The Metal-Melting Anointing

Have you ever watched The X-Men?  The stories coming out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, resemble those types of stories more than they do the Scriptures.

This article is from Bud Press.

Smelly Metal of the Dissolved Kind
Another ‘outrageous’ story from Bethel Church
by Bud Press
November 9, 2011

Since I was a kid growing up in the backwoods of Alabama, I have enjoyed playing with knives of various shapes and sizes. Pocket knives, Bowie knives, fighting daggers, a rare survival knife, and a museum-quality knife from Spain go to make up my small collection.

Indeed, it’s amazing what a trained craftsman can do with a chunk of metal.

By now, you’re probably asking yourself, “So, what’s that got to do with anything?”

Well, while strolling through Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church website yesterday, I stumbled across a quite unusual healing testimony–the type that makes you shake your head and wonder if there really is life on other planets.

In fact, I must confess that reading the article caused me to sniff a couple of my knives to see how they smelled. Hey, stop laughing! There’s a first time for everything. Besides, I have heard that great smellers are what made this country great.

Anyway, after reading the article, you will understand why I think professional knife makers (and steel mill workers) would appreciate the lady’s unusual “anointing,” and use the service she provides–despite how “outrageous” and, uh, smelly it is. Here it is, and enjoy your trip into The Twilight Zone:

Teams from Bethel went to the annual Nebraska trip at which occur outrageous miracles. Here is one from a past trip a couple of years ago. As metal disappeared from the neck of a woman, she could taste it in her mouth, and those around her could smell metal burning. She had a fused neck, which is now free. This time, Joaquin Evans asked her to share that testimony, and as she did, he said he felt she had an anointing to see metal dissolve. They prayed for her. The next day, she went out with one of the teams to another city and prayed for a man with metal in his lower leg. He hadn’t had feeling in his calf muscle and foot for 14 years. He had restricted movement. She prayed for him, and he could feel his muscle and bend his knee. And he could no longer feel the metal in his leg. [October 28, 2011,]

Hmmm, see what I mean? By the way, the knives I sniffed smelled like, uh, knives. But in case you’re wondering, I refuse to taste them. So, don’t ask.:)

16 thoughts on “The Metal-Melting Anointing

  1. iwanthetruth

    Visiting the link at the bottom of the post above, I thought it was interetsing the response/comment that was at the site. Notice her last question…

    Colleen Patricia Ignaitis · Devoted to prostitutes, homeless and hitchhikers at Massage Practitioner
    My aunt has metal from her neck down her spine. She has been in sever pain for 7 plus years. Is there anyone at bethel or elsewhere that can heal her?
    Reply · Like· Friday at 8:13pm

    And no one has responded or corrected her at the time I checked!

  2. Doug

    Let me guess how they ‘proved’ this miracle-they put a magnet on her neck, the magnet fell off…MIRACLE!
    I recently had a back and forth disagreement with a pentecostal friend who declared that a few years ago in his (my old) church, two women were speaking perfect ancient Hebrew. I didn’t ask how they knew that it was ancient Hebrew because I was trying to NOT argue, but I’m sure it was probably ‘prophesied’ by someone else that the tongues miracle was true.
    Sometimes I think the greatest miracle is that God has shown patience by NOT hitting some of these heretics with lightning bolts.

  3. ian vincent


    “The next day, she went out with one of the teams to another city and prayed for a man with metal in his lower leg. He hadn’t had feeling in his calf muscle and foot for 14 years. He had restricted movement. She prayed for him, and he could feel his muscle and bend his knee. And he could no longer feel the metal in his leg. [October 28, 2011, ”
    Is God able to do this? Obviously.

    Would He do it today in answer to prayer? No Bible reason why He would not answer such a prayer today.

    Could the devil do this? Yes, he also could, to deceive people who are unrepentant that they are OK with God, or OK with a false gospel.

    Is there a “metal melting anointing” ? No.

    Is there a genuine gift of tongues? Yes.

  4. Kiwi Dave

    This time, Joaquin Evans asked her to share that testimony, and as she did, he said he felt she had an anointing to see metal dissolve.

    Did anyone else notice that? That is exactly the same practice as used all those who practice divination or communion with spirits stirictly forbidden in the scriptures. All those “mediums” always “sense a presence” or “feel” something or another. It is interesting that he didn’t believe she had this so-called annointing, he felt that she had it. Everything else is merely a deception form the devil.

    BTW, I know what burning metal smells like as used to work in the Railways with all that gas cutting etc. There are also amy parallels with these “miracles” and the practices of Ninja and Eastern Mystics/Kundalini Gurus in regards to supressing pain. How many times have you seen Indian Gurus pierce themselves all over very sensitive parts of the body with needles and yet feel no pain, or shed no blood?

    Also whenever Jesus or The Apostles did miracles they were to glorify God, and all who were healed/delivered glorified and gave thanks to God. Where is God in that testimony? There is literally no mention of Him, or even thanks for the supposed miracle attributed to Him. Just the lifting up of that woman with the “metal melting annointing” and it is she who is being glorified here, not the Almighty and ever living God.

  5. Doug

    “you do realize that God actually gave the gift of talking in diverse tounges… -Jim”
    Yes-gave. Past tense. For a particular purpose at a particular time. To give evidence to pagans about the reality of God.
    Christians already know God, and have God’s Spirit speaking to them through God’s Word.
    God doesn’t speak through them by their uttering gibberish today-that edifies no one, but it certainly does appeal to their flesh, as they feel that they are being mightily used by God.
    I don’t recall who said this originally, but I heard it a few months ago at a men’s retreat:
    “Emotions are surface, are the shallowest part of our existence. God is not going to do His deepest work in the shallowest part of our lives.”

  6. Larry Jackson

    The gifts of healings are valid today, just as the other gifts of the Holy Spirit are. There have been those whose God-given ability to heal, for His glory alone, has concentrated on one or another type of disease or illness. Some may be more gifted in healing blind people; others in healing those with cancer. It seems here that what is probably taking place is someone with God’s spiritual gift of healing that concentrates on those whose bones have been fused, and metal (I think usually Titanium) has been placed in the body for stabilization. So when the person is healed, the metal which was in the body seems to somehow disappear. However, to call it a “metal-melting anointing” seems to invite unwanted and unneeded criticism, as has happened here. It would be better to leave it nameless, except as a form of healing, giving all the glory to God alone. I have personally witnessed this form of healing, for the glory of God alone, numerous times at Bethel Church in Redding.

  7. Ruitje

    @Doug, those women were speaking ancient Hebrew? I heard once that the Hebrew today is the same as it allways was. There is no ‘ancient’ Hebrew. And that is so interesting that the language did not change like other languages do. And that is a miracle. Not this metal-melting anointing.

    1. Rev's Kate & Rich M.

      Hi Ruitje– that’s a good point you have brought up. Is Hebrew the only language still being spoken today unchanged; maybe someone knowledgeable on this can investigate and give the low down it? K

  8. Doug

    Ruitje- Just reporting what my friend told me-he was attempting to prove that they had ‘miracles’ going on in that church.
    I believe you are right-God keeping the Hebrew language the same must be a miracle, as the rest of the world can’t keep a language straight. It could be that God’s chastening of Israel though the years helped the language to remain pure-as ‘outsiders’ in every foreign country, they would remain unsullied by many of the cultural influences.
    My old church- I will visit there for funerals/weddings, but I wouldn’t go back there for services.

  9. Kiwi Dave

    @Larry Jackson, this is the temperature at which titanium melts – Melting point, 1941 K, 1668 °C, 3034 °F ! A human body will be ashes long before that temperature is achieved. You say you witnessed these miracles, but I need to ask what proof do you or any members of your congregation have that the titanuim implants existed in the first place? Medical records and xray documenting the dissapearance of the titanium braces and screws? When Jesus and the Apostles healed people in the Bible, they were all healed of infirmities and diseases that were all visible to everybody so there was doubting what had happened. There are no cases of internal implants being healed. Just because someone claims to be healed, or you need to believe that are healed doesn’t make it so. When the member of “Bethel Church” walk though cancer wards healing the sick and infirm, or giving sight to the blind freely as Jesus and the Apostles did, then their claims might have some credibility. It’s just too conveinient that only members of their church get healed. We have these examples from the Scriptures:

    “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:5 – 8 KJV

    “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.” Acts 3:1 – 10 KJV

  10. Craig

    Larry Jackson,

    Were you aware that Bill Johnson sometimes ‘heals’ by the power of Bill? And, when he messes up, God “covers him”?

    From Release the Power of Jesus:

    …Then I paused for a moment and a thought occurred to me, “Should I shrink the long leg or lengthen the shorter leg? Most people wouldn’t mind being a little bit taller.” I caught him (and myself) completely off guard when I said, “Right leg, grow in Jesus’ name.”

    The right leg began to grow out slowly. Then all of a sudden it shot out past the other leg three or four inches and the guy screamed in pain! It was as though years of growing pains were hitting him all at once. On the outside I’m sure I looked very calm, but on the inside I was wondering, “What have I done! This guy thinks he hobbled in here…wait until he tries to walk out!” [p 107]

    “Should I shrink the long leg or lengthen the shorter leg”?! Are we to actually BELIEVE the above? This is most disturbing.

    Continuing with the above:

    I began to search my heart to figure how to pray when I remembered studying the word shalom. It means “peace.”…soundness of mind, health, prosperity…I thought, “This situation has to be covered in that word.” So I prayed, “And now Lord, just let the shalom of Heaven, your peace, rest upon this man.” His right leg then shrank back to perfectly match the other one… [p 107]

    In a subsequent account Johnson recalls:

    Because of my recent experience, for which God covered me, I took her leg and commanded the one with the metal rod to shrink. It yielded to the command… [p 108]

    It’s a GOOD THING God ‘covered’ Johnson!

  11. Craig

    Because of my recent experience, for which God covered me, I took her leg and commanded the one with the metal rod to shrink. It yielded to the command…

    Oh, and by the way, the book mentions nothing about smelling any metal burning…

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