Becker not only examines the teaching that’s being sold to the Christian “consumer” as “truth”; he discloses who’s doing the selling. A few examples (there are many) are John Bevere, Shawn Bolz, Kris Vallotton and Roma Downey.
Bethel Church in Redding CA is one of the largest producers of “every wind of doctrine” on the planet; thus, that “church” is to be avoided at all costs. (More on Bethel Redding here) According to Becker, the people who purchase conference tickets, books, merchandise, etc., of the people mentioned in his post are contributing to the billion dollar industry known as the “evangelical industrial complex.” Sadly, it’s all about money….and greed.
So – here’s Rick Becker’s piece over at Famine In The Land:
Picture a ship without a rudder in turbulent waters. It’s at the mercy of the elements and unable to navigate, possibly facing shipwreck. This is the plight of those captivated by every new wind of teaching that does the rounds. Thousands of resources are available to cater for itching ears in the visible church. Not a week goes by without a new book release, conference, course, workshop, or new revelation. Novelty ensnares the ignorant and those who lack discernment. Despite this overload of new information and accompanying frenzied activity by consumers, the vast majority of the visible church is “always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
A distortion of the truth is celebrated, sold, and sought after, and because it’s a distortion, it leads to death instead of life. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes the means of these damaging doctrines: “by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” Ephesians 4:14.
One of the fruits of these deceitful schemes is described in the same verse: “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine.”
Sound teaching/doctrine is crucial, failure to follow good doctrine has dire consequences: “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
Slick marketing ensures new books and courses have mass appeal in the visible church. Catch words and claims of revelation bait the biblically illiterate into believing they need these teachings. Under the veneer of spirituality that coats these products, lies the cunning of men and women who know exactly how to cater to itching ears. The really sad part is that they also fool the desperate, hurting, and those passionate for God. I am going to list some examples of various winds of teachings available to consumers. These teachings do not line up with scripture, and contribute to the billion dollar industry known as the industrial evangelical complex:
Who would not want to purchase Lisa Bevere’s latest book “Adamant”, described by her husband John Bevere as “TRULY God breathed. It’s a message that will impact eternally everyone who reads it.” Lisa said she “knew this book was a message and a mandate that God had entrusted to me… I felt the fire of God’s vision for the book quicken. As I worked, it was as though the words flew out of my fingertips.”
This is crafty marketing – giving the impression that this book is a direct revelation from God, and essential information for the church. I wonder if God had the same fiery vision when he inspired the scriptures?
John Bevere lets us know how indispensable “authorities” in the church are, but for the wrong reasons. In his book “Undercover” John claims God told him the following:“John, if I intended for every believer to get all his information, wisdom, and direction only from prayer and communion with Me, then I’d never have instituted authority in the church. I placed authorities in the church with the full intent that My children could not get all they needed just from their prayer life. They would have to learn to recognise and hear My voice through their leaders as well.” p147 Manipulative marketing once again – John Bevere is obviously one of the leaders through which we will have to hear God’s voice.
Bevere is arrogant and boastful when introducing his book “The Bait of Satan.” It begins with this sentence: “The book you hold is quite possibly the most important confrontation with truth you’ll encounter in your lifetime.” Surely this should apply exclusively to scripture? Bevere was reluctant when writing his latest book “Killing Kryptonite” but God apparently told him “son you must write this book” or He would have given it to someone else, he said, because the messages on this page are going to liberate my people and it’s going to restore the power of the kingdom, back into the church” Bevere believes “this message is very urgent for the body of Christ”
Why did God not add it to scripture if it was so urgent?
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