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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Jesus Culture" - A Call for Discernment

Are you sure this is the true Jesus?

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"Be not deceived;  God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;  but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."  Galatians 6:7-8
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and if you were to remove the word Jesus, you have just another rock 'n' roll band plus the world, the flesh, and the devil.  It is no wonder that undiscerning young people like it because it is the same thing that is out in the world, just repackaged with Jesus' name added to it.  It is a lot of fun for them. 

Who do they think they are kidding?!? 
 
The following video is very long and moves slowly at first, but it covers just about everything you need to know about the Jesus Culture Movement, Bill Johnson, Bethel Church of Redding and the Bethel School of Ministry.
 
The video covers the following topics:
Fire tunnels, Bethel's glory cloud, spiritual readings, fat friar tuck bartender angels, people drunk in the spirit, occult practices in plain view with Kundalini awakenings, Kria manifestations (body jerks), slain in the spirit, soaking in the spirit, moaning, people who claim they can forgive others of their sins, a sermon by Bill Johnson claiming Jesus Christ had to be born again, cackling demon spirits, drumming, and people visualizing fire, fire, fire!  You will see the usual "Generals of the Faith" such as Bill Johnson, John Crowder, Todd Bentley, Cindy Jacobs, and more. 
 
After viewing the film, I thought it looked like a strange mixture of a drunken fraternity party, high school pep rally, rock concert, insane asylum, plus a heavy dose of the 1960's drug culture thrown in for good measure.  This movement would make Aleister Crowley proud.  In his wildest dreams, Crowley couldn't have done as much damage to the church. 
 
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Only 41 seconds into this video and you think
you are viewing patients from an insane asylum!

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After viewing this video, it is easy to determine this is not my Jesus and not my culture.  However, I can just imagine a witches coven meeting would be tame in comparison to this!

Now I know why Jesus said:
"Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."  Matthew 7:13-15