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June 25, 2019

Kris Vallotton Usurping the Throne of God - Believes He Never Sins

By Anthony Wade

When your theology is so bankrupt of biblical truth to begin with is it any surprise you end up here...


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Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. -- Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

The bible says that if we say we have no sin that we lie, make God a liar, and the truth cannot be in us. The doctrine of sinless perfection is certainly not new. Many a false teacher has gone before Kris Vallotton espousing the same heretical nonsense. It is grounded in believing that you are more than you really are. It dates back as far as the fall of Lucifer who wanted to usurp the throne of God. There is only one that demonstrated sinless perfection and that is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To try and claim that mantle is to try and usurp His throne. I understand why someone as false as Kris Vallotton would fall for something so false. The bible says the truth is not in him, period, full stop. When you believe in gemstones, gold dust, glory clouds, angel feathers, schools of the supernatural, mandatory healing, poverty mindsets and a host of other heretical teachings what is a little sinless perfection? Let us reason together beloved through the above linked article from Bethel Church's number two heretic, Kris Vallotton.

"A large portion of the Church believes that even when you're saved, you're still a sinner who needs to constantly repent. If this fallacy is the foundation of your thinking, you can get caught up in a cycle of sin, shame and self-punishment. The truth and good news is that Jesus came to set us free from a lifestyle of proving our own innocence! At the cross, the work of the blood of Christ finished the story for us! It's non-negotiable--once you're saved, your new nature is that of a saint (who may have moments of sin, not a nature of sin)." -- Kris Vallotton

Sooo a saint has moments of sin but not a nature of sin? Is this from the second chapter of 1Prevarications? Let's destroy this heresy right off the bat. The key verses are from when the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. The Lord's Prayer includes "forgive us our debts (or sins)." That's odd -- why would Jesus teach us to pray daily for the forgiveness of our sins if we were expected to never sin after salvation? The answer is He wouldn't. Vallotton also misrepresents reality here. We do not try to prove our innocence. We admit our guilt. What Jesus came to set us free from is the condemnation that sin carries under the law. Well after the salvation of Peter and Paul, we find Paul having to rebuke Peter for the sin of hypocrisy with how he dealt with the Gentiles. That was not a "moment" of sin.

"So, you may be wondering where the desire to sin comes from after you're saved. The devil wants to convince us that sin, wickedness, addictions and every other form of bondage are rooted in our nature. That way, he can torment us and then blame it on our old man! But in the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said that "there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance" (Luke 15:7). Jesus said ninety-nine out of a hundred people in God need no repentance! The normal Christian life is not supposed to be an exhausting wrestling match with a dead man, but an abundant, joy-filled life with God, salted with an occasional season of strong resistance from our archenemy." -- Kris Vallotton

It is not the devil that wants to convince us of our sin nature -- the bible explains that in multiple places.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. -- Ecclesiastes 7:20 (ESV)

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, - Romans 8:3 (ESV)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. -- Isaiah 53:6 (ESV)

What Vallotton does to the parable of the lost sheep here is sinful. The point of the parable was the LOST sheep, not the 99. This is a parable about salvation, not sinless perfection. Nowhere does the text suggest that the 99 are sinless. The point is they are found (saved). So, the normal Christian life is not a struggle with the flesh? Paul seemed to feel differently:

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. -- Romans 7:21-25 (ESV)

The flesh serves the law of sin beloved. the spirit gives life but the flesh profits nothing. We must understand this false teaching within the construct of the belief system Vallotton operates under. In Bethel theology, we are little gods. We can speak things into existence and creation. We can teach the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe every evil thought that pops into our head is a word straight from God. We believe God wants us rich beyond measure. We believe we are royalty over this world. We believe we are supposed to rule this world as kings. Penitent sinners bowing humbly before God? That's for suckers. So sinless perfection is a given within such a corrupt paradigm. Vallotton continues:

"In summary: You can't sin by mistake. There's a difference between a mistake and a sin. The only way you can sin is to know that what you're doing is wrong and do it anyway. Sin is knowing something is wrong and doing it anyway. Sin is a heart issue, so a mistake and a sin aren't the same things. I can back my car up and run over somebody and kill them by accident. There would be extreme grief, painful consequences and a mess to clean up but I wouldn't have to answer to God on it. This example is different from a situation where I see someone I hate walking on the sidewalk and decide to run over them and break their foot. In that case, I would have to answer to God on my actions. The depth of the damage does not determine whether I sinned or not. My heart and intentions do. So can you go a whole day without sinning? Absolutely. It's likely you can't go a whole week without making a mistake, though, as they happen unintentionally. Both sins and mistakes leave a mess to clean up, but you only have to answer to God for the sin." -- Kris Vallotton

It seems Kris Vallotton is parsing words to the extreme to excuse sinful behavior. So, let us think this through rationally and biblically. If we commit a sin but are not aware of it, is it a sin? Are we liable for it? The answer is yes. The example he gives falls short because the taking of life innocently was not considered sin to begin with. Let's use a more coherent example. Everyone would agree that preaching or prophesying falsely is a sin. It is an egregious sin because you affect not only yourself but others who hear you. You misrepresent God. Now, not all false teachers or prophets know they are false. Many honestly believe in what they do, say and teach. Joel Osteen is a false as the day is long but most would have no issue in believing his intentions are not malicious. As opposed to someone like Kenneth Copeland, Mike Murdock or Benny Hinn, who we just know are charlatans; fully aware they are hucksters. So does Joel Osteen know he is sinning? In this example, he does not. That hardly means his false teaching is merely a mistake that he will not answer to God for. Look at the people who stand before Christ in judgment in Matthew 7. They are all apparently well churched. They seem surprised and aghast at discovering that their beliefs were in vain. In other words, they did not know that they were following a false gospel and believed in a false christ. Does Jesus laugh it off and say don't worry about it? No. He says away from me you who practice lawlessness. This parsing is commonplace in false teaching where sins are often passed off as mere mistakes to avoid having to deal with the stickier matters of repentance and judgment. The fact is that theology grounded in the truth of God's wrath does not sell a lot of books of sell out church events. Telling people to not worry about sin? Yeah, that will sell every time because it is just what people want to hear -- eternal life without temporal change or eternal consequence.

"Why does it matter? In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Paul says that we are a "new creation"--not just a new spirit, but an entirely new being. Our very nature has been completely transformed. We have been changed from those who were hostile toward God, into saints who love Jesus with their entire being--spirit, soul and body! In fact, God has done so much to set us up for a holy life that if (not when) we sin, we actually need an advocate to help plead our case. Thus, after we have confessed our sins, the second way we can deceive ourselves is by saying that we know God while continuing to practice sin. And one of the best ways to do this is to embrace the belief that we are still sinners by nature. If we believe we are sinners, we will continue to sin." -- Kris Vallotton

Sigh. If we tell ourselves we are not sinners, we lie to ourselves and call God a liar! Vallotton's point here is simply ridiculous. That sin is a result of believing in a sin nature. How do we know it is a ridiculous point? Because Kris Vallotton is an egregious false teacher and thus an egregious sinner, yet he believes he is not. This is someone who teaches that if you are poor you just suffer from a poverty mindset. His usage of 2Corinthians is also askew. This entire section of scripture is dealing with the notion that we are now ambassadors for Christ imploring people to believe in the Good News. As such, we are new creations in that we were once in rebellion to God. The new creation is reconciled to God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Our flesh however remains our flesh.

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. -- Galatians 5:24-26 (ESV)

And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. -- Luke 9:23 (ESV)

If the scripture says do not become conceited, provoking one another and envious then it must mean it is wholly possible to do these things -- which are sinful. In the Luke verse we see Jesus say that the picking up of our cross and denying our selves (which means our sinful nature) must be a daily occurrence. Now, Kris is right that living a lifestyle of sin is not congruent with someone who is saved but that speaks to their eternal state in salvation. Someone who is living an adulterous lifestyle without repentance is either not saved or strayed so far from Christ that the conviction of the Holy Spirit no longer is felt. Either way, they stand a real good chance of standing before Christ and saying Lord Lord.

"Let me be clear that I am not saying we will never choose to sin or never need to repent once we are born again. All it takes to sin is a free will and the capacity to believe the lies of the enemy, and believers possess both. We may indeed choose to sin, and consequently, need to repent. What I am saying is that we don't naturally sin because we no longer have a sin nature that is married to the Law. Our old nature has been crucified with Christ, we are new creations married to Christ in the New Covenant. Those of us who know God are not in a war with our flesh, however, we do have a devious, evil enemy who is a sinner. He is endlessly accusing the Body of having his own wicked nature. He is trying to get us to believe him, to forget who we really are and to disqualify ourselves from our divine destiny of putting him under our feet." -- Kris Vallotton

This is breathtakingly bad theology. Our sin nature was never married to the law. The law reveals our sin and the Gospel sets us free from the eternal judgment of the law. It does not change our sin nature. Read Romans 3 if you want to see how God sees us without the blood of Christ. None follow after God! Vallotton as usual is talking out of both sides of his mouth. He just spent the first 80% of this article telling you that believers do not sin and now he is couching that with, well of course they CAN sin. No Kris, you do not get to have it both ways. We are also not married to Christ in the new covenant. The church collectively is the bride. Notice that it is always someone else that takes on our sinful nature. We are never to blame. Its that rascally ole devil that's the real sinner! Not us! This is merely the end result of poisoned theology beloved. This is what happens when your beliefs are that you are the beez-neez. When you have no humility, you start to think you are God, even if its just a little god. Mercifully, Vallotton concludes.

'Embrace your true identity. So today I want to encourage you to embrace your identity as a saint, repent from any partnership you've made with the lie that you're a sinner, and begin walking in the freedom that Jesus purchased for you! If this is a new revelation for you, I encourage you to declare this over yourself today: "I am a saint. I am a new creation. My natural tendency is to please God. I am free from the life of sin and shame! I bless my soul to be led by my spirit and Holy Spirit into all righteousness!"' -- Kris Vallotton

If you discern beloved you must realize this is the voice of Satan speaking to you. Don't believe you are a sinner! Just look at this declaration from one of the most sinful false teachers alive today. Is Kris Vallotton's natural tendency to please God? If it were he would stop lying about Him! Is he free from a life of sin and shame? No! His entire ministry is sinful and shameful. How much blood does he have on his hands for those he has led astray from Christ? He thinks he has the power to bless his own soul and believes he is led by the Holy Spirit! He cannot and he is not. He is a sinful false teacher and that beloved, is no mistake.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- June 25, 2019

Authors Bio:
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.