There is no doubt that the influence Bethel Church in Redding, California has on its global networks is one your own church may well be a part of, either knowingly or not. We have many research links on this site to help you learn more, along with articles on Bethel, and Kris Vallotton.
Churchwatch Central has been posting a series on Bethel Church, where pastor Kris Vallotton is beginning to be more bold in how he displays is unbiblical theology. Understand that the “You are Little Gods” theology is from the Word of Faith movement, which has been blended expertly by those at Bethel Church into a New Apostolic Reformation cocktail poisoning the modern church around the world. Here is part of Churchwatch’s article, and I encourage you to read the entire post on their site: (And yes, we stand by CWC’s assessment of Dr. Michael Brown, who has proven to be a proponent and a part of the NAR.)
Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 3): Vallotton claims “You are gods” (aka Princes and Princesses)
Did you know that Kris Vallotton, (good friend of Dr Michael Brown), claims Christians are ‘little gods’? (And why should Dr Michael Brown care since he too believes in this New Breed/Little Gods heresy that Vallotton teaches?)
Time and again, Michael Brown endorses some of the most dangerous NAR Apostles and NAR Apostles in some of the largest and most dangerous cults who are perverting Christianity for their own selfish means. We say this in light of Bethel’s heretical NAR New Breed heresy. (The basic concept behind this teaching is that humans are actually divine.)
Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 1): Spirit of Sonship = Spirit of Adoption
Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 2): Johnson wants you to manifest the Glorified Rev 1 Christ?
Bethel can be quite subtle in pushing this blasphemy, other times they are blatant. On his website in 2016, Kris Vallotton advertised the following sermon titled ‘Your Identity as Sons of God” which he gave at Bethel.
The page reads,
“Most believers have no idea who they are called to be. We are called to be sons of God and we ought to behave as such! Check out this video on your identity as sons and daughters of God.
For more on this subject, check out my book Supernatural Ways of Royalty.
If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign up here: http://krisvallotton.com/
Are you walking in your true identity? Tell me about it in the comments below.”
Source: Kris Vallotton, DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?, KrisVallotton.Com,
http://krisvallotton.com/your-identity-as-sons-of-god/?fb_comment_id=1017573224946265_1022364717800449#f1170d37d97e678, Published May 27, 2016. (Accessed 27/06/2017.)
In the above sermon on his website, Vallotton claims we are little gods. But listening at his sermon, we need to consider how he came to such a bizarre belief? On the website Vallotton says,
“For more on this subject, check out my book Supernatural Ways of Royalty.”
We actually have this book ‘The Supernatural Ways of Royalty’. It is endorsed by all of the following NAR Apostles:
Steve Shultz, Myles Munroe, James Goll, Jack Taylor (deceased) and both Heidi and Rolland Baker.
The introduction not only teaches the false NAR Dominion Gospel that Jesus, “the Captain of the Host conquered the devil” in Hell, the introduction proceeds to teach that heaven wasn’t “just waiting for rescued souls to be redeemed, but for the crowning of the sons who were to be revealed.” That is a paraphrase of the manifest sons of God heresy which often quotes Romans 8 out of context:
“For with his blood the Holy One of Radiance purchased rotten, ragged sinners and recreated us into His righteous, reigning Saints.” pg. 18.
Note: Bill Hamon is another Apostle who calls the day of the arising New Breed, ‘All Saints Day’. Vallotton goes on to say:
“We are not just soldiers of the cross, we are heirs to the throne. The divine nature permeates our souls, transforms our minds, transplants our hearts, and transfigures our spirits. We were made to be vessels of His glory and vehicles of His light… Alternatively, we may be called the Children of God, the Engaged Bride, a Royal Priesthood, the Apple of His Eye, and a New Creation.” pg. 18
Note the language and concepts being promoted. Vallotton is promoting the Spirit of Adoption/Sonship heresy which naturally progresses people onto believing the New Breed heresy. This heresy teaches how believers can manifest on earth as gods (or little Jesus’) (Click here to read more in this.) Vallotton’s error becomes more clear as he such starts using Latter Rain and Dominionist language as he continues his train of thought:
“His Royal Army is spreading the King’s glory all over the earth as we take dominion of this planet back from the defeated one. […] Armed with the power of the Holy Spirit and commissioned to re-present the King’s Son, we are healing the sick, raising the dead, and displacing devils.”
However, he ends the intro with this:
“Paupers are becoming princes as a result, and the kingdom of this world is becoming the Kingdom of God!”
Vallotton has defaulted back to the heretical ‘Kings Kid’ theology.
NOTE: This heresy teaches people that they are little gods in human flesh. The reason why they have for a long time gotten away with this blasphemy is because this teaching was called the Spirit of Adoption or the Spirit of Sonship since the 1970s (aka Kings Kids). It was this Kings Kids mentality in the 70s that caused teachers like Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many others teach we are little gods in the 80s and 90s.
In his attempt to hide his New Breed heresy in this book, he claims that he received this ‘Paupers to Princes’ teaching from a direct revelation from God at the witching hour (pg. 21-24).
“… the Lord began to teach me about my identity as a prince.” (pg. 22)
And as a Prophet of God, Vallotton wants to teach you how God wants you to live like a Prince or Princess and not a pauper or castle tramp:
“The goal of this book is to share the revelation that the Lord has given me… I pray that you come along with me on this journey you will discover your identity as a prince or princess and begin to experience all the benefits of living in the King’s palace!” (pg. 24)
His teaching are as old as the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) movement. He is not saying anything new. He is simply pitting a deified New Breed of Christian against Christians. So you can start to see how Vallotton’s King’s Kids theology back in 2006 has led him to believe today how we are little Gods.
If you have any doubts, go to his website and watch the entire sermon ‘Your Identity as Sons of God’.
In the sermon footage, Kris Vallotton claims that Christians are ‘little gods’. In the typical fashion of false teachers, he attempts to convince Christians his position is not extreme (“we’re not Mormons.”). So he KNOWS exactly what critics are thinking he is claiming. Nevertheless, he takes Psalm 82 (the very scripture Jesus used to denounce the religious leaders of his day), to make the claim “you were created a little lower than the angels. But when you got born again, the angels serve you, now you became heirs of salvation in which the angles serve.”
Combine that with Bill Johnson’s claim as to why he thinks one of his “primary jobs is to teach Christians how to realize and spend their inheritance” and you begin to see how Bethel leadership holds to the belief that believers are all ‘little gods’ on earth through being “born again.”
He then promotes the Spirit of Adoption/Sonship heresy to justify we are Gods because just as Jesus is the son of God who knew the Father, we are sons of God who know the Father.
There is much more of this transcript. Read the entire article here.
A few weeks ago, I randomly picked a recording of Bill Johnson’s to listen to. He talked of people who had ankle problems that were being healed. Then asked visitors from around the world to stand up. Then asked the local church people to gather round these visitors and pray for them. Then he said “I am going to say something I have not said before. Breathe on them and say ‘Receive the spirit’.” I usually try to make a note of such things but was shocked and turned it off. If anyone knows where that is and can let me know I would be grateful to hear.
“Prophet” Kris Vallotton
The utter arrogance. Deceitful and false this “prophet” is and completely New Age in thought. What famous Hollywood star once said “I AM GOD?” Shirley Maclaine……
Yes God said that it would be He Himself that would send a great delusion so that they would believe a lie because the Love of the truth found only in the written word was not found in them
This is simply a fulfilling of Thesalonians regarding the endctimrs apostasy false Christianity mskingcway for the Anti Christ
Amen Tim, amen! It clearly says something about the times we live in! Christianity is neck deep in false teaching.
Having read more than I should—I can only stomach so much of this nonsense—the last part where the audience repeats after him should tell you all you need to know of this man’s psyche and root of his heart. He’s an ego-maniac, just like his father, the devil. Yet for all the ‘in-you-face red flags’ people still eat this poison up like candy. They can’t help themselves, their minds have been blinded (Isa. 6) and you could scream the truth in their ears forever and they would not understand, not until the Holy Spirit opened their heart to His Word. All too many I fear have gone over edge a long time ago and have blasphemed the Holy Spirit with all their high sounding talk—God knows. There is no record, not in Scripture nor in our time, of the leader of a cult coming to faith in Christ. These clowns will find out the cold, hard truth only when it’s too late.
When humanity claims a position that God never offered, are we not rebuilding a figurative Tower of Babel?
As early as the Garden of Eden Satan has been using this deception/pride to tempt humans – “ye shall be as gods”. It was behind the pride and rebellion of the Tower of Babel and has survived all the way down to today. Word of Faith/NAR is just a “christianized” version of New Age beliefs and practices. These are some of the people that will stand before Jesus and say “Lord Lord, did we not do all of these marvelous works in thy name”, and we know from Matthew 7 what Jesus’ response will be. We need to be praying for those caught up in this devilish scheme. It’s wicked, and extremely popular in this generation of narcissism.
Correct you nailed it.
That’s why Rick Warren will co-author books with New Agers
Very true. Rick Warren sold out years ago when he developed his purpose driven church model after surveying unbelievers door to door, asking them what they wanted to have in a church. In reality it started years before that when he became a student of the king of self-esteem theology and church growth, Robert Schuller. No surprise then that he has no problem uniting with the pope, as do people in WoF and NAR circles. We can literally see the Harlot of Revelation 17 coming together before our very eyes. The apostle Paul very correctly prophesied this would happen 2000 years ago in 2 Timothy … for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but will after their own lusts heap up teachers for themselves, having itching ears, and will turn away their ears from the TRUTH, and shall be turned unto FABLES.
You nailed on every point again
Rick copied and cloned them all
Norman Vincent Peale
The list go’s on and on
Businessmen masquerading as pastors
One must be truly insane to believe they are a god residing in this human flesh…a complete denial of the sinful nature of man and blasphemy against God Himself to equate yourself with His wisdom, power, ability and holiness. Foolishness and deception indeed. I would challenge them to heal themselves or create a star or raise a dead man. They are not even able to make one hair white or black, much less number the hairs on their lofty heads. The time will surely come when God will put them in their lowly place.
I can amen all that has been said by the critics of these teachings. However, what concerns me is the absolute dearth of any real power in the church in the USA Today. Certainly Paul noted that displays of power can be seen as evidence of who is tracking correctly. 1 cor 4:20. Where is our power?
Craig, look at the context of 1 Corinthians 4. Paul is rebuking them for acting in a sinful way. Among them was a group who considered themselves spiritual because they were “of Peter” or “of Christ.” They had been listening to the false apostles who had convinced them that Paul may not have been a true apostle. And so Paul defends his apostleship. He then rebukes those who are puffed up (under the teaching of the false apostles).
It is in this context that he says, “I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up [not the word of these boasters], but their power [might], for the kingdom of God is not in word but in power [For mighty deeds, not empty words, are the tokens of God’s kingdom].”
And what power is Paul talking about? The power of Christ’s resurrection that has defeated Satan and sin and death. Those who recognize that power and walk in it are not turning to the Law (as the false apostles were and those who followed them); and they are not practicing sin (Romans 6-8).
The power that Vallotton is talking about is a Satanic power, one that would say, “I will,” “I will be like the Most High God,” “I will be as God.” And so, he tries to do what Christ did in His earthly ministry, to heal people and walk on water and calm the sea. That isn’t the power Paul is talking about. Paul is talking about the power that has removed us from the dominion of darkness into the dominion of light, the power that enables us to walk in the light, to love, and to obey in all humility.
God’s Word does say we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
Bill Johnson and company are teaching another gospel… but, mankind was created in God’s image according to the Book of Genesis…
So, there are only two entities to be like and to be led by… satan (walking after the flesh), or Jesus Christ (walking after the Spirit).
We need to be careful not to get in the ditch with the NAR people thinking we decide what’s best and quit being led by the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ according to God’s Word… or in the ditch like many of you here that are carnal minded and only believe a few parts of God’s Word denying His Power.
I have heard someone from Worldwide Church of God say they will become gods and creat new universes. Scary. Didn’t read this exhaustively and am the first person to disavow false teaching or that which is unscriptural but I am not seeing that this is what he is saying.