False Teacher of the Day #7: Lisa Bevere
Lisa Bevere and her husband, John, operate a ministry called Messenger International. The ministry exists, according to their website, “to develop uncompromising followers of Christ who transform our world.” Lisa Bevere is a regular conference speaker at highly charismatic church conferences such as Bethel’s Women’s Conference, which lauds her teachings as “authentic, passionate, and witty,” while “weaving profound biblical truths with practical application.”
Lisa Bevere, in stark contrast to the biblical mandate of women’s silence in the church (1 Corinthians 14:34-35), she is a staunch advocate of female preachers in the church. Not only does she regularly fill in as a Sunday morning preacher at various churches, she also writes:
For centuries, a select few verses in the New Testament have been held over women to effectively limit their role and contribution in the church. But is this really what Jesus intended? If men are the only ones who are to preach, then what do we make of Jesus telling Mary Magdalene to go proclaim the news of His resurrection to His disciples? And what about when He gave the Great Commission? Jesus didn’t just give it to the men in attendance—He gave it to all. In case you were wondering, all includes women. In fact, I believe the Great Commission is exactly that—a co-mission, one that will take men and women working together in unison to fulfill.
Here she twists God’s commands to fulfill the Great Commission to mean that it is now acceptable for a female to assume teaching authority over men in the context of the church. All are called to evangelize, only men are called to teach and preach.
While giving lip-service to the authority of Scripture, Lisa Bevere actually rejects Sola Scripture in favor of extra-biblical revelation. She is a proponent of the false teaching of “God-whispers,” or “heart whispers.” She regularly writes about how the Holy Spirit tells her things and gives her specific revelations. She writes:
Last year I was at the Colour Conference with my beautiful daughter-in-law, Juliana. While I was there, the Holy Spirit said to me, “You’ve written on lions. You’ve written on swords. Now you’re going to write on a crown.”
She doesn’t say exactly how the Holy Spirit revealed this to her, but in another article, she writes:
I believe that when God speaks, it always begins as a whisper. God is whispering to His sons and daughters, and each of us longs to hear His words. We were created to hear our Creator.
Lisa Bevere teaches a false, man-centered humanistic gospel. In her teachings, we repeatedly find that Jesus is the means to the ultimate end–man’s accomplishments. Closely aligned with charismatic Word of Faith teachings, you will find her saying this such as, “lovely one, if you dare to dream, you must be brave enough to fight.” Christ has already won the battle, it is in Him that we find rest if we will come to Him (Matthew 11:28).
You will regularly find Lisa Bevere aligned with other false teachers such as Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, and Christine Caine. She is also tied to the New Apostolic Reformation false teachers Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton out of Bethel Redding. This is fitting since Bevere is also a proponent of mysticism in the church. She affirms the mystic charismatic gifts of today (which are nothing even closely resembling the apostolic sign gifts of the early church).
Bevere also promotes a heresy known as positive confession, which teaches that your words have the power to speak things into existence. In a post on her Facebook page, she writes,
Proverbs 18 tells us that both death and life are in the power of the tongue. So what are you speaking over your children—God’s promises, or your fears? Let’s not position them for normal, because normal has not served the church well. Rather, let’s position them for signs and wonders and miracles by speaking their God-given identity and destiny over them. They are sons and daughters of the most high God. Our words can either cause them to shrink back and live small lives, or frame a world large enough for them to be heroes in. Which will you choose?
She also affirms this in the video below. Notice that she is telling her children that they are already “sons of the Most High God,” though she is alluding the fact that they are too young to have an understanding of the gospel when she is telling them this. But the idea that we can speak or confess anything into existence is a blasphemous claim, as this is something only God can do.
Lisa Bevere is a false teacher, a feminist, and a dangerous teacher to follow. She needs to be marked and avoided.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. –Romans 16:17-18
[Contributed by Jeff Maples]
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