By Elizabeth Prata
A reader asked what I think about the recent activity of the “Let Us Worship” tour led by Bethel worship leader Sean Feucht (pronounced Foyt). Some are calling it “a revival.” Others are just excited to see ‘all those people worshiping’. What should we think about this?
Bethel is a large (false) church in Redding California, and also founded a “School of Supernatural Ministry.” The organization relies heavily on Charismatic activities such as manifestations of the Spirit, miracles, healing, and voices to draw congregants and to point to Christ, a different Christ than the Jesus of the Bible. Mainly, youths gravitate to Bethel Church.
Sean Feucht joined the Bethel Music Collective in 2015 and is a worship leader at Bethel Church. His bio lists him as a “missionary, artist, speaker, author, activist and the founder of multiple worldwide movements such as Burn 24/7, Light a Candle, and Hold the Line, ‘a political activist movement seeking to rally the global church to engage in their civic duty – to vote and stand up for causes of righteousness and justice in the governmental arena.'”
Since California’s government has banned indoor church gatherings due to the COVID pandemic, Feucht and his Burn 24/7 ministry are, in their words, “standing for religious freedom by holding large outdoor worship events.” (Source, and also here).
The tour organizer, Feucht, has held events up and down California and plans to branch out to other cities in the months ahead.
While I admire a fervency to gather for worship and to stand for this liberty the Constitution affords religious people, I wish it was anyone but Bethel or Bethel-associated folks gathering people to worship, or their version of worship anyway.
I say “Bethel-associated” because though Feucht is Bethel’s song leader, Bethel Church recently issued a press release clarifying that the tour is all Sean Feucht, organized by him alone, paid for by him, and that Bethel Church is not a part of the event. Nevertheless, the doctrine that Sean Feucht brings to these events is all Bethel.
Feucht has shared testimonies of salvations, healings and miracles that have been happening during his tour over the past days. One reason why Bethel and Bethel-associated leaders are dangerous is that very statement. People are whipped up in a crowd by musical/emotional manipulation and peer pressure, then profess a belief which is usually absent of Gospel elements such as wrath and sin. In their easy-believism they are pronounced Christian but sadly, many are not truly converted. Then, they’re baptized.
So, what are we to think of the Let Us Worship tour?
If it’s spawned by Bethel, it is NOT of God. That is all there is to that.
God prescribes worship. He was very, VERY specific about it in the entire Old Testament. Death came to those who didn’t worship according to His standards. He killed Uzzah outright for touching the ark.
In the New Testament we are in an age of Grace, not Law, so the Levitical rules have been fulfilled. However, God is still God and He demands worship,
“You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Luke 4:8).
and that worship be performed in acceptable ways. Further, we are commanded to must worship “in Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23b).
Thus, He still takes worship extremely seriously. It must be orderly. (1 Corinthians 14:26-40). He killed Sapphira and Ananias outright for lying and being hypocrites. We must render reasonable service (Romans 12:1), walk in a worthy manner (Ephesians 4:1), sing, give, fellowship. Worship must be undivided (James 1:8), and singularly fervent (Luke 10:27, Matt. 15:8).
The Jesus who ascended is ‘this same Jesus’ who will return. (Acts 1:11). It is He and He alone we worship.
Bethel worships a Jesus of their own making. Their Jesus is not the same Jesus who came to earth, was crucified, died, was buried and rose again. He is a different Jesus.
I know in dark times we want to see the Lord of Glory worshiped. We cling to any crumb of light because we mourn those who are lost and those who are wandering. So our minds make compromises. We think, ‘well, they’re so sincere, and maybe people will come to know Jesus anyway…’
But the Lord doesn’t look down and say “At least they’re worshipping. They’re not worshiping ME, but hey, close enough.” What He could be saying is “See those lawless hooligans jumping around on a beach taking my name in vain! They should flee from the wrath to come!!”
The gate is narrow, narrow…and precise.
Bethel misses it by a mile.
The TRAGEDY is, as good churches close, satan fills that spiritual vacuum with his brand of evil worship, drawing the unwary or young or naive or undiscerning away from truth. Terrible! Watching beaches fill up with youth being drawn in by Bethel because their own church is closed, as was the reason many of the youths reportedly came, is a cause for tearing our clothes, wearing sackcloth and ashes, and falling to our knees in despair, pleading to the Lord for their souls!
Here is a 12-minute update from John MacArthur about activities at Grace Community Church. Here is pastoral care, here is how to ‘rise up’, here is how to do it:
Next are some resources to help anyone who asks about Bethel’s brand of worship and why they are false:
Why our church no longer plays Bethel’s Music . Inside Michelle Lesley’s link are many more links.
1. No, we should not be excited about Sean Feucht’s Let us Worship tour. Any propagation of Bethel’s false beliefs is a cause to mourn, not rejoice.
2. Worship is precise, prescribed by the Bible, and founded on solid doctrine. There is no ‘close enough’. I’m not talking about being in a building. I’m taking about what is sung and what is preached.
3. The adage, ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’, can be changed to ‘Satan fills a vacuum’. People left drifting and lacking the word of God preached consistently can easily drift. Satan is there to catch them. (Hebrews 2:1-4).
4. Aside from Grace Community Church’s recent statement, where are the other true churches saying not ‘let us’ worship, but We Will Worship?