by Andrew Strom

A couple of years ago we sent out a Warning itemizing a number 

of facts about Bill Johnson’s ministry and Bethel church in Redding.

Numerous witnesses and videos from Bethel show that this church

is spreading an “anointing” very similar to Todd Bentley – ie. spiritual

‘drunkenness’, jerking, hysterical laughter, “angel orbs”, ‘fire 

tunnels’, spirit travel, mystical “portals”, etc. Plus constant talk 

in their ministry school of bizarre angel encounters and trips to 

the ‘third heaven.’ All of it has an extremely ‘New Age’ feel. And it 

is still going on today. (But even worse – as we shall see).
Bill Johnson strongly defended Todd Bentley – even after his divorce

and remarriage. No wonder, for the ‘anointing’ that both men carry 

seems almost identical (though their “style” is very different). These 

facts are beyond dispute and have been confirmed by many witnesses.
But whenever I say such things about Bill Johnson, people rush

to defend him, saying what a ‘great guy’ he is, and what a great

ministry he has. And yes – he is a very charming man who does

say good things. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be so dangerous. Deception

always wraps itself in the best “sheep’s wool” it can find. Otherwise

it would have no chance of deceiving the sheep! Why do you think

the Bible warns of “SEDUCING” spirits in the Last Days – and 

‘LYING’ signs and wonders? If the deception was not so ‘seductive’

then nobody would fall for it. And this stuff is very seductive indeed.
Several years ago the Bethel crowd put out a book which we only

found out about recently. It was co-authored by Bill Johnson’s 

administrative assistant Judy Franklin with a foreword by Bethel 

pastor Kris Vallotton. Bill Johnson wrote two of the chapters and 

his wife Beni wrote another. In other words, it has Bethel’s stamp 

all over it. (It is still sold on the Bethel website).
So what is this book about? Here is what the blurb says- 

“Exploring the mysteries of God in sound, light, vibrations, 

frequencies, energy, and quantum physics.” Does that sound

‘New Age’ to you? Yes – and it gets even worse. Please remember

that this book has Bill Johnson’s name on it – and Bethel’s strong 

endorsement and participation.
When you open the book you find chapter headings like this-

“Vibrating in Harmony with God”, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Quantum 

Mysticism’ and “The God Vibration”. And some of the sub-

headings are even more astounding: “Dolphins and Healing 

Energy,” ‘The Power of Color’, “Human Body Frequencies,” etc. 

You might ask, What kind of ‘Christian’ book is this? And the 

answer is that it is Bethel and Bill Johnson’s kind of Christian

book. It literally has Bill’s name on it. This is a peek into the real 

Bethel behind the scenes. When you look at this publication, 

suddenly you understand why we see all these weird videos and 

testimonies from Bethel of strange ‘New Age’ terminology and 

bizarre spiritual practices. Now we know why. We have the 

evidence in black and white.
We have shown the contents of this book to leaders and people

that have been fans and supporters of Bill Johnson. They have

verified the source of it. And just reading this content has turned 

most of them from being a supporter of Bethel into an opponent 

in a matter of a few hours. It really is that bad. So openly ‘New 

Age’ you could hardly believe it. 
With all this talk of “vibrations” in the book, perhaps we can now 

better understand why Bill Johnson’s wife Beni wrote in her blog: 

“I was talking with Ray Hughes the other day and was telling him 

about using a 528 HZ tuning fork as a prophetic act. Someone told 

me that this tuning fork is called the tuning fork of LOVE… the 

sound of this fork brings healing.” (Please note that crystals and 

tuning forks are used in NEW AGE therapy – not Christianity. 

And by the way, Beni Johnson for years has been CO-PASTOR 

of Bethel alongside her husband Bill).
This might also help explain why Beni Johnson recently released 

a photo of herself “soaking” (lying down) on the grave of a dead 

Christian leader – and why Bethel students also put out photos 

of themselves “grave sucking” (as it is called) – trying to “soak 

up” the anointing from the graves of dead preachers. I am not 

exaggerating. They actually do this. I hope you can see how 

dangerous and unbiblical it all is. Somebody needs to confront 

Bill Johnson about it. That is why I am including a whole new 

section of these disturbing facts in the 2015 edition of my book 

‘Kundalini Warning.’ And it is also why I am writing this article. 

When Nadab and Abihu offered “strange fire” before the Lord in 

the Old Testament, they were consumed by God and died. 

(Lev 10:1-2). ‘Strange fire’ is still deadly today. The body of 

Christ needs to be warned.
As one of the graduates of the Bethel ministry school (BSSM)

wrote to me: “There would be all kinds of distracting behavior 

(random shouting, laughing, etc.) during school sessions and 

church services. When any guest speaker came to school, 

students would flock to the front to get as close to the speaker 

as possible. We were taught that any anointing we wanted 

could be received by simply “claiming it” for ourselves… The 

drunken behavior and questionable teachings from some, if not 

all, of these speakers was shocking at times… I would always 

hear people talking about their encounters with angels and how 

they visited heaven. One young woman I knew said she could 

see angels everywhere, she talked to them all the time, and 

she would help her friends to do the same.”
In summary, this is a very dangerous movement and the warning

needs to be sounded as far and wide as possible.

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