Please understand that this is not intended to make light of the current and past situations affecting individual people at Bethel Church who are suffering from various forms of calamity, however, make note that these individuals do currently stand condemned before God and as a testimony to the wrath of God revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, and women.
Bethel Church in Redding, California, is pastored and co-pastored by Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton, respectively, who believe themselves to be prophets and Apostles of God. Bethel is well-known for its debunked “manifestations” of the Holy Spirit, including its infamous spectacle known as “glory clouds.” The “glory cloud” spectacle has been thoroughly debunked and its various other acts of blasphemy, like grave sucking, have been shown to be contra-biblical and heterodox.
As we’ve explained before, Bethel Redding is essentially a cult that revolves around the visions of its two main “Apostles” while minimizing the truth of Scripture. Its livelihood depends on the fantastic tales relayed by its pastors as “revelations” from God coupled with the “experience” of worship through its deep emotionally-stimulating music.
And as part of the experience at Bethel, “healings” are at the top of the list.
One would think that a church that believes it has the power to supernaturally heal at will any disease or ailment would not close the doors to its “healing rooms” during a health pandemic that is wreaking havoc all over the world. But that’s exactly what Bethel Church in Redding California did during the pandemic.
According to their website, the healing rooms are where “we pursue the Holy Spirit and His healing power in a special time of ministry,” and it’s “a place we see God bring life, wholeness, and love to those suffering from physical ailments.”
Also, according to their website, they are “joy-filled believers who see God bring complete restoration and healing. We see hundreds of people every week, and it’s incredible.”
Further, in a recent series of “lies told about healings” posted on Bethel’s Facebook page as an advertisement for their “healing school”, Bethel explains that it is always God’s will to physically heal people through the blood of Jesus.
Despite this institution’s obsession with physical healing, the lead pastor’s wife, Beni Johnson, is dying of cancer. Again, this is not meant to make light of anyone who is suffering from sickness. However, it does serve as a clear contradiction to the very false gospel preached at this church.
God will not be mocked, and Bethel Church continues to make a mockery of the gospel. To think that God is going to stand idly by while these individuals continue to blaspheme his name and preach a false Jesus is plainly absurd. No, sickness doesn’t come from God, we can agree with that. It is a result of the fall and the curse, it is our own fault. And yet, God, in His sovereignty, does choose to heal some while not choosing to heal others. Why? Because Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world.
A few years ago, the extremely dark side of Bethel’s “healing” doctrine was exposed when a 2-year-old child of one of the worship leaders suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Kalley Heiligenthal asked for prayers after her daughter stopped breathing. Her daughter, Olive Alayne passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The next day, she was asking for prayers to resurrect her daughter.
The saddest part is that during this mother’s grief and sadness, she wasn’t asking for prayers to deal with her grief and emotional distress — I could only imagine being horrific — but that she had been deceived by her cult that this is what she should be seeking. Sadly — and obviously — it did not happen.
To make matters worse, co-pastor, Kris Vallotton’s wife, Kathy, is suffering from chronic Parkinson’s disease. And most of them wear glasses. And these are only the physical ailments that we know about.
So why does this church, which obviously does not receive what they preach, continue to push this false doctrine that it is God’s will to physically heal everyone in this life? Besides the fact that it’s unbiblical, taught nowhere in Scripture, it is logically absurd. The blood of Jesus does save us and does give us new life, eternal life. But that is just the thing, it is a new life, that we are born again into, and it is a spiritual life to which we will receive new bodies in the future in a new Kingdom that is not of this world.