14) Oversaw the fake restoration of Todd Bentley
And even though it is not often associated with Bethel, we can safely now add prosperity gospel heresy to the list. Because that is exactly what we see here from Kris Vallotton. There is not a resistance to prosperity within the body of Christ Kris. If anything it is over materialistically focused due to the leadership enforcing unbiblical tithing models and the Purpose Driven "bless me" theologies. Everything is couched in terms of what God wants to do for us if we would just comply with His grand plan. As opposed to everything He has already done for us on Calvary. But the Kris Vallotton's of the world do not care about Calvary because he can't sell it. What he can do however is wrest scriptures out of context and lie to you about what they mean. Take for example in this same post he cites the following verses as proof of "the evils of poverty"
"How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When
will you arise from your sleep? "A little sleep, a little slumber, A
little folding of the hands to rest"- Your poverty will come in like a
vagabond And your need like an armed man."
"In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." Proverbs 14:23
"Poverty and shame will come to him who
neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored."
"He who tills his land will have plenty of
food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty."
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either."2 Thessalonians 3:10
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." 1 Timothy 5:8
Yes all of these verses contain the word "poverty" but that does not mean they speak to the "evils" of poverty. This is what is known as "proof-texting." A false teacher gets a silly idea in their head like God considers poverty evil, and they scour the Bible to find verses that contain the magic word and then present them as "proof" of the point they had already pre-determined. This is not the correct way to handle Scripture beloved. Kris Vallotton was not trying to hear from God but rather to confirm the talking point he likes. Let us reason together and see what God is actually saying in these verses Vallotton has abused here:
Proverbs 6: 9-11 is not about poverty being evil. It is speaking to the evils of laziness. Hence the referent to sluggard and sleeping.
Proverbs 14: 23 is also about the evils of inaction. That mere talk does not profit one.
Proverbs 13: 18 is about neglecting discipline or rejecting reproof. An unteachable spirit is one that does not learn beloved. Once again, Vallotton appears happy that the word poverty appears without bothering to understand why.
Proverbs 28: 19 is about pursuing things that result in tangible results. Tilling the land guarantees one will eat, no? But if you are off chasing empty pursuits you limit your harvest. Either way, remember these are presented by Vallotton as proof that poverty is evil. No beloved. Poverty is a result of varying factors. These four excerpts from Proverbs -- a book by the way we should never make doctrine out of -- outline a few of the general principles of how one ends up in poverty. But does Kris Vallotton mean to teach that the Christian born into poverty in a third world country is somehow deficient? What does he do with the story of Lazarus and the rich man? Who ended up in heaven in that story? Who ended up in the torments of hell, so bad that he asked if Lazarus could just dip his finger in water for his burning tongue?
2Thessalonians 3: 10 is a favored verse of prosperity preachers and they often remove the qualifying context, as Vallotton did here:
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. -- 2Thessalonians 3: 11-12 (ESV)
Once again; is this addressing the evils of poverty? Of course not. Are we sensing a theme yet? The Bible is always consistent beloved. Poverty in and of itself is not evil but might be a result of lazy, sloppy, and undisciplined behaviors. In Thessalonica, Paul was addressing a problem of people becoming busybodies instead of focusing on their work.