I noticed today that Bill Johnson’s Bethel church in Redding, CA is having a one-day conference on Wellness this Saturday (the 16th). This will include talks on “how to create family-friendly meals, organic gardening, maintaining joy in the midst of crisis, making healthy restaurant choices”, which all sound very good. But then I noticed that Beni Johnson has a Life and Wellness blog, and her last post mentions using the 528 Hz tuning fork. She calls it the “tuning fork of love” and says that Ray Hughes told her that “science has said that this fork is the sound that holds earth”. She also says that “science tells us that the sound of this fork brings healing”.
I would have been surprised about this, except that I recently read on a Christian email list about a healing seminar in the L.A. area where the person leading it called herself a “Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner” and said “she got most of her stuff from her time at Bethel Church in Redding”.
Now I presume that Beni has just blindly accepted the belief that science has verified this. But the only science I can find seems to be done by New Age people and is not exactly research that has been published in scientific journals. By the way, Beni also mentions on her Wellness website that she “muscle tested” for a product that really helps her. Apparently many chiropractors use this technique, but again, there doesn’t seem to be clinical studies that show it works (see Wikipedia page here).
I would hope our leaders could investigate these areas a bit more before running with them. And if they believe there is something truly good here, then they should at least offer their understanding of the matter. Beni says (regarding the tuning fork of love) to “Google it”. Unfortunately googling it brings up many New Age websites.
At any rate, Steve Hill has a new book which was just released today called Spiritual Avalanche. It doesn’t cover tuning forks, or other mystical healing techniques, but it does paint a vivid picture of a church that is increasingly going astray. In the book, Steve Hill tells about a vision he received that warns of a “spiritual avalanche” that is threatening the church, which he describes as huge amounts of snow representing erroneous teachings that are piling up and now threaten to wipe out Christians who are ignoring the threat.
Here is his video on this: