing when the previous 30 in the queue went down. The power of suggestion and hype has affected the emotions of those desperate to encounter some form of God’s touch, and so they fall over. And we cannot discount the demonic as being one of the reasons for this manifestation.

69. Soaking this form of contemplative spirituality leads to all forms of deception. Soaking prayer, or soaking in God’s presence is supposedly a time of intimacy with God, where “soakers” hear from God, encounter God, or where their spirit may interact with the 3rd heaven realm. Another form of “soaking” is grave soaking (also known as grave sucking) An individual will lie on the grave of a deceased person whom they believe had a great anointing and performed miracles. They believe it’s possible for a transference of the deceased’s anointing by means of soaking it up. This dangerous practice will lead adherents into further deception.

70. Sound the NAR are heavily influenced by pagan and new age beliefs. For this reason, some NAR teachers believe that frequencies, vibrations, and sounds can bring healing or create a shift in the heavenlies. The blowing of a Shofar for example, can therefore not only be a prophetic act, but release something into the atmosphere.

71. Sow It is biblical to give, or “sow” into the kingdom of God: “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully..” 2 Cor 9:6. It’s not biblical to teach the law of tithing, or to teach that if you give, God guarantees money back. It’s also not biblical to teach that if you don’t tithe, the rest of your income is cursed, and other areas of your life will be affected negatively. Another form of manipulation is to get followers to give during a certain month, or at a time that coincides with an old testament feast. A ploy to get the poor to give their last dime to a mammon loving preacher, is the teaching of “sowing during famine.” Unfortunate victims of this teaching give away money they should be using to feed their families, to the shameless charlatan who uses it support his lavish lifestyle.

72. Sozo .sozo (σώζω) is the Greek word which is translated in scripture as save, heal or deliver. But there is nothing scriptural about the Sozo course – it’s an extremely dangerous form of inner healing that utilizes visualization and various unbiblical methodologies. Sozo is an insult to the work of Christ on the cross, the indwelling Spirit of God, and renders scripture insufficient. It’s simply another path into mysticism and doctrines of demons.

73. Spirit of _________   – fill in the blank with whatever your problem is. If you are poor, then rebuke the spirit of poverty, if you have a problem with your temper, rebuke the spirit of anger etc. This false teaching assumes that the cause of every ailment or problem is a demon that can be bound, and cast out. It ignores this struggle: “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:17

74. Spiritual Warfare
– one of the areas riddled with error in the NAR. While our struggle against spiritual forces is real and not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:10-16) the solution offered by the NAR is far from biblical. Scripture lists the armour of God, and it does not include the methodology taught by the NAR. Unbiblical concepts such as spiritual mapping, binding Satan (see point 14) breaking generational curses, casting spirits out of believers, repenting on behalf of your nation or family line, engaging in prophetic acts, destroying Satan’s legal rights over a territory etc, are accepted as truth and practiced in the NAR. Believer’s don’t need to engage in these unbiblical methodologies, which could actually be referred to as doctrines of demons – see the irony? Instead, believers rely on the finished work of the cross, resist the devil, and stand on the truth of God’s word in their struggle against spiritual forces. 

75. Suddenly – similar to accelerate, but faster results. This has been a popular word in the NAR in the past few years. A season of “suddenlies” is one of pleasant surprises, never impending persecution or hardships. It can mean anything – from sudden material gain to some form of supernatural intervention. The word occurs 87 times in scripture, and the NAR concept of “suddenlies” occurring could be based on any number of texts. One example – “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2
Yet again, NARites depend on their prophets to inform them of the current season they are in.

76. Testimony – due to the fact the scripture plays a secondary role in the NAR, testimonies are vitally important. “Testimonies” in the NAR are often outlandish and not scriptural – such as taking trips to heaven, receiving new revelations, and raising the dead. Furthermore, some believe that when an individual gives a testimony of what God has done, power is released to repeat the miracle in the life of the hearers. The power of a testimony in the NAR is evidenced by the fact that people will say ‘I have to go to that place because I’ve heard what God is doing there.’ This is why folk will cross continents to experience something based on “testimonies” of what is taking place.

77. Transfer of wealth – linked to financial increase and the prosperity gospel, the idea being that in these last days there will be a transference of wealth into the kingdom of God to finance an end time harvest. Those who teach this usually live in sprawling mansions or ranches – the fruits of peddling God’s word for shameful gain. Examples are given of Israel’s prosperity under the old covenant (see Isaiah 60), and very often the second half of Proverbs 13:22 is quoted: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous”  The nice part about this teaching is that your business will have to be successful in order for you to sow back into the kingdom. You will be blessed, in order to be a blessing. It’s incorrect to assume that only the wealthy can contribute to the kingdom of God:We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” 2 Cor 8:1-2
Obviously, this great transfer of wealth is a sham, unless there are portions of scripture missing from the new testament.

78. transference of anointing – similar to impartation (34). The belief that the anointing can be transferred through not only the laying on of hands, but through proximity as well. In other words NARites are encouraged to “hang around” those who have a powerful anointing in the hopes that some of it may rub off on them. This is the same principle that motivates grave soaking – the anointing can be transferred through proximity by lying on the grave of the deceased. The consequence of this belief is that NARites pursue “anointed” apostles and prophets, who have become nothing less than mediums to their gullible followers.

79. Transformation – linked to the seven mountain mandate (65). Jesus did not come to transform the world, but save individuals and conform them into his image. It’s not the world that should be transformed, but the minds of believers –  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Jesus is not returning to a transformed planet eagerly anticipating his return, but to a world as in the days of Noah. A world that has rejected his warnings, and does not expect an impending judgement. If the NAR existed in the days of Noah, they would have accused Noah of being a doom and gloom prophet who was failing to take the opportunity to transform society.

80. Unity
– while the NAR has grown significantly, the “unity” they are experiencing as different streams/movements have merged, has been at the expense of truth. Biblical unity means that the body of Christ will not fall for various doctrines that are contrary to scripture: until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4: 13-14
The superficial unity in the NAR is unity based on false doctrines, and is a sign of a great falling away, not revival.

81. Unlock – similar to access (2) While believers have received all they need pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) in the NAR there is a continual search for the next mystery to be revealed, or next level of power to be attained. Scripture and the indwelling Spirit of God are insufficient for NARites who have to attend various events and take numerous courses in order to unlock what doesn’t exist.

82. Upgrade – because ‘downgrades’ sound bad, besides, no one wants to be disciplined or demoted in the NAR food chain. An upgrade in NAR circles means that you have attained a higher level in some area. You may have received a double portion of something, or now have access to new mysteries. Most “upgrades” come and go without anyone noticing or receiving anything, because….they don’t exist.

83. Vision – relatively easy to have one of these in the NAR world, let me show you how.  I’m going to write a word, read it and see if an image comes into your mind, the word is pizza. If you were part of the NAR you could now claim that you have had a vision. Having visions is another experience that NARites can use to their advantage. Visions carry just as much weight as scripture, and are used to verify teachings, or just show how spiritual you are and that the supernatural is active in your life. In a secondary sense, word vision can also refer to the the goals a leader may have for his church.

84. Visitation
– used to describe a supernatural encounter with God, or an angel. Visitations from God and angels are common in the NAR. In fact, there are probably more claims of visitations in NAR movement in one month, than are recorded in scripture. A visitation is the ultimate “testimony” to gather attention and propel a NARite into the limelight.

Paganism Masquerading as Prophetic Paintings

By Rick Becker  15 April 2020

Theresa Dedmon is the creative arts pastor at Bethel.  Dedmon claims that in 2002, she received a “prophetic word” that she would lead a “worldwide arts movement.” Dedmon believes “Anointing and healing flows through what we touch and create.” Dedmon’s latest endeavour is an auction of her paintings. The selling point has nothing to do with the quality of her paintings, but the fact that her art contains inherent power. Call it new age, paganism, mysticism – call it anything but Christianity.


In the clip below, Dedmon explains how God’s power inhabits her art:

Dedmon: “It’s when the artist gets to create in the presence of God and bring a word that they feel is going to continually speak to those that watch, and listen, and see it. There’s so much power when we create in the presence of God that it actually leaks into the art that we do”

Dedmon says that “my art needs to go into your home…because I want it to touch you.” Dedmon is holding an auction of her paintings “because this is something that will bless you beyond your wildest belief because then you can continually see what God is doing, on your walls, and let it speak to you.”

Dedmon’s final words of enticement: “Hope you take one of my paintings home, I will give you a great prophetic word with that as well.”
View the original video here.

A few of Dedmon’s paintings that will be on auction:

More on Theresa Dedmon:
Bethel’s Creative Renaissance – Idolatry
Bethelite couples vain declaration over Corona Virus

Kris Vallotton fails to release purple bubbles, wants to send coronavirus to Mars.

By Rick Becker  14 March 2020

Two biblical signs of the last days are being fulfilled in our midst – the calamities in this world, and the proliferation of false prophets and false teachers. The former, being a threat to the latter – specifically the false prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation. These “prophets” for profit are failing miserably in their attempt to make earth look like heaven. They also fail miserably when it comes to foretelling the calamities they attempt to quench through their decrees and declarations. The declarations emanating from Bethel church failed to halt the devastating Carr fire in 2018, and most recently they failed to raise Olive Heiligenthal from the dead. The coronavirus presents a new opportunity for the atmosphere shifters and little gods of Bethel to wield their imaginary superpowers and fool their biblically illiterate followers. This would have been the ideal time for Kris Vallotton to release the ultimate weapon at his disposal against the virus – a purple bubble of protection. Obviously it does not exist, and the pompous prophet of Bethel has come up with a new strategy against the current virus – send it to Mars.

Firstly, a reminder of Vallotton’s purple bubble of protection, which really would have been perfect to stop this virus as it carried it’s own atmosphere. In December 2016, Vallotton released a teaching – Multi Generational Vision. During this message he also released purple bubbles. 

Sound bite of Vallotton’s imaginative purple bubble :

 

Transcript: I know this isn’t biblical but it’s not a non biblical, I have to say that now coz all these people write terrible things but, I see this purple bubble that I have prophesied over people that there’s this purple bubble and it’s kinda like the glory the lifter of my head and the Lord’s shield about me, I see the shield like a purple force field, like, kinda looks like an egg that God puts people in and it’s like impervious to biological things, like sickness and disease, and it’s impervious to bullets and bombs and uh things like uh, abductions, rapes, murders, and uh it’s impervious to, just it’s like it has it’s own atmosphere, so I just, I don’t know what that is, but I just release this purple bubble..it might be the New Testament hedge that was around Job…we just release this purple bubble over us, yes..

KV: I know this isn’t biblical but it’s not a non biblical.
In other words it isn’t biblical, just the vain imagination of a false prophet, speaking false words for which he will be held accountable one day.
KV: I have to say that now coz all these people write terrible things.
These people probably refers to people like myself and a host of other writers, who compare Vallotton’s terrible teachings to what scripture actually teaches. Bethel’s culture is one of avoiding any form of questioning or valid criticism. If anyone is in a bubble it’s the Bethelites who are impervious to the clear teachings of scripture.
KV: it’s like impervious to biological things, like sickness and disease
If that’s the case, why is Vallotton neglecting his ability to release purple bubbles?
KV: ..it might be the New Testament hedge that was around Job
Vallotton must have stopped reading at Job 1:10, because God gave Satan permission to afflict Job: “ And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” Job 1:12.
He lost servants, livestock and all his children. Later, Job endured his own form of a plague when God gave Satan permission to afflict Job physically:
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes.” Job 2:7-8

KV: ..but I just release this purple bubble
Well then you must be God. Only God can release things, decree and declare things into existence. 

Vallotton must have forgotten about his purple bubble lie, and has come up with an outlandish solution to the virus.

Sending the coronavirus to Mars – 

Vallotton: Lets just begin to speak against this virus, and lets use our faith to move this virus out of…lets say this..you..we can send it to Mars coz we don’t think there’s any Martians there, so why don’t we just altogether send this thing to Mars..wherever, wherever out of the universe..and lets just begin to believe God and lets fast, a forty day fast of negativity and fear and lets feast on chocolate…this is the fast I love, we will fast fear and we will eat chocolate..

In their quest to make earth look like heaven (which by the way should include the absence of physical death) Bethel has grown not only in desperation, but pure lunacy. They are optimistic about the future of this world, while Jesus was pessimistic. If God  rid the world of all calamities, he would be going against his own word. What we are experiencing pales in comparison to what must still come, these are merely the birth pangs: “Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:10-11


There is a greater chance of finding a Martian with sound theology, than expecting truth to come from the lips of Vallotton…unless he repents and is born again.

For more  resources on Bethel please click on the links below:

The Messed Up Church
Church Watch Central
Famine In The Land

 

 

 

 

 

Bethelite couples vain declaration over Corona Virus

By Rick Becker    10 March 2020

Kevin and Theresa Dedmon are products of the Bethel cult. The couple believed their declarations had an effect on the Carr fire, and their delusion continues as they declared healing over people infected with the Coronavirus. Sitting with the couple are at least three people wearing glasses – one would think they would begin declaring healing over those sitting a few feet from them. If the Coronavirus cannot live in the presence of God, we must ask the question, which presence is the bespectacled Bill Johnson hosting?

 More about the dead wrong Dedmons:

Kevin Dedmon “taught revival Kingdom theology, Treasure Hunts and healing in the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry for 13 years.  He was also on the leadership team of Bethel Church during that time, where he developed Treasure Hunts, Firestarters, HomeFire and activating church members in evangelism as well as training new believers and new members in a revival supernatural lifestyle…Kevin, along with his wife Theresa, spend their time speaking at conferences and churches, writing and developing curriculum in which people are equipped, empowered and activated in miracles, healing and prophetic as a normal lifestyle of the believer.” – kevindedmon.com

Theresa Dedmon creator of the infamous “Destiny” cards is part of Bethel’s pastoral staff, and oversees the creative arts department for the church and School of Supernatural Ministry. For $44.95 you can purchase a pair of “Stairway to Heaven” leggings from Dedmon’s catalog and Go from yoga to dinner in our body hugging printed leggings!” Dedmon’s sales pitch: “My fashion designs embody the prophetic art they are created from. Wearing my art enhances your awareness of God’s presence, and helps you become a walking encounter of Heaven’s message to those around you.”

You can watch the video from Dedmon here, the clip below contains the declaration over the virus.

Transcript: “We want to release the kingdom of God and presence and power to all those in our Facebook communities. And so today I want to release miracles for people who have the Coronavirus, you know there’s absolutely no way that this thing can live in the presence of God, and we say that our declarations make a difference that we have the antidote, we have the answer to this virus, medical science doesn’t, but the presence and power of God can overcome this. And so we declare today that those that have it, those that think they’re going to get it, we declare no fear, and we declare healing in Jesus name, speedy and full recovery.”

And in case you missed it, the Sacramento Bee published an article today:
California mega-church cancels its ‘faith healing’ hospital visits, citing coronavirus

This foolishness is a product of Bill Johnson’s little god theology. For more information on Bethel, please read – SEDUCED BY BETHEL

 

 

Book Review – Live a YES! life by At Boshoff

By Rick Becker    26 February 2020

At Boshoff is the senior pastor of Christian Revival Church, commonly known as CRC. CRC have over 90 national and international churches. The CRC website describes Boshoff as: “focused, passionate and fervent in his hunger for the Word of God and explosive in his dynamic teaching of it. His powerful, bold and practical messages are equally refreshing in relevance to authenticity and doctrinal accuracy.” What better way to test Boshoff’s “doctrinal accuracy” than to compare the words he penned with the scriptures. After all, a pastor is not qualified according to scripture unless he is able to teach sound doctrine:
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
Titus 1:9.

Before I begin the review, I want to refer the reader to this article that will address any objections which typically arise  – Do I know Boshoff personally? Have I approached him directly? CRC gives to the poor and therefore has good fruits. Who am I to judge? I am sowing division in the body etc.

Sections of this book that contain truth, but as is the case of many false teachings – error is best served and accepted with a with a modicum of truth. This review will point out those errors, and compare them with what scripture teaches.

The review is based on the currently available Kindle edition of  “Live a Yes! Life.” (emphasis mine)

Chapter 1 –  I Am a Brand – New Person

Boshoff begins by stating that there in a new life in Christ for those who believe, but wastes no time turning the focus from Christ, to self.

Boshoff: You are a little Jesus in disguise – a little anointed one. You are the most beautiful person alive on planet earth. You have the greatest nature that anybody can ever design. You have the greatest personality – all that needs to take place is for you to discover yourself so that you can become what God wants you to be. You are a brand-new person.

These egocentric words are music to the ears of a generation of people Paul described in his letter to Timothy:  “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud…” 2 Timothy 3:2. 
Boshoff goes a step further by claiming that vitality is part of our renewed state. He bases this on Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
This verse is referring to the resurrection of our mortal bodies, it does not mean believers have some form of extra energy or vitality.

Boshoff:
When we live with God, we are full of vitality, we are the life of the party, we are the life of the company, we are the resource base of that company and therefore we will ensure promotion because we have the vibrant life of God on the inside of us.
Wrong! Christ in us in not a means for earthly gain. This is the beginning of Boshoff’s numerous attempts to yoke the gospel with earthly success

A few pages later, Boshoff contradicts himself.
Boshoff: Our calling is not to seek the kingdoms of this world and to build that which man will celebrate.
Ironic, since he promises success for believers in the kingdoms of this world.

Prior to our salvation, Boshoff says we served our own purpose, but as believers we have a brand new purpose in Christ Jesus. Which is of course true, but Boshoff inserts a presupposition.
Boshoff:
Why does God want us to excel in life and in business? The answer is simple: God wants us to be his ambassadors. But when Christians lose sight of their purpose, they become selfish and self-centred instead of Christ-centred.

Why is it assumed that every believer is going to run a business, and be successful? Can the unemployed believer not be an ambassador for Christ? Is the purpose of believers to excel in life and business, or to be conformed into the image of Christ and glorify him?

Boshoff: So, you are not a failure and you are not a mistake.You are a success waiting to happen, if you stay close to God. People can exclude you or sideline you as many times as they like but if God’s favour is upon you, you will make that team, no matter what the world’s system is; they will not keep you from reaching your destiny in God.

That’s such a broad and problematic statement that begs a few questions – Where does scripture describe believers as a success waiting to happen ? What is the biblical definition of success? Do believers make “teams” despite being bad players simply because they earned God’s favour?

Boshoff: No matter if I was excluded from every team in high school, no matter whether I never made the team or never won the race or never had great marks, I still have a great life in Christ. But to obtain this great life we have to set our minds on Jesus, in spite of our disabilities or past failures. We have a future and a hope in Christ. So dear friend, we have to start living according to this motto: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. You may not give me a chance, but God believes in me, He cheers me on. God knows I can, therefore I know that I can.

I thought believers would make that team?  Philippians 4:13 is yet another verse that has been utilized to justify the dreams and ambitions of many. This verse does not mean you can do anything, it means you can endure all circumstances and be content in them. A great life in Christ may include hunger and need – “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12-13

Chapter 2 – My Future Is Better Than My Past.

In this chapter Boshoff writes concerning the great future believers have in Christ. It’s all about God’s best for us, which in Boshoff’s view means being successful. Biblically speaking, success has nothing to do with material gain, but Boshoff believes that greater success in business means that believers will be able to help the needy, but notice the subtle hint he throws into the mix:

Boshoff: Today is a new day; there are souls to be saved, a job to be done, a world to be won and a story to be told. For instance, a businessman who has donated generously towards a church building project cannot sit back and feel comfortable because he has given to one project. What about the next building project?

These hints have literally paid off, CRC new state of the art 6000+ seater auditorium opened in February 2019, and is valued at 100 million.

Boshoff: There is nothing small about God when He talks to us. God knows our potential – He made us! And the most important thing is that He never promised us a small ‘just-getby’ life. No, God promised us a superior quality of life. In Deuteronomy 28 we find God’s list of promises to his people who obey Him. 

The majority of believers throughout the history of the church, have lived a ‘just-getby’ life as far as status, vitality, personality, influence, and material possessions are concerned. The day you read these words, at least eleven ‘just-getby’ believers have been martyred, and thousands are in prison for their faith. Boshoff, like any word of faith teacher, fails to make a distinction between the old and new covenants. Deuteronomy 28 is part of the law, applicable to Israel not the church. The “superior quality” of life God has promised the believer, is spiritual: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 1:3.

Under the sub heading Get Ready For God’s Best  Boshoff once again reverts to the law in order to persuade his readers to tithe.
Boshoff: Do you want a great financial future? Then you have to keep on sowing your seed in the house of God; you tithe – you sow your finances; you budget your expenses – line upon line, precept upon precept as you apply yourself diligently in the little things. As you are faithful in the little things, God will bless you and God will promote you.

Do you want a great financial future? – is not a question Jesus ever posed to his followers. Wealth, like poverty is not inherently sinful, and God blesses some believers with wealth – in order for them to be generous. However, if we look at the passages of scripture in the New Testament concerning wealth and poverty, all the warnings are directed at the dangers of wealth.

One passage that commends generous believers, is not directed at people experiencing great financial success, but the poor Macedonians. There goes the excuse that you need to be wealthy to help those in need : “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord.” 2 Cor 8: 1-3.

Boshoff: Our tithing is a perfect example in our everyday lives where we have to obey God, even when it does not make sense. God’s instruction is clear, ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try me now in this,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’ – MALACHI 3:10 Every month God tells us to bring our tithe, but we look at our circumstances – rising interest rates, escalating food and fuel prices – and we think, ‘No Lord, I can’t give you everything, I need my tithe.’ God is very clear on this; if you keep your tithe you are cursed with a curse – you are destined to fail. But if you bring your tithe into the storehouse of God, even though it does not make sense, you are empowered to prosper in life.

God’s instruction was clear in Malachi, he was speaking directly to Israel and the priests, but this has become the go to chapter to manipulate the biblically illiterate and solicit money. The tithe under the old covenant was between 20 – 30 %, consisted primarily of produce and livestock, was used to support the Levitical priesthood, and was a form of taxation for Israelites living under the law. Those who teach tithing today conveniently neglect the other laws Israel had to keep. As believers, we are instructed to give cheerfully, generously, according to our means, and sacrificially – not a specific percentage. There are two common arguments some use in defense of tithing:
Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek was before the law – but Abraham tithed from the spoils of war, so if you want to use this argument raid your nearest city and give a once off tithe from your spoils.
Jesus mentioned tithing – but Jesus was addressing people still bound by the law, this was prior to the new covenant.
I can almost guarantee that those who sit under this false teaching of giving a compulsory tithe, are to a large degree motivated by the expectation and desire that they are going to benefit financially. It’s quite obvious that there are two ways Boshoff manipulates his followers to give a compulsory tithe:
• By appealing to the desires of the flesh – financial gain.
• By instilling fear in his followers – failing to tithe brings a curse.

Chapter 3 – Be an Imitator of God.

A chapter about imitating God in order to live the great life he has in store for us. I was hoping Boshoff would avoid money, business and success, but the theme continues.

Boshoff: I know people who have millions in the bank, but when you talk to them, they will tell you they have no money. They may have money but they are poor in their minds. There are also people who have large resources, but when it comes to God’s Kingdom, they are stingy – they can never give, they can never release finances into the Kingdom of God. They have not encountered God, because one thing we know for sure about God is that He is a generous Father. So if we want to be imitators of God, we will have to become the most generous people in our world.

Yes – believers should be the most generous people in the world. That however has nothing to do with being manipulated into giving one tenth of your income to an empire in the visible church. The believers attitude should not be ‘I owe God ten percent’ – but ‘all belongs to God and I should be a wise steward.’  A point to keep in mind is that when people are duped into giving to any “church” that does not teach sound doctrine, they are contributing to the spread of deception, and not furthering the kingdom of God.

Boshoff: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success’ (Joshua 1:7–8). You see, my dear friend, we generate our own success in life through the way we spend time with God, by seeking his wisdom and by walking in his power.

It’s not sinful to have a good career, plan ahead, make goals etc, but we don’t generate our own success by obeying the law or spending time with God. The bible is not a formula for success or prosperity, and God is not a genie in a bottle that if rubbed correctly, will make your dreams come true. Instead we take heed to the words of James: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:13-17

Boshoff: The spiritual person knows that giving money actually expands it in the spiritual dimension.Tithing to a spiritual person is a money multiplier, because they understand that giving God ten percent does not take money away from them. They understand that the law of God is opposite to the natural law. Tithing multiplies our income. That is God’s way, my dear friend. If we want a great career and a great job, we have to become givers.

The born again “spiritual person” should know that the gospel is not a means of gain in this world. I hope you can see that what Boshoff is teaching here is one of the most manipulative schemes to ever raise it’s ugly head in the visible church. On the surface, this principle works every time – for the “pastor” who manipulates his gullible followers into compulsory tithing. It’s a simple process:
• Pastor teaches tithing.
• Members tithe.
• Pastor gets wealthy off member’s tithes.
• Pastor can easily afford to tithe, and makes sure people know he tithes.
• Pastor can testify that tithing “works.”

There may be people in their “churches” that have experienced financial increase and attribute it to tithing, but what about all the wicked who prosper?
Then of course there’s the fall out – some give faithfully for years and never experience the financial breakthrough they expected. Naturally, they are told that they are to blame – perhaps they gave too little, or their motive was wrong, or they were disobeying God in some other area of their lives.

Boshoff:  Many great men and women throughout history understood this principle of seed-time. They were meticulous tithers and they reaped the harvest.

Boshoff is referring to the seed faith, or seed and harvest teaching – a prosperity gospel/word of faith teaching. One of the verses commonly used to justify this teaching is 2 Cor 9:6: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
Paul was taking up a collection for poor believers, not enriching himself, and there is no guarantee that those who gave would reap financially. Verse 7 is ignored, because it does away with a fixed percentage: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 
Believers would reap bountifully as God would make sure they are sufficiently provided for so that they may “abound in every good work.” This is not about self enrichment, but about caring for the poor resulting in thanksgiving to God, and God being glorified.The prosperity doctrine of seed-time is simply a self enrichment scheme, designed to lure those who desire wealth. Paul warned Timothy about this desire:

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Tim 6: 6-10

Boshoff gives examples of these great individuals who tithed and reaped a harvest, one of them is Oprah Winfrey.
Boshoff: Oprah Winfrey is also a tither. She experienced supernatural increase in her life because she believes in generosity. We have all watched the Oprah Winfrey Show and we know that everybody who goes to her show is better off for coming to her show, because she brings the best to help people. What about your life? Are people better off because of you? Is this church better off because of you? Listen to what Winfrey has to say, ‘I don’t think you ever stop giving. I think it is an ongoing process. It’s not just about being able to write a cheque, it’s about able to touch somebody else’s life.

Yes, we have all watched Oprah Winfrey, we know exactly what she stands for – a new age spirituality. This is what Oprah has to say about Christ: We are all one, we are love itself. “Accepting the Christ” is merely a shift in self-perception.
Boshoff is happy to use a pagan media mogul, self help guru, and philanthropist as an example to his followers. What this shows, is that Boshoff values a self enrichment formula (that does not work) above the truth of the gospel. Is Boshoff that naive to think Oprah is a believer, or is he simply happy for any “supernatural” increase regardless of the source?

Boshoff:  If we want increase we have to sow in order to move from a place of need into the provision and abundance of God’s promise – that is God’s Word. A generous man gives generously, and through his generosity he will receive from God – promotion, favour and all good things will come his way. Nobody can stop it. It is a universal law, like gravity – when we have a generous heart things will come our way.

God does reward believers who sow into his kingdom, but that reward may not be monetary, or even in this life. Part of the reward is the knowledge that our giving helps expand the kingdom of God or meet the needs of others. Hoping for good things to come our way as a result of our giving reveals selfish motives, and does not represent the biblical principle of giving.
Paul must have been a lousy tither, these are some of the “things” he received: 
Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 2 Cor 11:24-27

Chapter 4 – Climbing Higher

Boshoff begins this chapter with the inspiring story of Sir Edmond Hillary conquering Mount Everest. Hillary failed on his first attempt, but refused to give up as he knew he had the capacity to grow, Boshoff uses this to example to encourage the reader to “climb higher.”
Boshoff: We can and will go higher in God and for God, if we resist giving in to pressure and giving up on the dream that God has for us. God’s promises remain, in spite of our past or our present. We can still climb higher; build a great marriage, build a great business, live a great spiritual life and overcome adversity, temptation, trial and tribulation, in spite of our previous failures, or even in spite of what we think have been all our successes. God is not impressed by our success, because He knows what we can still accomplish in life and He has a great future and a plan for each one of us.

And…there it is again – business. God’s plan for us to climb higher may mean – the loss of earthly comforts and friendships in order that he may be the one we learn to trust and obey. The rosy picture Boshoff paints is a far cry from what believers since the inception of the church have experienced in general. When Paul encouraged the Ephesians to walk in a manner worthy of their calling, he was not writing from the headquarters of his successful tent manufacturing empire, but from prison. His dream for them was that they mature in Christ –  “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Eph 4:14.
Despite the inclusion of some biblical truth in this book, there are continual assumptions that God is a means to more money, a successful business, and good things coming our way – this is a “deceitful scheme.”

Boshoff:  Some of us prefer not do the climbing ourselves; we would rather watch others do the climbing. We watch the preacher climb into the presence of God; we watch another man prosper and then criticise him and try and bring him down, forgetting that God has a glory place on the mountain-top for us as well. Some of us think faith is like relaxing in a reclining chair – we just want to lie there, doing something every now and then, while we expect our faith to reach great heights. But we have to realise that if we want to climb higher and reach the top, we have to apply the principle of seed-time and harvest (as we discussed in the previous chapter), and both sowing and reaping require effort and work.

I have never seen a preacher climb into the presence of God, why would he leave God’s presence in the first place, and how is that possible? What does this “glory place” on the mountain top look like? Well, I think Boshoff has already defined that – you make the team, you run a successful business, you get promoted, financial gain etc.

Boshoff:  In Romans 8:31 we find a wonderful, encouraging promise, ‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ It does not matter what the coach says, it does not matter what the bank manager or the Reserve Bank says, it does not matter what the doctor’s report says – the only thing that matters is what God says; if He is for us, who can be against us? It does not matter what our financial situation is, or how severe the circumstances in our marriage are, God is for us, nobody can be against us, because God is able.

Romans 8 does not promise a better life on earth or financial gain despite a battered economy or weak currency. It does not promise bad players will make a team or that all sickness will be cured.  In fact, it promised that some pretty awful things will befall believers and promises believers that they will never be separated from the love of Christ: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39

Boshoff:  No matter what we have to face – whether it is a very competitive sports match or clinching an important business deal – we have the unfair advantage that we are not doing it alone! But when we look in the wrong direction we become intimidated and we start to focus on what people say. That is when we lose sight of the fact that God promised that He will never leave or forsake us.

Business and sport….again.

Boshoff:  Letting Go of the Pleasures of This Life – So many people start to climb their mountain with great dedication and vigilance but soon they allow the pleasures of this life to overtake them. In Matthew 10:22 we read, ‘… he who endures to the end shall be saved.’ But in Mark 4:19 we read about those people who hear the word but ‘… the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.’

This is how false teachers ensnare many – error mixed with truth. Boshoff has been promising promotions, favour, great careers, successful businesses and monetary increase to those who tithe, but now warns about the deceitfulness of riches.

Chapter 5 – Transforming My World

This chapter is about the power of thought  – we become what we think about  (says no biblical text)

Boshoff:  It is very important that we understand that our expectation and our attitude are the greatest things we possess in life.
That would make a great introduction to a motivational book, which the bible is not. The believers greatest possession is Christ. Boshoff has been creating a false expectation by suggesting that by obeying certain aspects of the law and spending time with God, we can be successful.
Paul’s expectation and attitude: “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3: 7-8

Boshoff:  Our thoughts determine many things. They can determine … • Our self-esteem and our self-worth •   Whether we go for it or whether we step back •   Whether we bounce back when we fall over, or whether we quit • Whether we succeed or fail in life The real question here is: What is dominating your thoughts – what is your mind preoccupied with? Our thoughts have tremendous power over our minds and over our lives. The thoughts that dominate our minds will gradually manifest themselves. What we are thinking about all the time will reproduce itself.

While scripture instructs us to take our thoughts captive, and think on pure things, it does not teach us that our thoughts have power. Notice that God is excluded in this process – the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is not mentioned. 

Boshoff:  How we look at things and how we think about them will direct what the dominating pictures are in our mind’s eye, and we will move in the direction of the dominating pictures. If these images are negative or if we do not have a picture or a vision at all of how we would like to see our marriage or our finances, Satan will be all too eager to provide us with a picture or a vision – his picture! In Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) we read, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish …’ Satan uses images to stop us from obeying the call of God and to wreak havoc in our lives. He does so in a masterly way through our culture, our religious systems, our upbringing, things people have said to us – we have mind pictures that control us all the time. And if we want to change these pictures, we will have to bring our thoughts into line with what God says because these pictures are not going to disappear by themselves. We have to work at changing our thoughts and mental pictures.

Proverbs 29:18 is not referring to mental pictures or another common misinterpretation –  a pastors vision for his church. Boshoff quotes half the verse in Proverbs, because the second half makes plain what the vision is – God’s word: “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
In other words, this verse is not about your ambitions or mental images but about obeying the word of God. Few would imagine that God’s sovereign will for their life may be the loss of earthly comforts, trials, tribulations, persecution and perhaps even martyrdom. 

Boshoff:  By believing God’s Word we release the creative force called faith into our lives. Start by declaring, • ‘I can do all things through Christ’ • ‘I am the righteousness of God’ •   ‘I am strong in the Lord and in the power of his might’ Whether it is negative or positive, we believe what we say; and what we say, we create or become. So if we are not saying something positive about our lives we are not creating something positive, and therefore we are not empowering ourselves to live the way God has called us to live.
There it is, the little god & word of faith heresy. The false belief that our words are causative. This teaching is nothing less than the regurgitated teachings of Kenneth Hagin (who plagiarised the teachings of E W Kenyon) This is a different gospel.

Next, Boshoff quotes a portion of Ephesians 4 to show that thoughts and feelings can prevent us from living an abundant life. He mentions three reasons some miss out on abundant life based on the following passage: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Ephesians 4: 17-18

Boshoff:  we find three reasons (v 18): • Darkened understanding • Ignorance • The blindness of their heart…How does our understanding become darkened and how does our heart become blinded? Through the effect of our cultures, of our traditions and of people in authority over us who have had an influence on our lives. The phrase ‘the blindness of their heart’ literally translated means ‘the thoughts and feelings of their mind’. These are the thoughts and feelings of our minds which keep us from the life that God has for us. We hear the Word of God concerning abundance, blessing and prosperity, but the thoughts and the feelings of our minds are so powerful that they neutralise the Word of God.

You can prove all things through a passage out of context. Paul is not referring to
ill-disciplined believers ruled by their emotions, and as a result are missing out on having a successful business for example. Paul is not referring to believers at all, but the unconverted – those who have hardened hearts and are alienated from God.

Here is an example of something quite subtle, yet effective. Choice of words is important, take note of the phrase Boshoff uses.

Boshoff:  The only way in which to renew our minds, our lives and our bodies is the Word of God. If we do not put the Word of God in our minds, the old ways will always be part of our lives and will overtake us. Rather than us walking through a door of opportunity with God, we will be defeated by Satan. If we do not fill our minds with the Word of God we will always back away from the door of opportunity, because our minds have been trained to think negatively and we are ruled by our negative emotions.

Paul mentions a door of opportunity in 1 Cor 16:9 : “for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”
For Paul, the opportunity was furthering the gospel, but what has Boshoff primed his readers to envision a door of opportunity as being?
Would they believe a “door of opportunity” could involve a bodily ailment in order to spread the gospel? That’s a ridiculous example some may argue, yet it’s exactly what Paul experienced –  “You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me..” Gal 4:13-14
Or could a door of opportunity mean that you could make the team, clinch that business deal etc.
Which one has Boshoff primed his readers into thinking – a door of opportunity that would benefit the kingdom of God despite their personal discomfort, or a door of opportunity that would benefit themselves and ensure their own comfort?

Chapter 6 – Enjoy Life Everyday

A chapter about taking time out from the busyness of life, enjoying family, nature, being content with the season we are in, following our dreams and finding our passion. 

Boshoff:  The secret to happiness in life is very simple: we need to discover what we love doing, and do it with all our energy and pursue it with all our heart.

Well, that’s the ideal for the world, but is this what a pastor should be teaching? Jesus did not die to make us happy, but to save us. And in many respects, the very things that keep people happy, are the things that distract them from the truth. Believers can experience joy in the midst of dire circumstances – because they are not pursuing temporal happiness, but view their life on earth from an eternal perspective and rejoice in God.

Boshoff:  Because God is our partner we are allowed to dream big dreams – we should never lose our dream for God. I have a great dream for God: I dream about the Church impacting the nations of the world – I dream about building an auditorium big enough to seat ten thousand people in the heart of Bloemfontein – I dream of seeing five hundred people a day saved. These dreams keep me alive.

That’s convenient, a divine partner to help us make our dreams come true. Boshoff may cloak his dreams with a veneer of godly motives, but the fact remains what he is teaching is not the gospel, once and for all delivered to the saints.

Boshoff:  I like to believe that God has a great and wonderful life in mind for me because in John 10:10 in The Message we read that Jesus said, ‘I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.’ It gives me great confidence and hope for tomorrow that God is not out to get me, but He is actually out there to bless me. God is out there encouraging me, saying, ‘Come on, you can do better than that. Come on, son, I believe in you, dream bigger, reach further – you can do great things for me. I have invested myself in you – I place my life, my Holy Spirit on the inside of you.’
The Message is a paraphrase by Eugene Peterson.  What Boshoff should tell his readers is that when we are born again, our world is turned upside down. What we once fought for, we now walk away from, what we once desired, we now loathe – we have exchanged kingdoms, and become aliens and exiles in this world. The life we dreamed of when we were unsaved, will be a far cry from the life we dream of as believers. Boshoff ignores the first half of John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
The thief is referring to hirelings or false teachers who don’t care for the sheep. In contrast, is the good shepherd – Jesus, who lays down his life for the sheep. This verse has nothing to do with dreaming bigger, in fact some of those who heard Jesus say these words would later lay down their lives for his sake.

Boshoff: I want to encourage you in your tomorrow, in the dream that God has for you. Where there is no vision people perish (see Proverbs 29:18 KJV) but God has a great dream and a vision for each of us. The plan He has for our lives is better than our own plan for our lives (see Jeremiah 29:11) So it does not matter what troubles we have to face at the moment, God knows the thoughts he has for every aspect of our lives. We still serve a God of miracles; our anticipation and expectation is God’s invitation.

We have examined the real meaning of Proverbs 29:18, now lets examine
this verse in Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Like any text, we should examine the context. Jeremiah’s letter is to the exiles in Babylon – exiled as a result of their disobedience to God. What is interesting, and overlooked, is that fact that the false prophets had prophesied that their time in captivity would soon be over. God’s punishment for Hananiah who prophesied falsely that restoration would take place within two years, was to remove him from the face of the earth. The exiles wanted good news, and the false prophets gave it to them, the truth was that their exile would not end after two years: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you” – vs 10. Furthermore, the majority of exiles never lived to see this promise fulfilled.

This does not mean God does not have good plans for believers.The problem is we have been bombarded with false teachings such as the prosperity gospel, dominion theology and word of faith heresy. The result is that God’s “good plans” in the eyes of the majority in the visible church are indistinguishable from the desires of this world. God’s plan is not to transform our world or guarantee a comfortable life, but to conform us into the image of his son. Your trials and tribulations may increase, your situation may not improve, but know that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
Romans 8:28-29

 Chapter 7 – Living a YES! Life.

Boshoff’s research for this chapter seems to be based on the ability to look up the word “yes” in a bible concordance, and then twist the passage to suit his narrative. Elisha, Mary, and Jesus are some of Boshoff’s examples of people who said yes! I’ll give those sections and pass, and comment on four quotes.

Boshoff:  Live with a ‘yes!’ in your life. Say ‘yes!’ to your highest hopes and your dreams. Say ‘yes!’ to your finest aspirations. Say ‘yes, I can do it!’
Your, your, your – 
there’s the problem right there.

Boshoff: God wants to load us with blessings every day but we stop these blessings with our attitude of saying ‘no’ instead of ‘yes’. We should never forget that with God all things are possible (see Mark 10:27).
Since Boshoff has placed such an emphasis on financial gain, this is a good opportunity to take a closer look at the verse he quotes, here is the context:

“And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:23-27.
The blessing here was not accumulation of wealth or someone’s finest aspirations coming to pass, but salvation. 

Boshoff:  So if we can answer ‘yes’, we will have to do something and act on our ‘yes’. God wants to bring life and resurrection to the dry areas of our lives – our relationships, our marriages, our children, our bodies, our finances, our businesses.

And there it is again – finances and business. Where does God promise to bring life and resurrection into a believers finances and business? Those who have sat under teachers who fail to make a distinction between the old and new covenants will immediately point to the blessings outlined in the law, they will not be able provide any New Testament example.

Chapter 8 – I Can Do It.

At this stage if the reader has bought into Boshoff’s teaching, they probably assume that God wants them to be the life of the party, enjoy promotions, multiply their finances, succeed in business, and the list goes on.

Boshoff:  I want to encourage you, my dear friend; if God means it for you, you can do it – God is your partner. Remember, the Word of God says, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Rom 8:31) No matter what we face, we can accomplish what God calls us to. We can do it! Life should be an adventure – Christianity should be an adventure!

Boshoff has described in no uncertain terms the kind of life he believes God means for believers. Whatever biblical truth Boshoff does present, is irrelevant, because the application is misguided and based on selfish motives.

Boshoff:  God knows his will for our lives and we know it. God knows we can do it – but we should also believe that we can do it and then do it. If we do not believe that we can do it – build that new building, influence someone, grow our home cell, expand our business – we are not radiating positive energy. Instead we are radiating inferiority and no matter what people may say, nobody wants to hang around a loser.

Note the absence of the gospel in Boshoff’s examples – all of which would prove beneficial to CRC if members caught the vision and bought into Boshoff’s teaching. Can you recall the apostle Paul rebuking believers for failing to “radiate positive energy?

Thankfully, Jesus spent time with losers and James instructed us how to treat those who are viewed as “losers” in society: “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?” James 2:1-6

 Boshoff: Too many of God’s people are waiting for a breakthrough; some miracle, some manifestation from God. But what God is waiting for is for us to arise – in ourselves, in our dreams, in our vision. God needs us to believe that we are able to do what He has called us to do. But sometimes we battle to do this, because we have not dealt with our feelings of inadequacy. While the problem of inferiority is mainly about not feeling worthy of being a winner, the mindset of inadequacy is about not feeling able to do what God has called us to do.

I agree with Boshoff on this – Too many of God’s people are waiting for a breakthrough; some miracle, some manifestation from God, but his narcissistic alternative is the very antithesis of dying to self and surrendering our ambitions to God. And these words – God needs us, have no place in Christianity. All this talk about feelings would be dealt with if Boshoff taught the whole counsel of God, instead of twisting the scriptures to appease the flesh. I would describe the apostle Paul as a winner in the true biblical sense. Paul knew he had completed his task : “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Tim 4:6
These are Paul’s instructions in the previous verses, to young Timothy: “ For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” vs 3-4.

Chapter – 9  Decisions that Glorify God.

Boshoff:  We know God has a great future for each of us. However, our future is largely determined by the decisions we make and therefore we need to realise and understand that all the decisions we make are crucial.
Yes they are, and one of the best decisions a believer can make is to test all things, and compare what is being taught to the word of God: “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11

Boshoff:  It never fails to amaze me how often good Christian people get caught in foreign, fraudulent, pyramid and other get-rich-quick scams. They are promised a five hundred-fold return on their money, but it simply does not make sense. And if it is too good to be true, it probably is not true.

Whose fooling who? Reminder of what Boshoff said previously:

• “If you need finances, sow a seed in a time of need and God will bless you and multiply your seed.”

• “Tithing to a spiritual person is a money multiplier, because they understand that giving God ten percent does not take money away from them. They understand that the law of God is opposite to the natural law. Tithing multiplies our income.”

•Tithing multiplies our income. That is God’s way, my dear friend. If we want a great career and a great job, we have to become givers.

Conclusion
Live a YES! life is a NO! –  as far as doctrinal accuracy is concerned. It’s a combination of the prosperity gospel, word of faith teachings, and motivational messages.

Bill Johnson – Power over Principle, Honoring the Dishonorable.

By Rick Becker   7 January 2020

Todd Bentley is the product of a movement that has elevated men, women, and miracles above God. In the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) the supernatural is a vital element. In fact, the value placed on the supernatural is the underlying philosophy that has enabled charlatans, and in this case a sexual predator to thrive in the NAR. The leaders and the movement value power over principle. By power I mean anything they perceive to be a supernatural gift or manifestation. By principle I mean the principles or fundamental truths contained in scripture. In their defense, NAR leaders who commissioned, restored and recommissioned Bentley will claim that anyone can fall into sin or deception. This is true, but they have failed to address two facts:
• They have created a culture that honors men and women above scripture.
• They commissioned a man who was never qualified for ministry.
One of the leading figures in the NAR who played a pivotal role in the life of Bentley is Bill Johnson. In this article, I explore one aspect of Johnson’s contribution to an insidious movement and the culture within. It has enabled ravenous wolves like Bentley to thrive –  because dead or alive, the dishonorable are honored
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 Dishonoring God by honoring the dishonorable who are alive

Todd Bentley shot to NAR stardom during the “Lakeland revival” during which he kicked and punched people who came forward for prayer. Claims of miracles drew the crowds, and garnered the attention of leaders in the NAR. Leading NAR apostles and prophets could not resist what was deemed to be a supernatural outpouring, and they catapulted Bentley further into the limelight by commissioning this charlatan, an excerpt from Bill Johnson’s prayer over Bentley reveals the philosophy of power above principle :
We shape the course of history, by partnering with you, giving honor where it’s due.You welcome the glory, as well as any anybody I’ve ever seen in my life. I long to learn from you in that, and I bless you, and I pray with the rest of these, that the measure of glory would increase, that Moses would no longer be considered the high water mark where the glory shone from his face, but instead the revelation of the goodness of God would change the face of the church, and that he would use your voice, he would use your grace, your anointing, to alter the face of the church before this world, that the goodness of the Lord will be seen once again, I pray this over you in Jesus name.”

Bentley was elevated because of his “anointing” and the “glory” that rested on him – power over principle. Shortly thereafter, Bentley’s extramarital affair surfaced, he subsequently divorced his wife and married his mistress. Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson oversaw Bentley’s restoration.

Todd Bentley is restored to ministry.

Many questioned Bentley’s return to the ministry after his “restoration” and in this video, Bill Johnson laments that fact that many abandoned Todd when he was “facing some tough stuff” and then responds to a question he received:
“How in God’s name can you endorse Todd Bentley?”
Not surprisingly, Johnson resorts to power over principle as the main thrust of his defense of Bentley:
Excerpts from Bill’s response: “Have you ever been in the room when God shows up on him, and used him in stunning miracles, have you seen him operate in word of knowledge or the prophetic? … have you personally benefited from his gift?…To respond to your statement how in God’s name can you endorse Todd Bentley?, it’s easy, I do it in God’s name.”

Last year new allegations surfaced, and Dr Michael Brown was asked to “oversee a process where these accusations against Todd could be evaluated.”  (Dr Brown is a master of obfuscation when it comes to the NAR, and has refused to expose many of his heretical friends)

This is an excerpt from the  Statement  released by the panel (which include false prophets in the NAR) that investigated Todd Bentley: “Based on our careful review of numerous first-hand reports, some of them dating back to 2004, we state our theological opinion and can say with one voice that, without a doubt, Todd is not qualified to serve in leadership or ministry today. There are credible accusations of a steady pattern of ungodly and immoral behavior, confirmed by an independent investigator’s interviews dating from 2008 up through 2019″

That fact that Todd Bentley was never qualified to serve in the ministry escaped the panel – Bentley failed on multiple counts: “Therefore an overseer  must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 1 Timothy 3:2
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9

Part of the statement from the panel gives us a hint as to why Bentley was recognized in the first place:
“We love Todd and believe that he has been supernaturally gifted by God”
– power over principle.

To date, Bill Johnson has remained conveniently silent in God’s name. I think he’s waiting for the dust to settle and hopefully fly under the radar. He will abdicate responsibility, and hope that people forget his
promotion of Bentley as recently as 2018. Alternatively, he may end up re-restoring and re-recommissioning a revived Bentley who is in any case forging ahead with his ministry. One thing Johnson should do, is ask himself why all his prophetic friends failed to discern anything during the past decade.These are prophets who give nations and world leaders prophetic words, prophets who can tell you the name of your fluffy toy when you were three years old. These are prophets who offer “seer courses” claim to “shift atmospheres” and take trips to heaven. 
Beni Johnson (Bill’s wife) has responded on Instagram. Excerpt: “Everything that has to be said has been said. It’s disgusting that ministries are using this tragedy to continue to promote themselves and counting to talk about it. There has been an official statement from the panel, that is all that was needed….With losing their income in ministry, can you offer them food and water…If you want to be an elite Christian, follow the whole book. I’ve reached out to them to let them know no matter what while we were still sinners Christ died for us, and everything can turn around if you follow the right process.”
Not everything that has needed to be said was said, hence the reason for this article.
Has Beni reached out to the people Todd abused? Has she asked herself why his first restoration process under her husband failed? Why does she not address the fact that Todd refused to co operate with the panel, and is still heading up his “Secret Place Church.” Bentley may have taken a drop in his income, derived from conning people and teaching for shameful gain, but he is not homeless or starving. If Bentley was truly repentant, he would not be active in any form of ministry.

Has Beni not read 1 Corinthians 5: 9-13: I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people – not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

How many times will Bentley pull the wool over the eyes of some of the wolves that empowered him?

Pursuing the dishonorable

In their quest for supernatural power or anointings, NAR leaders and their minions turn to men and women they have elevated as a power source. They will travel thousands of miles to receive an impartation, “catch the fire” and experience some sort of manifestation at the hands of the supernaturally gifted. These so called supernaturally gifted individuals in the NAR are dishonorable false teachers who claim to have the ability to release the presence of God, perform miracles, activate gifts, and impart anointings. They revel in the admiration they receive, boast of their visions and encounters, and sell their merchandise without shame. They would have been the envy of Simon the sorcerer.

Bill Johnson’s advice to those who want to increase in a lifestyle of miracles:Pursue the men and women of God who carry an anointing in their lives for the miraculous. Such an anointing can be transferred to others through the laying on of hands.  Occasionally there are ministry times when such an individual is willing to pray for those who desire an increase of anointing.  I have traveled extensively in pursuit of MORE.”

Johnson is choosing power over principle, and encourages his followers to follow suit. Not once, does Johnson examine the doctrines of the “anointed apostles and prophets” they pursue. Johnson was mesmerized by the “Toronto blessing” and by his own admission, refused to consider any critique of what was not a blessing, but a great deception: “Someone once brought a book to my office that was critical of the revival that started in Toronto in January of 1994. I refused to read it and threw it away. You might say, “You’re not very open-minded.” You’re right. I am responsible to protect what God has given me.” – Bill Johnson. When Heaven Invades Earth Expanded Edition

Johnson believes he is protecting some kind of power – an impartation he received at Toronto, and is totally oblivious to the fact that as a pastor, he should be protecting the word of God instead of justifying bizarre and demonic manifestations. Power over principle – but in reality, Bill Johnson has neither. He does not value or teach the principles of God, and he has not experienced the power of God in the manner he supposes. Artificial gold dust, gemstones, feathers,smoke and glitter pumped through air vents, Kundalini manifestations, people slain in the spirit, incapacitation, vague and unverifiable healings, and fanciful stories are not the result of God’s power at work.
What the NAR claim to be the power of God, or manifestations of the supernatural from God, are merely man made “signs and wonders,” physiological responses, or demonic manifestations. In reality then, there is no power or principle from God in the NAR.  It’s one big sham, a false movement and a delusion sent by God on those who have rejected truth. This is a movement that dishonors God by attributing false signs and wonders to God.  

Dishonoring God by honoring the dishonorable who are dead.

It’s not just the living they run to for some kind of supernatural transfer, Bill Johnson believes that by honoring the dead, we can access their anointings. In this instance, we have the unusual situation where Bethel’s apostle contradicts Bethel’s prophet.
You have probably read or heard about “grave soaking” or “grave sucking” being practiced by Bethelites. It’s the practice of lying on the grave of a deceased preacher in order to receive their anointing through some kind of transfer or impartation.

This is an excerpt from Kris Vallotton’s response to the claim that Bethelites practice grave soaking:  “It has been an inside joke among our Bethel team for years. I really thought it was funny until some folks took it seriously. I mean if God wanted us to receive some kind of impartation from people who have already passed than certainly we would have some New Testament examples or instruction on it. Furthermore, if you could receive some gift from people after they died, than why did Joseph want Jacob to lay hands on his sons before he passed if they could have just as easily received an impartation at his funeral? I think the Elisha story was never meant to be repeated as there are no other accounts of it in the Bible. The Scriptures need to be the foundation in which we base all of our experiences. We are a radical group of revivalist who want to be on the cutting edge of everything God has for us. But it’s really important that in our zeal for God we don’t become spiritually weird.”

Now for something that is not based on scripture, is spiritually weird, and involves the dead.

The following excerpts are from Bill Johnson’s contribution to book Momentum: What God Starts, Never Ends – by Bill Johnson, Eric Johnson (Chapter 4)
The title of the chapter basically indicates that the NAR have made people mediators of God’s power or anointing, it’s titled “Access Through Honor.”
In his chapter, Bill discusses revivalists of the past. Now I’m sure we have all been encouraged by the biographies of men and women of God that have gone before us. But Bill takes it to another level, it’s nonsensical, and a doctrine of demons. Not to mention that most of the “revivalists” he mentions were complete frauds.

Johnson:“These heroes of the faith made sobering choices to follow God, no matter what. In doing so, they have made it possible for me to access things I’d never have access to on my own. The Lord spoke to me about these revivalists, saying “If you will honor the generals of the past, even those whose lives ended poorly, I will give you access to their anointings.”
Chapter, verse?  Surely any believer would know that “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” 2 Peter 1:3.  Bill is making up his own theology as usual. That quote alone, should cause any believer to shake their head in disbelief, anger, and run from this cult if they are involved in it. Whether you agree that Johnson’s three examples were false teachers or not, does not alter the fact that what he is saying is idolatrous, and should have cemented his place in a new edition of Kingdom of the Cults had the late Walter Martin still been with us.
Johnson uses the stories of Solomon and Hezekiah as examples of biblical figures who started well, but ended poorly. He points out that God recorded their obedience and disobedience. It’s one thing to learn from descriptive passages of inspired scripture, it’s another to throw deceased false teachers into the mix and think we can gain anything from their “ministry” by accessing an anointing. Johnson believes we should honor generals of the past he admires, and uses three specific examples – John Alexander Dowie, William Branham, Lonnie Frisbee .

Johnson: “We didn’t choose these people. God did. And while he never gave the stamp of approval to any of the sin issues in their lives, He did use them, knowing their weaknesses. Why this surprises us is hard for me to understand, considering that none of us are perfect. God doesn’t approve of any of our sins or weaknesses. Yet He gives us access to realms of the Spirit, to forever set us free. The failure to take advantage of the grace made available is not the fault of the gospel, the style of the preachers, the message, or the day they lived in. It is theirs alone. Yet God is not ashamed to let his Name be associated with such people. He actually recorded for all to see that his only Son would be born through the lineage of deceivers, liars, adulterers, and even a prostitute. We should be thankful. It means that we, too, qualify for grace and are available to be used by God.

If Johnson believes God is not ashamed to let his name be associated with a deceased heretic like William Branham, then the same should go for a living one – Todd Bentley.
Would Todd Bentley’s style – kicking and punching people have been approved by Jesus? And what message? I have never heard expository teaching in a NAR service, narcissism and eisegesis characterize their teachings. That’s if you are fortunate enough to hear any scripture at all, as usually it’s dominated by stories and the exploits of the speaker. The style of the preacher and the message is not “theirs alone.” They should have met the biblical qualifications to teach in the first place.  Bill is placing his stamp of approval on heretics because he values power over principle.
We all qualify for grace – because we are all sinners. We don’t all qualify to be teachers of God’s word. Johnson does not seem to know the difference.

Johnson: “of all people, we should be the most accommodating to those whose lives ended poorly  God uses imperfect people, not as a testimony of his approval of their lives, but to confirm His word preached by those people (they don’t preach his word) We must adjust to His values or we become dangerously close to dishonoring His work in those who have gone before us. And since there is no one alive to defend them, God will.

By lives ending poorly, Johnson can only be referring to sin and deception. By confirming his word, Johnson is probably referring to signs and wonders, in other words if there are signs and wonders the word must have been true. He ends his sentence with a threat towards those who dare question his heroes of the faith, most of whom are frauds.
Johnson believes God will inflict us with some form of spiritual lack:

Johnson:“I personally think that many have gone into spiritual poverty simply because of their careless comments and slander of those who have filled an important place in history. Such careless accusations are not acceptable, even though the person is dead. We must guard ourselves. If I am careless to criticize, I have opened myself up to the same spirit that deceived them.”
Bill Johnson’s logic – by pointing out that his hero in the faith, William Branham was a heretic and fraud who taught the serpent seed doctrine, and the “idea that the zodiac and the Egyptian pyramids are equal to written Scripture”… you will be inflicted with  “spiritual poverty.”
Observe what has happened to Johnson, he has failed to discern a heretic like Branham, and gone so far as to ask God for the mantle (anointing) of Branham. He is the one who is deceived, and has opened himself up to doctrines of demons and a spiritual delusion because he values power over principle, and refuses to objectively critique men and movements based on scripture.

Johnson:“I have watched a phenomenon in the things of God. He often puts the very area of spiritual breakthrough we long for most, in the camp of believers we least want to be associated with. It really tests our hunger for more. It is the ultimate test to our prayers that say we’ll pay any price for revival. Considering the value that God places on humility, it shouldn’t surprise us that God would require that of us. After all, Jesus was numbered with two thieves on the cross in His payment for our redemption. In his case it was humiliating. In ours, we have to learn to associate with believers whose lives, for whatever reason, bring embarrassment to us. As the master goes, so goes the servant. All these people, successes and failures, left an inheritance from their victories.”

Is it a coincidence that this Book was written in 2011, just two years after Bill Johnson and Rick Joyner were involved in Bentley’s restoration process? I have no words for the comparison Johnson makes – Jesus being crucified between two thieves, and “believers” associating with other believes who “for whatever reason, bring embarrassment to us.”
Johnson says that if any of the three he mentioned were alive today, he would honor them and ask them to pray for him. He tells the story of meeting the granddaughter of a “revivalist” he does not name. Johnson asked her to pray for him because “she carried a family anointing that could be imparted.” – Where is this taught in scripture?

Johnson: “We must stop the slander and criticisms, even if the details are true. These people should be held in respect for what they did accomplish for God. The kingdom culture celebrates people for who they are without stumbling over who they are not. Such is the culture of heaven. Refuse to participate in the careless conversations of other believers who take pleasure in giving such critiques.”

Johnson uses the stories of biblical figures such as of Solomon and Hezekiah as examples of people who finished poorly, he also mentions the deceivers, liars, adulterers, and even a prostitute in the lineage of Christ. How would we know the facts concerning these individuals who finished poorly unless these facts were spoken about and subsequently recorded in scripture? But now he expects us to avoid critique even if the details are true, of his personal heroes. What about real conversations based on facts? What about preventing the perpetuation of the false teachings taught by some of the frauds he idolizes? What about rebuking those who follow the unsound doctrines of departed false teachers? 

Johnson: “And finally, we must honor the Holy Spirit who rested upon them. Even more specifically, we must give honor to the particular kind of anointing they carried. For example, I am told that William Branham had over 10 000 open visions, with 100 percent accuracy in his miracle ministry. This means I must give a place of great value in my heart for this kind of ministry if I want to experience it myself. This usually starts by valuing God’s anointing on others who operate in word of knowledge, specifically through open visions. We must refuse the temptation to compare and critique. Rather, we celebrate. For what we celebrate we will be far more likely to participate in.”
Johnson logic – Ignore details even if they are true, but believe everything you are told. Johnson is teaching the law of attraction, and notice how he continually primes his followers to never question. Scripture instructs us to test all things, and compare what is being taught with scripture. Johnson instructs his minions to refrain from any form of critique, in order to attract the anointing they desire. The Holy Spirit apportions the gifts as he wills, not according to our desires or because we honor individuals with gifts we covet.

Johnson: “Honor comes from the heart. Getting rid of the religious need to tear others down in order to feel better about ourselves will go a long way in helping us tap into spiritual inheritance.  What people have accomplished in the generations before us, was always meant to be left for us as an inheritance.”

More brainwashing and sly innuendoes from Johnson. We are instructed to expose false teachers and their teachings, not to feel better about ourselves, but to snatch souls out of the fire. Our spiritual inheritance has been given to us by God, through his Holy Spirit, based on the work of Christ – not the dead.

By honoring the dishonorable, and pursuing power over principle, Bill Johnson has dishonored God, and led thousands into deception.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Bethel’s False Premise For Raising The Dead


By Rick Becker  19 December 2019

When you create a theology that believers can walk like Jesus on earth, you have created a theology that is not only unattainable and blasphemous, but one that results in tragic consequences. These consequences are currently unfolding at Bethel church, after the two year old daughter of one of their worship leaders suddenly passed away. It really is a heartbreaking situation, aggravated by the false teachings and false hope created by Bill Johnson: “Jesus became the model for all who would embrace the invitation to invade the impossible in His name. He performed miracles, wonders and signs,as a man in right relationship to God…not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us. But if He did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle.” – Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth : A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles.

On Saturday 14 December, two year old Olive Heiligenthal passed away after she stopped breathing in her sleep. Bethel’s statement to the Daily Mail included the following details: “911 was called immediately, and resuscitation attempts were made by medical professionals at the family’s home and at the hospital, but she was eventually pronounced dead. Her body has been at the Shasta County Coroner’s Office since it was transferred from the hospital on December 14.”
Olive was the daughter Kalley Heiligenthal a worship leader and songwriter at Bethel Church and with Bethel Music. She also serves as 2nd Year Worship Pastor for Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.

Kalley sent out this request: “We’re asking for prayer. We believe in a Jesus who died and conclusively defeated every grave, holding the keys to resurrection power. We need it for our little Olive Alayne, who stopped breathing yesterday and has been pronounced dead by doctors. We are asking for bold, unified prayers from the global church to stand with us in belief that He will raise this little girl back to life. Her time here is not done, and it is our time to believe boldly, and with confidence wield what King Jesus paid for. It’s time for her to come to life.”

One can only imagine the overwhelming grief Olive’s parents are experiencing, and who can fault them for wanting their precious daughter to come back to life. The real fault is with Bethel’s false teachings that have created all kinds of falsehoods.

False Hope
Take note Kalley’s words “Her time here is not done.” This is surely a natural response to any parent who has suffered the loss of a child – the feeling that they have been robbed by death. But there is something else at play here, and it stems from the false hope Bill Johnson’s teachings have created in his followers.

This excerpt from our article Seduced By Bethel, provides insight as to why Bethelites are still attempting to raise a child who passed away on Saturday:

“Johnson uses examples such as the death of a child, and a young father killed in a car wreck leaving behind his wife and children in order to lambaste believers who say “God has a reason” or “works in mysterious ways.” He describes this as lazy theology:
“There’s the assumption that if God wanted a different outcome, He would have made it happen. That is lazy theology that somehow releases us from responsibility by shifting the blame to a God who put us in charge…So whom did Jesus leave behind with the same tools of authority, power, and presence to deal with the threats of crisis, tragedy, disease, and disasters that He had? Us. We may not have all the responsibility when there are threats of horrific problems headed our way, but we do have some.”

These tools of authority apparently extend to raising the dead. Jesus raised the dead to prove that he was the messiah, and to be glorified. Johnson knows better, according to him Jesus raised people from the dead “Because not everyone dies in God’s timing.”

False Methodology
The result of Kalley’s request were thousands of decrees, declarations, and even commands for the child’s spirit to return to her body. In other words, instead of making their requests known to God, Bethelites & co responded in line with Bill Johnson’s little god theology by ‘activating their faith’, attempting to take dominion over death, and speak life into the body.  This is pure word of faith and dominion theology – two heresies taught at Bethel. The activity has not ceased, Johnson stated that “‘Since that night, and at the continued request of the Heiligenthal family, Bethel Church has hosted prayer and worship gatherings which consist of singing and prayer (this is the first-ever public gathering of prayer for resurrection that Bethel has hosted).”
If you have seen any of the footage from the gatherings you would have noticed the repetitive and unbiblical decrees and commands, which will not “be heard for their many words” Matthew 6:7
Why not emulate Jesus correctly? He spoke three words when resurrecting Lazarus: “Lazarus, come out” John 11:43. Secondly, he did not raise Lazarus from the grave because he wanted to fix an untimely death while God was distracted, he raised Lazarus for the benefit of the disciples: Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

False Premise
Bill Johnson’s reason for seeking a resurrection: “That evening, the child’s parents requested that friends, family, and others from the church gather to pray for a miracle of resurrection, the basis for which is modeled by Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible. Bethel Church believes in the accounts of healing and physical resurrection found in the Bible (Matthew 10:8), and that the miracles they portray are possible today.”

In this video, Johnson once again includes all believers in the instruction to raise the dead, because “Jesus modeled it, and he commands us to do the same.”
Lets examine to text to see if Johnson is correct:

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them“Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans,but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.” Matthew 10:5-10

 Jesus is addressing “these twelve” not all believers! If Johnson wants to use this text as a basis for raising the dead, then he should obey all the instructions in the passage of scripture, including never evangelizing Gentiles. Furthermore, BethelTV should be free, and Bethelites should expect persecution and martyrdom instead of taking over the seven spheres of society. A fact that Johnson refuses to acknowledge is that Jesus (John 10:38; Acts 2:22) and the apostles (2 Cor 12:12) performed miracles in order to authenticate their status, and their message. The message is now complete, infallible and effective. Since none of us are the messiah, and the office of apostle ceased with Paul, we are not called to model the miracles they performed. Jesus performed signs in order for people to believe that he is God, not for them to believe they are little gods: Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30

False Logic
Johnson continues in the video “some have asked isn’t this interrupting the sovereignty of God, my response is we would never want to violate the sovereignty of God (you couldn’t even if you tried Bill) God is sovereign, he chooses what he wants and we cooperate with him, there’s no question. But then my question is why did Jesus raise the dead? Did he violate the sovereignty of God, did we have the father willing one thing and Jesus willing another, of course not we know that’s not true. The reason Jesus raised the dead is because not everyone dies in God’s timing, and Jesus could tell, he could interrupt that funeral, he would interrupt that process that some would call the sovereignty of God…the point is Jesus set a precedent for us to follow. We rarely know what we’re doing especially when we come into new areas like this, there no manual…what we do have is a biblical precedent, Jesus’ lifestyle, and Jesus’ commands.

Johnson’s logic – God is sovereign but not powerful enough to prevent someone from dying “before their time.” Did Jesus rectify his father’s mishaps by raising those who died prematurely?
Johnson’s convoluted explanation flies in the face of scripture regarding the time of our death:
“Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass Job 14:5
Gill’s
exposition of this verse: “thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; the boundaries of his life the period of his days, beyond which he cannot go; the term of man’s life is so peremptorily fixed by God, that he cannot die sooner, nor live longer, than he has determined he should; as the time of a man’s birth, so the time of his death is according to the purpose of God;”
BarnesNotes: “Thou hast appointed his bounds – Thou hast fixed a limit, or hast determined the time which he is to live, and he cannot go beyond it. There is no elixir of life that can prolong our days beyond that period. Soon we shall come to that outer limit of life, and then we must die.”
Not even the death of a sparrow catches God by surprise: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew 10:29
And I’m sure you recall the words of David:Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16

There’s More To It
There is more to this than simply restoring the life of a child to grieving parents. While I have no doubt that the grieving parents would like her to be resurrected for their sake, I fear that this moment has in part been hijacked by Bethel. A resurrection would have been their defining moment. The pinnacle of their superpowers realized. One of Bethel’s core values is that “The Holy Spirit gives every believer the supernatural power to witness and release miracles, signs, and wonders.
A resurrection would have been an opportunity for Bethel to have a verifiable miracle to boast about, death certificate included. This would be incomparable to Bethel’s usual “testimonies” and tall stories, and even any other legitimate healings (by the grace of God and in spite of Bethel’s false teachings) It’s day six, could you imagine the worldwide response should the child rise from the dead. Bill Johnson’s false theology of modeling Jesus would be vindicated in the eyes of many, thousands would flock to this charismatic cult and be introduced to a false gospel.

When the miracles don’t happen, some question their lack of faith or end up blaming God, both responses are the result of believing in the lie that we can walk like Jesus on earth. This leads us to the following…

The Sad Consequences
In the video, Bill Johnson begins by stating that the parents have “asked us to pray for resurrection.”  Who can blame the parents for this request when their own pastor teaches that performing miracles should be normative for believers. The question is this, who will take the blame for the failed resurrection? The mother has already stated that it was not her daughters time to go. In other words, she believes it is God’s will to bring her daughter back to life. In time, after delayed grieving, the parents will be looking for answers, and we all know their first source – Bethel.

Kris Vallotons words will be of little comfort :“The truth is that Christ defeated and disarmed the enemy once and for all on the cross (see Col. 2:15). God has condemned him as guilty and handed over the authority he had usurped from Adam to Jesus Christ, the second Adam. Our job as “little Christs” is as deputies who enforce that judgment in every situation we come across. God created a world where our vote counts and where our agreement with what He’s doing is necessary to release His power into the world.” – Kris Vallotton & Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty.
Have the “Little Christs” at Bethel failed to enforce a victory over death? Have they failed to stand in sufficient agreement” Has their lack of faith incapacitated God’s power to raise the child? These are the kinds of questions that any follower of Bethel should be asking. They are questions that arise from having an elevated view of man, and the answers will bring one of two things, or a combination of both – condemnation, and a resurgence to pursue their unbiblical passion.

Lets take a look at what Bill Johnson teaches regarding failed healings, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to apply his answers to this case. It’s also quite likely that the parents will already know and believe these specific statements by Johnson. He writes the following regarding healing:

 “There are no deficiencies on His end – neither the covenant is deficient, nor His compassion or promises. All lack is on our end of the equation. The only time someone wasn’t healed in the Bible (gospels) is when the disciples prayed for them. For example, Mark 9 when they prayed for the tormented child. They did not have breakthrough. But then, Jesus came and brought healing and deliverance to the child. Jesus Christ is perfect theology – He is the will of God. We can’t lower the standard of scripture to our level of experience . . . or in most cases, inexperience. It’s a very uncomfortable realization – not everyone can handle it. Most create doctrine that you can’t find in the person of Jesus. He is the will of God. How do we fix the problem?
1. Realize it’s not God’s fault.”

If it’s not God’s fault, and the parents initiated the call for a resurrection, who is going to look for reasons within themselves for a failed resurrection?

Johnson: 2. Learn from others who see miracles. Have them pray for you. If you don’t know people who see miracles, find them. Books will help, if the author has a miracle lifestyle.”

Well, there was no need to go looking, apart from their own apostle, prophet, and students trained and “activated” into the supernatural, Heidi Baker was preaching at Bethel the day after the child’s passing. The same Heidi Baker that claimed the following in this article: “In recent years, she says, 100 percent of the deaf in the Chiure area have been healed through prayer. Not only that, she claims, scores have risen from the dead, food has been multiplied, the crippled and blind have been restored, and the gospel has spread like fire. Baker’s church association now numbers 10,000 congregations, maybe more.”

In conclusion, the Heiligenthal’s will be experiencing the worst kind of sorrow, and will in all probability due to the false teachings they are caught up in, have more to deal with than grief. Bethel will persist in their quest for the supernatural and miracles, and will probably use this tragedy as a catalyst for something new, or claim that something has shifted in the heavenlies…who knows what they will come up with.

We cannot claim to love the truth and at the same time ignore error. We cannot claim to love people, and remain silent while they are being ravaged by wolves. We cannot pretend to care for those in pain, while providing a false remedy.
We cannot claim to have the same powers as Christ, yet rely on a hit and miss theology of miracles. We cannot say we rarely know what we’re doing, when scripture has provided guidelines.

Please keep the Heiligenthal family in your prayers during this difficult time. Pray that God would remove the scales from their eyes, and that truth would enter. Pray for those trapped in the quagmire of deception at Bethel, and all those caught up in the heretical New Apostolic Reformation.

Update 21 December
Statement from Bethel Music:
“Here is where we are: Olive hasn’t been raised. The breakthrough we have sought hasn’t come. With the same heart of confidence in God’s goodness, we receive the comfort of the Good Shepherd as Andrew, Kalley, and Olive’s big sister Elsie, their family, and our church walk together through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). And so, we are moving towards a memorial service and celebration of her life.”

Bethel concede they cannot raise Olive Heiligenthal from the dead. I use the word “they” intentionally, because they did not ask God for his will to be done after requesting a miracle, they decreed, declared, and commanded the child to come back to life. They took responsibility, they must take accountability.
This won’t stop them from their heretical quest to model Jesus, but we pray this will open the eyes of people caught up in Bethel’s deception

 

 

Bethel’s Creative Renaissance – Idolatry

By Rick Becker   21 November 2019

Theresa Dedmon is the creative arts pastor at Bethel. Dedmon claims that in 2002, she received a “prophetic word” that she would lead a “worldwide arts movement.” Dedmon believes “Anointing and healing flows through what we touch and create” You may say she’s a dreamer, but she’s not the only one. Bethel is cultivating a generation of followers attempting to create heaven on earth so that we may all live as one. Co creating with ‘Papa God’ is one of Bethel’s strategies to influence and transform society. While scripture teaches that conditions in the world and the visible church will decay, Bethel clings to the  false doctrine that conditions will improve. One of their methodologies to infiltrate culture and transform society is the use of creative arts. In Bethel’s world, balloons, cookies, prophetic pizza and paintings play an integral role in releasing the supernatural and transforming society. In reality, Bethel is playing an integral role in deceiving millions. They are preparing a generation of biblically illiterate people who lust after false unity, false peace, signs and power. These are a people being prepared to be mesmerized by the antichrist.

Dedmon compares this creative move through a worldwide arts movement to the Renaissance because it “touched every sphere of life and brought innovation and prosperity to every sector of society.” One would expect a “pastor” to commit to preaching the gospel, and making disciples, but like “papa Bill,” Dedmon is under the impression that society is in need of some kind of transformation instead of the gospel. In her “About Me” page on her website, Dedmon writes: “Now, this Kingdom Creative Renaissance will touch every person in society as they see God’s desire to partner with them in creativity.” According to Dedmon, God apparently desires a planet full of co-creators instead of saving sinners and building his church. The seven mountain mandate is the motivating force behind Bethel’s desire to influence and transform society. The arts, is one of the spheres or mountains the New Apostolic Reformation believes they will transform: “We want to raise up world changers to go into every realm of society: church, family, business, arts and entertainment, media, and government. As this happens, God’s presence will not only transform the Body of Christ, but also all of culture.”  – Theresa Dedmon, Born To Create.

Dedmon makes no bones about the fact that she is a vital cog in God’s machinery. Two more quotes from Dedmon’s website: “I was born to be a catalyst, activating believers to release God’s power as they create.”
The word “activate” is one of the New Apostolic Reformations catch words. It’s not in scripture, but it gives NAR leaders a semblance of power which in reality belongs to God alone.
Naturally, your ability to be effective in this move comes at a cost: “All these years of experience led to the development of Kingdom Creative E courses to further serve and activate the Body of Christ in their supernatural creativity…Come join the Kingdom Creative Renaissance that brings heaven to earth!”
Dedmon’s  28 Lesson Journey Into Unlocking Your Creative Potential” will set you back $129. Part of the sales pitch is that it’s value is worth $1500, and in her own words, you will get the “Opportunity to travel as part of Theresa’s ministry team upon completion (value: priceless)”

In a sponsored Facebook post, Dedmon writes: “Have you seen God move powerfully through your creativity? He absolutely can. Our job is to simply step out and trust that he can use anything. If he can use Paul’s handkerchief to heal this sick, why not your song, your art, or your poem, right? So, if you’re hungry to grow in your Kingdom Creativity, I’ve helped thousands to step out and see people touched by God and their creativity. That’s why I created this free Creative Blueprint Download. It’s designed to help you partner with Papa God while giving you a practical road map to active those dreams inside of you.”
Dedmon’s “freebie” Creative Blueprint Download is an eleven page document that includes an assessment, questions, and as usual, a story. Ultimately it’s just a means of getting the biblically illiterate to purchase a course. Dedmon prefaces the download with this mouthwatering possibility: “You might be wondering “I want to learn how to co-create with God but I don’t know…where to begin…the steps to move to move forward …and how people can be touched by God through what I create”

I thought it worthwhile, to examine two examples from scripture that Dedmon uses as justification for God to use “your song, your art, or your poem.” Perhaps I should just clarify that God can indeed use something we say, write or create, in order to inspire, motivate, and point others to Christ. Some are certainly gifted in the natural sense, with various forms or creativity, which can be used to glorify God.  But as we will notice, Dedmon takes this to an imaginative whole new level that I would describe as idolatry.

The first example is from the sponsored Facebook post – “If he can use Paul’s handkerchief to heal this sick, why not your song, your art, or your poem, right?”

Lets examine the text:And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.” Acts 19:11-12
We observe that these were special, or extraordinary miracles. We know that signs and wonders authenticated the message and ministry of the Apostles (2 Cor 12:12)  Paul did not join an international apostolic coalition with membership fees in order to function as an apostle, he was called by God (1 Cor 1:1) and taught God’s gospel (Gal 1:11-12) not the New Apostolic Reformations twisted doctrines.

Four glaring differences between what took place in the text compared to the methods that are found in modern day movements:
• Paul was not praying over handkerchiefs.
• Paul was not selling handkerchiefs.
• Paul was not training people or “activating” them to perform this extraordinary miracle.
• God was doing the miracle, the handkerchiefs did not have magical powers.

There were some in Ephesus who thought they could emulate the exorcisms taking place under Paul’s ministry: “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Acts 19:13
Most of us should recall the outcome, as scripture paints quite a vivid (and painful) picture of their failure: “Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all.” Acts 19:14-19

Ultimately, God was glorified, and people repented of something that could well describe Bethel’s methodology -the practice of using “magic arts.”

The second example Dedmon refers to, can be found in her Creative Destiny blueprint. Dedmon tells the story of painting live with a fellow artist during a service: “we painted live in worship at Tree of Life church. As I saw Simon’s painting after worship, I knew God wanted to release healing to those suffering with eye problems. So, after my husband and I spoke, I shared God’s heart for healing eyes through looking at Simon’s painting (read Numbers 21 for a story of healing through art). As those with eye problems came forward and looked at the painting, God’s presence began to touch them and the result was miraculous. Cataracts and floaters disappeared, stigmatism was healed, and people’s eyesight improved. This time, I introduced Simon to another way of painting with the Holy Spirit’s direction. I was able to give Simon the gift of seeing new ways his art can release physical healing.”
Some may ask, well what’s wrong with God working in this manner? The answer is that we don’t enact descriptive passages in scripture to receive a miracle. James gives instructions for the sick: “Is any sick among you? let him look at a painting call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

Dedmon justifies her methodology of receiving healing by looking at a painting because  the Israelites were healed “through art” when they looked at the brazen serpent. Numbers 21 recounts the story of the Israelites, who at that stage spoke against God and Moses. God’s punishment for this rebellion was lethal:
 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.” Numbers 21:6-9

This was of course symbolic of the work of the cross: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3:14-15
The Israelites were healed because they had followed God’s instructions. God spoke, whoever obeyed was healed by God – not the brazen serpent. To use such a miraculous and significant event to justify healing (if there were any real healing’s) by looking at a piece of art is idolatrous. Israel made the same mistake with the bronze serpent.
After the incident in Numbers, it’s purpose expired, apart from the fact that it was a type of Christ. The Israelites held on to this piece of art, and what was merely symbolic, became an idol: In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign.  He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.  He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan)”
2 Kings 18:1-4

The seven sons of Sceva trusted in a formula, the Israelites placed their faith in a piece of art, what Dedmon is doing is no different.

Dedmon is however blinded to the fact that Bethel thrive on teaching formula’s: “There is no formula, only relationship! Jesus never healed anyone the same way for a reason. He was looking for what the Father was doing for that particular person and situation. Our minds tend to want things to be the same because then we can follow a procedure. But we need to follow Jesus’ footsteps of dependence on the Father.” – Theresa Dedmon, Born to Create: Stepping into Your Supernatural Destiny.

The fact is, this method of receiving healing by looking at art is clearly becoming a modus operandi for Dedmon. In this video on Dedmon’s Facebook page, she once again refers to the story of the bronze serpent, followed by the statement that they are going to “release healing” to the sick in the audience. Dedmon is holding a small image of a tree she painted, and approaches one of the young ladies standing up front.  Dedmon: “so Lord we just release them, so that when they look at this picture, that God is going to heal…. whoooaaaa…whoooaaa.. (mild contortion as in stomach cramps – supposedly a sign that the anointing is upon Dedmon) yeah, just go ahead look at the picture, and see that…we say pain go.”

In this blog post, Dedmon tells more stories of people receiving healing by looking at paintings. The focus is not on Christ, but on the artworks, and the ability of Bethelites to dish out portions of presence:There were countless other miracles because my team listened to the Holy Spirit and creatively released His Presence to bring healing to others who were physically in pain or who needed a breakthrough from depression and other issues.”
Releasing God’s presence is not taught in scripture. God is not a genie in a bottle that needs periodical release by his handlers in order to achieve something.

Bethel are so steeped in the new age and mysticism they won’t recognize staring at a painting in order to receive healing is a form of hypnosis and idolatry. Dedmon describes her mystical process of painting in her book “Born to Create: Stepping into Your Supernatural Destiny.” (All the quotes that follow are excerpts from the Kindle edition of this book, emphasis mine) Dedmon was invited to exhibit at a doctors office in Redding during an “Art Hop” evening.
Dedmon: “..
as I usually do when I paint, I soaked in God’s presence and asked for a supernatural anointing to be released through my paintbrush. Since I was painting pictures for a doctor’s office, I asked for an anointing that would heal those who entered the office and looked at my paintings.”

Paintings are not the only creative tool that Dedmon utilizes : “I train people to prophesy and call out the gold in people through every way imaginable because it’s legal to be creative in the Kingdom of God! One of these creative expressions is balloons—that’s right, balloons! I train people to prophesy with balloon crowns and to knight men with balloon swords. It is such a powerful medium!”

The only medium in this instance is Dedmon. Prophecy is a gift, you cannot train people to exercise a gift that has not been given. Even those who hold to continuationism will struggle to find prophetic words in scripture that “call out the gold in people.” But because Bethel conjure up “prophetic words” and teach that people are inherently good, they have no problem calling evil good, and good evil. Jesus did not return to heaven and leave us with balloons or paintings as mediums, the real power is in the gospel, and the working of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 1:16; John 16:7-8) Bethel talk about ‘hosting the presence’ of God, but in fact they are always searching for and relying upon some external medium for power and authority. From seeking the mantles of false teachers such as William Branham, to utilizing puppets, destiny cards, stretch pants, balloons and paintings, Bethel have turned their backs on the all sufficient word of God; the finished work of Christ; the real operations of the Holy Spirit, and embraced a different gospel.

Imagination forms the bedrock of Dedmon’s philosophy, in fact she believes the imagination is a vehicle for transformation. Dedmon writes: “We need the whole Body of Christ to realize the potential lying dormant in the imagination.”
As an example of someone who left a “legacy” because he used his imagination, Dedmon points to King David : “The life of King David provides a great example of using the imagination to transform the world…Aren’t you glad David used his imagination and taught other psalmists to do the same?”
We could all agree the the book of Psalms resonates with just about every conceivable human emotion, and that David was a gifted psalmist. However, David was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and scripture is incomparable to anything written by a Bethelite after a soaking session in their Alabaster prayer house. David’s imagination did not “transform the world” and neither will the continual use of Bethel’s catch phrases that contradict scripture achieve anything.
It gets worse: “We were made with imaginations that reflect the heart of Creator God, who imagined you and me into being! The more we release our imaginations to dream and visualize from Heaven’s perspective, the more God can create things through us to fulfill His purposes!”

God’s purposes on earth are limited by our imaginations and creations?

Dedmon: “The enemy comes to kill, rob, and destroy. He wants to divide families, nations, churches, and people’s lives. When people are creative, the enemy fails to have power because he has nothing that can stop God’s creative sound.”
Dedmon believes that Gideon’s trumpet, David’s harp, and Paul and Silas praising God in prison are proof that creativity makes the Devil tremble as these sounds are released. Dedmon has obviously been influenced by one of the most heretical and new age books sold by Bethel – The Physics Of Heaven. Bethel’s description of the book is telling: “Read what some of the most beloved leaders in the Christian charismatic movement have to say as they explore the mysteries of God hidden in sound, light, vibrations, frequencies, energy, and quantum physics. Contributors include Bill and Beni Johnson..”
(For an excellent 6 part review on this book, click here)

Dedmon: “In May of 2011, Bill Johnson spoke in the School of Supernatural Ministry and said that creative miracles will happen when creative sons and daughter begin to create. Why is this? I believe it is because we have to “see” the greater glory before it is released. Art, songs, writings, fashion, music, and dance have the capacity to usher in the supernatural, unseen realm of the miraculous.”
Do you need any more evidence that Bethel have placed their faith in creative expressions instead of God?

Dedmon: “Now I understand how creative expressions can not only enhance the Kingdom message, but also can embody it. They not only deserve a platform, but they also have relevance for others who need to understand who God is through a different creative expression. A prophetic painting can be worth a thousand sermons. Transformation happens in our imaginations, whether or not we “get it” at the time. My imagination painted a vision of what my life was like through my restricted religious lens. I needed an adjustment to embrace my full destiny. God knew I couldn’t receive it in word form, so He gave me a picture that could not be forgotten. God used my imagination to awaken me to the role of creativity in communicating and receiving the Kingdom of God.”
One sermon that correctly divides the word of God, is worth all the “prophetic paintings” Dedmon’s team could create. “Adjustment” or transformation comes through the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2) That takes place as we study the word of God, not through entertaining our imaginations.

What would a sermon or book from a Bethelite be without tall stories – it would be half the length for starters. This tall story takes a leaf out of Revelation:
Dedmon:
When we take risks, God shows up and moves in and through us. I ask my students who go out weekly to release creativity and ask the Holy Spirit what He wants them to do. One person received the same Scripture I had received from Revelation 22:2 and felt the Holy Spirit wanted them to go outside and find leaves to anoint. The group went out with the leaves and asked a man they met if he needed healing. He said that his foot was in continual pain. The girl who had anointed the leaves shared the Scripture and what God had shown her. Before she had even given him the leaves, all of the pain left his foot! They looked down, asking him to move it around to confirm the healing and saw that a leaf had fallen on the healed foot! No matter how hard he tried to get the leaf off by shaking, it clung to his shoe. He stomped his foot, jumped around, and was completely healed.”

This story is the envy of struggling artists who run short of paint:
Dedmon: “A student named Kimberly Humphrey asked the Holy Spirit what she should bring on her trip to Mozambique, Africa, and she brought four 8-ounce tubes of paints. She miraculously painted four murals in prisons during the time she was there! Some of the walls were 10 feet by 8 feet. When she returned, there was still paint in those tubes. If God can multiply food to feed the hungry, He can multiply paint to save the nations! As prisoners look at the murals, they are coming to Christ.”

Balloons, leaves, murals….what’s next? Apparently Food!
Under the sub heading “If You Give A Revivalist A Cookie” Dedmon writes:
“I know that everyone is excited about this creative expression: food! Wait, you can prophesy through food and see people get healed? Yes. Food not only invites our senses to encounter God’s goodness, but it can also be a way to prophesy life to others. I know all the chefs out there will love it! The basic concept is that you can ask the Holy Spirit for a recipe or a prophetic word that goes along with the food you prepare. This is also powerful because you anoint the food with your hands and with love!”

Fortune cookies, tea, and revelatory pizzas…
Dedmon: “At the School of Creativity’s culinary arts booth, they prophesied over others through cookies with a prophetic message of encouragement inside. They offered soothing tea for healing and made prophetic pizzas.”

In the words of Brian Houston, there is more.  According to Dedmon “dance changes the atmosphere” and is a “way of bringing freedom and His presence everywhere you go!”
But don’t settle for less when you can have a double anointing. How so you ask –  is this double anointing acquired  through prayers, fasting and meditation? No, remember this is Bethel, so according to Dedmon “drama Improv brings double anointing!”
Lets not forget Dedmon’s  tarot destiny cards:A supernatural art card is a pictorial representation of what you see in the Spirit over a person, and it usually requires an interpretation.”

Sadly, the children at Bethel are not spared the indoctrination of this Charismatic cult. From a young age, they are taught to rely on their feelings, images and voices in their minds. Instead of teaching children from the scripture – what God has said, Bethel are encouraging a form of channeling. What may start out as acting upon the imagination, can end in acting on demonic influences.
Dedmon: “Did you know that children could be taught to prophesy and heal the sick? As children are taught who God is and how to listen to His voice, they create things that transform people’s lives. After all, there is no “junior” Holy Spirit. We need to cultivate faith in our children so they can hear from God and experience the miraculous, laying the foundation for their history with God. At Bethel, children are taught to ask God what He is saying and then to express what they hear in dance, singing, drawing, and writing.”

There is no junior gospel, children need to hear the same message of repentance as adults. Dedmon prefers to work on children’s self esteem:

“As I have mentioned before, we want to bring value to the children in our community. We prophesy and bless children through face painting, balloon animals, and destiny art. We declare their destinies as we knight and crown them with balloons, signifying that they are royalty. We have everyone stop and clap after we announce, “Everybody, we have a princess or we have a knight.”

No Theresa, you have a child that needs to hear the gospel!

It seems as if Bethel’s spirit can’t get by without a little help from its friends. Dedmon has enhanced the waiting area at Bethel’s healing rooms by introducing arts such as painting and dancing.She believes these creative expressions have contributed to healings: “People are now getting healed in the waiting room before they receive prayer from anyone, just by being in His presence through the atmosphere that has been created! They call the waiting room, “the Encounter Room.” The healing rooms are lined with volunteers who can’t wait to create and release His presence creatively so others can be healed.”

Where was God’s presence before the paintings and dancers arrived? Did Jesus (after whom Bethel model their ministry) need a creative team from Nazareth to accompany him. Was James selling us short by neglecting to tell us how important the atmosphere was before praying for the sick? Did Paul leave behind a sick Trophimus in Miletus because he failed to release the presence?

In this excerpt from one of the countless testimonies, another unbiblical practice unfolds. Beni Johnson is deluded enough to think she can wake up angels when they take a break or are idle. While angels are “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Heb 1:14) we don’t have the authority to command them, let alone “release them.”
Dedmon: “Here is another testimony from Louisa Barry, who paints in the healing rooms: I began painting for a woman who had never seen prophetic art before. I explained that I was releasing angelic breakthrough. I didn’t want to control or shape the image, as we can’t control the angelic presence that brings healing.”

Automatic painting releases angelic breakthrough and healing? You don’t have to be a bible scholar to know that what Bethel teach and practice is bizarre, mystical, and not taught in scripture.

Perhaps influenced by Mark Batterson’s mystical book “The Circle Maker,” one of Dedmon’s students tries another formula by partnering with a myth instead of obeying scripture.

Dedmon: “One of my students, Francesco Sideli, who has a degree in art, came to the school hungry for the supernatural and to encounter God. As he began partnering with the Holy Spirit, his creativity became supernatural. People were healed when he drew a circle with chalk and they stepped into that circle.

Like their heretical friends over at Christalignment, Bethel like to blend in at new age festivals. Real disciples were hounded, persecuted, chased out of cities, and many ultimately martyred. But Bethel blend in with the pagans to such an extent there’s little difference between the two.

Dedmon: “Another time, we did destiny art at a New Age festival in Shasta City, California, inside a large gymnasium. As we came in to set up destiny writing and art, we could hear chanting going on over the loudspeaker. As we were busily drawing, all of a sudden, I heard one of our team members playing the congas and singing in the Spirit over the loud speaker. The New Agers liked it so much that they invited her back for another hour! It’s amazing how much God wants to get in to the world’s parties and show off!”

In 2010, Dedmon’s school held a one day arts festival in a park. Some folk are ashamed of the gospel, they know the truth but are reluctant in sharing as they fear they might offended people. In one sense, that’s the sign of the true gospel – it’s offensive to the natural man. In Bethel’s case it’s not that they are ashamed of the gospel, the issue is that they have a different gospel.

Dedmon: “My team strategically created booths that would make people aware of the needs of the children in Africa, but would also covertly bring the Kingdom into people’s lives and carry the power of the supernatural to transform them. We set up booths for dream interpretation, destiny writing, destiny cards, hourly crafts for children, destiny makeovers (makeup and hair), healing, and massage,

The future is bleak, for the world and the false church, both are under God’s judgement, and both are getting progressively worse by the day. Those who have been captivated by the current delusion in the visible church, will view anyone who is prepared to contend for the faith as a “bully.”

Dedmon: “We need tomorrow to be strewn with innovative ideas because our children were taught God’s plans and were able to infiltrate His core values into the systems and institutions of this world. The future is not bleak—our Dad is around to beat up every bully of religion, fear, or inferior thinking and living.”

In conclusion, I’d like to expound on this sentence by Dedmon : “The enemy comes to kill, rob, and destroy. He wants to divide families, nations, churches, and people’s lives.”
Dedmon is referring to John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Jesus identifies the “enemy” or “thief” and it’s not the devil, it’s false teachers and Dedmon is an example of one. Dedmon is profiteering through fleecing ignorant sheep and inquisitive goats. It is God who brings a necessary division within families: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.” Matthew 10:34-36
It is God who brings a healthy division between a false church, false teachers, and the body of Christ. Scripture instructs us to mark and avoid those who bring a different doctrine. The world peace and false unity Bethel seeks will come, but under the rule of the antichrist, someone they would probably identify as having an apostolic anointing.  Dedmon and Bethel are playing their role in this current mass delusion by rejecting truth, introducing deceiving spirits and propagating doctrines of demons.