Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Bill Somers
Not a Martyr of God
Bill Somers has a site that promotes false teachers and religious confusion. He also presents the notion that it is a waste for Christians to die other than as martyrs. He is right that a Christian needs to lay down his or her life, but not in the way he means. It is this essential element of true Christianity that he lacks.
Raymond, a correspondent, shared Bill Somers’ site, www.etpv.org,
which gave us the opportunity tell him our experience with Somers and
the truth about what it means to follow Jesus Christ. (We
were about to post this writing about Bill Somers, when Sara noticed
away on April 26, 2010. The event of his passing adds weight to our
testimony against Bill Somers, which he was not willing to receive.
We have more than one vindication for what we have said.
Here is what we had written:)
We wrote to Bill Somers in 2005 when he declined our public correspondence
and left us with a slogan we questioned, one he maintained until
his death. It is:
“'It is a terrible waste for a Christian
to die a natural death.' - Medhi Dibaj, Iranian Martyr”
Had he said, “It is a terrible waste
for one professing Christ not to die as a martyr,” he could possibly
be justified, if he went on to explain what it means to be a martyr.
All true Christians
are martyrs because all are called to deny themselves, take up the
cross, and die, living the new life in Christ in this world thereafter.
But when the author says “a natural death,” I think
he insists that the true believer, to be worthy before God, must
a premature physical death at the hands of sinners.
While it is true Abraham and others were not called to die physically,
they did die to the world, being made alive to God. They are
in the great cloud of witnesses (martyrs) surrounding us (the word “witness” in
the NT is “martyr” in the Greek).
And what of the
two classes of Christians listed in Hebrews 11, some tasting
physical death by the world, while others called
Hebrews 11:32-40 MKJV
(32) And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me
to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah; also
David, and Samuel
and the prophets,
(33) who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
(34) quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in
to flight the armies of the strangers.
(35) Women received their dead raised to life again, and
others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they
(36) And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings;
yes, more, of bonds and imprisonments.
(37) They were stoned, they were sawed in two, were tempted,
were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins
being destitute, afflicted, tormented.
(38) The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts
and mountains and dens and caves of the earth.
(39) And these all, having obtained a good report through
faith, did not receive the promise,
(40) for God had provided some better thing for us, that
they should not be made perfect without us.
Is one group of any less value to God than the other? Are
Abraham and his son David, who did not die violent physical
any less than other of Abraham’s seed, like Isaiah
or John the Baptist, prophets who did die physical deaths
at the hands of sinners?
Bill Somers does not appear to understand the Scriptures
he uses in defense of his slogan and doctrine. The Scriptures
do not speak of physical death, but of the death each convert
experiences at the cross in becoming a saint (read Only
the Death Sentence Will Avail).
The following Scriptures Somers cites to prove physical martyrdom is necessary to avoid spiritual
waste all speak of an internal death (even though an external
could follow, which we readily grant all saints walking
in faith are
prepared to accept):
Revelation 12:10-11 MKJV
(10) And I heard a great voice saying in Heaven, Now has
come the salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God,
authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers
is cast down,
accused them before our God day and night.
(11) And they overcame him because of the blood of the
Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And
not love their
soul until death.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints,
and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was
given to the saints of the most High; and the time
Revelation 6:9-11 MKJV
(9) And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under
the altar the souls of those who had been slain for
of God, and
for the testimony which they held.
(10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Until
when, Master, holy and true, do You not judge and
blood on those
who dwell on the earth?
(11) And white robes were given to each one of them.
And it was said to them that they should rest yet
for a little
fellow servants and their brothers (those about to
be killed as they were) should have their number
Revelation 2:8-11 MKJV
(8) And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
The First and the Last, Who became dead and lived,
(9) I know your works and tribulation and poverty
(but you are rich), and I know the blasphemy of
be Jews, and
are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
(10) Do not at all fear what you are about to suffer.
Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison,
so that you
may be tried.
And you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful
to death, and I will give you the crown of life.
(11) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches. He who overcomes will not
be hurt by the
We have experienced this, not through physical
death, but by death of the cross and victory of
in the true sense. The fact that Somers interprets
the above Scriptures in physical terms only tells
us he has
of God, because not having experienced the reality
of the cross of Christ
and the death that is precious in God’s sight
(Psalm 116). So Somers is not a martyr. Martyrdom
is a basic spiritual development
of any genuine believer in Christ, never mind a
minister of the Gospel of Christ! As Paul the apostle
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer
I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I
by faith toward the Son of God, Who loved me and
gave Himself on my behalf” (Galatians 2:20 MKJV).
Paul was a martyr many years before the sword took
his head in Rome. Those who do not take up the
cross to follow
of Him and cannot be His witnesses (martyrs).
When King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego worship the image he had
Daniel 3:16-23 MKJV
(16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and
said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no
need to return
you on this
(17) If it is so that our God Whom we serve is
able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace,
out of your
hand, O king.
(18) But if not, let it be known to you, O king,
that we will not serve your gods nor worship
(19) Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath,
and the form of his face was changed against
and commanded that they should heat the furnace
times more than it was usually heated.
(20) And he commanded mighty men in his army
to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and
(21) Then these men were tied up in their slippers,
their tunics, and their mantles, and their other
into the middle of the burning fiery furnace.
(22) Then because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the
furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who
took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
(23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst
While God did not spare those men who obeyed
their earthly ruler, He did spare the
lives of those
who obeyed their
Daniel 3:24-26 MKJV
(24) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was amazed.
And he rose up in haste and spoke and said
to his advisers,
into the middle of the fire? They answered
and said to the king, True, O king.
(25) He answered and said, Behold! I see
four men loose, walking in the middle of
harm among them.
And the form of the fourth is like a son
of the gods.
(26) Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door
of the burning fiery furnace. He answered
servants of the Most High God, come forth
and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, came forth from the middle
of the fire.
According to Medhi Dibaj and
Bill Somers, God wasted three Jewish lives. Perhaps Somers
might give more credit to those servants of the
king who lost their lives to the intense heat of the furnace.
Somers is unresponsive to, and unrepentant of, the things we brought
We red “My Testimony by Bill Somers” and find it is more
a testimony of Constance Cumbey than of Jesus Christ.
Bill does not receive the essential doctrine of Christ, not having
experienced the cross.
The teachers Bill recommends on his site are not ministers
For these and several other fruits, we must conclude Bill
Somers to be in great error, unrepentingly misleading others,
therefore, a false teacher, notwithstanding his knowledge
and research of
Scripture and related materials, some of which we find
helpful, as with many
false teachers. This is nothing strange (all the more effective
to deceive the simple and faithless).
as he calls it, is primarily one of a withdrawal from New
Age philosophy. He writes:
greatest help of all came through a book titled ‘Hidden
Dangers of the Rainbow’ by Constance Cumby. This
book really opened my eyes to the real nature of the New
Age as a vehicle for
Satan. Someday I plan to thank Constance personally.”
We have not red Cumbey’s book, but if it exposes the New Age
fallacy, well and good. Whether Constance Cumbey is a believer
in Christ or not, we should not refuse her due credit for such work.
Though Bill Somers forsakes New Age philosophy, a return
Christendom is not nearly sufficient to be considered a
fruit of faith in Jesus Christ. Many are the “Christians” who
do not have the true faith in Christ, worshipping Him in
vain with their lips.
And giving Constance Cumbey the lion’s share of the credit
under the title, “My Testimony,” indicates
to us the work in Somer’s life is not a salvation
work of Jesus Christ, just as Billy Graham gave credit
for his success to the Hearst newspaper
chain. Jesus is not getting the glory, which is highly
indicative of a spurious conversion, no matter how religious
or apparently Christian.
Bill speaks of a trying time in 1985 when his wife Mary
Lee needed a serious operation to remove a brain tumor.
He says, “It was
the aftereffects of this that led to our getting saved
in May of ’85.
That’s another story.” Isn’t that supposed
to be the story?! But this is the total of the report of
or salvation experience - the reader was promised (“My
and would expect to receive the glad report of a real conversion
But is Bill’s conversion real or is it a deathbed
conversion, man’s work under
duress because of his wife’s threatening condition?
Is his doctrinal error the kind true believers can have,
or are he and his wife in the unbeliever’s darkness,
notwithstanding theological knowledge and perhaps even
a measure of mercy God has
granted them? We know that God does send the sun and the
rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Still, whether
or not, they certainly profess to be believers, and should
they not be confronted on their public error, which we
have done, with no response?
What does that tell you?
We see entries in Somers’ site not only condoning, but even
promoting, false teachers. While he and the participants
on his site have questions about some of those ministries, there are
His position is that people can be judged with righteous judgment (which is true):
“Matthew 7:1 tells us to judge not. But
whoa there Nellie, John 7:24 tells us to judge. John 7:24 Judge not
according to the appearance,
but judge righteous judgment. So to judge or not to judge,
the question. Sorry Shakespeare.”
Giving two examples of where Paul confronted a false prophet,
Elymas, and a woman possessed with a spirit of divination,
“In each case these apostles followed
specific instructions from the Holy Ghost. And that’s how you make righteous judgment.”
On the other hand, he posts Nita Johnson on his site, saying that we are better to
leave these matters to God and not presume dealing with
Todd Bentley, she writes, in foolishness and confusion:
“Also, we must trust that all which is
said and done will line up with the Word, as the Spirit and the Word
must agree. (1 Jn 5:7,8)
Todd does teach some things that oppose good and safe doctrine,
therefore I feel a carefulness about some of his teachings
is in order. However, he does and says far more things that are right
those which are out of place. I have seen that he has great
faith for healings and miracles.”
When one slips poison into a drink, isn’t most of the drink
OK? When someone slips poison into a plate of food, what
portion of the contents on the plate comprises food? Has it not been
that deception is 99% truth and 1% lie?
There is no discernment of good and evil, yet they promote
the whole package nonetheless. They promote error, not
or not willing to judge if they do know, or both. It is
confusion. While Nita may defend herself by saying she
does indeed advise
caution and faith in God, she still encourages feeding
from a false teacher.
How will those whom she presumes to teach and whom she
presumes need her teaching know what to reject and to receive
So are believers not taught to beware of false teachers?
“And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man
deceive you. For many will come in My Name, saying, I am Christ, and
deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5
Are we not told that the deception would be such that the
very elect might be deceived?
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great
signs and wonders; so much so that, if it were possible, they would
even the elect” (Matthew 24:24 MKJV).
So is it not our responsibility to know whether one is
anointed of God or not?
1 John 4:1-3 MKJV
(1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits
to see if they are of God, because many false prophets
have gone out
into the world.
(2) By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit
that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh
(3) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus
Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this
is the antichrist
heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.
(Todd Bentley does not confess that Jesus Christ comes
in the flesh, by the way; the words do not mean that
came as a man
2000 years ago, otherwise nearly 1.3 billion Catholics
and so many others are all Christians.)
So what are children of God to do concerning false teachers?
Are they to receive from them that which is good and
reject the rest?
What does Jesus say they will do?
“And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him,
for they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:5 MKJV).
You have perhaps heard it said to “eat the flesh and toss away
the bones.” But we are commanded to eat only clean
meats. Are we not to make a difference between clean
and unclean? Isn’t
that the lesson of the Law of Moses? Shall I be justified
in eating dog flesh if I am willing to toss away the
Nita Johnson cannot tell the true from the false, and
she leads many astray; Somers supports her. How can any
this be of
Will an anointed minister of God not be cleansed and
prepared to represent the Lord in all truth? Will he
not speak the
the Spirit of God? We emphatically reply, “Yes,” with
Matthew 7:15-20 MKJV
(15) Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(16) You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather
grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
(17) Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit;
but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
(18) A good tree CANNOT bring forth evil fruits, NOR
CAN a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(19) Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(20) Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Do false teachers not invariably include truth and
apparently good works with their error? Do they not
clothing? How else should they deceive, if possible,
the very elect?
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 MKJV
(13) For such ones are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
(14) Did not even Satan marvelously transform himself
into an angel of light?
(15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness,
end shall be
according to their works.
Now granted, there is such a thing as error on the
part of true servants of God. For example, Peter
was not conducting
as he ought
with the Gentiles. But herein is the difference:
error a deliberate act of disobedience and deception,
or if not deliberate, with consistent doctrine plainly
contrary to God? Did he habitually
teach false doctrine? No; he demonstrated weakness
of flesh, something of which every believer is fully
Nevertheless, did Paul leave him to his error,
God deal with it”? No, he publicly rebuked
Peter, an apostle no less, because he was publicly
Galatians 2:11-16 MKJV
(11) But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him
to his face, because he was to be blamed.
(12) For before some came from James, he ate with
the nations. But when they came, he withdrew and
of the circumcision.
(13) And the rest of the Jews also dissembled with
him, so as even Barnabas was led away with their
(14) But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly
with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before
live as a Gentile, and not as the Jews, why do
you compel the nations to Judaize?
(15) We Jews by nature, and not sinners of the
(16) knowing that a man is not justified by works
of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ;
believed in Jesus
that we might be justified by the faith in Christ,
and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will
not be justified
And what is the fruit of a true believer when corrected?
Did Peter remain in his error? Was he intractable,
implacable, or wise in
his own eyes? No, he repented, as David did when
Nathan confronted him
on his sins of adultery and murder concerning Bathsheba
and Urijah (2 Samuel 11 and 12).
“For a just one falls seven times, and rises up again; but the
wicked shall fall into evil” (Proverbs 24:16 MKJV).
The wicked will not repent.
So what would be the problem with exposing false
teachers, especially those who come deceiving in
Christ’s Name, such as Benny Hinn,
Todd Bentley, Billy Graham, Kenneth Copeland, and
so many others?
There is considerable confusion on that and other
matters at Somers’ site – confusion
that comes when light and darkness are mixed, as
in the days of Noah, when the sons of God married
the daughters of men. With such a situation,
God had to destroy them all. His nature cannot
tolerate mixture or lukewarmness. As His nature,
so the nature of His sons and daughters.
They will find mixture intolerable.
Is there a “healing revival” happening
in Florida, Nita Johnson? No, there is not. It is strong delusion.
(If there was a “healing revival” in
Florida, Somers could have gone to get healed. Did he go?
If so, why was he not healed?)
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that
they should believe a lie, so that all those who do not believe the
but delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned” (2
Thessalonians 2:11-12 MKJV).
This is according to the Word of the Lord from
Paul to Timothy, and to all:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 MKJV
(1) Know this also, that in the last days grievous
times will be at hand.
(2) For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
(3) without natural affection, unyielding, false
accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers
(4) traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of
pleasure rather than lovers of God,
(5) having a form of godliness, but denying the
power of it; even turn away from these.
Does it say to feed from them, to eat the flesh
they serve but to spit out the bones? Or does
it say, “Even turn away from these”?
“Let not my heart turn aside to any evil thing, to practice
wicked works with men who work iniquity; and let me not eat of their
Thanks for your reminder of Bill Somers, Raymond.
Unless the Lord directs us otherwise (may He
direct us aright
- and He does), we will soon post him in our
False Teachers Exposed section.
Following is the correspondence we had with him
at the end of 2005. After he rejected our teaching,
not reply. To whose voice are you listening,
The Lord grant you grace to discern between good
and evil, between light and darkness, between
righteousness and God’s.
From Bill Somers, subject line - unsubscribe:
God Bless Y’all
6195 St. Rt. 95
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338
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“It is a terrible waste for a Christian to die a natural death.” Medhi
Dibaj, Iranian Martyr
Our reply to Bill:
We have unsubscribed you from The
Issues of Life, as requested,
though you have much to learn, as we will show you.
Your sign-off quote from the Iranian is not one of understanding
or faith. Every person professing the Lord Jesus Christ
is called to death
by taking up the cross in this life. Paul said he was crucified
with Christ, yet nevertheless he lived; only now he lived
in his flesh
by the life of the Son of the God. Paul called on those
who heard his
words to follow him as he followed Christ. That means death
for all in like manner, so that all might live by the faith
God. Anything other than this is not truly Christian.
“But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit
of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, he
of His” (Romans 8:9 MKJV).
As for physical death, that is up to God, and it is no
waste at all if one dies naturally and peacefully, if that
determination, or even if one dies at all (Enoch and Elijah).
To call these
lives “wasted” is
to supercede God in His sovereign will and works. That
is, of course, impossible, and it is nothing less than
ignorant and self-righteous
Abraham died a natural death. His faith was nevertheless
accounted righteousness to him, and he became the father
of many nations,
of all those who believe, of every true Christian. He had
years before, not as a martyr, but as all those faithful
From Abraham’s loins came Isaac, who also died a natural death.
To him was promised a seed that would be the father of
the nation of Israel. It came to pass, and Isaac is known as one of
of faith. According to Bill Somers and Medhi Dibaj, God
did Himself a great disservice by preventing Abraham from following
through in sacrificing his son.
Jacob died a natural death, sick on his bed. His name
was changed to Israel, and from him came the twelve tribes.
Jacob had taken
cross long before the time of his physical departure
from this world. God will keep his promise to Jacob, another
patriarch of the household
of faith. Even in our very generation, Israel has been
raised from the ashes.
Jacob’s son, Joseph, became a ruler in Egypt and saved his
family, which became a nation. Joseph died a peaceful, natural death.
died long before, taking up the cross.
Moses died a glorious death, buried by no man, and he was not slain
by any man to become a physical martyr. Was his death a "terrible waste"?
The man who would be known as the father
of the Messiah died a peaceful, natural death. God promised that
of him would
One Who would
sit on the throne and reign forever. David was a man
heart, it is recorded. Was his death a "terrible waste," because
God glorified Himself by keeping David, His servant, safe
all his life?
If Medhi Dibaj died in persecution of his “faith” believing
the quoted words, he died a false martyr. If he “gave
his body to be burned,” he did it to no profit,
without understanding or love for God. His words plainly
teach that he gloried in himself.
The words sound holy and noble, but they are nothing
more than a sample of the antiChrist, self-sacrificing,
eastern philosophy presuming to
be an expression of genuine Christian faith.
Better he should say, “It is a terrible waste to give one’s
body to be burned without love,” and, “It
is a terrible waste to do great and wonderful works,
if God should have a man to
sit still instead.” Then we would know he knew
the Lord, loved the Lord, and had the learning and
wisdom of the Lord.
Do not misunderstand. We bless the
Lord for Isaiah, Stephen, John the Immerser, Paul,
and so many others
down their lives
By God’s grace, we would taste that high privilege
and prevail. Nevertheless, the will of God be done,
and not the will of the carnal
hero such as you exalt, without understanding.
Many are those who have died thinking they died for
Christ, who were instead idolaters, totally stubborn,
They give Him lip service, but do not listen to Him
when confronted on their
ways. They continue on in their idolatries and self-service,
worshiping the Bible and other gods for whom they die
in vain. These fool
many such as yourself, Bill, who consider them to be
godly Christians, because they judge after the appearance.
Time to get real. What now, Bill? Will you continue
to extol the sacrifice of a self-righteous man (which
extoller is self-righteous
himself), or will you repent, humble yourself, deny
yourself, and take up the cross for the true and fruitful
down of the
the Lord’s sake?
Contending for the faith, by the will of God in Christ,
speaking Reality to unreality, Light to darkness
pretending to be
Paul Cohen and Victor Hafichuk