Bethel Church in Redding, California – which dumps chicken feathers, fog, and glitter out of its ventilation system to simulate a “glory cloud,” has a supernatural school of healing, and regularly tells tall-tales of raising the dead – has apparently closed its “healing rooms” because it’s afraid that all the touching involved will pass along the coronavirus.
The failures of this church to heal anybody ever are multitudinous. Famous Islamic-Christian convert, Nabeel Quereshi, sought healing from Bethel during his fight with cancer, and received many prophecies over him that declared him healed. He died.
The child of Bethel Music CEO, Joel Taylor, was near death when they took him to the hospital to receive treatment from western medicine. It turns out, all he needed was hydration. They couldn’t heal the child of dehydration.
Just as Bethel’s leaders claim to control the weather but whose house burns down when the wind spread the Shasta County fires over their chuch staff housing, they are proven to be clouds with no rain (claiming to have power, but lacking it).
Bethel Church in Redding, California is known as the epicenter of the faith-healing movement in America. Its leader, Bill Johnson, wrote in Charisma Mag that all believers have the same exact power and authority as Jesus to heal illness. Johnson promises that with enough faith, anyone can heal. The worship services of Bethel are full of testimonies of people being healed of various invisible ailments. Unsubstantiated claims of more impressive healings – even raising the dead – are made at Bethel. Bethel Church has “healing rooms” where you can schedule an appointment to receive physical healing. In fact, Bethel Church hosts the Randy Clark School of Healing and Impartation, which teaches faith healers how to lengthen legs and do psychosomatic parlor tricks. Supposedly, the power of God manifests itself so strongly at Bethel that they see “glory clouds” and angel feathers falling from the rafters. Johnson, in the Charisma Mag article linked above, said, “We ought not leave our ministry base until we are clothed with dunamis—power from on high.”
And yet, these charlatans who promise to raise the dead can’t even cure the flu. Heck, they aren’t even immune to it.
Despite Bethel’s acknowledgement that they’re unable to ‘decree and declare’ the flu away, many charismatic prophets are promising certain cures or immunities to the illness.
Bethel’s affiliated pastor, Shawn Bolz, declared a prophecy that God had ended the virus. Perhaps Bethel didn’t get the memo. Rodney Howard Browne promised to bind coronavirus from the United States (again, it’s growing), Jim Bakker claimed his venereal disease ointment also heals coronavirus, and Rick Wiles claimed Christians are immune altogether. Pat Robertson claimed his gut-health booklet will make you immune. A charismatic prophet from New Zealand claimed that all Christians were immune. Another prophet declared that Republican states were immune.
Friends, these prophets lie. They lie because they are of their father, the devil. They offer false hope to gullible people who need to repent and reject all prophecy outside the Holy Bible.
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