Video: Pastoral Response to #WakeUpOlive (Bethel’s Dead-Raising Charade)

After an immense amount of feedback poured in regarding Bethel Church’s attempt at raising a two-year old little girl from the dead, it became clear that a pastoral response would help provide clarity for many confused people.

The sweet little girl who died is named Olive. She is the daughter of two major leaders involved with Bethel Music. The fog of confusion only intensified when Kari Jobe and other mainstream radio artists began to claim that their “Jesus” guaranteed that the dead would be raised, and others commanded God to do what Jesus’ death paid for. Namely, that He produce “guaranteed” signs and wonders, and in this case, a resurrected little girl.

This theological viewpoint on raising the dead stems from their belief that when Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…” (John 11:25), that He meant we could raise someone from the dead “in Jesus’ name,” under the guarantee that Jesus said He was “the resurrection.” Unfortunately, those who hold this view have been poorly taught and severely misguided; missing the eternal resurrection that Jesus was referring to. All of this only multiples the heart-breaking reality surrounding this situation.

In the end, our concern is for the hearts of people involved, and the wave of confusion this sort of misguided effort causes. Scripture is clear about our supernatural God! I personally believe that we should pray for miracles, but this sort of circus is not how the scene looked surrounding the tomb of Lazarus or how God has called us to pray for the miraculous to occur. Most of all, if someone claims to wield supernatural gifts (as the leaders of Bethel do), then why not simple go the morgue and command her to raise from the dead? Further, why not do that for the other dead people in the morgue?

To shed further light on this issue and provide biblical truths in contrast to the confusion propagated by Bethel, we filmed this 25-minute video for you:

17 replies
  1. Patti McCartney
    Patti McCartney says:

    I am so happy Costi Hinn and fellow elder are posting Pastoral Response and may be doing this regularly. Totally looking forward to the postings!

  2. Denise Michels
    Denise Michels says:

    What a wonderful video. Thank you for so clearly & kindly stating the error that Bethel is teaching & how they will explain away the failure to raise little Olive. Your compassion for her family & the people caught in this cult comes through.

  3. CL
    CL says:

    Bethel, the same church that claims gold and angel feathers have fallen from the church ceiling. The same church that promotes/practices grave siakinf/sucking. This church is full of heresy and nonsense, is it any wonder this raising from the dead would the next step….

  4. Barbara Sauder
    Barbara Sauder says:

    I have been so encouraged by your books. They give such clarity and warning to us regarding the NAR. I do sense your regard for Calvinism which also gives me concern. Your thoughts?

    • Costi W. Hinn
      Costi W. Hinn says:


      Thank you so much for your response. I am glad you’ve been served well by my books and this video. To offer my thoughts: What you may be sensing in regards to Calvinistic leanings in my work is that I have a high regard for the sovereignty of God. There will be some aspects of what I teach that heavily emphasize this doctrine, yet you will also notice that I put a high regard on our our responsibility as well. I believe that we must hold these in tension in some ways, never excusing our actions, while never making God a mere spectator to our world. He is very much in control and is the one who transforms our dead and sinful hearts (Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 2:1-10), yet we must strive to be faithful in our lives each day.

      Hope this helps. My encouragement is to not get too bogged down on terminology, but rather, focus on what the Bible clearly teaches.

      In Christ,


  5. Barb Sauder
    Barb Sauder says:

    Thanks for clarifying…blessings to you as you continue teaching God’s word. When Christ returns, may we be found faithful!

  6. Christian F
    Christian F says:

    It is sad that Bethel Church and Bill Johnson has turned to wrong diection.
    Bethel church is well known in many countries and I am sure that many people can´t understand what is going on . It is important to understand what Bible, Word of God is telling us.
    Bill Johnson is very well known here in Finland (many programs in Christian media )
    I hope that people could see and hear this. I pray that Bethel and many christians who are lost repent this kind of actions what we are continuously hearing from Redding ( many cases, graveyard actions, drunken preaching, all kind of nonensense..) and now this selfish faithmovement ( they have raised themselves as little Gods in this case) I have noticed that this kind ´´faithmovement´´ is increasing in Finland. Some christians always remind us to command all kind diseases away, forexampel I have one leg shorter than another, then I just command it growing and it wil be happend ( because we have authority) This kind of preaching is very usual in some summermeetings and TV.

    Thank you for your work.
    Fighting for real Faith in the name of Jesus.

  7. Britta
    Britta says:

    I don’t understand having such a strong opinion on something you we’re not a part of. These are real people you are talking about that you don’t actually know and haven’t talked to.
    Have you sought out an interview with any leadership at Bethel to truly know their hearts and beliefs?
    Social media is a very poor source.

    So sad to see people attacking each other like this.

    • Brian Marker
      Brian Marker says:

      Thank you britta.
      But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”
      Luke 9:50 NKJV

      The love of the father, salvation by faith in the death and Resurrection of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit to guide, direct, convict and comfort is presented at bethel every week. Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them…



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