The false Kenotic Jesus of the NAR – refuted

What do John Wimber, Peter Wagner, Patricia King, Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker all have in common? They all preach a false Jesus – the Kenotic Jesus. Chris Rosebrough exposes the heresy behind the NAR Kenotic Jesus and debunks it with the scriptures.


At the bottom of this article are examples of NAR leaders promoting their false Kenotic Jesus.

Debunking the False Kenotic Christology of the N.A.R.



Debunking the False Kenotic Christology of the N.A.R.

Source: Chris Rosebrough, Debunking the False Kenotic Christology of the N.A.R., PirateChristian,, Published 09/12/2016. (Accessed 18/12/2016.)

Because the NAR emphasize their ‘Gospel of Power’ and ‘Power Evangelism’, they get their definitions and categories on the concept of ‘power’ confused. Because their gospel emphasizes not only power and authority but restoration, they end up mortalizing Jesus and immortalizing man by revisiting the Adam of Genesis.

In saying this, it is worth noting that Bill Johnson and Heidi Baker are close friends. When you look at what they are saying below, it becomes apparent they are immortalizing themselves and mortalizing Jesus in a categorical fallacy.

Johnson: “[Jesus] emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man.”
Baker: “I empty myself out like Jesus … I connect to the Father.”

See the error?

We can’t empty ourselves of our divinity. 

So what is it that these people are emptying themselves of?


NARpostle John Wimber teaches,

“But I want you to know, the same guy that knew Zaccheus’ name didn’t know how long the kid was demonized, had been in that condition. The same one that knew of these things didn’t know everything, every time.  Jesus operated both in his divinity and his humanity. And from time to time, his information was limited because Jesus operated in the Spirit, of the Spirit and by the gifts of the Spirit. I believe what we’re seeing here is a gift of the spirit…

“Jesus looked up and said, ‘Who’s that guy?’ And the Father said, ‘That’s Zaccheus. Tell him to come on down.’ Because Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing. He only said what the father had given him to say. He only did the bidding of the father.” [Source]

NARpostle Bill Johnson teaches,

“While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man (see Phil. 2:7). It’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow.[Source]

NARpostle Che Ahn teaches,

“I believe Jesus is one hundred percent God. And he’s also one hundred percent man. There’s the mystery of the incarnation. I believe when he started his ministry he functioned as a man under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.” [Source]

NARpostle C. Peter Wagner teaches,

“… you will see that all of Jesus’ mighty works—His miracles, His signs and wonders, His prophecies, His deliverance ministry and the rest—can be explained adequately by the supernatural working of the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus as a human being. … This should dissipate any doubts as to how  Jesus could tell us, as mere human beings, that we would do the same works He did and even greater works. The same Holy Spirit who did miracles through Jesus is available to do them through us today.” [Source]

NARpostle Jack Deere teaches,

“Thus the Old Testament prophets, Jesus himself, and his apostles all attribute the divine power in [Jesus’] ministry not to the uniqueness of his deity, but rather to the ministry of the Holy Spirit through him.” [Source]

NARpostle Heidi Baker teaches,

“I want to be full of holy spirit, I want to hear him, I want to be full of him and … when I’m praying in the spirit, I’m participating in the triune nature of God, why? … How was that? I’m saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, I become empty … I don’t even know what I’m saying … but I become empty … I empty myself out like Jesus … I connect to the Father… and I yield myself … to holy spirit.” [Source]

NARpostle Mike Bickle teaches,

“What the angels, what the living creatures and the elders  are saying- they say, ‘You were slain. When you had all the power, when you were fully God-‘ again, he is forever fully god- ‘but when you had all the privileges of deity, you laid aside the privileges! Became a man! When you had all the power, you used your position to manifest love for us. Yes we trust you. When all authority was yours, you laid down the privileges, took upon the form of a man, bore the wrath of God and included us by your free grace. You’re worthy because, when another man has all the power he waivers with what he does with it. He doesn’t always do with it what he set out to do before he had the power.’

But with Jesus it’s the opposite. He had all the power on the front end and he laid down the benefits of walking in that power and he became a man.”

Source: Mike Bickle, Jesus Received as King by All Nations (Rev. 5:12), MikeBickle.Org,, Date: October 10, 2014, Accessed 18/06/07. [26:55]

You can read more about Mike Bickle’s Kenotic Jesus in his sermon notes here:

Session 5 Jesus Received as King by All Nations (Rev. 5:12)


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