All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. -- 1Corinthians 12:11 (ESV)
We have written about Bethel Church many, many times. About how large a cesspool it is for false teaching. How it operates a school for teaching the gifts of the holy spirit. How its students practice grave sucking and operate a dead raising team. How they openly embrace word faith, prosperity gospels, false signs and lying wonders, healing on demand, gold dust, gem stones, angel feathers and glory clouds. They are ground zero for experiential Christianity which seeks to supplant scripture with our own personal experiences. It is a highly dangerous place for Christendom because it attracts so many youth. It has three primary leaders. Bill Johnson is the senior pastor. Shawn Bolz is the resident prophet who does cold readings through his smart phone. Lastly, but not least, is Kris Vallotton, executive pastor and false teacher extraordinaire. Above is a link to his latest heretical rantings about how the church should be cultural leaders in society. Within this article is a serious glimpse into the inner workings of the depraved mind. Buckle yourself in because it gets real bumpy from here.
"It troubles me that many people who claim to be Christians live with limited, powerless, finite thinking. How is this even possible? I mean, how do people who claim to have the Creator of the Universe living inside of them, the mind of Christ thinking through them, and the Spirit of God influencing the world around them even have the nerve to think small? I'd propose that we believers don't have permission to live with limited mindsets as that would be a waste of our heavenly inheritance!" -- Kris Vallotton
This is the troubling mindset from Bethel Church that is taught to so many youth today. Bethel actually targets youth, which should make adult believers cringe. Bethel encourages a brand of Christianity that exalts man. Sure it is done with some clever double speak about how great God is but you can see just from this intro that Kris Vallotton is exalting YOU, not God. what is really at stake here is how we view what God wants us to do. To pick up our cross daily. To deny ourselves for Christ. To represent Jesus in the way we live our lives. These are not "small things" as Vallotton alludes to here. These are THE things we are to do yet so many from Bethel chase these dreams of grandiose importance while not caring one bit about the fundamentals. It is beyond insulting to infer that leading a life worthy of Jesus by obeying what he has commanded is somehow living "limited." In fact the opposite is true. God needs people to start living with a more limited mindset. Limit yourselves to His teaching. Limit yourselves to His word. Then if God gives you more you run to embrace it but Kris would have you seeking exaltation before basic obedience.
"We have a mandate to make earth like heaven and to disciple nations, so it's time we begin to bring heaven to earth! We're called to transform the world in such a way that when they see our good works they will glorify our Father in heaven. NEW GENERATION OF CULTURE SHAPERS IS RISING. I'm baffled by the fact that some of the greatest thinkers in the world are often godless, humanist, self-centered, self-absorbed atheists! This is an open indictment against the Body of Christ. The world today is facing some of its biggest challenges yet -- the cultural side effects of a fatherless generation run rampant -- and the global Church has an opportunity to stand up and be the light to even the darkest situations. I believe the Lord is raising up strategic Kingdom leaders who can think like heaven to bring solutions to humanity's greatest problems. I see a company of light-thinkers coming to the forefront of the world's stage to shape culture"" -- Kris Vallotton
While this sounds all serious and pious it is not even remotely biblical. The core of the Bethel cry is this ridiculous bring heaven to earth mantra. Read your bible! Nowhere does it suggest we are to strive for this. There will be a new earth! The fact is that Kris and his ilk love this world because of the sin and excess. Like the Pharisees before them, they hold enormous power and wealth from the world and have no intention of giving it away to some carpenter from Nazareth who claims His kingdom is not of this world! We are not supposed to embrace culture, define it, redefine it, shape it, or try to find relevance within it. We are in fact to not partake in it, separate ourselves from it, and provide the godly alternative to it for those who stumble in the darkness. Vallotton is baffled that some of the greatest carnal thinkers come from the carnal world and not from church? I know plenty of fantastic thinkers within the church who are able to discern, learn and teach from His word. I do not need to know the next great theory from the godless and the fact that Vallotton admires and chases it reveals that Bethel is nothing but pure carnality at heart. The way the church is a light in the darkness is not found in chasing the darkness but separating from it! Look, the world has plenty of problems and they all stem from sin. There is but one solution and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. There is one vehicle to impart this message with the supernatural availability of salvation and that is the Gospel. Kris is not the least bit interested in solving the only problem we have been tasked in assisting with. Instead he sees the church becoming the savior of the world. One problem -- the world already has a savior.
"Futurists: Prophetic visionaries who with divine foresight and inspired insights peer into the future as it was meant to be, to direct society towards their noble purpose and timeless promise.