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Pursuing False Signs and Lying Wonders - Bethel Church & Bill Johnson

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For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. - Matthew 24: 24 (ESV)

It is possible. The elect are being led astray every day in this country. It isn't even casual anymore. It seems the church today pursues being led astray. It chases after what is clearly not of God in the name of God. It is born out of biblical illiteracy and spiritual apathy. We have become ignorant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seemingly do not care to learn it. To be sincere about it. To study to find ourselves approved. To become more noble as the Bereans once did. No. We would prefer to chase the next big emotional experience and pretend it was a move of the Holy Ghost. We would prefer to have a false prophet or apostle speak a word over our life instead of opening the Word of God to hear what sayeth the Lord over our life. Because while the Word from God may shake our little religious bubble, we know the false prophet never will. So we chase. We chase the next big show. The next big event. We actively pursue false signs and lying wonders to fill our Christianity void that we are supposed to fill with the Word of God. This week's example I present for your discernment comes from one of the foremost headquarters of false doctrine in this country. Bethel Church in California and their heretical pastor, Bill Johnson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcPkOR4Lwj0

This disturbing video is what passed for a sermon one Sunday for Bill Johnson. He was commenting on the appearance of what he referred to as a "glory cloud." at his church the previous Friday evening during service. He even had video to make everyone go ooh and ahh at the right time. He kept referring to these and other nonsensical manifestations as "signs that make you wonder." If you know your Bible however there is no wondering necessary. 

Before he gets to the cloud however he recounts how other false signs and lying wonders had infiltrated his church for the past 15 years. He referred several times to a manifestation of feathers falling from the sky. This is a common farce perpetrated by this crowd to claim that angel feathers were supernaturally falling because of some vague reference to an "anointing." As he chuckles, Johnson explains to those who would doubt that the Bible does say He will cover you with His feathers and that there is healing in his wings. I recount this here so one can start to discern properly for themselves. This has to be one of the most ridiculous uses of these Scriptures I have ever heard. Here is what the Bible says:

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. - Psalm 91: 3-4 (NIV)

"For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. - Malachi 4: 1-3 (ESV)

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