Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -- Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV)
Kris Vallotton is the number two in charge over at the cesspool known as Bethel Church. Bethel is ground zero for the New Apostolic Reformation and has embraced nearly every false teaching out there today. They are chief proponent of the false signs and lying wonders heresies and operate a heretical school where they pretend to be able to teach you the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are one of the central locations for experiential Christianity that supplants the verity of scripture with whatever pops into our minds as having come from God. They openly preach healing on demand and word faith theology. They operate a "dead raising" team that claims 15 resurrections without one shred of proof. The controversial "grave sucking" also oozed out from the bowels of Bethel. Like any good apostate church they also teach the prosperity gospel and Vallotton is the primary teacher of this heresy at Bethel. He likes posing with his new cars and has written entire books on his false belief that God wants all Christians wealthy beyond their dreams of avarice. The above link is to a new article of an old subject for Kris -- a poverty versus an abundance mindset. Let us reason once more beloved and expose the lies of the enemy.
"The idea that all Believers should be wealthy seems offensive, arrogant and prideful at best, and ignorant, exaggerated and misleading at worst. Yet it is 100 percent true all the time. Think about it, if your Dad rules the world, then you are royalty on this earth and have access to everything the King has access to. Now, before you decide to jump off my ship and swim to the safety of what you may have been taught your whole life--that poverty and piety go hand-in-hand--let me be clear that not every believer should be rich, because riches and wealth are two completely different things." -- Kris Vallotton
An interesting tell right off the bat. Why is the word "believers" capitalized? As Christians we are taught to capitalize God in all of His forms but not us as followers of Christ. Kris however does not view himself as a follower of Christ but rather and equal. The notion that God wants all believers wealthy is all of the things Kris lists and more. It is also asinine and biblically illiterate. It is not even remotely true, let alone 100 percent true all of the time. How does Kris explain our poor brothers and sisters hiding underground in China or being beheaded in the Middle East? I guess they just must have a poverty mindset. That is so insulting to people who live and die for Christ every single day. Right away we see the usurpation that Bethel likes to traffic in. Nowhere in the bible does it even remotely suggest that we have access to everything God has access to. Our "royalty" is in heaven and the only thing that matters is the King. On this earth we are supposed to die to self and carry our cross daily. We see here that Kris is about to get into the big switch regarding riches and wealth.
"I am not saying that God wants everyone to revel in a ritzy lifestyle. The truth is that wealth is much bigger than simply having a lot of money. I'd like to propose that a wealth or abundance mindset is a Kingdom mindset -- it is the internal belief that you are a child of God who, regardless of your circumstances, season or situation, can be confident of His desire to provide for you and never forsake you. Wealth is a "can do" attitude, a "more than enough" mindset, and a "nothing is impossible" belief system. So how do you determine the mark of a wealthy mindset in your own life? It displays itself through radical generosity, extraordinary compassion, sacrificial giving, and profound humility. Wealth is always thankful, never jealous, doesn't brag, celebrates others and looks to the future with hope." -- Kris Vallotton
This is the shell game Kris likes to play. Everyone knows he is speaking about money. He realizes however that not everyone will be rich so he needs to extend the definition of wealth. Does any of this sound like Kris Vallotton operates with profound humility? Does one need wealth in order to be generous, compassionate, sacrificial and humble? Why does money mean so much to Vallotton? I have seen plenty of people in and out of church that are wealthy and yet are the opposite of thankful. Wealth begets more jealousy, not less. Wealth brags by nature, which Vallotton shows in this very article. Wealth routinely denigrates others. As Vallotton draws these distinctions he is saying that people without wealth are lesser in all of these areas. How is that celebrating others? Our future and hope is in Christ, not carnal greed Kris. It is easier in this materialistic society to have more of a 'can-do attitude" and a "more than enough mindset" but the true believer is content in all situations as our key verses explain. To be content in our riches or our poverty because while our circumstances may always change, God never does. We cannot do all things through Christ if the starting point must be wealth.
"So by now, you may be thinking, "How do I know if I'm living with a wealth/abundance mindset?" I have found that one of the easiest ways to explain an otherwise difficult subject is by contrasting two opposing ideas with one another. It is amazing how viewing things in contrasting descriptions can clarify and quantify truth. In fact, in the book of Proverbs the wisest king who ever lived often used contrasting truths held in tension to reveal his ageless wisdom. Here are a few examples from Solomon's writings: "Ill-gotten gains do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death." (Proverbs 10:2) Or, "He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in the harvest is a son who acts shamefully." (Proverbs 10:5) Now let me demonstrate the difference between people who engage in "wealth thinking" and people who focus on "poverty thinking" by contrasting these two perspectives with one another. It will be easy to grasp these rather complex concepts through these simple illustrations: Here are 8 differences between a poverty mindset and a wealth mindset:" -- Kris Vallotton