Church Watch Central has a follow-up to the latest blog post from friend and fellow polemicist Rick Becker from ‘Famine in the Land’, with Rick exposing Bethel’s recent frivolous and futile ‘Rediscovering Bethel’ brand campaign:
And what a ‘brand campaign’ this is!
- Over the last few months, Bethel has been in damage control in their rebranding attempt to rescue their reputation with their ‘Rediscover Bethel’ brand campaign.
- Much of Bethel’s brand campaign dealt with Bethel leaders personally trying to debunk their ‘critics’.
- In the midst of their brand campaign, Bethel uploaded a recording to their YouTube channel ‘Everyday Prophet Part 1 – Renee Evans’ on July 12, 2021.
- Renee Evans is a senior leader of Bethel.
- The ‘Everyday Prophet’ video encouraged Christians to be ‘prophetically activated’, Renee Evans getting people up on stage to ‘prophesy’, the most bogus prophecy talking about ‘glory custard’.
- She teaches people how to prophesy, claiming that if the Holy Spirit doesn’t give you a word, sentence, scripture or, picture, “make it up. You think I’m joking but I’m not.”
WHAT IS A BRAND CAMPAIGN?
Many people, especially those in traditional churches, have very little understanding of what branding is. It is one thing to have a logo. It’s another to have a brand.
The essential key to understanding branding is that it’s all about managing or manipulating people’s perception about your public image. We’ve seen some of the world’s most morally bankrupt companies engage in such tactics. In other words, is Bethel simply in damage control, managing people’s perception, attempting to repair their already terrible global reputation? Take a look at the issues they are addressing in the videos at the bottom of this article.
SO WHY THE REBRAND WHEN THEY CAN’T HELP THEIR INFALLIBLE IDIOCY?
Before viewing the videos, it’s worth pointing out that in spite of their recent ‘rebranding’ attempts, it’s clear Bill Johnson and his New Apostolic Reformation cohorts are incapable of hiding their spiritual bankruptcy. While the top apostolic and prophetic leaders of Bethel were campaigning hard against their critics, one of their own senior leaders at a Bethel event, Renee Evans, encouraged online YouTube audiences that they can all ‘prophesy’.
To convince people that prophecy at Bethel was legitimate, she got two people up to give their prophecies. Listen to this rather creepy ‘big dipper prophecy‘ or this insane ‘glory custard‘ prophecy from the video below (but that is not the most demonic element of Bethel’s ‘prophetic activation’ exercise):
Consider this statement from Renee Evans, at the 55 minute mark:
“I want you to ask Holy Spirit to give you a word to someone. It could be a single word. A sentence or scripture. A picture that you’re seeing. So ask him for a word. If you are not hearing one, make it up. You think I’m joking but I’m not.“
So much for Bethel’s rebrand campaign.
It’s ironic that Bethel’s senior leadership is encouraging people to make up ‘prophecies’ despite what the bible says about ‘false prophets’ and ‘false prophecy’ (emphasis added):
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:16
This was why Jesus was so angry with false prophets. He pointed out how the gullible do indeed look for good fruit on bad trees and figs on thistle bushes – and that they should basic common sense to not even approach a false prophet. It’s ironic that Bethel insults critics with the name “fruit-checkers” when Jesus himself queries why we even bother to look for fruit at all among Bethel’s briar patch:
“Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:15-20
Rather than go to the bible and repent of their false teachings and prophecies, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton are throwing up their hands around in front of the camera and asking, “What grave sucking?” “Did I do that?” “Do you do that?” “Did God really say?” “What apostle?” “What New Apostolic Reformation?” “Who is teaching that here?” “Who said that?”. Unlike true shepherds and leaders of God’s church, Bethels leaders are rebranding, not repenting. This further high-lights how much they lack sincere faith and knowledge of who and what the church is.
Sadly, Bethel followers would rather defend their ‘infallible’ leadership than defend God’s Word. Here’s what Bethel senior leader Kris Vallotton has to say about prophecy in their brand campaign video ‘Prophecy 101: False Prophets, Prophets, and Prophetic Words with Kris Vallotton | Rediscover Bethel’ (Published Jul 12, 2021, 26:48):
Kris Vallotton: “Cos sometimes say people say prophecy is always confirmation. I’m sorry, there’s actually no verse for that in the entire bible. We actually created that theology so that people don’t do crazy stuff. Like, “Hey! You’re supposed to go to Africa.” It’s like, “OK. I got to go to Africa.” It’s like, “It’s gotta be confirmation.” No, it actually has to be a right prophecy. It actually has to be the Lord.”
Dann Farrelly: “The Lord has to be saying it.”
Kris Vallotton: “Yeah. He has to be the one saying it.”
In other words, Bethel leaders are happy to encourage and endorse deception. Renee Evans is the fruit of Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson’s teachings on ‘prophetic ministry’. While Bethel leaders all claim they hear from the Lord and speak for the Lord, Evans unwittingly lifted the lid on how they often ‘prophetically activate’ themselves when prophesying.
To further prove that Bethel and its fraudulent leadership do not hear from God, how is it that God did not speak to anyone at Bethel, warning them what she said before Bethel uploaded her ‘prophetic activation’ session to YouTube? How can they claim anyone or everyone can be’in tune’ with the Holy Spirit when they failed to recognise how their own leadership encourage people to falsely prophesy in His name?
Sadly, those that claim to ‘love God’ will keep defending Bethel’s false prophetic practices and accuse bible-believing Christians of being ‘unloving’. It is time for such individuals to seriously examine if they are in the faith and ask why they are not:
- Hearing the Holy Spirit when it comes to their own leaders promoting blasphemous or fraudulent practices. How is there no conviction or spiritual grieving when their leaders make outrageous claims?
- Hearing their leaders teaching clearly in contrast to Bethel’s ‘critics’.
- Hearing the criticisms of Christian groups biblically refute the false teachings and practices of Bethel?
- Hearing the Word of God and acting on it.
Source: Bethel YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/ibetheltv/playlists, Accessed July 20, 2021.
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