Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Role of the Prophet

Today's "Prophetic Church" encourages "all to prophesy". As reported in Charisma Magazine churches like Morningstar (Charlotte N.C.) see this as a prime mission.

"In an effort to stir up the gift of prophecy among the saints, he (Rick Joyner) typically calls a member of his church out of the audience and asks him to stand before the congregation. He then encourages other members to speak words the Lord has laid on their hearts concerning the individual. With wireless microphone in hand, Joyner ambles around the sanctuary, obliging those who volunteer to speak. At his church in Charlotte, North Carolina, prophets-in-training actually set up tables in the sanctuary where they meet with members and visitors to pray and offer personal prophecies."

John Bevere issued a strong warning to the church regarding personal prophecy in his 1999 book "Thus Saith the Lord". According to Bevere's website, "Too often, modern 'prophets' stream through our churches, fellowships, and homes giving words almost like fortune-tellers."

The new-age fortune telling of the "prophetic church" has led many to discount the role of the prophet altogether. Is there a place for the prophet or prophecy in today's church?

According to Andrew Strom, this "prophetic church" type of "ministry" is standing under the judgement of God. Says Strom:

"As you know, for some time now I have spoken of the 'John-the- Baptist' type ministries that must arise to preach REPENTANCE in the Western nations. -Preachers of righteousness with a piercing word, like the Finneys, the Wesleys and the Whitefields of old. Such ministries are essential for true Revival to come. I now see that this new move must completely "separate itself" from the influence of the existing Prophetic movement. We need a completely 'NEW' Prophetic, and to keep it from being tainted by the sickness that has infected the old, there must be a complete cutting-off and a "leaving behind"."

As one who has had to shake off a lot of things, I can only say AMEN.

However, it is important to note some in the church have a long tradition of right thinking in this matter.

Leonard Ravenhill, in "Picture of a Prophet" stated:

"The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men."

"The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, 'has almost always been that of recovery.'

Ravenhill's full article is worthy of your attention.

Originally posted December 14, 2004

1 comment:

  1. I love Leonard Ravenhill!
    I also love Keith Green's music, much of it parallels what Ravenhill is so passionate about, being that they were friends. I really love LR's book "Why Revival Tarries" which is more of a call to prayer. How appropriate.

    I am a musician, and I would be honored if you would check out my site. LR has inspired some of my songs. All my music is free for download. Anyway, I just thought I'd share.

    "All my music is free for download."


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