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Bill and Beni Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church. Bill is a fifth generation pastor with a rich heritage in the things of the Spirit. Together they serve a growing number of churches that have partnered for revival. This apostolic network has crossed denominational lines in building relationships that enable church leaders to walk in both purity and power.

Bill Johnson also oversees the “Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry”, has written a number of books including “The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind”, and has identified himself alongside Rick Joyner, Peter Wagner, and many others as a present day apostle. He has also been connected to Todd Bentley of the Lakeland Revival for the past two years.

Church Practices:

  • Bill Johnson’s church places a massive emphasis on the supposed leading of the Holy Spirit. Regular activities that occur during worship services at Bethel include “fire tunnels” – a “prayer” line in which people move through the arms of other attendants to receive prayer, blessings, and impartations. Often people can be found recklessly “drunk” in the “spirit”, “holy laughter”, people fallen in the spirit, and many other such things. Speaking on tongues on stage in front of believers and non-believers (cf. to 1 Cor. 14:27), as well as women teaching the entire congregation- i.e. Heidi Baker.
Theological Errors/False Teaching:
    • His church promotes a heavy emphasis upon the Spiritual gifts which is manifested in a variety of outlets. Much of Bill’s theology and language fit nicely into the categories of Dominionist/Latter Rain ideas. Both of these views of the Christianity heavily emphasize upon the Church as a spiritually militant Kingdom, conquering the spiritual world in order to perfect the bride of Christ for his return. The Latter Rain movement, with its focus on present day prophets and apostles, was rejected by the Assemblies of God in the 1950s. Their ideas have, however, made an incredible resurgence in the past 15-20 years.
    • Aside from an unhealthy obsession with signs, wonders, and miracles there appear to be serious issues with Bill’s understanding of sin, depravity, and his views of Jesus. A rather unsettling YouTube clip exposes, if only briefly, some of the troublesome and vague ideologies that Bill Johnson holds about Jesus. He says that Jesus was “born again”, a Christological assertion that is adhered to by charlatan word of faith healers Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland. The Watchtower, the main speaking organ of the Jehovah’s Witness, also claim that Jesus was born again.
    • Albeit, Mr. Johnson’s explanation and rumination within the referenced sermon are fairly vague, his statements make cloudy waters of an indispensible attribute of Jesus: his perfect spotless, righteousness. Moreover, any responsible pastor would clearly see how such a teaching could be misconstrued, causing confusion within the spiritual lives and beliefs of his congregants.
Link to YouTube clip with audio: “Bill Johnson False Teacher” Link to an analysis of the “Jesus was born again” statements of Bill Johnson: Other resources including article, personal testimonies, and videos about Bill can be found on:

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