An Invasion of Error: A Review of Bill Johnson – When Heaven Invades Earth – Bob DeWaay

Bill Johnson of Redding, California has become a popular teacher in one of the latest iterations of the Signs and Wonders movement. His book, When Heaven Invades Earth, reveals his underlying theology. Johnson believes that there will be a great end-time revival that will be initiated by an “Elijah generation”1 (a concept from the heretical Latter Rain movement) that shall transcend all other generations of Christians in regard to their ability to do great works of power. Johnson claims the following about himself and associates: “We will carry the Elijah anointing in preparing for the return of the Lord in the same way that John the Baptist carried the Elijah anointing and prepared the people for the coming of the Lord” (Johnson: 184).2 Supposedly these elitists will set off a great revival of signs and wonders greater than those of Jesus. This miracle explosion, they expect, will cause a great revival before the return of Christ. Johnson states, “I live for the revival that is unfolding and believe it will surpass all previous moves combined, bringing more than one billion souls into the Kingdom” (Johnson: 23). 

The basic premise is that God always wants to do abundant and remarkable miracles but is kept from doing so by the fear and unbelief of the church. God awaits the arrival of specially anointed and enlightened Christians who will make it possible for Him to bring at long last an invasion of heaven to earth before the return of Christ. That is the point of Johnson’s title. His subtitle is A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles. Accordingly, with the right information, zeal, desire, piety, faith and anointing, any Christian can “make the supernatural natural” (Johnson: 133). 

In this article I will show from Johnson’s book that he has departed from orthodox Christian teaching in many serious ways. He teaches the heretical kenosis doctrine about Christ. He denies the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. He embraces pietism, elitism, subjectivism, fideism, dominion theology, and many other errors. I will claim that his supposed end-time revival is actually end-time apostasy.

To read the rest of this sound review, please click on the direct link below:

https://cicministry.org/commentary/issue124.htm

For additional links which also examine the false doctrines of Bill Johnson, please consider the following links:

REVIEW: WHEN HEAVEN INVADES EARTH – BILL JOHNSON
spoiledmilks.com/2014/10/24/when-heaven-invades-earth-review-pt-1/
spoiledmilks.com/2014/10/28/when-heaven-invades-earth-part-ii/
spoiledmilks.com/2014/11/01/when-heaven-invades-earth-review-pt-iii/
spoiledmilks.com/2014/11/09/when-heaven-invades-earth-review-pt-iv/

BILL JOHNSON’S CHRISTOLOGY (five parts) Craig – CrossWise
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Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

12 comments

  1. As to what God will do, none of us knows except what He has revealed in scripture. The timing and details and who God will use are as misunderstood today as the disciples were about what the “messiah” would do.in Jesus time. I’m quite convinced of that. Our individual paths are lamp-lit for about one step at a time. I see you are on my daily prayer list Bruce along with a couple other Bloggers going through tough stuff on the home front.

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    • Hi Gary, I agree with your statement “none of us knows except what He has revealed in Scripture.” It’s when you start going outside of Scripture and factoring in experimental experiences as an “alternate source” that is deemed as being equivalent to or greater than Scripture, that problems with Biblical doctrines arise and Bill Johnson is no stranger to voicing doctrines that have been soundly rejected long before our time. With regard to the timing of Christ’s return, Scripture covers that, but we are given numerous signs and details to watch for, including false prophets and false Christ’s (so called anointed ones) that have departed from the faith that we have been given for all time. It’s not a watch and see situation, it’s a watch and warn situation, and that is what I and many others have done concerning Bill Johnson’s doctrinal message. I thank you for your prayers, Gary, as you are in mine. Trusting God one day at a time, through difficult waters on the home front, seems to be the course to follow. God’s continued blessings on you and yours. Love in Christ – Bruce

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  2. Well, I just spent the last 2 hours lost in the CIC website, thank you very much, LOL. There are some excellent articles on a wide range of false teachings and teachers to which I have been exposed in the past. The article on How the Church Becomes Pagan (examining spiritual warfare teachings and practices) was particularly good and opened my eyes to why, perhaps, the Lord led me away from much of that stuff that I had read as a young believer. Anyway, thank you, Bruce, as always, meaty stuff.

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    • Hi Craig, yes, that’s quite the little treasure grove isn’t it! I’ve spent a fair bit of time there myself. Glad you enjoyed it. I like Bob DeWaay’s style of writing. God’s blessings on you and yours, brother!

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