"Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law" (Prov. 29:18, RSV).
It is the new year. The time of new beginnings and unmet resolutions. The busiest month for gym memberships and false prophets. Neither of which will be of much use. Sometimes a false prophet provides us with an insight into just how badly they understand God and the Bible. It is a rare glimpse into the mind of the deceived who spend their lives deceiving others. This month the example comes to us from Crusaders Church in Chicago. It appears that this church adheres to the beliefs followed by the heretical New Apostolic Reformation and is seriously into the false signs and lying wonders movement. One of the "house prophets" there is a woman by the name of Michelle McClain and she penned an article for Charisma News which can be found at the above link. This article is entitled - "Do You Need a Prophetic Word?" Let us explore the flawed thinking of a false prophet today.
Prophecy provides revelation of the purposes of God. It is the revealed will of God for your life. "Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint." "Casting off restraint" is letting go of your goals and focus in life. You become passionless, living an undisciplined, mediocre life. Without prophetic revelation, we lose a grip on life and become like a wild person.
We see right away how flawed her thinking is. Prophecy is not the revealed will of God for our lives. That is what the Bible is. Drawing on her obvious purpose driven teaching, she also mischaracterizes casting off restraint into Warrenesque language. Casting off restraint has nothing to do with becoming purposeless, passionless, or mediocre. It has everything to do with becoming ungovernable. As is the trademark of false prophets who abuse today's key verse by overly focusing on the first portion not realizing the second portion is in direct relation. If blessed is he who keeps the law, then casting of restraint means to cast off the law. To do as once wishes instead of what God commands. To the purpose driven false prophet however, it is always about goals and focus in life because they desperately want to make the Christian experience about you when it is supposed to about Christ. She continues:
we become like savages, never grasping the potential God has placed within
us. Prophecy can inspire within us a sense of purpose that brings focus,
determination and discipline into our lives.
Savages? Really? Notice beloved who this is all about in the mind of the false prophet. It is all about you! You have un-grasped potential. Prophecy is not about God! It is about inspiring a sense of purpose in our life! It is so we can regain some focus and determination! Search the Scriptures and see if you can find any instance of prophets doing this. It was never about them - it was always about God. Unless they were false:
And the Lord said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. - Jeremiah 14: 14 (ESV)