John Bevere & the legalistic spirit!

John Bevere is a teacher based in Colorado Springs but a dangerous teacher that leads people into bondage, not freedom. I have long considered John to be a heretic.

It might have been while he was an associate pastor for Benny Hinn at World Outreach Center in Orlando, that Bevere got some of this odd ideas. However, some of them I do not think that even Benny would agree on. Alot of control and blind loyalty to man.


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John Bevere wants you under cover

You remember Bob Mumford, Derek Prince, Charles Simpson, and Don Basham, along with Ern Baxter? There were the leaders in what became known as the Sheperding Movement. It was also condemned as heresy by anyone and everyone in the Body of Christ too. Pat Robertson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Demos Shakarian, Dennis Bennett, Ken Sumrall, Thomas F. Zimmerman, and David duPlessis all condemned it. Pat Robertson even said the only difference between it and Jonestown was the Kool-Aid. 

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Now, John Bevere is trying to raise the doctrine back to the forefront with his Under Cover doctrine. It takes relationships between pastors and the members of their church to a whole level. You exist to serve your pastor. Your vision is inferior to the vision of your pastor. You are simply there to support him building his ministry.


Sadly, little leadership has come out to say much because either they are eating it up because it empowers them or they just assume there is so much heresy out there; what is one more?

Bevere said in part,

If those under authority take the yoke of judgment upon themselves as judges over their established leaders, they no longer are submitted to established authority, but have elevated themselves as judges over their leaders. Their hearts are lifted up in pride above the ones God placed over them. They have exalted themselves over the ordinance and counsel of God.

There is alot of problems with this thinking. The Holy Spirit is the only established authority in the Body of Christ. Pastors are only there to point to the Holy Spirit. They exist to lead us into liberty. If they are not moving us to more freedom in the Holy Spirit; they are setting themselves against the Word.

A pastor’s role is more of a coach or a cheerleader than it is a Drill Sergeant. The pastor exist to help the people fulfill their dreams, not them exist to fulfill his. Any teaching that does not empower the people to give their God-given dreams out must be fully rejected as heresy and false teaching.

John Bevere is Honor’s reward?

His book Honor’s reward, he takes his covering teaching even more past biblical limits. He goes to tell people what jobs they are in might against the mission of the church and therefore, sin against God.

Are you a doctor? Well, God might have wanted you to be a trashman so you have wronged God and wronged the church. Are you a nurse? How do you know that God didn’t call you to be a professor of history at the University?


This type of self-inspection that leads to guilt and condemnation is not from the Holy Spirit. There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. May we never forget that!

Anything that does not lead up to freedom and liberty is not from the Spirit of the Lord. Revival is about setting the captive free; not putting them in more bondage. When I see people putting people into religious bondage, I speak up. I did about Steve Gray and now I will about John Bevere.

Jesus was not a Calvinist. The will of God is pretty open. The desires of your heart are there for you to make decisions. You do not have to worry every five minutes if you are out of the will of God. Don’t know if you should be a doctor or an evangelist? Pick one and do the stuff of the gospel. You have been set free for a reason. Don’t go back!

Trust the Holy Spirit, not men

So much of this could be gone if people would just learn to trust only in the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Men are just that: men. They will fail you, wound you, hurt you, and betray you. Only the leadership of the Holy Spirit can lead you into all truth.

If you are in a church that you are being led to a man or to a ministry; run. Seriously, run as fast as you can. You are to follow the Spirit of the Living God alone. Your pastor did not die for you. He was not beaten for you. He did not raise from the dead for you. All that “Man of God” teaching is heresy and based on outdated Old Testament ideals. Jesus fulfilled the law so quit living under it.


Should you be part of a local fellowship? That is a choice you will need to make for yourself. If I was to answer it, I would be encourage the same bondage as John Bevere. Listen to the Spirit of God for yourself. He might tell you to go to a local church in your city or He might tell you to follow a ministry across the country over the internet. Just listen to the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into all truth.

As for me, the moment a pastor tries to put a leash on me and control me for his purposes; I am running for the closest door! 


 

  • Harry kahmar
    August 26, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    Like the Article !

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  • Dan Smith
    August 28, 2015 - 12:18 pm

    You know, I’m thankful that I didn’t know about this guy, but he sounds like a monster. I can’t stand people who misrepresent the Bible, and that includes me when I’m doing it. Has this guy ever heard of the priesthood of the believer? This is arrogance gone overboard! Thank you for covering it.

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  • Alli Martin
    April 26, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    Unfortunately, I sat under this teaching for about two years. The damage it did to me spiritually, mentally and emotionally has forever changed my life. Please run as fast as you can from any church that teaches this. I cannot believe that I blindly followed this teaching. The Holy Spirit tried to pull me out, but I actually thought it was satan tempting me. Not the voice of God. How messed up is that? Again, RUN as fast as you can from these teachings.

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    • Joshua Garvey
      July 9, 2016 - 5:03 am

      My church did the same thing. I attended a ministry school that taught john Beveres under cover more than the bible itself. Tons of rules, no real relationshi, fear driven not love driven, and abusive. I saw divorces and people renounce their faith in God because of this teaching. 1 john 4 commands us as sheep to test everything we hear, and whenever we achieve s title or position of authority, we are to care for the sheep (1 pet 5.)

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    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2016 - 5:57 pm

      I resonate with your story. I read the Bait of Satan many years ago. It really screwed me up. I was in a very dark place for about two years. This book which is praised as guide for dealing with unforgiveness is more like a manual for being abused.

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      • Damon
        April 7, 2017 - 4:10 am

        That is odd because though I have not read it. I have heard more testimonies about people being freed from offense through Bait Of Satan. In fact, I’ve literally seen the book bring people back from a backslideen or an cynical apathetic state. I felt like this comment was a biased one sided account, especially when I know so many good Christians it has benefited from the book.

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  • Ron
    September 21, 2016 - 3:29 am

    Bevere’s book, The Bait of Satin was recommended to me by a friend, I’m reading it now. I’m more than Half way through. I found some of the stuff to be a bit odd, but the language on forgiveness and a root of bitterness for holding on to offenses seemed pretty edifiying. In my experience of my own walk of faith I try to practice decernment in all my reading, I always weigh the teaching of men in context and in light of the scripture. The Word of God is the only real truth. We, as maturing believers are called to decern, remember in 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul instructs Timothy to rightfully devide, (even) the Word. I believe proper context when interpreting scripture is vital to the message being conveyed. And I also believe that having a heart of forgiveness, to all who offend us, is essential to practice and central to our faith as born again believers. All that said, I just learned tonight about BeVere’s association to Benny Hin. That is a HUGE red flag!! That info is what led me to this search and this site. Thanks for the input and heads up.

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    • Kevin
      January 27, 2017 - 12:14 pm

      Have just had Bevere as a guest speaker in church tonight. His message was doctrinally very sound and certainly one that you don’t hear too much of these days in the post modern church (the need for Holiness in our lives and taking a position of not comprising with the “world”). I read in an independent article on line where Bevere had of late apparently stepped away from his grounding in the Word of Faith (Hinn etc etc ) movement. My suggestion would be to continue reading the book, it may well be enlightening and encouraging. May God’s blessing be upon you Ron. Love in Christ

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      • Anonymous
        November 25, 2016 - 5:57 pm

        I resonate with your story. I read the Bait of Satan many years ago. It really screwed me up. I was in a very dark place for about two years. This book which is praised as guide for dealing with unforgiveness is more like a manual for being abused.

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        • Damon
          April 7, 2017 - 4:10 am

          That is odd because though I have not read it. I have heard more testimonies about people being freed from offense through Bait Of Satan. In fact, I’ve literally seen the book bring people back from a backslideen or an cynical apathetic state. I felt like this comment was a biased one sided account, especially when I know so many good Christians it has benefited from the book.

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  • Tylor J Desilet
    October 5, 2016 - 8:27 am

    Thank you for the article, I actually got saved in a church that used his teachings, I haven’t listened to him for 2 and a half years. I listen to him tonight and saw the errors that he was teaching. I love that you are willing to speak up about this guy. Bless ya man.

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  • Tylor J Desilet
    October 5, 2016 - 8:27 am

    Thank you for the article, I actually got saved in a church that used his teachings, I haven’t listened to him for 2 and a half years. I listen to him tonight and saw the errors that he was teaching. I love that you are willing to speak up about this guy. Bless ya man.

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  • Jane
    February 24, 2017 - 11:24 am

    The book Bait of Satan, Bevere wrote that you will leave your church as long as God releases you and you will go in joy and peace. He did not say that you must stay inside your church and be faithful to your church alone.
    We have Holy Spirit who guides us in everything we do. Read a book and pick up what the book talks to us basing on the Truth in Bible, though we do not follow or exact any man.

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    • Peter Vandever
      February 24, 2017 - 9:54 pm

      Under Cover is the book that teaches this.

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      • Kevin
        January 27, 2017 - 12:14 pm

        Have just had Bevere as a guest speaker in church tonight. His message was doctrinally very sound and certainly one that you don’t hear too much of these days in the post modern church (the need for Holiness in our lives and taking a position of not comprising with the “world”). I read in an independent article on line where Bevere had of late apparently stepped away from his grounding in the Word of Faith (Hinn etc etc ) movement. My suggestion would be to continue reading the book, it may well be enlightening and encouraging. May God’s blessing be upon you Ron. Love in Christ

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  • Jane
    February 24, 2017 - 11:24 am

    The book Bait of Satan, Bevere wrote that you will leave your church as long as God releases you and you will go in joy and peace. He did not say that you must stay inside your church and be faithful to your church alone.
    We have Holy Spirit who guides us in everything we do. Read a book and pick up what the book talks to us basing on the Truth in Bible, though we do not follow or exact any man.

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    • Peter Vandever
      February 24, 2017 - 9:54 pm

      Under Cover is the book that teaches this.

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  • Todd E
    April 7, 2017 - 2:18 pm

    Honors Reward was a great lesson in humility for believers, but Under Cover just shows how confusing the Protestant world gets when everyone thinks their denomination has authority, (with a new denomination started every day) This is why I went Orthodox, the original Church unchanged from the beginning, without winds of doctrine blowing people around.

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  • Todd E
    April 7, 2017 - 2:18 pm

    Honors Reward was a great lesson in humility for believers, but Under Cover just shows how confusing the Protestant world gets when everyone thinks their denomination has authority, (with a new denomination started every day) This is why I went Orthodox, the original Church unchanged from the beginning, without winds of doctrine blowing people around.

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  • FED UP WITH THE UGLINESS OF THIS WORLD
    April 11, 2017 - 10:14 am

    How dare you guys slander a man of God, shame on you, it is a sin and it is not pleasing to the Lord, thy God!!!!! If you don’t like him or his books, then don’t read them, plain and simple, but don’t you dare sit up there and slander, condemn, persecute, and judge him, unless you are ready to stand before God and be judged right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smh, this is what’s wrong with a lot of Christians and so-called Christians, but yet you guys can’t understand why people label us hypocrites, liars, etc., THIS IS WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to pray for you guys and your souls, you better get down on your knees and pray for forgiveness and repent. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks!!!!!!!!! God knows what you’re thinking and what you’re going to say before you even say it.

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  • FED UP WITH THE UGLINESS OF THIS WORLD
    April 11, 2017 - 10:14 am

    How dare you guys slander a man of God, shame on you, it is a sin and it is not pleasing to the Lord, thy God!!!!! If you don’t like him or his books, then don’t read them, plain and simple, but don’t you dare sit up there and slander, condemn, persecute, and judge him, unless you are ready to stand before God and be judged right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smh, this is what’s wrong with a lot of Christians and so-called Christians, but yet you guys can’t understand why people label us hypocrites, liars, etc., THIS IS WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to pray for you guys and your souls, you better get down on your knees and pray for forgiveness and repent. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks!!!!!!!!! God knows what you’re thinking and what you’re going to say before you even say it.

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  • Jesus Is LORD!
    March 31, 2018 - 1:25 am

    For the person saying that God will judge for condemning this man, calm down first. People are just discussing concerns, very simple, you see we as a church culture get lost. How, trying to fit the LORD in our small American church culture movements. I’m fairly young, 30’s to be more exact, but I seen different movements before. The G-12 model and all these corporate number generating schemes. The bibles says Colossians2: 8-10, read it.
    Don’t let know one capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world. You’re complete when you come to Christ.

    If you feel oppress in church, there’s something wrong, either your not fill with the Spirit. Or the church is demanding to much time from you and they equate performance, attendance as being a true believer. God is bigger then your church, he’s bigger then your doctrine, he’s bigger then what our small minds can contain.

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  • Thomas Hardie
    September 17, 2018 - 9:26 pm

    I have heard John speak on television and live in person. I have read several of his books. I will let you all make your discernment regarding the man but I have to admit that I struggle through some of his doctrine as well. However, I am not here to condemn him. i am just stating that at times in his new book, ,”Killing Kryptonite,” he comes across as preaching a works based gospel and while he would dispute this, he gives you the impression that you had better be in complete control of your life and have zero bad habits or you are going to hell. He made me feel as if being obese (a lifelong battle with depression and obesity that I am starting to see progress in) would doom me eternally unless I fixed it before I died. He absolutely comes across as a legalist at times.
    As far as what the author to this article claims about authority abuse and the shepherding movement, my personal experience did not go well. The gossip, the belief in one side over the other, the inexperienced counseling and betrayal of those supposedly “in charge,” the abuse of authority by having pastoral leadership not answerable to those within the local body in any way, the use of the word “mentorship” to mean lording over somebody and if they did not do everything in their life as you were told, well, you get my drift.
    Spiritual authority abuse stinks. Am I calling John Bevere a heretic? No. All I am saying is if you read something and all you see is condemnation page after page and that basic feeling I felt growing up in the Baptist church questioning my salvation every week, walking that aisle again and again, fearing hell, where is the grace?
    In John’s defense he claims he is not a legalist but he goes on in my opinion to basically say if all areas of your life you are not free from sin, then you must not love God. It makes me feel like, because I am fat I must not love God enough or I wouldn’t be. Am I wrong about what I read? Maybe. You tell me.

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  • Ashley
    November 28, 2018 - 12:39 pm

    You aren’t alone. A friend recommended “Driven By Eternity” to me awhile back and I could only get through 60 pages or so. Nothing but condemnation and fear emanating from its pages. It was totally toxic and I am sad that so many people listen to him.

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