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November 6, 2019
Kris Vallotton -- Part Two - An Exercise in Getting Nearly Everything Wrong
By Anthony Wade
Review of chapter six of Vallotton's new book defending Christo-feminism.
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. -- 1Timothy 2:12-14 (ESV)
Kris Vallotton is the number two pastor in charge at the largest cesspool of false teaching on the planet -- Bethel Church. Vallotton and Bethel teach and agree with nearly all false doctrines being foisted upon the body of Christ today. He is a huge prosperity heretic who reinforces the NAR dominionist agenda as well as the experiential church replacing the verity of scripture. The bible is not something he strives to understand as much as he wants to leverage it for his own warped teachings. It is not hyperbole to say that he and Bill Johnson are two of the most dangerous teachers in Christianity today. Honestly, I do not understand why people find Vallotton so hard to discern. He rarely ever uses the bible correctly and is always proof texting conclusions he has already reached. Now, he fancies himself an expert on the Christo-feminism wars and has written a new book advocating for women to be disobedient to the word of God and serve in authority with teaching and preaching over men within the Christ's church. He recently did an article which we thoroughly debunked and within it, he gave away two chapters of his new book for free. Last week we reviewed Chapter Five, where he claimed Jesus founded the Women's Liberation movement. Today we will look at Chapter Six, where he sharpens his butcher knives upon the Apostle Paul. We showed last time the gross deception he traffics in to make his points so this time, we will try to focus even more on how wildly unbiblical Vallotton is. Buckle up beloved, it gets wildly heretical from here on (all quotes are from Vallotton).
"For years I have read Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians that "women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak . . . for it is improper for a woman to speak in church" (1 Corinthians 1 4:34--35) and have wondered how I could weasel my way out of these verses. My desire was to be relevant to the twenty-first century and still say that I honestly believe the Bible is the inherent Word of God. Most of the time I just ignored the verses, rationalizing that men who knew the Bible better than I did were allowing women to speak; therefore they must have some biblical reason why it is okay."
It amazes me that he would be this honest but Vallotton openly admits that his goal is to weasel out of what the word of God says! Yes! That is entirely the point! His desire is not to please God or even hear from Him but rather to be relevant and still say with a straight face that he believes scripture is inherent [sic]. He further openly admits that he just ignored the verses because others were working in contradiction to them so they must somehow be right! Wow, what an insight into the depraved mind and how it rationalizes. Note that he also is setting up the easier argument in his mind, which is to attack the Corinthian verses instead of dealing with the key verses found in Timothy. Without rehashing the entire debate here, the Timothy verses are clear and directive. There is no ambiguity and no contrary scripture. So what Christo-feminists do it they scour the bible to find other verses or narratives they can read into and place their beliefs upon in order to dismiss what is clear and directive. That is the opposite of sound hermeneutics.
"The Bible is broken up into two sections, one entitled the Old Testament and the other called the New Testament. There are 252 commands and laws in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament even the Ten Commandments are reduced to two: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself (see Luke 10:27). Remember in the last chapter, I told you that first century Judaism was much more restrictive than the Old Testament Law? Here is a great example: Judaism had 613 commandments and laws!"
I included this to again highlight the duplicity of Vallotton and how horrible he is at handling the word of God. the bottom line is the Ten Commandments were not "reduced" to anything. This is the sloppy agape teachings of Bethel. Now, Vallotton chose the Luke version of this exchange because the Matthew context blows away his silly argument:
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." -- Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)
On these two commandments, hang all of the prophets and Law. What does that mean preacher? It means if you love God you would not have any idols. If you love your neighbor, you would not covet his wife. Jesus did not come to erase any of the moral law of God. None of it. He fulfilled it. Everything written in the Law and by the prophets are fully supported by these two commandments, not that they are replaced by them.
"You will shortly see what this has to do with empowering women. Consider that with 40 authors writing the Bible over a period of 1,450 years in several countries and multiple cultures, in various situations and in the Old and New Covenant, only one man seems to restrict women from leadership and teaching--the great apostle Paul. If God wanted to restrict half the population from leading or teaching men (kind of a big deal, I think), then why are 39 authors virtually silent on the issue, while Paul seems specifically to restrict women? And once more, why does Paul write to nine different churches or church leaders, but only restrict women in three locations? Why does Paul empower women in some places and limit them in others?"
Wow. Let us start with the obvious. God wrote the bible. All of it. He used Paul to write over 60% of the New Testament. The overall stupidity of this argument is that he is essentially asking why didn't every writer write about everything? Because they did not have to! They wrote within the context of their writing and God made sure the entire canon addressed all matters. This is like How to Study the Bible 101. Paul is entirely consistent in that women served in great positions during his lifetime but NEVER in leadership over men with teaching and preaching. If he were truly interested in empowering women, he would stop convincing them to be disobedient to the word of God.
"Here is another example of Paul's diverse instructions. Why does Paul tell the Corinthians that a woman is not allowed to speak in church, yet in his letter to the Galatians, he requires no restriction at all on women? As a matter of fact, he writes, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26--28, emphasis added Did you notice that he calls both men and women "sons" and then says there is no gender distinction in Christ?"
Because different congregations faced different issues. The Galatians were being led astray by the Judaizers but the Corinthians were not. Now Vallotton gets into one of the most confused verses regarding this topic
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. -- Galatians 3:23-29 (ESV)
Christo-feminists love to point to a few of these verses and declare that all genders are equal for everything. Not so fast. We can see clearly from the context that Jesus is speaking about the difference between being saved by faith and being under the Law. He is speaking about our inheritance as heirs of the promise. So in so far as salvation is concerned there are no distinctions in Christ. The ground is level at the foot of the cross. The same faith is required. This does not in any way invalidate the key scriptures for today.
"Of course, both portions of Scripture should be revered as the inerrant Word of God. The Pentateuch was written to be a template for life, however, while the epistles are God's specific instruction to a particular person or church."
No, no, a thousand times no. Is Vallotton's argument that the New Testament is not a template for life? Seriously? This is the poor teaching that reduces everything down to cultural arguments. Well, because women were thought of so poorly when this was written, we should update what God was saying to match how they are viewed today. No, we should not. God's word transcends all culture. The bible is to be taken as a whole, not chopped up into each individual setting. God orchestrated what books would be included in the canon. So while Paul was writing to the Church at Galatia, God was writing to the entire church about the issues affecting the Galatians. While Paul was writing to the Corinthians about their issues, God was writing to the entire church.
"Now that we have a little insight into the commonalities of the three cities where Paul seemingly restricts women, let's journey back to Corinth and see if we can unravel God's heart for women in ministry and leadership."
This encapsulates the unfairness in which Christo-feminists approach this subject. We have clear and directive scriptures such as the key verses, which are supported by verses in other books written to two other congregations, yet they insist they must be wrong. Kris admitted at the beginning of this chapter that he always had issue with these scriptures and wanted to find a way around them. So instead of obeying, the Christo-feminist scours the bible for historical narratives they can twist. They "journey back in time" as if that is sound hermeneutics. It is not. While they are busy unraveling God's alleged heart they are ignoring what He has actually said about the matter! The arguments are capricious and often times just contrived. They pretend to know how the Apostle Paul was feeling, or how a particular congregation was behaving and apply that as the reason for why God wrote the key verses. The vast majority of women in leadership they exalt are taken from closing thanksgivings by Paul. So he is not writing prolifically about women in ministry. He is merely thanking those that helped him. Yet they will seize on something like the fact that four of the six times Paul mention the married couple Aquila and Priscilla, he mentions Priscilla first as proof that she was the lead. Please. Or when Paul thanks Phoebe as a servant, they pretend she was really a "deacon", even though the church would not use that word for another thousand years. Or when Junias was well known to the apostles, they turn him into a woman and pretend he was an apostle. All to avoid obedience to clear and directive scriptures. We do not need to travel back in time Kris. Heck, we do not even need to interpret the key scriptures. We just need to read them.
My question to people who believe men have authority over women is this: Are you using your authority to empower, promote and exalt the women around you, or are you using your authority to reduce, oppress and suppress women? Jesus made it clear that the greatest among us is to be the servant of all (see Luke 22:26). In my opinion, the argument over where authority originates is dwarfed in light of the responsibility, servanthood and humility that true authority requires.
As the final snippet I felt this summed up the unbiblical arrogance and false teaching of Kris Vallotton. God forbade one thing beloved. One thing. Women cannot teach or preach with authority over men within His church. He even told us why! Not good enough for Christo-feminists and Vallotton. To them, God prohibiting one thing is akin to reduction, suppression and oppression. Jesus did say the greatest among us should be a servant but being a servant starts with obedience to what He says! Jesus Himself lamented once, why bother calling me Lord if you refuse to do what I say? Kris, if you were responsible, you would not lead your sisters into disobedience in order to sell some books. If you truly taught servanthood you would start by doing what He has commanded. If you had an ounce of humility you would stop mangling the word of God for your own twisted carnal ends. Try empowering, promoting and exalting Jesus for once.
Kris Vallotton is a dangerous wolf beloved. He has previously been devouring the sheep through false prosperity and targeting youth with experiential Christianity and the cesspool that is Bethel Church. He has set his sights now upon women in body of Christ. Like Satan in the garden he woos you with "did God really say?" Let me assure you my beloved sisters. God really did say. Do not follow the hucksters and charlatans who tell you that God wants you to be disobedient to His own word. There are plenty of things for you to do in the kingdom but it starts by remembering it is all for His glory.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- November 6, 2019