After the sudden death of their daughter last week, one family has taken the unusual step of enlisting others at California Bethel megachurch to attempt to bring the child back to life.
Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal experienced last Friday something that no parent should ever have to endure, the death of their child. Our hearts break for them, truly, that is a wound that only the Lord can heal. We ask our many readers to lift this family up in your prayers. And at the same time, what is happening at Bethel Church in Redding, the home church of the Heiligenthals, in response to the death of little Olive, is heartbreaking as well. They are praying for Olive to miraculously be raised from the dead, it’s not going to happen, and Bethel Church leaders are responsible for it.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 (KJV)
Here at NTEB, we teach rightly dividing as commanded by the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV), and as you will see, it is of paramount importance for the believer to know and understand which dispensation they are living in and then to rightly divide doctrine application to that dispensation. We live in the dispensation of the Church Age, where we walk by faith and not by sight. Born again Christians do not experience signs, miracles as wonders as they did in the early days of the Jewish Church. In our dispensation, people are not raised from the dead, 5,000 people are not fed from 5 loaves and two fishes, withered arms are not healed, and the list goes on and on.
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Bethel Church is part of the Charismatic church movement that believes they are living in an age where they have access to signs, miracles and wonders, and they don’t. The Prosperity Gospel is a tragic farce that deceives people into thinking God wants everyone to be healthy, wealthy and prosperous. Olive Heiligenthal is home with the Lord Jesus, and she’s not coming back. Truth be told, after being with Jesus she wouldn’t want to come back. No one would.
As a parent, I grieve with these parents whose child died on Friday. As a Bible believer, it makes me angry to see churches that teach their people the lies of the Charismatic Prosperity Movement. Because when tragedy strikes, as it has here with little Olive, the people are unprepared to deal with it because they don’t know what the Bible actually teaches. They reach for miracles that God did not intend for us in the Church Age to have, and then when their prayers are denied they walk away from the faith disillusioned and heartbroken thinking that God didn’t want to answer their prayers. God always answers the prayers of His children.
The sad truth is that when Charismatic faith healers get sick, they go to doctors and take medicine like Rod Parsley did when he had throat cancer. He didn’t turn to his Charismatic friends when it was his life on the line. Think about that. If he really believed the lies he tells his followers, then why didn’t he go on television, have his Charismatic pastor friends pray over him with a little “Bam!, Bam!, Bam!“? Because they know what they preach is not true. When you know how to rightly divide the Bible, you will never be fooled by these fakers.
I call on the leaders of Bethel Church to stop teaching lies and twisting the Bible for financial gain because when the people believe those lies, the results are heartbreaking like they are in this case. If Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal had been taught the truth about the Bible, they would not be praying for their daughter to be raised from the dead. They would be mourning as the Bible tells Church Age believers to mourn, knowing that one day they will be reunited with loved ones who have gone on before us.
“This fits more into Bethel Church and into what they’re teaching,”
FROM USA TODAY: Since Saturday, members of Bethel Church in Redding, have been using prayer, music and singing in the effort. Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal’s 2-year-old daughter, Olive Alayne, died early Friday morning after she stopped breathing. One Instagram post about Olive had more than a quarter-million views within six hours Tuesday.
The family called 911 and medics attempted to revive the child at home and at a hospital, where she was declared dead. From there, her body was taken to the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.
On Saturday, the child’s parents asked that “friends, family, and others from the church gather to pray for a miracle of resurrection (the basis for which is modeled by Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible),” Bethel Church leaders said in a statement Tuesday.
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Day 4 is a really good day for resurrection. All hail, make way for King Jesus! Thank you so much for joining your faith to ours, we feel your strength and radical belief. Keep declaring life over Olive Alayne with us. “It is finished” were His last words before bursting back in resurrection life, so we’re not done. It is finished, so we’re not done. This is awakening. Come alive, Olive!
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“Bethel Church believes in the stories of healing and physical resurrection found in the Bible (Matthew 10:8), and that the miracles they portray are possible today,” the statement said.
Kalley Heiligenthal, a Bethel Music singer and songwriter, also posted her beliefs on a GoFundMe page set up for the family over the weekend. As of Tuesday evening, it had raised more than $36,000.
Church officials said they are doing more for the family than praying for the child to come back to life.
“As a church family, our hearts are with the Heiligenthals, and we are both praying for Olive and walking with them through their deep grief and sorrow. Bethel leadership is committed to caring for and serving the Heiligenthal family during this difficult time,” the statement says.
Attempting to bring someone back to life is not widely accepted in the Christian faith, but may be more particular to Bethel Church, said Patrick Blewett, dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary at Simpson University in Redding.
“This fits more into Bethel Church and into what they’re teaching,” Blewett said. READ MORE
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