Face To Face With God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience

Face To Face With God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience

Face To Face With God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence ❮Reading❯ ➶ Face To Face With God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence Author Bill Johnson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In his unique teaching style, Pastor Bill Johnson delivers a message to help readers pursue God for greater measures of His presence than they have ever known before In Face to Face with God, readers In his unique Face With PDF/EPUB À teaching style, Pastor Bill Johnson delivers a message to help readers pursue God Face To PDF or for greater measures of His presence than they have ever known before In Face to Face with To Face With PDF/EPUB Á God, readers will learn How to set up an ambush to apprehend God rather than just waiting on God What it means to enter the favor of His face, and how it changes history How to deal with invading thoughts that enter the mind during prayer meditation time The reward of keeping one s eyes on the Blesser instead of reaching for the blessing What happens when God speaks directly as a result of obedience How to move beyond the spiritual plateaus to ride the coming wave of revival.


10 thoughts on “Face To Face With God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence

  1. Dawn Weaver Dawn Weaver says:

    Face to Face with Bill JohnsonWhen I first picked up his book a couple years ago I knew nothing of Bill Johnson I intended to preview Face to Face with God for our church library The cover is beautiful The tagline enticing The ultimate quest to experience His Presence Ever on the lookout for books that encourage the believer to grow in his knowledge of God, this one seemed promising Then I read the first chapter In it Johnson defends his personal quest for deep encounters with God He Face to Face with Bill JohnsonWhen I first picked up his book a couple years ago I knew nothing of Bill Johnson I intended to preview Face to Face with God for our church library The cover is beautiful The tagline enticing The ultimate quest to experience His Presence Ever on the lookout for books that encourage the believer to grow in his knowledge of God, this one seemed promising Then I read the first chapter In it Johnson defends his personal quest for deep encounters with God He illustrates by describing his own electrifying experience of being wakened in the night with power surges running through his limbs such that he had no control over them No voices No visions Just a sense that this was God s response to his prayer forof Him, at any cost He interpreted this experience which returned for consecutive nights as being actually a face to face encounter with God and sensed God offering him an increased manifestation of his presence in exchange for his dignity 11 This experience came as the culmination of Johnson s travels in quest ofpower and anointing in his life to many cities where God seemed to be working in unusual ways He went on from this experience to assume the pastorate of Bethel Church in Redding, California and precipitate a dramatic church split with no qualms of regret or questioning of God A thousand congregants exited as revival commenced Johnson s dreams and visions made God s will and favor too obvious to miss The year was 1996, the beginning of the Johnson era which is now percolating throughout the world via iBethel TV and School of the Supernatural training courses to even such remote locations as mine Because of the ongoing attention given to this controversial figure I have dusted off my copy of the book and re attempted to read beyond the first offsetting chapter in order to write a review Chapter One s disconcerting emphasis on subjective experiential reality as the evidence of God s favor and also the means of personal transformation continues throughout Topics covered include God s favor how to get it, increase it, and pass it on God s manifest presence and how to position ourselves to experience it and even attract it Jesus, our perfect role model Classic encounters with God the testimonies of such as Evan Roberts, John G Lake, Finney, Wigglesworth, T.L Osborn and the apostle, Paul Healing, as included in the atonement The Joy of the Lord and holy laughter Reflecting the Glory of GodBut the overriding theme of the book is the necessity to lock into God s manifest presence and live for nothing else 60 , an emphasis that calls into question whether we as believers are really called to live by faith or by tangible experiences Is experiencing God s manifest presence in this lifetime truly our primary calling There seems to be confusion over what a growing relationship with God is expected to look like, and an unhealthy emphasis on pursuing subjective encounters with God as the primary means to growth.In handling his themes Johnson s matter of fact writing style often gives flawed logic and rhetoric the place of sound exegesis of Scripture Conjecture comes across as established fact Biblically based objections are brushed aside as irrelevant These factors make his book an unlikely read for the serious Bible student, while offering a potentially toxic mix to the undiscerning toxic in its intolerant sectarian bent Johnson s inaccurate representation and even mockery of orthodox theological points of view that differ from his own is unfortunate His use of snide aphorisms undermines his ability to communicate effectively with those who oppose him For example Two thousand years ago all sickness was from the devil and healing was from God today people teach that sickness is from God and those who pursue a healing ministry are from the devil or out of balance, at best 105 Confusing divisive misstatements such as these and the fluid mixture of truth and error on any given page make this a book I cannot recommend despite the scattered bits of wise insight However, it would be inaccurately disparaging to imply that Johnson s entire book is about experiences, or that none of it is based on objective truth To the contrary, Johnson does cite Scripture throughout and makes many valid points For instance, he underlines the importance of such things as seeking God s approval rather than man s, knowing God experientially not just intellectually, and understanding and extending to the world God s compassionate nature Johnson is passionate about seeing the power and love of God transform lives Where he errs is in extrapolating from a verse or Scriptural illustration with the use of logic often flawed to reach a predetermined conclusion, rather than comparing Scripture with Scripture and confirming his suppositions from a careful exegesis of the whole counsel of God His self assured style of writing similar to his speaking gives an impression of absolute truth where in fact he is speaking from supposition, conjecture or opinion His narrowly defined usage of terms like the favor of God , the manifest presence and passion give a subjective fogginess to his teaching Bill Johnson writing is reactionary Herein lies his greatest vulnerability He has obviously had many critics and refers repeatedly and disparagingly to some people In his frustration with anything that smacks of powerless religion 59 or lacks external displays of the supernatural , Johnson voices a strong bias against theologians, Bible teachers, and those well versed and trained in Bible study, likening them to the Pharisees who alone received Jesus harsh judgment The ones most trained in Scripture were the ones who didn t recognize Him for who He was and claiming it is those aware of personal need that will be enabled to recognize that which God is doing in the earth 112 Johnson sharply condemns self appointed watchdogs who are slandering some of God s best friends those with signs accompanying their ministry He faults those who want to be doctrinally safe at the expense of relationally safe and foresees a desirable move away from churches centered around good doctrine denominationalism to those gathered around fathers those exhibiting power In separating power from sound doctrine in this way and calling criticism slander , Johnson cuts himself off from the part of the Body he most needs in order to grow soundly in Christ He opens up himself and his followers to the likelihood of serious deception.Ironically, it is Johnson s unbalanced emphasis on the earthly ministry years of Christ, to the exclusion of the whole counsel of Scripture, that lead him into some of the most serious doctrinal errors He teaches that Christ laid aside His deity and became entirely human as a role model for believers of all time to follow This is the kenosis heresy that was battled in the early church It is a subtle deception that leads to the assumption that Jesus life was primarily about being a role model and that whatever He did, every believer has a mandate to do also As Johnson states Jesus Christ is perfect theology.He is the will of God 184 We need not pray If it be Thy will as though it were unclear If we see it in the life of Christ it is God s will for us today If not, not Johnson specifically cites Jesus commissioning of the twelve to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and cleanse lepers Mt.10 8 as the job description of all believers the overflow of the face of God encounter 107 What he neglects to emphasize is that the gospel is about Jesus death and resurrection His miracles were specific evidence that He is indeed the Son of God Jn.20 31 , and are Biblically cited as evidence of His deity Jn.10 38 Further, God s will for believers differs from one to another believer We do not all have the same calling or gifting, nor will each individual relationship with the Father be accompanied by overt supernatural encounters with Him.I close with some of Bill Johnson s own sayings for your consideration With which do you agree Can you find Biblical support Which contain logical fallacies There s no clearer way to Christlikeness than through personal encounters with Him 70 our commission is to imitate Christ in destroying the works of the devil and performing signs and wonders 30 Most of what we need in life will be brought to us, but most of what we want we ll have to go and get 107 Today it is accepted for leaders to teach that God brings calamity because He knows it will draw us nearer to him If that line of thought were true, then mental hospitals and cancer wards would be glowing with God s manifest presence as all their patients would hav drawn near to God and been transformed into the likeness of Jesus 104 One of the most important features of the gospel message is that the nature of the Father is perfectly seen in Jesus Christ 106 What was the nature of God that Christ reveals 102 If we don t know how to receive honor correctly, we will have no crown to throw at His feet 205 We tend to manifest his likeness in equal measure to how deep our encounters have been 219 Powerlessness demands an explanation or a solution Blaming God seems to be easier than it is to take responsibility and pursue an encounter with Him that changes our capabilities in ministry 105 The absence of the supernatural is intolerable 84 It s never ok to live short of the miraculous We owe Him Jesus miracles as a testimony that He is alive and that His face is turned toward us 189 Full repentance and transformation can only take place through real encounters with God through actual experiences with His power and grace 72 God is in a good mood 194 Until we attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood LSnote I read the actual paperback, not the Kindle edition


  2. Keith Keith says:

    Bill Johnson has for many years been moving n the power of the Holy Spirit and teaching others to do the same I love his style both in writing and speaking because he has a rare talent for making the spiritual seem practical.In this book he talks about meeting God face to face which should be the normal experience for christians He tackles subjects such as growing in favour with the Lord, seeking His presence and receiving joy.One stand out quote in the book is this In the Old Testament if y Bill Johnson has for many years been moving n the power of the Holy Spirit and teaching others to do the same I love his style both in writing and speaking because he has a rare talent for making the spiritual seem practical.In this book he talks about meeting God face to face which should be the normal experience for christians He tackles subjects such as growing in favour with the Lord, seeking His presence and receiving joy.One stand out quote in the book is this In the Old Testament if you touched a leper you became unclean in the Kingdom, when we touch lepers they become clean This book will develop in you a hunger forof God


  3. V. Z. V. Z. says:

    If you are a hyper charismatic Christian and believe in this nonsense, you will love this book.If you are a mainstream Christian, this book may offend you and is full of claims that are inconsistent with the bible and Christian doctrine.From the point of view of a skeptic, this book is full of magical mumbo jumbo in the name of Yahweh and has no place on any bookshelf It is a time waster and full of nonsense deepities Your time will be well spent elsewhere.


  4. Paul Cramer Paul Cramer says:

    Nothing beats the face of God, His hand is great, cause it displays His power and strength But His face shines His amazing love over and through us.


  5. Ryan Ryan says:

    Good book Created a hunger for God I didn t agree with all of the book, but loved the passion it created in my heart to experience God in a real and meaningful way.


  6. John Fletcher John Fletcher says:

    Amazing book about deepening your intimacy and walk with the Lord.


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    So good and confirmed what I ve been learning


  8. Gary Gary says:

    I have watched several videos from Bethel to include Bill Johnson, Kris Valloton, and Heidi Baker So I was already aware of their views on miracles, Jesus, the kingdom, and those of us who hold to sound doctrine I underlined something on most pages and made comments Rather than go through each one, let me cite what I believe to be major errors in Bill s theology He believes that Jesus was merely a human relying on the Holy Spirit during his three years of ministry Though he acknowledges tha I have watched several videos from Bethel to include Bill Johnson, Kris Valloton, and Heidi Baker So I was already aware of their views on miracles, Jesus, the kingdom, and those of us who hold to sound doctrine I underlined something on most pages and made comments Rather than go through each one, let me cite what I believe to be major errors in Bill s theology He believes that Jesus was merely a human relying on the Holy Spirit during his three years of ministry Though he acknowledges that He was always God, he seems to believe there was a period of time He wasn t This belief leads to his next major departure from the faith that all believers can do what Jesus did and, in fact, should do what Jesus did, to include healing, raising the dead, controlling the weather, and creative miracles He craves the power of God and sees it as normative for believers He believes we will usher in God s kingdom by applying our righteousness to the surrounding culture Hopefully, we will do better than Redding, CA where Bethel is located, where violent crime increased by 53% from 2007 to 2012 Not blaming Bethel, but he made the claim that if believers acted out their faith, the surrounding societies would improve He twists many Scriptures and completely misses the point of others Perhaps his worst misapplication of the Scripture was Isaiah 60 where sees the Light that is shining is a believer s glory that will change nations and leaders and bring nation s wealth to the church That section of Isaiah is for Israel and the Messiah Bill believes all believers should be completely healthy, wealthy, and have the power that only Jesus possessed He has negative things to say about orthodox churches and uses the straw man argument that they are works based organizations In reality, there can be noworks based theology than his, which expects God s miracles at the hands of men On that, it is my belief that if Bethel has had even one person raised from the dead, one missing limb created, one truly blind person receive their sight, they would have video and documentary proof that could not be refuted all over their web site and the news media I don t see it I believe in miracles and I have no doubt that some people have been healed of some illnesses at Bethel in spite of their excesses but I fear most of it is hype The insane laughter and odd behaviors I have seen in videos look nothing like what Pentecost was reported to be in Acts Avoid this book I only read it to discern Bill s theology and found it sorely lacking


  9. Debby Debby says:

    As I have sought God throughout my life, I found myself questioning why, oh why, were we not encountering God in the ways HE said we should as a mark of the Believer Sitting in a church pew, being on committees, volunteering, etcand yet not seeing the miraculous that we should be seeing if Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and tomorrow Hebrews 13 8 I have been seeking out where God is moving and Bethel is one of those places Bill Johnson not only seeks His face, but invites you t As I have sought God throughout my life, I found myself questioning why, oh why, were we not encountering God in the ways HE said we should as a mark of the Believer Sitting in a church pew, being on committees, volunteering, etcand yet not seeing the miraculous that we should be seeing if Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and tomorrow Hebrews 13 8 I have been seeking out where God is moving and Bethel is one of those places Bill Johnson not only seeks His face, but invites you to do the same as well as trying to help you along the way I have been truly blessed by his sharing of the miraculous as I ve seen God answer prayer in ways that many would say are miracles He is who He says He is Great book I implore you to seek unity rather than judgemental devisiveness as I ve seen in some reviews If we are to be effective in this world, we must read, embed ourselves, believe and act on the Word Thank you, Bill Johnson for seeking God s face, allowing Him to use you and guiding the way


  10. Mary L. Pickens Mary L. Pickens says:

    A life changing book To truly understand what has been given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to really see and know the presence of God in worship will never leave us untouched I was taken to new and greater places in the Holy Spirit while reading this.


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