A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. -- Proverbs 22: 1 (ESV)
The blog post article was emblazoned with a picture of a fist holding a roll of twenty dollar bills. The title of "Eight Signs of a Wealthy Mindset" was designed to grab your attention. Seemingly this could have been from Forbes or Business today but instead it was from the Senior Associate Pastor of the cesspool known as Bethel Church in Redding California. Kris Vallotton is at it again beloved. Poorly taught and led by mega-heretic Bill Johnson, Vallotton has plenty of profane beliefs to choose from when he takes pen to paper. Bethel is ground zero for the New Apostolic Reformation as well as the False Signs and Lying Wonders network of churches. Gem stones, gold dust, angel feathers and the original fake glory clouds are all claimed manifestations from Bethel's wickedly deceptive heart. Vallotton is the co-founder of a school for supernatural ministry, where they teach the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which of course is a biblical impossibility. Bethel is the home of a "dead raising team" that claims 15 resurrections without a shred of proof as well is the horrific "grave sucking" practice. Amidst these various affronts to God however is an underlying false prosperity gospel.
This blog post reaffirms that there is no low that Vallotton and Bethel will not stoop to in order to sell God out for their personal benefit. The picture above is Vallotton showing off his new sports car on Facebook. The man simply has no shame. Let us once again reason together as we walk through what Kris thinks are the eight differences between wealth and poverty thinking.
"Do you know that God wants you to be wealthy? It may be contrary to what we're usually taught in the church, but I believe that wealth is a sign of God's blessing in your life, and it's how we are made to live as children of the living King! Think about it, if your Dad rules the world, then you are royalty on this earth and have access to everything He has access to." -- Kris Vallotton
For years I have spoken against the prosperity gospel and early on when asked if that meant I believed God wanted us to be poor I would always couch my answer. "Well of course not" is usually how my tepid response would start. The more I read the Bible the more I realize that the answer beloved is yes. If the question that is burning in your heart is does God want me to be poor then the answer is a resounding yes. Why? Because that is where your heart is obviously. The problem with the rich young ruler was not that he was rich but that he valued money more than God.
Secondly here, God does not necessarily want you to be wealthy beloved. At least not materialistic and temporal wealth; you know, a fistful of twenties. How do we know this is true? I always say a sure fire way to test if a doctrine is false is to apply it to other countries and see if it still make sense. The Gospel is universal. Our faith is not different based upon culture. So when you see the Christians in Iraq getting beheaded for refusing to denounce Jesus Christ do you honestly think that God wants them to be wealthy? What about the underground church in China or the poverty filled churches of the third world? Yes we are children of the living King and we have an inheritance coming to us that is found eternally, not temporally. The temporal blessings are the fruits of the Spirit and the transcendent peace of Almighty God; not some trinkets and baubles that the devil shows us in this lifetime. Here is the thought that never crosses Kris Vallotton's mind -- wealth can also be a sign of God's judgment in your life. The rich fool built bigger barns but his life was required of him that night. The apostles all died penniless and martyred for the sake of the Gospel. Kenneth Copeland is worth over 600 million dollars but does not preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you honestly think that is a sign of God's blessing? This is one the inherent problems with chasing the purpose driven mega church mindset. Joel Osteen packs in 50,000 people per weekend not because he tells them what God wants them to hear but because he tells them what they want to hear! Vallotton continues:
"I want to make sure you're understanding that I'm not talking about being rich. Although fruit of a wealth mindset is living in abundance, wealth is much bigger than simply having a lot of money. Wealth is believing in the fullness of God's ability and desire to provide in your life. It's the means--resources, strength and wisdom--to create positive outcomes in the midst of lack. It is light in the darkness, healing in sickness, prosperity in poverty, wholeness in brokenness, favor in obscurity, love for the unlovely, beauty for ashes, and victory among victims. Wealth is a "can do" attitude, a "more than enough" mindset, and a "nothing is impossible" belief system. How do you know the mark of a wealth mindset? 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
Uh-huh. So you are not talking about money but you chose an image of a fistful of twenties? Make no mistake about it beloved. Kris Vallotton is talking about money. He may hide behind some niceties in this paragraph but anyone with an ounce of discernment knows exactly what he is selling. Let us go through this pious sounding laundry list of pseudo-spiritual nonsense he spews about wealth. It does not take wealth to believe in the fullness of God's ability and desire to provide for us. In fact, it is easy to feel that way when you are wealthy. Try it when the foreclosure note comes and they've repossessed your car. We do not need wealth or a wealth mindset to be light in the middle of darkness. We need the Gospel. Nor do we need wealth to bring healing to sickness -- again the Gospel. Prosperity in poverty? Wholeness in brokenness? Favor in obscurity? All of these things listed have absolutely nothing to do with wealth and everything to do with the Gospel. When you have traded the actual gospel in for this cheap knockoff however, this is what you are left with. Just a fistful of twenties and a blog post trying to explain them. The disconnect here is staggering. Beloved, whatever gives you a can do attitude, a more than enough mindset and a nothing is impossible belief system is your God. Who is more than enough? God is! Nothing is impossible with whom? God! Like the rich young ruler before him, Kris Vallotton's god is wealth. We are supposed to have radical generosity, extraordinary compassion, sacrificial giving and profound humility because of Calvary; not because of some silly "wealth mindset." He closes here with more absurdities. Wealth is always thankful? Never jealous? Not boastful? Celebrates others? What planet is Vallotton living on? Wealth produces the opposite in people but that is even beside the point by now. Kris Vallotton has made it abundantly clear that he does not worship God. If you still have any doubt, he now goes into the eight differences between wealth and poverty thinking:
1. Poverty lives for today, wealth leaves a legacy.