I have very serious concerns about Welton Academy led by Jonathan Welton and I can not be quiet. It would be sinful for me to say nothing as a prophetic voice when heresy is being promoted that is clear as day. This is not a difference of opinion. This is blatant heresy.
The truth is that many people are mutual friends of Jonathan and me. This makes me a little slow to speak to protect those relationships but at the end of the day, the New Testament makes it very clear that we are to deal with heresy directly and mark false teachers.
It is important to understand that I love the move of the Holy Spirit, pray in tongues daily, have received ministry from people like John Arnott and Bill Johnson, and was re-generated on the floor of the Brownsville Revival. I am not some anti-Charismatic “heresy hunter.”
However, there is no way around passages like “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (1 Timothy 4:3-4)
Welton Academy brand of Eschatology
There are some very serious issues when ministries make a joke out of the soon coming of the Lord. This is not something to take lightly and this is not just a difference of opinions. For example, Mike Bickle and I strongly disagree on the timing of the catching up but we both hold it will happen. Jonathan Welton does not and actually markets himself as “raptureless.”
You say why is this an issue? Because the New Testament warns us about people that do not believe that Jesus is return to take His Bride to Heaven. All through the scriptures and by several writers is this concern of people who mock Jesus coming back.
Among other things, Welton Academy believes that the old covenant was fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. This is not scriptural. When the veil was ripped at the death of Christ, we entered into the new covenant and the age of grace. I am not sure how someone could bring the book of Acts was happening under the law of Moses.
It get worse from there. He also teaches there will be no Anti-Christ but it is a prophetic imagery for the second century heresy known as Gnosticism. (see why IHOPKC is not Gnosticist) This is complete nonsense. There will be a leader rise up out of Eastern Europe that carries political and spiritual charisma that inspires naive people. In all likelihood, it will be a priest out of the Roman Catholic Church.
Welton Academy also teaches that Matthew 24 is completely fulfilled when the fall of the Holy City happened. That short window of time was the Tribulation period for the saints and everything is perfect now. We are passed the time of testing and we need to rejoice that we were born thousands of years later and on the other side of the planet.
There is many problems with this thinking but I want to give one very clear reason. Matthew 24:14 remains unfulfilled. There was people that the early church did not know even exist in the world in 70AD. People were already living in North America that most of the world’s population did not even know was there.
Jonathan Welton and “optimism”
This is where some of the teaching of Welton Academy is downright offensive. He actually believe anyone who disagrees with him does not eschatology of optimism. He is harping on that belief in any form of pre-millennism is “escapism.” This is dead wrong and as I said offensive to 500 million people who believe in Pentecost.
I openly reject any and all forms of doom and gloom teaching that the world is just to going to hell and we were lucky enough to be saved from it until the Jesus catches up in the Blessed Hope. That view is wrong. I agree that this teaching that we are some type of victim of war waiting for the Savior to come extract us is almost heretical.
As a Pentecostal, I can tell you that the early followers from Azusa Street (and other outpourings) believe in the glorious and victorious End Time Church that was about the harvest. Almost every newsletter from every publication in the historical achivites up to about 1935 spoke of a great coming revival.
Somewhere around that time, a new generation of Pentecostals came up that did not have a direct experience during the Azusa Street Revival and started to teach doom and gloom more and some escapism did exist.
The bottom line is many people believe in a great harvest in the last days and believe in pre-millennism. It is not just me. Smith Wigglesworth, Aimee Semple McPherson, Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborn, Steve Hill and Mike Bickle are a few names that would join that list.
Encourage each other for time for short
In 1 Thessalonions 4, we read about the catching up the saints when the Lord comes for His Bride. This is clearly NOT the fall of Jerusalem. This is where the Jesus comes and died in Christ rise first then those who are living are taken home. There is no way you can apply this to the infamous 70AD cop out.
In verse 17, we read that “we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” We will meet Jesus in the air and we will dwell with Him forever. This is not some siege of a city in anyway, shape or form.
However, in the next verse, we read a directive that is very important to us and why people like Jonathan Welton are so dangerous. It tells us to, ” Therefore encourage one another with these words.” We can not encourage each other with the hope of the catching up of the saints if we believe we missed the whole thing by over 1,900 years.
Jonathan Welton is a false teacher
I have no choice but to say with biblical knowledge that the leader of Welton Academy is a false teacher and his teachings are completely heretical. I wish I could find another way to welcome his ideas in the name of diversity of thought concerning the last things. However, the New Testament is very clear that his ideas are anti-Christ in nature.
It is my prayer that Jonathan repents of his error, turns to people who will address his doctrinal issues, and is restored gently to the people of faith. It would be a journey but I am not sure he is willing to repent of being a false teacher at this point.
Believers should use much caution when receiving from Jonathan Welton. This is especially true of his eschatology material.