Today, I produced a 22-minute video explaining why I must speak out against the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Bethel Church (Redding, CA). The New Apostolic Reformation and Bethel Church both claim to be authentic moves of the Holy Spirit (Spiritus Sanctus). However, if one simply compares what this false spiritual movement and this false church assert are the works of the Holy Spirit to how the work of the Holy Spirit is described in the following Puritan prayer, the differences between them will prove too significant to ignore.
In the Puritan prayer book, Valley of Vision, the authentic work of the Holy Spirit is described this way:
O Holy Spirit,
As the sun if full of light,
the ocean full of water,
Heaven full of glory, so may my heart be full of thee.
Vain are all divine purposes of love
and the redemption wrought by Jesus
except thou work within,
regenerating by thy power,
giving me eyes to see Jesus,
showing me the realities of the unseen world.
Give me thyself without measure,
as an unimpaired fountain,
as inexhaustible riches.
I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
imperfect vision, languid service,
prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.
Suffer me not to grieve or resit thee.
Come as power,
to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme
and keep me thine;
Come as teacher,
leading me into all truth, filling me with
Come as love,
that I may adore the Father and love him
as my all;
Come as joy;
to dwell in me, move in me, animate me;
Come as light,
illuminating the Scripture, moulding me
in its laws;
Come as sanctifier,
body, soul and spirit wholly thine;
Come as helper,
with strength to bless and keep, direct my
Come as beautifier,
bringing order out of confusion, loveliness
out of chaos.
Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me,
and make me redolent [strongly reminiscent or suggestive of] thy fragrance.
The Holy Spirit has been given to the born-again Christian, not as a possession, not as a genie in a bottle, not as a divine butler, not as a playmate, and not to point attention to Himself. Sadly, all of the before-mentioned descriptions are characteristic of the New Apostolic Reformation and Bethel Church. The NAR and Bethel Church, even with all of their teaching on honor, dishonor the Holy Spirit.
Rather, as so clearly and beautifully stated in the above prayer:
He has come in power to expel the rebellious lusts of the flesh and the eyes.
He has come to lead the redeemed into an understanding of God’s Truth, His Word.
He has come to help the Christian love the Father, not himself or the “gifts” presumed by some to be from Him–gifts that are more like that first free slam of heroin, from a drug dealer knowing the user will come back for more, and willing to pay anything to get another fix.
He has come to help the Christian experience true and authentic joy; the joy of the Lord is the Christian’s strength.
He has come to light the way in the Christian’s heart and mind to receive and obey the Word of God.
He has come to sanctify the Christian, to conform him to the image of God the Son.
He has come to help the Christian to persevere, to be immovable in Christ, and to direct his path.
He has come in an orderly fashion–never confusing, never chaotic.
God the Holy Spirit has been sinfully redefined and His character has been maligned by the NAR and Bethel Church. I fear that much by way of alleged miracles and other manifestations that are coming out of this movement and this church, which is being attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit, is not of Him, but rather the manipulations and creations of sinful people and the demonic spirits of the age.
And this is why I am compelled to speak out against and warn people about the dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation and Bethel Church.
Now, please take the time to watch this video.
Thx for speaking out Tony , Prayers for you .
How can I warn my family members who are involved in the NAR, listen to Bethel podcasts and Jesus culture? Should I even say anything or just let them go on believing this stuff? They don’t seem to be open to anything other than messages that come from Bethal. Several years ago when I tried to warn them, I was told that I didn’t understand “spiritual things” and that I am a law-only Pharisee. I was kind and respectful. I love Christ, I’ve repented of my sins, put my faith and trust in Him alone and I love my family too much to see them swept away in this hysteria. What can I do or say?
I am very grateful for this teaching I have been in a church like this for 6 yrs and been told all the same things I heard here I do have the gift of discernment which I might add is NOT looking for different spirits in people but
Knowing the False Holy Spirit from the REAL This has been a way God has answered my prayers! It is true everything revolves around Bethel Church and Manifestations But as good Bereans it should always point back to God’s Word I am in the process of leaving and taking much battering as a result But the TRUE Holy Spirit will guide us all into all truth Right from the get go I could never align with this
This is exactly Why I Keep my faith simple. Way to much teaching and impossible to consider, look into or understand all of It.
I attend a Vineyard Network Church in Reading, UK. I have attended for over 16yrs. The last five years Inhave become increasingly concerned about replacement Theology and the signs and wonders. I was Baptised and converted in the 80s at the time of John Wimber teachings. I have pretty much seen everything over the years. I am aware there is a spirit of error in our Churches now in Reading. After my own research I now realise the roots are all in Bethal teachings and wrong emphasis on signs and wonders. I am looking for a Church that teaches the true Gospel and its not easy. Are you thinking of coming to the UK?
God bless you in your journey.