But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live." -- Exodus 33:20 (ESV)
Kris Vallotton is the second in command at the biblical cesspool known as Bethel Church in Redding California. Under the leadership of mega-heretic Bill Johnson, Bethel traffics in nearly every possible false teaching today. Nothing is a heretical bridge too far for them. Grave sucking the anointing off of dead heretics? No problem! Dead raising team claiming 15 resurrections without a shred of proof? Bring it on! Remember this is the church that recently spent a week trying to resurrect a two-year old who had passed away only to finally give in and hold a memorial. Bethel believes in the false teachings of divine healing, prosperity gospel, false signs and lying wonders, and word faith. One of the more egregious teachings they are directly responsible for is the notion of experiential Christianity. This is the false belief system that places our personal experience on par if not higher than scripture. They falsely teach that everyone can be prophetic. Further, they teach people to "hear from God" by emptying their mind and through eastern mysticism techniques, listen for whatever pops into their head as being from God. Considering that the heart is the most wickedly deceitful thing ever made, this is a very dangerous teaching.
A perfect example comes from the head worship leader at Jesus Culture, which comes out of Bethel. Being taught this garbage has led Kim Walker-Smith to give a personal testimony of a waking visitation from Jesus who whisked her away to the throne room of God where she met the Father face to face. Father God then ripped out a piece of his own heart to mold a miniature version of Walker-Smith to dance and perform for Him, while He clapped maniacally. I kid you not. This is why God gave us His unchanging word. The key verse today assures us that either Kim Walker-Smith is a liar or so deranged spiritually she could not tell the difference between Jesus and a demonic servant of Satan. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume the latter since she has been taught so poorly at Bethel. I say this as the backdrop to the article linked above from Vallotton about eight ways he feels we can hear from God. Considering what he has been taught as well, this should be a disaster.
"God is always speaking! Did you know that Jesus died on the Cross not just to forgive your sins, but ultimately to bring you into a relationship with Himself? Communication is probably the single greatest vehicle of any relationship. Although some people have a problem believing that God wants to talk to everybody, most believers understand that true prayer is not just petitioning Heaven with a list of requests, but it is communicating with our Father in Heaven as a true friend. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice"" (John 10:27). Prophecy, in its simplest form, is merely hearing from the Holy Spirit and repeating what He said. Paul put it this way, "For you can all prophesy one by one"" (1 Corinthians 14:31). "-- Kris Vallotton
Vallotton starts with the traditional sloppy agape teaching of relationship over religion. The truth is that nowhere does the bible state that Jesus died so we can be in relationship with Him. Unless you count the Lord-servant relationship but of course that is not what Vallotton believes. He views Jesus as his wingman. The John verse is when Jesus answers the Pharisees about whether He is the Christ. It was a mockery of sorts, to say that His sheep know His voice because they clearly did not believe Jesus. They wanted to kill Him and in fact tried to stone Him for this comment! It has nothing to do with this relationship theology Kris propagates. When believers read the word they recognize the voice of their Savior, whereas unbelievers view it as foolishness. The more disturbing usage is his reference to 1Corinthians 14, which is dealing with orderly worship in church, not this wildly false theology that everyone can prophesy. Vallotton gets this false teaching directly from Bill Johnson and Bethel because it is one of their core beliefs. Remember we talked about emptying ones mind and assigning whatever pops into our heads as having been sent there from God? This is that teaching. Yet if Kris had bothered to simply look at some commentaries on this verse he would learn his entire premise is wrong as usual:
"For ye may all prophesy one by one,.... Not every member of the church, but everyone that had the gift of prophecy" -- Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible