Few in Israel may have heard of Michael Heiser, but his books are becoming increasing popular in hypercharismaniac circles. Someone asked me about him a year or so back, so I began to read his material and soon began to feel ill at ease. Though some of his claims may be considered as possibilities, much of it has a highly speculative odour about it and he goes well outside of what can be derived from the context of the biblical passages in question. I am forced to conclude that, generally speaking, some of Heiser’s material is at best unhelpful to sound doctrine and at worst deleterious to biblical faith and the authority of Scripture. However, that was not all.
NAR soothsayer and prognosticator Chuck Pierce is one of the more obvious false prophets out there, and well known for stringing together pseudo-prophetic jargon and vacuous NAR-babble to manufacture "prophecies" so vague and nebulous as to apply to just about anything and anyone at anytime, anyplace and anywhere, which of course renders them utterly meaningless. Pierce has also been a long-standing associate of the Tikkun Global NARpostolic network both over here and abroad and is actually revered by them as a genuine prophetic voice and is often seen in the company of these, our local Israeli, epically devoid of discernment, so-called apostles.
This oil is of course bogus, and is no more likely to have any effect than those patent remedies hocked from the back of wagons by snake oil salesmen in the Old West.
A snake oil salesman, for those who don't know, was a con-merchant who sold useless quack remedies for personal profit regardless of whether they worked or not (or what effect they had on the recipient). Well in the true spirit of spiritual quackery we have come to expect from the Chuck Pierce theatre of weird, Glory of Zion are literally selling oil, with which you can anoint your lips to decree what you see. This anointing oil presumably adds an extra dash of spiritual zing to your prophetic decrees and commands, so that those shifts, breakthroughs, shakings, accelerations and whatever "come into manifestation".
If this weren't so serious, it would be farcical, but I find the fact that there may be, and probably are, people out there who will actually buy this because they agree with what is said on the bottle, far more disturbing than the product itself.
But there is a serious side to this; a product like this is actually a form of simony -because it's not just lip balm they are flogging here; they are in effect, attempting to merchandise what purports to be the anointing or power of God, -for money. If God condemned Simon Magus for trying to buy the power of God, how much more do you think He will condemn those who try to sell it, and in His name as well? The LORD will not hold guiltless those who take His name in vain.
In regard to the now, open for all to see, Tikkun cooperation with the blasphemous Bethel Redding cult and its openly heretical leader Bill Johnson, a number of people mentioned to me that I had forgotten to include the so-called 'Passover "Holy" Alignment'; in which local Israeli NAR leaders met online with fellow false teachers from around the world.
We knew it was coming; the way things were heading it was inevitable that the false apostles of Tikkun/Revive Israel would begin to openly ally themselves with the Bethel Redding cult of Bill Johnson.
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.
As we have mentioned before, guilt by approving association, co-operation, endorsement and staying silent in the face of evil is a scriptural concept. The Scriptures teach us that welcoming, abetting and offering those who teach false doctrines the hand of Christian fellowship makes us partakers in their evil deeds and as guilty as they are (see 2Jn. 7-11). So to whom a congregation, ministry or individual is prepared to offer their endorsement, co-operation or approval to tells us a lot about where they really stand and what they really believe, as opposed to a statement of faith, or bleatings of orthodoxy which are all too often a fig-leaf.
This apparently is the criminal mug-shot of Word of Faith, money-preacher and false prophet Rodney Howard Browne, the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender" who dispensed spiritual drunkenness at "Joel's Place" and set a new standard for blasphemous shenanigans back in the 90's. Browne has been arrested for unlawful assembly and defying emergency public health restrictions.
For years the NAR in Israel had been unchallenged and quietly sapping away at the very foundations of the faith, but in recent years, as their burrowing and undermining has become increasingly exposed, the level of national concern and controversy has been growing. The crisis engendered by their teachings in the Body here, has become internationally recognised and is making it into discernment blogs across the globe. It has now come to the attention of well-known NAR researcher Holly Pivec. author of two excellent books on the NAR cult. Holly has not written about the Israeli NAR before, so this is a significant uptick in reportage on the NAR here. We hope that this will mark the beginning of an international discernment focus on the NAR situation here, because what happens in Israel has deep significance for the rest of the Body worldwide. Click here for Holly's article.
Interview With Doug Givett, Co-Author Of "A New Apostolic Reformation?" And "Encountering God's Super Apostles"
Doug Givett is co-author with Holly Pivec of two excellent and informative books on the NAR, both of which we would highly recommend. If you are unfamiliar with NAR teachings and senior figures in the larger NARiverse, their books are an excellent primer.
Great shame that they are not available in Hebrew!