Bethel’s Bill Johnson: “Jesus was so empty of Divine capacity…”

Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.

Thus Johnson’s kenosis doctrine serves to reduce the biblical Christ and elevate man. As Bob Dewaay points out:

“Jesus is no longer unique, but only a special enlightened one who could lead the way to many such enlightened ones in the future. Thus we have a New Age Christ.” [1]

Kenosis comes from a misunderstanding of Phillipians 2:7: …but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

This speaks of the King of kings coming down and living among us, for our salvation; it has nothing to do with totally and completely giving up his Divine capacity while on earth. (Please check out the resources about kenosis at the end of this article.)

In the above video of Bethel’s Alabaster Prayer House, Bill Johnson states that “Jesus is the most normal Christian in the Bible.” (4:18) Really? Jesus is a Christian? So…Jesus is worshiping Himself?

In 2012, Bill Johnson and his wife, Beni Johnson, were contributors to a book (co-authored by his personal assistant) with disturbing New Age/quantum spirituality implications. READ

One factor, I believe, that has lured Bill Johnson away from biblical understanding is contemplative prayer, which is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation disguised with Christian terminology. It is fitting, then, that Bill Johnson makes these heretical statements during this short video about Bethel’s Alabaster House. According to the church website, “The Alabaster Prayer House and surrounding gardens are quiet and peaceful places to be in contemplative prayer and soaking.” [2]

2:42 in video: “Jesus was so empty of Divine capacity, eternally God but He chose to live with the restrictions as a man. Why? To set a model. To set something to follow, an example of His lifestyle. If He did all His miracles as God I’m still impressed but I’m not compelled to follow. … But when I find out He set aside His Divinity to display…”*

3:58 in video: “So what does [Jesus] do? He models for us the normal Christian life.”

4:18 in video: “Jesus is the most normal Christian in the Bible.”

How did Bethel’s contemplative Alabaster Prayer House come about? Apparently Bill Johnson received a vision during a time when James Goll was teaching:

5:53 in video: “When I say the Lord gave it to me in a vision I was sitting right here. Jim Goll was teaching two years ago at a prophetic conference and as he was teaching I just saw this prayer chapel with a wall of windows facing North, South, East and West, and in the center of the room was a globe with a fountain, this continual flowing fountain.”

A few final words about Johnson’s kenosis teaching before the links about kenosis, where you can investigate for yourself. We see that Christ limited Himself here:

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Matthew 24:36)

But Christ’s self-imposed limits are not at all the same thing as giving up all Divine capacity. Bill Johnson needs Christ reduced, for all intents and purposes, to simply a man, for this is what fuels his bells and whistles theology–a theology that far exceeds traditional Pentecostal teaching, and now threatens to engulf it.

Kenosis, Christology, and Bill Johnson Part One

What is Kenosis

Kenosis, Christology, and Bill Johnson Part Two

Endnotes:

1. Bob Dewaay, “An Invasion of Error” (Critical Issues Commentary, Issue 124 Jan.-Feb. 2013, http://www.cicministry.org/commentary/issue124.htm).

2. http://bethelredding.com/ministries/prayer-house.

*I can’t understand the next few words

Jibo…the family robot?

“Jibo fits in like family,” someone observed.

“With the help of developers everywhere, my skills will keep expanding. I’m even working on my sense of humor.” –Jibo

“Hi, my name is Jibo. I’m the world’s first family robot.”–Jibo

Technology can be used for good and/or evil. This is an amazing development, but it also brings concerns about potential surveillance and other misuses. What do you think? Leave a comment.

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As China stalks satellites, U.S. and Japan prepare to defend them

“In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Half a world away, Brian Weeden, a former U.S. Air Force officer, wasn’t buying it. The liftoff took place at night and employed a powerful rocket as well as a truck-based launch vehicle—all quite unusual for a science project, he says,” writes Brian Bremner of Bloomberg Businessweek.

“In a subsequent report for the Secure World Foundation, the space policy think tank where he works, Weeden concluded that the Chinese launch was more likely a test of a mobile rocket booster for an antisatellite (ASAT) weapon that could reach targets in geostationary orbit about 22,236 miles above the equator. That’s the stomping grounds of expensive U.S. spacecraft that monitor battlefield movements, detect heat from the early stages of missile launches, and help orchestrate drone fleets. ‘This is the stuff the U.S. really cares about,’ Weeden says.”

click HERE for entire Bloomberg Businessweek article

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Choosing the path of Ezra’s God instead of 12 Steps

Now when the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people of the exile were building a temple to the LORD God of Israel, (Ezra 4:1)

they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ households, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God; and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.” (Ezra 4:2)

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of fathers’ households of Israel said to them, “You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the LORD our God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us.” (Ezra 4:3)

When the Body of Christ was offered the “good news” (?) of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps, strange fire entered the church. Many were deceived.

Those who looked first to the Scriptures realized Alcoholics Anonymous was not of God. These saints had gone the way of Ezra:

For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7:10)

There arose promoters of a false “Chrisian” origin of A.A. and the 12 Steps, and the deception increased. Again, this came about because many did not go the way of Ezra, but chose to rely on information and claims other than the Word of God.

Now, much like the sin of the people of Israel, we have a mixed spirituality, a thing offensive to God and yet practiced by many professing believers.

“The AA religion is Christless and offers a counterfeit salvation without the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Seeking a Christless salvation through turning one’s life over to a ‘God as we understood Him’ has nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with idolatry, false religions, and paganism. And because of the many versions of God represented in AA, professing Christians are uniting themselves with a spiritual harlot when they join AA.” (From 12 Steps To Destruction by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, pp.131-132)

A.A. is a program constructed on falsehood, and cemented with lies, and the truth is there are many of us who are free and sober without participating in the A.A. religion.

So many Christians have suffered a transference of faith–A.A. has become an idol.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)

How do we rid our churches and our hearts of this thing?

[Christ] gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:14)

How many calories in post-nuclear junk food?

I’m fat.

Everyone else is starving, but I understood from the very beginning that junk food would survive the cataclysm. Most canned food is gone, and there are no vegetables or fruits being grown–at least not in this area. Kind of hard to know what is going on elsewhere.

The mutated shrubbery can’t be eaten, unless you don’t mind growing tendrils.

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7th Day of the Apocalyptic Diet

[The crops didn't survive the nuclear cataclysm. But some of the sturdier American junk food did. Chittos, Squinkies, and McDoogie's french fries are pretty much it.]

Day 7

In the dawn’s early light, the ground and much of the mutated plant life glows.

Little critters followed me most of the way home. At first I thought they were gerbils or something, but as the morning light grew stronger it was evident they were some kind of mobile ball-vegetation.

Creepy.

I hate this place.

I hate the whole world.

Everything I ever loved is gone. It’s me and my Squinkies, Chittos, and McDoogies french fries. Unlike the crops, junk foods survived the nuclear cataclysm.

And so did I. I haven’t had to eat the mutated vegetation, so I do not have the tendrils poking out of me—yet. Some day I am going to be out of junk food, and those mutant kids cost me dearly by emptying the warehouse of all the boxes of Chittos.

Hopefully I have lost weight during my ordeal. I am very very very fat–and you would be too, if all you lived on was junk food.

The next time a group of Christians come straggling through on the way to what is left of Idaho, I might see if I can join them. I am in a position of bargaining strength as I know where all the junk food is for miles around.

But this is going to be a problem too–I know the mutant kids are using the Chittos to trade and bargain. They are now my competitors.

I hate this place.

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A Testimony and the Golden Sword

mywordlikefire:

Carol and John Arnott, you may know, just met with the Pope in their quest for … unity. In this brief video you will see what appears to be classic kundalini manifestation from Carol Arnott. Follow the link to M’Kayla’s blog.

Originally posted on m'kayla's korner:

I am posting a testimony I just received as a comment to the warning against The Vineyard. Following that is a clip of Carol Arnott and her false testimony of the Golden Sword which is mentioned in the testimony. Watch Carol, watch the people. This is the demonic in action.

One day, years ago, while in worship at the Vineyard, I too had a similar vision in which I was given a sword. I hadn’t thought about it in quite some time until I read this man’s words. All these years later and I am still uncovering the false prophetic. Read on you will see what this man has exposed is true. We are subject to who we come under and will become victim and subject to that same demon spirit.

I want to say that I was involved in a Vineyard church for some time. In fact, the very…

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Day # 6–Apocalyptic Diet

A large section of the north wall of this warehouse was evaporated in the initial nuclear blasts nearly four years ago. I am not protected from whatever those things are outside.

They slither, they gibber, they chitter, and they squeal. Are they plants? Animals?

It is utter blackness. There are no lights, no electricity to light up the world.

I’m getting out of here the minute the sun comes up.

I’m gonna waddle home and eat Squinkies, and Chittos, and McDoogie’s french fries.

Diet, shmiet. I will just be happy to still be alive.

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Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

* Scores of patients, fearing death, shun treatment centres

* Guinea forest communities try to shut out health workers

* Many see Ebola as “death sentence”, avoid hospitals

* Disposal of Ebola victims disrupts burial practices

By Saliou Samb and Adam Bailes

CONAKRY, Guinea/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, July 13 (Reuters) – G overnments and health agencies trying to contain the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.

From Guinea, where the four-month-old outbreak claimed the first of more than 500 lives, to Sierra Leone, scores of patients are hiding away, believing hospitalisation is a “death sentence”.

In Guinea’s southeastern Forest Region some terrified villagers are shutting off their communities to medical workers, even blocking roads and downing bridges.

Over the border in Liberia’s Lofa County, health workers trying to screen two communities for the deadly disease were chased off by locals armed with cutlasses, knives, and stones, according to an internal U.N. report seen by Reuters. continue reading Reuters article

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JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH

THE NAME Jehovah-M’Kaddesh is found in Leviticus 20:8. It means Jehovah who sanctifies. “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am Jehovah your God…. I am Jehovah which sanctify you (Lev. 20:7,8).” [1]

THE MEANING AND THE USE OF THE TERM “SANCTIFY”

The term sanctify occurs frequently in the Old Testament Scriptures. The Hebrew word with which it translates is also translated by other English words such as dedicate, consecrate, sanctuary, hallow, and holy, but especially by the word holy, and often by Holy One. In its various forms it appears some 700 times. [2]

Its primary meaning, however, is to set apart or separate. The idea is most nearly rendered by the words sanctify or hallow, and the word holy stands for that which is set apart. [3]

Endnotes:
1. Nathan Stone, NAMES OF GOD, p. 95
2. Ibid., p.97
3. Ibid., p.97

All information above is directly quoted from Nathan Stone’s NAMES OF GOD (1944)

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