A friend asked me recently whether Bethel Church in Redding California is the real deal.
There is a lot that I can say about Bethel, but to sum it up: it is not the real deal. Though many good worship songs come out of Bethel and Jesus Culture (an offshoot of Bethel) their theology and practice is off.
A good example is their book (written and endorsed by Bethel) called Physics of Heaven. This written work contends that New Age groups have ideas and practices that Christians should study. That we need to “take back” these “truths” from the New Agers. These ideas can’t be found in Scripture and are in fact condemned by God, who tells us not to learn the ways of the pagan nations (Deut. 18:9-14).
That’s dealing with their teaching. In practice, they seek after strange signs and wonders, such as gold dust and angel feathers.
They encourage people to become “drunk” in the Spirit, roll around on the floor like animals, making funny noises, sometimes laughing uncontrollably. This is not the same Spirit who is holy, who visited Ananias and Sapphira with death for simply lying to Him (Acts 5:1-11). The true Holy Spirit produces the fruit of self-control, and gives us sound minds (Gal. 5:22, 2 Tim. 1:7). You’ll find in the Bible that it is the unclean and demonic spirits that cause people to convulse and fall to the ground, not the Spirit of God (Luke 9:42, Mark 1:26).
That’s just a start about Bethel my friends. This specific Scripture comes to mind,
Come to Bethel and transgress [sin]. (Amos 4:4)
I would encourage you all to stay away from them. Do your own research and be willing to discern what is off. We should be noble minded Bereans, searching the Scriptures to see if things are true or not (Acts 17:11).
You can read excerpts from the “Physics of Heaven” here