I’ve made it clear I do not like Sean Feucht very much. I’m going to explain in as clear a terms why someone as conservative and as outspoken about my faith as I am is opposing a candidate that appears to be a match with my values. I’ve got a variety of reasons, but I am going to lay out the spiritual and doctrinal opposition as a God-Fearing Christian who sees Sean Feucht as a charlatan spawned from a dangerous movement within the Christian Church.
Sean Feucht is a musician at a very large and controversial Church in Redding. They make outstanding worship music that has huge market penetration among Christian Circles. It is clear that this is part of the nexus for Sean Feucht, he also appears to be running his campaign in a group of churches.
Linked here is a blog post about Mr. Feucht’s home church that is disturbing. Pay attention to the embedded videos – the camera does not lie. The mysticism being practiced by many of the members of that church is quite disturbing and would fit in well with any crystal-wielding new ager I’ve ever seen.
Some of you may have thought I was simply mocking Sean Feucht for using a televangelist style approach to things. You, too can learn how to be a new Apostle at the Supernatural School at Feucht’s Home Church. Click here to see the webpage for it. People pay thousands of dollars to go to this “school” to learn how to become miracle workers.
A website: www.spiritoferror.org exists to talk in graphic detail about the New Apostolic Movement that lists the Senior Pastor of Sean Feucht’s home Church as a founder.
The most recent Blog post on Spirit of Error details the tragic death of a little girl in that Church, followed by some rather bizarre happenings:
Yet the uninitiated missed the fact that what Bethel has been calling for is not actually prayer as it is normally understood. Instead they’ve been calling for declarations. Here’s the call the church issued on their Facebook page, December 15.
Our God is the God of miracles, and nothing is impossible for Him! We are asking you, our global church family, to join with us in prayer and in declaring life and resurrection over @kalleyheili and @apheiligenthal’s daughter, Olive Alayne! (emphasis mine)
The phrase “declaring life and resurrection over … Olive” was lost on the media as well as many mainstream Christians. Yet Bethel’s call for declarations wasn’t lost on the insiders, i.e., those who hold to Bethel teachings. This can be seen in the nearly 3,000 comments posted on the church’s Facebook page, in response to the call. Notice the many Bethel followers who used the words “declare” or “declaring,” such as this comment posted by a Rick Davis: “Praying, and declaring resurrection Life for Olive … Little Olive, arise, in Jesus’s name!” And here is a similar comment from Susie Mehlig: “Father in Jesus name we decree and declare Spirit of life come back into Olive!” (emphasis mine).
And this video shows Olive Heiligenthal’s parents, Kalley and Andrew, on stage at Bethel Church leading congregants in the singing of a declaration: “Olive, come out of that grave. Come out of that grave, in Jesus’ name.”
Even the hashtag that has gone viral, #wakeupolive, reflects the language of declaration, not petitionary prayer.
One of the very first things Sean Feucht did when he launched his campaign was to pull a stunt at the home Church of Tamika Hamilton. He parlayed his association with the well-known Church in Redding to lead worship at Tamika’s Church on a Sunday. He then invited people to his campaign kickoff at that Church with the leaders of the Church singing his praises encouraging people to attend.
Feucht has been running his congressional campaign almost exclusively in Churches, raising money from them, too. Look at his website – his campaign is almost exclusively tailored to Church-goers. Think it through…
This sort of deception has been a hallmark of Feucht’s campaigns. Deception is also a hallmark of borderline spiritual practices as well.
The New Apostolic Movement has been a thing in several churches and given that Sean Feucht’s home Church is a leader in it is a cause for alarm.
The apostolic-prophetic movement (also known as the “New Apostolic Reformation”) is a fast-growing movement that has arisen within Protestant Christianity that promotes modern-day apostles and prophets with great authority, supernatural powers, and the ability to give new doctrinal revelation. Advocates of this movement believe that all people, nations, and demonic principalities must submit to these apostles and prophets, who will lead God’s end-times army in establishing His kingdom on earth. This once-fringe movement has entered many Pentecostal and charismatic churches (which are the fastest-growing churches in nearly every region of the world, according to church growth experts, like David B. Barrett).
It is a valid explanation for why an unknown Musician parachuted himself two hours away from Redding in to a Congressional District to run for office. I believe that he sees himself as an apostle sent to run for office with a far-right message from God. That is scary, especially as I am openly trashing Muslim candidates running for office who seek to undermine our government from the left with a similarly fanatical message.
To be continued…