quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2011

Bill Johnson's 'Kingdom Now' theology

2 Chronicles 20:37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made”.

Bill Johnson
There is a doctrine called 'knosis theology' - meaning that Jesus 'put aside' His divinity when he became man.

'Kenosis' is a Greek word for emptiness. So, the 'kenosis doctrine' is based on a misuse of Philippians 2:7 where Paul says that Jesus emptied Himself.

'Functional knosis' speaks about Jesus 'putting aside' His functions; 'Ontological knosis' speaks about Jesus 'putting aside' His nature or divine attributes.

Some theologians say that 'functional knosis' is not heretical, but 'ontological knosis' is.

I myself don't believe in 'knosis', because I believe in the 'hypostatic theology', or 'hypostatic union', that describes the union of Christ's humanity and divinity in one, meaning that Jesus was complete man, but also complete GOD on earth from His conception until His death!

Bill Johnson's doctrine about the divinity of Jesus is very confusing. On one hand his followers imply that  he teaches 'functional knosis', but on the other hand, in saying that Jesus 'put aside' his divinity and lived on earth as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit, Bill Johnson is diminishing Jesus' divine nature as a man. So, actually, he also teaches 'ontological knosis'. 

Bill Johnson' kenosis view is a very serious heresy, because in a subtle way, he wants to come to the following presumption: 

If Jesus did all the miracles, signs and wonders as a man, 'anointed' by the Holy Spirit, we also, 'anointed' by the Holy Spirit are capable of doing the same things that Jesus did. Bill Johnson goes on to affirm, "Not only that, we shall do greater works than Jesus, referring to Jesus' signs and wonders". Based on John 14:12.   

Analise of Bill Johnson' presumptions:

I believe that Bill Johnson's Kingdom Now Theology has as its goal 'the glorification of man', hence the reason he diminishes Jesus' Divinity.
  
Firstly, because he affirms: "Because of Jesus' self-imposed restriction, His miracles were only done by virtue of an anointing of the Holy Spirit on His ministry and this same anointing is also available to us".

And he goes on and make another presumption: "If we are filled by the Spirit like Jesus, we are capable of doing the same signs, miracles and wonders that Jesus did on earth".

He then goes completely heretic, based on John 14 v 12, when he says: "Not only that, but 'we shall do greater works than Jesus", referring that we are capable to do greater signs and wonders than Jesus. 

But the 'greater works' in John 14:12 cannot refer to signs and wonders that are greater in quality than those done by Jesus because no believer ever has or ever will do greater miracles than Jesus. He raised the dead, opened the eyes of the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, cast out demons, healed the lame, walked on water, calmed a stormy sea, multiplied bread and fish and turned water into wine.

No miracle-worker has even come close since the days of the apostles and even the apostles did not do any signs and wonders that were greater.
 
Secondly, Bill Johnson is obviously wrong when he says: "When Christ died on the cross he took away the curse and defeated Satan in order for us to reach prosperity: welfare, dominion, power, health, wealth, happiness and joy, while living on this earth".

A careful reading of the Bible indicates otherwise. Simply put, the Bible never commands Christians to take dominion, because this will never happen any way. A search for such a mandate proves fruitless. The Bible never even hints that this is to be the purpose of the church between Christ's first and second comings. The purpose of the Church firstly is to preach the Gospel to all creation.

However, when a nation is reached by the Gospel, people will know justice, freedom, health and wealth, but that doesn't mean believers will be healthy and prosperous at all times.

It also doesn't mean that believers - the Church - will dominate the Earth.

After all, Dominion Theology and 'Kingdom Now' Theology conceive Christianization as a social and political event.  They teach that believers - the Church - must dominate the entire world and establish a theocratic government, before Jesus comes back.
If anyone would come after me...
But any teachings to do with the Great Commission that involve sacrifice and abnegation of life in order to evangelize the lost, become secondary because the mainly objective of these doctrines is for believers to dominate the world 'Now'.  

Luke 9: 23And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it".

By the way, we can ask: 

Is Britain a Christian nation? What is the percentage of ‘born again’ believers ' in Britain and USA?

What is the percentage of ‘born again’ believers  in Arab countries?

So, although we find in the Bible that God bless materially people who turns to Him, most of the blessings promised in the New Testament have a spiritual connotation linked with a small percentage of people around our world.

We are and we will be always a minority, so we will never 'dominate' the world! Our task is not to 'dominate' but rather to evangelize the world!

Bill Johnson's central idea about "life-affirmation" puts in question all Biblical doctrines that teach the possibility of Christians going through suffering, weakness, sickness and poverty while living on this earth.
 
Romans 8:1-39, the central idea of this chapter  is that we believers also 'groan', even though we have the Holy Spirit within us, as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We too, wait with eager hope, for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us. 

While we are part of the creation, we will know 'suffering' v18, 'weakness' v26; 'hardship', 'persecution', 'famine', 'nakedness', 'danger', 'sword' v35 and 'death'. As Paul says, "For your sake we face 'death' all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered" v36

But through the Holy Spirit, in spite of suffering, troubles, afflictions, hardship, we have the hope of future glory v18-27 and because of this hope we are more than conquerors v31-37. In v28 we read that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 
 
Of course God heals. Of course He prospers. But as for me, I plan to continue praising Him in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, till death reunites me with the One whose sufferings we are sometimes called to share, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Conclusion: 

In my opinion, Bill Johnson's extremist beliefs about the "Kingdom Now" theology and "Dominion" theology are heretical and therefore he is preaching another Gospel.

For the protection of people who are under our leadership, we should have the courage to stand against these extremist teachers, denouncing them rather than making a compromise with them, like many Christians leaders are doing.

We must not do wrong alliances to try to develop our Churches. I I Chronicles 20:30-37

When  Jehoshaphat did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, he was blessed and the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace: 30And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side 32 He followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD

But when he decided to make a commercial alliance with Aaziah, what happened?: 35 Later, Jehoshaphat king of Judah made an alliance with Ahaziah king of Israel, whose ways were wicked. 36 He agreed with him to construct a fleet of trading ships. After these were built at Ezion Geber, 37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.

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2 comentários:

  1. "When Christ died on the cross he took away the curse and defeated Satan in order for us to reach prosperity: welfare, dominion, power, health, wealth, happiness and joy, while living on this earth." - I'm wondering what your source is for this quote! Not trying to put you on the spot - ha! - I'm trying to figure out this whole thing, and put together a biblical response to it just like you! I just would love to make sure I have my sources in order before I publish anything :) Any chance you would be willing to email that to me? my email address is torri.horness@gmail.com ... thank you for your insight! it's very helpful!

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  2. PARABÉNS Pr Viriato!! Temos mesmo que CONFRONTAR e discordar destas heresias. Li com muita atenção e concordo com vc em todos os pontos. Benção.

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