Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades.In these lay a multitude of invalids--blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. -- John 5: 2-9 (ESV)
As we progress deeper into these end times we see that false doctrine is more widely accepted and proliferated with less and less fear of the Lord. It is brazen how careless people are regarding the obvious nature of their false teaching. Rolling around on the ground and barking like a dog? Sure! Kicking people in the face to "impart healing?" Absolutely! Literally telling Christians to not have the Ten Commandments in their homes or lives? Hey -- don't you be a legalist now! There is also a new breed of false teachers beloved. In the past a false teacher was known by the specific heresy they espoused. Kenneth Copeland and Mike Murdock were prosperity preachers. Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer were word faith preachers. Sure they had slivers of other heresies creeping in but they stuck with their bread and butter. These days however we are seeing hybrid false teachers who embrace nearly everything that is false and roll it into one big cesspool. One such place that comes to mind is Bethel Church. For a long time now people like Bill Johnson from Bethel were like heretical jello. You just couldn't pin them down. He wasn't quite prosperity but he had teachings that were. He wasn't quite word faith but again certain teachings certainly seemed to lean that way. He was clearly NAR but denies it to this day despite going to Lakeland Florida to anoint Todd Bentley a "prophet" with the NAR by his side. Bethel was clearly a false signs and lying wonders church but also selling experiential Christianity. Now part of this is there is always some cross over between heresies. Once you compromise the Gospel, it becomes easier to accept other compromises. But the veil of vagueness is being lifted as time goes on and newer teachers arise with such staggering arrogance before God and man that they do not even hide anymore their falseness. They revel in it. They boast in it. Kris Vallotton is one such teacher.
Vallotton is Bill Johnson's right hand man at Bethel. He co-founded the absurdly heretical school of the supernatural that Bethel operates. Here they teach unsuspecting youth the gifts of the Spirit even though the bible clearly says that the gifts are given as the Spirit wills -- not Kris Vallotton. I have written about Vallotton before and I did not realize it until today but one of the reasons may have been the ease at which one can discern when dealing with his teachings. Joseph Prince for example, makes you work sometimes to find the heresy within the truths he does speak. Not so with Vallotton. He simply does not seem to care about hiding any of his falseness. So let us reason together once again with the above linked article entitled, "Prophetic Word For A New Season: Leaving Pain Behind" Let us see exactly how many heresies Kris Vallotton can fit into one short teaching. Play along beloved and see if you can guess the heresy before reading onto my commentary portions.
"When I was at the Heaven Come Conference in LA this past weekend I felt like God spoke to me about some very specific things, including the subject of pain." -- Kris Vallotton
This is the tried and true foundational heresy for most false teachers today -- direct revelation. The master of this is Joseph Prince, who literally claims every sermon he delivers was first directly delivered to him by God. It is like these folks have Commissioner Gordon's red phone from the Batman television show and they can just speed dial the Father whenever they want. This is of course required for false teachers because they use it to deflect any "unbiblical" criticism. Once you claim to have heard directly from God you elevate what you preach to the level of Scripture. Now do not misunderstand me. God still speaks to all of us beloved; primarily through His Word. That is not what Vallotton is claiming here. He is claiming he "felt" God spoke to him. This leads us to heresy number two -- experiential Christianity. This is a huge belief at Bethel. Experiential Christianity encourages you to leave the safe confines of Scripture for what we "feel." This is the premise of the heretical Holy Ghost movies from Darren Wilson, also a product of Bethel. I saw a "prophetic worship" training video once from Bethel where they encouraged leaders to try and still their minds and seek what God was speaking to them during worship and then to just start singing it. The assumption being that whatever popped into their wickedly deceitful hearts must be from God! I saw this live one where the worship leader just chanted for 15 straight minutes that if we wanted a hug from Jesus we needed to jump in the river. Yeah I am sure God said that to you. But there were the charismaniacs running up to the altar, jumping in the imaginary river and screaming out -- "I'm soaked, I'm soaked!" Beloved God has given us His Word so we would not have to rely upon our deceitful hearts and He would never give someone a word that is contrary to His written Word.
"I actually feel like this is more than a teaching today--it's a prophetic declaration. We're in the 500th year of the reformation when the protestant movement was birthed. I felt like God said that we are entering Reformation 2.0 and that He's going to do some crazy things in this season. So, all that to say, get your hopes up!" -- Kris Vallotton