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Within the Dangerous Mind of Kris Vallotton and the Heresies of Bethel Church

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"6. You are seated in heavenly places with Christ. Think about it like this; Jesus said to the Apostle John "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." (See Revelation 4:1) In other words, our heavenly seat gives us insight into the future. There are so many ramifications to our raptured status that it makes my brain explode with possibility! Maybe it's easier to illustrate by thinking of what it would be like if we lived in 1850 and we got invited to "Come up here" for a look at the world in 2019. In this exalted position we would see televisions, computers, cars and planes etc."a world much different than our own current condition. What an amazing advantage this would give us as business people or inventors! Or how about if we were invited to view the future of medicine from 1810. We would see polio, smallpox, tuberculosis, leprosy, (to name just a few), that plagued our generation completely eradicated in the future! This is isn't a pipe dream or science fiction, this is our reality"our advantage"our right of passage." -- Kris Vallotton

This is just vile and disgusting. First of all, Vallotton tries leveraging what belongs to the Apostle John in Revelation and pretends it was meant for everyone! It was not. The entire book was a Revelation given to John to warn the church of the end times. It was not meant again as some new super power we have access to in order to see the future and make a killing at business! It is not our right of passage as that is an obscene mangling of Revelation. It is true that Ephesians also says we are seated in heavenly places but that is in relation to overcoming sin and so that in the coming ages He might show us the immeasurable riches of His grace and kindness toward us in Christ -- you know -- like when we stand in judgment! Kris Vallotton cannot help himself in turning every eternal blessing we have and make it carnal and to the relevance of this world only.

"7. Friendship with God is your game-changer advantage. Jesus put it like this: "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15) When we transition from slavery to friendship with God, (by keeping His commandments), we are suddenly introduced into a realm of revelation that only Jesus walked in. We have access to "all things" that were revealed to Jesus." -- Kris Vallotton

Ugh, a game changer advantage. Yes that was why Jesus died on the cross beloved. So we could have all of these carnal advantages in this world. Except that is not remotely biblical. Where does Kris get the idea that we are introduced into a realm of revelation that only Jesus walked in? What verse did he see that we would have the same access as Jesus to all things? I can think of two similar scripture references to such falseness:

"How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' -- Isaiah 14:12-14 (ESV)

But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." -- Genesis 3:4-5 (ESV)

I will make myself like the Most High. You will be like God. We have access to "all things" that were revealed to Jesus. Are you sensing a pattern? Well, in case you missed it, Kris sums up his glorious view of himself and humanity:

"When the first-century Corinthian church was struggling with jealousy and strife the apostle Paul rebuked them by reminding them that they were behaving like "mere men." (See 1 Corinthians 3:3.) We are not just humans! We are alive in the Spirit, sons and daughters of the God of the universe, endowed with wisdom, commissioned with power, and given authority to make a profound difference in the world. It's past time that we rise to our high call in Christ Jesus and start thinking like royalty! As children of God, we should be some of the most original thinkers and culture transformers on the earth. We believe in the impossible, therefore we can count on miracles to happen to us and through us. We live by faith (Romans 1:17), not by facts, which means that the truths we choose to believe sometimes override the facts that we face in life. Faith says there is nothing impossible with God (Luke 1:37). In other words, everything is possible with God! What would happen if we really lived with an "anything is possible" attitude? The world could call us crazy and they may vilify us, but they won't be able to ignore us. How do you think in a way that brings heaven to earth? How do you see the Church stepping up to think outside of the box and bring clarity and wisdom to the world's greatest challenges?" -- Kris Vallotton

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I'm so sorry that this is what you get out of Kris' teaching and Bethel as a whole. I have never been to Bethel.. But I have reaped fruit from their teachings and ministries since 2009. For 10 years I've taken their ideas and anyone else's whose teachings I've listened to not only to the Word, but to the Lord in prayer. Never once, in all these years have I heard them promote self or self worship. Jesus, Himself, talks about how the Kingdom is HERE because we carry it, now that He's reconciled us to the Father. Kingdom is simply carrying out His will... On earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus prayed that. Jesus also said that the way we judge a person (and I believe this also applies to ministries) is not by their doctrine but by the fruit. If you compare, over the course of Kris' ministry and the course of Bethel's existence how much good fruit has been born in people's lives to how many are trying to disprove Bethel... You'll see the fruit far outweighs the concerns. Jesus also said a house divided against itself cannot stand and so I have to believe that if there's fruit (every good gift comes from Heaven /God) it can't be the devil producing it. When I don't understand what part of the body of Christ is doing I remind myself 1. We are not to all look alike nor function the same... What would a body do with 5 hands but no legs, arms, or head? And 2. I should seek clarity, because I could be wrong and scripture tells me to think the BEST of my brothers and sisters along with thinking on whatever is true, noble, lovely, right, pure, admirable, and praiseworthy... He didn't say to look for the opposite of these things. Can Christians get it wrong? Absolutely. The progression of walking out salvation always includes mistakes or wrong beliefs but God never leaves us there. He is faithful to correct and He doesn't post articles on the internet to do it... He's very careful not to make us look bad to others. This isn't love and even if Kris/Bethel are your enemies you're commanded to love them and give to them. I see no scriptures under the new covenant that say "expose" anyone. Just my thoughts. Bless you and I pray your ministry will bring many into deep relationships with our Father.

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Reply to Joanne McAfee:

Thank you for your message. It was kind in disagreement, something not always easy to accomplish. Suffice to say we disagree greatly on Bethel but allow me to point out where you may have misunderstood the points I was making.

Self-worship was a statement on modern worship as a whole, and Jesus Culture in part, which comes from Bethel. Take for example the song "How He Loves Us", which while not written by Jesus Culture was made more popular by them. This song is self-worship. It is not worship to tell God how much He loves us. It is arrogant and rude quite frankly. One of the lyrics declares that WE are His portion. That is backwards.

Bethel also promotes this outside of Jesus Culture and worship. They are ground zero for experiential Christianity which supplants scripture with personal experience. It is taught to the worship leaders and I have seen the video training. It is taught at their alleged supernatural school, where they violate the bible by pretending to be able to teach the literal gifts of the Holy Spirit. This was obvious when reviewing their curriculum.

I have seen zero good fruit born from Bethel. All I have is anecdotal stories of fruit, such as you attest to. To counter that I have testimony after testimony of people who escaped the cult like atmosphere of Bethel. Fruit without sound doctrine is rotten fruit. While we are taught that we will know false prophets and teachers by their fruit, that does not solely mean works, because works can be faked but doctrine reveals what your heart believes. Raed Gills Exposition of Matthew 7:16 for further clarification.

I agree a house divided will not stand. I do not view Kris, Bill, Shawn or Bethel to be brethren. They are in fact slaughtering my brethren. They do not belong in the sheep pen and deserve nothing but the working end of the shepherd's rod. He is not merely "getting it wrong" as we should always have grace for errors. If you refuse to change your errors however you have moved into the territory of being false. Vallotton's last book on greed and money was nothing but pure heresy.

While we all do not look alike nor serve the same function, we are all bound by doctrine. Romans teaches us that it is false doctrine that divides the body of Christ, not those correctly pointing it out. I am unsure where scripture says we must always think the best of our brothers and sister but again, Kris is neither. You correctly say this is not love because it is not. It is pure disdain for what he does to the sheep of the Lord. That is who I love. That is who I seek to protect. The verses about giving to our enemies deals with our personal lives not false teachers. You asked for scriptures regarding exposing false teachers:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. -- Romans 16:17 (NKJV)

For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. -- Tituse 1:7-9 (ESV)

So I thank you again for your response and I hope you take what I have to say to heart. This devotional spoke to very specific teachings and went line by line through what Kris had to say and at every turn I explained why he was wrong. I appreciate your experience but that is just your experience. I am sure you agree we should always let scripture guide our paths. Be well.

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