In fact, the leader of Bethel Church, Bill Johnson, is the main speaker at Awakening Australia. When Jesus raises the dead, our response shouldn’t be “I can do that!” but to honour him as we honour the Father (John 5:23). Simmons’s caricature of God as ‘the King who likes and enjoys you’ (‘Introduction’, p. 5) eliminates all but one facet of God’s feelings about us, and then gets that one wrong. The passion that was planted in my mother’s heart so long ago spread into mine. Brian also relies on the Aramaic Peshitta more than I would. Jesus didn’t model it. In fact, I doubt even he can live up to the standard he has set for himself. An important question for us to consider is whether Bill Johnson is in fact teaching another gospel. [9] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 76. How do we navigate them all? Anything less than that is “a different gospel”. More importantly, we remain concerned about the way his argument erodes the distinctiveness of Christ. They see themselves as having “a global impact” as “a revival resource and equipping centre”. God longs to have His Word expressed in every language in a way that would unlock the ‘passion’ of His heart. That’s a different gospel. BroadStreet Publishing is launching the New Testament with Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs in its bestselling Bible translation, The Passion Translation (TPT)®—which has sold over one million individual books—on October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the same day that The Passion Translation is available for reading on Bible Gateway. [34] https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html, accessed 7 September 2018. According to Johnson, Jesus “performed miracles, wonders and signs, as a man in right relationship to God, not as God. Examining the Theology and Practice of the Bethel Movement, 4 Considerations for Christians Wanting to Engage in Political Activism, 1 Corinthians 5: Why it is Necessary and Loving Not to Associate or Eat with Certain ‘Christians’, Is ‘Faith’ the ‘Gift of God’? We must learn to eat the meat and throw out the bones.[15]. and McMaster Divinity College (MDiv). Andrew is the head of Old Testament and Hebrew here at Moore Theological College, and is a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. What does Bethel mean by revival? This includes “prophetic cards”, which are similar to tarot cards and are practised by an associated ministry in Melbourne. Photos: Hannah Busing, Unsplash (head); Doctorg, wikimedia (inset). The Passion Translation Bible is a new, heart-level translation that expresses God’s fiery heart of love to this generation using Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic manuscripts, merging the emotion and life-changing truth of God’s Word.. God longs to have his Word expressed in every language in a way that unlocks the passion of his heart. But what exactly does Bethel mean by revival? [16] https://www.thepassiontranslation.com/, accessed 7 September 2018. Ironically, I doubt that the majority of his followers would be able to live up to the definition of the gospel that Johnson has concocted. [31] https://www.bethel.com/testimonies/gods-treasure-hunt/, accessed 7 September 2018. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1994, serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Oakville, Mississauga and Orillia, Ontario … Beni posted a picture on social media of herself “soaking” at CS Lewis’ grave among others.[28]. (See update on this in the postscript below), Another Gospel: The Gospel of “Triune Salvation”. [40] https://www.destinyimage.com/products/physics-of-heaven, accessed 7 September 2018. Reading Ephesians 2:8-10 with the Ancients. Why should The Passion Translation be concerning to Christians? Its primary audience is theological students, pastors and scholars. You can read more on the translation philosophy of the ESV at the Web site of its publisher, Crossway Books. Claire Smith is married to Rob, and attends St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral Sydney. [14] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 103. [42] https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html, accessed 7 September 2018. – TGCA editor & Stephen Tan. To accept any other standard is to bring the Bible down to our level of experience and deny the nature of the One who changes not. He attended Moody Bible Institute and is a graduate of York University (B.A.) Stephen grew up in Malaysia and is convinced that Malaysia has the best food. 1:18–11:36). [32] http://www.benij.org/blog.php?id=1, accessed 7 September 2018. I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:6: If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. To return to the standards of the law and the prophets at the expense of ignoring the perfect revelation of the Father given to us in the person of Jesus Christ is to fall to the ultimate expression of arrogance. [12] Johnson teaches that Jesus is the perfect revelation of God’s character. Beni Johnson (Bill’s wife) and other Bethel leaders practice what is called ‘grave sucking’ or ‘grave soaking’ where they lay atop the graves of famous dead Christians to suck the anointing that they believe is contained in their bones. This r… [10] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 76. We apologise for these errors, and have sought to correct them in this version. [42] I fear Jesus Culture serves as a gateway drug that draws young and inexperienced Christians into a world of false teaching, unbiblical practices and spiritual disaster. My aim in writing this article is to share concerns about this movement. Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman, The powerful Christian life: according to Ephesians, My grandfather’s part in a WWII mission over Modane. The problem is that TPT, unlike the Book of Mormon, is still available–indeed it seems to be being actively promoted–by major Christian booksellers as if it is Scripture. Elsewhere, however, Johnson uses the examples of Old Testament characters who “fell into sin and deception”[14] as a template for the disgraced leaders of the 1950s healing revival: If you’re afraid of reading about those who later fell into sin and deception (some of these people ended in disaster), stay away from Gideon, Samson, Solomon’s Proverbs, and Song of Solomon. Bronwyn Windsor offers professional editing and proofreading services for writers. I am concerned that the upcoming “Awakening Australia” (which is hosting Bill Johnson, and which was itself founded by a Bethel Missionary & Former Pastor) has the potential to cause much confusion and spiritual damage to thousands of unsuspecting Australians. [12] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 115. Like Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon, Brian Simmons has created a new scripture with the potential to rule as canon over a new sect. Here are three reflections on prayer from my series on Paul's letter to the Ephesians. God longs to have his Word expressed in every language in a way that unlocks the passion of his heart. [35] From all accounts, they have yet to raise their first corpse. Lift Your Eyes: Reflections on Ephesians. It doesn’t merely convey the literal meaning of words. Every believer who is taught to treat it as the enscripturated words of God is in spiritual danger, not least because of the sentimentalised portrait of God that TPT Psalms sets out to paint. The problem is The Gospel Coalition isn’t guided by the gospel, the Scriptures, or even basic Christian principles. It puts us back in the place of control where we do what is humanly possible—and call it ministry.[13]. My colleague Andrew Shead has written a review of The Passion Translation of the Psalms (“Poetry on Fire”) for The Gospel Coalition’s journal Themelios. [39] https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html, accessed 7 September 2018. Judging from The Psalms alone, I would say that it would be a Christian sect, and that unlike the Mormon cult its scriptures will point its adherents to saving faith in God the Son, the crucified and risen Lord Jesus. Themelios is a peer-reviewed international evangelical theological journal that expounds on the historic Christian faith. Christians owe a debt to the world and by that he means an encounter with God through signs and wonders. Lastly, in addition to the health, wealth, and sovereignty-of-man gospel that Johnson teaches, he zealously praises and advocates the use of The Passion Translation. Before You Use The Passion Translation Watch THIS - YouTube As a result, some Bethel students formed a Dead Raising Team. [17] https://www.thepassiontranslation.com/, accessed 7 September 2018. Here are seven key reflections on power from Ephesians. Most translations of the Bible communicate what God has said, but The Passion Translation communicates equally God’s heart behind the words. Here's a tribute to our online chapel experience in mid-2020 at Moore College, in the full spirit of parody. The Gospel Coalition supports the church by providing resources that are trusted and timely, winsome and wise, and centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. When persecution comes, according to Jesus, some people will break and other people will blossom. If the translation had been packaged as a commentary on Scripture I would not have needed to write this review; but to package it as Scripture is an offence against God. And critically, the gospel is the good news which resolves the problem of God’s wrath. Simply select one of our partners below to access The Passion Translation any time, anywhere—from your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic device. They also listen to the radio and try to beat ambulances to accidents to raise the dead or heal the injured before the ambulance arrives. The Gospel Coalition employs people who are funded by leftist billionaires like George Soros, James Riady, and Zack Exley. He is still waiting for Liverpool FC to win their first Premier League title. [24] Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 550. You can read more on the translation philosophy of the NASB at the Web site of its publisher, The Lockman Foundation Matt Perman is the director of career navigation at The King’s College NYC, a blogger, and an author. The number one passion of my life and ministry became and still is to see everyone saved and walking with Jesus living within their hearts. [3] According to Johnson, the church has failed the world because we have not given them adequate signs and wonders. 1:14). Andrew Shead writes: TPT is not just a new translation; it is a new text, and its authority derives solely from its creator. Copyright © 2021 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved, Bethel plans to send 150-200 members to serve at the Melbourne event, http://bjm.org/qa/does-god-ever-cause-sickness/, http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/burning-scripture-with-passion-a-review-of-the-psalms-passion-translation, Review: The Bible Project – Brilliant but Flawed, Australia Day and Aboriginal Christianity, Five Questions Christians Should ask about The ‘Great Reset’, At What Price Awakening? [6] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 137. The author of those books also ended in tragedy. [32] How does one wake up angels? For more detailed information see this link. The biggest New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cults around the globe are encouraging Christians around the world to give up the Christian faith and to embrace … Instead of tears, you will find joy unspeakable. Resource: Charmley offers a biblical critique of The Passion Translation (TPT) By churchwatcher on November 28, 2016 • ( 0). He didn’t teach it”. A journey of discovery of some of my family history. There are so many ideas about what the church is should be. Brian Simmons, the sole translator on the project claims to have uncovered “the love language of God that has been missing from other translations”. But TPT is not a Bible, and any church that treats it as such and receives it as canon will, by that very action, turn itself into an unorthodox sect. But this is exactly what Bethel has sought to do with the Passion Translation. Kingdom Invasion in Singapore draws thousands, as will Awakening Australia later this year. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he says some very important, fundamental things about peace and reconciliation, and gives many other very practical teachings about how to live together in light of these truths. [19] http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/burning-scripture-with-passion-a-review-of-the-psalms-passion-translation, accessed 7 September 2018. Our present understanding of Scripture can only take us so far”. I need to understand the people around me, so I can live for the gospel among them and speak the gospel to them. Several commenters have provided examples of Bethel preachers using the NASB; Omission of the word “only” in a quote about emotion which made it sound like the authors of. To do that, I need to understand the people around me. [26] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 33. Bill Johnson’s conviction that God always intends to heal everyone immediately has led to a hermeneutic which he summarises pithily as “Jesus is Perfect Theology”. One comes from God, the other is of human origin. Who are you praying to? [20] http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/burning-scripture-with-passion-a-review-of-the-psalms-passion-translation, accessed 7 September 2018. [25] Bill Johnson, The Requirement of Miracles, 11 Dec 2011, ibetheltv.com, accessed 7 September 2018. It’s becoming increasingly clear that The Passion Translation sits in a similar place to other sectarian holy books. They run “revival” conferences and rallies all over the world. Andrew is the head of Old Testament and Hebrew here at Moore Theological College, and is a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. [37] https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html, accessed 7 September 2018. Press here to find out more: House of Windsor Editing Services. Formal equivalence, also known as literal or word-for-word translation, seeks to follow the form of the original text as much as possible. Pulpit and Pen write, The Passion Translation: The New Apostate Reformation Version There is a new bible translation interpretation … let’s just cut to the chase, it’s not even a bible. Enter your email address to subscribe to Forget the Channel and receive notifications of new posts by email. He is eternally God.’ Once again, we welcome this clarification, but find it hard to understand how he reconciles this to his other public comments. Beni Johnson (Bill’s wife) and other Bethel leaders practice what is called “grave sucking” or “grave soaking” where they lay atop the graves of famous dead Christians to suck the anointing that they believe is contained in their bones. The earlier version interpreted Johnson’s words as recommendations not to read about fallen heroes in the OT. In that same sermon, Johnson argues blatantly that if a gospel proclamation is not accompanied by signs and wonders, it is ‘a different gospel’. [10], Jesus is Perfect Theology: A Misguided Attempt at a Christ Centred Hermeneutic. But if he did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle”. [7] Johnson encourages Christians to stop focussing on “our need to protect ourselves from deception” and instead “our hunger for Him must be seen in our lustful pursuit of spiritual gifts”. They have a married son. To those who are supporting this event in the name of revival, may I ask this question: “At what price, awakening?” Is it worth pursuing awakening if it means that the gospel is compromised and that false teaching is promoted? An implied suggestion that Bethel pastors do not preach from mainstream translations. He has worked hard and sacrificed a lot (he previously translated the Bible for a people group in Panama), and in … “Ephesians,” in Gospel Transformation Study Bible (Crossway, 2013) “The Holy Spirit,” The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices, edited by D.A. Why do some people persevere and bear fruit, 30, 60 and 100 fold while others whither, fade and fall away? Today, that situation has changed. [29] It also includes prophetic dancing, painting, drumming and even “Destiny Pants” that will purportedly “enhance your awareness of God’s presence and help you be a walking encounter of Heaven’s message to those around you”. “Australia for Jesus” is the motto of Awakening Australia, an event that seeks to unite every denomination under one mission: to bring revival to Australia. Carson and Timothy Keller (Crossway, 2012) “Divine Impassibility and the Passion of Christ in the Book of Hebrews” WTJ 68.1 (Spring 2006), 41-50 [3] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 124. Paul defines the gospel as “the mercies of God” (Rom 12:1), which he takes eleven chapters to explain (Rom. Truths about God that are found in other parts of the Bible are secondary to what we see Jesus model in the gospels. There is, however, a huge difference between revival and revivalism. The historical account of Jesus’ life and ministry becomes a hermeneutical grid for interpreting the rest of the Bible. [5] God’s ultimate goal on earth is “the fullness of the Spirit in the believer” as “getting us to heaven is not near as great a challenge as it is to get heaven into us”. [1] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, (Shippensburg: Treasure House, 2003), 119. [21] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 29. You blow the shofar and you cry out “WAKEY WAKEY”. The Gospel Coalition helps people know God's Word with their mind, love God fully with their heart, and engage the world with grace and truth. If we look to him as our example, we’ll find that we can justify anything. [27] It is fair to conclude that Johnson teaches a gospel that requires the accompaniment of signs and wonders as well as miraculous physical healing to authenticate it. Here are ten key reflections from Ephesians. [38] https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html, accessed 7 September 2018. Here are my views on the issue of the New Perspective and Supersessionism, in light of a debate in the Harvard Theological Review. [28] https://pulpitandpen.org/2018/04/19/bethel-pastor-contradicts-bill-johnsons-narrative-infamous-grave-sucking/, accessed 7 September 2018. [7] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 142. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s a collection of fiction stories that have a somewhat similar theme to the Scriptures but adds a whole lot of personal imagination to it.… The Passion Translation Bible is a new, heart-level translation that expresses God’s fiery heart of love to this generation using Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic manuscripts, merging the emotion and life-changing truth of God’s Word. [41] https://www.destinyimage.com/products/physics-of-heaven, accessed 7 September 2018. How best to do this? In Adam and Eve’s commission to subdue the earth, they were without sickness, poverty and sin. Are you writing a thesis, book, academic article, resource, theological monograph, or anything else? [11] http://bjm.org/qa/does-god-ever-cause-sickness/, accessed 7 September 2018. What do we do when we feel weak in the face of powerful people? Meanwhile, Joe Carter of TGC US points to strange statements from Bill Johnson regarding the possibility of claiming ‘untended’ spiritual anointings from past generations. The Passion Translation Project is a groundbreaking attempt to re-introduce the passion and fire of the Bible to the English reader. They are “raising up a nationwide prayer mandate for the salvation of our families, friends and our country”. The goal of translation is to reproduce the meaning of a text in one language (the source or donor language) into another (the target or receptor language). Finally, God’s wrath generates wisdom and praise when we … In that same sermon, Johnson argues blatantly that if a gospel proclamation is not accompanied by signs and wonders, it is “a different gospel”. I have followed Mike Winger for years now and am constantly blessed by his dedication to truth and his gracious way in presenting it. He is married to Kallie and they live with Cloud, their fluffy and friendly Japanese Spitz. [2] “When miracles are absent, so is the glory of God”. #liftyoureyes. Perhaps the most infamous example of this is their claim that the “glory cloud” of God’s shekinah presence often manifests in their worship services. Jesus Culture and Bethel Music have created a brand of worship music that can genuinely compete with Hillsong. Johnson credits his understanding of the gospel to John G Lake who argued that the gospel touches the whole man—spirit, soul and body and called it a “Triune Salvation”. Other critical reflections on The Passion Translation, can be found at http://readingthepassionbible.com/. Prayer: What are you doing when you pray? Postscript. The Passion Translation of the Psalms, for example, is fifty per cent longer than the Masoretic Text. After all, this is called the better covenant”. The purpose of the Passion Translation is to reintroduce the passion and fire of the Bible to the English reader. [39], Bethel leaders Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton teach “the Physics of Heaven”, which is a way to “explore the mysteries of God hidden in sound, light, vibrations, frequencies, energy, and quantum physics”. What can we learn about prayer from Ephesians? [13] http://bjm.org/qa/does-god-ever-cause-sickness/, accessed 7 September 2018. [2] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 119. The following is a revision. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he says many things about the problems we face in this world. Legitimate questions about how he did his miracles must not distract us from what they reveal about his personal identity as the eternal Son of God. [24] While it appears that Bethel worship Jesus as God in their songs, their understanding of the incarnate Christ is that he was less than divine while he walked the earth. There is, however, a huge difference between revival and revivalism, as Iain Murray famously put it. Ben Fitzgerald showed Stephen Tan texts from Bill Johnson affirming that he believes ‘Jesus never stop [sic] being God. By doing so, Johnson distances himself from the historic understanding of God and the gospel which Christians have held for over 2000 years. Simmons has a long track record as a passionate and successful missionary and evangelist. The Gospel Coalition article by Joe Carter, ... (The Passion Translation)” by Andrew G. Shead. [30]https://web.archive.org/web/20171228104713/https://store.theresadedmon.com/collections/clothing/products/designer-leggings_isnt-she-lovely, accessed 7 September 2018. ETERNITY NEWS: "As this writer reads the correspondence, Facebooking, texting and other contacts between Awakening and the Gospel Coalition Australia team, Bill Johnson has apologised for his loose use of words about the Trinity and established that he is clear that Jesus has always been God." Bethel also runs their own “Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)” which teaches people to perform miracles and bring revival. A misunderstanding of Bill Johnson’s comments equating disgraced 1950s healing revivalists with heroes sich as Sampson and Gideon. Stephen Tan is pastor and church planter at Regeneration Church in Monash, Melbourne (regeneration.org.au). Encounter the Heart of God~ The Passion Translation® is a new, heart-level Bible translation that expresses God's fiery heart of love, merging the emotion and life-changing truth of God's Word. I’d urge these booksellers to seriously reconsider their policies on this series of pseudo-“Translations”. [8] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 112. Dear Pastor, Struggling To Grow Your Church? (Ephesians). That's where Carl Trueman's book is so incredibly valuable. [26] Johnson contends that “Jesus destroyed the power of sin, sickness and poverty through His redemptive work on the cross. John 2:11 c.f. [6], A Deadly Elevation of Experience over Scripture, Johnson’s pursuit of signs and wonders has led to a deadly elevation of experience over Scripture. The result is a strongly sectarian translation that no longer counts as Scripture; by masquerading as a Bible it threatens to bind entire churches in thrall to a false god. Here's a video where I explain how the free online resource works. [8] He criticises the church for “living according to an intellectual approach to the Scriptures void of the Holy Spirit’s influence” which leads to “a false sense of security”. I wrote it for our Moore College Revue, and had much fun performing it with Jordan Smith and Monique New. We welcome these statements, but questions remain. About the Passion Translation. [5] Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, 137. We are grateful to those who have taken the time to point them out. While revival, unity and nationwide prayer are good goals for Christians to have, I am unable to support Awakening Australia. [30] Prophecy is also used in outreach in what are called “Treasure Hunts”. [1] Put positively, ‘translations of Scripture are the Word of God to the extent that they faithfully represent the original’. The literal meaning of words you blow the shofar and you cry out “ WAKEY! 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