recognising if you have been Bethelized.


thank you to the person who placed this question through their search engine…     I think it   is a  very intelligent, specific question – much worthy of  a proper answer..  so here goes..

the first thing to say is that  “bethelization” if you will, is not  limited  by  to those exposed to Bethel church in one  form of  influence or another.  Remember that “Bethel” is just  a “shop front ”  for the exporting of the  RIVER MOVEMENT  which is found much further, wider & deeper than  just the reach of the one church…    Exploring what  being “bethelized” means in reality,  is the term we use on this blog  to try & give some clarity as  how these things affect people & churches..  &  yep, I did make up the term  “bethelized” those who have been in this   movement, will recognise  exactly what I mean by that  without any need of reading what I’m writing here but for the rest of us:   …..

a person under “bethelization”  tends to:

  • believe very highly  in them self…  they  will most likely consider themselves as “royalty in the kingdom” &  that they are no longer a “sinner”  as these are specific teachings  they will be sitting under…  this promotes an attitude of arrogance & entitlement.   which may not be in keeping with their previous personality traits..    there is a very definite personality change into this or more of this.
  • become defensive:    they have been taught that the power of agreement & alignment is spiritually powerful & that “unity” with the movement’s teachings & ideals cant be challenged…  they embrace what they have been told – wholeheartedly. – internally.    On challenging a Bethelized person, we find their response is one of being threatened, & they can become angry & intolerant, judgemental & unrepentant..  they feel they can’t challenge the teachings, & find it extremely difficult to really “hear” when  someone (in disagreement with them) brings challenge They also tend to totally defend – the teachings, characters  & behaviours of the big names…  believing that the anointing that they are apparently under “trumps”  sinful  or plain bad behaviour… there is what seems to be  a complete lacking of humility.. & a definition of “grace” that  permits error…
  • live an out & out prophetic lifestyle…   this is what is taught – to be ready to speak prophetically, a word from God to anyone they may meet…  with no point of reference, accountability or much care & concern beyond the “event” –  personal prophecy may also be being used to direct the outworking of people’s lives in a minute way…  bethelized people tend to both give & receive excessive personal prophecy  (which must be always “encouraging” & positive in nature) which they then submit to..  in my experience I found they were more likely to live out life in accordance with “given prophecy” than they were seeking God’s word for truth…
  • use experiences to trump & justify everything else….  the evidence of a healing or the physical  manifestation of a spiritual outworking  when someone is prayed for is all that’s needed to prove that particular “power encounter” is genuinely from God..   in otherwords experiences are evaluated subjectively, through peoples’ feelings  rather than tested & weighed in the word of God
  • be grounded in the  teachings  of  the big names –    there is a constant stream  of quoting   through social media  in soundbite values   – scripture – when & if used is often skewed & twisted to fit in with current teachings…   oftentimes quoted verbatim without reference to the actual “word”  whereby  it sounds “right”  but is often inaccurate & out of context-  which produces an “off ness”
  • have a physical response – whilst praying being prayed for & worshipping (& other times too) ( check out our info  on kundalini)  this is where people shake their parts of or their entire bodies as a spiritual response…  there is a belief that the more one manifests – the more God has touched a person…
  • have a sense of identity change –   may now seriously think of or describe themselves as “world changers” or “revivalists”… or similar  there is a sense of agenda in their lives – where no matter their vocation, they see themselves specifically placed to bring about the kingdom of God in their “sphere”…   this is taught through  the 7 mountains mandate teaching.
  • have noticeable everyday language changes –  words & phrases  specific to the movement are increasingly used…
  • live now for the movement- rather than Jesus (although  they would deny this  totally)    –  old ambitions may be done away with…  all money, time, interest & relationships  are focused on this “movement”  & this is particularly difficult for family members to address..
  • has confusion about the person of Jesus & what the Gospel actually is –  they may not be totally clear on that.
  • is taught & therefore believes that authority flows downwards,   senior leadership  operate under a banner of “always being right”    there is  little humility  & submission demonstrated…

I’m guessing  if you feel any of this this applies to you-  you will have  a hard time recognising it… if it prompts a response in you that is angry/dismissive I would urge you to get real & explore this more fully…    for others, I know you will see these things in people around you…   this then is your cue to pray!     & as a community we will stand with you…

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