Welcome to ‘Repent Bethel Redding’

Nadab_AbihuThis is an artist’s rendition of the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, offering strange or unauthorized fire before the Lord.

My name is Tony Miano. I am a member of Grace Community Church. I am an evangelist who leads a ministry called Cross Encounters Ministries.

With more than a little reluctance and trepidation, I am entering the world of “Discernment Blogging.” While it can be a place of great encouragement and teaching, it can also be a place of ugliness, lies, and hatred. I hope readers will determine I am in the camp of the former, and not the latter.

Why me, and why now?

I believe a group known as Bethel Redding is a cult. The group has a number of characteristics of cult, as defined by the Christian Apologetic & Research Ministry.

Bethel Redding propagates a false Jesus, contrary to the Scriptures. Bethel Redding propagates a false gospel, contrary to the Scriptures. Bethel Redding propagates a false holy spirit, with false signs and wonders, contrary to the Scriptures. The group is also involved in forbidden, demonic practices such as a strange form of necromancy known as “Soaking Up the Anointing,” “Grave Soaking,” or “Grave Sucking.”

I believe Bethel Redding is a danger to the true church, the Bride and Body of Christ. I also believe Bethel Redding is a danger to the soul of every lost person who comes in contact with the group or any of its affiliates.

I have followed and studied the aberrant activities and theology of Bethel Redding, for several years. I have already extensively written and reported about this cult. Recently, I have received an increase in requests for information about the Bethel Redding cult. Some have asked if there is a central depository of information about the group.

While others have done fine work in cataloging information about Bethel Redding, I’ve decided it’s time I lend a more organized level of assistance to the effort.

Now, this new work will be and must be secondary to primary mission–to herald the gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets around the world and to assist biblical churches in doing the same. So, the production of new, counter-cult material might be slower than some like. I hope you will be patient with me. In order to try to maintain a steady flow of the addition of new information to the site, from time-to-time I will have other people (guest writers) contribute to this site.

In the end, as in all things, I hope my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be glorified in this effort. I also pray the Bride of Christ will be edified, equipped, and protected in this effort, and that many lost people, particularly those involved in the Bethel Redding cult, will come to genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

So, with that, I inaugurate the Repent Bethel Redding website/blog.

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14 Responses to Welcome to ‘Repent Bethel Redding’

  1. christdandke says:

    Keep on telling TRUTH of GOD’S HOLY WORD,, Amen.. We Forever PRAISE YOU LORD JESUS for YOUR PROMISES Thru the CROSS


  2. Kim says:

    This is an excellent article Tony – Keep calling out God’s word – there are so many n both US and – Australia in Stairway church that are in peril – Pray the Blood of Jesus over them unto repemtance


  3. Adam says:

    Good work Tony, will be praying for you as you embark on this journey. Teach the truth (the Word of God) and it will not return void!


  4. Ryan says:

    Nice job with the links throughout your blog! Looks like a great resource!


  5. savedbygrace07 says:

    May God use this blog for His glory. May people trapped in ‘Bethel’ see the Light and come out of this cult.
    God bless you Tony.


  6. Mathius says:

    Keep going and keep providing truth.


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  8. stuart bentley says:

    so many of the younger christians love this stuff.. very sad to see


  9. Warren says:

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Why are people calling this a cult?


    • Gary says:

      “Grave sucking” has absolutely no biblical basis. This is heresy in its purest form. So sad to see coming from Bethel.


  11. Jim Andrews says:

    Bethel Church (Redding, Ca., Bill Johnson) is involved with Demonic Activities, promoting communication with the dead, which is strictly forbidden in God’s Word. They also endorse Demonic ministers like Todd Bentley and John Crowder. Also, they allowed two young ladies to blaspheme God by acting as if they were toking (smoking dope) the cross, and getting high on God.


  12. Why allowed says:

    Tony: bethcavete.wordpress.com has same great post exposing Bethel and Bill Johson; not sure why she has been silent and a lot of comments removed unless threatened or coerced. Someone had posted to research these corrupt ministries is Google: ” abused by name of church (Bethel) and or pastor (Johnson etc). People’s negative feedback on Bethel and or Johnson and controversial articles on Bethel/Bill Johnson”; that goes for any church, pastor etc., and read the abuses and dogma and lies. Each Site will refer you to more and more reads. Austin Miles wrote a Book called “Don’t Call Me Brother”-1989 exposing charismatic corruption and no one heeded. 2nd Book-1990 was people’s letters in response to 1st book. What about Pagan Christianity (green cover) By Frank Viola. One Author would call this current movement schizophrenic without looking at the Biblical Types of Old Testament. How come Bethel, and IHOPrayer KC/Bickle and many like aren’t shut down and have their church mafia to throw people out?


  13. Jen says:

    Thank you. Members if my husband’s family have gotten tied up in this cult and its terrifying. Personally, I am agnostic, but never bothered with or cared about what others people were up to or believing in; until I begrudgingly accepted an invitation from my sister in law to go to a Bethel… Thing? It wasn’t like church, I grew up in a Christian/Catholic family, still attend Christmas, Easter, and Ash Wednesday’s for my parent’s peace of mind.. But this was complete situational blindness and I don’t know what to call it. Except really scary. Even as someone who doesn’t necessarily believe in a God, I was pretty uncomfortable and waiting for the lightning to strike, so to speak…


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