Should believers be willing to “go off the map”—go beyond what is found in the Word—in order to embrace the realm of the miraculous?
He warns believers of the danger of embracing a “powerless Word”: "Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us has a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know."
In fact, Christians with a firm grasp of the Word should be more secure—not have a false sense of security as Johnson insinuates—for then they will be able to overcome deception. Those who do not emphasise the objective Word but depend on emotional highs and the leading of various spirits are more likely to falter and be deceived.
- Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
- Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1: 13-14)
- But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it. (2 Timothy 3: 14)
The Holy Spirit works in various ways—quiet as well as dramatic:
- I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Psalm 138:2)
- Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
- Could it be his bizarre practice of “sucking the anointing”, promoted among his followers? http://bit.ly/1jQ3vzf
- Could it be his strange inclinations towards New Age teachings? http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15508
- Could it be his association with mystic John Crowder? (Google ‘John Crowder’ and you’ll be amazed). http://beyondgrace.blogspot.com/2011/07/bill-johnson-and-john-crowders-leaven.html
Why? By this stage, you would have realised that Johnson has really gone "off the map" by denying the deity of Christ, by encouraging members to lie on tombs to suck the anointing, by endorsing New Age teachings and by associating with the outlandish antics of mystic John Crowder.
And all miracles or supernatural phenomena should be tested for authenticity against the Word:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
WHAT TRULY MATTERS IN THE END
Bethel Church's Bill Johnson: A comedy of errors, Part 1
Bethel Church's Bill Johnson: A comedy of errors, Part 2
WHEN THE DISTINCTION BLURS BETWEEN CHURCH AND NEW AGE