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Shredding Yet Another Defense of the False Prophetic

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"Every Believer Should Seek to Prophesy. In the Old Covenant, God spoke almost exclusively through prophets. In the New Covenant, every believer is encouraged to seek to prophesy: "Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification and exhortation and comfort" (1 Cor. 14:1, 3)

The Greek word translated eagerly desire is zeloo--where we get our word zeal. It is an onomatopoetic word, meaning it sounds like itself (like buzz) and it sounds in Greek like "boiling water". In other words, we are to be boiling over with zeal for the gifts of the Spirit (as we "follow the way of love"). It should be something we pray for every day." -- Ron Cantor

Every believer is encouraged to desire prophecy, not seek it. A subtle difference that is important. We should pray God uses us and empowers us but the bible makes clear that only the Holy Spirit decides who gets what gifts and when and that no one possesses all the gifts. Thus not everyone can or will prophesy. Paul also provides the reason why we should desire prophesy over tongues and that is because prophecy edifies the body of Christ. False prophecy however does not edify the body of Christ at all! In fact it has the opposite effect. It sows doubt in the hearts of believers. This is why the principle of accuracy remains.

"Now, if someone who makes a mistake in prophecy is then cut off from the Lord and deserving of death, why, then, is the apostle seeking to put the everyday believer in such a precarious and perilous position by encouraging him or her to seek to prophesy? And, yet, we know that under the New Covenant, it is not just prophets who prophesy, but every believer can do so. That is Peter's meaning in quoting Joel in Acts 2--that God's Spirit is not just for prophets, but all flesh, meaning, any believer who is hungry." -- Ron Cantor

This is a really evil twisting of what Paul is saying. Paul is speaking about orderly church service and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He encourages people to desire prophecy as a gift, which really is encouraging them to desire gifts that serve others as opposed to tongues. He is not suggesting that they go into a Zen state of meditation and wait for the first thing that pops into their heart and assume it is from God. That is what Ron Cantor and the new covenant prophets think prophesy is. So they cannot fathom what Paul is saying. By desiring the gift of prophecy and being granted such by the Spirit, there would be zero chance of being wrong. The spirit does not stutter nor make mistakes. If you are "not sure" you have heard from God -- assume you have not.

"Prophecy is an objective word from heaven, but it is highly filtered through the subjective lens of the human vessel--through our emotions, our intellect, our theology and even our wounds and presumptions. Paul said, "We see as through a glass dimly" and "We know in part, and we prophesy in part." (1 Cor. 13: 12a, 9) Paul also says, "If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith." (Romans 12:6) So, there must be the possibility of prophesying beyond your faith or presumptuously, as in Deuteronomy. In such cases, leaders should deal with that, but with the goal of restoration, not repudiation." -- Ron Cantor

Then why do we have no record of Elijah missing one? Why is there no time recorded that Elisha misheard God? This rationale is utter nonsense. His notion of restoration not repudiation is equally unbiblical. Realize that the acceptable accuracy rate set by the Kansas City prophets is 65%. They believe you are a solid prophet if 35% of the time you lied about what God said. Think of it as 35 out of 100 prophecies are false yet Ron Cantor sees no reason to repudiate them at all. Is there any concern whatsoever for the people who received the false word 35 times?

"Paul says, "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies. Examine all things. Firmly hold onto what is good" (1 Thess. 5:19-21) What about that which is not good--or bad--and the people who falsely or presumptuously prophesied? Did they kill them? Did they label them permanently as false prophets, excommunicating them from the body of believers? It seems not." -- Ron Cantor

This is the same poor hermeneutical strategy people used to try and pretend God has no issue with female pastors. You ignore directive scriptures in favor of making cultural assumptions from historical narratives. It seems not? That is untrue. The bible gives no indication either way. Do you think Paul would allow someone who was misrepresenting God to stay in fellowship? Either way it matters not because of the plethora of New Testament scriptures that deal directly with false prophets and teachers. They are referred to as wolves beloved. Not sheep that just need to be restored.

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