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July 31, 2020
Debunking Kris Vallotton and Bethel's Prophetic Protocol Guidebook
By Anthony Wade
Vallotton has put out a guidebook for prophetic protocols...sigh
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. - 1Corinthians 12:7-11 (ESV)
One of the hallmarks of the NAR false signs and lying wonders heresies is the belief that the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be taught. Lets' clarify this right up front. The key verses today speak specifically about the gifts. The first thing we must notice is that not every person can even have every gift. For one gift is given one and then another gift to another person. More importantly we learn that the gifts are empowered by the spirit alone and He alone decides how, when and to whom they are bestowed. Individually as He wills. Nevertheless, the heretics roll on, establishing "supernatural" schools as outgrowths of their heretical churches. Not only to spread their heresy but to set up a lucrative cash cow operation, charging upwards of $5000 per year in tuition at their unaccredited institutions. One of the more popular such schools is located at Bethel Church in California, where Bill Johnson holds court. The number two person there is Kris Vallotton, who helped to establish their supernatural school. Within this paradigm, one of the gifts that receives the most abuse is the gift of prophecy. Bethel believes everyone can be prophetic. They have open mic nights that they pass off as prophecy or prayer meetings where random people take the microphone and "prophesy." I saw a Bethel training video for their worship leaders where they told them that they all were prophets merely because they chose to be a worship leader. They taught them to empty their mind during worship and "listen" for God. What this means is the first thing that pops into their wickedly deceitful hearts is assumed to have come from the Lord and then added as free praise during a given worship set. I saw this manifest once at an old church with an itinerant worship leader visiting. For fifteen straight minutes she just chanted "jump in the river if you want a hug from Jesus." I kid you not.
Prophecy does not work this way. Prophecy is claiming to have heard directly from God. The Old Testament guidelines do not change in the New Testament. If someone claims a prophecy that does not come true then they are branded a false prophet, period. Vallotton and the new breed of false prophets all claim that a 65% accuracy rate make a good prophet. What? So 35% of the time you misrepresent God and you think that is accurate? This isn't baseball and it isn't a joke. To be so presumptuous as to pretend to speak for the creator of the universe? Wow. Either way, I came across a resource Vallotton created entitled "Prophetic Protocol Guidebook - How to Properly Deliver the Right Prophetic Word in the Right Season." Gee, nothing can go wrong here, right? Let us reason again as I review this demonic guidebook.
In the introduction, Kris says his purpose here is to develop and facilitate healthy prophetic communities. Huh? What does that even mean? You know you are in trouble right away merely from the concept and title of the guidebook. So now prophecy has protocols beyond scripture? Let me summarize the "protocol" that God has outlined in His word. Repeat what God has said. The end. According to this title there must a proper way to deliver the prophecy, right and wrong prophetic words, as well as right and wrong "seasons." So apparently, Elijah must have had it wrong. Isaiah should have checked if it was spring or summer before delivering what God had told him. What absolute nonsense. Here is the opening section of the guidebook:
"King Saul disobeyed the Lord and the Spirit of God departed from his life (thank God we live in the New Testament where God never leaves or forsakes us). Saul was so desperate to hear from God that He asked the witch of Endor to conjure up the prophet Samuel from the dead. The practice of divination and necromancy is forbidden in the Scriptures (see Leviticus 19:31). The witch of Endor caused something to happen in the spirit realm that God did not will or decree. (See 1 Samuel 28:7-20) This story is a great example of a powerful truth: just because we can make something happen in the spirit world, it does not validate that God actually wants it to transpire. Once God gives us authority to operate in the spirit realm, it is possible for us to cause things to happen that God does not necessarily sanction." - Kris Vallotton
I have reviewed many of Vallotton's writings and what always amazes me is how poorly he handles scripture. Reviewing most heretics can be difficult if they grasp scripture because they have a desire to sound biblical. Vallotton appears to have no such qualms. He correctly states that God withdrew from King Saul for disobedience and then claims to thank God that we live under the New Testament where God never leaves us nor forsakes us. Really. Here is the New Testament referent for his claim
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
The problem for Kris is the writer of Hebrews is referencing an Old Testament verse! Deuteronomy 31:6 is where God actually made this glorious promise. Sad teaching to open up his "guidebook." The rest of this opening is downright ignorant and scary. Saul wanted to hear from the Lord because He had already left him and would not answer in him in great peril. Nonetheless, the notion Kris puts forth that God has given us "authority" to operate in the spirit realm but that is also not supported in scripture. The truth is there is a spirit realm and Kris has no authority to operate in it. Despite this he tries, much like the seven sons of Sceva and with similar results. Kris is surrounded by and submitted to demonic forces that permeate Bethel. Just the notion of this guidebook is straight up demonic. That we can teach people gifts that only God can distribute. Once again, wow.
"Some ask, "isn't God in control of everything?" He is in charge, but He is not in control. Think about it; if God was in absolute control of the planet, there would be no sin, no death, no sickness, no child abuse, no murder, no hatred, etc. God is in charge of everything, but He has left us in control. In Psalm 115:16, we read, "The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men." The earthly realm is under the dominion and control of humankind. Therefore we must operate responsibly in the supernatural realm and establish guidelines for the prophetic ministry." - Kris Vallotton
:::Banging my head on my desk::: - no Kris. How blasphemous to declare God is not in control of everything. He gets this teaching from Bill Johnson. What Kris doesn't understand, and not surprisingly, is the will of God. The fact that God allows within His permissive will death and sickness and crime does not mean He authored it. Sinful man authors it and God allows it. Psalm 115:16 speaks nothing about God ceding control. That is absurd blasphemy. It does reveal the true danger of the teachings of Bethel and the NAR because this is core to their beliefs. That they are god and as god, they decide the guidelines for prophetic ministry even though the real God already has. Disgusting. Next Kris gives two times you should not give a prophetic word:
"When we are angry or have strong, negative emotional feelings toward the person or people for whom we have a prophetic word.
When we use prophecy as a "platform" to validate our personal doctrines or belief system." - Kris Vallotton
Once again, when you are God it all revolves around you. So if you are validating your personal beliefs or you have strong negative feelings - don't prophesy!! What is missing from this equation is God of course. If you are truly hearing from God and He really chose you as the vehicle then what does it matter if you hate the recipient? Kris is acting like Jonah did initially. God told him to bring a word of repentance to the Ninevites and because he hated them so much he disobeyed and went the other way. As long as you are truly hearing from God what does it matter if you are using it for a platform. More to the point, why should we even believe any word you have is from God if you are only using it to validate yourself? Essentially, Kris is admitting here that the word he receives is not from God. We agree. Now Kris gives five recommendations for delivery of prophetic words:
"1. It is not necessary or recommended to use King James English when prophesying. King James English will not validate that what we are saying is from God. It simply means that we read the King James Version of the Bible. Incidentally, Jesus didn't speak King James English, nor did He sound like Shakespeare.
2. It is important that our demeanor matches that of the Holy Spirit's. In other words, it is just as important for us to correctly present the tone in which the Holy Spirit communicated the word to us as it is what He said. It is seldom necessary for us to yell--increasing the volume of our voice does not improve the prophecy. The tone of voice in which we say something to a person communicates just as much as the words themselves.
3. Love must be at the center of all we do in Christ. When we are ministering in the gifts of the Spirit, our motive must always be to bring out the best in people. "What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification." -1 Corinthians 14:26
4. In a church service, the appropriate way to deliver a prophetic word is to submit it to the person or persons in charge of the service. At our church, prophecies are submitted to "gatekeepers" who are aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing with worship and what direction the sermon will take. These people are able to determine if a prophetic word will be fitting for a particular service. Remember, the goal of all prophecy is to present an accurate word in the right circumstance.
5. Phrases such as, "I the Lord say to you tonight," or "Thus saith the Lord," are seldom necessary. What makes a prophetic word the voice of God? God is the one who initiated it--not a person. When the prophecy is judged, it will be evident whether it was the Lord speaking or not." - Kris Vallotton
Where do we begin? The first two clearly indicate that Kris realizes that this type of false prophecy lends itself to theatrics. While it is true that speaking old English or raising one's voice is simply an exercise on trying to sound more pious than you are we have all seen these play out in the prophetic words given at most Charismaniacal churches. The Lord says thou shall not look to the left or the right! Kris however confuses sugar coating a word with edification. Edification does not always denote a lovey-dovey delivery. Jesus' principle message was repent for the kingdom is at hand! Kris however was trained at Bethel which adores the sloppy agape teaching of love that places man's carnal definitions of love onto God. The fourth recommendation reveals that these words are not from God. Why do you need to clear a word from God with some human gatekeeper? Why does a direct word from the Lord have to fit with your plans for the church service? If the word truly is from God then it will be accurate and may not make everyone feel warm and cozy. What Kris reveals here is that all of those prophetic "ah-hah" moments where a word aligns with the theme of the service that night were completely choreographed because the gatekeeper knew where the service was heading and allowed the word. Pathetic.
"I want to give you an example of how NOT to give a prophetic word: many years ago when we first started attending a charismatic church, there was a woman who would abruptly stand up in the middle of the pastor's sermon. She would shake, tremble, and then scream out a message in tongues nearly every Sunday. This was followed by an interpretation of equal volume, spoken in dramatic King James English. Her response to any attempt to bring order to her message was met with "you are trying to quench the spirit." After many attempts to reason with her, she was finally ushered out of the church. She "shook off the dust from her feet" and never returned." - Kris Vallotton
That is hysterical. Kris cannot even see that this demonic woman's defense is the exact same thing he and his ilk use when someone tries to bring biblical order to their nonsense. The claim is that discernment is trying to quench the Holy Spirit. Or they say that we need a deeper revelation of the spirit. Now he is right that this woman was clearly out of order but that thing happens regularly in Charismaniacal churches and the fact that Kris cannot see his own hypocrisy here is staggering. Now he tries to teach on negative or judgment words. He literally claims that a good rule to follow is to avoid giving negative of judgmental prophetic words, seriously. Here is his rationale:
"The Bible is clear that life and death are in our words. When we give people negative words, we often release death over them. Our goal is to be a part of a ministry that releases life and calls out the best in people. Remember also that just because the word ends positively does not mean that it is an encouraging word. If you would not want to receive the word yourself, you should not give it to someone else." - Kris Vallotton
Wait a minute Kris. I thought the words came from God? You are not giving them negative words - God is, right? Do you think God is releasing death over them? What if He is? Do you know better now? Sometimes the object is not to call out the best in someone but to make them see their worst so they can repent. Are you honestly teaching here that if you do not like the word God has given you then you shouldn't obey Him and give it to the intended target? Does Jonah ring a bell? How about that story you quoted from King Saul? Openly teaching defiance of God. Yeah, that's prophetic.
"Ask yourself if negative words are common to you. If a high percentage of the prophetic revelation you receive is negative, you may be the problem. Occasionally the Lord will warn of upcoming dangerous or negative situations. He informs us so we might pray for our or someone else's safety. Pray until the burden lifts. Ask the Holy Spirit for a prophetic word that releases life into the situation. Remember, prophetic ministry releases grace for things to change. Prophesying the answer will uplift our spirits and come against the darkness that is threatening us. If the warning persists, we should submit the word to our leadership. Once it is given to them we must relinquish ownership of the prophetic word and let them be responsible to steward it. God will speak to them as we pray for Him to give them wisdom and guidance regarding the word." - Kris Vallotton
Yeah, no. What a frightening glimpse into the depraved mind of Kris Vallotton and the false prophets of the NAR. If you get a lot of negative or judgment words then YOU might be the problem because the false god Kris serves does not get angry. He is always love and rainbows and unicorns. Follow this logic though. God gives you a word but it is somehow deemed negative or judgmental. Kris teaches you to ignore that word and instead ask the Holy Spirit, who is God, for a different word that speaks life and isn't so mean. You cannot make this stuff up. Teaching you not only to disobey God but to then be petulant and demand a better word! It gets better though! If God insists, you know He can be a stubborn God like that, Kris says you still should not give the word but instead submit the word to church leadership, and transfer "ownership" of the word God gave you unto them. You have got to be kidding me.
Kris closes with some blather about prophesying over yourself, yet another unbiblical concept. I think we get the point though. This is some straight up nonsense beloved. Prophecy is a word from God and therefore should never be wrong. The bible says that he who is wrong has presumed to speak for God. That is not a condition I want to ever be found in. Kris Vallotton is deceived and a deceiver. He is a wolf of the highest order and needs to be marked and avoided. I will let Kris close out this devotional:
"The very nature of deception is that we do not know we are deceived! If we know we are deceived then it's not called deception, it's called stupidity!" - Kris Vallotton
Amen Kris, amen. When you figure out which one you are, please let us know.
Reverend Anthony Wade - July 31, 2020