Hey Bill Johnson & Bethel Church, God Put Himself in a Box Called “Bible”

I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed "miracle" ministry of Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, and Jesus Culture in Redding California. Many of these emails are from well meaning friends and family who have a loved one "immersed" in Bethel culture who won't respond to their basic appeals [...]

God, Greed, & the Prosperity Gospel

In Luke 12:13 someone in a large crowd yelled at Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me!" Clearly, the man yelling is the younger brother, not the older brother, because the law was clear that half of the inheritance would have automatically went to the older brother… apparently little bro wasn’t okay [...]

What the Bible Says About Tongues & Miracles

The goal of this post is to discern whether the signs, wonders, and tongues of modern neo-Pentecostalism (hence forth called charismatic/continuism) are the same as the biblical gifts mentioned in the NT from which they are supposedly derived. The reason for this article rests in the many charismatic claims that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, [...]

Errors of Bethel & Jesus Culture II

Last year I read and responded to an alarming public post by Kris Vallotton, co-leader of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Bethel had recently become popular, for it’s supposed miracles, along with it’s band, “Jesus Culture.” The original post can be found HERE. The article became widely circulated and debated, to the point that we did [...]

The Worldly Church

"That very church which the world likes best is sure to be the church which God abhors." -Spurgeon In Revelation 2:12-17 we read of a church in the city called Pergamum. The Roman writer Pliny called Pergamum, “The most distinguished city in Asia” and the city (now called Bergama) still exists today, sitting atop a [...]

Differentiate Christians From Cults

The advent of media has all of our minds swimming with information. One recent study explained that more new "information" changes hands every hour then it did between all the years 100AD-1850AD. That pure amount of data makes it hard to stop, analyze, and process what is right and what is wrong. Thus, many are simply [...]

Stop Rebuking the Devil

When I was young, there was a local church that promoted the burning of Metallica CD’s to dispose of teenage demons. In recent years, I’ve heard of numerous national conferences dedicated to, “Casting our spirits.” And, I personally have even been invited to special healing events, wherein a spiritualist proposes to walk me room by [...]

Errors of Bethel & Jesus Culture

I am approached often regarding the ministry of Bethel Church in Redding, California (and subsequently, music that outflows through their musicians Jesus Culture). For weeks, I’ve prayed about how best to respond, not desiring to present a statement out of context, gossip, assault the true body of Christ, nor give any further attention to a ministry that [...]