Excessive preoccupation with signs and wonders
has its dangers.
I have nothing against the miraculous, coming
from a Pentecostal and Baptist background of more than 40 years.
But when teachers like Bill Johnson exalt signs and wonders to the
extent that doctrine, scholarship and the use of one’s sound mind are all
downplayed, extra-biblical mysticism and New Age practices
are normative and even the deity of Christ is denied, red flags go up.
Are we so mesmerised by the miraculous and sensational that we are willing
to depart from sound doctrine and whatever we hold dear in our faith?
A charismatic leader
can become an object of hero worship that he can be seen to do little or no
wrong. An inordinate emphasis on power, miracles and the realm of the
supernatural keeps everyone too excited to question whether all these happenings
are above board, scripturally speaking.
Personal charisma and
miraculous signs keep many enthralled and excited even if truth is
So when one is so obsessed with seeking supernatural power—that one throws
doctrine and good sense out of the window—bizarre, spooky and
wacky things can happen.
A prominent leader, Bill Johnson, teaches that Jesus operated only as a man—and not God—during His earthly ministry. Did
Jesus set aside His divinity when He came down to earth? Here are nine reasons
why Jesus was not a mere man while He was on earth.