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Be wary of modern-day “prophets”


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“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON… ” ~ Hebrews 1:1-2a

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Friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, please be wary of those who would set themselves up as prophets. God’s Word for us comes through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We can, through the work of The Holy Spirit in us (John 14:), know all we need to know by reading The Bible, which tells us everything we need to know about Jesus and about life.

Despite all the prophets God sent, the Israelites were not saved, because they rejected God. Prophets/prophecies do not save us. Only God’s grace by faith of Jesus Christ can save us.

And ALL the prophecies we need are recorded for us in God’s Word.

To be clear, this does not obviate/preclude/deny the gift of prophecy which is a gift given to various members of the Body of Christ for its edification (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4).  However, those so gifted do not point to themselves as the source of Truth.  Rather, they point to Jesus as The Truth and The Holy Spirit as the arbiter of Truth working in us.

In the body of Christ the gift of prophecy is intended as a conduit for the message of God’s Word to reach Believers who are otherwise blocked from it due to sin (in the individual specifically and in the church broadly), or due to heresies (2 John, Jude).   But prophecy never was intended to substitute the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of each individual Believer.

Indeed, Scripture tells us that we are a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9-10).  And as priests, it is the duty/responsibility of each and every Believer to be thoroughly trained in the Word of Truth.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

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  1. “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” -Ephesians 4:11-16, New Living Translation

    • Hi Deloreyes,

      You make an excellent point quite eloquently. 🙂

      I think that post may need a rewrite. The focus is on being careful of those who claim the office of prophet and then leverage that claim to exert spiritual authority over Believers; especially those who would claim to have the ability to foretell. The reason for this is that historically and presently such have caused The Body of Christ, The Church, much anguish. The intent was not to deny the gift of prophecy in the church as identified in Corinthians and Ephesians.

      Clearly, the article is too brief — so brief that it is ambiguous. Please pray that God will guide and enable a good rewrite to His greater Glory.

      THANKS for sharing!!!

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