I feel it necessary to call your attention to a charismatic pastor who is beginning to draw in an ample amount of spotlight. This pastor’s name is Shawn Bolz. (I’d like to tip my hat to Wallace Revels for introducing me to this man, for if he had not shared a video of Bolz on Facebook and warned his readers to beware of him, I may never have come across him. I mean, I might have… but ya never know.)
So, who is Shawn Bolz?
I find it best to draw my information from the source itself. The following info was taken directly from Bolz’s website.
Shawn has been a minister since 1993, and these days he is well-known for his strong prophetic gift and fresh Biblical perspective. Shawn taught, ministered, mentored, and prophesied at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle in the ‘90s, and in the early 2000s he joined the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.
There are several things wrong with this statement. First, if you have to announce in your bio that you have a strong prophetic gift, then focus is on this so-called gift and not on Christ Jesus. Second, red flags go up when I hear people say they have a “fresh” Biblical perspective. The word “fresh” usually means new and different, but rarely does it ever mean “accurate” or “scriptural.”
Next in this statement he lists his experiential background. He taught, ministered and prophesied at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle. The same Mike Bickle who founded IHOP, which Bolz later joined. He now pastors “Expression58, a Los Angeles based church reaching the entertainment industry and the poor.” (Online Source) I have covered Mike Bickle on this blog, you need only do a search to find related blog posts. Mike Bickle is one of the main culprits in the Latter Rain heresy, and a huge advocate for contemplative prayer. (For more information on Mike Bickle, please click here.)
Bolz’s type of prophesying is less along the lines of Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, or Paul Cain, and more along the lines of pseudo psychics John Edwards and Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium). He’ll call out letters, numbers, and such, and primed targets respond to it. Basically, he does a really good cold reading, and unsuspecting followers lap it up.
In the video below, Bolz “prophesies” over Bill Johnson of Bethel Church. In his so-called prophecy, he says he sees Bob Jones in heaven. He begins calling out street names and then lets Johnson know that his late father and Bob Jones talking in Heaven. He tells Johnson his dad now lives on Gold Street in Heaven.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
This is just smoke and mirrors and the church is glutting for this kind of chicanery. Please avoid this man at all costs. He will bring nothing to your faith except shipwreck and despair. While Mr. Bolz displays his amazing skills, he is glorifying no one but himself.
To watch the video, please click here. (This video was posted on Facebook, so you may need to be logged in to view it.)