Bethel Church: The False Gospel of Kris Vallotton

Tony Miano
Cross Encounters


Kris VallottonThis article is the second in an ongoing series of articles looking at the false teaching and false practices of Bethel Church, in Redding, CA. In this article I will address the false gospel of false prophet and teacher, Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate Pastor at Bethel Church . . .

Some additional background regarding Vallotton will be helpful before we address the specific topic of this article–Vallotton’s false gospel. The following information is not offered to “poison the well,” but to give a more detailed understanding of what Vallotton believes and teaches.

1. Vallotton dismisses hermeneutics, exegesis, and Bible exposition, while accusing Jesus of taking Old Testament Scripture out of context in order to teach something new, “in code” (the parables).

2. Vallotton teaches the principle of “oneness with God,” by misinterpreting John 17:20-21. In doing so, he erroneously affirms a unity with the Godhead in His/Their nature, as opposed to the clear teaching of Scripture that Jesus’ prayer was for believers to be united with each other as the Godhead is united with each other. As a result of this false teaching, Vallotton promotes a false “law of attraction”–that since we are one with God lost people can see God in us. This teaching runs contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture that unbelievers cannot see Jesus in us (I Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3).

3. Vallotton perpetuates the false notion that Christians are not to judge. Jesus made it clear that Christians are to judge with right judgment (John 7:24). While Christians cannot judge in the sense of determining where a person will spend eternity (Matthew 7:1; James 4:12), Christians are called to confront sin in believers and unbelievers alike (1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 15; Titus 1:9; James 5:19-20). Vallotton also teaches the false idea that Christians are “salt,” in this time of “ministry of reconciliation,” in order to preserve cities from God’s judgment. Bethel and churches like it often promote an unbiblical understanding of judgment in order to fend off criticism about the church’s teachings and practices.

4. Vallotton teaches a false doctrine of apostleship and apostolic ministry. He describes Bethel’s “supernatural” schools as “Holy Spirit terrorist training centers.”

5. Vallotton teaches the false notion that those who are humble before God are, by default, destined for greatness in this life. This kind of thinking goes hand-in-hand with typical prosperity teaching–making promises God never made, by twisting Scripture to fit the false teacher’s desired meaning and goal.

6. Vallotton and his wife are “elders” who oversee the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, a “supernatural” Mecca that is producing, promoting, and applauding false signs and wonders madness, mysticism, necromancy, blasphemous anointing, and other demonic manifestations.

I could continue to provide examples of Kris Vallotton’s false teaching and the role he plays in leading countless people, young and old, into following false signs, false wonders, false prophesies, false manifestations, and false spirits. However, the purpose of this article is to show that Kris Vallotton preaches and propagates a false gospel.

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