By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire
1. “We also have a curriculum, four lessons on that that will just get your kids activated in prophesying over each other, over teachers, and learning how God will talk to them, learning to hear Him…”  –Seth Dahl, Bethel Redding Children’s Pastor
2. “Oftentimes, I think we get too concerned about is that God or is that me. I think we get way too concerned since we have the mind of Christ. Much of what God will do will feel like us or seem like us. ”  –Seth Dahl, Bethel Redding Children’s Pastor
3. “That’s the goal, is to get the children experiencing the works of God from a young age, having experiences to do with God, so they can never be argued out of their experience.”  –Seth Dahl, Bethel Redding Children’s Pastor
4. “You know, I think our environment, we have a lot of grace for, let’s say a kid gives a Word of Knowledge that isn’t accurate. We’re okay with that. We just have a high value for risk. And if it didn’t work, it didn’t work, and we move on.”  –Eric Johnson, Bethel Redding Pastor
5. “You had me come down and bring some kids to do Words of Knowledge on the stage. Like, how can we activate the kids more?”  –Seth Dahl to Eric Johnson
Activate the kids? Bethel Redding leaders continue to present an unbalanced and unhealthy preoccupation with signs and wonders–or, as I have come to call it, a bells-and-whistles theology. It should be no surprise that this is also present in Bethel Redding’s children’s ministry. It seems as if it is more important to encourage children to seek angelic visitations, visions, and Words of Knowledge than it is to actually determine whether the experience/communication with God is genuine or not. Click here to continue reading.