Lance Goodall 20 July 2016
Brian Houston will be found busking in the United States later this year at Bethel church, in Redding, California.
Interestingly he is only one of three speakers according to what can be seen on the Bethel website.
Oct 04, 2016 – Oct 06, 2016
When Jesus bridged the expanse between Earth and Heaven, He empowered us to live like He did–tapping into the power and glory of His Kingdom. What is God’s has become ours! As Heaven permeates our lives, the extraordinary becomes ordinary, and the supernatural becomes natural. Encounters with glory become our new normal.
Open Heavens, one of our main conferences, captures the heart of Bethel Redding. It’s a response to our mandate to live in light of His reality, a call to converge our daily lives with Heaven. Through three powerful days of teaching, worship, and testimonies, you’ll walk away with a mind renewed and a life transformed, equipped to carry the power of the Kingdom with you, wherever you go.
- Bill and Brenda (Beni) Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California.
- Bethel Church is a Charismatic church, firmly planted within the Word-Faith movement and within the Third Wave movement — currently known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) — with its ‘prophets,’ ‘apostles,’and other excesses, including strange manifestions.
- Bill Johson is deeply involved in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation, and is referred to as an ‘apostle’ by C. Peter Wagner. (See below)
- Bill Johnson was amongst a small group of misguided ‘apostles’ who commissioned Todd Bentley as an evangelist — two months before the controversial preacher filed for separation from his wife. After that news came out, ‘Convening Apostle‘ C. Peter Wagner tried an attempt at damage control:
THE LAKELAND APOSTOLIC FINDINGS
From the Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team
Written by C. Peter Wagner, Convening Apostle
Note do we do not endorse Ministry Today magazine (at which that letter is posted), nor any other publication by Strang Communications (which, among other things, also publishes Charisma). Not only do the publishers lack any Christian discernment, but the publications have historically been used to promote countless aberrant and heretical teachers, ministries and movements.
J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma magazine and Steve Strang, CEO at Strang Communications, are even considered ‘apostles’ in Wagner’s movement — and thus are themselves part of the problem:
In the above referenced letter, Wagner writes, “Ten other apostles have agreed to work with me in this project: Ché Ahn, Bill Johnson, John Arnott, Chuck Pierce, Stephen Strader, Lee Grady, David Cannistraci, Steve Strang, Jeff Beacham, and Joe Askins.”
- Bill Johson was part of Todd Bentley’s so-called ‘restoration process’ which was overseen by Rick Joyner, and which took place after Bentley married the woman he had an adulterous relationship with while performing the so-called Lakeland Revival.
‘Angel Feathers,’ ‘Diamonds,’ and ‘Gold Dust’
When “angel feathers” first started to fall at Bethel Church, Bill Johnson thought birds had nested in the air conditioning ducts, he said.
“Then it happened in a restaurant and all different places – on an airplane,” he said. “I don’t know, I don’t teach it, it just happens.”
Johnson said he bases his belief that the feathers are a sign from God on a Bible verse that says, “there is healing in his wings,” and he doesn’t try to explain it.
“I don’t want to be able to explain everything,” he said. “Then I’ll have a God that looks like me. That’s not very impressive.”
Bud Press, director of the Christian Research Service based in North Carolina, devotes his time to researching claims made by Christians for the purpose of debunking or confirming the claims. Bethel is part of the Signs and Wonders movement, within the Word of Faith movement, he said. Aside from claims of angel feathers, people in the movement say diamonds and gold dust show up at church and in their homes, he said.
Press said he contacted many church leaders, including Johnson, who claimed to have angel feathers, asking them to send some for a study. Most ignored him but one obliged and sent a package containing a few feathers, which Press said he took to ornithologists, scientists who study birds.
David H. Ellis, an ornithologist and chairman of the Union for the Conservation of Raptors’ Science Advisory Board, was one such scientist. In his responding statement, dated Nov. 12, 2008, Ellis wrote: “The feathers you sent me are very obviously like normal bird feathers, and there is nothing about them to suggest they are other than bird.”
Press said there is nothing in the Bible to back up the claims of angel feathers but there are a host of other explanations.
“Birds shed feathers all the time, even in flight,” he said. “It’s nothing to see a feather floating down from a building or something like that. But if you’re caught up in the deception and went to church last night and they talked about feathers falling from heaven … immediately you’re going to think it’s a feather from heaven.”
Press said he believes the signs and wonders movement is spiritually dangerous and cited Bible passages that warn against it.
On his Web site, Press links to the story of a Washington man who was caught and later admitted to planting gemstones in an Arizona Vineyard church, claiming they were put there by God.
“Jesus himself warned that a corrupt generation, a deceptive generation, seeks after signs and wonders,” he said. “Because individuals have been caught red-handed spreading around not only angel feathers but diamonds, precious gems, gold dust from heaven and all of that, it’s very clearly deception.”
Those who examine the practices of Bethel identify it as being part of a larger movement known as the Word of Faith movement. Connected to prominent revivalists and prophets including Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Bob Jones, and the leadership of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, the Word of Faith doctrine teaches that faith is a force through which anything can be done, said John Wolf, founder of the Church Education Resource Ministries.
Wolf is one of Johnson’s many critics and is no stranger to Bethel Church.
– Source: Bethel’s ‘signs and wonders’ include angel feathers, gold dust and diamonds, Amanda Winters, The Record Starlight, Redding, California, Jan. 19, 2010
If you still wish to attend the conference in October after reading all this, then by all means do so.
However there is a small fee for your open heaven: