Proof: Three Pieces of Evidence that Bill Johnson Teaches a Non-Divine Jesus Walked this Earth
“He laid his divinity aside.” (When Heaven Invades Earth; chapter 7; page 110)
Direct quotations cannot be argued; they are fact. Furthermore, when the same teaching appears in a number of places (books, articles and sermons), proof is further established – knowing that there was no mistake in speech. When a teacher repeats the teaching and even precedes his or her teaching with the phrase, “it’s vital to note”, Christians can conclude that the teaching is not a mere “slip-up”, but a vital teaching to the teacher:
“While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man…it’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow”. (In an article from Charisma Magazine dated February 23, 2012)
Elsewhere, in a sermon entitled When Heaven Comes dated May 6, 2012, Johnson teaches that Christ is eternally God, but then he explains how Christ was not divine on earth until his (age thirty) water baptism! Is this consistent with the Hypostatic Union? Wasn’t the real Jesus Christ even divine at conception (i.e., born of a virgin)??? Yes, we are to follow the Lord’s example. But, emptying Jesus Christ of His divinity on earth to make Him like the “average Joe” is not acceptable. Jesus was 100% divine and 100% human on earth without sacrificing either. Being conceived by the Holy Spirit Himself (Luke 1:35) makes Jesus very different than the normal human being!
What matters is doctrinal fruit.