Many are awakening to the occult and new age influence emanating from Bethel Church in Redding California.
Neo-Gnosticism – experiences and knowledge with the pursuit of third heaven encounters were Jesus’ path to “Christhood” and should be ours…
along with –
syncretism – the merging of other religions (whether pagan, new age or simply elements of the world) with Christianity…
doctrines of demons – the diminishment of the nature of Jesus Christ, His mission, or His words….
Here are some quotes from two books by Bill Johnson
“Jesus modeled what life could be like when a person neither grieves nor quenches the Holy Spirit. It is for this reason that we see such a great measure of the presence of God in the person of Jesus. John said of Jesus, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.” (John 1:32) Certainly this is not talking about the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that was already in Jesus’s life. This was the inauguration of Jesus’ ministry, and the Holy Spirit came to rest upon Him as a mantle of power and authority for that specific purpose. But the fact that the Holy Spirit came to rest on Him is evidence of Jesus’ faithfulness to be perfectly trustworthy with the presence of God. The same principle is true for us.”
Face to Face with God pp.21,22
” As previously stated, Jesus set aside His divinity, choosing instead to live as a man completely dependent on God. In doing so, He not only modeled a supernatural lifestyle, but He also illustrated that the ultimate quest is for the face of God. His lifestyle of both fasting and praying on the mountain throughout the night – a lifestyle He no doubt had established long before the Spirit descended upon Him – demonstrated his unquestionable priority to seek God’s face.
To say that Jesus came both to manifest the face of God and illustrate the quest for his face may sound a little confusing, but both are true. Remember, Jesus modeled for us what it looked like to grow in favor with God as well as with man. The heavenly Father responded to His Son by giving an open heaven, which was followed by words of affirmation, saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” It was in this encounter that the Father released the Holy Spirit upon His Son, enabling Him to manifest His face to the world.
The Father, by the Holy Spirit, directed all that Jesus said and did. It was the intimacy that Jesus had with His heavenly Father that became the foundation for all the signs, wonders, and miracles performed in His three and a half years of earthly ministry.
As we saw in the last chapter, Ezekiel made the prophetic declaration, “I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out my Spirit on them” (Ezekiel 39:29) The face of God is revealed in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Spirit also needed to happen to Jesus for Him to be fully qualified. This was His quest. Receiving the anointing qualified Him to be called the Christ, which means “anointed one”. Without the experience there could be no title.”
Jesus manifested the face of God to mankind. But it was only when He was taken away that He could release His experience to become their experience. And so He sent the Holy Spirit to come upon them. This meant that they could have their own encounter with God’s face in a way that was not available through Jesus Himself. In other words, Jesus’ experience was to become the normal experience of all who follow. This encounter brings us into the ultimate transformation, that we might become the ultimate transformers.”
Face to Face with God pp.108-110
“Jesus had no supernatural capabilities in Himself. Everything He did, He did as a man, completely dependant on the Holy Spirit. He emphasized this point by saying, “The Son can do nothing of Himself.’
While He is 100 percent God, He chose to live with the same limitations and restriction that man would face once he was redeemed. He made that point over and over again. If He performed miracles as God, I am still impressed, but not compelled to follow. His example would be admirable, but unattainable. Yet it is obvious that He intended His disciples to do all that He did and more. Realizing that He did all the miracles as a man, I am responsible to follow the example He established, and pursue the spiritual realms He said were available to me. By doing it this way He became a model for all who would become His disciples, thus embracing the invitation to invade the impossible in His name. He performed miracles, signs, and wonders as a man in right relationship to God…not as God. Recapturing this simple truth changes everything…and makes possible a full restoration of the ministry of Jesus Christ in His Church.”
One of the tragedies we experience in this is that great truths have been reduced to doctrine, and are avoided as experiences. Near the top of the list is the wonderful declaration that we are seated “in heavenly places in Christ.” It has come to be a comforting promise for those who have problems, instead of a revelation of something that is available in Christ to all who believe. It is to be a third heaven experience that gives us a perspective on reality that no doctrine can accomplish in itself. This is very instrumental in learning to see things from God’s perspective. Out of that place of intimacy we are uniquely positioned for purpose. And all who taste of this reality begin living from Heaven toward earth.
Jesus showed us what one person could do who has the spirit without measure.”
Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Power pp.185-187