Costi Hinn, the nephew of Benny Hinn who frequently speaks out against his uncle’s “prosperity theology,” called Bethel Church leader Kris Vallotton a “false prophet” who rakes in “easy money” by “deceiving people.”
Vallotton, senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, recently shared a photo on his Facebook page showing where his luxury car had been keyed by an unknown assailant.
“It’s kind of sad that people can destroy other people’s hard earned stuff,” the pastor wrote. “On the other hand I often feel like God can use negative things in our life to test our hearts. I like my car a lot, but it’s just a car, it’s not a[n] Idol … I don’t live for it … and I don’t get my identity from it.”
Vallotton, also a best-selling author who “uses his prophetic gift to assist world leaders in achieving their goals and accomplishing their mission,” according to his bio, said he prays for “those people who tried to destroy my stuff.”
“They are enemies that need love not vengeance, unforgiveness, or hatefulness. I asked God to bless them and help them to see His goodness in the world around them,” he said.
The pastor added that when the officer was writing up the police report, she asked him if he had any enemies.
In response, Vallotton said, “Yes! Absolutely!”
“Jesus said to love your enemies so you have to have some,” he explained. “If you’re doing anything for God you will have enemies. I hope to be doing enough good in the world that [He] knows my name. I count it a privilege to have enemies for I am in good company.”
However, Hinn, who famously left his uncle’s ministry after becoming disillusioned by the teachings of the prosperity gospel, took to Facebook to dispute Vallotton’s claim that his car was “hard earned.”
Referring to the megachurch pastor as a “false prophet,” Hinn asserted, “His luxury car is not hard earned. It’s easy money deceiving people.”
Bethel Church did not respond to requests for comment.
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Source: Christian Post