News: Open Forum…Bethel Church (Pastor is Bill Johnson) is why I chose to leave Redding, California

In this new article from the San Francisco Chronicle, a former 50-year resident of Redding, California and licensed clinical social worker explains why she made the choice to leave Redding.  This says a lot: “I recently chose to leave Redding after nearly 50 years in this community, where I raised my family and where many I love remain. I left almost entirely because of Bethel and the city’s passive complicity in the real factors that ail Redding.  Did you wonder why Bethel gave $500,000 for law enforcement but not homeless shelters…did anyone… Read More

Gnostic teaching that Jesus was not divine before baptism and an interesting find about ‘fear’ being taught at Bethel

Several months ago, I was flipping through a Bible.  It wasn’t my Bible.  It was someone who has been very involved with Bethel Church, Bill Johnson, sozo, etc.  I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to flip open to 1 John 4:1.  Here is what that verse says:  “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”. I thought that was interesting, and I wondered why God wanted me to turn to that verse. I started reading… Read More

Warning Signs by Rick Ross

Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader: Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always are wrong in leaving, negative or even evil. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs… Read More

Fear tactics at church: The Code of Silence in the Assembly and spiritual abuse…

Code of Silence Please click on the above link. Make sure your church does not have a “Code of Silence”. If it does, you are at an unbiblical church.  A brief excerpt: “My family and I recently had the experience of leaving, after 17 years of involvement, what would, by some, be termed an abusive church. I use the term “abuse” to describe what happens when leaders, in the name of God, the Bible, and with false spiritual authority, seek to meet their own needs, or the needs of a cause, at… Read More

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