Mythbuster: “Slain in the Spirit”

It had been over three hours since the service started, and I was really starting to feel God’s presence in the building. As I stood next to my friend, the music was deep and intense. The lighting made everything feel so intimate, and a slight fog danced through the air. The lead singer’s voice was [...]

Evangelicals Can Have Doctrinal Discussion in a God Honoring Way

"We must know when to wield the sword mightily and when to keep it sheathed!" prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon once exclaimed. On Twitter we find two types of evangelical Christian... One group steers clear of any biblical truth that may challenge or offend. The second type tends to live in a polemic bubble of [...]

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 [...]

The Holy Spirit: Triumph or Tragedy?

There is a member of the Holy Trinity that is most neglected, misunderstood, and misrepresented, yet, He is an integral and equal part of the Godhead. Many of His works go unnoticed, while many foolish and outlandish practices are credited to Him. The feeble attempts to “reveal” Him by well-meaning believers, or preying “prophets”, do [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]