The following was photographed from the Free Believers Network. It is perhaps the best description of the spiritual gift of discernment I have seen so far. I asked the author if I could use this and obtained his permission.
I am so thankful that a reader of Bethel Sozo Research sent in a photo of Beni Johnson’s Instagram page from about a week ago. Thank you!
I have seen a similar photo before on Beni’s Twitter page. She is posting these photos of herself in cemeteries hugging or somehow embracing the gravestones of dead people. I wrote about that previously and posted a photo of her hugging a gravestone. They want to get some sort of power or insight from the dead corpse. There is nothing biblical about this! This is creepy!
What do you think of this? Would God command someone to go hug a gravestone containing a dead body to get some sort of spiritual benefit? The spirit of the person is gone (2 Cor. 5:8). In the Bible they hide behind, there are Scriptures concerning necromancy (communication/consulting with the dead is forbidden in the Scriptures. God didn’t like it then, and He doesn’t like it now because He is the same God today. See Luke 24:5, Hebrews 13:8 and Deuteronomy 18:10).
Would the Holy Spirit really want someone to get some sort of “anointing” from a dead person? Is it even possible to get an anointing from someone who is dead? What benefit is there in hanging around dead people? There is nothing good or holy to be gained from the cemetery! This is a cult.
This is very sad that people are buying into this. This practice was not done by Jesus nor the disciples. None of the earlier Christians throughout the centuries did this. Still, they erroneously claim to be Christian.
Protected: Protect our children and God’s people: Warning! False advertising about accreditation at Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian School in Henderson, Nevada and a helpful article on spiritual abuse written by Dr. Darrell Puls…
What on earth is a ‘fire tunnel’? Did the earlier Christians practice ‘fire tunnels’? Does the Bible teach us to run through ‘fire tunnels’?
Been meaning to post this for days! This is an open question for your consideration and commenting:
What on earth is a “fire tunnel”?
Seeing as how the word “fire” has come up several times in last few days, and that it is scorching hot where I am right now (think…sauna; no… furnace), I wanted to post this question.
I was once told (by a seemingly sincere Christian) that I “must” go to a Bill Johnson conference, and if given the opportunity to run through a “fire tunnel”, I “must” do it. My response was, “Sure, of course I will run through a fire tunnel”! This answer was not based on knowledge but a lack of knowledge (ignorance of truth).
There are many references to “fire” in scripture. However, there are zero references to “fire tunnels”.
What is your take on a “fire tunnel”?
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 that document the abuses of the group/leader.
- Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
- The group/leader is always right.
- The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible/
Ten warning signs regarding people involved in/with a potentially unsafe group/leader:
- Extreme obsessiveness regarding the group/leader resulting in the exclusion of almost every practical consideration.
- Individual identity, the group, the leader and/or God as distinct and separate categories of existence become increasingly blurred. Instead, in the follower’s mind these identities become substantially and increasingly fused–as that person’s involvement with the group/leader continues and deepens.
- Whenever the group/leader is criticized or questioned, it is characterized as “persecution”.
- Uncharacteristically stilted and seemingly programmed conversation and mannerisms, cloning of the group/leader in personal behavior.
- Dependency upon the group/leader for problem solving, solutions, and definitions without meaningful reflective thought.
- A seeming inability to think independently or analyze situations without group/leader involvement.
- Hyperactivity centered on the group/leader agenda, which seems to supercede any personal goals or individual interests.
- A dramatic loss of spontaneity and sense of humor.
- Increasing isolation from family and old friends unless they demonstrate an interest in the group/leader.
- Anything the group/leader does can be justified no matter how harsh or harmful. Former followers are at best – considered negative, or worse – evil and under bad influences. They can not be trusted and personal contact is avoided.
Signs of a safe group/leader:
- A safe group/leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental and punitive.
- A safe group/leader will disclose information such as finances and often offer an independently audited financial statement regarding budget and expenses.
- Safe groups and leaders will tell you more than you want to know.
- A safe group/leader is often democratic, sharing decision making and encouraging accountability and oversight.
- A safe group/leader may have disgruntled former followers, but will not vilify, excommunicate and forbid others from associating with them.
- A safe group/leader will not have a paper trail of overwhelmingly negative records, books, articles and statements about them.
- A safe group/leader will encourage family communication, community interaction and existing friendships and not feel threatened.
- A safe group/leader will recognize reasonable boundaries and limitations when dealing with others.
- A safe group/leader will encourage critical thinking, individual autonomy and feelings of self-esteem.
- A safe group/leader will admit failings and mistakes and accept constructive criticism and advice.
- A safe group/leader will not be the only source of knowledge and learning excluding everyone else, but value dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.
Don’t be naïve, develop a good BS Detector.
You can protect yourself from unsafe groups and leaders by developing a good BS detector. Check things out, know the facts and examine the evidence. A safe group will be patient with your decision making process. If a group or leader grows angry and anxious just because you want to make an informed and careful decision before joining; beware.
Public Facebook page owner Mark Brown and Christi Armstrong teachings on divorce and marriage (Jesus Christ, The Bible, Global Scope Ministries): False or true? ‘Emotional Abuse’ grounds for divorce?
Be very discerning with any pages run by “Global Scope Ministries” or by “Rev. Mark Brown“. Mark Brown is married to writer Christi Brown (previously “Christi Armstrong” before her and Mark’s divorce). He has several teachings that are allegedly for God, Jesus, prayers and so on. We must test everything to the Word of God alone. Sometimes, according to the Bible, teachings can be “fine-sounding speeches”, that is, persuasive, or enticing words (Colossians 2:4) that would preach to “itching ears” unsound doctrine (2 Tim. 4:3), as well as “secretly introduced destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). Anything that is contrary to Christ’s teaching is a false teaching.
He has also taught on YouTube, visible to the public, as well. According to some research, this ministry believes these are a few of his pages.
Hello, the written content of this post is now password protected as well as the previous article entitled, “Protect our children and God’s people: Warning! False advertising about accreditation at Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian School in Henderson, Nevada and a helpful article on spiritual abuse written by Dr. Darrell Puls”. Please make contact if you would like to read about the peculiar teachings of this group. We have quite a bit of information on file. Here are some of the personal testimonies of those who left, written by a group of several individuals (more than a dozen, if I recall correctly). These were public photos of a public debate, and this is a public concern. I strongly encourage you to research spiritual abuse and the helpful articles on this site pertaining to Calvary Chapel and spiritual abuse (please see the drop down menu on the right side of the page). There have also been many negative Yelp reviews removed. Please see the helpful comments at the end of this post, and please look up Rick Ross’s “Warning Signs” list for unsafe groups. Please note that none of the following testimonies were written by this ministry, and please also note that there are many more testimonies not shown here.