By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire ministries
Below is a video of the Alabaster House of Bethel Church of Redding, California. According to the Bethel Redding website, it is a place to “be in contemplative prayer and enjoy God’s presence.” You are listening to the voice of Bill Johnson from a sermon given some years ago, and Johnson is poisoning his flock with the heretical doctrine of kenosis. He wants them to believe that Jesus gave up his divinity and performed miracles etc. solely via the power of the Holy Spirit. This is false. This is not what Philippians 2:7 means at all.
“but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Phil 2:7)
According to Bill Johnson (Start at 2:37):
If the Spirit of God is on a person, so what’s going on? Jesus was so empty of divine capacity. Eternally God, but He chose to live with the restrictions as man. Why? To set a model. To set something to follow, an example. His lifestyle … if He did all of his miracles as God I’m still impressed, but I’m not compelled to follow. I just stand back and go that’s amazing God, do some more, that’s awesome do some more God but when I find out that He set aside divinity… Click here to continue reading.
Video: start at 2:38 minute mark (use caution and discernment)
(photo from cover of Mike Oppenheimer’s booklet, Did Jesus Identify Himself as God?; photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)