Bethel Music, accused of luring young people to heresy
Sixteen-year-old Lee likes Christian music, but she noticed a steady pattern of praise, love, and blessings – “That’s it?” she said. Lee thought, “What if Christians focused on Bible stories and made music out of that?”
Bethel’s music like “No Longer Slaves” by Jonathan & Melissa Helser, “You Make Me Brave” by Amanda Cook; “Take Courage” by Kristene DiMarco, “You Know Me,” and “Closer” by Steffany Gretzinger all point to what we get from God—it’s really about us.
Strange and demonic practices of Bethel Church, which proclaims the name of Christ
- Bethel introduces Christian tarot cards.
- The ‘Gold Dust‘ phenomenon of Bethel is about mysticism.
- Bethel’s “Offering reading” is about “Me, Myself, and I,” and a little about God.
- The practice of “speaking things into existence” is rooted in the prosperity gospel.
- Attempting to resurrect the dead is necromancy if it’s not from God.
- Soaking the dead to “absorb the anointing” of a dead preacher is demonic.
One of Bethel’s many criticisms is their practice of “grave soaking.” It’s one of Senior Pastor Beni Johnson’s heresies. It is the practice of laying on the grave of an “anointed” person. Doing so helps “soak” anointing from their remains. [Read TGG commentary]
The song “Closer” by Bethel Church is “all about me”
Satan is out in the open, evident in some of Bethel’s “man-centric” songs. For example, “Closer” is about Jesus, but the lyrics are really “all about me.” It’s also creepy with its romantic and sultry undertones.
Your love has ravished my heart.
And taken me over, taken me over
And all I want is to be with You forever
Pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper
I want to know Your heart
Cause Your love (for me) is so much sweeter
Than anything I’ve tasted
Lucifer, “You were an anointed guardian cherub.”
Not all that Bethel produced have demonic undertones
It celebrates God’s faithfulness, remembering the story of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt to their Promised Land. It also has catchy signatures, and its melody is ideal for modern Sunday worship.
The point is—the message (or the anointing) of a Christian song still depends on the one who composed it, not even the singer or the church that produced it.
You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.
The song ‘Egypt’ is about God who is relentlessly kind
Many of today’s Christian music is all about how God loves “me,” how He wants to bless “me,” or how He values “me”
The Gospel of cheap grace is so strong, liberal, and woke Christians on the rise. They indoctrinate young people with faulty exegesis. For example, same-sex marriage, social justice, and women preachers in leadership are acceptable.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate some loaves and were filled.”