Shawn Bolz teaches children how to channel God’s “voice”

On January 21st in Los Angeles, author and “prophet” Shawn Bolz will teach hundreds of children to close their eyes, listen for “God’s voice,” and write down what He says.  The event at Glendale Baptist Church costs $50 per child. Below is a short, shocking promotional video in which Bolz instructs the children to close their eyes and listen for God’s voice.

“If you don’t hear anything, it’s okay, you’re trying. That’s the biggest thing. You’re trying to engage with God.”

Then he does a prophetic prediction for a girl in the audience named Kaylee, who Bolz says is going to do great things for God. “Wow, God does speak and He knows things about you.”

To top it off, he leads kids in an “activation,” through a Listening Prayer he has taught them. “If you hear something, I want you to write it down.” That’s called “automatic writing,” and it’s a New Age channeling technique used by Beth Moore, Sarah Young (Jesus Calling), and others.

Says Bolz:

One of the reasons why we are doing this workshop is because I was raised by parents who believed in my ability to hear God and nurtured it. I was raised in an environment of empowerment and I want to help kids believe in their authority to hear God’s voice with a friendship perspective on how to relate to him!


The event is based on Bolz’s new book for children launching Nov. 22: Growing Up with God: Everyday Adventures of Hearing God’s Voice. Here’s how the Bethel Redding bookstore describes it:

From Shawn Bolz, author of Translating God, comes an emotionally intelligent and spiritually relevant story that equips youth of all ages to tap into God’s heart and hear His voice in their lives. Shawn has taken his gift of teaching on the prophetic and presents it in a way that children of all ages can experience how God is not limited by our age. When He speaks, everyone gets to hear Him and see powerful and wonderful things happen through their faith. This book was created to work alongside the Growing Up with God Workbook, which can be used by individuals or Sunday school groups.

And what if the child doesn’t hear God speaking directly to them? I can tell you from personal experience; Despair. Feeling unworthy. Feeling that God does not love that child. As a parent, I have had to repent of allowing this kind of teaching to infect my own child, and I can tell you it is very difficult to undo the spiritual damage.

Who is Shawn Bolz?

Bolz and Bentley

Bolz and his dear friend false prophet Todd Bentley at Azusa Now.

Endorsed and taught by New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) granddaddy C. Peter Wagner, Bolz is known widely as a “prophet” who can predict the future in a “thus sayeth the Lord” kind of way:

  • Bolz taught, ministered, mentored, and prophesied at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle in the ‘90s, and in the early 2000s he joined the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.
  • His book, Translating God: Hearing God’s voice for yourself and the world around you, promises that, “IT’S TIME TO BE ACTIVATED! WHEN WE COMBINE OUR LOVE OF PROPHECY AND PEOPLE WE RESHAPE HEARTS WITH HEAVEN.”
  • In April, Bolz took the stage at the heretical Azusa Now “revival” to do prophetic cold readings (parlor tricks) using his smart phone.

His new book is no doubt going to be popular this Christmas. Because what mommy or daddy doesn’t want their kid to grow up being rich and famous?

Growing Up with God is the story of Maria and Lucas, two best friends who are on the journey of discovering themselves in the very normal, but also epic journey of hearing from God’s heart. Maria has a life-changing moment at Summer Camp when she hears from God for the first time. He tells her something beyond belief, that she is going to be an actor! And not in 20 years as an adult, she can pursue her acting career now!

Parents: open your Bible. Read it to your kids. Scripture is the only holy Word of God they should be “hearing.” Teaching them to listen for extra-biblical voices you attribute to God is very wrong and very dangerous. Oh, they may hear a voice, but it won’t be God’s. He has already spoken to us in His breathed-out eternal Word, according to Hebrews 1:1-3.

Six verses that remind us to teach our children Scripture:

1. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

2. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

3. Deuteronomy 4:9-10 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.”

4. Matthew 19:13-15 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.

5. 1 Timothy 4:10-11 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.

6. Deuteronomy 11:19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Please see these resources:

White Papers: Dominionism (NAR), New Age, Occult – Sorcery, Contemplative Prayer

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10 Responses to Shawn Bolz teaches children how to channel God’s “voice”

  1. Manny1962 says:

    It’s bad enough when false teachers try and influence adults, but children? Jesus says it’s better if a millstone were tied to their neck than to hurt a child, these degenerates are headed for a deep dark pit.


  2. I guarantee you that Paul would have done it for only $39.99 if they register 10 days before the meeting, and but at least one T-Shirt or CD.

    2 Peter 2:1-4
    2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
    2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
    3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


  3. ***”buy” at least one T-shirt or cd 🙂


  4. Matthew says:

    If I grasped the initial and pursuant train of objection, is the premise being set forth here, that the Lord (the Holy Spirit, the Counselor and Comforter) does NOT speak to His people directly, in whatever manner or language He chooses?
    And in God’s Word, come these words from Paul to the Hebrews:
    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
    ~ Hebrew 13:8
    And Jesus Himself declared:
    “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
    ~ John 8:58
    As the Lord spoke to Isaiah in “a still, small voice” yesterday, he continues to through the Holy Spirit today, insofar as Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
    “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;:
    1 Corinthians 12:8
    I have no intention of taking any issue, for or against, Mr. Bolz. But to (try to) put God in a box by saying He ONLY speaks to us (today) through scripture is completely false, at best. And to not hear the Lord, the Holy Spirit, speak into YOUR spirit, especially during your quiet time with the Lord, is to miss out on SO much that He has to say to you.
    The experiential is real and for today, to be embraced and walked out WITH DISCRETION AND WISDOM, always testing BY the scriptures. For if the experiential were not real AND for today, then none of the gifts of the Spirit would be operant. And, truly, they are.
    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
    ~ Jeremiah 29:13
    So, be in the Word, preferably every day.
    But also, LISTEN. Jesus spoke to His disciples and the people and exhorted them to listen. Only after He ascended was the Lord, the Holy Spirit, sent. Should we not continue to listen?


  5. Jesus told his Father in John 17:17 that truth…is his word, not the vain imaginations of our hearts, which are desperately wicked and above all deceitful according to Jeremiah (Sorry Eldridge). Romans 7 proves that Paul still struggled mightily with the flesh even as perhaps the greatest apostle. If he didn’t trust his flesh, why should we trust ourselves or some hipster taking our cash, to tell us we are hearing the voice of God. Two scriptures come to mind:
    2 Peter 1:17-20
    17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
    19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
    20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    **We now have a more sure word of prophecy than even a voice from heaven…it is called the Bible. Let’s stick with that over trusting our flesh to hear from God, when he has already spoken, and clearly, in 66 books.

    2 Peter 2: 1-3
    But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
    2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
    3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

    ***Privily, Bolz, Bil johnson etc. are making merchandise of you by packaging, marketing, and selling the fake Jesus they preach. It is nothing but wickedness. Freely we have received, freely we should give, just as Paul rebuked the man who tried to buy the Holy Spirit(can’t remember his name), hearing from the Spirit cannot be bought or sold…unless you are buying a Bible.

    The problem is that “truth” becomes subjective, emotional and seems to comport with whatever seems to meet our fleshly needs. I do think that we all feel promtings in the spirit, to act in accordance with actual real scripture, but this whole movement to listen to God is associated with pagan and occultic philosophy, and there is only a cursory attempt to test what is hear with the word…yet Paul tells us to test everything, prove everything. Asking a guy charging us $50 if what we heard is truly from God is sick, dangerous and unbiblical. Eat, Breathe, and drink the eternal word of God, and do not trust your heart.


  6. Daniel Crockett says:

    It continuously amazes me the fear so many christians have toward the spirit realm and the mystical ways of God. Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons and a lot more. He even said My sheep know MY voice and the voice of another they will not follow. Theres more to this christian life than you or i or anyone else realizes, and just because you cant understand it or dont agree with it doesnt mean it isnt biblical. I dont know everything about God and His ways, and neither does anyone else on here. God has given each one of us revelation of who He is, so take it and use it to help others instead of tearing each other down. Because the world will never want what we have if all they see is constant arguing and strife between children of God.


    • Manny1962 says:

      So blatant, unscriptural practices are OK as long as they’re done in a non-judgemental loving manner? Mysticism which is nothing more than man’s way to interpret the “supernatural” or reach out to a deity is c!early and roundly refuted in scripture. Jesus Christ clearly teaches us how to commune with Him, and it’s nothing like what Mr. Bolz teaches. The sheep knowing The Master’s voice is nothing akin to channeling The Lord. Jesus told the disciples to do those miracles in order to authenticate their authority amongst the unbelieving public. It was the beginning of the church and these were authentication signs to prove their authority. I have yet to see anyone bring back someone from the dead yet. What is happening right now acrosss the globe refutes Wagner, the NAR and any so called apostle. I wouldn’t let my child anywhere near this. Nothing more than man attempting to dictate how God should behave toward us.But again. What I see here is the “don’t judge” syndrome.


      • Well said Manny. God can do anything…but what I see in these false churches are lying signs and wonders, as the scriptures tell us we would see at the end. Todd White does the well known fake leg extension, misdirection trick to just about everyone. The focuse is not on the biblical Jesus but on these cherasmstic liars who tickle our itching ears. It’s all emotional hysteria with some serious demonic manifestations.


  7. Manny1962 says:

    Amen SS, as we all known lying signs and wonders were will be rampant during the last days.


  8. Marsha Fisher says:

    This is so blatantly pagan and grievous. There is nothing new under the sun and this sort of mysticism has a certain allure to the flesh, but I seriously struggle to understand how it is that any regenerate Person could see this as Holy. Please Lord open the eyes of your elect so that they will turn from this falsehood and stand on the truth of scripture as completely sufficient for all of life and Godliness.


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