Kris Vallotton thought he was being slick with his new article but he only reaffirmed how false he is...
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. -- 2Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)
The title of this article from Kris Vallotton was designed to grab our attention and stir controversy. Do Christians have spirit guides? Used in this general context the answer should scream -- no. Kris Vallotton however is playing a little game when he wrote this. Perhaps he thinks he is clever in doing so but all he really revealed is how duplicitous and false he really is. Vallotton is the number two in charge at the cesspool known as Bethel Church in Redding California, presided over by Bill Johnson. Vallotton is known for preaching an absurdly unbiblical prosperity heresy and of course the false signs and lying wonders that put Bethel on the map. I have reviewed many false teachers over the years and Kris Vallotton remains one of the most egregious bible twisters on the planet. While that makes it easy to debunk because he rarely cites a scripture correctly, it is very dangerous because so many follow him and fall for his utter nonsense. Let us reason once more together through the above linked article allegedly about spirit guides and see what game Vallotton is playing today.
"If the title of this blog ignited fear or anxiety in your heart, I'd like to propose that not all supernatural experiences or practices hail from the kingdom of darkness. In fact, the truth is that many spiritual encounters or expressions that are demonstrated in darkness are often a perversion of something created by God! I'm concerned that in an effort to not be deceived, some Christians take things that are spiritually powerful or supernatural and assign them to the New Age movement! Consequently, what's left is a passive, paralyzed and powerless church." -- Kris Vallotton
The title of this article did not ignite fear or anxiety Kris, just utter disdain. Disdain that someone who claims to speak for God could be so deceived. Disdain because people who do not know any better will follow your garbage right up until they day they hear that Jesus never knew them. So let me see if I have your premise correct. You make the delineation between supernatural experiences that hail directly from the kingdom of darkness with those that have been perverted by the kingdom of darkness? Who cares? They both now hail from the kingdom of darkness! The bible does not instruct us to hold to what was once good but only to what is good. The result is not a paralyzed, passive and powerless church but rather one that is biblically informed and thus correct in the sight of God and prepared for the schemes of the enemy.
"I've found that often believers pick and choose which bucket they delineate a spiritual experience to be in based on fear or misunderstanding of how Jesus wants us to operate in the gifts of His Spirit today. For example, when some people read the words of Jesus like these, "For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect" (Matt. 24:24), they are convinced that Jesus said, "In the last days all the prophets will be false." Most of the heresy hunters don't believe there are prophets in the last days, so they deem all signs and wonders as false! Of course, there are false prophets, false signs and wonders, demonic trances, demonic tongues and so on, but the devil most often counterfeits things that are valuable! Nobody ever counterfeited a penny or a dollar bill; it's just too much work for very little impact. I'd propose that the devil has a great strategy to disarm the church--that is to convince her that the weapons of warfare, the very tools she has been given to win the battle against evil, are from the prince of darkness himself." -- Kris Vallotton
No Kris. Because the bible says that there will be false prophets who will arise and deceive through the demonstration of great signs and wonders, we specifically watch for those manifestations and then compare their doctrine to that of the bible; as well as if the signs and wonders make any biblical sense. For example your boss, Bill Johnson, once claimed that angel feathers started falling all around him in a diner and he referred to this as "signs that make you wonder." The reality is that this is not a biblical sign at all so there is no wonder needed. Thus he is either lying or this experience was demonic. Same goes for when your church pretended that "glory clouds" were descending upon the people or that angels had for some unknown reason left gemstones behind. We do not need to wonder because the bible tells us these are false. As a proud heresy hunter, I do not doubt the existence of people who correctly move in the prophetic gift of the spirit. What I doubt is people who feel the need to tell me they are a prophet and point to their 65% accuracy record as some form of proof. What I doubt are people like your buddy Shawn Bolz who prophelies only through his smart phone. The true strategy of the devil, for whom you work, is to disarm the church of the only spiritual offensive weapon the bible lists -- the word of God.
"Spiritual Experiences Are Biblical. Let's take a look at some practical examples of supernatural experiences that have been labeled as New Age in much of today's culture. First up, are trances Christian or New Age? Well, the apostle Peter fell into a trance. Here is the reference: "I was in the city of Joppa praying. And in a trance I saw a vision: A vessel like a great sheet was descending, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came to me" (Acts 11:5). The apostle Paul also experienced a trance. Here is his reference: "When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance" (Acts 22:17). Are angel visitations "New Age" or Christian? Are you aware that angels are mentioned 185 times in the New Testament alone? There were at least 20 angelic visitations just in the book of Acts. In contrast, the Holy Spirit is mentioned 223 times in the New Testament." -- Kris Vallotton
What Vallotton is doing here is creating all or nothing theologies. His rational says that if there were instances of trances in the bible then all trances are "biblical." If there are 185 references to angels in the bible, then all angelic visitations today must be biblical. Those are such poor hermeneutics it should be criminal. The Greek word here for trance is what we know as ecstasy. Peter actually has no idea what the message in the trance was supposed to mean. Go back to Chapter Ten, where the trance actually occurred and we find in verse 19 that the Holy Spirit had to speak to him directly so he could understand what God was saying. The larger point here is that Kris seizes upon two references to the word trance in 6000 years of recorded history and concludes that all trances today therefore must be considered biblical. Yet if one watches the trances that occurred at the Toronto or Pensacola demonic outpourings we would not dare conclude that these were from God. No one serious argues against the existence of angels. It is when you claim their feathers fall off around you at a public diner with no witnesses that we start to wonder. Or when you claim to be able to release the "angels of abundant harvest"; like Jennifer LeClaire once did that we stop and claim heresy.
"The Gospel Is Powerful. What I'm getting at is that you can't separate the gospel from the power of God! Paul put it like this: " ... by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ" (Rom. 15:19). He brings this point home in 1 Corinthians 4:20: "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." If we teach that there are no longer gifts of the Spirit--that prophecy, healing and deliverance are not for today and that all spiritual experiences and/or supernatural encounters have passed--is this not reducing the gospel? Isn't it just as dangerous to remove the power of God from the people of God as it is to be deceived? In fact, isn't this, in itself, partnering with deception? It's imperative that we heed Paul's warning to Timothy and not become preachers with no power. Paul said, "Know this: In the last days perilous times will come. Men will be ... having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Turn away from such people" (2 Tim. 3:1, 5)." -- Kris Vallotton
Only someone as deceived as Kris Vallotton can read the scripture section he cites from Romans 15 and come out focused on the one referent to signs and wonders. This section is entirely about the power of the Gospel! The proper preaching of the Gospel is accompanied by signs and wonders, not the least of which is the transformation of the unregenerate heart into a saved creature for Christ. That is the point. The signs and the wonders attest to the Gospel; they do not distract from it. Once again, Vallotton offers a false choice. Either embrace everything he thinks is "power" or you are stripping the power out of the Gospel. The true partnering with deception is when we assume everything that appears as a sign, trance, visitation must be from God because the bible has X number of angel references and a handful of occurrences of the word trance. For example, Kim Walker-Smith is the lead worship leader for Jesus Culture, who have been taught by Johnson and Vallotton. Walker-Smith tells of this trance like waking visitation she received where Jesus acted like a shy boyfriend around her before whisking her away to the actual throne room of God where she met and spoke to the father face-face. When she asked "the father" what he was thinking when he made her, she claims God ripped out a piece of His heart and molded a miniature version of Walker-Smith to dance for him while he clapped maniacally. Now we KNOW from the bible this was a demonic visitation because scripture assures us she could not have met the father face-to-face without dying. How could someone deemed so "spiritual" be so deceived? Because she has been taught by Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson that our experiences outweigh scripture. She has been taught all sorts of nonsense about angels and trances. She has been taught to trust her own deceptive heart over the verity of the word. How ironic that Kris perfectly selected the verses that speak against him and this teaching, which I have made the key verses for this devotional but included all of them. These verses warn us about the last days and how people within the church will becomes lovers of self and money. Arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will want the appearance of Godliness but deny its power. That power is the Gospel because it alone has the power of God unto the salvation of man. Kris cobbles together verses one and five and omits verses 2-4, which provide the context. The power Paul speaks to, which we cannot deny and remain godly, is the Gospel. When false teachers like Vallotton want to speak about angels, trances and other forms of Eastern Mysticism, they are in fact distracting from the Gospel and preaching without the true power of God.
"My Spirit Guide. If you're a believer, you, like me, have a "Spirit Guide"--His name is Holy Spirit and He guides us into all truth! The Bible says, "But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). In fact, Holy Spirit gives us the power to do the work of the gospel. The very word "saved" in the Greek language is sozo, and it actually means "saved, healed and delivered." Therefore, we must, as Paul exhorted us, fully preach and demonstrate the gospel so that people who experience our ministry receive the full benefits of the blood of Jesus--sozo. Imagine the impact of an empowered church, taking up our call to minister in the power of God's kingdom, serving in even the darkest places on the planet, healing and redeeming the world back to God! How will you take up this call and invite Holy Spirit into your everyday life? Tell me about it in the comments below!" -- Kris Vallotton
So Kris reveals he has been playing a shell game all along. He purposefully entitles this article to draw hits and stir controversy and then reveals he is only speaking about the Holy Spirit as our guide, which no one would argue with. The problem is the entire article was premised on following extra-spiritual things such as trances and angels. This is what the devil loves doing. Mixing some level of truth with utter lies so the deception is easier. Remember the title of this article was, "Do Christians Have Spirit Guides." It was at best disingenuous and worst willfully deceptive. Then remember that his entire premise was that we should not discard spiritual manifestations that come from the kingdom of darkness if we think they once belonged to God. This article was as deceptive as Kris Vallotton is as a teacher. Do not focus on things that distract from the Gospel beloved. Yes angels are real but so are demons. Keep your eyes focused on Christ and His word or you may be deceived without realizing it, like Kim-Walker-Smith. Does the word trance appear in the bible? Yes but the Holy Spirit does not need to alter your consciousness to speak to you. The truth He leads us into is found in the word of God. It is never wrong and discerns for us what is good and we are to hold fast to. It also reveals that which is false, like Kris Vallotton, and how to mark and avoid such as if our very lives depended on it.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- November 29, 2019
Credentialed Minister of the Gospel for the Assemblies of God. Owner and founder of 828 ministries. Vice President for Goodwill Industries. Always remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.