Spirit of Error
I frequently hear from Christians who are concerned that their child has gotten involved with Bethel Church in Redding, California. If you don’t know, Bethel Redding is one of the most influential organizations in the controversial New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement and is led by the NAR apostle Bill Johnson. It’s also one of the most popular churches in the United States, and young people are being drawn to it in droves.
These parents have good reason to be concerned. Among the troubling teachings coming from Johnson is an exaltation of supernatural experience over theology–producing followers who are ripe for spiritual deception. The bad fruit of these teachings can be seen in a disturbing YouTube video I watched the other day.
The video shows young people from Bethel Church in Redding, California, interacting with a Christian street preacher named James. From what I gather, the interaction took place in front of a Benny Hinn “Miracle Service” in San Jose, California. James was warning passersby that Hinn is a false prophet. The young people apparently took issue with his warnings and a dialogue ensued.
Throughout the exchange, one of the young people, who identifies herself as Allison, appears to be under the influence of a chemical, though she claims it’s the Holy Spirit. Allison jumps around in circles, makes jerking movements, and falls to the ground–all the while a large smile plastered to her face. She never stops laughing. Actually, it’s more like a grating giggle. Such extended outbursts of laughter are common in the NAR–a phenomenon known as “laughing in the Spirit.”
View article and video HERE.