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fiction, and treasure House books are available at christian bookstores and Bill Johnson's book When Heaven Invades Earth is changing lives around. We've partnered with GOD TV to bring you this very special e-book from Bill Johnson, absolutely FREE! "The War In Your Head" is a featured. reading the book. In the case of When Heaven Invades Earth and Bill Johnson, I had prior knowledge of the author and his ministry before I read the manuscript.

Download this e-book today and take your spiritual walk to the next level! Bill is a fifth generation pastor with a rich heritage in the things of the Spirit. This apostolic network has crossed denominational lines in building relationships that enable church leaders to walk in both purity and power. The present move of God has brought Bill into a deeper understanding of the phrase, "on earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus lived with this principle by only doing what He saw His Father doing. Learning to recognize the Holy Spirit's presence, and how to follow His lead will enable us to do the works of Christ, destroying the works of the devil. Healing and deliverance must become the common expression of this Gospel of power once again.

The present move of God has brought Bill into a deeper understanding of the phrase, "on earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus lived with this principle by only doing what He saw His Father doing. Learning to recognize the Holy Spirit's presence, and how to follow His lead will enable us to do the works of Christ, destroying the works of the devil.

Healing and deliverance must become the common expression of this Gospel of power once again. Bill and the Bethel Church family have taken on this theme for life and ministry. Healings, ranging from cancer to broken bones, to learning disorders and emotional healing, happen with regularity. This is the children's bread.

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And these works of God are not limited to revival meetings. The church is learning how to take this anointing to the schools, workplace, and neighborhoods with similar results. Bill teaches that we owe the world an encounter with God, and that a Gospel without power is not the Gospel that Jesus preached. If Johnson is right and Jesus had laid aside His deity, then the mighty works prove only that Jesus learned what anyone could learn if he had the right faith and relationship to God.

The claims of the gospels thereby become moot. Jesus is no longer unique, but only a special enlightened one who could lead the way to many such enlightened ones in the future.

Thus we have a New Age Christ rather than the Biblical one. If Johnson is correct and we can do greater works than Jesus based on his misinterpretation of John ; Johnson: , then whoever did greater works would have even greater reason to make himself the object of someone's faith and worship. The kenosis doctrine is based on a misuse of Philippians where Paul says that Jesus emptied Himself. False teachers claim that Jesus "emptied" Himself of deity and became only a man during the Incarnation.

This claim is tantamount to the outright denial of Christ's deity. This important issue is missed on people like Johnson, who attack the validity of Christian scholarship. Johnson's denial of Christ's deity during His earthly ministry is the same as the Word of Faith heresy's denial of Jesus' deity when He died on the cross. They claim he lost His divinity and suffered in hell as a man. Both denials are blatant heresy.

Let me explain why. Bill Johnson's Unbiblical Doctrine of God A truly theistic understanding of deity has certain necessary definitions.

The most basic definition is "eternal, non-contingent existence. The true God is eternal, and He created the world out of nothing. All false gods are created if they have any status of existence , and thus are not eternal.

Non-contingence is a corollary to God's eternal existence. If God existed from all eternity before anything else existed, there is nothing outside of God that could have caused His existence. This means that God as God is not contingent on anything outside of Himself.

This is important because in Bill Johnson's Christology, Christ's deity is contingent. It goes away during the Incarnation only to return later. That which comes and goes is not eternal and non-contingent. This is the same fatal error of the Word of Faith heresy and similar to other such errors that were condemned in church history.

The heretic Arius was famous for saying about Christ, "There was a time when He was not. Chalcedon is valid only as much as it is based on sound, Biblical exegesis, not simply because it is a creed from church history. The prologue contains an allusion to Exodus where Yahweh revealed Himself to Moses as the One who is full of grace and truth John and see John Jesus is thus equated with Yahweh the Creator.

What does this have to do with Bill Johnson and kenosis? If Jesus' divinity can be laid aside then it was never true divinity. Deity is not an attribute that comes and goes.

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It is or it is not. If lost and then regained it is contingent, and if contingent, then not true divinity. Anything less leads to every form of heresy, cult, and New Age teaching. If divinity can be gained, then created man can possibly attain it. The Bible denies this. Furthermore, if divinity can be laid aside it is not divinity. R C Sproul explains: If God laid aside one of his attributes, the immutable undergoes a mutation, the infinite suddenly stops being infinite; it would be the end of the universe.

God cannot stop being God and still be God. So we can't talk properly of God laying aside his deity to take humanity upon himself.

Thus Johnson's doctrine is a de facto denial of the deity of Christ. Christological heresy is heresy. So what does Philippians imply that Jesus did empty Himself of? The answer is not divinity, which is eternal and cannot be compromised, but divine prerogatives. Paul's point was about Christ's humility that we should emulate, not His ontological status as God. Sproul explains: I think the context of Philippians 2 makes it very clear that what he emptied himself of was not his deity, not his divine attributes, but his prerogatives -- his glory and his privileges.

He willingly cloaked his glory under the veil of this human nature that he took upon himself. It's not that the divine nature stops being divine in order to become human.

In the Transfiguration, for example Matthew , we see the invisible divine nature break through and become visible, and Jesus is transfigured before the eyes of his disciples.

The Incarnate Christ is fully human and fully God. In theology this is called the hypostatic union.

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Johnson claims that the Holy Spirit has led him "off the map. Our doctrine is to come from the Bible 2Timothy The "map" draws out boundaries and when we cross those boundaries we are not merely lost, we are in ungodly error.

The Holy Spirit does not lead God's people off the map that He has given us, once for all. So Johnson gives us a double whammy. First, he warns against scholarship and scholarly Bible study under pains of becoming spiritually dead.

Then he introduces heresy that his followers have no means to discern because they have been scared away from the necessary tools for discernment. This is how entire movements depart from Christian orthodoxy and are plunged into theological ruin. The kenosis heresy is a damnable heresy and is as egregious as the Arian heresy, which still has life in modern times through the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Christological heresy is not an aid to the working of the Holy Spirit as Johnson claims, but it grieves the Holy Spirit. Likely Johnson's thousands of followers have no idea they are being led into rank heresy. They come for the signs and wonders in the hope that they will do greater miracles than Jesus.

They are mesmerized by the claims that they shall be part of an Elijah generation that will defeat evil on the earth before the return of Christ. Very few will ever realize that the doctrine of Christ they are taught departs from the teaching of the church that has been embraced by nearly every Christian group for centuries.

It could be argued that the definition of Chalcedon is unbiblical which it is not. But the burden of proof lies with those who would deny it. One cannot lightly reject the doctrine of Christ that has held sway for centuries. To do so would require extensive theological work and Biblical argument designed to persuade conservative Christian scholars.

One cannot go into such an undertaking lightly. But Johnson does, glibly denying the deity of Christ for no better reason than he thinks that doing so will likely make it easier for Christians to think they can do greater miracles than Jesus. He doesn't offer any scholarly proof that his kenosis doctrine is Biblical.

Why should anyone take him seriously? Sadly, thousands do. The reason for this is that they are a necessary prerequisite for the hoped for end-time revival that will be initiated by an "Elijah generation" of elite Christians.

Says Johnson, "Our mandate is simple: raise up a generation that can openly display the raw power of God" Johnson 27, Having such power is what he calls an "authentic gospel" because "powerlessness is inexcusable" Johnson: We are the problem, he claims, because God wants to do miracles but He cannot because of our bad thinking.

Miracles await the coming of a generation of enlightened ones who will know the secret. Thus we have a New Age definition of miracles. It is called the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Given his distaste for scholarship, Johnson likely does not see the implications of his "school of the supernatural. Johnson claims, "The purpose of the anointing is to make the supernatural natural" Johnson This sounds like the opening of a whole new world, but it involves bringing the concept of "supernatural" into a panentheistic world view rather than a Biblical one.

The Biblical concept of supernatural requires a theistic view of the universe in which the transcendent God of the Bible created the world out of nothing, but stays involved in His creation providentially. God can and does intervene in human affairs.

The work of Christ is truly supernatural. Christ was not some enlightened One who learned and shared secrets that would work for anyone else with the same level of enlightenment. That view of Christ is that of the New Age. Christ's works were truly supernatural because the Creator of the universe was on the scene of history and proved His true identity.

If the supernatural becomes "natural," as Johnson claims, through those who have a superior anointing, then the uniqueness of Christ is compromised. The supernatural was always there to be accessed by those with special experiences and insights, thus it is not truly supernatural, but part of nature. Miracles, in such a worldview, are not miracles from a Biblical perspective. When Paul spoke of power in relationship to the gospel, he spoke of the power of God to save Jew and gentile through the cross: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" Romans Paul uses the term "power" the same way in 1Corinthians: "For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" 1Corinthians God's power through the cross saves us from God's wrath against sin.

False teachers can perform signs and wonders but they have no true power as Paul speaks of it. The arrogant teachers who came to Corinth had words of knowledge gnosis and wisdom sophia but lacked the power of God that saves lost sinners 1Corinthians , What is truly lost on Johnson and his followers is that the Bible predicts false signs and wonders at the end of the age.

There is no prediction in Scripture that an invasion of true miracles from God will happen at the very end. For example Jesus warns: "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect" Matthew They are false.

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Antichrist whose name and role is based on the concept of "anointed" will do great signs and wonders 2Thessalonians Paul also predicts end time deception in 2Timothy chapter 3. Johnson brushes the possibility of such deception aside by calling these signs "counterfeits" Johnson: False signs and wonders as warned against in the Bible are not sleight-of-hand magic tricks, but real signs that point to a false message.

Thus the discerning of spirits concerns objectively evaluating teaching 1John not subjectively evaluating apparent miracles. A psychic healing might be a real healing, but it is not from God. It is known to be false by the false teaching of the healer.

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If such a false teacher produced a real, verified healing, the teaching and teacher would still be false. By combining signs and wonders with a false Christology that denies the deity of Christ, Johnson has placed his followers in the center of end time deception. Now rather than the one "Anointed One" Jesus Christ who is unique , there are many "anointed ones" who supposedly can do greater miracles than Jesus. This situation is described in the Bible: "Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour" 1John A related question is whether or not Johnson and company are actually doing greater miracles than Jesus.

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In Luke 8, Jesus is shown to have calmed the sea, delivered the most demonized man imaginable, healed the sick, and raised the dead. Luke's point is that Jesus has power over nature, Satan, sickness and even death. Thus Jesus is Lord of the universe, and His claims are true. Do any of Johnson's Elijah generation elite display greater power and authority than Jesus did in Luke 8?

He lists a number of typical manifestations in a section he entitles, "When God Colors Outside the Lines. Most of these have no precedence in Scripture, and none of them is as profound as the Messianic signs of Luke 8. There is a certain naivete that accompanies those who follow signs and wonders theory. I once hosted a regular pastors meeting. At one of these a pastor attended who had just come from witnessing the so-called "Toronto Blessing" the laughing revival as it was called.

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He recounted how he was standing in a food line and one of the attendees began gobbling like a turkey, strutting around, and using his elbows as turkey wings. The pastor concluded that God was at work. There is nothing bizarre enough to the point that true signs and wonders believers will question it.

Signs and wonders that accompany a false Christology such as that of Bill Johnson do not thereby prove the existence of a great end-time revival. Rather, they prove the existence of end-time deception as predicted in the Bible.

Dominion Theology Johnson's theology contains a blend of many problematic movements of our day. One of them is the dominion teaching, popular in the Word of Faith movement.

The idea is that Satan was able to wrest the earth, and authority over it, from Adam and Eve, leaving God on the outside having to figure out a way to get it back. Jesus then, according to theory, delegated to the church the job of taking control of the earth back from Satan and putting it under the church.

Johnson teaches "All that Adam owned, including the title deed to the planet with its corresponding position of rule, became part of the devil's spoil" Johnson: Like others of his ilk, Johnson uses Satan's offer of the kingdoms during Jesus' temptation as proof that Satan, not God, had the "keys of authority" to the earth Johnson: Jesus got them back and gave them to the church Johnson: Proof that we have regained the dominion that Adam supposedly lost is to be found in achieving the attributes promoted by Word of Faith teachers: "In Adam and Eve's commission to subdue the earth, they were without sickness, poverty, and sin.

Now that we are restored to His original purpose, should we expect anything less? This means that if we do not have problem free lives, we lack faith, pray wrongly, or fail to understand our role as having dominion. Johnson explains: "Such an invasion causes the circumstances here to line up with heaven" Johnson: This invasion is in the title of his book.

Johnson's over-realized eschatology sees the sensibilities of many Christians, informed as they are from the Bible, to be a problem that will stop revival: "The second greatest reason for revival's end [behind quenching the spirit interpreted as any questioning of bizarre manifestations] is when the Church begins to look for the return of the Lord instead of pursuing a greater breakthrough in the Great Commission Johnson: Earlier Johnson had interpreted the Great Commission in terms of his dominion theology Johnson: Those who correctly understand the Lord's Prayer become the problem people who stop revival.

Longing for the Lord's return is discouraged. Eschatology of the soon return of Christ is replaced with eschatology of dominion, kingdom now, that sees the concept "maranatha" as a threat to revival. A Deluge of Error The rejection of scholarship and careful exegesis, in Johnson's case, leads where it always does: to diverse theological errors.

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There are many that would take too long to cover in detail but need to be addressed.