Pt.2 The Bethel version of “As above so below,” Drawing heaven to earth
Bethel Church have taken on the theme as “On Earth as it is in Heaven." Heaven is the model for Bethel’s life and ministry. Bill Johnson teaches people how to recognize the Holy Spirit's presence and how to follow His lead enabling them do the works of Christ by destroying the works of the devil, and this is When Heaven Invades Earth.
Gospel Forum writes: “The present move of God has brought Bill into a deeper understanding of the phrase, “on earth as it is in heaven.” Heaven is the model for our life and ministry. Jesus lived with this principle by only doing what He saw His Father doing. Learning to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence, and how to follow His lead will enable us to do the works of Christ, destroying the works of the devil. Healing and deliverance must become the common expression of this gospel of power once again. http://gospelforum.org/speakers/bill-johnson/
The Lord’s prayer which is about the return of Christ, Johnson misinterprets to fit a “kingdom now” philosophy: “This is the primary purpose for all prayer—if it exists in heaven, it is to be loosed on earth” (Heaven invades earth, Johnson: 59). “Such an invasion causes the circumstances here to line up with heaven” (Johnson: 59). Thus invasion of heaven on earth.
Is heaven our model or are we pilgrims on earth on our way to heaven? This subtle difference can be more important than one thinks.
Johnson says these statements with a goal, and it is cleverly done. It has to do with the church doing what Jesus did in miracles. Which does fit well with the Latter Rain teaching.
In a sermon titled "The Requirement of Miracles" (Dec. 11, 2011, evening service. Source: ibetheltv.com). Bill Johnson explains that the gospel preached by most of the visible church, today and in recent history, is not the authentic biblical gospel but a "different gospel." And authentic means the gospel must be presented in the context of signs and wonders. Without signs and wonders Johnson says it is a "different gospel."
The world must have an encounter with God, and that a Gospel without power is not the Gospel that Jesus preached. What Johnson is proposing is what Wimber taught as power evangelism. An identification we will call Wimberism.
We need to recognize Johnson’s qualification for authenticity has not been an accompaniment of the gospel since apostolic era. The majority of evangelists did not regularly see miracles with their gospel preaching, it was rare. What Johnson is doing, intentionally or not, is bringing into question people who were saved by the gospel message throughout history who heard the message of Christ dying for their sins and resurrecting from the dead as being insufficient for salvation (1 cor.15:1-4).
So who is the one with another gospel?
To insist on this (because of Marks gospel statement, who alone has this: Mk.16:15-16) is to say there is no power present to save without miracle manifestations. The Bible teaches that one’s response to believing the gospel (which is called the power of God) is supernatural and the new birth is a miracle of the Spirit, proving God is present confirming His word. Again statements like this not only shows a lack of Bible education but a prejudice of what the church has done for centuries since the commission of Jesus in Mt.28; Jesus does not say miracles will occur.
Johnson claims, “For decades the Church has been guilty of creating doctrine to justify their lack of power. . .” (Johnson: 116, When Heaven Invades Earth)
Not sure what he can point to that the church has invented as doctrine, I can definitely point to what the church has created by its false signs and wonders over the last several decades teaching it must be present (as in the Latter Rain heresies).
The basic premise is that God always wants to do abundant and remarkable miracles but is kept from doing so by the fear and unbelief of the church. God awaits the arrival of specially anointed and enlightened Christians who will make it possible for Him to bring at long last an invasion of heaven to earth before the return of Christ. That is the point of Johnson’s subtitle, A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles. Accordingly, with the right information, zeal, desire, piety, faith and anointing, any Christian can “make the supernatural natural” (p.133)
Thus this is a revision of Joel’s Army that was brought to us through the Vineyard by John Wimber which allowed the Kansas city (latter rain) prophets to merge. Paul Cain was the leader of this group who was friends with William Branham. This association cannot be overlooked.
Kris Vollaton, is the associate pastor of Bill Johnson’s latter rain church (associated with the NAR prophets and apostles have been making himself known by promoting some very disturbing teachings. Vollaton is a man that claims God spoke to him in response to a question of having what Branham had, God promised to give the Branham mantle to him and others.
“But, what I’m believing for is a generation – a generation that’ll rise up with a corporate faith, a corporate anointing to press into realms because it’s my conviction that as much as God put on a William Branham, or a Kathryn Kuhlman, or a Wigglesworth, He’ll put far greater anointing on a company of people than He ever would on an individual. To do that, there must be that corporate sense of, ‘we have to deal with the issue of obeying the rules of this kingdom to tap into the resources of this kingdom’…we cannot use the principles of this world and expect to tap into unlimited resource of the kingdom of God”… …so, I was in a prayer chapel and laying on the floor and I said, “God would you give me the mantle of William Branham?” And, He said, “Well, how could I do that? If I did that it would destroy you.” Then, I was layin’ there and it was like, the Lord asked ‘how could I do that’ so then I said – I waited about a few minutes – I was thinking about and I said, “Well, you could put the same mantle on a whole generation then we wouldn’t stand out from one another.” He said, “Alright, I’ll do that.”
Isn’t that awesome? That’s what the Lord wants to do. He wants to put the, He wants – not just the mantle of William Branham, but how about the mantle of Jesus Christ? That’s even a bigger one there, and, uh, He wants to put it on every single person.
So, wasn’t that just a great word that Bill brought us right there…” (Aug. 15, 2010 sermon of Bill Johnson titled, “The Real Jesus”)
The fact that Bethel admires and wants to copy Branham who not only denied the nature of God as triune but the deity of Christ is beyond credulity. In their “Guide to the Bethel Church (Redding, Calif.): Collection David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
includes reading The Life of William Branham. Book One. Jorgensen, Owen. Supernatural: The Life of William Branham. Book Two. Jorgensen, Owen. Supernatural: The Life of William Branham. Book Three. Jorgensen, Owen. Supernatural: The Life of William Branham. URL: http://library.fuller.edu/archives
When someone endorses William Branham it shows a lack of biblical understanding and discernment. They are caught up in trends, in this matter it would be the modern infatuation of healing and miracles. Johnson is constantly
We can understand Vollatons theology by what he writes on his website:
“Learning to control your thoughts is the single greatest secret to successful living. We can learn how to manage the kingdom that's within us.
I will not embrace an end-time worldview that re-empowers a disempowered devil.
I will not tolerate any theology that sabotages the clear command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations and the Lords Prayer that earth would be like heaven.
I will not allow any interpretation of the scriptures that destroys hope for the nations and undermines our command to restore ruined cities.
I refuse to embrace any mindset that celebrates bad news as a sign of the times and a necessary requirement for the return of Jesus
I dont believe that the last days are a time of judgment, nor do I believe God gave the church the right to call for wrath for sinful cities. There is a day of judgment in which GOD will judge man, not us.
Vollaton is speaking like a new age kingdomizer that wants to have a personal invite to the NAR. In this short proclamation that he denied a future tribulation. He denies the devils last stand as a false messiah that will rule the world before Jesus returns. This is everything we need to know in a nutshell. The kingdom is already here according to Vollaton “inside us,” this is the mystics view, like Rick Joyner, like so many others.
These men cannot teach basic biblical doctrine, this is why they focus on the topics that promote new revelation.
When Heaven Invades Earth.” gives formulas for performing miracles. Jesus did not say he would bring heaven to earth. He taught the disciples to pray in Matt 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Bethel does not believe this, they are not pre millennial. They believe and teach his kingdom is here and the church is to manifest it. This is pure Latter Rain and the sub doctrine called manifest sons of God. The kingdom begins when Jesus returns and vanquishes his enemies, separates the sheep from the goats(Mt.25) and begins his rule of iron from Jerusalem. That is the Bible from Old testament to new. If someone says otherwise it is guaranteed they have missing pieces or added portions to the Bibles sequential events.
Bill Johnson, in his book When Heaven Invades Earth also tells us the “Gospel” and the “Gospel of the Kingdom” are different much like others espousing the 7 mountain mandate:
“…the company of people who have joined this quest for an authentic gospel – the gospel of the kingdom – is increasing.” (Johnson, Bill When Heaven Invades Earth. 2003; p 27. Emphasis is in original).
What are the elements to this kingdom gospel?
Jesus as portrayed as a person that could only do miracles in His Earthly ministry because He learned all of the proper formulas
Instead of exalting the “Anointed One” (Jesus Christ who is unique), the same miracles or greater miracles than Jesus can be done by all if we are trained; all you need is faith.
Joh 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Anointing the anointed one
The anointing Jesus received was the equipment necessary, given by the Father to make it possible for Him to live beyond human limitations…That would include doing supernatural things. The anointing is what linked Jesus, the man, to the divine, enabling Him to destroy the works of the devil”…
Jesus had no ability to heal the sick. He couldn’t cast out devils, and He had no ability to raise the dead. He said of Himself in John 5:19, ‘the Son can do nothing of Himself.’ He had set aside His divinity… …Jesus so emptied Himself that He was incapable of doing what was required of Him by the Father – without the Father’s help…” (p.20)
The Holy Spirit empowers all believers [Romans 8:9-11] to have the ability to live out a life that is like Jesus; but we cannot do all that Jesus did, we will not be sinless until the resurrection, we will not be in perfect health until the resurrection. This is the error of the Latter Rain. A supernatural lifestyle does not mean we must be able to do miracles, God is the author of these and they can only be done when He wills it.
In other words, Bill Johnson believes the miracles Jesus performed came about because He being a man had access to the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches that Christians should be capable of wondrous feats of healing and miracles because we too have the Holy Spirit. Thus the incarnation of the Son of God is excluded from his equation of who Jesus actually is.
“Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us has a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know.” (Johnson: 76)
Beyond what we know is NOT to be beyond scripture, otherwise it is not truth. 1 Cor. 4:6 Paul used himself and Apollos as examples. That you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.”
May I point out that none have a full grasp of the scripture, this includes him as well. While he makes the insinuation of those whom subtract our abilities; his exaltation of saved men has put them into the category of those who add to their abilities.
We have all heard of fish stories, well here’s a puffer fish story…
Johnson speaks of these greater works Story 1: Apparently, an evangelist in Sri Lanka is beheaded, and a Muslim comes by and sits his head by his body. His head reattaches to his body and he comes back to life. To repay him for his kindness, he led him to Christ, then proceeded to lead him into town where the guys who killed him saw him, they too were saved, and a massive revival broke out.
Story 2: A guy is murdered, and his body is dismembered… cut into five pieces… and sent a limb to five different villages and put them on display as a warning to Christians not to come in there. After a few weeks, they buried they guy. The church begins praying, and his limbs reattach and he comes back to life. I have one question… who dug him up, and how did they know he was alive? Did they hear him screaming from the grave? (Research Bud Press)
No proof or Biblical justification is given, Johnson stories have something that never took place in history. It matters not to the majority of his audience who is seeking power.
Johnson is insisting we must have signs, miracles which goes contrary to Jesus who said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Mt. 12:39) The last sign for all, that is above all other signs is His resurrection; which approves him as the Son of God. Which happens to be the third point of the gospel. This reaffirms what we are to be preaching.
Bill Johnson says, “Most all of the experiences of Jesus recorded in Scripture were prophetic examples of the realms in God that are made available to the believer. The Mount of Transfiguration raised the bar significantly on potential human experience…The overwhelming lesson in this story is that Jesus Christ, the Son of man, had the glory of God upon Him. Jesus’s face shone with God’s glory, similar to Moses’s after he came down from the mountain…” (“Face to Face with God” 2007, Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL; p 200.)
The glory came from within him, he showed his closest disciples who he is, not who they are or what is available to them. The purpose was to conform what he was going to do
Johnson is insisting we must have signs, miracles which goes contrary to Jesus who said, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." (Mt. 12:39) the last sign for all that is above all other signs is His resurrection; which approves him as the Son of God. Luke 9:29-31 And as He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”
Will we see see Moses or Elijah show up when
Bethel church prays? That’s a greater miracle.
Well one error leads to another until the cup of error is full.
The Physics of Heaven describes God as bringing a new sound vibration. This is not at all what the Bible teaches yet the Bible is referred to
Join Ellyn Davis, Judy Franklin, Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson, Jonathan Welton, Larry Randolph, Ray Hughes, Dan McCollam, Cal Pierce, and David Van Koevering share what they sense God is doing in the realms of sound, light, energy, vibrations, and quantum physics.
In one ad for this book “Let's continue our journey together exploring the mysteries of God hidden in sound, light, energy, frequencies, vibrations, and quantum physics.
“All agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very ‘vibrational level’ that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.” (Ellyn Davis, The Physics of Heaven Kindle location: 447)
And how did the new age movement discovered these truths when they do not believe the Bible?
A theme of the book is that God may somehow bestow incredible power on believers through vibrations/sounds/frequencies/energies, with “sound” mentioned a number of times throughout the book. To get a
This book is just a precursor to the revelation that God is going to give us when He releases a new, transforming sound. (Judy Franklin, The Physics of Heaven, op. cit., Kindle location: 188.)
What if there really are “good vibrations”
that God has imbedded into everything He created and we just
need to be open to ex Ibid., (Ellyn Davis, Kindle location:
False prophet Bob Jones has been speaking since 1995 that God is beginning to release a “new” sound to prepare us for a second Pentecost. It will even change our DNA. “We’re talking about 10 times the power that was released at Pentecost.. Ibid., Bob Jones, Kindle location: 522.)
Exactly what religion will be chased from the CHURCH? Religion is defined as personal or institutionalized system grounded in belief and worship. So are we to chase away the doctrine delivered by the apostles? we already see Johnson's wrong interpretation changing it.
The new age teaches healing through light and sound frequencies. Some cause out of body experiences. Not unlike Enkankar, the Ancient Science of Soul Travel ,a Religion of the Light and Sound of God; Twitchell taught a variety of occult exercises by which the ECK student could tune into this ethereal sound of God. Life flows from SUGMAD in the form of a cosmic sound currently called ECK (Short for Enkankar)
Richard Foster teaches our imagination can bring of out of Body experiences, in his Celebration of Discipline.
3H0 called the healthy happy holy organization says that discovering your unique vibration helps you know your heavenly identity.
[T]here is a group of human beings, integrating now . . . upon whom is laid the burden of leading humanity. They are starting movements that have in them the new vibration, they are saying things that are universal in their tone, they are enunciating principles that are cosmic.” (Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, “The Labors of Hercules—Labor XII,” Lecture by A.A.B.—1936, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers, 2002), http://www.netnews.org) http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/hercules/herc1062.html.
Here we find a elucidation of the origin of this teaching that Johnson and friends are propagating. This is new age thought and practices of which the Bible speaks noting of. The next move of the false spirit is the new age movement being synthesized in the church. The new apostles and prophets are part of what the new age movement calls the ascended masters. Be aware; Beware.