12. Chief proponent of experiential Christianity, downplaying the supremacy and sufficiency of Scripture
Mind you these are in no particular order yet as you can hear, no sooner did I get the first one out of my mouth does Dr. Brown snap. Acting incredulously that this would be my first point, he gets a little cute and says: "That's your first? Of course we are supposed to teach ON the gifts of the Spirit. Despite his attempts to shut me down I was able to call him on his obvious deception. No one is arguing that you are not supposed to teach about the gifts. That is not what Bill Johnson does at this school. He teaches people how to manifest the gifts, which is pure and absolute heresy. Called on his obvious attempt to deflect he resorts to accusing me of misrepresenting Bill Johnson. Really Dr. Brown? Here are just two class descriptions from the school's own website:
"Spiritual Formation and Community is designed as hands on learning experience for students to put into practice the disciplines they are learning in school. ie: prayer, worship, community, study, words of knowledge, prophecy, healing, etc."
This course is designed to give students an overview of the purpose of prophetic ministry, a historical understanding of prophetic ministry in the Bible, the characteristics and creation of a healthy prophetic culture, and practical training in operating in the spiritual gift of prophecy.
So here is the first salient question. Do you believe that man can teach the gifts of words of knowledge, healing, and prophecy or do you believe the Bible? The Bible clearly states that no one has all the gifts and they are given out as the Spirit wills. So I was not misrepresenting Bill Johnson or his heretical school. Dr. Brown however has now publicly stated that he supports this.
Trying to regroup I went for the two blatant heresies of Christ being born again and giving up his divinity while on earth. Brown again does not let me finish the sentence before declaring "no, no, he does not teach that." Really Dr. Brown?
"Jesus lived His earthly life with human limitations. He laid his [sic] divinity aside as He sought to fulfill the assignment given to Him by the Father: to live life as a man without sin, and then die in the place of mankind for sin. This would be essential in His plan to redeem mankind. The sacrifice that could atone for sin had to be a lamb, (powerless), and had to be spotless, (without sin)."
Do you know who said this quote? Bill Johnson. How do I know? Because it is in his book! What about Jesus being born again? This two-minute clip from Justin Peters, which includes video of Johnson making this assertion in a sermon, explains it better than I can in this small space:
Dr. Brown claims I am 100% wrong in this assertion. Is he aware the Internet exists? Brown tries to jump through theological hoops to defend Johnson by claiming what he really teaches is that while on earth, Jesus did not use his divine powers to heal and instead did it through the Spirit. Yet the quote above from his own book says he laid His divinity aside. Even if we take Dr. Brown at his word, what Scripture supports the notion that when Jesus healed it lacked divinity? At this point Brown cobbles three different scriptures together to pretend that the Bible supports a divine-less Christ. The three he references are:
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. -- John 5: 19 (ESV)
And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captivesand recovering of sight to the blind,to set at liberty those who are oppressed,to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." -- Luke 4: 17-19 (ESV)