As I am beginning to write this article, I must tell the reader that the Lord showed me how the heretical and satanic practices of Bethel Church and other churches who teach aberrant “doctrines of demons” breaks His heart. When He revealed that to me, my heart broke, and I have been weeping for over an hour.
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries just finished a two part interview of the parents of Caitlin, who was seduced into this “cult.” These people literally lost their child to Bethel. Jan asked me if I would write on the interview and expose in depth the practices of Bethel and other NAR churches.
I pray that this article travels far and wide and that the Lord would direct it into the hands of many who are spiritual prisoners of satan because of Bethel and other NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) churches.
I encourage the reader to first listen to the two part interview from Jan’s radio program which I am including in this piece:
Jan Markell spends the hour with parents who lost their daughter Caitlin to Bethel Church, Redding, CA and the New Apostolic Reformation in part 1 of a 2-part program. Learn the tactics used, the efforts to rescue Caitlin, and how to prevent this happening to someone you love. What is the Kundalini spirit? Learn what happens when signs and wonders are taken too far. Dirk & Joan Miller are willing to respond to you by writing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I have included part 1 & 2
We know that doctrines of demons come from the devil. But have you wondered what vehicle satan uses to seduce the children of God?
I have written extensively on Yoga and the Kundalini serpent (demonic spirit). In those writings, I have attempted to warn Christians of the dangers of Yoga, and that even without taking part in the “meditation” the Christian is still at high risk of demonic influence or even possession.
Each “pose” in Yoga is submission to a Hindu god. Yes, you read that right. What the Christian believes is just stretching their bodies, is in truth telling the gods of Hinduism that you welcome them. The most dangerous of these gods (demons) is the Kundalini serpent.
Here is my article which was posted recently on the Kundalini serpent:
Have you watched videos about “holy laughter” or have seen people writhing about on the floor? If you have seen these demonic manifestations, then you know that something has gone amuck in the NAR churches where these practices take place.
What you may not know is that “holy laughter” and other strange behavior in the church comes straight from Hinduism. Perhaps these people, including Bill Johnson (head pastor of Bethel), think that our God has gifted their people with these strange behaviors.
God has no part in this.
But the god of this world has everything to do with it.
Watch as children are taught Yoga laughter:
St. Raphael’s school in Indore < click here to learn abut this school
St. Raphael’s School was founded by Catholics, and is considered to be a Catholic school to this day. Can you see the fusing together of false religions? Catholicism is a cult. The god of every false religion is Satan. We know that the one True “Church” is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. No one comes to the Father in heaven except through Him.
See Hindu “Kundalini Awakening” led by a Guru
***PRAY FOR GOD’S PROTECTION BEFORE VIEWING THIS VIDEO. THE EVIL IS INTENSE. I AM VERY SERIOUS.
Could you hear in the “chanting” the similarity to the Muslim call to prayer?
Bill Johnson and his New Age Practices Revealed in this video:
Andrew Strom’s “Kundalini Warning” Documentary:
The reader should note that the Kundalini spirit in Hinduism is their version of the Holy Spirit Who lives in the true children of God.
Brethren, let us look closely at the teachings and doctrines of Bethel Church
Question: “What is Sozo ministry / Sozo prayer?”
Answer: Sozo ministry, or Sozo prayer (from the Greek word for “save” or “deliver”), is defined as “a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Sozo has its roots in the Charismatic movement, being created by a group of people from the Bethel Church in Redding, California, and modeled after spiritual practices observed at revivals in Argentina. The group that originated Sozo is tied to such aberrant movements as the Toronto Blessing and the New Apostolic Reformation
.A Sozo session is designed to provide Holy Spirit-led wholeness and freedom for the Sozoee (the one seeking deliverance). Sozo requires the presence of a mediator or guide who is trained to walk Sozoees through a time of prayer and reflection that is supposed to facilitate intimacy with God. The facilitator guides the Sozoee through an ascent of the “Father Ladder,” in which the Sozoee is encouraged to “visualize” God and speak to the image of the Lord created in the mind’s eye. This is followed by identifying various “doors” that have allowed sin to enter one’s life, closing them, and “sealing” them by the blood of Jesus. Obstacles to the process are identified as “walls” that must be torn down. When a “door” is closed or a “wall” is demolished, the Sozoee is told to give a single clap of the hands, supposedly to help disengage the lie that had taken root in his or her mind. Past hurts are explored as various “rooms” of the mind are opened and searched—Sozo practitioners even claim to track down spiritual wounds acquired in the womb! Of course, none of this is found in Scripture.
According to the Bethel Sozo website, one of the goals of Sozo is to enable participants to “heal your relationship with God to enable you to fulfill your destiny.” Sozo aims for the complete healing of body, soul, and spirit. Sozoees will know their deliverance is complete when they are able to discern that the “strong man” has been defeated (based on Mark 3:27).
One of the emphases of Sozo is extending forgiveness to those who have wounded or in some way committed an offense against the Sozoee. Forgiveness is granted in order to bring about certain blessings:
– forgiveness relieves one of a burden he had carried
– forgiveness frees one from a “prison of torment”
– forgiveness closes a “door” that was allowing Satan access to one’s life
– forgiveness allows one to “step out of the way” and let God have a “direct line” to the offender
Intimacy with God is definitely something we should seek, and forgiveness of others is a biblical command; however, the methodology of Sozo is questionable at best. Attaining intimacy with God via a facilitated mental journey through visualizations and new spiritual experiences is fraught with danger. Our motivation for forgiveness should be more than just the blessings we reap from “letting go.” We forgive in obedience to God and because we have been forgiven (Colossians 3:13). Maturity in Christ comes with the exercise of the spiritual gifts within the church and “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:11–16). Sanctification comes through the Word of God (John 17:17).
The experience-based, extra-biblical practices of Sozo are of human invention and require human instruction—not to mention the payment of a “suggested donation.” With its visualization techniques, guided meditation, and “soaking prayer,” Sozo is, in many ways, closer to New Age mysticism than to Christianity.
The Bible tells us that a Christian’s peace is found in prayer and thanksgiving, not through being “Sozoed” (Philippians 4:6–7). A Christian’s destiny is to be conformed to the image of God’s Son (Romans 8:29), and God will complete His work in him (Philippians 1:6). A Christian has no need of extra, man-made programs when he has already been blessed with “every spiritual gift in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:3). A Christian has the written Word of God and needs not seek further messages from God or new experiences in the spiritual realm.
One of our goals is to “no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching” (Ephesians 4:14). Sozo is yet another “wind of teaching” that believers moving toward maturity would do well to avoid. – source
During Jan Markell’s two part interview with the distraught parents of a “lost” child, Caitlin, to the cult of Bethel church, they revealed that during the “Sozo” counseling, the practice of regressive memories (false memories planted in the victim’s mind) was used with their daughter. Bethel had her convinced that she was abused by her parents and that Bethel would keep her safe from them.
Fire tunnels are used at Bethel and other NAR churches:
“The practice of “fire tunnels” is a relatively new phenomenon. The basic idea is that people form 2 lines (i.e. a “tunnel”) through which others walk to receive laying on of hands, prayer, prophecy, and “impartation of the spirit”. There are often physical manifestations noted in the participants going through the tunnels. Manifestations include appearing drunk, hysterical laughing, falling down, and twitching. It is important to note that NO Scriptural support or precedent can be found for this practice.” source
Examples of Fire tunnel practice:
I am hoping that the reader has discerned by now that these aberrant practices at Bethel are completely NEW AGE.
The practice of Grave Soaking is so over the top New Age (and might I add “creepy”? The people who are participating must be possessed. I have no other explanation.
Sometimes Todd from “Wretched” is a bit too much for me. But in this instance, I believe that he presents Love Bombing for what it is. He also makes an observation about the lack of love in many sound churches. Oh, satan is so very sneaky.
Please watch this video and pay close attention to the Scriptures which are cited:
NAR churches and the Seven Mountain Mandate
I could find no better resource on this subject – also called “Dominionism” than Jan Markell’s own radio broadcast:
But for those who would rather read, here is an explanation of the Seven Mountain Mandate:
What is the seven mountain mandate, and is it biblical?
Answer: The seven mountain mandate or the seven mountain prophecy is an anti-biblical and damaging movement that has gained a following in some Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. Those who follow the seven mountain mandate believe that, in order for Christ to return to earth, the church must take control of the seven major spheres of influence in society for the glory of Christ. Once the world has been made subject to the kingdom of God, Jesus will return and rule the world.
Here are the seven mountains, according to the seven mountain mandate:
These seven sectors of society are thought to mold the way everyone thinks and behaves. So, to tackle societal change, these seven “mountains” must be transformed. The mountains are also referred to as “pillars,” “shapers,” “molders,” and “spheres.” Those who follow the seven mountain mandate speak of “occupying” the mountains, “invading” the culture, and “transforming” society.
The seven mountain mandate has its roots in dominion theology, which started in the early 1970s with a goal of “taking dominion” of the earth, twisting Genesis 1:28 to include a mandate for Christians to control civil affairs and all other aspects of society. The New Apostolic Reformation, with its self-appointed prophets and apostles, has also influenced the seven mountain movement, lending dreams and visions and other extra-biblical revelations to the mandate.
The seven mountain mandate says that it is the duty of all Christians to create a worldwide kingdom for the glory of Christ. Teachers in the movement use Isaiah 2:2, which mentions mountains, in an attempt to support their view: “In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.” The principal goal of dominion theology and the seven mountain mandate is political and religious domination of the world through the implementation of the moral laws—and subsequent punishments—of the Old Testament.
Lance P. Wallnau coined the term seven mountain mandate and is its most prominent teacher. Wallnau adapts the missionary mandate of Jesus to His disciples to “go and make disciples” of all the nations into a mandate to effect social transformation. He reasons that, since churches already have a presence in every nation in the world, we need to now concentrate on influencing the systems (the “mountains”) within these nations. The problem, according to Wallnau, is that Christians are not currently influencing society outside the church. Christians have left the mountains susceptible to the “gates of hell,” which are spiritual portals over the “kings” (influence-shapers) of those mountains.
Wallnau’s teaching is loosely based on the Abrahamic Covenant, which promised Abraham a seed and a lasting inheritance. Also, Israel was promised in Deuteronomy 28:12–14 to be the “head and not the tail” among the nations. Proponents of the seven mountain mandate infer that the church, not Israel, is the entity to claim that promise. It is now up to believers to move in proximity to the “gates of hell” and position themselves to exert the greatest amount of influence. The church then needs to be dissected into “micro components” and infiltrate the mountains. Since every Christian can’t position himself at the top of every mountain, each individual is to find his particular smaller peak and be a leader in that realm.
The leading edge of the seven mountain mandate is the New Apostolic Reformation, which teaches that the church of the 21st century will be ruled by apostles and prophets. The movement is not governed by a specific denomination but by the alleged apostles and prophets who, of course, claim to receive direct revelation from God. In lending credence to modern-day prophets and apostles, the NAR denigrates the Bible and sola scriptura, emphasizes experience-oriented theology, and promotes mysticism.
The NAR and proponents of the seven mountain mandate have abandoned biblical teaching on the end times, choosing to believe that Christians must set the stage for Jesus’ second coming by achieving dominion over the world’s systems. According to 7-M theology, Jesus will only return to a world that mirrors the kingdom of God. This idea parallels the New Age teaching that anticipates a cosmic spiritual shift when man becomes a co-redeemer of Planet Earth.
Christians are called to be lights in the world (Matthew 5:14). There is no biblical requirement, however, to take the helm of all the world systems in order to usher in Christ’s kingdom. The Bible says that the world will grow worse, not better, in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1, 13; 2 Peter 3:3). (Emphasis added)
The theology associated with the seven mountain mandate is dangerous, and it sheds a terribly negative light on Christians everywhere. The 7-M teaching puts a tremendous burden on believers to perform, make progress in their relative spheres of influence, and set the stage for Jesus’ return to earth—all without a definite end point. Little emphasis is placed on the gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; the movement is more about staking claims and taking control. The seven mountain mandate is a movement led by false prophets, and it should be avoided and exposed whenever Bible-believing Christians encounter it. – source
When will people who are attempting to serve the Lord finally realize that He has everything we need to know in His Word? These grandiose ideas born out of the minds of men are stubble – nothing – God created the Universe and He created us. How arrogant for any of us to think that our ideas are better than His!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:8-11).
God does NOT need our help. He needs for us to love and obey Him; to be Salt and Light in this dark world – and to occupy until He returns for us.
I hope and pray that I have equipped the brethren with enough solid information about Bethel and about NAR churches, that many will know how to speak to those who have fallen victim to this grand deception.
I also pray that if you are one who fell for this New Age heresy, that the Lord will use this article to convict you to leave this Cult called Bethel Church; or if you are in another NAR church with similar errant and evil teachings – that God will give you the strength to run from that place and never look back.
Please pray for the distraught parents in Jan’s interview and for their daughter, Caitlin. Pray that the Holy Spirit might even come to her in her dreams and reveal to her that she is in a cult and that she must come out.
And for the parents – that God will give them His peace which does pass all understanding.