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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beni Johnson's statement about not wanting to be corrected by others who believe she is 'out of line' because basically only the holy spirit is allowed to do such a thing (but the real Holy Spirit uses people to correct, rebuke and encourage): What is a religious spirit?


Bethel Church has redefined the term 'religious spirit' and has wrongly labeled many sincere believers with this term.  A new term I thought of when thinking of Bethel Church is a 'resistant spirit'.  I was scrolling through Beni Johnson's page on Facebook recently where she teaches thousands, and these two posts startled me.  For those of you who don't know, Beni Johnson is Bill Johnson's wife.  Bill Johnson is the lead pastor of Bethel Church in northern California where many unorthodox and peculiar practices and teachings take place.  This is the same Bill Johnson who claims an anointing by God and that small, white angel feathers fall on him when he goes somewhere (like the grocery store, the bank, etc.).  This is also the same Bill Johnson that has taught in his writings (books, articles, etc.) that Christ laid his divinity aside (this is heresy; see my notes on the hypostatic union).  He still sells these books.  I have listed direct quotes and sources throughout this website with regard to these statements.  

These two posts concern me.  The reason is that Beni and her husband claim to be Christian teachers. This can be misleading. Biblically, a true, Godly teacher will be open to correction from others.  That is part of humility.  There is a wall that many people at Bethel Church put up when all that others are trying to do is to lovingly wake them up to the apostasy of the movement and the error of the teachings they believe.  If only they knew that their loved ones are trying to warn them of danger.  

They do claim to be used by the Holy Spirit, but I have noticed that they usually will not accept correction from others because they believe the misleading notion that only the Holy Spirit is allowed to do that.  This creates a resistant spirit in Bethel Church's followers to much-needed correction and help.  These statements from Beni could dangerously cause her followers to not accept correction from others, which God and the real Holy Spirit call "stupid" (Proverbs 12:1; Yes, the Bible does use that word).  Isn't it resisting the Holy Spirit when we won't accept a truthful correction from somebody?  Stephen told the members of the Sanhedrin that they were stiff-necked and always resisted the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51).  Bold words.  They did not like all that he was saying because it was the truth.  They did not like all the people God sent to them in the past because they brought the truth.  Stephen says in verse 51 that their ancestors persecuted and killed God's messengers in the past.  The members of the Sanhedrin were enraged and stoned Stephen to death.  They were just like their ancestors.  Biblically, these are the people that had a religious spirit and a resistant spirit.  They resisted the truth.  Stephen brought the truth (sound doctrine).  Therefore, he did not have a religious spirit, but God's Spirit!  The Bible says he was full of the true Holy Spirit.  And, he boldly spoke the truth and brought correction and rebuke.  These leaders thought they were good enough and didn't need to hear truth from Stephen.  I don't think Stephen would have lasted too long on many Facebook pages.  He would have been blocked.  

In my opinion, the following statements cannot be further from the Holy Spirit of the Bible.  Even more concerning is that over 1,000 followers agreed with her thinking that this is something the real Holy Spirit would teach.

Look at the following: 




When a teacher who claims to be anointed by God is teaching "out of line" with what the Bible says, Jesus calls him or her a false teacher (Matthew 7:7).  God wants us to give others "our two cents" if it is the truth.  Proof of this can be found in James 5:20 (and elsewhere) where it says God wants us to attempt to turn people from their error if they have wandered from the truth.  I will add, if you suspect a person is a false prophet, extra caution should be taken and act with wisdom (maybe Matthew 7:6 and Titus 3:10 apply here).  Anyhow, the Holy Spirit uses people as His tools to reach people.  Proof of this is found in Romans 10:14 where it says people can hear the truth if other people preach it to them.  How will they hear without people?  Quite simply, the real Holy Spirit uses people, and He has done that for centuries.  That is why it is always good to listen to and consider advice from others who are Christians.  It may be truth or maybe not.  But, if we reject the corrections people bring automatically without thinking it through, we risk rejecting God's message to us.  The Bible is story after story of God using people to reach people.  That is the theme of chapter after chapter in the entire Bible!  The devil also uses people (even professed Christians; 2 Cor. 11:15), so we must be able to discern and compare what is said to the Bible.  

Romans 12 speaks of Christians having different gifts according to the grace that is given to us and says basically that he that exhorts, teaches, etc. should exercise these gifts.  Acts 13:4 says that the Holy Spirit sent two men (Barnabas and Saul) to Cyprus.  The Spirit sent them to talk about the word of God to certain people.  Ephesians 4:11 says basically that Jesus Christ gave certain people certain callings in order to speak and edify the Body of Christ.  The goal is so "we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive..." (Ephesians 4:14).  These are just a handful of scriptures that show that the Holy Spirit does use people to bring the truth and to correct so that we will not be deceived.  God uses people to reach people because of His grace and as a safeguard to deception.

Now compare these statements above from Beni Johnson to the words of the true Holy Spirit in the Bible.  Do you think Beni teaches another spirit that the Apostle Paul warned about in 2 Corinthians 11:4?  It seems to me that her holy spirit will not use people to give some correction if a teacher is out of line, but will correct in some other direct way only (without people).  Using people as correcting tools does not seem like a characteristic of her holy spirit (based on her Facebook teachings).  Remember, the true Holy Spirit does use people and wrote the Bible (2 Peter 1:21) including these words: 
  • "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
  • "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he that hates reproof is senseless." (Proverbs 12:1)
  • "Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy." (Proverbs 29:1) 
  • "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • "Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue." (Proverbs 28:23)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good division or evil division? Division in the church....what did Paul teach? Bethel Church and Christianity and 1 Corinthians 1:12

For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19)

This scripture really stuck out today. This comes right after verse 18 in 1 Cor. 11 which speaks of divisions in the church. Paul was telling the Corinthians that when they come together, there are divisions. I checked the cross references for this, and the divisions Paul is speaking of is that in Corinth, some Christians were saying they followed Paul, others Cephas while others were saying they followed Apollos and some simply stated they followed Christ. Because of this they were separating into groups and not having unity. This can be found in 1 Corinthians 1:12.

Here I see two different kinds of division right next to each other in two verses (verses 19 and 18). Sometimes, people who follow Bethel Church will tell their confronters (who warn them about false teaching) that they are "divisive" and use the scripture from 1 Corinthians 1:12 to prove their point.

The problem with this is that Paul had an issue with the church being divided over the WRONG things. Here in this verse, we see that Apollos, Cephas, Paul and Jesus were all teaching the same thing about Christ. None of these men were teaching falsely!!! One was not saying "Christ was not divine at all times" while the other was saying "Christ was divine at all times". No! These leaders were all of one mind in their teaching. If one of them was a heretic, than Paul says that the Christians that are approved (by GOD) will be made manifest (will become obvious). That is, those who follow the heretic are unapproved by God. Those who separate from the heretic are approved by God. It would be manifest and evident who was REALLY following Jesus and His Word by who divided away from the heretic.

What Paul the apostle did not like about Corinth divisions is that they were being divided for a foolish reason. If pastor A and pastor B both teach correct sound doctrine from the Bible, but I am divided with you because you don't follow pastor A and I do, than that would be the unpleasing division that Paul was referring to. That is what was happening in Corinth. It was just stupid. It's like saying, my favorite color is blue and yours is red. Therefore I am not your friend. Totally immature. Paul says stop.

HOWEVER...

If Pastor A and Pastor B teach two totally different and contrary teachings about Christ, than only one is correct. God is a God of truth! He cannot be right and wrong at the same time. He cannot lie!

If Pastor A teaches correctly but Pastor B teaches heresy, and we are divided because of it, THAT IS THE KIND OF DIVISION THAT PAUL SPEAKS OF IN 1 CORINTHIANS 11:19. Paul explains that the very purpose of heresies is to see which Christians are approved by God!. It is those Christians who "mark and avoid" the false teachers who are mature and obedient followers of Christ (Romans 16:17). They are divided away for the right reasons. To not do so would be disobedience to the Lord Jesus.

Here are some supporting scriptures:


"If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ' Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

Heresies are a test, people!  God is testing us to see what our reaction will be with heresies.  Are we going to flunk and keep following the false teachings down the broad road to destruction, or are we going to study the Bible and get on the narrow path (Matthew 7:14)? 

Here, being divided is a command!  Again, there is righteous division and unrighteous division.  Check it out...

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

Marking and avoiding sounds pretty "divisive", yet it is a command straight from Jesus for His followers!


As you can see, not all division is a sin!  It is a sin to be divided for the wrong reasons.  There are also right reasons to be divided!  Jesus Himself said people would be divided:


Jesus Brings Division (Matthew 10) 
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.



If there can be true, righteous division and false, unrighteous division, can there also be true, righteous unity and false, unrighteous unity?  Would being divided away from true Christians who teach true, sound doctrine be good division or evil division?  Have a blessed day.  ~ ADMIN 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Are you tossed? Mature Christians and immature Christians: Following false prophets and their various 'winds of doctrine' is like being tossed by a storm


These days, we must be extra discerning who we are "following".  Who are you learning from?
"That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive..." Ephesians 4:14
Are you a wise or foolish virgin (Matthew 25)?  The mark of a mature Christian is to not be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, to not be deceived by the sleight of men, by their cunning craftiness.
Deception most always comes in a package of light (2 Cor. 11:14).  Be careful!
"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5
Matthew 24:5 makes it clear that deceptive teachings would even come from those who look good, those who teach about Jesus (Acts 20:30 further illustrates this point).  There are even discernment ministries out there that are teaching very unbiblical things that sound good!
Who are you following on Facebook?  Twitter?  Is it any wonder that the Lord used the word "Follow" thousands of years ago?
"Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to deceitful spirits, and doctrines of demons..." 1 Tim. 4:1
Have a blessed day...

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Is it really the Holy Spirit? Bethel Church and Christianity...

Was reading in the Word this morning, and a question came up in my mind.  I posted this question on the Bethel Church and Christianity Forum today:
"Acts 5:32 -- "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." I read this today and was wondering if these people are really teaching by the Holy Spirit, why is it that they are not departing/separating themselves from the false teachings/teachers? That would be obedience to God (Romans 16:17), and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is given to them that obey him."
Will let you know what replies I receive.  What do you think?  These people speak of the Holy Spirit so much.  In fact they are a part of a regular conference called, "the Holy Spirit Conference".  Would the Holy Spirit be comfortable with all the teachings from books, sermons, etc. that we see coming out of Bethel Church?  I don't think so...

Doesn't Jesus say to "mark and avoid" in Romans 16:17?  Not meaning, mark and avoid those who uphold/defend sound doctrine (like Jesus did!) - but those who cause divisions/offenses CONTRARY TO sound doctrine in the Bible (like the false teachers do).

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Updated: Gnostic heresy...an interesting find in a study Bible leads to further clarification concerning the public 'divinity' of Christ discussion and Bethel Church (pastor is Bill Johnson). A link found!

Here is the photo of the Bible page referred to in a post from June 7th, 2013.  


Look at the study notes on the left side where it says, "Gnostic heretics of his day who said that Jesus was born only a man and remained so until his baptism."

Do you see any eery similarities with Bethel Church's teaching on Christ's divinity?  BSR does.  How important it is to realize that the real Jesus was 100% man and 100% divine (the hypostatic union).  The false Jesus's are either 100% man and 0% divine, or 0% man and 100% divine.  Please browse the top of this site for helpful information on these topics.

In his book, When Heaven Invades Earth, Johnson explains that Christ is not part of Jesus's name (his last name): "Christ is not Jesus' last name. The word Christ means 'Anointed One' or 'Messiah'. It is a title that points to an experience. It was not sufficient that Jesus be sent from Heaven to earth with a title. He had to receive the anointing in an experience to accomplish what the Father desired".

Johnson says this "Christ" word relates to an experience.  What experience?  His baptism (age 30).  


The problem with this teaching is that even an angel of the Lord called Jesus "Christ" approximately thirty whole years before His water baptism (clearly, making it a part of His title at birth). Because Christ means Messiah, and Jesus was and is always the Messiah, He had that title before his age thirty water baptism "experience". 

Remember Luke 2:10,11 says, "Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord'". Keep in mind, Jesus was only a baby at this point, long before His water baptism experience ('the smearing', as Johnson describes), yet the mighty angel of the Lord calls Him..."Christ the Lord"!
"Therefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:3).
Johnson explains, "the word anointing means 'to smear'. The Holy Spirit is the oil of God that was smeared all over Jesus at His water baptism. The name Jesus Christ implies that Jesus is the One smeared with the Holy Spirit".
**Now re-read the Bible study notes in the photo**.  

Johnson preaches this about Jesus: "He laid his divinity aside" (When Heaven Invades Earth; chapter 7; page 110). Johnson also preaches that Jesus did His miracles as a man and not as God. Remember in John 10:30 when Jesus said, "I and the Father are one"? What about the immaculate conception and the virgin birth? That was divine, so Jesus had to be divine since conception, even before that - and forever for that matter! In an article from Charisma Magazine dated February 23, 2012, Johnson writes: "While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man...it’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow". 

In the same paragraph from When Heaven Invades Earth, Johnson explains that Jesus was "powerless" as well (in addition to being a non-divine man): "The sacrifice that could atone for sin had to be a lamb (powerless)".  When Scripture says Jesus was a lamb it does not mean He was powerless, but pure! 


Is this the Jesus you know, saint?
Please do some research to find out what else Johnson teaches about Jesus being a man until his baptism.  

Related: 

Bill Johnson's Non-Divine Jesus

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What on earth is a 'fire tunnel'? Did the earlier Christians practice 'fire tunnels'? Does the Bible teach us to run through 'fire tunnels'?

Been meaning to post this for days!  This is an open question for your consideration and commenting:
What on earth is a "fire tunnel"?
Seeing as how the word "fire" has come up several times in last few days, and that it is scorching hot where I am right now (think...sauna; no... furnace), I wanted to post this question.

I was once told (by a seemingly sincere Christian) that I "must" go to a Bill Johnson conference, and if given the opportunity to run through a "fire tunnel", I "must" do it.  My response was, "Sure, of course I will run through a fire tunnel"!  This answer was not based on knowledge but a lack of knowledge (ignorance of truth).

There are many references to "fire" in scripture.  However, there are zero references to "fire tunnels".

What is your take on a "fire tunnel"?
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." (Hosea 4:6)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gnostic heresy: an interesting find in a study Bible leads to further clarification concerning the public 'divinity' of Christ discussion and Bethel Church (pastor is Bill Johnson)...stay tuned

Good morning!  Came across a very interesting blurb in a study Bible which pertains to Gnostic heresy.  Opened the Bible and looked right at it!  Looking forward to sharing it as it was eye opening and now some teachings coming out of Bethel Church are starting to make more sense (from a Gnostic viewpoint)!  In the near future, a photo of this Bible page will be posted for your information.  You will find it very interesting.  Until then, here is a blurb to ponder:

Johnson preaches this about Jesus: "He laid his divinity aside" (When Heaven Invades Earth; chapter 7; page 110). Johnson also preaches that Jesus did His miracles as a man and not as God. Remember in John 10:30 when Jesus said, "I and the Father are one"? What about the immaculate conception and the virgin birth? That was divine, so Jesus had to be divine since conception, even before that - and forever for that matter! In an article from Charisma Magazine dated February 23, 2012, Johnson writes: "While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a man...it’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow". (Blog entry found on the Christian Post domain dated June 16, 2012).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Which is it: 'Security in wisdom' or 'insecurity in wisdom', Bill Johnson? God wants us to use our brains and God-given intellects/minds


Have you ever heard the expression, "check your brain at the door"?

Our God is an intellectual God.  He is brilliant.  He is infinite in wisdom.  Why would He expect His followers to put aside their intellects and "check their brains at the door"? Throughout the Bible, we see the importance of "buying the truth and not selling it" and "getting wisdom and understanding" (Proverbs 23:23).  In fact, God wants us to pursue wisdom and understanding.  God does not want us to be stupid or follow a leader while checking our brains at the door.  He wants us to use our brains that He gave us.  If a leader who says they are speaking for God asks you to check your brain at the door, to not trust your intellect, and to listen to their teachings - you may want to run in the other direction, and fast.  When you think about it, this is how so many sincere people have died in the past years via the cults.  They did not test what they were being told by their leader.  Instead, they listened and obeyed man to their own eternal destruction. 

People have a tendency to follow man.  However, Jesus wants us to follow Him and His teachings, not man and man-made teachings.  That is the definition of a disciple taken from the Greek word mathetas - a learner and doer of Christ's teachings.

From a section of Bill Johnson's book entitled Following Your Leader Off the Map, Johnson teaches

"Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of the scriptures enjoy a false sense of security" (When Heaven Invades Earth, chapter 6, page 105). How can a Christian who studies the truth in the Bible and who uses his or her renewed mind have a "false" sense of security?  Does Johnson believe the Bible is true or false?

"To follow Him [the spirit], we must be willing to follow off the map - to go beyond what we know" (Johnson). In the very next sentence, Johnson again speaks negatively of the intellect: "The Church has all too often lived according to an intellectual approach to the Scriptures, void of the Holy Spirit's influence".

Now, carefully compare the above teachings/doctrines to these Scriptures in the Word of God:

"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." (1 Timothy 4:16)  This seems to say that we are to continue in Bible doctrine instead of following off the map.  In doing so, we will save souls!  God wants us to use our minds and that is part of loving Him.  Luke 10:27 says the first commandment is to love God with our minds:
"And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)  Is Bill Johnson "rightly dividing the word of truth" when he teaches others that they "must be willing" to go beyond it?  The Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21), so if someone is truly under the influence of the Spirit of Truth, won't he or she "study" to know the Scriptures He (the Spirit) wrote?  After all, the Bible commands us to use our intellect and study God's Word.  Why would a teacher want his followers to set aside their intellect that God gave to them?
What exactly is Johnson asking his followers to do when he encourages them to not trust their God-given intellect and "follow their leader off the map"?  If Psalm 119:105 says that the Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, would the real Holy Spirit ever discourage use of the Word as a map for our life?  In the Bible, has the Lord ever told His followers to put aside their intellectual grasp of the Truth?  If we are the Lord's disciples, we will follow Christ and His teachings, and not listen to the voice of strangers (John 10:5).  Do you hear your Shepherd's voice?

The following is taken directly out of the Bible, including the words..."Security in Wisdom".

Proverbs 4

New King James Version (NKJV)

Security in Wisdom

Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someonefall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[a]
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Bethel Sozo Research post: The Holy Spirit wants us to be sober-minded not drunk: What does drunkenness have to do with the Spirit of God and Christians?


1 Thessalonians 5

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Day of the Lord

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

- - -

Hello friends.  Hope you're having a good day.  In my Bible reading this morning, the Lord showed me something. I believe He (the Spirit of Truth) wanted me to share.

God wants His children to be alert and sober-minded.  He does not want us to be intoxicated or out of control.  He does not want us to act like crazy animals or drunken men or women.  The fruit of the Spirit is "self-control" (see Galatians 6:22 for all the fruits).  It is the real Spirit of the Lord that gives "self-control" as opposed to drunkenness.  Remember in Acts 2 -- the apostle said they were "not" drunk. The apostle did not say they "were" drunk.  Rather, it was the scoffers/mockers who were falsely slandering/ridiculing these holy men that they were drunk.  Now, some modern pastors will tell you that in Acts 2 (at Pentecost) the apostles acted drunk/out of control and were speaking gibberish that only God could understand.  This is not what happened at all at Pentecost. Rather, the opposite.  See here in the Bible: 

The Gift to Speak Languages (Acts 2)
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6Now when this was sounded abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, in which we were born?
9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11Cretans and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?
13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Peter's Sermon
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel...
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The tongues the multitudes from the different regions (like the Egyptians, Arabians, etc.) heard were (quote) "in their own language". Peter the apostle told the mockers that these holy men (quote) "were not drunk". Peter then proceeded to deliver an eloquent sermon that people understood. He started by quoting the prophet Joel.

When pastors today say that the apostles were acting drunk and crazy, they are not acting like the holy apostles, but rather, they are acting like the mockers/scoffers that Peter corrected.  These men were mockers.  The NIV says these mockers were making fun of the apostles.  The NLV says these mockers were ridiculing them.  The Greek word for mocking is chleuazo which means to jest, mock or jeer.

This is rotten doctrinal fruit and a twisting in scripture.  Jesus said, "by their fruit you will know them" (Matthew 7).  

Throughout the Bible, the Lord exhorts Christians to be of a sober mind and to be wise.  Not... to be out of control or drunk (in body or spirit). I truly hope this post edifies and encourages you in sound doctrine. 

Have a truly wonderful day in the Lord filled with His goodness, mercy and truth! 

BSR