Kris Vallotton – For Thirty Pieces of Silver

By Rick Becker   22 February 2018

Judas betrayed Christ for a mere thirty pieces of silver.  Today many charlatans follow the path of Judas, betraying the Lord and the true gospel for money.  Kris Vallotton of Bethel church is one such charlatan.  Vallotton will be releasing his new book “Poverty, Riches and Wealth” in March this year.  In this post we review the first chapter sent out free to subscribers.  There are no surprises, although Vallotton boasts he can “go a week without sinning” he is a shameless prosperity teacher, twisting God’s word to come to his conclusions.  Vallotton loves to speak about himself, 75% of the first chapter is about him, a further 20% are his opinions, and bible verses that he has twisted out of context make up the remaining 5%.

The foreword is by Jentezen Franklin, a word of faith and prosperity heretic.  Right from the start, Franklin nails his colors to the mast with the following words: “Know this: God’s dream for you is so much bigger than yours. He promises prosperity and good success. Why is this important? Because it does matter to God. He can take you beyond anything you ever imagined, and He can take you places you have only dreamed about. I find most people are bound by a spirit of limitation.”
All of the disciples would disagree with Franklin, most of the early church would disagree with Franklin and most importantly scripture itself exposes Franklin as a liar.  Believers currently being held in custody and tortured for their faith would disagree with Franklin’s assertion that a “spirit of limitation” is what’s holding them back.

God promises us eternal life, not a comfortable life, but that message does not put dollars in the coffers these prosperous charlatans who cross the globe in their jets as they peddle their false doctrines. They teach as a means for gain, the apostle Paul on the other hand knew that nothing can compare to what we really gain as believers – Christ himself:  But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” Phlippians 3:7-10

Franklin: “The difference between living in prosperity and living in poverty is a choice. Choices have consequences. God told Israel that He set death and life, blessing and cursing, before them. They had to choose life or death (Deut. 30:19). It is not by chance that you are blessed; it is by choice.”
That’s it – a simple choice?  What went wrong with the apostle Paul?  At times he was hungry, naked, cold and homeless.  Millions are living in poverty, and many of them are true believers and like the beggar Lazarus may not experience financial relief in this world.  Why were God’s people who suffered tremendously and never tasted prosperity commended for their faith:Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated – of whom the world was not worthy – wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” Hebrews 11:35-38

Kris Valloton (KV) begins in his introduction by criticizing “God’s noble people” for “despising wealth” and creating “doctrines to enshrine poverty.”  There have always been extremes throughout church history.  It is true the some have unfortunately practiced asceticism or monasticism in order to attain a higher degree of spirituality or to “get closer to God.” This generation however is aptly described in 2 Timothy 3:1-4 :But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”

The first time he mentions scripture he does so in a mocking tone.
KV: “Paul’s exhortation to his beloved Timothy was inscribed in the halls of our conscience, like the thundering voice of God echoing from some holy mountain: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
Lets be clear – money is not evil, but the love of it is.  Vallotton has ignored the warning in verse 10, and it’s ironical that just a few verses earlier, Paul describes the likes of Vallotton:If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,  and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.”  1 Timothy 6:3-5

Vallotton laments the fact that he carried his “poverty prejudice with him” for many years, but then something happened a few months after he and his wife became pastors at Bethel church.
KV: “Then suddenly, it all happened—my poverty spirit crashed on the shores of adversity and my tiny boat of small thinking began to break apart, torn by wave after wave of revelation. The Scriptures that used to be my safety net were now ripping under the weight of exponential increase. I scurried around in a panic, trying desperately to mend my broken nets of poverty, but they simply could not carry the load of prosperity that was being charged to our account.”

And then another suddenly…

KV: “Then suddenly, thousands of dollars began pouring in from a number of different sources, from real estate deals to book sales, and from teaching materials to conference offerings. Thousands of dollars found their way into our bank accounts.
Soon we were giving away about half our profit, yet there was still enough left over to live in abundance. The whole thing came to a climax in May 2016, when a man I had never met before insisted on paying off our house, to the tune of $487,000!”
Any money that Vallotton makes from business deals is his business, but receiving money from teaching false doctrine that tickles ears is called “teaching for shameful gain.”  

KV: “The payoff of our house was the final straw for me. I saw it as a confirming sign from God, and I was compelled to tell the world what the Lord was revealing to us about wealth”
There is nothing new about wealth that God needs to reveal to the world.  The problem is that today’s new breed of celebrity teachers have to concoct new doctrines to stay relevant.  These teachers have replaced servanthood with self-aggrandizement.  If you think about, the church is merely capitalizing on the cravings of this world.  This is what sells in the world – you design the life you deserve, you can attract wealth, you can be successful at whatever you choose, you are awesome!  This is the same message Valloton & co preach, it sells because it’s what people want to hear.  Whenever there’s a new book release from any of these charlatans, there’s always the claim that God told them to write it, and that it will reveal new information that God has apparently withheld for 2000 years.

KV: “I knew I had to brave the criticism of those who would question my motives and/
or methods and write a book about true Kingdom wealth. I think this revelation is a catalyst to overthrowing the principality called Mammon and establishing a wealth mentality rooted in heavenly wisdom. My primary motive in writing this book is to break the back of poverty and release a spirit of prosperity on the world.”
Wrong Kris – the source of your “revelation” IS mammon.  
Do the scriptures teach about prosperity being the answer to the world’s problems?

But godliness with contentment is great gain,  or we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Quick quiz – Vallottons book is going to appeal to those who
A  Desire to know how to live a godly life in an ungodly world
B  Desire to learn the secret of contentment in all circumstances
C  Desire to have an eternal perspective of life
E  Desire to be rich

False teachers prey on the weak, vulnerable, hurting and poor.  Vallotton’s book is not going to be snapped up by the wealthy, but by those who “desire to be rich.”  The outcome will be a wandering away from the faith and destruction.

A master of obfuscation, Vallotton says that he does not use the word “prosperity” in the same way that the world describes riches, he means “Kingdom wealth”  which is far more inclusive and sounds more spiritual. Part of his definition below:

KV: “Wealth is light in the darkness, healing in sickness, prosperity
in poverty, wholeness in brokenness, favor in obscurity, love for
the unlovely, beauty for ashes and victors among victims. Wealth is a “can-do” attitude, a “more than enough” mindset and a “nothing is impossible” belief system.”
That sounds nice – prosperity IN poverty.  A believer may be poor, yet in his spirit he is prosperous, I agree with that, but that is not what Vallotton means.  How do I know this, because this whole chapter is about money…. obscene amounts of cash flowing into his bank account!  In a recent blog, this master of obfuscation writes:

Both Solomon’s riches and Abraham’s riches were directly attached to their relationships with God. Genesis 13:2 says, “Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold,” and 2 Chronicles 9:22 says, “So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. So maybe wealth is not a sign of your relationship with God, unless it is”
Have you noticed how often prosperity teachers use examples from the Old Testament without explaining the context of the text.  They will never explain the law, who it applied to, it’s conditions or its curses.  If we apply God’s promises of prosperity to Israel under the law, we must also apply God’s punishment for false prophets, in which case Vallotton would be dead.  This is part Vallotton’s “word for Russia” in 2016.  Tell me what has come to pass: “
I saw a great reformation flowing through the entire country of Russia. It began in Red Square and flooded the nation with a spiritual awakening that is unprecedented in modern history. Every city was filled with joy and prosperity. Creativity was released in the land inspiring medical breakthroughs, inventions and innovations. This resulted in an historic economic boom as Russia began exporting their medical cures, automobiles (I saw two new brands of automobiles emerge with excellence out of Russia), and inventions to the nations of the worldI saw great collaboration happening between government, commerce and business. Many corporations moved to the land to be celebrated and empowered. There were great incentives given by the government to those that created wealth. They were lessons taken right out of the parables of the Talents and the Minas that Jesus told. The righteous reigned in the land and a Jesus movement that will touch the entire world will be birthed in the universities, beginning in Moscow.”

Remember what I was saying about the claims that accompany new books?

KV: “My prayer is that you would find keys in this manuscript that would unlock your legacy and release prosperity on your children’s children. I hope that you will be so transformed by the revelation in this book that it will literally alter the course of your history. May it be on earth as it is in heaven!”
That’s a pretty impressive sales pitch, but not one you will find in any of the gospels or epistles. Here is how Jesus presented keys that would unlock your legacy and alter your history: pick up your cross and follow me.they will hate you…they will persecute you…if you love your family more than me you are not worthy of me….etc

The church in the book of  Acts have missed out on Vallotton’s new revelation: “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to prosper suffer shame for His name” Acts 5:41
……………………………………………..and
“if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we prosper suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” Romans 8:17

Part one of the book is under the heading :The True Meaning of Kingdom Wealth

KV: “In the first part of this book, we will discuss the true meaning of Kingdom wealth as we contrast it with poverty and riches. I will prove that there is a power to make wealth and that there is a spirit behind poverty. I will also help you discover how to embrace the abundant life that Jesus promised and how to avoid becoming rich instead of wealthy.”
Sounds tantalising, this is how false teachers appeal to the senses of their carnal followers: But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
2 Peter 2:1-3

The first and only chapter we review, is entitled: “The Net Worth of Jesus”

KV: “if you make the mistake of judging Jesus’ net worth by His humble earthly condition, you will misjudge His prosperity and undermine His mission. The apostle Paul put it like this: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty
might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Wait! What did Paul say? Jesus was rich, but then He became poor so (the reason He became poor) we might become rich. That is incredible!”
Wait! Did Vallotton take the time to explain the meaning of that text – of course not!  Christ became poor in the sense that during his incarnation, he took on the form of a servant, took on human nature, his attributes were veiled, and he suffered death on a cross.  Christ did not give up earthly or material wealth because heaven does not consist of monetary wealth as we understand it.  We are made rich spiritually through Christ’s sacrifice:  To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” Ephesians 3:8
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” Ephesians 1:3

In the book of Revelation, Smyrna was one of the seven churches addressed. It suffered no rebuke from our Lord.  The church was being persecuted, and was warned of more suffering to come including imprisonment and death.  Far from experiencing prosperity, they were poor, yet Jesus refers to them as being rich.  They were rich in spirit, despite material poverty.  “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich)…” – Rev 2:9
Why did Jesus not condemn them for their poor choices, lack of faith and spirit of poverty?

Vallotton has commended himself to us because of the dollars pouring into his account.  Lets compare that with how Paul commend himself:
 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;  by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;  by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;  through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as POOR, yet making many rich; as HAVING NOTHiNG, yet possessing everything.”   2 Corinthians 6:4-10

The fact that Vallotton believes if we misjudge Jesus’ networth we “undermine his mission”  means that Vallotton does not understand the gospel.  That is why he does not preach the gospel.

KV: “I want to point out again that Jesus became poor for a reason. His
celestial mission was to make us wealthy. It is the great exchange—
beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, hope for the hopeless, healing
for sickness, prosperity for poverty. You get the idea: Jesus called it
abundant life.”
Yes, wealthy in the spiritual sense Mr Vallotton!  Prosperity IN poverty has now morphed into prosperity FOR poverty.  To use well known phrases from Isaiah 61:3 (beauty for ashes, joy for mourning) and then insert “prosperity for poverty” is crafty and exactly how false teachers operate.  The abundant life Christ promised is spiritual and eternal: “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Vallotton has made it clear that he has made a bad exchange – mammon over Christ.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”
Matthew 6:24

KV:”First of all, if wealth and riches are inherently evil, what are they doing in heaven? Why would God describe heaven so lavishly if wealth were bad, or even bad for you…wealth cannot be intrinsically evil, or the Bible would not describe heaven as a place full of unimaginable riches. In fact, if heaven is God’s goal for us, then wealth must be a piece of our prize!”
They are not inherently evil, but Vallotton seems to think of heaven in earthly terms.  The gold he loves so much on earth, will serve as pavements in heaven. There is no condemnation for wealthy believers who love God, steward their finances for his glory, and don’t have a love for their money.  There is condemnation for those who believe God guarantees us material wealth.  Furthermore, scripture are replete with warnings to those who have succumbed to the temptation of wealth:
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.  Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter” James 5:1-5

 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

KV:”Our idea of “poor Jesus” is similarly skewed. Although Jesus left
heaven, heaven never left Jesus, because Kingdom prosperity always begins from the inside out. You can put Jesus in a manger, but you can’t put a manger in Jesus. Wealth, glory and power seeped out of His pores like sweat on a hardworking man on a hot, humid day”
This is what Vallotton craves, wealth, glory and power.  Keep in mind Bethel teaches that Jesus came to model what life should be like for every believer.  This is why Bethelites attempt to raise the dead, walk on water, and outshine whatever Christ did because “greater things” in their minds points to the miraculous.  This is what Bethel teach their children: “Having the keys of power and authority means that we have the same position, recognition, and abilities that Jesus had.” – ” Kids carrying the kingdom”

Vallotton then goes on to recount the miracle when Jesus changed water into wine.

KV: “Mary and Joseph may have been a middle-class carpenter family, but they might have been drinking wine that reminded them of heaven at home. In fact, the wine was so good that the Bible says that when Jesus made wine, He “manifested His glory.” Now, that is great wine! I guess He was not kidding when He said that He is
the vine and we are the branches (see John 15:1–14).”
Vallotton misses the whole point of the miracle.  John tells us why these signs are recorded:Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John 20:30-31

Vallotton then describes the miracle where Jesus instructed Peter to catch a fish in order to pay tax.  The first fish Peter caught, would have a Shekel in it’s mouth.  This story sets Vallotton up to deliver an over the top and simply dishonest assessment.

KV: “Apparently, Jesus took God’s command to “rule over the fish of the sea” seriously (Genesis 1:26), because He became quite famous for impacting the fishing industry. The gospels record Jesus supernaturally chumming the fish into the disciple’s nets on at least two occasions”  (Read Luke 5:4-7)
“These guys are not fishing recreationally; this is how they make their living. Fishing was a middle-class, feast-or-famine kind of occupation . . . that is, until Jesus showed up. He quickly transformed a meager living into a prosperous vocation.”
The fishing industry was barely impacted by Christ’s miracle.  Since when did the disciples now step into a prosperous vocation after Christ’s miracle?  In this instance, it was the opportunity Jesus used to call some of his disciples. The lesson was not about prosperity or wealth, it was about Jesus being the son of God who performed miracles. It was about the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man.  Peter’s response to the miracle was not relief due to the fact that he would now be wealthy thanks to a revitalized fishing industry:But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken.” Luke 5:8-9
This miracle caused the disciples to actually forsake the little they had gained in this world“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him” Luke 5:11

KV: “Let’s look at one more fishing expedition so we understand that the previous story was not an isolated incident. It was the nature of Jesus to behave extravagantly. He never provided just a few more fish . . . heck no!”
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”  He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.” John 21;4-8

This was his third appearance after his resurrection, this was not just a matter of Jesus behaving extravagantly.  Far from setting an example of wealthy and extravagant living, after breakfast Jesus described Peter’s destiny as follows: Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:18-19
There are many lessons in Christ’s miracles, but none of those lessons are about extravagant displays of wealth or guaranteed prosperity for his disciples.  Vallotton begs to differ, in his mind, it’s all about the money.

KV: “Jesus is into the boat-sinking, way-too-many, catch-of-the-year kind of fishing. In America we say time is money, but in the fishing business fish are money. Jesus was not just increasing their catch; He was increasing their cash! It is worth mentioning here that if having a lot of money is a bad thing, then Jesus should have made sure they had minimal catches.”
It is worth asking here – how many rebukes or warnings did Jesus give to the poor as opposed to the wealthy?  What Kris is preaching is called the American dream, it’s not the gospel.  Having a lot of money is not inherently bad.  Teaching that one of the reasons for Christ’s incarnation and death was to ensure an increase in cash on our part is an abomination.

KV: “What I am pointing out is that if Jesus can circumvent the process of wealth creation by creating money out of thin air, or by making wine instantaneously from water, or by taking a boy’s lunch and multiplying it ten thousand times to feed a crowd that would fill an entire NBA basketball stadium, or by increasing a fisherman’s
catch by 1,000 percent, then there is no way He can ever be called poor . . . at least by worldly standards. Yes, Jesus became poor when you contrast His heavenly home with His earthly visitation. But Jesus was no homeless transient, traversing the countryside
with twelve vagabonds. He actually was a famous traveling rabbi who grew up in a middle-class carpenter’s home and had a very well-funded ministry.”
It’s worth pointing out that Jesus performed miracles out of compassion, and to prove that he was the messiah. Secondly, he did not perform any miracles in order to enrich himself.  Vallotton just does not understand that Jesus became poor, not in financial terms, but through the constricts of the incarnation. Vallotton presents a successful Jesus, famous, well funded, with wealth, power, and glory seeping out his pores. Can you see how hard  Vallotton is trying to justify his own lifestyle?

Vallotton will use any opportunity to take an incident in scripture and highlight money

KV : “Many scholars believe that Jesus had a substantial amount of money from the Magi treasury that launched Him into ministry. Yet traveling for three and a half years with twelve other men had to be pretty expensive.”
He makes mention of the women who supported Jesus financially (Luke 8:1-3)  He revels in the fact that Jesus had wealthy supporters such as Mary who poured expensive perfume over his feet, and suggests that Mary, Martha and Lazarus were “probably His primary financial supporters.”
At this point Vallotton is at great pains to deal with these words of Jesus: Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Luke 9:58
KV: “Much of the misunderstanding about the status of Jesus’ personal financial condition comes from a story told in the gospels of both Matthew and Luke.”

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62
KV: “His “foxes have holes and birds have nests” comment had more to do with the heart of the person who was inquiring than it did with the accommodations available in that location. Especially since a few seconds later, Jesus turned to another guy and said, “Follow Me.” If Jesus were telling the first guy, “I’m sorry you can’t go with us; I have no accommodations for you,” then why did He invite the other guy to travel with Him? Again, Jesus was not homeless.”
That unfortunately is the kind of shallow argument Vallotton needs to resort to.
There were times when God provided for the needs of Jesus and his disciples (Mark 14:12-16)  Vallotton assumes this was always the case.  Furthermore, God provided for their daily needs, not their greeds.  Jesus did not live in luxury or own properties, he could not even afford his own grave.

So what did Jesus mean by his statement ““Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  Vallotton is partly correct, his answer did have something to do with the heart of the enquirer – a scribe and probably a wealthy citizen.  Jesus was clearly demonstrating that his life was not his own, he came to do the will of the Father which culminated in his death on the cross.  The scribe would be asked to do the same, and what is envisaged in the answer is not exactly a life of extravagance and earthly wealth. There would be no worldly security in following Christ, no guarantees of comfort or even stability, and perhaps this is what the scribe was wishing for. The apostle Paul  knew what Jesus meant: “To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless 1 Corinthians 4:11

KV: “Dressed for Success
Not only was Jesus not homeless; He actually dressed well for His day. If you compared Jesus’ clothes to the people of that time, you would have to conclude that He was at least somewhat affluent. Jesus wore a seamless tunic woven in one piece. When He was crucified, the four soldiers who stripped Him cut His outer garments into four pieces so that they each got something. But because His tunic was seamless, it was so valuable that the soldiers gambled for it (see John 19:23–25). Some modern theologians call His seamless tunic the Armani suit of the first century.”
Dressed for success – that’s really a pathetic introduction to his paragraph, and reveals what’s in his own heart.  Vallotton at first argued that Jesus became poor so that we can be rich, now he claims that Jesus was at least somewhat affluent.  According to Vallotton Jesus became somewhat affluent so that we could be wealthy.  If Jesus was somewhat affluent, why did he depend on the hospitality and funding of others?  His seamless garment was probably a gift, he may have had it for his whole 3 years of ministry.  Vallotton focuses on the value of the garment, instead of the valuable lesson of fulfilled prophecy: For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet  – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me;  they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”  Psalm 22:16-18.

KV: “Let me be clear: I am not trying to propose that Jesus was a rich tycoon on earth, although He clearly had the means to be one through the supernatural abilities He demonstrated. What I am trying to point out is that Jesus was not poor by any earthly standard. He had everything He needed to take care of His team and cover their
travels. He was incredibly generous, He often helped people prosper financially, and He taught more parables about money than about any other subject.”
God provided for the needs of Jesus.  That does not mean Jesus was somewhat affluent as Vallotton proposes.  Jesus was generous, how he “helped people prosper financially” only Vallotton can explain.  Jesus did speak a lot about money, not to give advice that would make people wealthy, that was not his goal.  The way people use money reveals the condition of their heart.  I wish Vallotton would work through some of these parables on money.  Are they encouraging wealth for all, do they provide keys for gaining wealth, do they reveal the secret of obtaining the power that produces wealth?

Lets look at one chapter on money, Luke 16.  These words come directly after the parable of the dishonest manager: If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” vs 11-13
The same chapter recounts the story of the rich man and Lazarus vs 19-31. I’m sure you know how things worked out for the wealthy man.
Although there is wisdom in what Jesus taught on money, the purpose of parables was not to give sound financial advice,. The purpose of parables was to instruct his disciples (not the world) in matters pertaining to the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not about earthly concerns, but about true wealth – righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Has it not dawned on Vallotton that if Jesus was so concerned with his material possessions, he would never put a thief in charge of the moneybag.  Judas helped himself to the offerings, fulfilling Christ’s own warning:Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matt 6:19-21

That concludes the first chapter, one can only imagine what this charlatan will conjure up in the remaining chapters.  Vallotton boasts about his ranch, his vehicles, and the fact that he makes obscene amounts of money – he is not merely storing up treasures on earth, he is boasting about them.  As we know, Judas turned out to be the one who would betray Jesus, this was a shock to the other eleven.  Judas flew under the disciples radar, like many charlatans in the visible church today. Thirty pieces of silver was enough for Judas to betray Christ.  Vallotton, like Judas has betrayed Christ for silver.

Since Vallotton enjoys parables about wealth, it seems fitting to end this post with one:
” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
Luke 12:15-21

 

God – Kris Vallotton’s Fixer

By Rick Becker  15 February 2018

Kris Vallotton is the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California and co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)  Bethel is one of the leading churches caught up in the deceptive New Apostolic Reformation.  In a recent blog entitled “Two things to do when you don’t understand what God is doing” Kris Vallotton unwittingly reveals the reason why Bethel & co have wandered off into myths and false doctrines.  The fruits of their aberrant theology are clearly visible in Vallotton’s conversation with “God’ who promised to  “take care” of one of Vallotton’s false prophecies.


Kris Vallotton (KV) begins by quoting and then commenting on this passage: “You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”  John 15:14-15


KV: If Jesus says that no longer does He call us slaves, it means that at one time He did.  How do you know if you’re a slave? You just do what you’re told.  Slaves love to be told what to do because this is their M.O.  Slaves only know what to do, they don’t know why they’re doing it. The highest level of a life as a slave is just to obey.  You can stay a slave, or you can let God prune you. Verse 14 says, “You are My friends if you do what I command you.”

The disciples were living in a unique time:  the transition from the bondage of the law, to the glorious gospel of grace.  Under the old covenant the redemptive purposes and plans of God were veiled.  Gradually their eyes were being opened to the mysteries of the Gospel as they walked with Christ.  He revealed these mysteries to them because he had chosen them, they were following him, and in this context he calls them “friends.”  Yet in a sense, they were still “slaves” (“servants” in some translations) because only five verses later we read: Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours” 

Many years after the death and resurrection of Christ, Peter who would have been present when Jesus uttered the words recorded in John 15, still referred to himself as a servant of Christ:Simeon  Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 1:1
The apostle John notes that the revelation is given to “servants”:  “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John” Revelation 1:1
The Apostle Paul received abundant revelations, and had certainly been “pruned” by God, yet refers to himself as a “servant”:
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:1
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God”
Romans 1:1

Vallotton is creating a false dichotomy to suit his narrative.  Being a friend of Christ does not exclude us from being his slave/servant.  Jesus also referred to Abraham and Moses as “friends of God”, but we must note that nowhere in scripture do God’s people call him friend.  He is our Lord and master.  The apostle John was able to rest his head on the chest of Christ during his incarnation,but when John had a vision of our resurrected Lord he “fell at his feet as though dead.”  It is this fear and reverence for God that is missing in many churches including Bethel.  God has been relegated to “papa God’ and appears to be venerated little more than “papa Bill” or “papa Kris.”
Are we friends of God, yes, as well as servants.  Who then are the friends of God?  The friends of God are those who have received and been transformed by the message that Jesus gave to his disciples.  Once, we were alienated from God, we were enemies, but through the grace of God we have been reconciled to him through Christ.  As friends of God we obey his commands (vs 14)  bear fruit that abides (vs 16) are hated by the world (vs 19) and know what truths Jesus revealed (vs 15)
There are no new mysteries or revelations or truths that God needs to reveal to his friends.  

Now Vallotton reveals the reason why Bethel & co have wandered off into myths and false doctrines.
KV:Revelation is not the child of laborious effort and searching the Scriptures. I’d like to propose to you that revelation is the child of friendship.”

I’d like to propose to you that Vallotton is once again teaching myths. The mystical false doctrine Vallotton teaches is a result of NOT searching the scriptures.  By “revelation” Vallotton means hearing directly from God.  So how did the apostles hear from God – they simply listened to the words of Jesus and obeyed them.  How do we hear from God – we have the privilege of reading the words of Jesus, as well as the inspired word of God from Genesis to Revelation.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God can give us wisdom in situations, lead us by his Spirit, and through his providence arrange circumstances on our behalf, but he speaks primarily through the revelation of his written word.

Extra biblical revelation is the common to Bethel, and according to Vallotton you won’t receive any revelation as long as you consider yourself a slave instead of a friend.

KV: “People wonder how Bill Johnson gets all of his revelation and how many hours he studies the Bible. Well I know Bill studies well, but I believe He has access to that revelation because He has become a friend of God”
The truth is that those who know how to interpret scripture wonder how Bill’s eisegesis and narcigesis of scripture manages to deceive millions.  Bill has access to a great imagination, and probably some deceptive spirits because his revelations contradict scripture.  In another blog post Vallotton writes: “Have you ever noticed the incredible way that Bill Johnson can take a verse from the Bible that you’ve read twenty times before and somehow make sense of it in a way you never knew was possible? I’m sure many of you, like myself, are amazed by the levels of revelation that Bill walks in.”
I have noticed how Bill manages to extract from a text a mystical meaning that has evaded the body of Christ for 2000 years.  These new interpretations may mesmerize the gullible, but they are poison and actually nullify the power of the gospel and distort truth.
KV:Revelation can’t be studied it can only be revealed.”
True and false – revelation is revealed, not through some mystical voice or feeling but through the study of scripture.  The Holy Spirit illuminates the scriptures to those in whom he dwells.  In doing so, the Holy Spirit does not bypass our minds; instead we use our minds in the sense that we study the scriptures. This implies reading God’s word in context, and applying the basic rules of interpretation in order to understand the meaning of the text. 

KV: “In other words, as long as you’re a slave God’s going to make sure you don’t know everything. Why? Because the lesson of slavery is testing if you can obey (and trust) God when you don’t know WHY He’s doing what He’s doing”

This is nonsensical of course, because for every trial and circumstance we find ourselves in, God’s word brings comfort and wisdom.  We don’t have to understand  everything “God is doing” because God is sovereign and in control and our trust is in him.  All we need to know is already in scripture!  What is unclear in Vallotton’s waffle is the level of obedience we need to attain in order to qualify promotion from slavery to sonship.

KV: “Once you move into friendship, then you know all things. Jesus said EVERYTHING the Father taught Him, He wants to make known to you.”
In his blog post, Vallotton creates the impression that revelation is necessary when you find yourself in a “situation and you have no idea why God placed you there” for example “moving to a new town.”  If we knew “all things” we would be God.  Jesus did not reveal “all things” to the disciples, only the things that the Father wanted them to know. What were these things?  It had nothing to do with their personal legacy or great destiny.  It concerned the gospel, the plan of redemption, and the purpose of Christ’s suffering. These things have now been revealed, and as sons and daughters of God we can understand them. 

KV: “God wants us to move from slavery into friendship. But you can’t go from saved to friend. You can only go from saved, to slave to friend.”
As we have previously explained, we are servants and friends of Christ. Where does scripture teach this progression from saved, to slave to friend?

KV: “You move from slavery to friendship by abiding in a word that prunes you, and letting it take off the things that aren’t fruitful in your life. When you submit to that process then you become a friend to God.”
Says no biblical text!  We will constantly be pruned by God, the cut off point will be when we take our last breath.  We will mature in our faith and grow in our understanding of God’s word.  We will grow in sanctification, but we will never ever attain some level that qualifies us to become a friend of God with benefits in the form of special revelation.  

Vallotton will now reveal the rotten fruit of his theology.  This is an eye opener, I don’t quite know how to describe what follows…blasphemous perhaps?

KV: “HOW GOD TAUGHT ME ABOUT FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM
Years ago on I had one of those Sunday nights that was just really good; the message went well and I was prophesying over people and they were crying (which was a general sign that it was going well, ha!) I went home on a high and that night lay in bed and heard God laughing and say, “That was a good word YOU gave that lady at the end.” I started to get worried, and apologized to God for getting so caught up in the moment. I went from a high to a quick low. He laughed and said, “Oh that’s okay, I’ll take care of it.” I said, “How are you going to take care of it?!” and He replied, “What kind of a friend would I be if I only ever did what I wanted?”

I don’t know who this god is that Vallotton was casually chatting to; I do know it was not the God Job encountered:
Job:Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6

God apparently made it known to Vallotton that one of his prophetic words was false.  This is the same God who commanded false prophets under the old covenant to be stoned to death.  Those who have come out of charismatic chaos know all too well the damage that false prophecies have caused individuals, even shipwrecking the faith of some.  In this case however, God simply laughs.  God has submitted to Vallotton’s false prophecy, and will fix it.  Not because he wants to, because God apparently does not always do what he wants.  In Vallotton’s world, God is such a good friend to those who have moved on from slavery to friendship, that he lays aside his attributes and bows his knee to the carnal word of a false prophet.

Vallotton’s flippancy is a result of the aberrant theology of the New Apostolic Reformation.  Man has been elevated and God has been reduced to be like us.  The NAR have reduced God to a partner and a celestial papa with needs. He has slightly more power than humans – just enough to define him as God.

KV: “Ten years later I found a verse that made more sense of this in 1 Samuel 3:19; “Thus Samuel grew and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fail.”
Actually the verse points out why Vallotton was deceived ten years earlier (and still is) The text makes it clear –  the Lord was with Samuel; the same can not be said for Vallotton.  He was listening to his own imagination or a deceiving spirit.  How Vallotton can even compare himself with Samuel beggars belief, yet not surprising considering the narcissistic qualities of the false prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation.  God called Samuel directly.  As one of the great Old Testament prophets, Samuel was mentored by the high priest and judge of Israel –  Eli.  In fact Samuel’s first prophetic word concerned Eli’s household:And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”  1 Samuel 3:10-14
Take note –  God fulfilled the words that he had spoken, Samuel was merely the mouthpiece. The Israelites were defeated in battle by the Philistines, the ark of God was captured, and 30 000 soldiers of Israel were killed – including Eli’s two sons.  Eli heard the news of his sons death, and upon hearing about the arks capture he fell backwards, broke his neck and died.
God fulfilled His words.  God got the results that He wanted.  Samuel’s words were like an arrow that hit the mark because he was a true prophet.

KV: I’m not saying you can prophesy whatever you want. I’m simply saying that God wants us to move into a place of friendship, where we abide in Him and His words abide in us, so that we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done.”
Of course we can’t, but Vallotton got away with it once due to his level of intimacy and friendship with papa God.  Vallotton should really explain the verse he quotes: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7.  Can we really ask whatever we wish and expect God to fulfil our wishes? Gill’s commentary sums it up best: “but this must be understood not of temporal things, as riches, honours, profits, pleasures, or whatever even the carnal mind of a believer himself may sometimes desire; but of things spiritual, and with such limitations and restrictions as these; whatever is according to the will of God, for the Spirit of God himself asks for no other for the saints; whatever is for the glory of God, and for their own spiritual profit and edification; and whatever is agreeably to the words and doctrines of Christ, which abide in them. Every thing of this kind they ask in faith, and with a submission to the divine will, they may expect to receive.”

Vallotton concludes his post by telling his readers to learn from the season they are currently in.  He warns that  “If you see yourself as a slave then you likely won’t move out of that place until you learn the lessons of obedience and trust, without knowing all of the details.”  Furthermore, because of their “big destiny” they should lean into the pruning God is doing, because what they learn in the current season will set them up for success in the next.  That word “destiny” has become somewhat of a cliché in the NAR.  Bethel teaches the prosperity gospel, so there’s no guessing as to what a big destiny would include.  Destiny usually means that YOU will be part of a new breed of world changers that will usher in the kingdom. Signs and wonders will follow YOU.  YOU will live in abundance because you are a friend of God.  YOU will make new discoveries and inventions because you have the mind of Christ. YOU will fill stadiums, YOU will be sought after in Hollywood….you get the picture!  Compare this with the big destiny of believers in the early church:  sawn in two, used as human torches, crucified, homes confiscated, beaten, tortured and ultimately martyred.  Few had more revelations than the apostle Paul and I suppose one could describe his life as one that had a big destiny. This is how it was described by God in a word to Ananias:But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-16

In his upcoming book “Poverty, Riches and Wealth” Vallotton writes: “You can put Jesus in a manger, but you can’t put a manger in Jesus. Wealth, glory and power seeped out of His pores like sweat on a hardworking man on a hot, humid day.”  (Kris Vallotton, Poverty, Riches and Wealth, 30)

This is ultimately the destiny this new breed is chasing after – wealth, power and glory.

His final suggestion-
KV: “Learn to trust Him when you don’t know the WHY behind things, so that He can trust you with even greater revelation. Friendship is reciprocated trust after all.”

Vallotton is making revelation a mystical affair based on very subjective criteria. The revelation Vallotton is referring to is when God speaks directly to you, as he did with Vallotton.  Keep in mind, Vallotton had a conversation with either a demonic spirit or his own imagination, so what is he leading his followers into?  Revelation has been given. The Holy Spirit does not bring new truth; he reveals what has already been given. We may never know the WHY behind some things, but we still know what our response should be according to scripture.  You don’t need to sweat in order to hear the voice of God because you can simply study your bible.  Thankfully,  there is no level of obedience we need to reach to understand the scriptures in context.  If it were up to our level of obedience or how much God could trust us, we would all be doomed.

The reason millions are being duped by the likes of Kris Vallotton, is because they like having their ears tickled and have not studied their bibles.  If you are a believer, Vallotton is not your friend and he will lead you into slavery.  You will become a slave to your own imagination and voices in your head while your bible gathers dust.  You will become a slave to his false interpretation of scripture.  You will become a slave to your own dreams and envisioned destiny, believing that Vallotton’s reduced God is there to serve you.  You will become a slave to a movement that promises you glory, but in fact delivers deception and ultimately judgement.

” For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.  They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:18-19

 

 

 

 

 

The Delusions of Patricia King

Patricia King is a false prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation.  In years gone by statements and behaviour from a person that would have warranted medical intervention, now qualify one to be a leader in some quarters of the visible church.  This new breed of super (false) apostles can take trips to heaven at will, decree and declare as if they were God, and spew forth their new revelations at a pace that would have exhausted Moses himself.  If this seems like a harsh assessment, consider the fate of those who are influenced by her teachings.  What gospel is she presenting to people, which Christ is she leading them to?

Patricia King’s (PK)  latest encounter in the heavenly realm should have pharmaceutical companies trembling. From her facebook page:
PK: “As some of you know I have been fighting the flu for over two weeks now and it has been frustrating. Yesterday I ascended into the heavens to inquire regarding some warfare I have discerned in the spirit but did not receive clarity, so I pursued the Lord again today with a couple of my key intercessors.”
Paul was caught up into the third heaven, he did not go whenever he felt like it – as many of these NAR prophets teach.  When describing the event, Paul spoke in the third person, an indication of his humility and the solemnity of the occasion.  Furthermore, the revelations he received came at a price – a thorn in the flesh.  In stark contrast, Patricia King boasts about her ability to access the heavens, trains others to do the same, and profits from her revelations.
PK: “The Spirit led me into the second heaven and showed me a number of evil spirits who were dropping spiritual black clouds down to the earth. I saw that these clouds were called: PLAGUE and DEATH. I knew instinctively that the “plague” represented the flu virus that has not only plagued many but has attacked many with death.  I was given a large sword and the Lord said, “Use this sword and cut off the heads of the demons releasing the plague and death.” As I responded by taking the sword to the heads of the demons, they were struck down with the lightnings of God and kept them from releasing more black clouds.  IT IS FINISHED – After the demons were halted, there were no more black clouds coming out of the second heaven and I felt the Lord say, “THE FLU VIRUS IS FINISHED.”

Wow, of all inhabitants on earth, God chose Patricia King to fight demons in the Heavenlies and help him finish off that nasty virus.  Here is a passage Patricia should study:
 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”  But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively Jude 8-10

And now the prophet needs to make a profit –

PK: “My course, NEW LEVELS INTERCESSION  includes teaching on how to ascend with the Lord to settle things in the spirit realm that will then influence the earth. I share testimonies about stopping the third world war, cursing the ebola virus, etc.  I believe we are to go to new levels of authority in this hour. I decree and declare today what I saw in the spirit: This year’s Flu Virus is dead (even though they have said on the news that it might last until May). We will begin to see the effects of this action in the spirit as the flu diminishes in the earth in the coming days. It will not continue to escalate…it is diminishing.”

Scripture makes no mention of “new levels of authority”.  Neither are believers commanded to decree and declare things into existence.  Apparently we can however all breathe a sigh of relief, since the third world war has been put on hold.
This was a global decree, therefore, if anyone on the earth catches the flu virus in 2018, we will know that Patricia King is a false prophet.  It’s a pity that this decree will only last until the end of 2018; perhaps 2019 will produce a super virus that will need even greater levels of authority and someone to ascend back into the heavens to fight the wicked forces.  Naturally, this would mean an upgrade on all present Patricia King courses as well as new impartations and meetings under an open Heaven.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
2 Peter 2:1-3

 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.  For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves[h] of corruption.”
2 Peter 2:15-19

 

 

Angus Buchan, Cloud without water?

By Rick Becker    8 February 2018

The next “Its Time” national prayer meeting featuring Angus Buchan will take place on 24 March in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.  In this podcast we reviewed Buchan’s call to prayer for the “Its Time” meeting in Bloemfontein, highlighting his New Apostolic Reformation influences and other errors in his teaching.  Buchan has been busy generating hype around his upcoming event, as well as claiming to hear from God as to why the “taps have run dry” in Cape Town.  Apparently God is “angry with Cape Town” – how other cities in South Africa have appeased God remains a mystery.

On the 6th of February, Buchan preached this message in Cape Town.  We examine some of the statements in his message.
Buchan: “There’s one thing that’s going to hold back the hand of God over Cape Town, that’s unbelief.”
What does the hand of God over Cape Town look like?  Is Buchan looking for an outward righteousness in the city?  Presumably, “unbelief” is one of the reasons the taps will run dry in Cape Town.  Does this mean that if we believe God will send rain? If so, why does God send rain on the “unjust” – “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the UNJUST” Matt 5:45

“In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” Acts 14:16-17

Buchan: “Pastors, its a prayer meeting and you need to be there…it’s going to be very embarrassing for you on Sunday morning when they say where were you?”
Manipulation and guilt are hardly the means to employ in order to further a godly agenda.  We have seen Buchan and many other church leaders employ this strategy time and again.  It’s a trait of the heavy shepherding movement,  a means to control the naive and biblically illiterate.

Buchan: “We are not desperate for water, we are desperate for Jesus”
Believers already have Christ dwelling within them, how are they desperate for Jesus?  The unsaved are unsaved because they are not desperate for Jesus.

Buchan reflects on “Its Time” in Bloemfontein, noting that his son is a statistician and worked out that the 450 000 motor cars at the event would have had to have parked at a rate of seventeen per second. Then the people had to walk for over a kilometer, and they were all seated before Buchan started to speak.  In Buchan’s world God speaks through the weather, a dustdevil on a dry plain, a spot of rain, a gentle breeze – all are signs that God is present and working some sort of miracle.  Parking 450 00 cars in Bloemfontein does not escape Buchan: ”you know something, GOD did it…they were all seated before I started speaking”
Its no small feat to park 450 000 cars in an orderly fashion – give credit to the organisers, but lets not spiritualise everything

On the advertising for the Cape Town event, Buchan uses one man’s generosity to justify the event as being ordained by God.
Buchan: “They’ve unveiled the biggest banner you’ve ever seen in your life in Pretoria, The banner cost R320 000, one man picked up the tab. This is a God thing man”

Who are we to argue with a direct revelation from God anyway.
Buchan:  
“After Bloemfontein I said Lord that’s enough for me, He said no – one more…So who invited me, the NG – no, the AGS – no, the Charismatics – no, the Pentecostals – no, so who invited me to come to your city – Jesus , I’m telling you the truth, Jesus invited me”

Now after establishing himself as God’s voice for all national prayer events in South Africa, Buchan uses his authority to drive home his appeal:
Buchan:
“You better be there, I’m not asking you, I’m telling you…pastor, you better be there, because if you don’t you might lose your job on Monday morning (laughter)”

Buchan: “the rains coming, when we repent, tell that to the newspaper man, and if you dont repent, listen to me, its not coming”
Apparently there is rain forecast for tomorrow night, does that mean some believers have already repented and God is enticing further repentance by giving us some relief?  Does it mean we can cancel the event because all have already repented?  Does it mean that in the past few weeks some have come to salvation and God is pleased with them but Christians have not yet repented and so the dams will only be filled after all repent?  By “when we repent” does Buchan mean every single person in Cape Town, just believers or just unbelievers?  Do you see the rabbit trail he has created with his unbiblical statements? Perhaps he clears things up in his next statement.

Buchan:What’s holding him back in Cape Town is YOUR unbelief…I’m talking about God’s people, “if my people” Look at my hands, can you see them, I’ve got no blood on my hands, see, if I die today no blood, I hope you can say the same.”
Wrong!!!! As we previously stated, Buchan is spiritualising the water crisis.  There are various factors that are contributing to the water shortage: low rainfall, abuse of resources, mismanagement, failure to maintain infrastructure etc. What he means by having no blood on his hands, we cannot speculate.

Buchan is now going to deliver a phrase that many of us have heard before.  It’s common in New Apostolic Reformation and Charismatic circles.  This phrase is the clincher, it will make the weak and ignorant pliable in the hands of the accuser. Twenty five years ago, a “prophetess” used this phrase in order to intimidate me, all it did was spur me on to find truth in scripture, and not an experience.

Buchan: “YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON THIS MOVE OF GOD AND YOU’LL ANSWER TO GOD”
What move of God?  We have been hearing about new moves of God and revivals for the past thirty years and all that is happened in the visible church is increasing deception and apostasy – exactly as scripture predicts!  Angus Buchan’s New Apostolic Reformation and Dominion theology teachings are NOT a move of God, instead, they are part of the greatest deception in the visible church today.  

Buchan: “You say Angus, you’re coming on it heavy, very heavy!  I don’t want anything from you, I just want God to say to you one day well done, good and faithful servant”
If we want God to say that then we need to be like the Bereans and search the scriptures to test what is being taught.  If we want God to say that we need to stop following men and women who claim to have direct revelation from God, yet what they teach contradicts scripture.  If we want God to say that we must be prepared to be that lone and unpopular voice that speaks out against popular voices that are spreading confusion and error in the church.

Buchan: “God is coming to visit you in Mitchells Plain..I’ve got a man coming from Canada, especially for this meeting for one day, he want’s to see the Red Sea part again”
The man could come from Mars, the only separation of the sea he will find is at Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.  God will visit those who come to him in repentance and faith, you don’t have to be in Mitchells Plain on that day for God’s so called visitation.

Buchan:The tap has been turned off because God want’s your attention”
If this is how God gets the attention of cities, then all cities should have dry taps –  or are Capetonians the worst sinners in South Africa?   Buchan is stuck in the Old Testament, Cape Town is not in a covenant with God.  Jesus addressed this concept of a particular city being punished due to the sins of it’s people:
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 13: 1 -5

Buchan: “God is coming into your presence, he’s not coming to any other part of this country, he’s coming here”
Nonsense!!! This is the kind of statement that causes thousands of ignorant and gullible people to flock to an event because they are seeking experiences and signs, exactly what scripture warns against.

Implying that people will be saved at the event (and they may as God is gracious), Angus said “they will get saved when they see the power of God”
People get saved when the Holy Spirit is working in their hearts, when they hear and believe the gospel, when they aware of their current sinful condition and need for a saviour.  We know that Buchan can interpret the smallest natural phenomena or even good parking as a sign from God, so he  will find something at Cape Town’s event to ascribe to the supernatural, even if is just the numbers in attendance.

Buchan:next years an election, everything’s hanging in the balance, and it all comes back to Cape Town, how many prophecies have we heard over the last ten years about revival starting in Cape Town…history in the making, you cannot afford not to be there…there’s people coming from all over, they don’t need water but they want to see God moving”
Another claim that one of his meetings will be historic.  It’s a tragedy to witness a man who started well, who is still bold in calling out sin, who is clearly passionate about God, succumb to bad theology and fanciful claims.  Pray for Angus Buchan, clearly here is a man willing to serve God, but has sadly been sidetracked by Charismania, experiences, stories and signs.  Pray that God may open his eyes to the deceptive teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation and that he may in fact become a voice that exposes this deception in the church.

 

 

 

 

 



“Cape Town is a spiritual portal” – says no biblical text

By Rick Becker   1 February 2018

What is it with some mortals in the visible church and their fascination with portals?  Modern evangelicalism’s departure from scripture is the reason that we have “revelations” from God, using terminology usually associated with Star Trek or metaphysics.  Not content with the word of God, some have conjured up new revelations that supposedly bring direction to the church, keys to revival, or as in this particular case, a claim to solve a water crisis.

At the outset, let’s debunk the theory that there are “spiritual portals.”  There is no need for you to find your nearest portal because they do not exist.  There is no portal in Cape Town, Bethel church, Patricia King’s living room, or any other geographical location.
Here is the reason portals are not necessary: “ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom..” Matthew 27:50-51.  The veil that separated us from the presence of God has been torn, and as a result every single believer has this privilege:Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”  Hebrews 10:19-22
Every believer has Christ dwelling within them, so why search for your nearest (non existent) portal?
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Joy Magazine is South Africa’s version of Charisma news; in other words, anything goes.  Joy magazine published this article, about the current water crisis in Cape Town.  It is written “by Nicola Middleton, founder and president of Godbrands.”  In this post we will dissect her revelation, and expose the flawed logic and false doctrine it contains.

Nicola writes: “As Day Zero draws ever nearer, I ask myself this: God why is this happening and what are your children supposed to do?…I sense that the water crisis in Cape Town is totally rooted in the spiritual.”
Well, it’s happening because of a few reasons.  Low rainfall, over population, abuse of water resources, mismanagement and bad planning.  If it’s purely rooted in the spiritual, that would mean we could waste water, empty the dams, and God would somehow miraculously keep all taps running.  If the water crisis is due to drought alone, the only “spiritual” reason one can give is that Jesus himself warned of natural disasters (Matthew 24)  He also warned of trying to spiritualize the reasons bad things happen:There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5

Nicola: “Things are birthed in the spiritual realm and manifest in the natural realm. This too we aren’t really awake to yet.”
Salvation would be an example of this, but not the water crisis in Cape Town.

Nicola: “And so here I sit, having an insight, I believe, into the spiritual reality, that I can see my human brothers and sisters don’t really comprehend yet. This matters, because it means that we aren’t yet doing the things we are supposed to be doing in order to work with the water crisis in Cape Town in the way that we are actually supposed to.”

What is this insight us fellow humans have overlooked; well apparently the fact that Cape Town is a “spiritual portal” has something to do with it.

Nicola: Here is my answer when it comes to the water crisis in Cape Town. Cape Town is a spiritual portal. New things are ushered into the nation and the planet through Cape Town. It isn’t called “The Mother City” for nothing. A mother gives birth. And just like a mother in the natural gives birth to a natural child, so a mother in the spiritual, gives birth to a spiritual child. And in this case the spiritual mother is a city.  Cities have energy on them…Cape Town’s anointing is to be a “Mother City” on the planet.”
I live in Cape Town, it’s a beautiful city, but it has no spiritual powers or portals.  Scripture does not mention Cape Town, portals, or anointings over cities.

Nicola: “Cape Town is right now in the spiritual realm poised to give birth to “living waters”. Tsunami waves of love, healing and positive living are destined to flow in, through and out of Cape Town… I can feel that the spiritual energies of the city, in the hearts of the people, aren’t right yet, but much readiness is in place. We are poised for this move that is now upon us. Right now we appear to still be asleep. God, what will it take to wake us up?  What will it take to make us understand and comprehend our own spiritual roles and how it really does matter what we think and how we align our own spirits?”

“I CAN FEEL” – that right there sums up what is wrong in the visible church.  The subjective has taken precedence over the objective.  The objective of course, being the word of God.  Apparently “another move” is upon us, and once again it’s up to us to come into alignment.  Our spiritual role is to come into alignment with scripture, not every wind of teaching that passes by.  Reminder:
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.” Psalm 135:6

Nicola: “I arrived just before New Year 2018 in the Cape.  The night of my arrival I sat and reflected and received this in my spirit.  My heart is as dry as this city. Question: Why is it dry?  Answer: Because I am not receiving love to overflowing.  I have an interesting relationship with God.  I see and sense repeatedly how God is using me to feel and represent His heart in His world. I am founder and president of the business Godbrands, which is developing various spiritual brands for the world.”

Let’s examine Nicola’s “Godbrands.” Is it about the only living God, does it glorify him, is Jesus proclaimed?  From Nicola’s   Linkedin   page:
Nicola: “The world has changed and is changing drastically right now. There is now a deeper spirit or energy bubbling up around the globe which profoundly enlivens and ignites the feminine heart and spirit”
No it has not changed, it’s still hurtling towards destruction, and instead of warning the world of the impending wrath of God, false teachers focus on self realization and restoration of the worlds systems.
Reminder: “.. when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels  in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”  2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
There is a spirit or energy that is at work around the world, but he is not enlivening or igniting feminine hearts and minds.
Reminder: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” Ephesians 2:1-2

“Nicola believes, as do many spiritual leaders, that there is a new energy flowing over our planet. It is a corrective energy based on the feminine psyche of love and nurture. Women who are open to these waves of energy are already making a strategic difference where they are, standing up and standing out.”
The only spiritual leaders that would agree with this statement, are leaders who do not believe in scripture.  This is pure new age, similar to the heretical book “Physics of Heaven” by Bill Johnson & co.

“The more we, as the women of this planet, tap into this groundswell of spiritual feminine energy, the more we empower ourselves and the more we stand tall and strong from within self and stand strong together as a global sisterhood.  I believe this is the remedial action most needed right now when we look at some of the negative courses the world is taking.”
Right..because God has released spiritual energy that women need to tap into and solve the negative issues in the world. They won’t, neither will men.  The only solution for this world is the gospel, and we know that the majority of people will reject it.  We also know the world and most of the visible church will continue along the path to destruction, not because we feel that is the case, but because scripture has foretold it.

“The reason we don’t yet have a world designed and built on love is that love does not fit into the boxes we have created for ourselves. The world we have designed is one where we assume everyone and everything must have a predefined box into which it fits. Love changes this. Women change this.”
The problem is not the way we designed the world, the problem is called sin.  The only solution is God’s predefined box: it is called scripture.  Love, women, portals and alignments will have no effect on a world that has rejected God.  The gospel is the only beacon of hope for those who repent of their sins and are saved by grace through faith. Note that no mention is made of the gospel.

“Just as the masculine has a unique sound, the feminine also has a unique sound. When women converse and speak out, this sound comes to the fore and is able to drive life and truth into a world where confining boxes are longing to be broken….The more feminine energy released into the world, the more women we will naturally see in visible leadership positions and the faster the world will change for the better.”
Life and truth can only be found in Christ.  This message is pure feminism. To read an article (Ten Lies of Feminism) click here.

Back to Nicola’s article in Joy Magazine:

“The first and most important commandment is “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength”. We aren’t even succeeding at the first commandment, because the world has trained us into wrong thinking and we are caught up in the cares of the world and also in living in a natural reality, rather than in the deeper and more real, spiritual reality. So, God’s children aren’t loving Him back. His heart is dried up. Now the waters of the Mother City are also drying up. And the waters of Nicola’s heart are drying up. And God gave me the mandate to tell all the women of the world to BE LOVE, through the brand called Kingdom Mums, one of the brands Godbrands is busy developing.”

The almighty and self sufficient God has apparently fallen.  In the words of A W Tozer:
“Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God, that is precisely what we see.

Twentieth Century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God’s free determination, not by our desert nor by divine necessity.”  A W Tozer, Knowledge Of The Holy.

Nicola: “From this vantage point I see and experience how the women aren’t yet “catching” their own identity, their anointing, their true essence and the now time where we are called to rise up as the spiritual mothers of the planet doing the work of love and spiritual motherhood for the whole earth.”
Ladies, your “anointing” is the same as every other believer in Christ, male or female.

Nicola: “I believe it is Love energy flowing freely and in ever increasing measure through us,  that will release the natural waters to flow in Cape Town. It is Capetonians waking up and deciding on masse to live right and aligned to Love and to God. That’s what needs to happen now. The spiritual energy blockage must be removed and then the natural energy (ie rain) blockage will also be removed.”
We don’t possess love energy; believers manifest the fruit of the Spirit.  If every believer in Cape Town could display the fruit of love towards their neighbour, God is still not obliged to bring rain.  The only nation that was guaranteed physical blessing was Israel under the old covenant. Promises came with conditions: blessings for obedience, captivity, famine, death for disobedience – not exactly a covenant you would want to be under.  Woven throughout this revelation we find yet gain, the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation, with a bit of new age thrown in. 

“Spiritual and natural energies are aligned, whether for right or wrong.  If  we align ourselves right, then our energies in the spiritual realm will release the right energies in the natural realm. Let’s make it all open, good, positive, right, true and pure.  Then watch the rains arrive freely and joyfully in Cape Town, the Mother City. Let’s make God’s heart happy and let’s make Cape Town happy.”

Jesus was never concerned with making people happy; in fact he made it his duty to explain to people they they would have to lay aside what made them happy in order to follow him. Tradition, earthly comfort and gain, friendships, family, long term plans –  all of these were to be surrendered to the master.

Nicola: “If we understand the parallel worlds of spirit and natural, then isn’t it obvious that we are looking at a spiritual blockage and it’s one we can collectively unblock if we have the will to do so and we collectively decide that we now choose God and His way above all else for real and then we ACT right to manifest it inside ourselves.”
No, it’s not obvious because it’s not true.  She is spiritualizing a water crisis and placing us back under the law

Nicola: “God’s world tells us to keep ourselves pure and not to practice all kinds of magic arts, sorcery and divination. I personally am aware of how the natural waters at the foot of Table Mountain itself are being used in both pure and impure spiritual ways. The impurities have to stop if we want to have the very best that God has for us.”
Yes God’s word tells us (believers) to avoid evil, but those without Christ will continue in their impurity and any pagans using Table Mountain’s stream water will continue to do so.  If we want God’s very best for us, then we should ignore pagans using stream water for their rituals, and focus on what scripture teaches regarding God’s best for us.  His best for us has nothing to do with ample water for Capetonians or having a positive, happy and loving vibe in our city.  His best for us is conforming us into the image of his son, and we will face many trials and tribulations in this world.

Nicola: “My prayer goes now for all lack of education and the immaturity, the lack of understanding and comprehension to end immediately. I also pray for God to be completely unboxed from religion so all can access Him in their own unique way and time, with no obstacles, confusion or limitations placed on the individual’s journey.  I pray this and I declare that this world is now entirely free in spirit and in the natural,  in Jesus Name. Amen.”
God apparently needs our prayers; this would mean he is not God.  It’s actually quite sad that someone can have such a low view of God.  God will never be “unboxed” from his own word.  Furthermore, there is no “unique way” to access him as the way is clearly laid out in scripture: repentance and faith in Christ.  Have you noticed that all of a sudden, since the declaration was made, the world is suddenly “free in the spirit and the natural?” Me neither, that is because only God can decree and declare things into existence.  Here is the obstacle that is preventing people from accessing God:
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” Romans 2:4-5

Nicola: “Lord, may we now align and instantly “catch” what we are supposed to do in Cape Town”
Our household aligned with the water restrictions in Cape Town, and we are catching all the water we can to recycle it.  Apart from that, we are supposed to live for Christ by denying self, picking up our cross, and preaching the gospel.

Nicola: “Lord, bring now the natural rains and make them fully connected to the deep inner heart and mind work we are doing within ourselves and trigger that each individual is responsible for this work insides themselves and they know it. Lord, if we move away from what is right, you know it.  Please admonish us by stopping the natural rains. Let this connection now forever be in place and let us be spiritually awake and alert at all times.  We have no excuses.  We align, we have rain. We move away from God, we misalign, then both the spiritual living waters and the natural waters dry up.

It is up to us to choose right and to keep choosing right. Now it is so, in Jesus Name. Forever and ever.  Amen.”
No, no amen from me because I’d hate to be back under the law.  It just so happened that while compiling this article, I tuned into an Angus Buchan sermon preached at Shofar church in  Stellenbosch.  He echoed this sentiment that rain will come when we are right before the Lord.  In his usual style, Angus whipped up his audience with stories, and then proclaimed:  “God is not happy with Cape Town…if there’s no repentance in this city, there’s no rain” 

Wrong! This is flawed logic and bad doctrine. Cape Town is not in a covenant with God, neither is South Africa. Why spiritualize the water crisis in Cape Town?  Have other cities in South Africa repented? How have they repented and who needed to repent? – just the believers? Keep in mind believers cannot repent on behalf of their cities, nation or the unsaved.  If God only gave rain to cities that deserved it, not an ounce of rain would ever fall on the earth. Can Angus explain this verse: “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the UNJUST” Matt 5:45
or this verse:
“In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” Acts 14:16-17

Sure I’ll pray for rain, but that’s up to God.  If the citizens of our city continue to waste water, if our government continues to mismanage infrastructure and resources, then we will pay the price.  God’s agenda does not include creating happy, positive cities with sufficient natural resources.  The real drought we should be concerned with is similar to the warning given through Amos:
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11