(Rick Becker – Famine In The Land) Bethel church Redding is currently promoting a series of videos called “Rediscover Bethel.” The goal is to clear up any misconceptions, and silence critics. Dan Farrelly, associate pastor and Dean of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry carefully coaches spin “apostle” and “prophet” Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton through a series of questions and answers. In episode 4, Farrelly concedes that their strategy of ignoring questions and critics has “cost them a little bit.” Vallotton weighs in by quoting Churchill: “If you stop for every barking dog you’ll never reach your destiny.” But at the same time, Vallotton says there are “hungry people” asking questions….
Why they have left the “hungry people” without answers for decades, is a question only they can answer. No doubt they have felt the heat from critics they label as angry basement bloggers with a jealous or religious spirit. Being a wolf, Vallotton is never going to be happy with the bark of a sheepdog.
I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you – these are not the words of a “barking dog,” angry blogger, or someone with a religious spirit that’s been hurt by the church. These are the words of an old apostle – John, who’s warning the church about “antichrists” and “false prophets.” He instructs us to “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” 1 John 4:1. In this article, we’ll “test the spirit” of a practice at Bethel – leading people into “third heaven” encounters.
Churchill also said “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” This is the case with Bethel, who have no excuse for their false doctrines and risk taking strategies that are deceiving many. Like the false prophets condemned in Ezekiel 13, “Rediscover Bethel” is merely whitewashing a flimsy wall. So far, they have not repented or renounced any of their false teachings. They have not withdrawn any of their books or courses, in fact failed “prophet” Vallotton who meekly apologized for his “prophetic” word concerning Trump, is currently promoting his “prophetic” material, and on a recruitment drive for the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. This is where students will be seduced into “third heaven” encounters. Bethel’s practice of leading people into “third heaven” encounters can only be described as a combination of the occult and a vain imagination. It’s a form of “experiential Christianity,” it denies the sufficiency of scripture and nullifies the true work of the Holy Spirit.
Readers may be familiar with Judy Franklin. Franklin served as administrative assistant to Bill Johnson for many years. Although she has relocated to Tennessee, she continues to work with Bill Johnson Ministries. Franklin is one of the authors of “The Physics Of Heaven” – a book that explores “the mysteries of God hidden in sound, light, vibrations, frequencies, energy, and quantum physics” (Bill and Beni Johnson contributed with chapters). The book has nothing to do with heaven, and everything to do with the occult and new age – it’s heresy! Franklin’s chapter is a mixture of quackery and dominion theology. This is a review of Franklin’s chapter by Pastor Larry DeBruyn.
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