Here in the Uk in the last 4-5 years, the influence of Bethel Church Redding has steadily impacted the charismatic church . My personal story is that it was the leadership who got very “enamoured” with all that was going on, starting just after the bubble of the Lakeland Outpouring burst.. People from my neck of the woods had been to Lakeland, & watched a lot of it on TV. They got “Hungry” for what they felt God was doing…
Slowly through their persistent hype for Spiritual experiences or what they would term “encounters” they introduced everything to the church that they could. Straight from Bethel… we had dvd teaching by Danny Silk on the culture of honour. Impartation & soaking sessions, spiritual drunkenness – wild manifestations of the spirit – reports of Glory clouds & Gold dust & Angelic visitations. The introduction of healing rooms, exclusively sang only Bethel songs.. & had a visit from BSSM students. We went totally overboard on the prophetic & talked about the anointing a lot. Did some treasure hunting, went through the Fire Tunnels, decided to set up our own supernatural school of ministry. & started talking just like them about being whacked in the spirit & having breakthroughs
What we didn’t do was stop to weigh all these things against the full counsel of the scriptures… & we stopped talking about Jesus, the cross & resurrection – Sin & repentance. The focus became all about entering into God’s presence- the prophetic, Healings, miracles Signs & wonders…. Does any of this sound familiar?
- The Bethel Church Cult (kimolsen.wordpress.com)
- Open Challenge to Fans and Critics of Bill Johnson/Bethel Church (notunlikelee.wordpress.com)
- Connecting the Dots – Kundalini to New Evangelicalism (defendingcontending.com)