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A Call to Prophetic Responsibility


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.

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7 comments on “A Call to Prophetic Responsibility

  1. There is a great deal of difference between suggesting God uses events to warn sinners and saints as well as draw everyong to Himself, and to suggest God orchestrates catastrophes just so certain self procailmed “prophets” can proclaim spiritual insight after the fact. The airwaves are filled with false prophets which revel in their “God told me” platforms. But to any observer these are exclsuively abot drawing attanetion to these men and women than they are about sharing the everlasting gospel of grace. Of course these deceivers always use these events to raise funds to support their unbibliczal lifestyles.
    In a real paradox, these filthy dreamers with their error filled prophetic speeches are actually a bone fide element of the last days revelation themselves. (I Tim.4)

    • There is a great deal of difference between suggesting God uses events to warn sinners and saints as well as draw everyong to Himself, and to suggest God orchestrates catastrophes just so certain self procailmed “prophets” can proclaim spiritual insight after the fact.

      Amen.

  2. I suppose both James and John as well as Elijah were aware of these words from Job:

    “Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.
    Job 36:27 For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain,
    Job 36:28 which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.
    Job 36:29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?
    Job 36:30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the sea.
    Job 36:31 For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.
    Job 36:32 He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.”

    I read that the moment the vote was started in a Lutheran Church in the midwest that a bolt of lightning struck its bell tower. Also the moment the Pope publicly let people know he was resigning a bolt of lightning struck the Cistine Chapel. They even have a photo of that strike.

    We get all cockeyed and crosseyed thinking we are so powerful especially if we have experienced a manifestation of God’s Gracious power! We go overboard! It is just a part of our fallen character and lust to draw attention to ourselves and get some praised heaped on us, a sort of self satisfying self glory! Can’t wait sometimes to leave this old house! It just has too much baggage that comes with it that I have to deal with daily at the Cross!🙂

    • Can’t wait sometimes to leave this old house! It just has too much baggage that comes with it that I have to deal with daily at the Cross

      Brother Michael, i sure know what you mean.

  3. Let me clarify that Lutheran comment. The vote was to accept homosexuality and loosen their rules about women in the priesthood. It seems we think we know better thann God and He puts his sign of disapproval on it with lightning bolts!

  4. I desire to show a great deal of love to the gay community in order to win some. But when the church condones that kind of behavior, then either the Word of God changed or circumstances changed. I believe we know which one actually changed.

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