Bill Johnson’s Library Mandate

[Many thanks to the reader who sent this to me]

See update here added 12/18/2010. [Update 8/7/2020: the video had been deleted, but Internet Archive has a static page showing the thumbnail; see “The House of the Generals” hyperlink below the space left by the deleted vimeo (17658114) video.]

The House of the Generals

Part of Bill Johnson’s current “mandate” is to build a library of works and artifacts of past “revival leaders.” He calls it “The House of the Generals.” This “mandate” allegedly came in a dream of James Goll on September 17, 2009 while he and Johnson were staying at Oral Roberts’ home. In the dream Goll was taken to a “large library and a museum of signs and wonders”:

“…of crutches and wheelchairs and signs and wonders,  The Holy Spirit spoke to me in the dream and 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….’

“…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.'”

Johnson had already praised Roberts Liardon’s book God’s Generals in his When Heaven Invades Earth; so, it’s perhaps more than coincidental that this “prophetic word” would include Liardon’s library.

In honoring these past ‘revival leaders,’ according to Johnson, God will supposedly give “access to their anointings” — i.e., the “anointings” of mainly the dead including the unorthodox William Branham, John G. Lake, Kathryn Kuhlman, etc.  The bona fide first century Apostle John makes it clear there is ONE true anointing — the Holy Spirit indwelling — as well as a countfeit:

 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth…

 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.  [I John 2:20-21, 24-27 NIV] 

Bill Johnson asserts that studying the lives of these individuals will enable the reader to perform the same signs and wonders as their subjects:

“…We’re looking to be able to raise up a generation to walk in the fullness of what God’s called us to. And, to do that we need to study, we need to research, we need to appreciate and celebrate the victories of yesterday.”

As discussed in The Kingdom of God is at Hand, part II article in “The Changing Face of Christianity” section, Johnson has already, back in 2003, referred to the current age as the “post-denominational era” in which believers “gather around spiritual fathers” rather than those who stick to sola Scriptura — the Bible alone.

This leads down a very slippery slope.  Without objective Biblical Truth with which to anchor these “prophetic words,” this sounds not much different than the extra-biblical revelation of Mormonism’s angel Moroni.

See update here added 12/18/2010.

11 Responses to Bill Johnson’s Library Mandate

  1. peacebringer says:

    Hey Craig, that video is one that just gave me an overall sick/nausea feeling and can just ‘sense’ the twist, it leaves me feeling unsettled and dirty in spirit. THankfully Jesus and the Holy Spirit always cleanse me from such contact but it leaves a mark.


  2. Craig says:


    It’s the True anointing of the Holy Spirit which provides that “check” in the spirit.

    I’m so thankful our mercies are new every morning!

    22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
    Because His compassions fail not.
    23 They are new every morning;
    Great is Your faithfulness.
    24 “ The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

    “ Therefore I hope in Him!”

    — Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV


  3. peacebringer says:

    I have no doubt about it because those reactions are never about me. Just as when God grants me felt empathy as well. Actually the “check” may even be part of that “discerning emphathy” he gives me which I never control, only know when it is there.

    And funny you should quote that verse for one of the songs God keeps having brought up in my head of late with the my “step mothers” current course has been “The Steadfast love of the lord never ceases.”


  4. Craig says:

    peacebringer wrote:

    And funny you should quote that verse for one of the songs God keeps having brought up in my head of late with the my “step mothers” current course has been “The Steadfast love of the lord never ceases.”

    I would say that’s the Holy Spirit right there!


  5. peacebringer says:

    Again no doubt about that. All of what God has brought to my mind has been of Him. I don’t set out to bring these to my mind. I thought you would appreciate knowing that. So clearly I am going to be posting a video fo that actually found one mixed with “as we gather” as used to sing it back in college in campus crusade. Felt the Holy Spirit as watched/listened to the video. So need to obey and post it. 🙂


  6. shoutofmind says:

    Hi Craig,

    this verse came to my mind while watching this: Isaiah 2:22 Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?

    Ps 146 3-4 presents a similar idea: Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

    I think it says enough…


  7. Bill Fawcett says:

    James Goll has been tokin’ too much jehovahuana.


  8. Scott says:

    Just watch Jim Goll’s “Joy in the Lord” video on YT. Enough said. I actually challenge anyone to get through the whole thing…


  9. Craig says:


    I’ll take your word for it. Was Goll partaking of the Jehovahuana a la Crowder and Dun?


  10. Scott says:

    Yeah, it was really quite sickening to watch.


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