Bethel's Kris Vallotton apologizes for abusing victims after declaring 'I love Mike Bickle'


Kris Vallotton, senior associate leader of Bethel Church in California, apologized to victims of abuse and sexual misconduct in the Church after offering support in a sermon Sunday for Kansas City International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations by several women.

“On February 18, 2024, I shared a message about the need for accountability, transparency and true repentance from leaders, especially in the Church. The intention of my message was to share the critical need and demand greater levels of health, cleanliness. , and accountability for leaders,” Vallotton, who also co-founded Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, said in statement shared on Facebook.

“However, I now realize that I did not express compassion or address the need for protection of all the victims of abuse and sexual misconduct that I see in and outside the Church. This is and has always been my priority in these situations.”

Vallotton states that his “abandonment” “hurt many in the Corps who are processing hurt regarding the heartbreaking situations unfolding at IHOPKC and elsewhere.”

“This is my mistake, and I am deeply sorry,” he concluded. “I apologize for the people I hurt by this omission.”

In the sermonVallotton lamented what he called a “culture of righteousness” in the Church that makes it difficult for religious leaders struggling with sin to “tell someone they're struggling.”

“I want to emphasize that fallen leaders are not entertainment to watch. They are a tragedy to intercede for… It's not a movie where you get to know all the details, because you have to know all the details. It's important that we know all the details. Why? ” he asked.

“We watch a fallen leader like we watch a movie. We cry for all the details, tell us all the details and let's put it on the internet so the world can see how our fallen leaders are being treated. And I” I would like to emphasize that that there's a culture of justice, and we need justice, but we need reconciliation,” Vallotton argued before mentioning Bickle.

“Looking at what's going on with IHOP — and by the way, I want to say publicly, I love Mike Bickle — I don't know what the outcome is going to be, but it's not going to change the fact that I love him. That's right, he's my brother. It doesn't will change the fact that he is my brother,” he insisted.

The pastor said that about two days before his sermon, someone contacted him on social media about why he had not said anything publicly about the situation at IHOPKC.

“They said, 'Oh, you didn't say anything about, you know, [the] IHOP situation, so you're obviously part of the problem.'”

“I replied, I wrote, 'You are an idiot.' But then I realized that I was an idiot for calling him an idiot, and I just answered a fool according to his foolishness and became a fool right along with him. So, I immediately took it down,” Vallotton said.

“This is not entertainment. This is a tragedy. I'm not going to play on social media to let you all know, 'Well, you know, I think Mike Bickle should do this, and this is how it should happen.' . I just want everyone to know that I'm against it too.'”

“Listen, if you can't look at my life and know where I stand, I guess I don't have much of a life. My goal for Mike Bickle and IHOP and everybody else that's struggling, including the Bethel wrestling that we has, is that we would reconcile and that we would see justice grow out of it, not another documentary.”

On Monday, Cindy Jacobs, a popular self-proclaimed prophet and author, said she was “deeply upset” as allegations of spiritual and sexual misconduct continued to mount against Bickle.

“As a leader in the prayer movement, I am deeply saddened by Mike Bickle's sexual misconduct,” Jacobs wrote in statement about X monday night “There are many pure and wonderful people who love 24/7 prayer, and I pray that their intercession will not diminish. I also pray for IHOP and the victims.”

Her comments came less than two weeks after Lou Engle, a co-founder of IHOPKC who is currently leading Lou Engle Ministries and founded TheCall prayer movement, expressed grief over the allegations against Bickle. Engle said he prays Bickle will come forward with “a full confession of all that is hidden.”

For months, IHOPKC and a group of former leaders known as the activist group have butted heads over an investigation into allegations of abuse against Bickle since they became public last October.

A Change.org petition launched last November, which has more than 4,400 signatures, calls on IHOPKC to “conduct a true third-party investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse and the systemic environment at IHOPKC to protect the interests of the alleged victims and current members.”

The two sides never agreed on a third-party investigator, and IHOPKC hired independent investigator and attorney Rosalee McNamara to review the allegations against Bickle. She presented the results in a seven-page paper a document January 31st.

Since the release of McNamara's report, another woman, Tammy Woods, has alleged that Bickle groomed and sexually abused her in the 1980s when she was 14.

Using her maiden name, Woods, a 57-year-old mother and grandmother, recounted The Kansas City Star that Bickle abused her while pastoring a church in St. Louis before moving to Kansas City and starting IHOPKC in 1999.

Woods said Bickle abused her in his car, at her home, at church and at the office. She said the abuse began when she began babysitting her two sons and involved sexual contact but not intercourse.

She revealed that the founder of IHOPKC also told her several times that his wife would die young and suggested that she could be like a mother to his sons.

Another woman, identified as “TH”, claimed in an interview with The Roys Report this month that Bickle began grooming and sexually abusing her when she was 15 and he was a 20-year-old church intern in the mid-1970s.

TH said she is the ex-wife of self-styled “prophet” Bob Hartley of Hartley Hope Ministries, who was recently banned from the 24/7 prayer room of IHOPKC after he was publicly accused of sexual assault and a pattern of predatory behavior affecting multiple supposed female victims.

In his sermon on Sunday, Vallotton said this “culture of righteousness” and “shame” used to hold Christian leaders accountable will not make fallen leaders come forward willingly.

He quoted a Scripture like Mark 16 and suggested that when the Apostle Peter fell into the Bible denying Christ, he was cast out by the other apostles of Jesus.

“In Mark chapter 16 verses 5 to I think 7, Mary runs into the tomb and she sees the angel. You know the story. And the angel says to her: “Go tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus has risen from the dead.” 'Go tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus has risen from the dead.' Why did the angel say 'and Peter?' Because the other disciples had already excommunicated him because he had a fall,” Vallotton argued.

“I point out that if you treat people who have fallen or treat temptation as someone who can no longer come to the camp and then wonder why so many people fall, I point out that unless you have a culture where people can tell you about their struggles, you won't have a culture of accountability,” he said, noting that leaders in the business world can have downfalls and remain leaders.

“I understand that religious leaders should be under stricter judgment. According to James, a teacher should be under stricter judgment. I'm not saying that we should all be equal. I'm pointing out that if I'm the CEO of a company, I don't have the challenge of having to go tell somebody because I'm going to lose my job,” he said.

“If I'm a religious leader and I have a struggle and I tell somebody I'm probably going to be sat down or maybe even excommunicated,” he said.

Vallotton used the stories of Peter and Judas from the Bible to suggest that if fallen leaders are treated differently, the Church can have better results when it comes to accountability and repentance.

“How many understand that Peter and Judas both failed?” he asked his congregation. “Peter became the head of the church and Judas hanged himself.”



Source: www.christianpost.com

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