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Prophets In The Church?


Question: “Are there prophets in the church today?”The gift of prophet seems to have been a temporary gift given by the Christ for the laying of the foundation of the church. Prophets were foundational to the church (Ephesians 2:20). The prophet proclaimed a message from the Lord to the early believers. Sometimes a prophet’s message was revelatory (new revelation and truth from God) and sometimes a prophet’s message was predictive (see Acts 11:28 and 21:10). The early Christians did not have the complete Bible. Some early Christians did not have access to any of the books of the New Testament. The New Testament prophets “filled the gap” by proclaiming God’s message to the people who would not have access to it otherwise. The last book of the New Testament (Revelation) was not completed until late in the first century. So, the Lord sent prophets to proclaimed God’s Word to His people.

Answer:

Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth from God, why would we need prophets if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today? Can God give someone a message to deliver to someone else? Absolutely! Does God reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way and enable that person to deliver that message to others? Absolutely! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No.

Whatever the case, whenever a person claims to be speaking for God (the essence of prophecy) the key is to compare what is said with what the Bible says. If God were to speak through a person today, it would be in 100% complete agreement with what God has already said in the Bible. God does not contradict Himself. 1 John 4:1 instructs us, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 declares, “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.” So, whether is it a “word from the Lord” or a supposed prophecy, our response should be the same. Compare what is said to what the Word of God says. If it contradicts the Bible, throw it out. If it agrees with the Bible, pray for wisdom and discernment as to how to apply the message (2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5).

Recommended Resource: Satisfied by the Promise of the Spirit by Thomas Edgar.

6 responses

  1. Billy L. Wade

    I agree totally with your article on whether there are prophets being used in the church today. There is no need for a newer revelation pertaining to the bible. John in revelation 22:18 clearly states. If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God shall add to him the plagues described in this book. It true that this does not negate that the Holy Spirit may give a word of knowledge pertaining to a person. John 19:30 when Christ gave up the ghost on the cross he final words were it is finished.

    September 14, 2008 at 2:15 am

  2. Chaplain Dunning

    Excellent information – Biblically sound. What I get concerned over are the men of God who conduct travel from church to church for different services (1-5 days per visit) to offer God’s messages of prophecy, healing, and/or warnings. I’ve been told it’s a ‘different level of faith’ and one has to claim it to be blessed by the evangelist / prophet. These men praise & worship, pray, state their gift is from God. Can you expound on that?

    September 14, 2008 at 1:04 pm

  3. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    Yes, go to this link:

    http://tommydavis.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/word-of-faith-movement/

    September 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

  4. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    One of the reasons descent folks are carried away by the false prophets is the fact that they do not know how to obtain wealth responsibly and in a way that would allow God to be glorified in their lives.

    It’s like praying for our political leaders to make godly decisions but refusing to get involved in politics. We are responsible for obtaining wealth that would not compromise our relationship with Christ.

    September 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

  5. BASP

    i agree with you 200%. The bible warns us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing and to also beware of false prophets. I don’t know about other saints but I take this as a strong warning from God.

    I’m very concerned about the false prophets that prey on people that are babes in Christ and also saints that are spirtually vulnerable. Usually these prophets want a monetary gift for their prophecies and therefore make a “profit” for being a corrupt prophet. If the word is coming from God, why are they charging others to deliver a message to them from God. I have seen prophets put money in their pockets from saints and I’m talking about hundreds if not thousands of dollars. This is an abomination against God!

    I don’t recall in any part of the bible where God sent forth disciples or prophets to take avantage of his children. Instead he sent them to bless the person and make them believers of the power and authority of which he pocess.

    I also believe that since I have a personal relationship with God which is close to 40 years. Why would he bypass me and give a message to someone else to give me. I think I deserve better.

    In His Service,

    BASP

    September 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm

  6. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    There is much debate in the church regarding this subject. I doubt if there will be a consensus. However, it does seem that those who are looking for prophets in the church are often deceived by hamsters and cannot recognize error.

    By this I mean that when people trust in these “special revelations” coming from “prophets“, they are frequently taken on a ride. It is God’s written revelation (the Bible) that must have the final earthly word as revealed through Jesus Christ.

    There are many prophets in the church and in the world—but they show little evidence as being sent from God. The author of the Hebrews explained to the Jewish Christians who had converted from the law: “GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son….” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

    Jesus already came and died and completed the work of salvation. We now await His Second Coming. In the meantime we preach the Gospel in whatever gift that God has ordained us.

    If we look at the condition of the church today, she is caught up in all kinds of sins. The reason God sent prophets was to address sin head on. The prophets were not prosperity dreamers. They were chosen men of God who were commissioned for specific purposes who transformed entire communities.

    For the many folks running around today who claim to be prophets and cannot transform their neighborhood, I have a reason to have questions.

    September 17, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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