Did Bethel and Bill Johnson Exploit the Death of Olive Heiligenthal?

Did Bethel and Bill Johnson Exploit the Death of Olive Heiligenthal? July 15, 2020

Remember this story of poor little Olive Heiligenthal suddenly dying and the people of Bethel Redding and Bill Johnson started praying for her to be raised from the dead? This happened back in December 2019, a very different world ago.

While there’s nothing wrong with praying for a resurrection some of the other behavior around what happened is very problematic. This is one of those odd problematic things that I am sure I’ll have people flooding in to tell me that Bethel is a myth, and others telling me I’m picking on “Righteous People!!”

But righteous people do not exploit situations, people, deaths or children.

People who exploit the death of others for gain are awful, but people who exploit anything do with children should occupy the lowest rungs of hell post-life.  At least I hope so.

Bethel Music has released a new album of worship music, and one of the songs is clearly an attempt to cash in on the death, from the opening words through the chorus.

Here’s where it gets sticky, weird and wrong… the bridge. The bridge of the song sounds so much like the posted videos of the church praying to resurrect this poor unfortunate little child.


Pure performance Christianity with a soupcon of exploitation.

Also note that this is the same church sending out their worship teams all throughout the area doing open air revivals and concerts in a time of a global pandemic. No one is masking from the photos I’ve seen. A death cult filled with plague rats.

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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 34 years You can read more about the author here.

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