Grave sucking comes perilously close to saint worship and, if not corrected, could also lead to communing (speaking) with departed saints.
In a Facebook post in 2015, he described it as a bit of an inside joke at Bethel saying: “I mean if God wanted us to receive some kind of impartation from people who have already passed then certainly we would have some New Testament examples or instruction on it. However, after Naaman departed, Gehazi ran after the Syrian general and lied saying Elisha had changed his mind and conned Naaman out of two talents of silver and four changes of clothes.
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Often, those who do it think they can thereby "honor" the prophet and receive some sort of mantle - a popular topic in classes at BSSM. We see it even happening in the New Testament. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In fact, within Bethel itself there are people who don’t agree with grave soaking, but they don’t break fellowship over it. James 4:4 teaches that if we draw near to God He will draw near to us. EVERYTHING! Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox!
A bunch of Israeli men were burying a friend when they saw a band of Moabite raiders in the area.
But I believe Dr Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, probably has the best explanation on what to do with this type of Biblical teaching. It can lead to saint worship and necromancy.
Now that I have explained what grave soaking is all about, who in the world is Gehazi. ( Log Out /
In recent years, I have seen people taking shots at Bethel.
It has been going on for a few years and has proven quite controversial in charismatic circles.
We have to remember that this is a strange, unique, mysterious story, and that it is dangerous to formulate a doctrine and/or practice based on one obscure passage. Bethel Church Weirdos Still “Grave Sucking” Pulpit and Pen – A video has been making its way around social media of yet another person affiliated with Bethel Church in Redding, California “grave-sucking.” The practice includes a charismatic Christian laying upon the grave of a deceased preacher and “sucking the anointing” out of their corpse. 12) and then upon Joshua (Num. Consequently, the spirits of the departed saints are not sent down from heaven nor are they dispensed from the place where their bodies were buried.
Consequently, it further perpetuates the belief many hold in the evangelical camp that charismatics emphasize subjective experience more than the authority of Scripture. There are hundreds of beliefs that could fall into this category.
Why on earth do Catholics venerate the relics of the saints?
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