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The problem with Bethel Redding’s Firestarters ‘prophetic activation’ class, Part 2

I recently attended the Firestarters adult Sunday School class at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., and was alarmed by many of the teachings, including the teaching that people should prophesy from their imaginations. Another troubling teaching is that it's OK for people to make mistakes when they prophesy.

The problem with Bethel Redding’s Firestarters ‘prophetic activation’ class, Part 1

I recently returned from a trip to Redding, California, where I visited Bethel Church, led by popular NAR apostle Bill Johnson. Many things were taught during my visit there that troubled me. Especially troubling was the adult Sunday School class called Firestarters.

Prophetic words and taking God’s name in vain

When most people think of “taking the Lord’s name in vain,” they usually think this refers to saying God’s name in profanity. That’s a start, but there’s actually another way people are in danger of taking God’s name in vain (which basically means to treat his name lightly). They do this by claiming God told them to say something he didn’t actually say.

[ More ] October 16th, 2016 | 7 Comments | Posted in Mike Bickle, Prophecy/ Prophesying, Testing Prophecies |

What could be wrong with learning to “hear God’s voice”?

Recently I heard about a Christian youth conference in Anchorage, Alaska, called Fusion, that drew more than 800 teenagers and church youth workers from across the state. In addition to performances by nationally known music artists, the conference featured “training classes” on a variety of topics to help students grow in their faith. Two of these classes promised to teach them “how to hear God’s voice.”

Buzzfeed features my post ‘Fortune Cookie Prophecies’

I was delighted to see that three days ago Buzzfeed featured my blog post “Fortune Cookie Prophecies,” which contrasts the silly, vaguely worded predictions made by so-called prophets in the New Apostolic Reformation with the startling, specific predictions made by genuine prophets in the Bible.

‘Already Been Tested’ Prophetic Words?

When I was a child, I’d hear my friends make crude lunchtime jokes about “ABC” food–as in, “already been chewed.” But in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), some prophetic words are “ABT”–as in, “already been tested.” To see what I mean, check out this article, posted on a blog published by Charisma Magazine.

[ More ] September 18th, 2015 | 7 Comments | Posted in Charisma Magazine, R. Loren Sandford, Testing Prophecies |

Epic fail: Vallotton’s 5 non-biblical tests for a true prophet

I was disturbed this week by Kris Vallotton’s article titled “5 Tests of a True Prophet.” I was even more disturbed to see that his article was published by Charisma Magazine.

Emergency alert from the prophet Cindy Jacobs

Respected NAR prophet Cindy Jacobs sent an emergency prayer alert to her followers, on Thursday, warning that a major terrorist attack–on the scale of 9/11–is being planned against the United States. There are many problems with her pronouncement.

Did 2013′s Prophetic Words Ring True?

A recent article published by Charisma News asks an interesting question, “Did 2013′s prophetic words ring true?”

[ More ] December 29th, 2013 | 13 Comments | Posted in Charisma Magazine, Eileen Fisher, Testing Prophecies |

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