Bill Johnson: On Salvation

What kind of gospel is Bill Johnson preaching? Is it the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Or, is it as the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:6, a different gospel. This can be seen and answered in his Christmas Message. He writes here and says: When people yield to the Lord Jesus Christ in salvation, they are taking the first step into His eternal purpose, which is found in the wonderful reality of Earth being influenced by Heaven. The first part could be written off as just a flowery way of putting it, but as this article will show, it is erroneous. Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 NASB. These words are from Jesus Christ, the Son of God and not just another prophet. Bill writes saying yield to the Lord Jesus Christ in salvation. This sounds reasonable, but in his article he never describes what is required in this yielding in order to be born again. In fact nothing he has said in this quote is actually scripture. Let us look further.

He goes on to write here saying: This is where God begins to unfold His plan that Heaven comes to Earth. Does not Bill Johnson understand that throughout the entire Old Testament God is revealing His plan of Salvation, that is why the Old Testament is so very precious. This was the beginning of Jesus's earthly life. If this is simply an omission why does Bill Johnson fail to tell his readers that they should be born again and how to go about it. The Bible passage for what being born again is not found in the New Testament but the Old. In John 3:14 Jesus actually gives the cross reference to the story, which, incidentally Nicodemus, as the teacher of Israel should have known. The passage to which Jesus points both Nicodemus and us is found in Numbers, chapter 21:5-9. You will find both the need for confession and the punishment for our sins taken on the person of Jesus Christ on the Cross. That is where your sin must be left and anywhere else will not provide a 'believer' with salvation.

Next he goes on to say: Interestingly, when it comes to the conversion of souls, Earth inspires Heaven, as all the angels in Heaven rejoice when someone is saved. Bill Johnson does not understand the true spiritual battle which is taking place because scripture tells us that Jesus said: I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7. It must be noted that it is not people who have yielded but who have repented. The Bible is quite clear what repentance is when it says: He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. Proverb 28:13. Here is the picture of the twofold requirement for repentance. First is confession of one sin and second is the forsaking of those sins. This is a long way from Johnson's yielding. By doing what Catholics do you don't get to be born again. They do the confessing bit, but sadly, not the forsaking bit. Note also that most (almost all) people believe that they don't need salvation and sadly, eternal damnation will be their lot.

Another quote from Bill in his Christmas article is: But I have a sense that peace and joy are the things that will stop your neighbors in their tracks, as they illustrate the reality of the Kingdom of God so beautifully (Romans 14:17). There is a wonderful connection between these two realities. This is where Johnson's mysticism comes to the fore. He senses ... something. This is fortunetelling pure and simple. What your neighbour needs to know is that he or she is a sinner in desperate need of salvation and they will receive God's gift of grace, the Holy Spirit when they are born again which will only happen if they hear the one true Gospel.

One final quote from Bill: Joy is an unexplainable weapon. This is pure New Apostolic Reformation poppycock. Joy is one part of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22. It comes from God by grace to the believer. It is not a weapon. The only biblical weapon which we have been given as born again believers is a sword, which is the Word of God - the Bible.

One might ask why does Johnson fail to get it right. Afterall, he claims to be a Bible teacher! The answer lies in the fact that Johnson has decided what his theology should look like and has then adapted the Bible to suit. This is called "eisegesis". The Bible must be read and its theology drawn from the text. This is called "exegesis".

If you are looking for salvation then turn away from fortune-tellers like Bill Johnson and take up a Bible and read it for yourself.

27th December 2019

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