The Bill Johnson
Church Education Resource Ministries
I. How I met
From 2001-2005, I attended Simpson University and worked towards a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Education Ministries. It was there
that I was exposed to Bill Johnson and Bethel Church. I attended Bethel
a number of times and saw many strange things. I saw people dancing
around, being slain in the spirit and acting really crazy! I also heard
a number of unbiblical prosperity sermons from Bill, and I was
dumbfounded how the people there could lack so little biblical
discernment! I was saddened by my experiences at Bethel and so
did a bit of research on Bethel and his branch in the Charismatic
movement. I discovered John MacArthur’s Charismatic Chaos, which has to
this day been an excellent resource! I felt I needed to tell others of
my discoveries about Bethel and in May of 2005, I wrote a discerning
critique in the Simpson newspaper and I was amazed by the positive
response I had received because of it. Many had their eyes opened to
the false teachings of Bethel.
In May of 2006, I started Church Education Resource Ministries and
wrote an article on the Word of Faith movement and in it featured Bill
Johnson. To this day, I continue to get email after email from people
all over the world seeking answers and discernment regarding Bill
Johnson and other false teachers in the faith movement. Sometime in
late 2009, I was contacted by a reporter for the Redding record
searchlight who wanted to write an article on Bethel. I agreed to be
interviewed and the newspaper articles can be found in the Word of
Faith article also on CERM or on the false teachers page.
III.WORD OF FAITH THEOLOGY
The word of faith movement has got loads of theological problems. Many
have an unbiblical theology of the atonement, the nature of God, and
the doctrine of sovereignty. Many believe that Satan (not God) controls
this world. Bill Johnson himself has said that God could never allow
disease to get into your body and this is a denial of the sovereignty
of God. Many also believe that faith is a force, and Bill Johnson seems
to differ little from others in the faith movement in these areas. In
one audio clip, Bill denies the biblical doctrine of the person of
Christ and says that Jesus was born again [PLAY AUDIO CLIP JESUS WAS
IV. DOCTRINE OF SEPARATION
Those that are in churches with Word of Faith teachings need to get out
and practice the doctrine of separation. In Romans 16:17-18 Paul writes
I beseech you, brethren, mark them, which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For
they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own
belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the
A Christian separates from false teachers for the following reasons.
1. To maintain the doctrinal integrity of the church
(I Timothy 2:6).
2. To protect the sheep or flock from error, which
hinders spiritual growth (Acts 20:28; II Peter 2:1-2).
For more info on the doctrine of separation read the book The Dividing
line by Mark Sidwell.
In the Jesus you can’t ignore John MacArthur says [QUOTE FROM PAGE
208]. Therefore, brethren I strongly encourage you to pick up your
battle gear and engage in the truth war and fight the war on the false
teachers, for many souls are at stake! May God bless you!