November 23, 2020
When False Prophets Teach About False Prophets - Kris Vallotton Edition
By Anthony Wade
The delicious irony when someone as false as Kris Vallotton wants to teach us what makes a prophet false...
When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, - Acts 21:27 (ESV)
Kris Vallotton is as false a false prophet as there is today. He is beyond a prosperity preacher who has literally written books about how rich you should be as a follower of Jesus Christ. He has been taught so poorly by his mentor Bill Johnson at Bethel Church. He is the lead administrator for the fake school of the supernatural where they pretend to be able to teach kids the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As someone who operates a discernment ministry and thus must be subjected to someone like Vallotton I do appreciate him because he is so bad at what he does. Someone like Joseph Prince is slippery and takes work to discern behind what truths he does bring forth to get to the leaven in his preaching that will send you straight to hell. Vallotton? No deep work is needed because he has simply never met a scripture he could not mangle beyond recognition.
Seems Kris got himself into a little trouble this month by "prophe-lying" that Donald Trump was going to win the election. Can't blame him really as a 50-50 shot is about the safest prophecy false prophets can dabble in and he certainly could not have said Biden was going to win. Not to mention the gaggle of false prophets who likewise have been proven false now because of this. Kris tried to get out in front and apologized for the false prophecy because in his warped mind prophets can be wrong as long as they were sincere. He has since reversed that apology and took down the video claiming he will wait to see about all of the wild-eyed conspiracy theories regarding voter fraud. As if God told him Trump would win but left out the part about Biden winning first and the fraud. Right. To provide more cover, he now has put out a blog linked above where he will try to teach the difference between false prophets and real ones. One can only assume this is because he sees the writing on the wall that there was no fraud and he wants to excuse himself beforehand. Let us reason once more through a truly depraved mind.
"Have you ever wondered what a false prophet is? There's a lot of interest and buzz around the world (and especially in the US) about prophets and prophecy, so I wanted to take a bit of time this week to discuss the facts and fallacies surrounding them. In a nutshell: There are many Christians who don't believe in the gifts of the Spirit or the 5-fold ministry for today. Therefore, they believe that when Jesus said, "In the last days false prophets would arise," they think all the prophets in the last days are false ones. But if there are false prophets, there must be real ones!" - Kris Vallotton
The buzz of course is the aforementioned litany of false prophets who wrongly called the 2020 election for Donald Trump and the correct discernment among believers that this inaccuracy has determined them all to be false prophets. Now it is true that there are people who believe in cessationism and thus dismiss anyone calling themselves a prophet out of hand. To pretend these are the only ones calling out false prophets is disingenuous at best. I am not a cessationist for example but can still discern using my bible what is true and what is false. As for the real prophets in accordance with scripture one must believe that they speak only out of the final word of prophecy given by God in the bible. What passes for prophecy today is nothing more than clairvoyance or parlor tricks.
"There's a difference between Old Testament prophets and New Testament prophets. In the Old Testament we judge prophets. In the New Testament we judge prophecy. Jesus came to fulfill the prophets. (Matthew 5:17)" - Kris Vallotton
Jesus coming to fulfill to prophets simply means that He is the embodiment of what the prophets were pointing to. He fulfills the prophets and the prophecies they uttered. The rest here is a not so clever wordsmithing by Vallotton. Is there a difference between a prophet and the prophecy he speaks? Of course not. What Kris is trying to do is move away from the Old Testament rules regarding how to evaluate prophets. While it is true that stoning to death a false prophet in the Old Testament was judging the prophet, you must realize that it specifically was about the prophecy they spoke. Kris is trying desperately to separate out what was spoken from the man who spoke it and he fails miserably. If you had a friend who always lied to you, would you only judge the lies? At some point wouldn't you judge the friend as at least being untrustworthy? Vallotton's opening gambit here is weak and transparent. The truth is there is no difference between prophets in the Old and New Testaments. Not one verse can be pointed to in order to prove anything has changed and why should it? If you presume to speak on behalf of the creator of the universe you better be right.
"The prophets were proclaimed until John...then the Kingdom was preached. (Luke 16:16). What happens when you move an Old Testament prophet to the New Testament? The result is the prophet moves from judging nations to reconciling families." - Kris Vallotton
Huh? This brief snippet is a common ploy by Vallotton. He starts with something that is correct, albeit completely irrelevant to the discussion at hand. The coming of Christ did move us from the law and prophets to the Gospel. That is the point of what is said in Luke. He uses the truism to reel you in and have you drop your guard before making a pious sound statement that has no foundation in scripture. The New Testament prophet moves from judging nations to reconciling families? Where on earth do you see that in the bible? Nowhere! Let me make it real simple beloved. A prophet says they have HEARD from God. This is true in the Old and New Testaments. The way we judge them is whether the word they have spoken is true, period. If it is not, we know God does not lie leaving the lying in the mouth of the false prophet. The bible says at that point we mark them as false and avoid them.
"Getting a word wrong does not make you a false prophet. Agabus prophesied that the Jews would bind Paul and hand him over to the Gentiles (Acts 21:10). But what actually happened was that Paul was bound by the Gentiles and handed over to the Jews." - Kris Vallotton
Poor Agabus. The bible clearly declares Agabus to be a prophet so there is no disagreement there. The problem is that all of the false prophets today desperately need Agabus to be found false for his prophecy in Acts 21 because that may imply a different standard for the New Testament prophet; that it is ok for them to be wrong. Let me explain why that is absurd:
1. The bible does not work that way. If God were making a major change in how we were to treat false prophecy He would not leave it for Kris Vallotton to piece together by examining the Agabus scriptures. Not alone anyway. There would be supporting, directive scriptures. God is not the author of confusion.
2. There is no indication from any of the particulars involved that they considered this to be a false prophecy from Agabus. Luke's writing seems clear that this was mentioned specifically because it did come true. Where you might ask?
3. Verse 27, the key verse for today. Only 17 verses after the prophecy do we see it come to fruition. The Jews stirred up the Gentiles but it was the Jews that laid hands on him first. Just because it later states that the Romans bound him in chains that does not mean that he could not have been bound earlier.
4. In Acts 28:16-17 we see Paul admit that he was delivered over to the Romans by the Jews. Moreover, the language Paul uses in 28 mirrors the language Agabus used in 21.
Sorry Kris, but the Agabus prophecy was true. Interestingly enough, it is only in modern times with the plethora of false prophets do we see anyone doubting poor Agabus.
"What makes a person a false prophet? A false prophet is not someone who gives a bad prophetic word, but instead is someone who has an evil heart." - Kris Vallotton
Uh, no. First of all, it is not a "bad" prophetic word, it is WRONG. Bad implies you left it out of the fridge to long. Wrong means you lied about what the creator of the universe had or had not said. Secondly and more important here, are you kidding me? The heart of man is inescapably evil Kris! It is the most wickedly deceitful thing ever made! You make a living by lying to people and misrepresenting God! How in the world is that not evil? Beloved, the bottom line here is Kris is actually making the argument that if your intentions are benign, then a false prophecy does not make you a false prophet. That is categorically absurd. A false prophet has lied about hearing from God. I could care less if he meant well.
"There are two types of false prophets: The first type is a person who has invited a spirit of divination into his or her life. (Acts 16:16) The second type of false prophet is a person who receives a call on his or her life to be a prophet from birth or sometime after they receive Christ, and then later falls away from God. Because the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable, that person is still able to operate in the gifts, even if they fall away from God." - Kris Vallotton
It is quite obvious that Kris Vallotton simply makes it up as he goes. In his world, someone can be a false prophet and still be operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. No Kris they cannot. The slave girl from Acts 16 was not a false prophet. She used the spirit of divination to make money, not misrepresent God. Now the gift of prophecy, as discussed, is the ability to HEAR from God. If someone had truly fallen away from God I think we can surmise they are no longer hearing Him or perhaps just ignoring Him. No Kris, I will give you the true two types of false prophets, understanding one can have characteristics of both. The first is what the bible calls a huckster. A peddler of God's word. They do it for the money. Jennifer LeClaire comes to mind. Cindy Jacobs. Ryan Lestrange. Practically anyone on Charisma News. This includes many of the itinerant "prophets" traveling through your city every week. I remember at my old AG church there was one on a Friday night prayer service who claimed God told him there would be 10 people there that night who would "sow" $300 into his ministry in exchange of some unforeseen windfall of blessing that would come to each giver over the next six months. It was obvious that he was lying through his teeth yet the altar was covered with money. Like PT Barnum is credited with saying, there's a sucker born every minute.
The second type of false prophet is just someone who was taught poorly. Someone who was saved in a Charismatic church, where they were wrongly taught about the gifts. Maybe they attended one of the bogus "supernatural" schools like Bethel where they were taught how to falsely prophesy. They simply do not know any better. I can believe someone like Kris began as deceived before coming a deceiver. Once you start writing books about wealth on behalf of God, you must know what you are doing,
"The characteristics of a false prophet according to Matthew 7: They appear to be good. False prophets have their belief system founded on a few pet scriptures (sand), and not the whole counsel of God (the rock). False prophets have power." - Kris Vallotton
And the bible mangling continues. These verses from Matthew 7 of course have nothing to do with the characteristics of a false prophet. Once again Kris tries to get you lost in the weeds. If someone truly had their belief system founded on the entire counsel of God then they would know what they were doing was not supported by the bible.
"5 Tests of a True Prophet Versus a False Prophet: Does the prophet believe in the redemptive work of the Son of God? False prophets do not like to listen to anyone - God tells them everything. False prophets are not motivated by love, but are motivated by a need to be noticed.
False prophets commonly use fear to motivate people. False prophets are not in covenant relationship with the body of Christ." - Kris Vallotton
Let's deal with these one by one. Belief in the redemptive work of the Son of God is not measurable in any way. Sure the false prophets all say the right thing. All false teachers do. No one walks into your church with a "wolf" sign around their neck. They are always in sheep's clothing. Remember though that even the demons believe in there is but one God and tremble. I tend to agree with his second point in that often false prophets present themselves as super-spirituals. It is as if they have a bat-phone directly to the throne room. While we might agree on this one point I do not agree however that the opposite personality type must be a true prophet. I see plenty of false prophets who play it cooler, such as Vallotton. Once again, we judge based on whether the prophecy comes true. The same concept goes for his third point. The super-spirituals love to be seen but if someone prefers a more low-key approach, say like Bill Johnson, that does not make them any less false. You can be motivated by love all day long and twice on Sunday. If your word is false then you are false. No do-overs or backsies.
Vallotton's fourth point is clever. Kris really does not like people who prophesy "doom and gloom." You know like John the Baptist and Jesus routinely did. The truth is you get bigger offerings if the prophet is all about cuddly teddy bears and love. So for Kris, if you run around prophesying repentance then you must just be false because you are using fear to motivate people. Whatever. Kris saves the best for last though as he attests that true prophets are in covenant relationship with the church and thus the false prophet is not. Since this entire piece was so wrong on every level it is only appropriate that we end on this note as well. There is no indication in the bible that prophets are in a covenant relationship with the church. What they need however, is a covenant relationship with the truth. If you claim to hear from the Almighty, you better be right. Kris Vallotton was false long before he falsely predicted the winner of this election like it was a sporting event. His withdrawn apology aside, this entire article is just about covering his tracks so that when President Trump does leave, Kris will just say that gosh darn-it he believes in the redemptive work of the cross and is only motivated by love so please look past this until the next stupid prophecy he gets wrong. Beloved, there is good news today. You do not need Kris Vallotton. You do not need carnal minded hucksters using psychic parlor tricks to read your future. God has given you His final revealed will. He did not forget something that He now needs Kris Vallotton to tell you. Mark Mr. Vallotton as the false prophet he is and avoid him as God says to do.
Reverend Anthony Wade - November 23, 2020
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.