This article was prepared from material written by someone who was formerly in the NAR for many years.
Bethel Church in Redding California is a major hub of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation), and its pastor, Bill Johnson, one of the most influential people in the movement. Bethel is also a major influence on the worldwide Charismatic movement through books, youth ministries such as ‘Jesus Culture’, Bethel Music and the BSSM — Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, Bethel Church has successfully fulfilled the objective of exporting its ideas and creating a reproduceable model for other churches to copy.
It has however essentially departed from any form of biblical faith; and if it ever even was Christian in the first place, it is no longer anything but a hub of New Age and occult teachings and activities. The religion that Bethel embodies is Christian in name only, and would be better described as shamanic mysticism or a form of Gnosticism. It is definitely not in any shape or form orthodox biblical Christianity; and this can be readily deduced from just the following (partial) list of doctrines and practices that Bethel is promoting.