Pentecostalism condemns Bill Johnson, Oral Roberts, Che Ahn & Yonggi Cho

“For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”
1 Corinthians 11:18-19

In this article you will see that Pentecostalism and Charismaticism are in fact enemies of each other.  The Pentecostal AOG in America condemned the New Order of the Latter Rain for one of six practices:

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“RESOLVED, That we disapprove of those extreme teachings and practices which, being unfounded Scripturally, serve only to break fellowship of like precious faith and tend to confusion and division among the members of the Body of Christ, and be it hereby known that this 23rd General Council disapproves of the so-called, ” New Order of the Latter Rain” , to wit:

1. The overemphasis relative to imparting, identifying, bestowing or confirming gifts by the laying on of hands and prophesy.”

[Source – pg 26] (Emphasis ours.)


In the church today, the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) (previously known as the Charismatic Renewal Movement (CRM) and the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR), still encourage this forbidden practice, thus disqualifying themselves to be considered Pentecostal, orthodox or even of the Christian faith at all.

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The results are not only heretical in practice but blasphemous in delivery. Below is a video where you can hear Bill Johnson practice being the recipient of spiritual gifts from NARpostle Oral Roberts and NARpostle Cho. We offer a critique of this video along with a book excerpt from Bill Johnson called ‘Anointed To Heal’. (You can read the book excerpt and video transcript at the end of this article.)


IMPARTATION OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS FROM ROBERTS TO JOHNSON

In his book, ‘Anointed To Heal’ Bill Johnson says,

“Then there came a time when [Oral Roberts] wanted to pray for us, so I knelt in front of him. He said to me, “What do you want?” I said, “I want your anointing. I want your breakthrough.”

He laid his hands on me, and he went “Whoa!” and jerked his arm. He said, “I won’t ask you if you felt that one – it about blew my arm off.”

There is audio (see below) from Johnson where he was specifically asking what kind of anointing he was requesting from Apostle Oral Roberts,

“And then it came time, he gave us a book he had just finished and just published, and we were the first one to receive it, and then he was going to pray for us. So I knelt in front of him, and he said, “What do you want?” I said, “I want your healing anointing”.”

Apostle Oral Roberts advertising his books…


IMPARTATION OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS FROM DR. CHO TO JOHNSON & AHN

It didn’t stop there. In ‘Anointed to Heal’, Bill Johnson states,

“And then last January, Che Ahn and I were in in Korea. (Che Ahn is the apostolic leader of HROCK Church in Pasadena and of a network of churches called Harvest International Ministry.) We got to meet with Dr. David Yonggi Cho in a private meeting – private meaning with cameras and his security – but still a private meeting. And he laid hands on us. It was fascinating. But before Che could ask him to pray for us, we were just talking with him, and he said, “You know, Dr. Roberts was the greatest inspiration of my life.”[…]

Che said to Dr Cho, “We’d love for you to pray for us.” Dr Cho said, “Oh, I need for you to pray for me.” But we knelt in front of him, Che first and then me. I had specific things I was praying in my heart, and Dr Cho prayed exactly those things – line upon line- everything that was in my heart.

In the audio below, Johnson says,

“I was just in Korea last week, and we had a wonderful time, I was there with Che. But something I never thought, I didn’t know what ever happened, I got to meet Yonggi Cho, Dr. Cho, who is amazing.[…]

But it was so fun, and then Che started talking about, “You know we really want you to pray for us.” And there was just that sucking sound in the room, Che and I are just sitting there going please, please, please. And then he said, “We are all the same, we’re all the same.” […] He grabbed my hands and prayed, I’ve got a video, I watched it again yesterday, awwwwwhhhhh, it was just so good, so good. So I just want you to know that as they pray for me from this point on, it’s going to be a little bit of ‘ORU’, a little bit of Dr Cho and Korea, prayer mountain, and anything else I can get.”

What Bill Johnson omits in the written text is quite telling.

Johnson is fully aware of the dangers of disclosing the controversial practice of laying on of hands to receive impartations of “spiritual gifts.” This is a form of lying. His selective truth-telling manipulates people into believing what he is to one group and what he is not, to another.

We know he received an impartation from Oral Roberts and an impartation from Yonggi Cho by what he said to his church and what he reveals in his book:

1. “We really want you to pray for us.” Ahn and Johnson really wanted something from Cho.
2. “He grabbed my hands and prayed.” To impart spiritual gifts on people, NAR Apostles will either lay their hands on a persons, head, shoulders or hands.
3. “It’s going to be a little bit of ‘ORU’, a little bit of Dr Cho and Korea” We already know Johnson already received “a little bit of” Oral Roberts’ impartation. So in saying “a little bit of Dr Cho,” this confirms that he received an impartation from Dr Cho (although Johnson is not explaining exactly what that impartation was).
4. “Anything else I can get.” This once again confirms that Johnson “got” in impartation from Cho in this prayer.

The implications of what Johnson is saying is incredibly dangerous. In the book, Johnson records his third impartation came from Claudio Freidzon (“He came and laid hands on me…”). This makes him recall a time when not only Apostle Che Ahn laid hands on him but also Rodney Howard-Browne.

According to Johnson, the spiritual impartations of Oral Roberts, Yonggi Cho and Claudio Freidzon impacted his church significantly, claiming that “stuff started happening that was fresh for us.”

JOHNSON’S DEMONIC MINISTRY

This should disturb people in the New Apostolic Reformation – especially that Che Ahn and Bill Johnson allowed Yonggi Cho to lay hands on him and have him then impart onto others. Why?

According to NARismatic theology, Christians can be ‘cursed and possessed by demons’ and receive ‘demonic impartations or powers’. There is a genuine fear among NARismatics that Christians under demonic influence can impart curses or demonic influences or powers on to other Christians. They believe this can be done with the laying on of hands.

Johnson was secretive as to what Yonggi Cho imparted on him. However, we can conclude whatever it was is demonic. Why? Having exhaustively examined Cho’s teachings and proven that the spirit that gave him new revelations, are straight out of the pagan practices of the Japanese Buddhist religious movement called the Soka Gakkai. Although he calls their practices of the devil, he teaches that they manifest genuine spiritual manifestations because they have also tapped into the ‘fourth dimension’, thus justifying why Christians also need to tap into the pagan ‘fourth dimension’ by twisting scripture and by improper use of the Christian language:

Yonggi Cho calls a demon the Holy Spirit
The pagan teachings of Yonggi Cho

Don’t forget that Apostle Oral Roberts played a pivotal role in mainstreaming the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) teachings into Evangelicalism through the 1950s Healing Movement and was central in constructing the Charismatic Renewal Movement (CRM). Bill Johnson is the fruit of the NOLR/CRM/NAR. And this is why he looks up to Oral Roberts as “a father” (the code word for apostle is “father”). He wanted to receive the healing anointing from Oral Roberts.

“Apostle” William Branham with “Apostle” Oral Roberts

 

FROM THE BOOK ‘ANOINTED TO HEAL’

“I’ve had a few encounters in the last year that were some of the most extreme of my life. I don’t know how they’ll play out. I was with Oral Roberts in his home about six weeks before he died. About thirty of us were there. They ended up placing me right next to him, so I sat and just listened and tried to glean as much as I could. Then there came a time when he wanted to pray for us, so I knelt in front of him. He said to me, “What do you want?” I said, “I want your anointing. I want your breakthrough.”

He laid his hands on me, and he went “Whoa!” and jerked his arm. He said, “I won’t ask you if you felt that one – it about blew my arm off.”

It rang my bell, I tell you! It whacked me! And it didn’t happen the rest of the time he was praying. It wasn’t a normal thing, from what I understand. His arm absolutely shot out and just whacked me. And honestly, I’ve had three things happen to me in the last thirteen months that I’ve been praying about on this fast I’m on. Something happened in those events that will take a while to unravel. Oral Roberts praying over me was the first one.

And then last January, Che Ahn and I were in in Korea. (Che Ahn is the apostolic leader of HROCK Church in Pasadena and of a network of churches called Harvest International Ministry.) We got to meet with Dr. David Yonggi Cho in a private meeting – private meaning with cameras and his security – but still a private meeting. And he laid hands on us. It was fascinating. But before Che could ask him to pray for us, we were just talking with him, and he said, “You know, Dr. Roberts was the greatest inspiration of my life.”

We didn’t bring up Oral Roberts, and I had just met him. I was just with him maybe three months earlier. And Dr Cho started talking about Dr. Oral Roberts and the inspiration he was, the help and counsel he was, and what a father he was… I sat there thinking, Man, this is a setup. This is a setup! I was still reeling from my encounter with Oral Roberts.

Che said to Dr Cho, “We’d love for you to pray for us.” Dr Cho said, “Oh, I need for you to pray for me.” But we knelt in front of him, Che first and then me. I had specific things I was praying in my heart, and Dr Cho prayed exactly those things – line upon line- everything that was in my heart.

Then three weeks ago, I was at an international healing conference in Minneapolis. You and I did that one together a few years ago. This time, Claudio Freidzon was there. I’ve been with him before. I’ve been with Carlos Annacondia and you together a couple of times…”

Source: By Bill Johnson and Randy Clark, Anointed to Heal: True Stories and Practical Insight for Praying for the Sick, Baker Publishing Group: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Published 2012. [Source]


TRANSCRIPT

“…about some of what we’ve seen happen throughout the years! And man! This- you know deal back in 1997 where there was an explosion, literally! I remember hearing about here, what was going on here. An explosion of God giving people gold teeth, gold crowns and stuff. And we had it happen here. We didn’t have it explode like it did there, but we, but I just saw it happen here just a few weeks ago again. Somebody who had no gold teeth, had a gold tooth in their mouth, and it’s just fascinating. Why would the Lord do it? You know, I don’t know, He just has fun. He just enjoys messing with our head I guess.

My favourite story of that era, was a man who spent $10,000 to have all the fillings removed from his teeth, and he had them all porcelain so they looked natural. And he went there and got five gold teeth so for me that is absolutely the evidence of divine humour, right there. Hands down, that is divine humour.

John Arnott told me himself, he says, “It was really a stretch, but then I got one.” And he says, “I went back to my dentist, he checked it out, he didn’t know what to do. He’s a believer but he couldn’t accept that God would just create it. So he said, Maybe you’ve been drinking a lot of orange juice or something.”” Which to me, that takes faith to believe that a lot of orange juice will turn a tooth into a gold crown. That’s extraordinary faith right there, I don’t have that much faith.

Anyway, John mentioned something interesting, which is always good to keep in perspective, he said, “you know, one third of those who testify that God had given them gold teeth, when they went back to their dentists, found out they already had a gold tooth, and they lived all that time not knowing it.”

One third, but then there’s two thirds.

You want to hear stories? No you don’t want to hear stories. Hehehe!

We’ve got to read some scripture to make this legal. I’m already being accused of being a cult leader. I can at least use the Bible.

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Real quick, I’ll end with just a personal story. Last September, I got to meet with Oral Roberts, and about 30 of us were in his living room, and it was pretty amazing. I went to sit at a distant seat and the lady in charge put me right next to Oral Roberts. So I was sitting there with my iphone trying to be really… but taking pictures, you know, of the guy sitting right here on my left, you know. Trying to act cool, but being stupid at the same time, you know, just trying to be stupid in small measure. Just small amounts of stupid.

And then it came time, he gave us a book he had just finished and just published, and we were the first one to receive it, and then he was going to pray for us. So I knelt in front of him, and he said, “What do you want?” I said, “I want your healing anointing”. He put his hand on me and he went, “Whoah!” He says, “I’m not going to ask if you felt that one, it just about blew my arm off.” I felt like I got shot with a bazooka, you know? I walked out, I had to go do a TV thing for TBN, I walked out of that room going, “Man what happened to me? That was awesome.”

I was just in Korea last week, and we had a wonderful time, I was there with Che. But something I never thought, I didn’t know what ever happened, I got to meet Yonggi Cho, Dr. Cho, who is amazing. And Che and I got to have a personal meeting with him, and so when it was my time to talk, you know Benny and I first heard him talk in 1973. And I told him, “the first time I heard you speak was in 1973, when your church was just a small little church of 125,000 people”. For those of you who don’t know, he’s a Pastor in Korea, he’s retired now, but he had a church to petty close to 1 million people in it, so he had to tell his people what service to go to just so they could all get into the building.

But it was so fun, and then Che started talking about, you know we really want you to pray for us. And there was just that sucking sound in the room, Che and I are just sitting there going please, please, please. And then he said, “We are all the same, we’re all the same.” And we’re like, yeah, yeah right, thanks for the compliment but we know better, we don’t want to leave until you pray for us. And so, he made this comment, he said, “you know, the most influential person in my life was Oral Roberts.” And Che was ministered to by Oral Roberts in October of last year, one month after I did, and he died I believe toward the 1st of December.

And so both Che and I independent of each other had encounters with Oral Roberts, where he prays for us, and then we’re there together with Dr Cho. He grabbed my hands and prayed, I’ve got a video, I watched it again yesterday, awwwwwhhhhh, it was just so good, so good. So I just want you to know that as they pray for me from this point on, it’s going to be a little bit of ‘ORU’, a little bit of Dr Cho and Korea, prayer mountain, and anything else I can get.”

Source: Uploaded by raideragent, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and palm reading by Bob Jones, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOtI2H59vto, Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011. (Accessed 03/03/2017.)

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