Bill Johnson & Bethel Redding’s Massive Influence Over Awakening Australia Remains Despite Clever Semantics

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The director of Awakening Australia, Ben Fitzgerald had an issue with a critique of Awakening Australia written by Stephen Tan Wei Shan (He writes for The Gospel Coalition Australia).

Ben Fitzgerald thought Stephen Tan Wei Shan unfairly put a close link between Awakening Australia and Bethel Redding pastored by Bill Johnson.

i) Awakening is not Bethel (Source)

The first thing that Ben wanted to address is the connection between Awakening and Bethel. Ben felt that it was unfair for me to closely link Awakening to Bethel as Awakening is an inter-denominational evangelistic event which calls on Christians and churches to lay aside secondary theological differences for the sake of advancing the gospel in Australia. At the time of writing the article, the four listed main speakers were either from Bethel or affiliated to Bethel (Bill Johnson, Ben Fitzgerald, Heidi Baker and Todd White). In the last few days it has been announced that Nick Vujicic will also be a main speaker at the event and Nick is clearly not from Bethel or Bethel affiliated. Ben has also said that Bill Johnson will only have one 50-minute speaking slot at the event and that Nick and Todd are actually going to be the main speakers. With this new development I think it is fair to say that Awakening is more ecumenical than what I initially thought. In saying that there is still a strong Bethel influence (Bill Johnson, Bethel Music is one of the bands and Bethel is financially supporting the event and sending 200 members from California to serve).

Bill Johnson was interviewed at the Awakening Australia event and affirmed the idea that he’s the papa of the entire movement.

There is a substantive Bethel Redding and Bill Johnson influence over Awakening Australia that can’t be distanced from or removed with clever semantics. Watch the full interview below, and read the original article and the response to decide for yourself.

https://au.thegospelcoalition.org/article/price-awakening-examining-theology-practice-bethel-movement/

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Andy Stanley’s Skinny Jeans Epiphany

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Andy Stanley has apparently had an epiphany about the effectiveness of skinny jeans on spreading the gospel. He shared his epiphany on Twitter, and has concluded skinny jeans don’t work.

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This epiphany is directly related to his desire to move his latest product.

book1.pngIf his newest sage advice on how to advance the gospel is like his sage advice in the past, you should save your money and buy something else. In the past he has used music with suggestive lyrics, Seinfeld jokes, and boy band song openers to advance the gospel.

God has given us his word. That’s all we need. Andy Stanley is right about skinny jeans, sadly his alternatives are not right.

You’re Too Fat For Your Shirt: God Is Sending a Tsunami of New Shirts

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Apparently everyone is too fat for their shirts, so God is sending a tsunami of new bigger shirts for us to put on for the new thing he’s going to do, according to Dena Montgomery Gullings of Princess Warriors Ministry in her latest Facebook video. The new thing is even going to happen at Walmart. (Click this link if the video doesn’t appear below.)

This is nothing more than another serving of nonsensical pseudo-prophetic word salad. In their world God is always doing something new. It’s as if he never finishes a thing because the new thing, the shift, new season, you get the idea, is always coming forth.

Don’t buy into this nonsense. Prophetic words like this are formed by the same old words obtained from their grab bag of rote meaningless words.

 

Lance Wallnau Implies Success of Trump on Same Level as Success of the Church

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Lance Wallnau implied that the success of President Trump, and the advancement of the church are on the same level. He also put fear of speaking up for President Trump on the same level as the fear of speaking up for God.

 

Full video here.

Victory Tips Surplus Store: Charlie Shamp’s Decrees Render All Other Victory Tips Unnecessary

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Patricia King and Robert Hotchkin offer tips on how to get victory and favor, but they totally fail to realize their tips aren’t needed, because since the end of September 2018 Charlie Shamp has decreed some version of total victory at least six times.

Why are King’s and Hotchkin’s tips necessary if all can be set straight with a simple decree from Charlie Shamp? Why do we need tips from any other teachers on this topic? Charlie Shamp’s decrees have pretty much rendered all other teachings on this topic as mere victory tip surplus. Even as surplus, it’s not needed.

Let’s pause and think for a minute before we get too hasty. Charlie Shamp has decreed some form of victory six times in about two months, which might imply his decrees aren’t exactly effective. You’d think at most, three decrees would do it. So maybe King and Hotchkin don’t need to deposit their tips in a victory tip surplus store quite yet.

All kidding aside, the point should be clear about the nonsense of endless victory tips and decrees. They clearly don’t work, otherwise Shamp would cancel out the need for all others.

Next time you see one of these phonies promising victory, breakthrough, and the like online, copy and paste the links below, and inform them they’re not necessary because Charlie Shamp has decreed victory six times already.

1. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209852288502870&set=a.2693672320012&type=3&theater

2. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209852288502870&set=a.2693672320012&type=3&theater

3. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209693449171986&set=a.2693672320012&type=3

4. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209693449171986&set=a.2693672320012&type=3

5. https://www.instagram.com/p/BogwPiHjWEZ/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=10zjcomhnf5sh

6. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209546122968923&set=a.2693672320012&type=3&theater

The evidence supporting the above is below.

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Francis Chan’s Wolf Food Invitation: Chan Invites Christians to Become Wolf Food at Conference with Dangerous Five-Fold Ministry Heretics

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Francis Chan is inviting Christians to become wolf food at a conference with speakers who practice heretical and dangerous manifestations like holy laughter, being drunk in the spirit, slain in the spirit, and you get the idea. Chan isn’t merely speaking along with questionable people, he’s inviting people to hear them speak, and participate in anything else that may happen.

One could possibly give Chan a pass if he was simply speaking, but he’s actually inviting people to the event and promoting it. Watch the video invitation here if it doesn’t appear below (Click the link.).

The Send is February 23, 2019. The location is in Orlando, Florida.  Many speakers are part of the five-fold ministry/NAR movement that is known to practice dangerous demonic things like being slain in the spirit, holy laughter, and being drunk in the spirit.

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Here are videos of Heidi Baker acting totally out of her mind, and imparting her demons to other people.

Bill Johnson imparting some cackling, convulsing, twitching, spasms, and falling.

Demonic manifestations with IHOP and Mike Bickle.

Chan’s invitation and promotion makes him complicit in exposing Christians to these demonic manifestations. Chan has been within the realm of acceptable for some, despite participating in events with Lou Engle, Mike Bickle, and I.HO.P. He was given a pass by some because he was only speaking with them. You can read about some of that in my entry Is Francis Chan a False Teacher?.

Chan is doing more than speaking with wolves, he’s inviting sheep to become part of their dinner. It’s time to stop considering Chan as within the realm of acceptable. It’s one thing to preach with wolves, it’s another thing to help wolves find their dinner.

Charlie Shamp Misses the Power of God

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In a recent social media post Charlie Shamp cited 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 to validate his emphasis on miracles, signs and wonders. Shamp and others like him miss the point, and actually distract from the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says the message of the cross is the power of God. The power of God being referenced isn’t signs, wonders, and miracles.

1 Corinthians 1:22 speaks negatively of resting your faith on a sign. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2 that he determined to know nothing among them except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Our faith should rest on the message of the cross, not on a sign, wonder, or miracle. Paul’s point isn’t that the message of the cross isn’t power, his point is that persuasive words of wisdom are not power.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

and my [a]message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not [b]rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [a]are perishing, but to us who [b]are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 For indeed Jews ask for [a]signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:22 Or attesting miracles

1 Corinthians 2:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

 

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