March 29, 2012 10 Comments
Two previous CrossWise articles were on Bill Johnson’s “Library Mandate” with the second, a follow-up to the first, indicating a contradiction regarding the “prophetic word” by James Goll with respect to the timing of the Roberts Liardon library acquisition. This discrepancy was discovered after finding a previous blog post by Bill Johnson on this matter subsequent to the posting of the first article. The following is an attempt to explain this contradiction in a more detailed yet clearer way by using a chronology.
On Bill Johnson’s blog is a post titled “Anointings Come from Honor” [ED 08/09/13: link removed but recovered on Internet Archive - http://web.archive.org/web/20121224150939/http://www.bjm.org/blog/9/anointings-come-from-honor.html ] dated February 2, 2009 in which he explains that he purchased the Roberts Liardon library in the past year, which logically dates the purchase as some time in 2008:
In the past year we have purchased Roberts Liardon’s library/museum. He authored the wonderful series of books, God’s Generals (required reading in BSSM). While I have been collecting books and artifacts for years, his is the most complete I’ve ever seen or heard of. With over 11,000 volumes of books, and amazing items for viewing, the House of Generals will be a wonderful place to visit or study. Things like Smith Wigglesworth’s piano, and Kathryn Kuhlman’s wedding dress, are just a couple of the items for the museum. Priceless photo’s, letters, and memorabilia fill the collection.
On September 17, 2009 James Goll purportedly was with Bill Johnson at Oral Roberts’ home. In a purported dream Goll received a “prophetic word” about a future “inheritance” (not ‘purchase’) by someone with the name Roberts “and the name ‘Roberts’ would be important”:
Hi, this is James Goll. I’m with Bill Johnson at Oral Roberts’ home. And this morning I went into a dream and in this dream I went into a large library and a museum of signs and wonders. It was the largest library I have ever gone in. I went from room to room and it was books from the floor to the ceiling…And then, when I went into this library and museum of crutches and wheelchairs and signs and wonders, The Holy Spirit spoke to me in the dream and He said, “It is my desire to give the stewardship to Bill Johnson of the world’s largest library and artifacts of signs and wonders that church history has ever known.”
I heard that in a dream this morning on 9/17/09; and I bless you, that you’ll begin the stewardship in church history of the largest archives. And I heard the name ‘Roberts’ and the name ‘Roberts’ would be important; and, it wasn’t just being Oral Roberts today, but there’s a double meaning because you would receive something of a library inheritance by somebody with the name ‘Roberts.’
Going back to Johnson’s blog post we see that not only had Johnson already stated he was working on building the “House of Generals” library/museum, a project he states God had previously given to him, he had already purchased the Roberts Liardon library/museum. Also of note is the fact that Roberts Liardon was named after Oral Roberts. Maybe Goll was referring to a different “Roberts” with an even larger library than Roberts Liardon’s? It would seem not.
In the following video posted on December 9th or 10th of 2010 Bill Johnson plays Goll’s ‘word’ to an audience at Bethel Church (presumably BSSM students). He prefaces this with, “You are about to receive a prophetic word about your destiny”:
Immediately following the audio of Goll’s ‘word’ Johnson asserts:
That’s what we’re doing. We’re building a library; it’s called “The House of Generals”. And, uh, I’ve already made a purchase of a library/museum already in existence – Roberts Liardon’s library. It’s a fabulous collection of materials, of books. And we’re adding to it, I can’t say daily, but almost daily. And trying to build what will be to our knowledge the greatest library of revivalist materials in the world…
It would seem that at least one of the points in Johnson presenting Goll’s ‘word’ was to show its partial ‘fulfillment’ in the acquisition of the Roberts Liardon library which, as already noted, had been purchased prior to Goll’s “prophetic word”. Moreover, Johnson had already stated that God had told him to build the “House of Generals” in the February, 2009 blog post. So, what was the significance of Goll’s ‘word’ exactly with respect to the importance of a ‘Roberts’? Is there now or will there be in the future someone else with the name “Roberts” with a larger library than that of Roberts Liardon which Bill Johnson will subsequently inherit?