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“Jesus Christ is perfect theology” – Bill Johnson

I’ve been challenged by this statement recently and would like to unpack what I believe Bill Johnson means by it. I’ve been drinking from the stream of Bethel Church (Redding, CA) for several years now so I have a pretty good understanding of what they believe.

“Jesus Christ is perfect theology” means that we have a perfect revelation of what God is like in the person of Jesus. And any belief we have about God that we cannot find in the person of Jesus is a belief to be questioned.

Is the Earthquake God’s Judgment on Japan?

For example, let’s take God’s apparent “judgments” on unbelieving nations. Many Christians look at the recent earthquake in Japan and immediately conclude this is a result of God’s wrath in order to humble them. If this is true, then we have a belief that God will destroy nations that reject Him. But we don’t see Jesus act this way.

Did Jesus agree with His disciples when they wanted to destroy a city that rejected Him? Let’s read an except from a really good book on theology, the Bible:

[51] Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, [52] and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. [53] But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. [54] And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” [55] But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. [56] “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. – Luke 9:51-56

Jesus also said that if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father. This isn’t a good cop/bad cop trick that God plays. It’s not the nice Jesus and the mean Father. They are one. So when Jesus said He did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them, He meant it. And He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

So I want to submit a question to you? What spirit are we of when we believe or even pray that God sends natural disasters to people who reject His word? Is it possible that we are falling prey to the same spirit that the disciples did?

About Josh Monen

Josh is a Christian, entrepreneur and writer from Ridgefield, WA. He's married with three kids: ages 4, 2 and 1. Before he met God, Josh was a drug addict with a $500/day cocaine addiction that almost killed him. Today he's seeking a real authentic relationship with God and others.