Hillsong, Bethel Music and The Great Seduction

For the first time, Hillsong United is uniting with Bethel (Redding’s) Music for a “Night of Worship” on July 21 @ the Redding Civic Auditorium. Note that by their participation, Hillsong is effectively declaring their affinity with Bethel Redding, it’s music, and by default, it’s doctrines.

That these two groups should join together is hardly surprising, as both have been at the forefront of the transformation of church music – from the worship of God, to effectively worshiping “worship” music – From music that exalts God, into music that exalts an experiential “encounter” with “the presence”, and which magnifies feelings and emotions.

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And see: https://www.facebook.com/bethelmusic/videos/1746729115357538/

The Word of God says that: “God is a Spirit: those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24 And – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” – John 17:17; Jesus proclaims: “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63

Many have apparently forgotten that the Holy Spirit will not magnify Himself or some alleged experience, but will magnify Jesus! “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me…” – John 16:13-14

“The Spirit expressly says, that in latter times some shall depart from the faith, *giving heed to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of devils!” – 1Tim. 4:1

“Giving heed to” implies active “LISTENING to”; And, the Gk. Word used for “seducing” spirits is planos : meaning ‘imposter” or “deceiver”… “seducing”. Now, consider: The word used in 1Cor. 14:25 – [G4352] proskuneo …to crouch down or prostrate…worship; fr. G4314 <>> the same root as the “giving heed in 1Tim.4:

Once the enemy gets you in the subjective, sensual, emotional arena, where God’s Word is no longer the objective foundation – Then you can be manipulated, being led by seductive sensations and feelings, and discernment become almost impossible.

It has been observed that much of the contemporary Christian music by Hillsong, Bethel and Jesus Culture, etc. has more in common with the songs of the Trance genre, than with genuine Christian worship.

It is no secret that Bethel Redding teaches the doctrinal aberrations of the New Apostolic Reformation [NAR]. Their practices are also deviant – and from “grave sucking” to “fire tunnels” and the shaking and quaking of the Toronto “blessing”, etc. – Bethel attendees have been shown exhibiting some of the most bizarre occultic manifestations. This is the ripened fruit of Bethel.

Consider what Bethel Music says of itself, that they are: “a worship ministry formed as an extension of Bethel (Redding) Church and founded by Brian and Jenn Johnson”.  A tree is surely known by it’s fruit.

Remember what Hillsong Worship Leader JD revealed on 1/28/2015 – “We [Hillsong Worship] are about fulfilling our Senior Pastor’s [Brian Houston] vision – not our own” and that “As amazing as our creative ideas might be, if they don’t ultimately line up [NOT with scripture, but ) what our Senior Pastor and leaders want, then we happily put them aside… Our worship teams EXIST TO BUILD THE CHURCH!”

Yet somehow all this goes out the window, and discernment is set aside, as their seductive music is extolled as “beautiful” and “wonderful” worship, and is played in bible teaching churches across the globe.

C.H. Fisher (1), in his Truth Keepers blog states: “Many of the ones that rush to associate with Bethel Music in their concerts might never accept the bizarre shenanigans of Bethel Church. The alluring music has seduced them into to associating rather than exposing. Further, Bethel Music’s siren songs have the hypnotic effect of covering up one hard fact. If the spirits of darkness are in the source, then the same spirits are in the flow. “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” (James 3:11) “A bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-20).”

And: “Bethel Music does not go around the country putting on concerts to showcase talent, to entertain people, or to make lots of money. The so-called worship team is on the road for one purpose. That purpose is to unite people with the spirits that comprise its source, Bethel Church.”

And, Instead of exposing the darkness, “professing Christians are bonding with Bethel Music in a concert. They weave and sway with the music, their spirits open and receptive, being stroked by the ebb and flow of the rhythms and hypnotic sounds.” They unwittingly are fellowshiping with demons.

1: http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=754 [Bethel Music; a work of darkness; 1/27/2015]

 

The use of pleasant sounding music to seduce and win converts is not a new tactic. Author Brandon Hines notes: “How was it, then, that Arius spread his [Arian Heresy] doctrine, if it was as clearly venomous as it is? Photius of Constantinople wrote, “Arius, after his secession from the church, composed several songs to be sung by sailors, and by millers, and by travelers along the high road, and others of the same kind, which he adapted to certain tunes, as he thought suitable in each separate case, and thus by degrees seduced the minds of the unlearned by the attractiveness of his songs…” – Enchanted and Ensnared by Music 11/31/16

If the theology of a church is aberrant, it’s music should not be used public worship. A biblical theology of worship is concerned with the true worship of God. True biblical worship must be reverent (Hebrews 12:28). We must understand who is being worshiped. God is holy, just, and perfect. We are sinners saved by grace coming before a holy God on the basis of our Redeemer. worship must be “in truth,” that is, our worship must be properly informed (John 4:24). Unless we have correct knowledge of the God we worship, we will not be worshiping in truth. Those who wish to worship biblically must worship God as He is revealed in Scripture.

If the church teaches and practices false doctrines, it music will, by default, be worshiping a false, or counterfeit Christ.

 

In the same chapter where the apostle Paul reveals that the enemy “Transforms himself into an angel of light. (and that) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves…” (2Cor. 11:14-5) he also warns believers that: “I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!: – 2Cor. 11:4-5

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxZIRlWu6ks

 

The Wild Goose Festival: Contemplative Meets Queer Theology

Held annually, the Wild Goose Festival is said to be “focused on justice, spirituality, music and the arts… (and) rooted in the Christian tradition” and is popular among progressive Christians and many involved with the emerging church movement. It is the only Christian music festival in the U.S. that caters to “theological liberals”…

Wild Goose Fest 2017 also prominently featured Shack author William Paul Young and the contemplatives Richard Rohr, Phyllis Ticlke and Tony Campolo, along with new age speakers like Mirabai Starr, and others. Their website is here: http://wildgoosefestival.org/

The following video is edited from some of the Wild Goose promo vids. http://

The Wild Goose Festival is affiliated with the aberrant group “Convergence“. Convergence is the brain child of ultra-liberal emergent apostate Brian McLaren. McLaren, the author of “A New Kind of Christian” – led the ceremony for his son’s same-sex wedding in 2012. [see http://apprising.org/2012/09/24/brian-mclaren-leads-ceremony-at-sons-same-sex-wedding/].

The Convergence charter informs us: “We believe in Jesus and the good news of the reign, commonwealth, or ecosystem of God… We seek to honor, interpret, and apply the Bible in fresh and healing ways, aware of the damaging ways the Bible has been used in the past… We seek the common good, locally and globally, through churches of many diverse forms… We build inclusive partnerships across gaps between the powerful and vulnerable – including disparities based on wealth, gender, race and ethnic identity, education, religion, and sexuality …”

In an 2006 interview with Lief Hansen, McLaren stated: “The doctrine of hell basically says…At the end, God gets his way through coercion, violence, intimidation and domination – just like every other kingdom. The cross isn’t the center then – the cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God.”

Holy Yoga EXPOSED!

Emergent Watch takes a close look at the  so-called Christian ministry of “Holy Yoga”. Holy Yoga has been around since 2005, and is the brainchild of Brooke Boon. This group came to our attention when it was discovered it was being brought into local churches in Orange County, CA. Since at least 2013, it has been a regular “ministry” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, and Mariner’s, Irvine.

 

 Holy Yoga has recently shown they are teaching not simply yogic postures, but the breathing exercises known as Pranayama – which is designed to awaken occult Kundalini powers. Surveying the Holy Yoga podcasts on Soundcloud, it is also discovered that they are teaching guided meditations, “Breath Prayers”, Christianized Mantra meditation, as well as contemplative spirituality.

Although they claim to “100% Jesus and 100% Yoga” – The eastern occultic concepts integral to yogic practices – such as Chakras, Niyamas, etc. – are integrated into their teachings. Even the monistic spiritual concepts associated with chanting “OM”, are accepted as valid. These occultic concepts and the doctrines they are based upon are diametrically opposed to genuine biblical Christianity.

The following is a video expose’ of “Holy Yoga”:

As has been noted by many researchers – even the yoga poses themselves are connected with demonic “gods”. Yogic postures are not simply “stretching” exercises. As has been demonstrated, what is known as “Hatha Yoga” developed within and came out of the occult “left-handed” Tantric schools of Indian practices. Everything having to do with “yoga” is very dangerous, and can never be synthesized or Christianized.

NOTE: “The things Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons!” – 1 Corinthians 10:20-21

 

If you know someone involved in Yoga, or other New Age/ occultic practices, pray for them and pray for a way for you to reach out to them with the truth.

Brian Brodersen’s Creation Fest – Live ‘Teaching Event’ with Anglican Bishop

On Monday March 13, 2017 – Brian Brodersen’s Creation Fest posted on Twitter, announcing their upcoming live Facebook event, “Life Lessons from the Bible”. The event features the Anglican (Church of England) Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton.  The post beckons, “Tune in and talk, text, tweet, AND *LEARN WITH @Bishop Truro and Steve Wild”. Thornton is also known as “Lord Spiritual”, and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013.

Aside from from Brodersen’s open endorsement (on 4/14/2016) of Nicky Gumbel and his contemplative “Alpha” – this is his most brazen ecumenical move – even his boldest, since splitting from the CCA back in November. If anyone has any lingering doubts about Brodersen and the direction he intends to take his Calvary Chapel, they need to contemplate this.

As EmergentWatch has documented over the last 3 1/2 years, Brian Brodersen, via his Creation Fest – has been in a semi-hidden ecumenical partnership with many aberrant churches in the UK – particularly the Anglican Church of England. The COE and Rome recently solidified their partnership with a new “Common Declaration” between Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby on Oct. 6, 2016.

This should be a huge red flag to the church of the state of the ongoing apostasy – That things are getting very late. How bad does Brodersen have to get- does he have to burn incense to Ba’al before people are alarmed? Christians are herein advised to mark Brodersen and his partners, and to separate themselves from this ecumenical apostasy.  He is most certainly in grave error and is now beyond accountability, and possibly beyond correction.

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For more on Brodersen and his “Creation Fest” see: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/05/08/calvary-chapel-alert-brian-brodersen-now-partnering-with-hillsong-and-other-aberrant-groups-at-his-uk-creation-fest/

And see: https://emergentwatch.com/2015/05/31/calvary-chapel-alert-leaderships-stealth-partnership-with-the-church-of-england-and-catholics/

Also: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/11/29/big-lies-that-matter/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/11/22/calvary-chapel-2012-pastors-conference-on-future-leadership/

And: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/11/11/calvary-chapel-truth-or-consequences/

Calvary Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen, Hillsong and Bethel, Redding

Calvary Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen has openly endorsed Hillsong and it’s leader, Brian Houston – on KWVE’s “Pastor’s Perspective” program of December 3, 2015. Brodersen publicly certifies Hillsong as “Orthodox” in spite of their many well known aberrations – And even though less than a year later, Hillsong’s Houston was a featured speaker at the heretical, New Age, Bethel Redding’s “Open Heavens” conference of October 4, 2016. In light of these, and other events, it appears that the convergence of apostasy is rapidly accelerating. Now is the time to stand on God’s Word, and resist the global convergence.

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Mark Batterson Reveals his New Age mystical influences

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More than a few discernment articles have been written, exposing Batterson’s occultic ideology – [see http://beginningandend.com/the-circle-maker-heresy-witchcraft-in-the-church/  but none has been as revealing as what the author revealed in 2006.

Mark Batterson – lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, and Best-selling “Christian” author of the infamous “Circle Maker” book series – did an article back in august 2006, wherein he reveals who the authors who have influenced him. See http://web.archive.org/web/20061209190909/www.evotional.com/reading.htm

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Among the books Batterson lists as “Recomended books” are:

The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren; Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas; The Power of Positive Prophecies by Laurie Beth Jones; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield; Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins; The Vision and the Vow by Pete Greig [HTB & Alpha]; When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson; The Success Principles by Jack Canfield; Soul Tsunami by Leonard Sweet; A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren; Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli; In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen; Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala; The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard; The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence; Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle; Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow

And, yes, Batterson is an advocate & active promoter of Contemplative mysticism.

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The Convergence of New Age Theology and Progressive Politics

On Feb. 2-4 a New Age, liberal progressive confab is set for Washington DC, with a bevy of speakers – see http://sistergiant.com/

Led by Marianne Williamson, the modern day rep for the demonic “Course in Miracles” – The “Sister Giant in DC” event will also feature: the socialist Bernie Sanders, psychic Jean Houston, leftist Dennis Kucinich, Qabbalistic “Rabbi” Micheal Lerner and a host of other leftist new agers.

The list includes: the Co-founder of (online) #BlackLivesMatter; Reps from the apostate Union Theological Seminary: Reps from the Muslim Public Affairs Council; President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies; the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives; Four teachers of contemplative “Mindfulness”; and Leftist media reps from: MSNBC; CNN; NBC; BBC; PBS; WashPost and others.