Prophet or Non-Prophet?

The Lord spoke to me again today. He asked me this:

 “Why are so many churches prophet or non-prophet organisations?”

It made me laugh because I immediately knew the spelling was ‘prophet’ rather than ‘profit’. The Lord may have smiled too but I knew this was a serious question. (He added the ‘not-for-prophet’ later because the terms are different in the UK and in the USA and Australia).

So, let me ask you then. Is your church a ‘non-prophet’ or ‘not-for-prophet’ organisation? Does your church believe, or trust, or even accept prophecy at this time. Are you one of the churches who do not believe or accept prophecy?  If so – why? Why is it that so many pastors and their congregations are so terrified of a prophet. Is it perhaps because a prophet tells you the truth as it is and without any spin or any alternative agenda?

 Allow me to ask you another question – Is the Bible accurate and acceptable for today or did its usefulness die out with the Apostles? Is it the Word of God? Is God the same yesterday, today, and forever? If, like most churches, you claim to be a Bible believing church, then please bear with me as I quote a couple of short scriptures for you.

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:2

“Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.” 1 Corinthians 12:28

Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy - 1 Corinthians 14:39

Does the Bible lie? Is God a liar? No- of course He is not. So why do so many of you not believe what His Word says – after all you do claim to be a Bible believing church. Or are you a ‘selectively Bible believing church’ – do you only believe those parts which suit your particular theology? Then permit me to rock your boat further with this scripture -

“The word of the LORD came to me:  "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” Ezekiel 34:1-2

Then He reminded me of this –

 “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

 Finally, I asked the Lord ‘What next?’

 He said this:

“The shepherds and flocks of so many churches are a stiff-necked, stubborn, and rebellious people. They do not listen to me. They listen instead only to what they want to hear. Therefore say to them that there is coming a time when they will beg to hear from a prophet but I will shut up the mouths of the prophets before them. I will have nothing further to say until they repent and turn from their wicked unbelieving ways. Then I will heal their land; then I will send a prophet to them who will lead them to the truth by my Spirit. But tell them – the time is short. Hurry – do not get left behind.”

 If the Lord says it to me then I must say it to you. That’s what Prophets do.

August 28th 2010

This is reproduced with kind permission from Chris Bennet 'Thoughts of a wandering Christian.'


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