Thursday, March 27, 2014
Bethel, Bethel, and Bethel: Ancient and Current Idolatry
1Ki 12:28 So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt."
1Ki 12:29 He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
1Ki 12:30 Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.
1Ki 12:31 And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.
1Ki 12:32 Jeroboam instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
1Ki 12:33 Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised in his own heart; and he instituted a feast for the sons of Israel and went up to the altar to burn incense.
After reading that chapter this morning it hit me: there are a few Bethels today who follow in their footsteps.
So it seems today that both Bethel Church in CA and Bethel University in MN are appropriately named “Bethel”. They are indulging in the golden calf idolatry of ancient Bethel, seeking after gods, borrowing pagan practices out of pragmatism and mysticism. By telling people their gods are the ones that “brought them up out of Egypt” ( the sole claim and repeated one at that by the thrice Holy Triune God of Scripture), they are blaspheming God.
Bethel Church in Redding CA which is a NAR church headed up by heretic Bill Johnson.
Bethel Church of Redding, CA - severe errors by their false apostles and teachers.
Bethel University in MN is inter-faith and Emergent/mystic:
Womenpastors - in clear violation of 1 Timothy, Titus 1-2, and 1Cor. 14.
They are also heavily into psychology even in their Religious Department - psychology is the world's philosophy that Christians are told to reject. In addition psychology is at its heart, anti-Christ and anti-Scripture. In fact, some of the founding fathers of psychology involved in the occult, as Martin and Deidre Bobgan discuss (first on page 42) in their book, "The End of Christianity Psychology".
The point of all of this is that I find it ironic that two very infamous liberal and heretical institutes follow in their namesake's idolatrous footsteps.