THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 1
I’m sick to death of hearing Christians say that the nowadays prophets are different than the OT prophets. First of all, the OT prophets were all different from each other. Sometimes their message was the same, because the hard-hearted, hard-headed, idolatrous Israelites refused to listen to God’s messengers. However, Jeremiah is considered the “weeping” prophet. Elijah is often compared to the fire of God. David sang his prophecies. Moses prophesied the wonders of God and did miracles, but was considered the most humble man in the world.
The Israelites lived under a covenant that they were supposed to be holding up. God was holding up His end. He gave them hundreds of years to hold up their end of the deal. He told them that He was slow to anger, rich in love, gracious and compassionate. (Psa. 103:8, Psa. 145:8) They refused to listen, so were punished by God for breaking covenant. We live under a covenant of grace, but we are still slaves to righteousness.(Romans 6:19) We are still required to live a holy life. If our brother sins against us, Matthew 18 says to let them know. If there is a false teaching going around preaching a different Gospel, both Jesus and the Apostles warned the leaders to expose it.
Prophets should be led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit isn’t just the spirit of grace, but also the spirit of truth that comes to convict, judge, etc.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. – John 16:7-15
I don’t believe in beating people down with judgment. I believe that prophets are only supposed to say what they Holy Spirit tells them, which vicariously is what Jesus and God say. Even the NT shows examples of Jesus slamming the Pharisees, literally whipping the moneychangers, and prophesying judgment on cities who refused to believe the Gospel. Peter prophesied that Ananais and Sapphira would drop dead on site for lying, and they did. Agabus prophesied of famine, which happened, and that Paul would be bound in Jerusalem, which happened.
GOD NEVER CHANGES. ANY “GOSPEL” THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE IS A FALSE GOSPEL!!! <— That’s a warning, because I do love people and don’t want them to go to hell for believing it. (What a dichotomy! LOVE in the TRUTH.)
NT Basis that God/Jesus/Holy Spirit never changes. He is truth AND love AND justice AND mercy AND judgment. :
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. – Romans 8: 18-20
I absolutely believe in grace and love, but I have been adamant about not taking the power and strength away from the voice of the prophets. This is because I believe that the tactic of the devil in these days is to water down the message of the Gospel, which has always been radical. The Gospel says that He loves and wishes to know you, but if you choose not to accept that love, you will be separated from it in hell for all eternity. THAT is the New Covenant. Depending on which side you look at it, it is gracious or it is terrifying. In reality, it is both!
PART TWO will be about the similarities and differences between John the Baptist and Jesus. These are just thoughts from extensive study.