This piece appeared in “fair & balanced” Fox News. But it isn’t fair or balanced, as Caleb Parke, who penned it, mentions nary a word about all the controversy over Bethel Church in Redding CA and its head pastor and NAR “apostle” Bill Johnson. Johnson is presented in a good light even though his teaching is provably heretical.
Highly influential contemporary “Christian” band Jesus Culture, a “petri dish for growing young new heretics,” was birthed at Bethel. Parke interviewed a few band members for his piece and included some of their songs. Take a moment to listen to the nonsensical lyrics. Clearly the message doesn’t come close to lining up with Scripture, which means that the band is spreading false teaching around the globe through their music. Church leaders who choose to use Jesus Culture’s “worship” music, and there are many, have unwittingly introduced heresy into their churches.
Nothing coming out of Bethel Redding is glorifying to God, brethren. Followers of the Jesus Christ of the Bible (who must not be confused with Bethel’s counterfeit Jesus) should find Parke’s piece very concerning because it’s going to reach a large number of people.
So with this background in mind, here’s Fox News’ not so fair & balanced article:
Bethel Music, the contemporary Christian music group based in Redding, Calif., is known for its spontaneous worship style and countless online worship videos streaming all over the world.
“I think God’s going to use healing in America to lead so many people to Jesus,” Lindy Conant, who recently started working with Bethel, told Fox News.
“It’s seeing the demonstration of God that causes salvation, too, which is the greatest miracle. [It] is someone giving their soul to Jesus and surrendering their life to Jesus. That’s what I love about Bethel — they create space for God to move in miracles.”
Fox News recently spoke with Conant and two other worship leaders – Josh Baldwin and Bethany Wohrle – ahead of their final night of their tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and on the heels of their second annual “Heaven Come Conference” in Dallas, that had close to 6,000 people in attendance and many described as “life-changing.”
What the Bible says:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” – 1 Timothy 4:1.