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.
THINGS Get WORSE
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.