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Here's a very short video that Bill Johnson's Bethel Church produced. It illustrates the technique Johnson uses a lot: he tells a story (any story will do) and from that story he asserts a principle, and he then teaches that principle as if it were universally true. This is how Johnson gets away with saying all sorts of ridiculous stuff all the time.
When a pastor takes his own ideas and inserts them into a Biblical text it's called eisegesis. Bill Johnson takes this bad method even further: he takes an idea that isn't even in the Bible and simply claims it as truth-no Bible necessary.
In this video he retells a story from Kathryn Kuhlman (not a good source for anything, but that's another issue) and from this story he makes this assertion: "The need to be right comes from a poverty of spirit." Almost sounds like a Bible verse, doesn't it? But it's not, it's just another saying that can mean anything. And, of course, it has some truth to it. But in the case of this little clip, it appears this might be Johnson's way of saying, "Hey all of you discernment Christians out there on the internet-you have a poverty of spirit!" Of course, he is ignoring the wealth of Bible verses about having good sound TRUE doctrine! And what you are not supposed to notice is that Bill Johnson thinks he's right about a lot of things-in fact, he has become very rich by standing up in churches all over the world and telling people what he thinks is true. His version of Christianity is, all too often, not derived from the Bible, but from stories, visions, dreams and ideas that come out of his head.
“For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”
— 2 Peter 1:16
For further research, here's The Bill Johnson Cornucopia of False Teaching, Bible-Twisting and General Absurdity
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