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Speaking Without the Authority


Excellent message by JD Ellis at Endtime Delusion,

Speaking Without the Authority

In some Christian circles today it seems that the only authority needed to be a prophet of God is your own desire to be one. You just proclaim yourself a prophet, start a website with a prophetic-sounding name, and begin issuing messages said to be from God. Claims are made by the modern day prophets that God favors them with prophetic ability because they are “close” to the Lord, and have cleaned up the sin in their lives. Their repentance, along with spending a great deal of time in their prayer closets, has, according to them, opened up a special conduit of communication in which God reveals the future to them, and endorses them as His special messengers. Thus, in contrast to the teaching of Paul in the New Testament on salvation, which comes through grace alone and not through works, it seems that the prophets believe their prophetic gifting comes through their works.

By studious effort, and lifting themselves up by the bootstraps, they have elevated themselves to the post of God’s chosen prophet. They seem to not know, or not care, that they are speaking for God without the authority to do so. Thus the term “self-appointed prophet” is actually very accurate, since the prophet confers the office of prophecy upon himself… (more at link)

7 comments on “Speaking Without the Authority

  1. It astounds me just how often and how many times these sorts have encounters with God! I have been walking with the Lord about 38 years now and I can attest to having some encounters with God that were “other” worldly, astounding, amazing, life changing and down right scary, but they were indeed encounters with the Living God, having a supernatural scope and effect. The only thing is I can count them on one hand maybe one more finger or thumb on the other hand.

    When you string out True supernatural encounters with every one of the men of God, I mean the real men of God of the Bible, you can’t even count that many encounters these men of God had during their life long ministry for the Lord. Just consider the days, weeks, months and even years that lapsed between this sort of encounter God had with the Apostle Paul or Peter or John! Take Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph or even Moses and Joshua. Or Samuel or one of the other prophets during his days as “Thee” Prophet of God, ordaining only a couple of Kings during his ministry. Or consider the big four, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, just list what the Bible records about these guys and supernatural encounters with God. They had em’ to be sure, but nothing like these present day guys and gals.

    So, why, with the Biblical record in hand, do these modern day guys and gals seem to have what is not even recorded about the Prophets and Kings and ministers in either the Old or New Testaments had?

    One wonders what Bible their followers read to hold them accountable to God?

    I am not so sure these people are even reading the Bible on a daily basis? If they are, they do seem to read it with a spirit of delusional??

    I could be wrong?

  2. And, of course, all of this is not new. There have been false prophets from the beginning of time. They get prominent mention in the New Testament. The big difference is that back then they did not have modern media as a tool to build their followings. Gregory, sixth century bishop of Rome, wrote some fascinating stuff on religious “leaders” who are filled up with “arrogance” and who Lord it over their followers. Certainly a description that would fit many if not all of the papal heretics who followed him, but also many non-Catholic self appointed “men of God” as well. These people are just too good to be true and that is the problem. They are false prophets and those who follow them are risking their souls.

  3. I see some thumbs down with my comments above.

    I promise not to be rude to you or negative or critical of you if any one of you would explain to me what it is you don’t find well in my comments?

    I am not sure what would be objectionable to what I wrote and it would be of great benefit to me to know why you don’t like what it is I was getting at in response to the things being addressed by the article posted that I made my comments too?

    Peace

    • Michael your comment was spot-on,

      It astounds me just how often and how many times these sorts have encounters with God! I have been walking with the Lord about 38 years now and I can attest to having some encounters with God that were “other” worldly, astounding, amazing, life changing and down right scary, but they were indeed encounters with the Living God, having a supernatural scope and effect. The only thing is I can count them on one hand maybe one more finger or thumb on the other hand.

      Like you, i too have been blessed by a rare number of astounding encounters with God in the last 31 years… and like you, they can be counted on,

      one hand maybe one more finger or thumb on the other hand.

      At the time they occurred i was not seeking them, and they were always unexpected and a total surprise!

      People who claim to have these type of supernatural encounters all the time (or whenever they desire them) should cause any Christian to run like the wind away from these folks. They may indeed be having daily supernatural encounters, but they are not coming from God.

      I see some thumbs down with my comments above.

      You ought to visit the inside of my dashboard and read some of the (daily) personal comments left for me. ahahahaha..🙂

      I wouldn’t pay attention to the naysayers who do nothing more then click a thumbs-down. If they really had anything of substance to say they wouldn’t hide in the shadows.😉

  4. I think Michael is right on the target with his comments. These internet prophetic types want us to believe that almost on a daily basis, or at least in time for their weekly broadcast schedule, God comes to them in dreams and visions and gives them new revelation, which always happens to be on a topic that is in the recent news.

    When will more people in the church today start to wake up, like Michael has, and realize that prophecy doesn’t work that way. These visions and dream interpretations are nothing but the rantings of a human ego run wild, and it is a disgrace how many Christians elevate the words of these “prophets” to the same stage of truth, or higher, than Scripture.

    When we hear from God, it is a rare, and blessed occurrence. It happens when God wills it, not when we have the desire to have it happen. The false prophets seem to think they can order up a prophecy by going into their prayer closet and willing it to happen.

    JD Ellis

  5. I do believe I said something about this individual several years ago but:

    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer

    But this should not be so with the church.

    And unfortuantely, in the coming years, we will not have the luxury of waiting until a popular website finally posts something about these false prophets to be warned that they are indeed false.

  6. I do have to add that in all the years I have sought to expose charlatans I have never issued a rebuke or judgment on another that were as harsh as the ones Peter and Jude did in their epistles.

    Peter and Jude went as far as to say that false teachers are “twice dead”. I leave that up to God to decide but I think that in many cases, the church has been far too kind to false teachers and false prophets.

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