by Chip Brogden
In the wake of any catastrophe people will often turn to the Church, and to the prophetic community in particular, to give some kind of context and perspective for the event. Unfortunately, along with a genuine expression of God’s heart during times of calamity, there will always be a relative number of “prophetic opportunists” who will use the occasion to establish themselves as God’s spokesperson.
“And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?’ But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.’ And they went to another village (Luke 9:54-56).”
It is disheartening to observe how some within the so-called “prophetic community” will come forth in a time of natural disaster or human catastrophe and try to establish their credibility on the basis of some “word” of judgment which they purport to have received from the Lord in connection with the event. At best, it is inappropriate and inconsiderate to those who have suffered great loss; and at worst, it is morally, ethically, and prophetically irresponsible.
There are three important points to be made in this passage of Scripture which provide a standard by which we may reasonably measure a man or a woman who claims to speak on behalf of the Lord. It is hoped that this will provide some direction to those of us who are being inundated with “words” and claims of alleged prophetic significance.