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He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." -- Luke 19: 1-10 (ESV)
Shawn Bolz is the resident false prophet of Bethel Church in Redding California. It is the home of Bill Johnson and the false signs and lying wonders. It is the home of Kris Vallotton and the egregious prosperity gospel. It is the home of Jesus Culture and the ridiculously unbiblical School of the Supernatural. Glory clouds, gem stones, gold dust, angel feathers, grave sucking, and the dead raising team -- all at the ground zero for experiential Christianity that is Bethel Church. Bolz once did cold readings using his smart phone. He claims to speak to the dead, which the bible prohibits. He is a dangerous false prophet arising from one of the largest cesspools of heresy on the planet. The above link is to a video snippet from a teaching he was doing on the "prophetic." For those who may not be aware, the prophetic is the racket that Bolz and many others make their living off of. They pretend to hear from God, play psychic parlor tricks and employ demonic clairvoyance. Let us reason together as I try and paraphrase what Bolz said and the breathtaking way he violates Scripture. Zacchaeus and the woman at the well ought to get Orders of Protection against Bolz after this.
"The only people He (Jesus) got mad at were the religious people." -- Shawn Bolz
We join the teaching in the middle so context is not possible but this concept that Bolz leads off with is central to the Bethel beliefs of experiential Christianity. This belief system says that our personal experience rises to or surpasses the level of scripture. Thus anyone who insists on the bible as the final arbiter of truth must be marginalized. They are deemed "Pharisaical" or "religious." The term religion becomes a dirty word. The statement from Bolz here is not even accurate though. This is the same misrepresentation this cabal always makes. The Pharisees were not the "religious people." They were the false religious people. That is the point Jesus keeps making to them. He never rebukes them for being religious but for missing the point of religion -- a word that God has ordained Himself!
"He calls Zacchaeus out -- go prepare your house! Then all these guys, we don't know who they were but they were religious people, say don't go to his house. He is a fraud. He is a crook. Don't spend time with him. Spend time with us! Zacchaeus defends himself. He says I give to the poor. I try to live a good life. Basically he says that I think I am ok to spend time with." -- Shawn Bolz
I want you to read the key verses and then reread this nonsense from Bolz because what he does to the story of Zacchaeus is biblically criminal. The key verses are all the bible says about Zacchaeus. Everything Shawn Bolz said about this story is fabricated. Jesus does not command him to go prepare his house. The conclusion that the other people in this story must be religious is also not supported. The text above says they grumbled because Jesus would go meet with him but remember that Zacchaeus was reviled as a tax collector and 'a cheat. Is it not wholly possible that the grumbling could have been because of that? Of course but that would not fit this anti-religion narrative Bolz prefers. They never told Jesus to not go to his house! They never said come to our house instead! They never told Jesus he was a crook or a fraud! Likewise, Zacchaeus never defended himself. Bolz completely misses the story here which is a picture of salvation. Zacchaeus could not have argued that he gave money to the poor because he never did! He said he NOW would repent and pay back four times what he had stolen. By mangling this story Bolz misses the opportunity to proclaim the real Gospel, which is that today salvation has come to this house!
"He had one word, the name. But He had a culture in His heart that told Him from the Father that Zacchaeus would be someone worthy to connect His love to." -- Shawn Bolz
What in the world are you talking about? Where in this text do you read that He had a culture in His heart from the Father for anything at all? Also, do you even realize what you are saying? Are any of us worthy of anything but the judgment of Almighty God? Beloved you must be able to spot this sloppy agape theology that eviscerates the truth of God's Word. We are sinners. Zacchaeus was a sinner. It is despite not being worthy that truly demonstrates how much God loves us. That while we still sinners He died for us anyway. Shawn Bolz is a charlatan selling snake oil and we should not be in the business of buying it.
"He even did things that were "religious illegal." He goes to the Samaritan woman, who it is illegal to spend time with for a Jewish man. He sits next to her and says can you give me some water. This is illegal for her; she can get in trouble. He says, go home and get your husband and I will spend some time with you, which is a statement of love not judgment. Sometimes Christians read this and are like, "He called her out in her sin! That's what the Gospel does. It separates righteousness from sin." -- Shawn Bolz
Not content with butchering Zacchaeus, Bolz decides to assault the woman at the well. Now, the Jewish people did consider the Samaritans to be half breeds and treated them with utter contempt. This prejudice is one of the reasons why the hero in the parable of the Good Samaritan, was Samaritan. It was not however illegal to speak to this woman. If Bolz had bothered to do a cursory review of commentaries he would find that the Jewish people routinely conducted business with the Samaritans. Likewise this woman had no legal concerns about speaking with Him. It just did not happen a lot because of the bias of the day. Not satisfied with this, Bolz now tries to pretend the text does not say what it clearly says. Jesus asks her to go home and get her husband so that her sin might be exposed. It is a statement of love the same way "repent for the kingdom is at hand" is a statement of love. You must understand that when Bolz states that the Gospel separates sin from righteousness he was mocking the notion. It is a shame really because it was one of the only things he said that was true.
"You see people have this weird attitude in the prophetic like, I'm going to call people out. It's like this weird Pentecostal thing. Don't do it. You never go home with a clean conscience. It's not what prophecy is for. Prophecy shows people who they are instead of who they are not. Prophecy shows people how God feels about them and how He loves them; not what He doesn't think." -- Shawn Bolz
Uh-huh. So when God sent Jonah to Nineveh it wasn't to call them out for their wretchedness in sin. What about John the Baptist and his message of repentance, even to the brood of vipers. The sad fact is that Shawn Bolz doesn't have the first clue what prophecy is about. Can you see the worst disconnect of all beloved? Prophecy is supposed to be hearing from God. If God did tell you to call someone out for their sin Shawn Bolz is instructing you to not listen to Him. Mercifully the he concludes:
"But she didn't feel judged by Him because inherently I am spending time with you, giving of my nature to you and He represents a love culture and if we can apply that to how we want to prophesy it would change everything." -- Shawn Bolz
Sigh. The text does not bear any of this gibberish out. There is zero indication that she did not feel judged because Jesus was spending time and giving of His nature. I do not know how anyone called out for multiple divorces and currently living in sin could not feel pangs of guilt and judgment quite frankly. Even the terminology of love culture makes me feel the need to shower after hearing this false prophet attempt to teach the bible. As we close consider that Shawn Bolz is working on application for how he wants to prophesy. In the bible it is clear -- hear from God, say what He said, move on. That is the only true application of how we ought to prophesy. Bolz however does not hear from God. He only hears from his deceitfully wicked heart, through his smart phone, and into the apostate church he serves.