Shawn Bolz is the founder and former senior pastor of Expression58 Church and is now the CEO of Bolz Ministries. Bolz is closely tied to Bethel Church in Redding California, a hyper-charismatic, New Apostolic Reformation church which is known for its music and its working of false signs and wonders. According to Bolz’ bio found on Bethel’s website, he “has been a pioneer in ministry, including the prophetic movement, since he was in his teens,” and “his focus is on intimacy with God, creativity through entertainment and social justice.”
In a recent video, Bolz says,
You have to realize, for every Ester that doesn’t take her place in the anointing there is a Herodias’ daughter who is willing to kill the anointing. See you have an assignment from God. You have an Ester calling on your life. You have something on your life…you are called to be somewhere, and if you don’t take your place, the enemy is going to send a Jezebel to go and take that place and occupy that place.
What Bolz references here is Herodias’ daughter who asked for John the Baptist’s head. Bolz, a notorious Scripture twister, attempts to use this to say that if you don’t fulfill your God-giving calling, the enemy will kill you.
Perfect example since we all know that John the Baptist didn’t fulfill his calling, right? Wrong! Scripture is clear that John came and fulfilled his purpose.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John [the Baptist]. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not theJohn 1:6-8 (ESV, Parenthetical Mine)
light,but came to bear witness about the light.
Bolz is also the author of a book titled God Secrets, a book that promises to deepen your relationship with God through the pursuit of spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. In the description of the book on Bolz’ website, he says,
God loves to tell us specific information about people that we wouldn’t naturally know on our own! God has been known to reveal birthdates, anniversaries, family nicknames, pet names, and even bank account numbers at times! The sharing of these personal details help to develop trust and strong connection to the Lord.
This, of course, is nonsense and is no different than what fortune tellers do–a practice starkly condemned in Scripture (Leviticus 19:31, Isaiah 8:19, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, etc. etc.). While Bolz claims to be drawing people closer to the Lord, in actuality, he is drawing people away from God by teaching for shameful gain things he ought not to teach (Titus 1:11).
Shawn Bolz is a false teacher, a fraud, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What he practices is completely foreign to anything resembling Christianity. He should be marked and avoided.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.Romans 16:17
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