A few years ago I networked with a man named Shofar and he shared with me and others about his experience while being involved in a well known false prophet ministry. He gave me permission to share his story on our website and now I would like to leave some highlights from his story here.
I was unaffected EVEN in spite of the countless attempts of others to “IMPART” (one of their buzz words) into me…
I started noticing a LOT of name dropping from the pulpit (mostly from Bill Johnson) of false prophets and wolves like Bob Jones, Patricia King, Todd Bentley, Heidi Baker, and a plethora of others. This was constant, and when these names were mentioned, cheers went up with the fervor and magnitude of a Super Bowl touchdown reaction.
During my entire time there, I NEVER ONCE heard Jesus get even a fraction of that type of praise, worship, or delightful frenzy. I might add that NEVER ONCE did I hear salvation, repentance, holiness, righteousness, judgement, or wrath preached, neither from the pulpit nor when I’d travel the streets with them. The whole business plan (because it’s NOT a ministry) is to focus on LYING SIGNS and wonders….impotent magic tricks… People jerked, shook, laughed, convulsed, spoke in (FAKE/DEMONIC) tongues…
When I stopped going to the church and began staying home and listening to REAL MINISTERS OF GOD like Michael Boldea and Mike Hoggard, Paul Washer and David Eells, I got flack from my roommates saying that those guys were mad and didn’t know God. They asked me not to play their sermons… I would often challenge my roomies and other Bethel “robots” on Bill and Kris’ theology and their twisted new age “sermons” WITH SCRIPTURE and it ceased to surprise me anymore that they’d rebuttle my challenges with quotes from one of Bill or Kris’ books. IMAGINE THAT!!! They ALWAYS tried to refute GOD’S WORD with quotes from books written by their false teachers. Can you say MIND CONTROL?
There was a class held every Sunday called “Fire Starters” birthed out of the Toronto Blessing movement. This class was supposed to… get this...”TEACH” PEOPLE HOW TO PROPHESY…LOL!!! Yes…I laughed too!!
So anyway, every class people were randomly called to the front of the room. They were lined up, and asked to pick someone in the room and give them a word of knowledge…BUT THERE WERE RULES. WHAT EVER YOU SAID HAD TO BE SWEET, KIND, AND MAKE THE PERSON “FEEL” GOOD… I decided to MAKE UP, FABRICATE a “word of knowledge”… It was this,
“There’s someone here who’s been strategizing suicide, and the devil is tormenting you. If you’ll raise your hand, we can pray for you and you can be released.”
Much to my surprise, a hand went up. WOW….I’m like okay God, you used my prank to REALLY get someone’s attention. “Praise You.” But I was about to get an even BIGGER surprise, because I immediately thought the room would shut down and people would bombard this poor girl who planned to take her life, so they could pray and labor over her soul, but NO!!! That’s NOT what happened. Instead, I got reprimanded by Kevin Dedmond, one of the “leaders.” (You can see his crap on youtube with Sid Roth.) And I was told that I’m to only say things that make people feel good.
Brainwashing, idol worship, fascination with the occult- the false signs and wonders, demonic tongue speaking… the dangerous nonsense goes on and on. “Buzz words,” and repetitive speech is a brainwashing technique. I see so many people brainwashed and demonically controlled by these false prophets. Carnal, worldly people who have open doors to Satan’s devices will come under strong delusion and be deceived by these liars. Satan will keep you distracted with one lie after another if your focus is on manifestations and seeking all things for yourself. Satan is the ‘kingpin’ for self-glorification. If you are caught up in a cult, are trying to figure out if you are in a cult, or believe something is wrong but are afraid to get out then you need spiritual help. You need to be “deprogrammed.” Now is the time to get out. The longer that you remain under the false teaching and brainwashing the more impossible it will be for you to ever accept the real gospel.
There are so many scriptures in the Bible that answer today’s problems and describe what is going on right now. I have trouble narrowing things down to one or two verses. If you rely on some inspirational message from a preacher then you should try opening up a King James Bible and reading it from Genesis to Revelation. You would be surprised what all you will find in there.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:7-8
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
The Bible says that God does not take pleasure in sending anyone to Hell, but even those who once were “righteous” if they turn away to commit iniquity, abominations and live like the wicked, like the world, then He will no more remember their previous righteousness and they will go to Hell.
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, [and] doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked [man] doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Ezekiel 18:23-24
I have been around some people involved in these ministries with false prophets and they behave like people who are strung out on some hallucinogenic drug. These people are under the strong delusion the Bible speaks of to believe they are in tune with God. Just like the hippies thought in the 1960s when they discovered hallucinogenic drugs. These false prophets are brainwashing people to believe that God will never send people to Hell and it is a lie. You will never find God through some “feel good” experience. You will not find Him through trance music or drum beats or through anyone who calls themselves a prophet. God is not raining gold dust on people. You will not find Him in some smoke filled room, which by the way it would not surprise me if Bill Johnson’s self-created smoke display was infused with drugs to keep people loyal and dumb. All this nonsense is demonic distractions to mislead you away from the Lord. A genuinely close and personal relationship with the Lord is not about a great FEELING. It is not about some gaudy outward display or making a show of yourself in front of lots of people. It is not what you FEEL. The only thing that can make a person tremble, shake, jerk, twitch, laugh, and behave ridiculously is a demonic spirit. All these silly things are of the devil who is trying to make a mockery of Jesus. This kind of display shows no reverence for the Lord. Jesus will never humiliate a person or do ridiculous and foolish things.
To read Shofar’s entire story, go here “Not Bethel, BUT Beth-“HELL” – How God Rescued Me From Bill Johnson’s Bethel Cult.”