I came out of a Bethelized church in 2011… This blog is for you if your church has got involved in Bethel & you have questions about it.. We had some questions- went to our leadership & were not treated well or given adequate biblically sound responses… This starts the red flags waving & a need to find out more info from other people who have been there, done that & sadly got the T shirt.
If you have been in a Bethelized church for some time, its quite possible that the things on this blog will get you feeling quite offended — you may feel like here we are sharing a lot of negative stuff & just finding bad things to say about these methods & ministry… can I just lovingly ask you to stay with it – put your personal feelings aside for a bit & root out – research the facts about the things shared here… We are not trying to dismiss the work of the Holy Spirit, far from it…. or make a case for cessationism or “get at” any individual person or leader involved… What we are trying to do in this community, is present a fuller picture of what’s really going on in this movement, get to the bottom the things that are being taught from the very top & will (in time) filter down to the wider church-impacting all of us; the roots of some of it & how this all of it lines up with scripture… We feel it is very, very important everyone should know about these things.
The Bethelized River style church is most often caught up in the moment of WOW of the NOW – very little explanation is being given about lots of things particularly to do with the supernatural/ spiritual realm & many have found that questioning things, (& certainly in my personal experience), is not- just not encouraged – but positively DISCOURAGED…
When we started to think about all that was coming from our Leadership – direct from Bethel we had no where to go with our questions- there was no one in the UK that we could talk things through with – which is why this blog was developed.
we know there are many many questions- as lots of people have been entering them through the search facility.. slowly, we are beginning to answer some specifics- So please do search through the got questions page:
We can never have all the answers, & we are long way off being experts but together we are learning . Please please post & ask questions as well as this is extremely helpful to others who have the same question in mind. There is an increasing amount of information on the blog – so I would recommend that you go slow, in reading through, as for some – the sheer amount we have been sharing may be overwhelming – please do read the word of God in conjunction with everything & take time to mull & ponder..
The blog is called rooftops & rafters because the roof of a house is essential in keeping out the elements, the rain & snow that would expose the occupants – in the same way the truth of God’s word keeps us safe from the elements of error & deception..It is our rooftop & our covering of truth. The rafters, well they are the wooden apex part that the tiles are laid onto – a support structure, a framework… so this is my heart behind this blog that we would explore truth together, & ensure we have a healthy framework to lay that protective covering on… There is no prophetic symbolism… just the odd way my brain works
I started this blog for you if you find yourself in similar circumstances Here in the UK. Please do contribute or get in touch personally, it would be so lovely to hear from you – Thank you to everyone who has got in touch – appreciate your support & prayers & friendship
Ephesians 5 v 6-9
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. ESV