Invalid reasons for staying in a church you know teaches false doctrine

By Rick Becker   22 March 2018

When the scales of deception are removed from their eyes, many find themselves in a dilemma.  They realise that the church that they love, attend, and where they were possibly even saved, teaches false doctrine.  False doctrines such as word of faith, the prosperity gospel, dominion theology and of course the unhealthy mixture of all three found in the New Apostolic Reformation are working their leaven in the visible church.  Furthermore, accompanying these false doctrines are false practices and manifestations.  Individuals are torn in two.  Should they leave? or should they stay and attempt to navigate the spiritual minefield that  they find themselves in?  This post looks at invalid reasons that some use to justify their refusal to walk away from a poisoned well.

If you are not familiar with the false doctrines mentioned above, here are some examples of people and ministries that teach them: Bethel church (Bill Johnson & Kris Vallotton), Hillsong (Brian & Bobbie Houston, Carl Lentz), Randy Clark, Lance Wallnau, Todd Bentley, Georgian Banov, Heidi Baker, Joyce Meyer, John & Lisa Bevere, Christine Caine, Rick Joyner, Patricia King, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, Craig Groeschel, Rick Warren, Paula White, T D Jakes, Steven Furtick, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Todd White, Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Mike Bickle, Ann Voskamp, and many more. In South Africa – CRC churches (At Boshoff) Breakthru Life church (John Crumpton), Rivers church (André Olivier) River ministries (Andre Roebert) Oasis Christian Church (Sarel van der Merwe) Christian Family Church (Theo Wolmarans) and many more.  If your church uses material from any of these folk or promotes them in anyway, you should be concerned! 

The following  reasons are not legitimate reasons to stay in a church that teaches false doctrine:

1.  I’ll simply ignore the bad teaching – eat the meat and spit out the bones

To put it another way – don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.  There is no biblical mandate for this argument.  Those who teach contrary to the gospel need to be marked and avoided, not marked and ignored. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them Romans 16:17
In his letter to Timothy, Paul explains that someone approved by God “rightly divides the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)  He then gives an example, of two teachers who did not rightly divide God’s word: Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.” (vs 18)
Finally, Paul tells us what our response should be: “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” (vs 19)

By sitting under a pastor who twists the word of God, you are submitting yourself to someone God has disqualified and submitting yourself to someone who is responsible for damaging the faith of their followers.  You pastor should in fact be the one rebuking those who teach false doctrine. He  must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it  Titus 1:9

The church at Thyatira was rebuked fortolerating that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants..” Revelation 2:20.
We must avoid the irreverent babble of those who distort the word of God to suit their own carnal appetites. False teachers need to be silenced, not supported:For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.  They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach” Titus 1:10-11
A ravenous wolf has nothing to offer you:  they come to steal, kill and destroy.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking the situation is static in the sense that the current level of false doctrine will remain constant.  It begins with singing Hillsong or Jesus Culture songs, and before you can say “heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss” your pastor will be introducing the doctrines of Hillsong and Bethel.
Soon your leaders will find it necessary to attend a Bethel or Hillsong conference, and then new materials and courses such as sozo or a school of supernatural ministry will be introduced.  You will probably observe new terminology coming from your pulpit, as new teachings come with some catch phrases.  These words, for example, accompany NAR teachings: “shift, alignment, presence, atmosphere, impartation, acceleration”

God’s word is ignored or twisted beyond it’s original meaning, resulting in progressive error:while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom  you learned it  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.   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 3:13-17

2.  I’ll just stay and be a witness

That may work for a short while, but at some point you are going to be accused of “sowing division” and your “rebellious spirit” will be dealt with by your leaders.  Your first port of call in any case should be your leaders.  A meeting with them, explaining your concerns, will quickly determine whether your discernment is appreciated.  There were no undercover believers in the early church; they broke away from the various sects and teachings of the pharisees.  If you want to be a testimony then you need to leave and have no fellowship with darkness.  Those who are interested in truth, will come and ask you for the reasons you left and that will be your opportunity to present the truth.  

3.  I have family members in the church; if I leave I will offend them

This is a difficult case, but one that Jesus warned about: Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.  For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  Luke 12:51-53
You have the advantage of spending time with your family members and giving your reasons for leaving.  I realise there may be some complications, but ultimately your leaving may be the catalyst for their eyes to be opened.  You may offend them if you leave, but you won’t be offending God.  What is offensive, and indeed unloving, is to stay silent when doctrines that may shipwreck the faith of your family members are not addressed.

You have a duty to warn your family and friends.  They should not feel at ease among enemies of the cross.  “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.”
Acts 20:29-31

4.  I stand to lose too much

The opposite is true; you stand to lose much by participating in any ministry that has swerved from the truth, and is deceiving people. Many are heavily invested in their churches.  Apart from the possible loss of friendships that are dear, there are other factors that may come into play. A church I attended had a “business directory” for church members.  We were encouraged to support the businesses of church members, nothing wrong with that.  Some may however find themselves in a situation where their business is largely dependent on the support of fellow church members, or even the church itself.  The choice then is simple – God or mammon. The same God who leads us out of deception, will provide for our needs and make a way when disaster seems imminent.  Your spiritual welfare must be prioritized above any earthly concern.  You can never lose when you obey the word of God.

5.  Despite some bad doctrine God still moves

We need to clarify what “God still moves” actually means.  By this argument, people are usually referring to signs and wonders, testimonies from people in the church, or perhaps their own experience.  I’m sure you have heard  similar expressions such as these: “the presence of the Lord was so strong during the service” or “there was such a powerful anointing during the meeting and Holy Spirit was present.”  When subjective experiences take precedence over the word of God, we are dealing with mysticism, not biblical Christianity.  People falling over backwards, gold dust appearing during services, rain falling during a prayer meeting, fire tunnels, goosebumps during worship, and even signs and wonders are not evidence of God moving.  These last days will include many signs and wonders, but they won’t be a result of God moving, but of deception:
 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11

In another scenario, people may actually have been saved or even healed in the church they now realise teaches false doctrine. Perhaps the church started off well, but gradually succumbed to the ear tickling doctrines of demons, or perhaps the church has always been rooted in NAR and other false teachings. Be thankful God is his mercy and grace has saved or healed you in spite of people, not because of them. God saved you, God healed you, be faithful to God!  

6.  I will be without a spiritual covering

You have not been under a spiritual covering in the first place.  The “spiritual covering” that false teachers offer is nothing but a means to manipulate and control their followers.  There is no mutual submission to one another in their vocabulary.  False teachers serve their own appetites, and to get what they want, they will dominate if they have to. True shepherds lead by example with pure motives: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;  not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock”
1 Peter 5:2-3

We are still experiencing the influence of the heavy shepherding movement of the seventies and eighties, and the fear instilled in many due to “covering” teaching remains.  Those who experienced this will know what I’m talking about.  In some cases leaders had such control over those under their authority, that they had the power to determine who your spouse should be, where to live, and what work to do.  If the leaders did not “have peace” or managed to find a scripture in Jeremiah for example (wrest out of context) contradicting your choice, you had little option but to submit to them.

Teachers like John Bevere, are still promoting this aberrant doctrine.  This is a long quote (from one of our previous blogs) but worth repeating: “Another book by Bevere – Under Cover, promotes a pyramid model or hierarchical leadership structure in the church, the very thing Jesus and Peter warned about.  It’s an abusive pastor’s dream reference book, as Bevere basically equates submitting to your pastor with submitting to God.  A far more appropriate title would have been “The Untouchables Manual For Ultimate Manipulation Of Sheep.”  Based on faulty exegesis of Romans 13 which applies to civil authority not church authority, Bevere exalts church authority to a level condemned in scripture itself.  Bevere believes that if we oppose God’s delegated authority, we oppose God Himself.  The consequences are severe: “Not only does it place us under the judgment of God, but it grants legal access to demonic powers. If we want to remain obedient to God and ,we have but one choice when it comes to delegated authority – submission and obedience.” p88
And it gets worse: “Our provision as well as protection could be blocked or even cut off as we disconnect ourselves from the Source of true life”

In a conversation with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit said to Bevere:  “John, if I intended for every believer to get all his information, wisdom, and direction only from prayer and communion with Me, then I’d never have instituted authority in the church. I placed authorities in the church with the full intent that My children could not get all they needed just from their prayer life. They would have to learn to recognise and hear My voice through their leaders as well. p147

God did place leaders in the church; not to dominate people but to instruct them through rightly dividing the word of truth, and setting an example through servanthood.  Furthermore, we are commanded to test all things. The Bereans were commended for comparing Paul’s teaching with scripture (Acts 17:11)   Bevere makes no distinction between leadership under the old covenant with that of the new.  His frequent use of old testament authority examples are out of context and he comes to this shocking conclusion: “..when God places His authority on a person, no matter his private or personal behaviour, we may still receive if we look beyond it and honour him as sent from God” p116
This is in clear contradiction to scripture: “appoint elders in every town as I directed you –  if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.  For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” Titus 1:5-9

According to Bevere’s teaching, if your pastor is a drunkard, abuses people in his congregation and teaches false doctrine, your job is to submit: “To resist delegated authority is to resist God’s authority. We should not take upon ourselves the pressure to discern beforehand whether leaders are right or not. Nor should we judge after the fact. This is not our burden, but God’s. He alone knows and can change hearts as He so desires.” p147″

The same teachers that want you to be accountable, are accountable to no one. They live in comfort, concoct a new revelation at will, and have established themselves as an intermediary between God and their followers.  Our head is Christ, and he has given his body gifts in the form of pastors and teachers to mature us in the faith.  These leaders need certain qualifications according to scripture.  Their lives need to be an example, and they need to rightly divide the word of truth (life and doctrine).  Jesus Christ is your covering, and while we need to be in fellowship, remain accountable and submit to one another, leaving a church that teaches false doctrine is being obedient to your head – Christ.

7.  I play a valuable role in the church

All the more reason for you to leave, especially if you are in leadership.  You may be the secretary, lead the worship, teach a bible study group, or as in my case even be one of the pastors.  You might think you will let people down, and the thought of leaving can cause a sense of guilt and betrayal.  This is when you need to step back, and examine the situation in the light of God’s word as well as from an eternal perspective.  When you leave a church that teaches false doctrine, you are playing a valuable role!  Your actions alone will be a powerful testimony.  You have made a stand for the faith and you are refusing to betray the word of God.  Rather be guilty in the eyes of carnal men and women, than stand before God and give an account for compromise.  Your choice  is between: contending for the faith, or remaining content with a distortion of the faith.

8.   There is no alternative nearby

This is a reality for some, and it’s not just a problem for those leaving a particular church.  People live in isolated areas all over the world and others live in communities with hardly any believers.  Using the “no alternative” argument to remain in a church that teaches false doctrine is choosing to support a false teacher.  At times, we are simply not aware of any alternative churches because we are still looking for a denomination or movement that we are familiar with.  It may take a while to find a fellowship with good sound expository teaching and a body of believers that will encourage you in the faith. God has not forsaken you;  you have forsaken false teaching.  Keep that in mind if you find yourself in limbo as far as finding a fellowship is concerned.  Many people I speak to in South Africa, have unfortunately at some point come under the spell of Bethel church.  Even though they are in a church, Bill Johnson has been teaching them. You know what I’m getting at:  modern technology.  There are literally thousands of good online resources at our disposal.  Not having a home church is not the same thing as not growing in your faith.  Study the word of God, pray, and if possible find fellowship with others who may be in the same predicament: “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

In conclusion, if you know that your church is teaching false doctrine (NAR, word of faith, prosperity gospel, seeker sensitive and other forms of false doctrine) there is no valid reason to stay.  If your church has started introducing these doctrines and promotes any of the teachers mentioned,  you should set up a meeting with your pastor.  Be prepared and make sure you are able to articulate your concerns.  Prayer is part of preparation.  You are not going in to attack an individual, but are going to test their teachings. You should mention specific teachings that you find to be contradictory to the word of God, and give examples.  A pastor worth their weight in salt will want to hear what you have to say.  As an overseer they should be concerned for you, and as a teacher of God’s word, they should be only too happy to let God’s word in context be the arbitrator.  If they ignore your concerns, they will in all probability begin the slippery slope that leads to delusion.

Flee from pastors and churches that do not preach the gospel.  You have nothing in common with an enemy of the cross.  You have no business fellowshipping with those who are “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

Come out from among them and contend earnestly for the faith!  Resist, rebuke and run from those who distort the faith.

 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel –  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9







10 invalid arguments in defense of false teachers

By Rick Becker  8 March 2018

Scripture warns us that in the last days some will depart from the faith, and be deceived by evil spirits and teachings of demons. Those who teach false doctrines are not on the fringes of christianity, they are in the center in the form of the Evangelical Industrial Complex.  Bethel, Hillsong and other NAR “churches” have infested the visible church like gangrene.  Those who are saved from this deception, try to warn their friends and family still caught up in the quagmire of celebrity teachers and false doctrines.  When we warn them of the precarious position they are in, they usually resort to arguments we are all familiar with. This post deals with some of those questions.


Do you know them personally ?

It is not necessary to know figures such as Brian Houston or Bill Johnson personally to test their teachings.  Those of us who come out of these churches know what it takes to work your way up the hierarchical structure in order to “get to know them personally.”  Have they taken the time to get to know the people whose faith has been shipwrecked due to their teachings?  Do they care that their sponsored posts reach millions of naive and biblically illiterate people?  Not content with shepherding their own congregations,  these hirelings spread their doctrines with impunity.  They are not contributing to the body of Christ, but building their own empire.

Their teachings are in print, on social media, in the public domain and therefore open to public scrutiny.  It is their teachings we examine and compare to the word of God – as instructed in scripture.  If the apostle Paul’s teachings were compared to scripture, why give modern day apostles a pass?
“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so”
Acts 17:11

 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1-2

Have you approached them directly ?

Many will cite Matthew 18:15-18 as justification of a direct and private approach to dealing with false teachers: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
In context, the issue is between two believers in a congregation. False teachers are not “your brother” – they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Their messages are public, and their sin is against the whole body of Christ.  There is no need to bring any witnesses to the table when it comes to false teachers, their own witness in the form of their teachings, condemn them.  This passage is instructive regarding church discipline, not how to deal with false teachers.  Incidentally, this is the same passage many use to justify the teaching of binding and loosing Satan.  Once again, that is an unbiblical concept as the text is dealing with church discipline among believers, not spiritual warfare.

If you are fortunate enough to be one of those rare cases where a celebrity prophet or apostle takes time to meet a concerned stranger, use your opportunity wisely.  Attempting to reach them via social media and email is usually a fruitless endeavour.  Most of these well known leaders have a team that manage their correspondence; the chances that you will actually get a direct reply from the teacher concerned is highly unlikely.  Many of these ministries have a culture of ignoring any outsiders who ask questions – legitimate questions.  They refuse to entertain what they deem as attacks on their ministry.

Why don’t you just pray for them ?

Jesus didn’t pray for the pharisees, he rebuked them openly.  When Peter compromised the truth of the gospel, Paul didn’t cover up the issue and offer a silent prayer for Peter:  But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned” Galatians 2:11
We don’t ignore false teachings in the body of Christ.  When Paul wrote to Timothy warning him of those who have departed from the faith due to false teachings, he instructed Timothy to point out the errors : “If you put these things before the brothers,  you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed”
Paul is clear regarding those who bring a different gospel: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!”
Galatians 1:8-9

Why do you have to mention names ?

Because of this:
holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,  among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme” 1 Timothy 1 :19-20

“You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.” 2 Timothy 1:15

“For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” 2 Timothy 4:10

Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.”
2 Timothy 4:14-15

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,  and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.” 2 Timothy 2: 16-18
False teachers are like Hymanaeus and Philetus, they swerve from the truth by misinterpreting the word of God and teaching false doctrine.  By naming those who teach false doctrine, people can be on their guard against them and stop contributing to their empires.  We mark and avoid those who teach a different doctrine (Romans 16:17)

Their ministry has fruits !

By “fruits” most defenders of false teachers often mean that the teacher they are defending  engages in charitable works, has a large following, operates in signs and wonders, and lives an exemplary life. There is however a “fruit” that is never mentioned, as we will see shortly.  Let us firstly look at the points that these defenders of false teachers  may raise:

a) Charitable works – John and Lisa Bevere’s ministry helps rescue human trafficking victims, Heidi Baker builds orphanages in Mozambique, Christine Caine founded an anti-human trafficking organization dedicated to abolishing injustice in the 21st century.  These are commendable social justice works, but are not necessarily fruits that point to a sound ministry or even true believers.  There are cults and other religions engaged in social justice projects; that does not mean their works are evidence of sound doctrine.

b)  Large following – We are living in the time when “people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” 2 Timothy 4:3   Ear ticklers have large followings: if numbers alone are a “good fruit” then Islam must be the right religion.  Thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers, book sales, sold out conferences, prosperity and being a sought after speaker are not an indication that someone is a true servant of God.

c)  Signs and wonders –  Right after Jesus tells us we will recognize false prophets by their fruits, he said this:  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:21-23

Many justify Bethel church on the basis of their “signs and wonders.”  Firstly, most of their signs are fake. Glory clouds, gold dust and kundalini manifestations do not qualify as biblical signs. Secondly, the odd person who may have received true physical healing at Bethel, is a result of God’s sovereign grace and will;  it is not a fruit that justifies Bethel’s ministry.

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” Mark 13:22

d)  Lives an exemplary life –  While we can judge by outward appearances, things are not always what they seem.  Many revered leaders in the visible church were found to have feet of clay when they fell from their positions due to extra marital affairs, financial irregularities or other moral failings that disqualified them from the ministry.  For years these leaders were thought to have had good fruits, yet the real (evil) gift they had was in covering up their sin.

What about teachers who are not involved in sin that disqualifies them from ministry?  Do their moral fruits ensure that they qualify to be teachers of God’s word?
There must be moral and spiritual good fruits in the lives of teachers, as scripture details their qualifications (1 Timothy 3; 1 Peter 5:1-4)  But there is more, good character alone does not qualify someone to teach in the church.
Paul instructed Timothy as follows: “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
1 Timothy 4:16

The passage in Paul’s letter to Titus lists the qualifications for elders:
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you – if anyone is above reproach,
the husband of one wife,  and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.
 For an overseer,  as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Titus 1:5-9
Notice that among the qualifications (which may surely be described as good fruit) Paul includes the ability to teach sound doctrine.  Paul goes a step further; not only is teaching sound doctrine a good fruit, rebuking those who contradict it is also a good fruit!

Further on in Matthew, Jesus shed more light on this topic of bad fruit when he confronted the false teachers of his day: “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.  You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.  I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,  for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:33-37

So while a false teacher may cover their moral failures or greed, their teachings cannot be hidden, and are a sure way to test whether they are indeed false teachers.  False teachers use words to deceive.  If we judge their words by comparing what they teach to scripture, we will know their fruits are bad.
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

Their teachings have helped me !

How have they helped?  Have they taught you to identify in the sufferings of Christ?Have they taught you to die to self? Have they taught you to consider all things rubbish compared to the knowledge of Christ?  Have they taught you to relinquish your ambitions and surrender to God’s calling?  Have they taught you to be content in all things? Have they taught you to carry the burdens of others and forgive your enemies? False teachers are masters at disguising their destructive heresies. They will use biblical terminology and quote scripture. They will make you feel good about yourself and the amazing destiny that God has in store for you.  They may have taught you some biblical truth, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.  Fruit does not grow overnight, and It can take years before false teachings begin destroying the life of an individual.   

Who are you to judge ?

Most defenders of false teachers will quote the words of Jesus “don’t judge” but ignore the context: “ “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?   Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Matthew 7:1-5
In other words, hypocritical or self righteous judgement is a sin.   Very often when we judge others, we are guilty of the same sin or even worse.  What has this verse got to do with exposing false doctrines and those who teach them – absolutely nothing!  Jesus exercised righteous judgement by calling out sin and rebuking false teachers.  The epistles are replete with examples of judging sin, church discipline, and exposing false doctrine.  The person accusing you of exercising discernment is in fact judging you!
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
John 7:24

You are sowing division in the body of Christ !

There certainly are people who create division in the church: “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions” Romans 16:17
Who are these people? Are they the one’s calling for discernment to be exercised in the church?  Are they the ones who warn others of false teachers who are leading many astray?  The verse continues: to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. Romans 16:17-18

Those who cause divisions are people who have departed from sound doctrine.  The celebrity apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation would have you believe that it’s those who call for discernment and expose their false teachings that are causing division.  They would have you believe that it’s those with a “religious spirit” that refuse to participate in their meetings, purchase their materials, or accept their latest revelation that are causing division.  The truth is that false teachers are the ones causing division,and need to be marked and avoided.  Teaching “different doctrines” is the cause of division:
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.  But godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Timothy 6:3-5

Unity in the body of Christ is not when: John Bevere tours with Bethel music, Lou Engle and friends fill a stadium, Todd White partners with Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn teaches at Bethel,  Kris Vallotton meets with the Pope. That is called false unity in the visible church!
You cannot separate true unity from maturity, and fullness in Christ.  Those who are united in truth, will be the ones who reject the false doctrines of Benny Hinn, John Bevere, Beth Moore, Todd White, Kenneth Copeland, Bethel, Hillsong and other word of faith, prosperity and NAR teachers.

“until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,  to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
Ephesians 4:13-14

What have you done for the Lord ?

Red herring alert!  That question has nothing to do with examining the doctrine of their favourite teacher. They are asking that question based on the assumption that their teacher has actually “done something for the Lord.”  We have pointed out that the good fruits they take pride in, are really not good fruits at all. Leave your works in the hands of God:  let Him be the judge, and let Him have the glory.  Respond by explaining what God has done for you, and how the truth has set you free. Remind them that boasting is sin.  False teachers love to boast: they quote statistics and project a successful ministry.  Paul was the opposite: “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” 2 Corinthians 11:30

So you think your theology is perfect

No, not one of us will enter heaven and find out we had perfect theology.  While there are non essentials of the faith we can agree to disagree over, there are essentials of the faith that cannot be compromised –  such as believing in the bodily resurrection of Christ.  However, there are also teachings classified as non essentials, that are harmful, and can lead to greater deception, bondage, and ultimately destruction.  For example, a teaching on “hearing the voice of God” may seem harmless, but when that teaching goes outside of how God speaks in scripture, there is a problem.  It is common in New Apostolic Reformation circles for God to speak through the reading on your odometer, a movie, a double yolk egg, a road runner, popcorn and other bizarre sources.  Doing a course on “inner healing” hardly seems to be an issue that is essential to the faith, but do some research on the devastating effects a Bethel Sozo course has had on individuals. Many other teachings such as: generational curses, the prosperity gospel, tithing, word of faith and kingdom now theology have caused unnecessary damage and confusion in the church.

We should not brand all teachers who teach some form of false doctrine as heretics and apostates. Some are, others are perhaps misguided in areas, not qualified to teach due to the fact that they are unable to “rightly divide the word of God.”  It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two.  Let God be the judge of their salvation, and let us compare their teachings to the word of God.  When speaking to those who follow  false teachers, focus on the actual teachings, and not the teacher concerned.  If they are open to reason, then you have an opportunity to present truth.  Pray for those caught up in deception, and if the opportunity arises, this should be our response: correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,  and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
2 Timothy 2:25-26

“Test all things; hold fast what is good”
1 Thessalonians 5:21




By Rick Becker   1 March 2018

Mere hours after the passing of Billy Graham,  New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) apostles and prophets were gleefully salivating at the prospect of receiving yet another mantle.  Mantles, double portions, impartations and downloads are sought after commodities in the NAR.  Followers of these NAR false teachers lap up their nonsensical notions and teachings with delight, hoping to be the recipient of yet another anointing or mantle.  We are supposedly on the brink of the final great awakening, a worldwide revival, and these mantles supposedly help achieve that goal.  NAR disciples want a piece of the action so to speak, and like Simon the sorcerer they ask “Give me this power also..”  Do the scriptures teach that there will be a world wide revival in these last days?  Do the scriptures teach that we need mantles and double portions?

The word of God teaches a great falling away will take place just prior to Christ’s return: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first”  2 Thessalonians 2:3.
There will be no revival that the NAR anticipate; instead there will be a departure from the faith, and mass deception in the visible church. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Ask yourself if this is the picture Bill Johnson & co paint of the last days:
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,  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.  Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.  But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.” 2 Timothy 3:1-8

Ironically, this passage describing the last days not only refutes the claims of the NAR – that a revival will take place where literal nations will be discipled,  but actually describes those who oppose the truth.  Jannes and Jambres were Pharaoh’s magicians, and they were instructed by Pharaoh to perform the same miracle that Aaron performed: “Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,  “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’ ”So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.”  Exodus 7:8-12

Like Jannes and Jambres, there is a new breed today intent on copying true miracles.  Their “secret arts” include destiny readings, glory clouds, leg stretching, gold dust, and other signs that make you wonder.  This new breed attend NAR supernatural schools of ministry where they are taught how to perform miracles and chase after mantles.  I find it strange that they are selective in what they teach their students.  They train all students to prophesy, speak in tongues, heal the sick, chase out sermons, but ignore two signs that are included in the great commission: ” And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17 – 18

They have opposed the truth and neglected sound doctrine. They will indeed perform signs and wonders, and sadly many will discover that their supernatural endeavors were a sign of their deception, not salvation:On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:22-23

Apostasy and deception in the visible church and not revival, is what we are witnessing today.  The voices in the NAR crying out for revival and making claims of a final harvest of a billion souls for Christ,  are by and large merely adding false converts to the visible church.

Well known voices in the NAR and Charismania such as the now deceased Kim Clement,  Lou Engle and Benny Hinn  have made this claim that we are on the verge of a new move, a final great awakening.  The sign of course being Billy Graham’s death, and the subsequent release of a new mantle.  Naturally the up and coming “revivalists” and prophets of the NAR need to echo and confirm this word.  God apparently told Hinn in 1989 that the deaths of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham would be the sign of the beginning of the greatest revival on earth.  Lesser prophets Ben Fitzgerald and Lana Vawser received this revelation two years ago:
Ben Fitzgerald, son of Ken and Jenny Hodge of the now infamous Christalignment said  “God told me very clearly, nearly two years ago, that when Billy goes home the Lord will pour out the spirit of evangelism…don’t you want the legacy that Billy Graham has had, I want that legacy on my life”

Lana Vawser :”I knew this day would come and I knew the significance in the earth that this day would hold. I knew this would be the day that I would release this prophetic word that two years ago, over the span of two months, the Lord took me into encounters and dreams regarding what would be heralded and released on the earth beginning with the passing of Billy Graham.”

Vawser then recounts a dream she had of Billy Graham, and then writes:
“At the end of this dream, a prophetic decree was made. This was the decree:“When Billy Graham dies a DOUBLE PORTION of the Elisha anointing will be released upon the earth!!!”
“This decree heralded a time coming to the earth of great increase of signs, wonders and miracles unlike anything we have ever seen. The decree established such a branding over this new era that the signs, wonders and miracles that would accompany the proclamation of the Word of God, would be UNPRECEDENTED. A significant shift, a time of a greater increase of the mantle of evangelism being released onto the earth.”

South African Lindey Ann Hopley, a product of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, repeated the claim that “when Oral Roberts and Billy Graham pass away it will be the sign of the great third awakening that’s going to sweep the world“.  She then goes on to release the mantle of Bill Graham as well as an awakening.

Christine Beadsworth wrote on Z3 News – End time news before it happens:
“When He Dies, It Will Come -The transference of Billy to Heaven has marked the trigger point for the final season of rich harvest to begin…For those who have prepared the soil of their hearts and nurtured the seed sown in it, we are entering the season of hundred-fold increase, of radical and sudden change, of the fire of God being deposited and shut up in your bones, propelling you into the harvest field. Are you willing, waiting one? Will you go where He sends you daily? Heaven has a download for you and the graduation of Billy Graham has clocked us over into the chapter when the scrolls of Heaven are about to be imparted in a fiery downloadPosition yourself for encounter and impartation to equip you to possess your allotted portion of inheritance in Christ. Dense darkness is about to cover the earth but His glory will rise upon you. Billy Graham’s baton is available to the whosoever!”

While some NAR prophets are hoping for full stadiums and larger crusades, Beadsworth heard the opposite: “From what I am hearing, this new season of evangelism will be totally different from the last. Many are preparing stadiums for mass salvation, and looking for the next big ‘man of power for the hour’, but I believe the greatest move of the Spirit of God in this area of evangelism will be one on one, the true Church released to operate in the power of the resurrected Christ to bring in the harvest!”

Michael Koulianos of Jesus Image: “Today I felt a holy fear of God as I heard of Billy Graham’s passing. I spoke with Lou Engle and pastor Benny Hinn early this morning. They were in full agreement. I’ve preached to much larger crowds than this crowd today, but I felt the weight of the moment at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry today. I couldn’t help sense that one or more of these young people would hear the invitation from Heaven to fully surrender their lives to Jesus. We believe the mantle of Billy Graham and Oral Roberts is being released on a company of people who’ve been in hiding…all alone with Jesus. They’ve learned to host Him and kill lions and bears in secret. There has never been a more holy time to give our “full yes” to the Lamb of God.”

Not to be outdone, another voice from the charismaniac swamp is Charlie Shamp.  Shamp reminds us to not be offended when Jesus appears to us in a “different form” after Jesus appeared to him while in a trance – in the form of a Lamb.  He goes on to say that God had spoken to him regarding Billy Graham’s death, and that his mantle would drop this year. The mantle of that ministry would be passed to the “wild ones”“the radical revival culture”  The video on his facebook page where he shares this revelation is entitled: “Prophet Charlie Shamp accurately prophesies the death of Evanglist Billy Graham on January 13, 2018 while in Charlotte, North Carolina.We pray that this generation takes ahold of this prophetic word and many young Evanglist’s arise around the world with a double portion mantle for Evangelism!”

Does it take a prophet to know that an ill 99 year old will shortly pass away?

We should expect signs and wonders in the last days, possibly through many in this new breed but not from the source they imagine.  This new breed have a veneer of humility and outward righteousness, but many want to be the next great miracle worker.  Their personal destiny and legacy overshadow the cause of Christ. Their methodology and teachings contradict scripture because they don’t have a love for truth.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

What do the scriptures teach regarding mantles, and is that how God operates today?

The NAR look to the old testament to justify their claim that God gives mantles. Prophets in the old testament wore cloaks, or “mantles.”  This mantle was an outward sign of God’s calling. When the prophet Elijah called Elisha, he “threw his mantle on him.”  This prophetic act indicated that Elisha was called to the office of a prophet. Towards the end of Elijah’s ministry, just prior to being caught up to heaven, Elisha asked Elijah: “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 2 Kings 2:9
When Elijah was caught up in a chariot of fire, his mantle fell, and Elisha picked it up, and struck the waters of the Jordan.  The waters parted, as they had earlier when Elijah struck the water. When some sons of the prophets from Jericho saw Elisha, they said “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.”

To see whether mantles and double portions are still available, we need to examine the new testament, as this is the covenant we fall under and describes God’s operations in this dispensation.  False teachers have the habit of taking a descriptive text to justify their current teachings and methodology.  In other words what was described, is not always prescribed or applicable to us.  Every believer has received a spiritual gift from God: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11

These gifts, help us to build one another up in the body of Christ and spread the gospel. There are instructions in scripture regarding our gifts. We should for examples: not neglect them, use them to serve others, and stir ourselves up in our gifts.

Elisha performed his first miracle shortly after picking up the mantle: “Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over” 2 Kings 2:14  The mantle was not only an indication of a calling, but also a sign that the Holy Spirit had anointed the person who was called.  This anointing was often accompanied not only by accurate prophetic words, but signs and wonders.  This is ultimately what the new breed are after – signs and wonders.  NAR proponents argue that the mere preaching of the gospel is insufficient; what we need according to them is power evangelism and prophetic evangelism.  The irony is that their prophetic evangelism and power evangelism usually leaves out the message of the gospel.  Instead of the gospel being presented, people receive an “interpretation” of what the tattoo on their arm means, or they are the recipient of the old leg stretching trick or receive a “destiny reading.”  That’s about as far as their signs and wonders go.  You will never find this new wild breed of revivalists empty a ward for the terminally ill at your local hospital.

Under the new covenant, believers have received the Holy Spirit. Under the old covenant, the Holy Spirit would come upon God’s chosen vessel to fulfill a task and then leave. Under the new covenant, the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers, and never leaves: “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.   But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.   If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus  from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:6-11

 “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever” John 14:16

” There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call –  one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

Scripture does exhort us to be filled with the Spirit.  We are instructed to surrender to the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  We should immerse ourselves in the word of God, not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit.  If we do the latter, we cannot expect the the fullness of the Spirit to operate in and through us, despite the fact that He still dwells within.  The NAR & co are always looking for something to fall from heaven: a mantle, an anointing or an impartation.  Scripture teaches that we have already received an anointing: “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him” 1 John 2:27

Under the new covenant, God has already supplied to every believer what they need:
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” 2 Peter 1:3
What believers need is not some new addition from the heavenlies, but a greater surrender within.  Instead of chasing after the callings of others (rarely legitimate callings when it comes to those whom the NAR admire) we should be content with our gifts and calling.  It is clear that the new testament does not teach that mantles are available or necessary for believers.

Now we must ask the question: are some believers graced with a double portion?
Once again, we need to find the answer in the new testament, because as we observed, the Holy Spirit has now been given to all believers and dwells within.
A “double portion” in the old testament refers to a double blessing, conferred upon the firstborn, a chosen vessel, or the nation of Israel.  In Elisha’s case, the fruits of  double portion included performing twice as many listed miracles as that of Elijah.  Scripture is clear regarding spiritual gifts for believers – God “apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:11

Scripture never instructs us to align or position ourselves in order to receive an anointing that a deceased person carried.  Scripture does not teach us that we can get by with half or single portions, but double portions are what really gets the job done.

It’s not a case of seeking from above what you lack; it’s a case of realizing what has already been given in and through Christ:do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.” 
Ephesians 1:16-20

There is nothing wrong with a desire to see souls come into the kingdom of God.  There is nothing wrong with an urgency to spread the gospel.  The problem is when our motivation, methodology, or actual message is a departure from what scripture teaches.
When we focus on our legacy – our motivation is wrong
When we think the right atmosphere, mantles, double portions, hordes of people, manifestations and signs etc are needed to spread the gospel or a sign of revival – our methodology is wrong.
When we teach a gospel that promises a great destiny in terms of earthly comfort; a gospel that helps fulfill our personal ambitions and dreams – this message is wrong.

There is no rest in the finished work of the cross when it comes to the New Apostolic Reformation.  To use their own phrase – “there’s more.”  In their world, what Christ has done on the cross is insufficient.  Scripture is insufficient.  The focus shifts from what Christ has done, to what we must do – a man centered theology! 

There is always a need to chase after something: a new mantle, anointing, impartation or revelation.  The “more” always lies outside of the believer in whom Christ dwells.  Naturally this is good news for the apostles and prophets in the movement, as they are the ones with the latest scoop on what God is doing.  They have a new course, new revelation, new mantle on offer.  They point to God for the “more” but have positioned themselves as the playmaker – the essential cog in the whole process.  The result being that they climb the NAR food chain, and watch their income climb at the same time.
The good news is that there is no need for us to chase after mantles and double portions.  Those who do, have fallen for myths and ear tickling doctrines that oppose the truth.

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
“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?

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.
“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:
“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.

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



By Rick Becker  25 January 2018

In order to make the gospel more palatable, many are resorting to crafty means in order to attract the lost.  One of the means employed is going “under cover” at various events.  This new breed of revivalists and evangelists don’t rely on the gospel, but so called “encounters with God.”  Words of knowledge and healings are utilized in order to win the lost. This covert evangelism involves:
• an absence of the gospel
• using terminology that does not offend
• supposed supernatural encounters
• cards, colours and stones to facilitate messages from God
..In other words – “another gospel”

A host of articles have recently exposed the unbiblical evangelistic tools and shenanigans of Bethel and Christalignment.  Going undercover at psychic fairs and the use of “destiny cards” to offer readings, or as they would argue – words of knowledge, are part of their evangelistic strategy.
In stark contrast to the methodology of Christalignment and Bethel School Of Supernatural Ministry Students, the Apostle Paul refused to disguise the truth:

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.   But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing  2 Corinthians 4:1-3

Clandestine operations were probably employed by the false teachers in Corinth.  Paul was making it clear that the gospel does not need to be disguised or tampered with in order to be effective.

John Gill commentary:not walking in craftiness; they used no sly and artful methods to please men, to gain applause from them, or make merchandise of them; they did not lie in wait to deceive, watching an opportunity to work upon credulous and incautious minds; they did not, by good words and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple; nor put on different forms, or make different appearances, in order to suit themselves to the different tempers and tastes of men, as did the false apostles: not handling the word of God deceitfully. They did not corrupt it with human doctrines, or mix and blend it with philosophy, and vain deceit; they did not wrest the Scriptures to serve any carnal or worldly purpose; nor did they accommodate them to the lusts and passions of men; or conceal any part of truth

Those who tamper with God’s word or employ deceit when presenting it are doing so in order to please man or gratify themselves in some manner: But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.  For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.  For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others”  2 Thess 2:2-6

Bethel came out in defense of Christalignment (not surprising since Theresa Dedmon of Bethel came up with the brand “Destiny Cards”)    In their statement, they made this point: “The Hodges are attempting to contextualize the Gospel and bring people to the realization that God is looking for them and loves them no matter where they are – just like the apostle Paul often did. In Acts 17:22-34, Paul spoke to a group of religious people who didn’t yet know God and lived in a city full of altars, idols, and various religions. In that moment, Paul referred to a single altar in their city that had an inscription to the “unknown god,” and he used this familiar object (something they understood and valued) as a starting point to connect them with the God of all creation. He wasn’t worried that they would get a wrong idea (like that God is merely one of many gods or that idols are appropriate) because he would soon be introducing them to the true God.”

When contextualizing leads to compromise, the gospel is polluted.  In Acts 17 Paul did not attempt to blend in with the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers; in fact the reason he was taken to the Areopagus was because his message was different : “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection”  Notice that Paul was not ashamed to name Jesus, whereas the new breed of crafty evangelists prefer terms such as spirit of creation, high spirit, Christ spirit etc.  Paul’s reference to the “unknown god” cannot be compared to going undercover and changing biblical terminology in an attempt to smuggle Jesus in at a later stage.

The irony is that Bethel and Theresa Dedmon use this passage to justify Christalignment’s  contextualization of the Gospel – which includes the use of Destiny Cards.  Dedmon writes: “Destiny Cards” are not tarot cards.  They do, however, have a similar look that attracts people who are searching for a “reading”.  There is no way one can justify creating something that looks similar to a demonic tool in order to “attract” people searching for a “reading.”
Dedmon gets it dead wrong once again when she writes in the same article: “Jesus always spoke in parables that communicated the message in creative ways in which people could relate and receive.”  Parables and Destiny Cards are not comparable.  Jesus did not use parables in order for people to relate and receive; in fact most could not relate and never received anything.  Paul put it this way:  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing”  2 Corinthians 4:3

Parables actually hid the truth from those who had hardened hearts:   Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”  And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”  Matthew 13:10-13 

Did Paul offer any “third heaven encounters with God” at the Areopagus? did he use any gimmicks? did he have any words of knowledge for the philosophers? did he perform any signs and wonders?  No –  he preached the gospel: Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31

The Gospel is explicit concerning the destiny of all people – unless they repent, they will face the wrath of God on judgement day.  Instead of warning people, crafty evangelists simply flatter the lost.

Since our article, Christalignment contacted us, and attempted to defend their methodology.  They wrote:
“we don’t do tarot. We hate it.” 
“We are not fortune telling or practising divination.”
“We do not offer card readings. The card part of a destiny reading is the smallest. The encounter with God is the largest.”

What they are doing is nevertheless deceitful.  While they may not view the encounters they lead their clients into as deceptive, closer scrutiny will reveal that they are not presenting the gospel in sincerity, if at all.  Furthermore, we cannot guarantee anyone an “encounter with God” or produce words of knowledge on demand for clients.  This means that any “vision” or “word of knowledge” received can only have two sources – the imagination or the demonic.

• They also claim that their website is for “non Christians only.”  In their eyes, this presumably justifies their vague terminology and association with festivals such as Rainbow Serpent, Queer Expo, Sexpo and others.  They describe themselves as “trained spiritual consultants, gifted in various modalities…trained in destiny reading… trained as intuitive readers.”
At their Spirit Life Meditation classes, their “presenters” are described as “seers” and “healers” who offer
“releasing imaginative encounters using the third heaven realm..third heaven encounters…deep rest therapy..intuitive colour therapy…revelatory meditations of third heaven realm..healing from negative energies/cleansing.”
Does this sound like the gospel?  Why not be straightforward and boldly proclaim the gospel as Paul did: “but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” 1 Corinthians 1:23.  Matthew Henry commented on this verse: “The message of Christ, plainly delivered, ever has been a sure touchstone by which men may learn what road they are travelling.”  The gospel will cause repentance, or further hardening of hearts to those who are perishing – either way it is effective!  In an effort to remove the stumbling block, crafty evangelists remove the gospel.

• They claim they that do not “offer card readings” but “destiny readings.”  At the time of this writing,  their webpage describes their services as follows:  “The Christalignment team use at least 5 different types of cards in Destiny Readings. These are not necessary for an intuitive reader, as we are all hearing from the third heaven realm, but greatly enhance the reading.  We believe they are more predictive and higher than most cards, and can address a current life question that you may have.”

• In their correspondence with us, they attempted to defend their usage of cards:  “The disciples did not do card readings. But neither was TV or Facebook. You are taking everything from our website. I just told you they are destiny readings. Cards are not important. One set of cards has psalms on it. They bless people. It is the word of God. But they are not predictive in any way. However word of knowledge which is what Jesus used is in scripture.” Advancement in technology is not an excuse to change the message of the gospel.  Naturally we took everything from their website; that’s surely the best way to avoid confusion and half truths.  What does cause confusion is operating under pretense.  Christalignment boasts that their cards are “more predictive” and “higher than most cards” on their website, yet in their correspondence with us claim that “cards are not important” and “are not predictive.” 

What they claim on their page is therefore misleading; it’s false advertising, it’s a lie.

One set of cards does have psalms on it. The rest are “Destiny cards” “Animal cards” and “Colour cards”.  Their description of “Colour cards:
“Colour cards can be used in several different ways. Team member Nan uses them to enhance her reading with coloured agate stones. Colours have had an important role to play spirituality in history and have significant meanings in the dream state. As they are imbued with meaning and power, these readings can really change lives and give comfort and hope.” – Scripture makes no mention of how valuable a tool an agate stone is when presenting the gospel.  Colours may be symbolic, but only the new age teaches that they are imbued with “power”

It will be beneficial at this point to discuss “words of knowledge” as this has become a popular practice in NAR circles.  Christalignment claim that their cards are not predictive, but note that Jesus used words of knowledge.  Have they noticed that Jesus never used cards to help him with “words of knowledge.”  The New Apostolic Reformation teach that Jesus came to model life for believers.  Whatever Jesus did, we can emulate and even improve, however Jesus knew what was in the heart of man because he was God.  Contrary to scripture which clearly states that the gospel is the power of God at work, saving those who believe, crafty evangelists believe that signs and wonders are the power that opens people’s eyes to the gospel. The lost therefore depend on the miracle working power of the crafty evangelist to believe.  “Words of knowledge” have become a favourite tool for the new breed of NAR evangelists.  Smartphone false prophet Shawn Bolz (the “christian” version of the psychic John Edwards) Todd White, BSSM students and others supposedly operate in this gift. Usually it goes something like this:
“Does the date 3 March mean anything to you?”
“I’m getting “Elm street” – do you know this address?”
“Do you have a family member by the name of Edward”
“The Lord says he is about to bring a shift in your business”
“You have lower back pain”
“The Lord has given me the meaning of the tattoo on your wrist”
“God is about to release supernatural favour on your endeavours”

Now lets compare that to the “words of knowledge” Jesus had when interacting with people:
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.  But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people  and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man John 2:23-25 – this passage contradicts the strategy of Christalignment, BSSM students and the new breed of revivalists who rely on so called signs and wonders to reach the lost.

“After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me…It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.  Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him.” John 13:21;26-27 – not exactly “calling out the gold in others” – a phrase used by Theresa Dedmon when describing her reason for creating Destiny Cards.

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;  for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.” John 4:16-19

The issue here was not the 5 previous husbands, as she may have been married to them legitimately (perhaps some died) but she was not married to her current partner.  Jesus made her aware of her current sinful state.  In her eyes, Jesus was no longer simply a Jew, but a prophet – not because he tickled her ears with a “destiny reading” but because she could not hide her sin.  Albert Barnes commentary on this interaction:
” Significantly, the confrontation of her own sinful conscience was the occasion of Jesus’ rising so abruptly in her estimation. Only a few minutes earlier, she had recognized him only as “a Jew,” who she had every right to suppose hated and despised her; but now she hailed him as a prophet. The more deeply conscious any person is of his sins, the higher Jesus rises in his sight. The woman did not deny or offer excuses or explanations, but let the implications of her sinful life stand naked and unadorned in his holy presence.”

Supernatural knowledge in the early church:
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,  and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him”
Acts 5:1-6 – a far cry from the usual “words of knowledge” witnessed in Charismatic circles today.

As you can see, even continuationists must admit that supernatural knowledge in the scripture is far removed from what is practiced in Charismania.  Furthermore, words of knowledge were not used as a means to call out the good in sinners, or reveal a dream destiny.  What then was the gift of the word of wisdom and word of knowledge that Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12?  Paul lists them, but does not describe them; that is why it is easy for some to construct their own meaning and practice.  We believe both the word of wisdom and word of knowledge are primarily to do with the gospel – not your street address, personal decisions, dream destiny, business goals.  Consider the following passage concerning wisdom:

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.  But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.  None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him” 2 Peter 3:15

And this passage which mentions both knowledge and wisdom:
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:1-3

Keep in mind the early church did not have the full canon of scripture. When Paul preached to the Jews in Thessalonica, we read that he “reasoned with them from the Scriptures.”  All Paul had was the Old Testament, and the gospel is concealed in the Old Testament, Paul simply revealed it to them.  This is why the role of the gifts were unique in the early church: prophecy, the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge were able to reveal what had been concealed in the Old Testament.

Christalignment claim that they “use the name of Jesus” and “preach the gospel” yet none of the testimonies they post, reveal repentant sinners grateful to have been saved by the grace of God.  The testimonies revolve around feelings and experiences such as “connecting with the high spirit” and “emotional healings, people feeling lighter and happier”

This client experienced a “flood of colour..channeling and flooding through me..clearing my headache…residual energy just clearing it…I saw this light in the form of an elephant head..the eyes were just kinda like a space I guess, and it was just like staring through me, and the light was going through from him through to me, then like a cycle, colour after colour..I’ve never seen like a spirit animal or anything in that kind of realm”
At the end, mention is made of “Christ spirit” and “high spirit.”  Was the elephant head perhaps an image of Ganesha, a deity in the Hindu pantheon?  Colour was doing the healing?  Spirit animals in another realm interacting with people?  Christalignment use animal cards and colour cards, and this is what manifested for the client;  they are simply channeling these demonic images or visions.  Clearly, Christalignment are not worried when their clients get a wrong idea of who God is.

This client “saw a beautiful being that looked like Merlin, and he came forth and offered me a gift, and I took that gift and it made me feel absolutely beautiful and special”  The Christalignment staff member who conducted the reading goes on to explain how the gift was special because it came from royalty, as the being wore a purple robe. The gift was a round golden ball with something like a crucifix on top.

Merlin was a fictional character, created by the writer Geoffrey of Monmouth. Merlin first appeared in Geoffrey’s work  “The History of Kings of Britain” in 1136AD.  The interesting thing about Merlin, is that he was the son of the devil, yet at the same time the servant of God. (“Merlin” was the wizard in in the stories of Camelot)
The team at Christalignment had no qualms with a fictional character, born as a son of the devil appearing to their client.

On their facebook page, Christalignment share the results of their activity at the Midsumma LGBTQ festival:
“A really brilliant day in at Melbourne’s biggest LGBTQ festival – Midsumma. We had queues all day of hungry people wanting to know if there is any hope for their problems, for their lives. The team were brilliant and most clients were having knock out encounters with the Spirit of Truth.
It is always a shock and so stunning to see just how much The Spirit loves people who are out there, alternative, different. On Sunday this resulted in several stunning instant physical healings and many successful cleansings from entities.
Our first client for the morning was a male transvestite prostitute who “ just wanted to die” and wanted to know how soon he could die. He came to us last year too. He left feeling lighter, free.
It was brilliant to catch up with two well known celebrity transvestites who knew us from last year’s Queer Expo. Immediately they wanted to hug us, take photos and just talk. We really felt the Spirit on that meeting.
One boy was afraid a psychic had made a spirit enter him but after chatting he confided that he was just so lonely. We were able to break all that right off. He went away so happy.” source

Do any of these testimonies point to Jesus Christ?  You be the judge.  Beware of any methodology that contradicts scripture.

“He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart.”

C H Spurgeon





Aligning with a false Christ – condoned by Bethel church

By Rick Becker    28 December 2017

“Christalignment” is a “ministry” condoned by Bethel church.  Bethel and “Christalignment” have no problem with going undercover at psychic fairs. Christalignment offer “card readings” at events such as Sexpo, Rainbow Serpent and Queer Expo.  This is a sign of the times – an apostate church participating in and promoting works of darkness instead of exposing them.

Jenny Hodge of “Christalignment” – a “ministry” condoned by Kris Vallotton and Theresa Dedmon of Bethel “church” offer “readings” at various events.
“Readings” are done through the use of tarot  “destiny cards”
From their own  website  :

Our Cards lead the way…….

” You can’t come into your destiny until you take responsibility for your own life.”The Christalignment team use at least 5 different types of cards in Destiny Readings. These are not necessary for an intuitive reader, as we are all hearing from the third heaven realm, but greatly enhance the reading.

We believe they are more predictive and higher than most cards, and can address a current life question that you may have. Card readings with Christalignment are always followed by the reader taking the client into an encounter in the highest realm. Often colour is seen and it is in this realm that answers come for poignant questions that clients have and lives are changed.”

Cards lead the way?  What happened to the gospel?  Cards are predictive?  Clients who have had their fortunes told received predictive readings are guided into an encounter in the highest realm.  Which realm would this be, considering Jesus and the gospel have been excluded from the session.  Scripture make no mention of the importance of seeing colours, or that any “realm” involving colour produces answers that change lives.

What “Christalignment” are promoting is called the occult.  God does not speak through “destiny cards” or colours, he speaks through his word.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”
Hebrews 1:1-2

The message people need is complete and sufficient: “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
Jude 1:3

“Christalignment” is practicing divination, under the old covenant mediums were punished by death (Leviticus 20:27) Those who chase after “readings” were equally condemned: “If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people” Leviticus 20:6

“Christalignment” at Dendenong Market:

Jenny Hodge describes their “destiny readings” at Dandenong market as follows:

“I work alongside a team of spiritual readers who do everything from card reading to spiritual and house cleansing so it’s really a spiritual one-stop-shop. “I’m a spiritual person myself and can tell another just by talking to them.” “I wouldn’t say we have a typical client – each comes with a question to be answered or a problem to be solved. But we’re not religious per se – and because of our name Christians get the wrong idea about who we are. It can be awkward.”

It takes little discernment to realize that “card readings” are not found in scripture.   Mimicking the occult is not part of the great commission.  In their attempt to lure unbelievers, “Christalignment” utilizes works of darkness instead of preaching the gospel.  Card readings, telling fortunes, and “house cleansing” are not tools to preach the gospel, but “Christalignment” like Bethel church, rely on signs to spread their perversion of the gospel. Every single human being has a spirit, what Jenny means by her claim that as a “spiritual person” she can identify another, is nonsensical unless  viewed through a pagan paradigm.  Unbelievers are under the wrath of God, alienated from the life of Christ, bound in a kingdom of darkness and in need of the gospel that brings about repentance from sin.  The gospel alone is what we should be preaching: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” Romans 1:16

True Christians have not “got the wrong idea” about “Christalignment.”  Unbelievers cannot be aligned to Christ without repentance and faith in Christ.  The only “destiny reading” that Jenny Hodge should offer is “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”  The gospel consists of both bad and good news.  The bad news is the condition of fallen mankind and the consequences, the good news is that Christ saves those who repent and believe in him.  The people who receive a “Christalignment reading” are not convicted of sin, instead they are comforted with pleasant words, morsels from the kingdom of darkness that entertain their dreams and comfort their hurts – a Christless encounter.

“Being at the market you can’t be too precious about the location of your stand so you have to be in touch with your inner gypsy and go with the flow. So far I’ve been at this particular stall for the past 38 weeks but no-one knows when and where you’ll be moved to next: it’s in the hands of the spirits – oh, and Centre Management!”  Source – Christalignment, Henna & Destiny Readings | Dandenong Market

“Christalignment” sure is in the “hands of the spirits” – demonic ones.

In this clip below, a member of Christalignment describes how clients can come for : “a destiny card reading where you can ask a question and receive an answer from spirit…we work with the highest spirit” – No mention of THE HOLY SPIRIT, just “spirit” and “higher spirit.”  No mention of evil spirits, because that is what they are operating in. There is NO mention of the real problem – sin, or the only solution -gospel of Jesus Christ.

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“Christalignment” at Sexpo:

“Christalignment” offered readings at the 2017 “Sexpo” in Melbourne  (has Jenny Hodge read Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”)  By renting stalls at events such as “Sexpo” and other nefarious events, “Christalignment” are contributing to the works of darkness.


They describe their experience as follows:
“Our journey into the thrilling world that is Sexpo. Doing profound life changing destiny readings for 4 days surrounded by sex toys. The team were amazing, competing with very loud stage noise too” 


“Thrilling” what is thrilling about perversion. Aligning with people “whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” is shameful, not thrilling.  What is thrilling about the wickedness of mankind, wickedness that causes God to grieve:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from
the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:5-8

We cannot publish all the words Sexpo use to describe their event due to vulgarity, but this should give you an idea of what they offer: “fun..entertainment..male and female stage acts..comedy hypnotists..fetish demonstrations…amateur strip…fetish playrooms”

“Christalignment” at Queer Expo:

“Christalignment” offered their readings at the “Queer expo” Melbourne.  Their description:
“The team so enjoyed going into this drag queen culture in Melbourne – something we rarely get to see. We found our clients to be open, loving , generous with their time with us. They have the same needs as people all around the world – to get answers from the Spirit about issues in their lives. It has been a wonderful experience”

Mingling with people who have exchanged the truth for a lie should cause us to have compassion.  Jesus had no problem mixing with sinners, but his message was uncompromising and he always dealt with the root of the problem, not the fruit.  Naturally we should be repulsed by their wicked acts, but keep in mind that once we were in their kingdom, alienated from God, lovers of self, haters of God.  The compassion towards the lost should result in an urgency to preach the gospel, not marvel at a sinful culture.  The Holy Spirit will first and foremost “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”  The “issue” all humans have is called SIN.  Until sin is addressed, there is no need for a saviour.

Christalignment at Queer expo:

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Because scripture is not sufficient and the gospel is not taught, Christalignment depend on occultic practices in order to produce something supernatural

“Christalignment” does not preach the gospel.  They are deceived and are deceiving others through divination.  In the book of Acts, we read the account of another woman who offered “readings” for monetary gain: As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.”  Acts 16:16-18

How is it possible that a “ministry” operating in a spirit of divination is supported by Bethel church and others?  It is possible because an angel of light is at work in the visible church.  It is possible because scripture is ignored as “encounters” take precedence.  It is possible because millions in the visible church are offended by the message of the cross.  “Christalignment” is indeed aligned to a Christ – a false one.  Avoid “Christalignment” and Bethel church, they are preaching a different gospel, and have nothing to offer but deception.

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 of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”
2 Peter 2:17-19