This Preacher Is Also Not Above Scrutiny

It have been  three weeks since my last post, due to family commitments and work.  I am currently working on two issues: The second is to answer a question from several friends from my email list recently, which essentially asks “how bad is it in the Church of the Nazarene, and is it worth staying or joining?”  But first, I have been working on a report on the teaching of Dan Bohi of which I have been very concerned about.  Noting that Mr. Bohi is very popular in many churches and districts, I advise all Christians to not look at numbers or any other result of his ministry- but to consider what he is teaching as it lines up with scripture.  That is the only measuring stick of truth for what a person teaches and preaches.  This may cause some friends to be angry at me, but the truth compels me more than a desire to keep friends.

 

One of the biggest traps we as Christians can fall into is to admire a teacher, pastor or preacher so much, that when that person falls into error in their teaching, we can easily overlook the error because of our admiration for that person.  This is very dangerous, and can lead to Christians neglecting their duty to “please God rather than please men” (Gal. 1:10).  It would be biblical negligence on my part to overlook error, whether because of my like for a person, or because many of my friends like that person and believe him to be sound.  I had to leave my old church because a very likeable pastor was in great error. The fact is we must always be completely loyal only to one: He who has no error.  If Paul commended the Bereans for scrutinizing what he preached, then we ought to do the same for all preachers, no exception.

I have written recently about the topic of judging, and we learn from scripture that judging is critical in the believer’s life, not only for their spiritual well being, but for the spiritual well being of their fellow believers.  If a teacher or preacher is in error, it must be refuted and corrected, regardless of the popularity of that teacher.  Often, that means publicly calling out that teacher or preacher for his errors, just as he publicly exposes many to those same errors.

There are now indications in various Nazarene and other churches of an infiltration of the signs and wonders phenomenon.  Pastors are associating themselves with, and learning from teachers like Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in California.  Bill Johnson has shown himself to be a false teacher, and yet undiscerning pastors and preachers are getting close to him, instead of following biblical guidance to stay away from those who teach a false gospel.

That leads me to my concern here.  Nazarene evangelist Dan Bohi has been under scrutiny for some time now by me, as well as others who have already written their opinions.  I have been looking at two things: his teaching, and his association with or favorable promotion of some false teachers.  My opinion has nothing to do with his personality or any other personal issues. We are to judge the teachings of all who teach within the body of Christ, and none are exempt from review, and none are exempt from correction if it is needed.

I have come to the conclusion that even though some of his preaching is good, there is too much error that needs to be pointed out publicly so others may take warning.  I have not contacted Mr. Bohi personally, nor do I intend to at this time, as others have asked him questions, and have not received specific answers.  However, I welcome any clarification or explanation of these concerns if anyone wishes to forward this to him.

I will alert you to several serious concerns for your consideration:

Example #1:  Claims of People Being Raised From The Dead

Quote: “I prayed for a man. My brother and I were in revival in Coffeeville, Kansas… and we prayed for a man who was dead… and he came back to life. I prayed for a man when I did a revival at the Roy Clark Theatre in Branson… and he came back to life. I prayed for a man in Olathe, Kansas at a Tuesday night revival service at 9:04 pm… and he came back to life. I haven’t raised 600, like Heidi and Roland.. but I’ve done three because I’m a Nazarene and a Nazarene always has three points.” (laughter)

Source (2:40: Faith, Not Maybe: I Am, Part 2)

His reference was to Heidi and Rolland Baker who are involved in missionary work in Africa, and whose blog is full of stories about miraculous raisings from the dead, instantaneous healings, visions of the Lord, and many signs and wonders.  This is very disturbing, not only the raising from the dead claim without any solid documentation to prove such a serious claim; but also his apparent connection with, or at least knowledge of the Bakers, whose outrageous claims of raising many from the dead include an example in this story (Back From The Dead), which as far as I know, has no substantive proof behind it.

In another sermon, (10:27) in which he also says he prayed for a lady and her leg grew two inches, Mr. Bohi said:

“We prayed three times in our services for people that had been raised from the dead.  I don’t feel comfortable about that, ‘cause I’m a Nazarene.  And I don’t like to disrupt people and I probably wouldn’t pray for them if I knew they were dead but these people were dead and they came back alive.”

Mr. Bohi is again claiming miraculous raisings from the dead.  Is there any documentation of these occurrences?  Is there any proof?  I myself could claim this, and would you not want evidence of such a miracle?  And again, his mention of the Bakers, implying that he knows them and approves of their ministry, is very troubling.  His favorable mentioning of Bill Johnson is also troubling to me.

Example #2: Does Not Like The Definition of Faith In Hebrews 11

(Faith:Not Maybe, I Am, Part 1, at :50)

“I don’t like the definition of faith in Hebrews 11 because it doesn’t make sense to me, even though I know what it says.”

Mr. Bohi then goes on to give his definition of faith.  “ My definition of faith is a two letter word… :to”.  I believe we are being transformed from glory to glory.  We all experience glory…”

Mr. Bohi seems to be setting aside what Hebrews 11 teaches about faith, does not accept it, and substitutes his own special definition of faith.  Are we not to have faith in what God’s word says?

Example #3: Is Mr. Bohi Promoting A Catholic Like Communion?

He posted on his Facebook page:  ““Adam and Esau gave up their birthright and authority for a meal. Are you willing to eat Jesus’s flesh and drink his blood to get yours back?”

This does not make any sense scripturally at all.  Mr. Bohi does not continue on and explain what he means by this.  We look at what Jesus said at the last supper with His disciples, and clearly he teaches us that it is a symbolic remembrance of His sacrifice.  This sounds more like what the Roman Catholic church teaches about transubstantiation.

In another sermon: “I’m going to do a kingdom impartation service tomorrow night at Atlanta Grace Point… So I’m going down to impart the kingdom faith so they can walk in the power of God.” (Walking In The Spirit: Part One).  Much of this kind of language is reminiscent of those who teach Kingdom Now theology.  Is this something also that Dan Bohi is leading many into?

These are just a few concerns out of many others I have heard in his sermons, and I recommend you listen to some of these in their entirety (see below).  It is a Christian’s responsibility to warn others of error in someone’s teaching.  I know some have tried to contact Mr. Bohi about these concerns, but no response has come.  This fact makes it even more important to let others know of these teachings and claims that cannot be backed up scripturally.

 

Mr. Bohi also has shown a failure to confront the emergent teachings in the church, even while holding revival services at emergent churches, as well as churches that have been influenced by false teacher Bill Johnson.  There is no evidence that he publicly confronts the errors of those who promote the emergent false teachings.  How will these folks get the message that they are wallowing in a false gospel, if the evangelist does not confront them directly with their error?  The answer is, they will not get the message, and instead, will go home thinking all is fine, because they were not confronted with the truth.    I do not accept the reasoning that he is has been called to preach the Gospel only, and has some kind of exemption for not marking those who promote a false gospel.  Scripture says that a teacher is actually to be held to a higher standard than others.

Mr. Bohi needs to speak out against the specific false teachings, and perhaps he may lose some churches from his schedule.  But what is more important?  I don’t know why he does not do it, although others have excused him for not speaking out.  Yet, there is no biblical basis for any Christian to not speak out against false teaching, especially someone who has such greater responsibility.  I am responsible, you are responsible, and so is Mr. Bohi even more.

Yet, the problem is this.  Mr. Bohi needs to get his teaching straightened out before he can even call out the false teachers.  I believe he is sincere in his intentions, but his intentions are being misguided by faulty doctrine which seems to be taking us back to a time in the Church of the Nazarene when we rejected “experiencing God” in a way that does not line up with scripture.

As always, those in error need to be prayed for, even as we call out their errors.  We who are bringing this attention to you know we are risking some friendships, because many of you have a great liking for Mr. Bohi.  If I was to meet him, I would probably also like him, and he seems to be a very nice man with an engaging personality.  But that is not the question here.  The question is, is his doctrine and teaching solid?  It does not appear to be.

I hope you take the time to seriously consider these issues as we discuss additional concerns about Dan Bohi’s teaching.  I will be re-posting Tim Wirth’s article next week after you have had time to research and pray about what I have said here.

I have included links below to several of Mr. Bohi’s sermons.  If possible, listen to them in their entirety and judge for yourselves as to his teaching.  We will continue to examine more of his teaching and also include testimony from others who have listened to him.

Judge his teaching and preaching, but judge it by the word of God. My sincere prayer that from this warning and others, Mr. Bohi will reject any imaginations that come into his mind, and stick squarely with the word of God, taking nothing from it, and not adding anything to it.

Manny Silva

Sermon links:

Take Another Drink:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVirTXTfAQA&feature=relmfu

The Two Wings of The Dove:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHsS5nR7gQ&feature=relmfu

Faith: Not Maybe, I Am:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5kUQbyE6gI&feature=relmfu

Walking In The Spirit-Part One:

http://www.graceandpeacemagazine.org/en/louisville-m11/180-walking-in-the-spirit-part-one

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8 responses to “This Preacher Is Also Not Above Scrutiny

  1. Well done, Manny. You did a good job with this.

    I think it was Wirth who also documented that Bohi also promoted the false “logos/rhema” word game as perpetuated by charismatic Word-Faith preacher Charles Farah. Looking at Bohi, I see a LOT of things that I left in the charismatic/pentecostal movement.

  2. There is so much more to be revealed, so much error in even just one sermon. I am re-posting Tim’s article next week, and will also bring in other testimony as I mentioned, and as you know as well.

  3. Always appreciate brethren willing to Biblically mark and avoid as we are told in Rom 16:17-18 and not associate with those who are not abiding in the doctrine of Christ (2 John 1:9-11). If Mr. Bohi doesn’t like Heb 11 and it doesn’t make sense to him, the obvious assumption is he cannot spiritually discern these things. Thank you for speaking the truth boldly, and in love so people will not be blown about by every wind of doctrine.

  4. One of the real sad realities of the time we are in is biblical seperation because so many of our friends and people who we thought were solid in Gods Word.But sound doctrine will always divide Jesus said in Matt 10:34-37

    34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”
    Most of us dont want to think of this or would state or see that the false teacher proclaims to love Jesus. They may constantly state they need Jesus so much or they love him so much. But what Jesus are they preaching? Ive heard Mormons say these same statements as well as false teachers like Ken Copeland who proclaims in very huge letters JESUS IS LORD. But again what Jesus are they talking about?
    2 Cor 11:4For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.
    Gal 1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
    The sad fact in as you read through Pauls writings in scripture you can see that Paul at times felt very alone when in prison or on the road but Paul knew he was never alone.Time and time again God reminded Paul of His presence, no doubt when he needed it the most. God knows what we need, and He knows when we need it. He knew when Paul could use that extra assurance. When he was in that prison cell in Jerusalem, the Lord appeared to him and told him to be courageous (see Acts 23:11). Then from prison in Rome, he wrote to Timothy, “But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength . . .” (2 Timothy 4:16). In some special way, God reassured Paul of His presence. Acts 27 tells us that the Lord sent an angel to reassure him.
    We need sometimes to remember is Jesus all we need or are we willing to compromise for a false sense of being. The reason many Christians are being lead astray by false teaching is because they choose old friendships instead of choosing the truth that is revealed in scripture. Its a hard saying I know but God is seperating sheep from goats right now. What side do you want to be found on?

  5. I have been following Dan’s ministry through his news letter for some time now and have been paying close attention to the testimonies given by the pastors of those churches where Dan has held meetings. Laying aside the controversy surrounding his ministry, what is equally troubling to me is the number of people coming forward for spiritual help. If what I have been reading is an accurate example, as can be summed up by the local pastors, then the spiritual condition of our denomination is in serious trouble. Here is an example of what I am referring to and is typical of the results being reported in those meetings. In his latest meeting held in Sapulpa, OK (Sept 9-11), the pastor reported that “over 175 came forward to repent of their sins,” and that, “God is doing a wonderful cleansing work in His bride in Sapulpa.”

    Numbers like these should be alarming to our Generals and District Superintendents, Church Boards, Seminary and University Presidents and laymen alike. They should be asking themselves, how can this be, how can so many sit in services Sunday after Sunday and be spiritually starving? I pray that this is not representative of our overall church’s spiritual condition; however, it should cause our leaders to stop and take spiritual inventory and ask the question, are we out-of-touch?

  6. Thank you for your comments Lige. This is my first post and comment, but I have had the same concerns for a long time, many years in fact. I believe we are headed down the fast tract to the wrong road and don’t know how to straighten it out. It worries me and most people I talk to don’t have a clue or don’t think anything is wrong. We have some prayer labyrinth’s in our district and everything seems to be going contemplative. It breaks my heart and also makes me angry. What do we do?

  7. I believe my prior post was off subject so let me add this. Our district wanted as many of our churches to have Dan Bohi come to our churches for revival services. I didn’t schedule him and am so glad I didn’t. Something just didn’t seem right to me. After reading this article and watching the video clip I feel that God was leading me away from that. Thank you all for your courage and insight!

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