What’s wrong with Bethel Church Music?

Bethel Music, accused of luring young people to heresy

Sixteen-year-old Lee likes Christian music but 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

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]


Bethel’s “grave soaking” (now deleted blog on their website) is making a mockery of God’s anointed. With millions of followers, some songs from Hillsong, Bethel, and Elevation music is best avoided.

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

Ezekiel 28:14
Lucifer, “You were an anointed guardian, cherub.”


‘Closer’ was uploaded to YouTube in 2012 and had more than 11 million views a decade after.

Not all that Bethel produced are demonic

For example, Bethel Music produced its third album, featuring the song ‘Eygpt‘ written by Cory Asbury, Phil Wickham, Ethan Hulse, Brian Johnson, and Lee Cummings.

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.

Deuteronomy 3:22
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

Egypt, sung by Cory Asbury, is a celebration of God, the One who fights for us even in our weakness and sets us free to worship him.

Much of today’s Christian music is all about how God loves “me,” how He wants to bless “me,” or how He values “me”

Pop Christianity roots in better health, better relationships, and better finances. They feed their members with “moralistic therapeutic deism” or MTD, where God is a “cosmic therapist.”

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.

Although Hillsong is riddled with scandals, genuine repentance will bring the church healing. However, Bethel Church is outright demonic, says apologist Justin Peters.

John 6:26
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate some loaves and were filled.”


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  1. Bethel is charismatic, not liberal. Both are false teachings, but they are distinct movements. The author of the “cheap grace” quote (Bonhoeffer) lived in 20th century Germany so he would have been speaking about Liberalism perhaps but more Nazism/ fascist nationalism than charismatics or Pentecostalism. Dietrich was a bit on the liberal side himself though, so I’d be careful with how much you trust what he says. Just a little correction- I agree with you about Bethel being wrong on A LOT of things 🙂


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