The Great Falling Away
Rise of False Teachers & Unsound Doctrines
Itching Ears Turned to Fables
Anyone not sure if we’re living in the last of the last days, or the actions, beliefs practiced and way of life the apostle Paul wrote of in Romans 1 are not the current reality seriously needs an inner mental and spiritual adjustment. Not worldly counseling. Not the antidotes and remedies prescribed by the practitioners of this world, or apostate churches or preachers. They need to become regenerated, refreshed, reformed, transformed, renewed in mind and spirit in and through the inerrant word of God and fervent prayer in sincere humility. They indeed do need repentance. For they are walking in the same blindness as those of the apostate Bethel Church in Redding, California. which, are sorely in need of all of the above as well.
Sadly, many are being led astray and on the path of the second death because they have listened to the lying voice the of Evil One, the devil exactly as Eve and Adam did. The devil only tells a small percent of twisted, corrupted truth thus telling nothing but lies! The world, the church, pastors, professed Christians are the new Vaudeville, the new entertainers of short one-liners taking everything out of context, misleading and out and out lying with regards to what God says, what His word says, what His Son, Jesus the Saviour, King, Priest, Prophet and Lord says. When only 5% of something is said and the vital 95% omitted on purpose to serve a purpose? An agenda? That is corruption. That is lying. That is sin. Sin in the first pre-meditated degree.
Yes, as we are told and know God loves all people. God has willed and given the gift of life to all people. God abhors sin though. God abhors evil. God abhors those who walk in darkness refusing the light and perverting His word. God abhors immorality.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Flee Sexual Immorality
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 — English Standard Version
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 — English Standard Version
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10 — English Standard Version
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Proverbs 8:13 — English Standard Version
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Acts 3:19 — English Standard Version
I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.
Acts 20:21 — New Living Translation
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23 — King James Version
The prevalent and growing false doctrine that anything goes, whatever you do, are, think, however you live is acceptable to God and is being a genuine Christian is utter rubbish. But aside from being utter rubbish it is a deadly poison. A toxin ingested and leading to death.
This whole feel good, whatever you believe is the truth, let’s adopt every worldview and call it “Christian” is nothing more than the same serpent that whispered into Eve’s ears now whispering into all the itching ears turned from God, from Jesus, from the Holy Spirit and from the truth of the whole Scriptures.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
A Tree and Its Fruit
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:13-27 — English Standard Version
God’s inerrant, living word could not be more clear to anyone regarding sin, eternal death, judgments, repentance, sexual perversions and sexual immoralities. The word of God cold not be more clear on apostasy, false teachers and teachings, the end times and the Great Falling Away, all the itching ears turning to fables (the worlds view, beliefs, philosophies — man-made things versus the God-breathed Holy Scriptures).
All anyone needs to is turn to God’s word. Read it. Pray upon it. Read it in prayer asking — asking literally for the Holy Spirit of God to indwell, to show, to instruct, to teach, to reprove, to refine and admonish if admonishment is necessary, but to show the way to the truth, the light, the only way leading to life.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Friday, August 30th. 2019
Bethel Church Suggests Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People ‘Who Feel Fulfilled and Happy As You Are’ Don’t Need to Change or Repent
Reprinted from: Christian News Network
REDDING, Calif. — Bethel Church, led by Bill Johnson, is raising new concerns after it posted to its Facebook page on Thursday that its program for those who struggle with homosexuality has never had the message of “all must change,” suggesting that those who “feel fulfilled and happy as [they] are” aren’t required by God to repent. Bethel has raised many concerns over the years for its unorthodox teachings and practices, such as “grave soaking” and the purported sightings of falling gold dust and feathers during services.
“God loves all people, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight. The message of CHANGED has never been ‘All Must Change,’” it wrote. “We share these stories specifically for Christians who are unfulfilled in identifying as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer. For those of you who feel fulfilled and happy as you are, we love you!”
“God doesn’t force people to change, and people — including Christians — shouldn’t force others to change, either. We stand against any and all forms of shame, manipulation, force, humiliation, or physical harm in so-called ‘ministry’ or therapy,” Bethel continued. “CHANGED is a safe space for Christians seeking an alternative to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer as they follow their faith according to their personal convictions.”
The post generated mixed reaction from commenters, with some defending the status as not really saying what it implies, and others chastising Bethel for unbiblical teaching.
“[The post] doesn’t say that being lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or queer isn’t a sin; it says we still love you! God gives us all free will and He does not force us to change or to conform. And neither should we,” one commenter wrote. “We need to love even though we may not agree with them. It is the Spirit working in them that will change them. We don’t love when we demand they change; let God do the work!”
“Yes! It is not for me to judge. It is for me to love,” another remarked. “I cannot believe this gender agenda has taken our eyes off Christ. Did you learn to love, or did you learn to condemn? The love of Christ makes us want to become what He says we are, not what the world teaches.”
“The message of CHANGED might not be ‘all must change,’ but the message of the gospel is in fact that we all must be changed. ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). When we come to Christ, we can’t stay where we are, for ‘we all … are being changed into the same image’ (2 Corinthians 3:18),” a third noted.
“We can never be fulfilled living in sin. Only God fulfills us, ‘For he satisfies the longing soul’ (Psalm 107:9),” they continued. “Ultimately, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ says it all. So, yes. Be changed. Because we were never meant to live fallen in sin.”
“Repentance means doing a full 180° turn, and if that doesn’t mean change, I don’t know what does,” another stated. “Being born again, our hearts change, our desires should change, and our actions should follow suit. You cannot thrive or survive in the faith if you remain entirely in the shadows of your old life.”
“Thank you Bethel Church, Redding for affirming me. I love to steal and take things that aren’t mine without a lawful transaction. I covet a lot. But, I’m at peace with it, I’m completely happy. Theft gives me such a thrill and joy, and coveting really motivates me,” a one sarcastically commented. “So thank you for affirming that I just need to follow my faith according to my own personal convictions. I know God says otherwise, but He loves me anyways, and I don’t need to change that for Him.”
Bethel Church has generated much controversy over the years, as a number of remarks from leadership have been called into question.
“It’s difficult to expect the same fruit of the early Church when we value a book they didn’t have more than the Holy Spirit they did have. It’s not Father, Son and Holy Bible,” Bill Johnson said in a sermon clip posted online in 2009.
In a 2011 sermon entitled “Your Identity as Sons of God,” Kris Vallotton, the co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, had those in attendance repeat statements after him such as “I am amazing,” “I rock,” “Nations are attracted to me because I’m so good looking and I have the mind of Christ,” “He actually likes me and I like me too” and “If you got to know me, you would like me.”
Various photos online also show members of Bethel visiting cemeteries to try to soak up the anointing of the deceased, including the graces of John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth and others. While Johnson has stated that he does not endorse the practice, and Vallotton once said that he had never heard of the idea, some note that photos online show Johnson’s wife Beni laying on the tombstone of C.S. Lewis and hugging the tombstone of Charles Finney. See here and here.
Videos show Bethel claiming to have had a “glory cloud” appear at their services, also known as gold dust. One video posted outside of a Benny Hinn meeting shows a woman allegedly with Bethel behaving strangely as she laughs over and over and makes claims such as “we’re all loved no matter what theology believe.”
According to reports of an online exchange inquiring about Bethel’s practices, in 2012 one questioning person asked, “Hi Bill, I was wondering why you have things at Bethel that cannot be found in the Bible like fire tunnels, angel feathers, gold dust, soaking prayer, glory clouds, healing rooms, etc. Can you please explain? I have some very good friends at Bethel and I am concerned for their spiritual well being. The videos on YouTube with the fire tunnels are very, very, alarming.”
“We also have altar calls, video cameras, paid counselors, children’s church, youth groups, Sunday school. None of which are in the Bible,” Johnson replied. “Is praying for people, prayer, or healing in the Bible? That is what we do. The feathers, gold dust, etc. are not things we do. They happen. … Why do they happen? Ask the One who does them. Rather than assume they are not biblical because you’ve not experienced them, search the Scriptures. Clouds, glory, and even feathers are in the Bible.”