2 Corinthians 11- Galatians 4- Watch out for false teaching!

A friend of mine has alerted me to a teaching that is occurring in a particular Christian church right now that, to me, sounds dangerously false.  Jesus warns us to watch out for false teachers (Matt.7:15), so I thought I would bring this to your attention, least you get "taken in" by something that sounds so good.  Our reading this week reminded me of the truth, so I thought this would be a good time to explain the false teaching I heard.

Here it is.
Bill Johnson, who pastors Bethel Church in Redding, California, has a particular theology that goes against traditional Christian theology.  (Right there, people's warning flags should go up when being introduced to his teaching.)  It's been dubbed "Jesus Christ is perfect theology". Doesn't that sound good and right? Well, he makes a jump from there that is WAY off! This theology claims that it is always God's will to heal someone. Wow!! How did he get there?

This is a quote from him, "How can God choose not to heal someone when He already purchased their healing?  Was His blood enough for all sin, or just certain sins?"  He goes on with this huge jump to say, "There are no deficiencies on His end-neither the covenant is deficient, nor His compassion or promise.  All lack is on our end of the equation."
Man, that sounds good!.... But then....wait a minute, does it?  There are a couple things that don't sit well with me in light of our reading.
Didn't we just read this week something about false teaching being so close to the truth?....oh, yea, here it is: "For such people are false prophets...masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." (2 Cor. 11:13-14).
I am not saying that Bill is working as an agent of Satan, I am only pointing to this verse to show how false teaching can look sooooo close,...like it's from "an angel of light".

Well, what has been "masqueraded" here?
let's take a look at that.....

First, Jesus purchased our salvation by his blood, making us free from the Law (Gal. 3:13)...not free from our physical bodies (check out 2 Cor. 5 where Paul talks about us groaning in our earthly tents). The blood of Jesus IS enough to cover our sins so we are clean in the sight of God (James 4:8).  When Bill takes the jump to all physical healing, he has veered from the gospel.

Second, he starts making it a "works" thing when he says, "All lack is on our end of the equation".  No, Bill, we lack nothing when we have Christ and his Word (2 Timothy 3:17). Our reading this week touched on that "work" point as well! Paul, reminds the Galatians, "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel." (1:6) The Galatians started listening to teachers that said it was important to do the work of circumcision. "This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus to make us slaves." (2:4).

1 Corinthians 12 teaches that there is diversity in the Body (church). Some have the gift of healing (12:9).  Yet, Bill states, "God gave every believer the power to heal as Jesus did." (http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/supernatural/14932-youve-got-the-power )
"Johnson says if a miracle does not happen, it's important to set aside time to talk to God to find out why it did not happen. He says miracles should always happen because the Bible never depicts Jesus failing to perform miracles." https://www.charismanews.com/video/77522-bill-johnson-what-you-should-do-if-your-prayer-for-healing-fails. That sounds dangerously close to "works" on my book!  If healing doesn't happen, the fault is on your end.  Try again, work at it!

It seems to me, Bill hasn't been reading his Bible straight through lately like we have been doing.  If he had scripture in mind as he created his theology, I would imagine he would have had to grapple with what we read this week. "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it (a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me) away from me.  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insult, in hardship, in persecution, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)

Always stick to the Word of God.  Use scripture to interpret scripture!  God may choose not to heal!  He didn't heal Paul.  How great for us that he didn't, because we got the benefit of Paul writing the VERY encouraging words we can rest on when we are not healed of a physical ailment, "My grace is sufficient for you....For when I am weak, then I am strong." 😌

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