I got a link to this article in e-mail. It focuses the spotlight on Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Much has been said lately about Bill Johnson, but if you will look at the beliefs of Johnson and others like him, you will see that he has many commonalities with people like Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley, Patricia King, etc. No, not just commonalities, they share the same erroneous doctrine of signs and wonders at the expense of the truth.
Also of note is the fact that Bud Press, director of Christian Research Service, and a dear friend, was interviewed for the article. Thank you, Bud. Keep up the good work of raising awareness of these lying signs and wonders.
Bethel’s Signs and Wonders Include Angel Feathers, Gold Dust, and Diamonds
Bethel Church has seen extensive growth over the past decade as the focus of the church has shifted to training people in prophecy, healing and other “supernatural gifts of God” taught under the leadership of Pastor Bill Johnson.
Though about half the estimated 2,200 people attending Bethel left when he took over in 1996, Johnson said now nearly every church service is full each week, including the Twin View campus and an overflow room, which could easily add up to more than 3,000 congregants.
Ask Johnson about the affiliations, goals and purpose of Bethel Church, and he’ll say the church has lots of “friends” who share in the pursuit of affecting the Earth with heaven, especially Pentecostals and those in the Association of Vineyard Churches.
Johnson said Bethel members believe Jesus is the son of God and died for the sins of humankind, which is the basis of Christianity. Bethel also believes in the second coming of Jesus when those who are saved will go to heaven and those who do not believe in him will go to hell, as it says in the church’s “We Believe” statement.
Bethel was part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God until January 2006 when the church membership voted to withdraw their affiliation, and today Johnson hesitates to link Bethel to a specific movement or group.
Those who examine the practices of Bethel identify it as being part of a larger movement known as the Word of Faith movement. Connected to prominent revivalists and prophets including Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Bob Jones, and the leadership of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, the Word of Faith doctrine teaches that faith is a force through which anything can be done, said John Wolf, founder of the Church Education Resource Ministries.
Wolf is one of Johnson’s many critics and is no stranger to Bethel Church. Read more…