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IHOP -- Prophetic Accuracy is Just the Cherry on Top of the Love Sundae

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"While some may think of prophecy as predicting the future, the Bible defines prophecy simply as the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 19:10). And its purpose is for the edification, strengthening and encouragement of the body." -- Fia Curley

Just two important points here. First of all, encouragement, strengthening and edification are not reflexively sugar coated. False prophets use this concept from 1Corintihians 14 to claim that prophecy is never "negative" and that is simply an example of bad hermeneutics. Rebuke and correction can be just as edifying as puppies and pancakes beloved. The only thing that matters is if the word is actually from God or not. Secondly, how sad is it when you can see God trying to speak to Fia Curley and she cannot see it? Here is the verse she references:

Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God." For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. -- Revelation 19: 10 (ESV)

What is the spirit of prophecy beloved? The testimony of Jesus. The Gospel. Period. It is not something in addition to the testimony of Jesus. It is not trying to hear some still small voice or allowing your heart to convince your mouth that God is speaking. Curley would continue:

"Amanda Frye, a full-time IHOPKC intercessory missionary, finds that simplifying the basics of prophecy has helped people she's trained distinguish between what it is and is not. She describes it as a process of "asking the Lord, hearing His answer and sharing it in a way that comforts, encourages and edifies." "The simple gift of prophecy is for everyone," Amanda says. "We know it's our inheritance--His sheep hear His voice." -- Fia Curley

Huh? The gift of prophecy, and there is no such thing as a "simple gift of prophecy", is most assuredly NOT for everyone. This is the same heresy we see taught at Bethel by Bill Johnson and throughout the NAR. The Bible cannot be clearer however. It says that the gifts are given out as the Spirit wills, not Amanda Frye or Fia Curley. What they are doing by teaching this is teaching the usurpation of God. The reference to John 10 is equally misleading. Yes His sheep hear His voice but Jesus said this to the Pharisees as a point of having faith in Him as the Son of God -- not to confirm some new realm of prophecy with the church. We should also think of this in relation to the Word. Those who are not saved will not understand the Bible spiritually because they cannot hear His voice within them; yet we can. Curley continues:

""Sometimes we think of prophecy as really big and complicated or scary or weighty when we really need to simplify it--it's for all of us, and all of us can do it." While some may feel pressure when it comes to prophesying over others, Amanda says she often tries to relieve people of the weightiness that they associate with prophecy, by shifting their focus. "I think we feel so much pressure to give the biggest and best, most amazing prophetic word that changes people's life and changes their destiny forever, and in my experience, it's often the weakest, simplest word that is the key to someone's heart," Amanda says.' -- Fia Curley

Here we come to the complete irreverence this crowd has for the Word of Almighty God. Prophecy is speaking on behalf of the Creator of the Universe and Fia Curley has been taught that it is not weighty, scary, or complicated. Really? I know it sounds so sacrificially pious to say that even the smallest word can change someone's life but the underlying premise is an affront to God. There is a reason why false prophets in the Old Testament were stoned to death! Why are you feeling any pressure at all if you truly heard from God? The answer is because they do not know if they have heard from God! Curley proves this point next:

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