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Kris Vallotton and Bethel -- Sheep Beating and Poverty Shaming

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Could it be true that wealth can be a sign of your relationship with God?

Today I want to encourage you with this thought: is it possible that God is wanting to bless you with His resources beyond what you can currently hope for?

How unbelievably insulting. Wealth is not necessarily a sign of blessing from God. Not even close. Let us turn to a parable from Jesus trying to explain to people the dangers of materialism and wealth:

'Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."' -- Luke 12: 13-21 (ESV)

Is it not ironic that Jesus tells this parable in response to the obvious covetousness displayed? That is the same covetousness displayed by Kris Vallotton. The parable itself is pretty straightforward. Here is the question. Is there any indication that the initial prosperity this man experienced was a sign of blessing from God? Absolutely not! He did not consider God in his abundance so why would we conclude he had considered Him before? Can you imagine looking at the mother of starving children and telling her that wealth is a sign of your relationship with God? What arrogant and disgusting nonsense. Unfortunately he would continue with bullet points summarizing the accompanying video teaching:

"" Deuteronomy 8:18 says, "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day."

" God said He'd make them wealthy so that when people see their wealth, they know that they have relationship with Him.

" I understand that not all wealth is attached to a relationship with God, but theirs was.

" Wealth is a power and not just a condition." -- Kris Vallotton

Yes Kris and Deuteronomy 8:19 says if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, that you shall surely perish. Considering the vast heresies you teach, it would seem verse 19 is more appropriate. More to the point beloved this is borderline criminal what Vallotton is doing with the Bible. No doubt he Googled "Verses with wealth" and when this came up he strip mined it out context to give the impression that it applies to you. The full context shows this is God speaking to Israel and the wealth discussed is agricultural in reference to the Promised Land. Now, can God give anyone the power to yield great wealth? Sure, He is God. He also however may decide times of struggle, doubt, uncertainty or any number of afflictions. Other circumstances are merely circumstances of living in this fallen world. God allows all through His permissive will but that does not mean He has designed it that way through His decretive will. It is actually no wonder that the poorer countries often have the greatest faith. They do not have this kind of nonsense to distract them from the only thing of value -- Jesus.

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