Bethel’s Signs and Wonders Include Angel Feathers, Gold Dust, and Diamonds

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…

26 thoughts on “Bethel’s Signs and Wonders Include Angel Feathers, Gold Dust, and Diamonds

  1. David

    I don’t know how Angel’s who are not corrupt could lose feathers. Aren’t they supposedly coming from “heaven’s glory”(as the false teachers love to tell us to encourage us to seek some of this glory) where there is no decay and then they lose feathers or drop them or whatever?
    Perhaps it is indeed fallen angels and their fallen feathers that get so many third-wave glory revelers excited?
    Diamonds – we know by scripture that Lucifer was ornately created with musical instruments and every precious stone .. perhaps the diamonds that drop are his breadcrumbs away fro Christ and unto his own “splendor”?
    Gold dust? – Moses ground the bull idol of Sin into gold dust and made the people drink the very object of their creation. Perhaps the gold dust is not a sign of heaven, but perhaps a sign of stray and wandering hearts?

  2. Paul

    Well said David, I agree with your perspective. If they are actually signs and not ALL man made deceits then perhaps God in his sovereignty has allowed them as warnings of things corrupt and satanic? Similarly as to how God in his sovereignty has exposed most of the leaders of hyper charismania as sexual deviants.

    Look at the signs… feathers falling from supposed angels…Fallen angels? corrupted angels?
    gems manifesting…satans description from Ezekiel, heres the scripture

    Eze 28:13-17 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

    Paul says this in the Book of Acts but the charismatics fail to listen.

    Acts 17:29-30 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    Mouths filled with gold…This was the judgement of God thru Moses that David above pointed out due to God’s people’s idolatry in the desert.

    The Spirit is indeed speaking to those with eyes to see and ears to hear… but how many are listening or looking?

  3. Susu

    Having family in attendance at Bethel, I frequently listen to the weekly sermon that is available on their website and am convinced that that “church” is one of the devil’s favorite places on a Sunday morning. Granted, their “official statements” sound fairly orthodox. But the reality is that there is almost no chance that the Word of God will be truly taught – only spot-checked and twisted, perverted, and misapplied to accommodate the speaker’s pet topic for the day. Perhaps Satan is living up to his reputation as the great deceiver and supplying a steady stream of signs and wonders to keep believers and unbelievers alike chasing after idols and wandering into myths.

  4. David

    Because elitism is the root of the deception of the third-wave manifest-sons End-time-SuperChristian “church”, the mere fact that this falsehood is resisted by many in the church just strengthens the grip of it’s hold on those who adhere to it religiously.
    Many sheep under the care of such ministries are in fact taught Pride.
    They are taught that they are special and that anyone who shows true humility before God and His Word is ‘religious’.
    Pigs are unclean animals because they eat anything and they love just enough water on the dirt that it is cool and squishy – just right for wallowing. “The River” that third wavers love to revel in is a strange mixture of spiritual activity, source presumed to be God when in fact the nature and effects of this river differs somewhat from the River of Life, the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit.. mixed with carnality (anything carnival in nature = carnal in source) and filled with sheep slipping and sliding and laughing and screaming and making unnatural sounds – the actions and attitudes are like wallowing piglets rather than sheep resting besides still waters of God’s awesome Holiness and Love..
    The wave of soaking prayer sweeping the church is more akin to a wallowing bunch of sheep acting like pigs laying in the Water of God’s Word poured out in muddy theological clay and hoping that perhaps by osmosis this water will penetrate their skin and quench a thirst.
    The truth is soaking prayer makes up it’s own way to get God on the inside, the same way demons enter into Buddhist and Hindu devotees who utilize psychic and soulish phenomena to illicit a stirring on the inside and an awakening to a love – so many Christians are being taught truly unsafe spiritual methodologies to attaining enlightenment.
    The thing is – once you are convinced you are special and the objections to your unscriptural activities are based upon closed minds and unenlightened hearts – any little occurance whether it be a feather or a shooting star or an earthquake or dust particles in your flash which you are convinced are “angel orbs” – these all feed into Pride and the self glorying elitist attitudes. All the harder to oversome. Lets all pray for one another and uplift the body of Christ as a whole that she be not led astray. Repentance and revelation of the filthy rags of works and works-theology(any false pet-theology you have to make work by subtle slight of hand preaching & teaching – 24/7 prayer, third heaven visitations etc etc ..)
    What a stench we can become in the nostrils of the never changing Alpha and Omega who is Holy and Righteous all because of our self centeredness. What a trap pride is.

  5. mkayla

    Great comments and insight. I wonder if these things actually DO fall or if they are planted. I’ve read some stories of people who were caught planting gems (fake one) before meetings. It seems I’ve read somewhere that pure gold is clear, not yellow. If that is true, then the gold flakes and gold teeth would look much different than the gold that is being shown around as coming from God. Still, we need to ask why God who spoke things into being would give someone gold teeth or gold fillings when even dentists don’t like them!

    My husband works in building maintenance. A few years ago we were at an IAHR conference. Bill Johnson was speaking when supposedly the feathers began to fall. People really believe this is an act of God, a true sign and wonder, when such a thing cannot be found in the bible! In reality, birds hang out in the heating ducts – the live there, nest, roost, – die. So all that excitement about the feathers probably actually come from rotting dead birds. Gives a new spin to the saying – birds of a feather…

    Not quite so miraculous.

  6. Bud Press

    mkayla and all:

    As you know, there are signs and wonders in the Bible. Obviously, the Biblical signs and wonders had nothing to do with the modern-day “manifestations” of feathers, diamonds, gold dust, etc. falling from heaven or appearing out of nowhere on the floor. Therefore, a few possibilities should be considered:

    1. Satanic deception (“lying signs and wonders” are right up Satan’s alley: Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians chapter 2).

    2. Mental delusion through cultic conditioning (suggesting that feathers, etc. are “signs and wonders” from God, providing physical “proof” to see, touch, and feel, then verbal reminders and “manifestations” on a regular basis). In other words, weak-minded people can be conditioned and trained to believe that a dog is a cat and a tree is a “god” worthy of worship).

    Those who are “tuned in” to modern-day “manifestations” expect to see what they have been mentally trained to look for. The serious problem here is that they look for “signs and wonders” instead of searching for the real Jesus Christ (John 4:48). See also 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

    3. Slight of hand, trickery (small packets of bird feathers, plastic diamonds, gemstones, and gold glitter can be purchashed at arts & craft stores for a few dollars each, then spread around churches and buildings).

    Whether they realize it or not, all false prophets and false teachers serve their father, the devil. Those who operate within that demonic deception (weak-minded followers) are subject to experiencing “lying signs and wonders”.

    While I recognize the possibility of demonic activity, I believe the modern-day “signs and wonders”–with its feathers, jewels, gold dust, oil, etc.–is nothing more than slight of hand and outright trickery.

    Whether demonic, cultic conditioning, or trickery, all are to be avoided.

    Related reading at:

    Bud Press

  7. David

    In the following videos we have atheists converted to believe in God through a “spiritual epiphany” brought about by familiar spirits. – They all experienced something spiritual but it was not by the Holy Spirit.
    Experience is never the basis for Truth, especially if these experiences are not supported by the Word of God.
    The sensual relationship to Jesus that many “lovers” @ IHOP and elsewhere teach and tout just may be brought about by deceiving spirits much like the spirits in operation in these videos. – Presenting a version of Jesus slightly off, one that falls short of God’s Holy Son.
    A carnal desire for Jesus laced with spiritual speak and poetic imagery derived from a fleshly interpretation of biblical passages (Song of Songs) not related to Christ’s relationship to the church on a personal level at least .. (a bodily longing and a bodily desire for Jesus as a lover)
    The “signs” such as feathers gold dust and the like also don’t jive with biblical signs and wonders – I have been in services of gems and gold dust but God spoke to me that He was not working. The worship and focus was all on receiving the signs and on the “realm” of God’s glory, heck I even couldn’t sing the first worship song because all the glitter boy was singing about was “the glory realm where angels fly”. No Jesus no God the Father – it was sickening to my spirit. Worship is unto Him alone and He will not share His glory with another – including angels or spirits who throw candy in it’s various new-age forms in order to entice God’s children away from Christ alone.
    Spurgeon said “Discernment is not knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong , its knowing the difference between what is right and what is almost right.” – watch from the 4:00 mark. = Pt 2 = Pt 3

  8. ruthsongs

    David – Thanks for the video links. I’ve been looking for them. I saw one of them over a year ago and it really got me thinking and asking about the prophetic stuff I had been involved with. I think a lot of what I’ve seen in charismania can be chalked up to groupthink and conditioning.

  9. endlessnight

    Sorry..but who on earth actually knows what an angels feather is ‘meant’ to look like..considering angels are other beings whom have the ability to fly, you’d think they’d have feathers that look and feel like…SHOCK HORROR…birds feathers..birds also fly…I wouldn’t believe a word this article says to be honest. I believe it was Jesus that said we (his followers – which includes us here, now) will see and do greater things then he did – John 14:12 -14

    12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[a] anything in my name, I will do it.”

    Again this passage of scripture applies to the other ‘article’ (if that’s what it can even be called, to be honest most of the stuff you post and support is nothing less then garbage) about healing. We will do GREATER things then Jesus did, in his name, greater..that is the English word for better, beyond, to exceed.

    1. Chrystal Post author

      I came close to not approving your comment. I’ll approve this one, but if your tone in future comments is the same, they won’t get through.

      As for never seeing angel feathers, ornithologists have seen PLENTY of bird feathers, and do have something to compare them to. None of the feathers were “unusual.” They were all very USUAL bird feathers.

  10. shane

    12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

    @endlessnight, Has anyone ever, or yourself, in the modern pent/char movement ever fead thousands with a loaf of bread? Miraculously healed thousands? Ever raised themselves from the dead after 3 days? Preached the Gospel to people in a language they do not know, miraculously enable by the Holy Spirit? If so then why do they need interpreters when they hold their crusades in foreign countries? Commanded the winds and seas to obey them? Walked on water?

  11. endlessnight

    I think you missed my point Chrystal…

    Who is to say that Angels wings aren’t created out of the same biological and molecular structure that birds feathers are?! It would seem to me that an all knowing, wonderfully creating God would use what has worked previously (i.e. he based birds feathers and wings off angel wings) who says there has to be anything ‘unusual’ about an angels wings – something they use as a mode of transport one would presume.

    As for my tone..well one could say the tone you take in your articles isn’t all that great either, nor your self appointed role of knowing ‘better’ then everyone else.

    1. Chrystal Post author

      Considering every person and species has their own DNA pattern, and angels are a completely different kind of being than bird, it would stand to reason that bird and angel feathers would not be a match. Quite simple.

      And as for your last part of your comment, you earned yourself the boot.

  12. David

    So say I had a children’s church meeting where wheels were found lying in different parts of the room. “These are the wheels from the angels!!” I could proclaim – Ezekiel wheels! Wheels within wheels! This is angelic visitation!! (or I could realize that an adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and that my heart was in the wrong place and that it was in fact just pieces from a broken toy truck some child had left scattered about.) – If someone is going to defend angel feathers biblically then you must allow me to defend toy truck wheels as a sign of angelic activity (though I dont see the point in lauding God’s messengers anyway) and the wheels are mentioned in the bible where angel feathers ARE NOT. See the shaky ground? Where then do you stop and how far do you move from Christ alone into signs of Christ when Jesus is received by faith alone and not by any sign. The sign of Jonah – of death and resurrection in HIM, He who is the resurrection and the Life – that is the only sign He has left us and the only sign the Holy Spirit imparts in the disciples life.
    Take up your cross daily we are told, and in doing so we take up the life of death to self and signs and any external proof that He loves us.
    Feathers tickle the ear, they do not pierce the ear. They are more of a sign of the intent of the heart of those who proclaim the significance of the meeting in which they apparently fell, or the specialness of the group of people present who were so honored by God as for Him to leave broken off or moulted from parts of angels which are SPIRIT BEINGS.

  13. taher

    Do you know what the new thing is at Bethel now? Using the power of the Almighty God to do magical parlor tricks – all the kids are doing it.

    I have friends who follow Bethel (in fact plan to move there), and just last night said their kids are doing the coin game too – praying to God to stick a coin to a wall. They find nothing wrong with it.

    I am absolutely at a loss for words – with a mix of feelings – grieved, shocked, angry.

    – the comments “God is fun – playful – silly” – this is what they are teaching the kids – God, amuse me.. This is the next generation of “believers” folks. What will be next? Merging Harry Potter with Jesus, or mixing Houdini with the Holy Spirit? They just have to chase another sign, wonder, or experience.

    I will be spending tonight discussing “discernment” with my kids at the dinner table. This is a real wake-up call to ensure that they are firm in their Christian foundation, because it looks like a lot of their peers are not.

  14. Kim Spicer

    I am very troubled by all this … I caught some of it on the tv recently – gold dust and ‘gems’. Why would God ‘bless’ the already rich with items of such value while other faithful brothers and sisters don’t even have enough to eat? It seems wrong somehow.
    I am hesitant to say it’s not God because David Pawson said that the unforgivable sin is attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil … I did write and ask him about this but got no reply. The danger in taking that view is that one has to accept everything just in case it is God doing it. If you say it’s not God, you are in danger of commiting the unforgivable sin.
    I saw some of the ‘gems’ and ‘gold dust’ on tv and, in my heart of hearts, I thought it really looked similar to the sleight of hand performed by witch-doctors in their ‘healing’, when they apparently draw out guts from a person complaining of abdominal pain.
    A member of my family strongly believes in all this and doesn’t go to Church because she can’t find one which ‘believes in the work of the Holy Spirit’. I do believe that God is God, is all mighty and works as He will. But so much of what I see equires me to suspend my belief in order to accept what is being claimed as God’s work.
    A characteristic of people who vervently proclaim these particular signs and wonders seems to be an accompanying anger towards their brothers and sisters who do not believe as they do. The family member of whom I wrote gets extremely angry towards ‘the church’. Shouldn’t our anger be directed towards our enemy and his work instead? The lady in my family who believes these things is not part of a church because she can find nowhere that comes up to her standards and expectations, and is angry with ‘the church’ at large.
    We have to be wise. We have to test all things. And surely, if we love the Lord Jesus, won’t He correct us where we are wrong?
    I am beginning to have the courage to say that these things are crazy (although I am still a little afraid that I am doubting the Lord). My love for Him is imperfect, but He accepts me as I am, and I have to trust Him that He will accept my disbelief in these things, will correct me if I am wrong, and will keep me safe until he comes again …

  15. shane


    “The lady in my family who believes these things is not part of a church because she can find nowhere that comes up to her standards and expectations, and is angry with ‘the church’ at large.”

    that sounds like a member of my family as well. The pent/charis/sinless perfection movement seems to breed those types of people. I have found that they are impossible to talk with.

    “I am hesitant to say it’s not God because David Pawson said that the unforgivable sin is attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil … I did write and ask him about this but got no reply.”

    Questioning these movements is not blaspheming the Holy Spirit. I was brought up with the fear of doing that by questioning the pent/char movement. There is plenty of info out there about these types of manifestations. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but, check out John Macarthur’s Charismatic Chaos ( Check out what Tim Conway has to say about tongues ( there is also some good info on (

    Compare what happens in these movements to the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh listed in the book of Galatians and see which ones come the closest to resembling what is happening in these movements. I think you will find that the works of flesh have more in common with these movements.
    See if these movements follow the guidelines Paul lays out in 1Cor14. You will find that they do not.

  16. Kim Spicer

    Shane – that is so helpful. Thank you. I have some friends coming from Church for coffee this morning, and I will talk to them about it.
    You have reminded me of the fruit of the Spirit, too. We know that Satan can copy S&Ws, but that he is unable to copy the true love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness. If these signs are evident, the evidence will be that they are from the Lord and not for personal gain (I’m thinking of someone being kind etc. in order to try and manipulate someone).
    Thank you again. You have reminded me of how we all need each other in the Church – to remind each other of the gospel, to correct our thinking when we are in error … I am so sorry that my family member isn’t in a Church. I think that is part of the problem. Her thinking has gone unchallenged for so long.

  17. nickleback

    Who’s to say god isn’t fun and likes to play games? Im guessing you also don’t think that God is funny and has a sense of humor that at times can be sarcastic…

    You guys need to lighten up, go to – that’ll give you a giggle and make you realize how bound up you are.

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