Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 76 Share on LinkedIn 6 Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 73 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (155 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites   1 comment
Devotionals

Debunking the New Testament Prophetic Culture of Deception

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Rate It | View Ratings

828ministries.com H3'ed 4/15/14
Author 1
Message


I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.  - 1Corinthians 14: 18-19 (NIV)

But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"  - 1Corinthians 14: 24-25 (NIV)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  - Hebrews 1: 1-2 (NIV)

As the end times grow darker and closer we see the influence of evil continue to infiltrate the church to even deceive the elect of God. This is nothing that has not been foretold by the Bible and we should be aware and alert regarding it. I understand that the notion of a New Testament prophetic culture has many sitting under deception. I know that this is a sacred cow to many in their churchianity. I understand why. It feels right. It looks right. There are enough Scriptures that can be ripped out of context and cobbled together to make it seem right. Many will know a "prophet" or "apostle" personally and will take offense. That is a shame because at the end of the day what should matter to us is what the Word of God says. Whenever I have debates in this area, inevitably the other person ends up defending man while I try to hold the Bible up as the plumb line. 

I want to be clear. I am not saying that the gift of prophecy is not in operation. It clearly is according to Scripture. Most cessationists will readily admit that it is the abuses of the gifts of the Spirit that led them to believe they were only intended for the Apostolic Age. If that were the case, what do we make of this:

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.  - 1Corinthians 14: 1 (NIV)

I find it very difficult to believe that an omniscient God would allow this to be in the canon of Scripture if it were only meant for people who lived 200 years before the canon of Scripture was decided. No, the issue is not prophecy but how it is being misused in the church. Likewise, the office of Prophet is not closed either. I used to think differently but given all of the admonitions against false prophets in the New Testament, it would seem logical once again to assume there must be true prophets. I have to be careful to not fall into the trap cessationists are prey to. Where the abuse of something of God leads me to wish it simply is not in operation anymore. No, the issue is not the office of Prophet but those who claim they hold it. Invariably, they are false by nature. They do not point people to Jesus but to themselves. They perform for personal gain. At the heart of the leaven is one of the greatest poisons infecting the church today - divine revelation. 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Joel Osteen Blasphemes "I Am" (54251 views)

Why I Have Left the Assemblies of God (36561 views)

Joyce Meyer Teaching the "Relationship over Religion" Heresy (18888 views)

Joyce Meyer -- A Prisoner of Heresy (16885 views)

Francis Chan Stands With Outright Heresy, Again (13917 views)

Bethel Teaches to Declare God is in a Good Mood and Other Insanities (13491 views)

Total Views: 153993

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: