Bill Johnson | – How to Honor People You Don’t Agree With – Bill Johnson | Q&A

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In this Q&A, Bill Johnson shares the importance of honoring those that you don’t agree with and how to pray for them with hope.

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Bill Johnson Ministries Bill Johnson Ministries. Bill and his wife Beni are the senior leaders of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Together, they serve a growing number of churches worldwide that are passionate about revival and seeing God’s kingdom established on earth. Bill travels extensively around the world teaching and equipping people to live a supernatural lifestyle.

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  1. For years my prayer partner and I simply agreed to overlook each others pet doctrines and being in agreement on fundamentals we prayed in unity with the Spirit and saw many wonderful results. Unfortunately when a ministry gets vary big with many people, a few can work their way in having an agenda of their own. It's not that they can't change and some even may not be fully aware of what they are actually doing. I do know that God will deal with these things, I have seen Him do so before. Something I learned from my Spiritual father here many years ago is to let God handle it and watch!

  2. Bill Johnson talks about honour. Here are a set of principles churches prominent in worship music should follow in order to have integrity:

    -Worship leaders should not be called artists. They are of course artistic but they are worship leaders.
    -Record company terminology strengthens the idea that churches acting as record companies is appropriate and consuming worship as if it’s a product is too. It’s not. So for example there is no need to call songs singles or tracks – call them songs.
    -Worship songwriters (who may or may not be leaders) should give composed songs to a worship leader or leaders who should have a relationship with a local church and a commitment to operating only to strengthen local churches (not to being an independent presence).
    -The worship leader then ideally sings and records that song within their community, or if not is assisted by a third party – a record company – to record the song. But if so the record company must still make effort to link the worship leader to their community – so it’s clear their work exists in the context of it.
    -Churches prominent in worship music shouldn’t be “helping” worship leaders who attend other churches to record and distribute their music unless also strengthening the relationship between that person and their music with their church
    -training offered to other believers should seek to serve not individuals but ideally the church teams within which they operate
    -worship events occurring far from the home location of the church running the event should function to strengthen only other local churches, not the church leading the event.

    Recorded church worship music is no more worship than a live streamed online service in lockdown is church. It is a shadow of something better and should endeavour to communicate with people in a way that strengthens the connection between the music and the church from which it came – and in so doing suggest to people that their worship should also be linked to, and only be fully real in, a local church.

  3. A very quick comment for the channel – The 'wanna be friends' post that you will see in the comments (often can be seen before a video is listed) is a nefarious attempt to take over and/or destroy this or any other channel if it is accepted. I am an IT guy and a quick google will give the links to this serious youtube matter. I will not link here as I do not want to be responsible for making a mistake in connecting to any site that may be infected. Thank you for the wisdom demonstrated here, good to hear a balanced and Godly viewpoint

  4. Bill has turned from a gospel centred on holiness, justice and mercy to one built on:
    -God’s sentimental love (God feels love for us but it’s a foundation only for our feeling love for those we feel love for) and
    -tolerance (which is actually tolerance towards wrongdoing). Presumably to escape accountability to God and to others. Why else? When the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth every minute of every day.

    Tolerance towards wrongdoing made it possible for a knee to be wedged into George Floyd’s neck. Do I need to explain any further why this alternative gospel is wicked?

    While God feels love for us God’s love is not tolerant. The cross shows that God’s love is his justice and his mercy. His justice is his punishing wrongdoing with the aim of creating the circumstances under which it will be possible to offer mercy. And his mercy is his wanting to be with us expressed in his seeking to restore us. There is therefore no tolerance in Christianity.

    That’s why the answers Bill gives during this video are almost entirely wrong from start to finish – because they are tolerance for wrongdoing.

    The question he was asked was “Despite disagreeing with leaders how do you pray for them from hope and see them as God sees them?”

    Bill starts by saying that there are similarities in how we handle situations in which we disagree with leaders who profess a faith and with those who do not. That’s true although there are much higher additional responsibilities in respect of those who say they believe.

    Then as if it was the central issue he says that with church leaders you have the chance to get to know them (whereas with leaders in the world it’s less likely). Who knows why he says this when there are issues over which we can disagree with a leader in which getting to know the leader will make absolutely no difference. Like for example if our pastor is having an affair with his secretary – getting to know him isn’t going to help! Or failing to teach, or misrepresenting, fundamental doctrines from scripture. In each of these cases it should trigger the immediate start of a Matthew 18 disciplinary process. Bill is asking us to imagine that he is both acquainted with his sin whilst he has such a positive outlook on at least every Christian leader in the world it never even occurred to him that anyone but the guy asking him the question could be the one at fault.

    He then talks about the importance of humbling yourself and serving leaders in order to understand them. This is of course only those questioning leaders. If the leader is required to understand the questioner he doesn’t mention it. And then he talks about the need to honour people (0:53). What is honour? It isn’t to respect people who are doing the wrong thing. It’s to promote that which is good in someone and not subject them to unnecessary humiliation or disgrace. But there are times where it is necessary to not just raise a leader’s wrongdoing privately but if that’s impossible or unsuccessful to expose it. Bill’s “honour” is tolerance of wrongdoing.

    He says that in addition to honour being due to every person due to their humanity everyone has giftings from God and they also deserve honour on that level. That we should “at minimum..look at the grace that’s on someone’s life and celebrate it”. But it’s not our gifts that make us worthy of honour – it’s authority combined with sacrifice. That’s why the bible says to honour our mother and father – not because they are gifted. And to give double honour specifically to leaders in the church whose work is Bible teaching (a significant burden).

    He says “you can’t look at someone through the lens of your own opinion because they are always going to be wrong and I’m always going to be right”. What a ridiculous statement! We are called to both look at someone through the eyes of God and keep what we already have good reason to know about a person (unless we have reason to consider it premature) – anything else could be catastrophic. We do both of these remain remaining open to new input, realising when that input should trigger a re-evaluation. And we should also realise when circumstances don’t require us to decide. For example whether my friend is good at soccer isn’t relevant to whether I should ask him to go to the movies with me.

    After a longer period in which he talks about the need to seek to understand what motivates someone – perfectly useful if it wasn’t within an answer that whitewashed all leaders – he talks about how we should pray for leaders. That we shouldn’t pray motivated by our need to be right. But what does it matter what we are wanting if we are willing to hear God tell us what we don’t yet agree with or don’t properly understand? He’s finding fault in the non-leader before there’s even any fault to find – whilst absolving leaders no matter the situation!

    Continuing in that vein he says we should pray for clarity for leaders – all the while not responding to any clarity the questioner has concerning the leader! That God would give them “favour all around them so that they will have the support and team around them to fulfil their purpose” – again without regard to known information which may already clearly show the leader has no regard at all for achieving God’s purpose!

    But he’s not done. He finishes off by criticising the public prayers of those who disagree with leaders! Describing their anger as “that spirit of deception”. LOL. Good one Bill.

  5. I struggle with this.. Not in terms of leadership.. But in fellowship, when people that are close to me dont share my view on a topic or critisize my opinion, i dont take it well.. I turn silent and detatch myself..

  6. I try and work out what makes mr Johnson ticks. I mean so many things he says are just flat out wrong and some of his actions a la Todd Bentley so hard to fathom that I just dont seem to be able to work exactly who or what he is

  7. I went a church a messianic congregation that’s been closed because of COVID for a while and out of the blue the pastor was speaking against the Holy Spirit and the moment in Toronto that happened a few years ago and mentioned we should watch against wolves. He never talks like that. I believe that something must of happened during quarantine he is either scared because someone talked to him. He under the conviction of the Holy Spirit or something. But his world looked rattled. Pray peace over him.

  8. Disagreeing with a person does not mean you are wrong, or that you need to be right, or that you are dishonoring the person you disagree with, or that you are not walking in the love of the Lord toward the person you disagree with. It is possible to disagree with someone – even greatly disagree with someone – in a righteous way. Sometimes we just disagree with other people.