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Kris Vallotton -- Knowing Who You Are in the False God You Create

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. -- 1Peter 2: 9-12 (ESV)

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Beloved, the Bible warns us very explicitly that we can believe in a false gospel and follow a false christ. It says we can believe in vain, which if we think about that, has two meanings. First we can believe for no real reason -- in vain. I am reminded of the people in Matthew 7 who will stand before the Lord thinking they were serving Him and casting demons out in His name only to discover He never knew them. The word vain is also where we get the word vanity however. When people create these false gods in their wickedly deceitful hearts it is because they want to worship themselves. It is always about vanity on some level. We see that play out in the false theology which usually ends up being about me instead of God. The Bible is not a book about us beloved but about Him. You are not David with the smooth stone in your hand. You are not marching around the walls of Jericho or having your Ziklag moment. When we make this to be about us we miss the point and what God is actually trying to say to us.

One such wickedly false teacher is Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church. He has created his own god who he markets aggressively to anyone willing to listen to him. He operates a false school where he pretends he can teach the actual gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is a notorious prosperity pimp where he turns his god into a personal ATM blessing machine. He has his own website where he sells his wares and writes a blog that gives us valuable insight into the devious workings of the mind set against God. The link above is to a recent post where he delves into the importance of knowing who you are in Christ but what he cannot see is this topic is only worthwhile if you are actually following the real Christ. Keep that in mind beloved as we reason together and examine who it is that Kris Vallotton actually worships.

"I'm sure you've heard that you're a child of God, but do you truly believe that in your very core? Most of the obstacles that Christians face can be traced to forgetting their identity in God. For example, a poverty mindset is rooted in a lack of belief in the resources we have access to as God's children. Another symptom of an unawareness of identity is living as a victim to the schemes of the devil. The truth is sons and daughters of the living God ought to be crushing the devil under their feet! Knowing your identity may be the one of the most important truths to grasp. Without it, your life with be plagued by lack, fear, insecurity and powerlessness." -- Kris Vallotton

I want us to start with what should be obvious. Most of the problems Christians face can be traced back to forgetting their identity in Christ? No Kris, most problems for Christians can be traced back to sin. The problem is that Kris believes in a theology where sin is minimized if ever seriously addressed. Because sin doesn't sell. You can't market sin. Not like money! The very first example he gives is one of his favorite creations -- the poverty mindset. There of course is no such thing but Kris teaches that God wants all of His kids rich! He never seems to mention Christians in poor and indigent countries. I guess they have a national poverty mindset and have just forgotten who they are in Christ. The poor and starving kids in third world countries have just forgot all of the resources they have access to as children of God. Not only that but they have a victim mindset! Yes, when they are scrounging around in landfills to find any scrap of food for the day they cannot see that they are living as victims to the schemes of the devil. Why doesn't that weak unbelieving underground church in China start crushing the devil under their feet! Wait a minute preacher that line about crushing the devil under your feet sounds awful biblical! Yes, yes it is:

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. -- Romans 16:20 (ESV)

Remember that the god Kris Vallotton worships is himself. So he routinely usurps what belongs to God. It is God that will soon crush Satan under your feet. The Bible tells us to resist the devil because he will tempt us. He will tempt us with wild theologies about how we should be dancing on his head and that lack, powerlessness, and insecurity are all signs of somehow not knowing who God is. You must understand this distinction beloved. The people in the underground church in China only lack according to the carnal measurements of materialism in this life. They have more faith than Kris Vallotton can ever have because their faith is actually in God. The Iraqi Christian father facing beheading for not denouncing Christ is not powerless unless measured temporally. Eternally he is more powerful than Kris Vallotton could ever imagine. When you truly know who you are in the real Christ than what the Kris Vallotton's of this world see as insecurities are rubbish compared to the eternal joy of being truly found in Him.

"Kids inherit family traits. The truth is, as a child of God, you're supposed to look and act like your Daddy! You are created in His image--a beautiful heir to His kingdom. You have access to everything your Dad has access to, and you're glorious just as He is!" -- Kris Vallotton

Since Kris insists on taking this so literally he forgets that our sonship is through adoption. Our creation in His image is not meant as a physical representation. God is Spirit. What we lost in the fall we start to gain back when saved but it is all through Christ. In trying to be more Christlike in holiness and obedience, two concepts Kris never speaks about, we then can begin to see our image as getting close to His image. It is something to aspire to and work towards every day as we work out our salvation in a fallen world. It is not something to be bragged about like a spoiled heir to a tycoon's fortune. Once again though, we see the narcissistic and vain god of self that Kris worships. It is the same sin that Lucifer was cast out of heaven for. I am a beautiful heir to His kingdom! I am just as glorious as God Himself! I will ascend to the throne of the Most High! Vallotton routinely sounds like the old Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. Because I am good enough, smart enough and doggone it, people like me!

'Romans 8:14-21 says, "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God."' -- Kris Vallotton

As usual, Kris knows just enough Scripture to be dangerous because he does not understand. The glory is TO BE revealed in us. Future tense. We are to partake in the very sufferings Vallotton seemed to be dismissing earlier. The sufferings are of this present time and cannot be compared to the glory of being with Jesus forever. Do you notice the palpable difference? What I am saying is all about Jesus. He is the star. The story is about him. I get to share in what belongs to Him. I am not as glorious as God himself. I get to share in His glory in eternity where Kris believes he is His glorious equal right here and now. Vast difference.

"The devil, God and creation all know who you are" it's only you who doesn't know who the heck you are! When Adam and Eve sinned, it wasn't just humans that were cursed, it was creation too! That's why Jesus said to preach the gospel to all of creation. What is creation groaning for? For the sons and daughters to be revealed so that it can be released from the curse of slavery and back into its purpose of giving glory to God. As soon as you figure out who you are, creation gets released!" -- Kris Vallotton

Wow. Stunningly oblivious exegesis. Oblivious and again, narcissistic. So according to Kris Vallotton all of creation is waiting for you! God's very creation is bound up until you get it straight how special you are. BZZT. Thanks for playing Kris. The truth is that God originally created everything perfect. Creation was paradise. When man fell he indeed brought sin and the curse into the world but it is only through Christ that it is returned to any former state. Beloved, creation is not waiting for you to figure out who you are. It is waiting as we are -- for the return of the King.

"The reason why you can heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons is because of who you are in Christ. He didn't say "pray for healing," He said "heal the sick." You don't walk in miracles because of anything you did for yourself, rather you're just receiving what your Daddy did for you! (John 10:37-38)If you teach people to heal the sick and cast out demons without teaching them identity, then they have a performance-based identity. But if you teach them to do that and teach them who they are, then they'll understand they're supposed to walk in power because of who their Daddy is." -- Kris Vallotton

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