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Over the past few weeks, some leaders have been criticized on social media for having the nerve to hold prophetic voices accountable for falsely predicting COVID would suddenly lift around Passover 2020 and for insisting that Trump would win re-election. (Some are still insisting on this even though President Biden has been inaugurated.) Instead of apologizing, some prophetic leaders have tried to get off the hook by making the following statements:
“Trump really won, but the election was stolen!”
“Trump was inaugurated in heaven!”
“There are still four more years left, anything can happen, so I am not apologizing now.”
“Trump will be set in around March or April after massive voter fraud is exposed.”
“The prophets said Trump would be elected a second term, but they never said it would be two consecutive terms. He will be president in 2024!”
You get the picture.
In my opinion, these kinds of excuses make things worse. It would have been much better for these prophetic voices to simply admit they missed it instead of digging in their heels and trying to convince people that they were right.
Furthermore, some people are saying that it is unfair that the prophets are being picked on and that the other ministry gifts should be scrutinized. One man told me, on social media, that I was maligning the prophets and should have corrected them in private. My friend, Dr. Michael Brown, informed me that he is getting a lot of hate mail for calling for prophetic accountability. Jeremiah Johnson reportedly received so much vitriolic pushback that his website crashed after apologizing for falsely prophesying a Trump presidential victory.
So again, I ask the question, “Is it wrong to hold prophetic voices accountable?”
First of all, it is always within the bounds of protocol to bring public correction to any person who teaches, prophesies, or preaches something misleading to the people of God, especially if it was done on a public platform.
If a person says something incorrectly in public, they should be willing to be corrected in public. If they do not want to be corrected in public, they should not release anything on a public platform.
As a shepherd and a voice to those on my public platforms, I feel obligated to bring correction to false teachings, prophecies, or anything else that I deem harmful to the people of God and the general public. When people disagree with me regarding an article or link I release, I don’t get bent out of shape. Instead, I either thank them if they bring out a good point, or I engage in dialogue with them if I don’t agree with their point of view. If they act like a fool, calling me names or getting nasty, I merely block them from further engagement. Paul instructs us to publicly call out spiritual leaders, under certain situations, when at least three credible witnesses have verified their wrong (1 Timothy 5:20).
Secondly, if I do not know them or have a relationship with them, it would be difficult to speak to them privately before bringing a public correction. (Based on my busy schedule, there were so many who were prophetically off that it would have been nearly impossible to engage in a conversation with all of them.) It should be noted that the mandate by Jesus to privately speak to somebody is only in effect if they sinned against that individual person (Matthew 18:15-18).
Regarding the subject of this article, these false predictions did not involve the committing of a personal sin against me. Rather, a wrong was committed against the tens of thousands of Christians who believed these prophets who gave them false hope. Whether some prophets misled them intentionally, I cannot say or judge. I think most were sincere, but were blinded by their hope for a Trump election.
Thirdly, Paul instructed church leaders to mark those who cause divisions in the Church so that others will learn from it (Romans 16:17). He also called out leaders in public when he deemed their words or actions harmful to the church (1 Timothy 1:20, 2 Timothy 4:14). He called out some who forsook him and left their assignment (2 Timothy 4:9-11). Even though I do not believe many of these prophets intended to sow discord, the charismatic church’s ensuing confusion had to be addressed on a public platform. (Leaders like myself have no way of tracking down and personally connecting with the multiple thousands of confused Christians disillusioned by this prophetic faux pas.)
Fourthly, perhaps more than any other ministry gift, God commands the prophetic to be judged according to the Scriptures. A few of the passages relevant to this point include the following:
Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Jeremiah 23; 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 John 4:1.
Fifthly, everybody who teaches, preaches, or prophesies are to be judged more strictly than those who do not endeavor to be an oracle for the truth (James 3:1). Thus, those who bring forth the word of God have to be very careful to accurately represent the mind and will of God based upon the Scriptures and their exposition of it. (1 Peter 4:11)
Sixthly, regarding the charge that the prophets are being picked on more than the other ministry gifts, the truth is that for the past decade, the apostolic has been scrutinized more than any other APEST gifts. (APEST is an acronym for the fivefold ministry gifts in Ephesians 4:1.)
Many have even said that there is some kind of vast global conspiracy to take over and influence the Church with self-proclaimed apostles who belong to the so-called NAR (New Apostolic
Reformation). Of course, there is no such organization nor NAR conspiracy since the apostolic movement is global and cannot be contained, categorized, or defined by one entity or movement.
However, instead of complaining that apostolic leadership is being picked on, I have engaged in fruitful, robust dialogue with some scholars who have written books against the NAR. We agree on the need to reign in some of the excesses and abuses found in the contemporary apostolic movement. These are things I have already written about in my book, Essays in Apostolic Leadership.
Furthermore, Jesus praised the Ephesian church for “testing those who say they are apostles but are not” (Revelation 2:2). Jesus desires that local churches test their ministry gifts before they validate and recommend their ministry to the Body of Christ.
Finally, the Bible scrutinizes each of the fivefold ministries, not just the prophetic. But the very nature of the prophetic demands strict judgment since the one prophesying is claiming the Lord is speaking through them, instead of a teacher who is merely an expositor of already revealed (logos) truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
False APEST gifts warned about in the Scriptures:
The Bible warns of:
False Apostles (2 Corinthians 11:13)
False Prophets (Matthew 7:15, 2 Peter 2:1)
False Evangelists/preachers (Galatians 1:8-9)
False Teachers (2 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Peter 2:1)
False Shepherds (Jeremiah 23, John 10:1-2)
In conclusion, the Bible says that any of the APEST ministry gifts can fall into deception. Even sincere godly Christians, including prophetic leaders, can make mistakes and unintentionally mislead masses of people through social media platforms. Consequently, it behooves the Church to collectively respond online to counter false teachings, judge prophetic words, and bring greater balance to the Church for the glory of God.
When bringing correction, may we treat each other with grace, kindness, and mercy as we await the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Many of us know about the landmark Roe vs Wade case in which the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute making abortion legal across the United States in 1973. This ‘historic decision’ facilitated the termination of more than 50 million lives since that time. This is a shocking figure compared to the 6 million Jews & 11 million others who perished in the Holocaust. Very few people know the circumstances in which Norma McCorvey made the decision to abort her baby and how she was led to filing the case.
It was not her idea in the first place. Many of those who vociferously fight for or against abortion don’t know that ultimately Norma did not abort her baby, she gave the baby for adoption. She said she agreed to file the case because she was paid, she needed the money. There are many talking about her depending on which side of the issue they stand on. Some even claim that the pro-life movement paid her to speak against abortion.
What is tragic about Norma’s story is that she had no clue what she was getting into. When she was confronted with the fact that millions of babies were killed, it dawned on her that she too was responsible for those deaths. She felt horrible when she saw empty playgrounds. The guilt of being part of the crime of taking the lives of those unborn and assisting in the pro-abortion clinic took a toll on her.
However, Norma McCorvey found hope in Jesus. We know that Jesus didn’t shun the repentant criminal who was crucified next to Him. Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” ‘(Luke 23:43) Norma repented and asked for the Lord’s forgiveness. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 promises, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” she received Jesus and became a new creation.
The video above shares Norma’s journey to find the truth, her salvation, and how she tried to make amends for the destructive trend she began. However, there are several lessons we can learn from Norma’s life. Ignoring this warning will be detrimental to us.
Seeing how she was made a pawn in this deadly game, we need to realize that people who want to take advantage of us will never tell us the whole truth. Today we know that fake news stories are misleading millions of people. These stories have been doctored to sway our minds and hearts. When we fall for their lies and half-truths, tragically it is we who end up becoming losers. Like Norma, it is possible we won’t know until it is too late. Our rights and our future is at stake.
God gave us His instructions so that we could be free from guilt and grief since these self-demeaning acts affect us and others too. The culture of this world threw away fidelity, encourages promiscuous behavior, and adultery so much that it has become the norm. As a result of one night stands and temporary ‘hook-ups’, women end up having ‘unwanted pregnancies’ and seek abortion as a ‘solution.’
Today it is a well-known fact that the women who abort a baby do face grief, loss, anxiety, guilt, and many emotional or psychological stress symptoms. Research has shown that even men can feel overwhelmed, experience disturbing thoughts about abortion, and have feelings of grief and loss. Thankfully, those who suffer this grief can now repent and find healing. Moreover, it is important that young people are encouraged to live godly and wholesome lives.
Grievous acts have spiritual consequences. Adam & Eve’s sins brought curses on them. Taking Abel’s life brought a curse on Cain too. Speaking to Sid Roth, Kevin Zadai said a curse had come upon America due to Roe vs Wade, which can break when it is overturned. He said, it is important every American citizen votes conscientiously in the coming elections, America’s future depends on it.
If you have gone away from Jesus, you can repent and return to Him, He will forgive you. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Israel may face elections again in the coming months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have apparently failed to put together a viable coalition.
After receiving an extension from President Reuven Rivlin, Netanyahu is facing a deadline on Wednesday by which he must put together his government.
While 65 members of Knesset recommended that Netanyahu be entrusted with the formation of the new government after winning the April elections, he has been unable to bridge the differences among his potential coalition partners.
MK Avigdor Liberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party, with five seats in the Knesset, are demanding the passage of a law pertaining to the draft of the Ultra-Orthodox community into the IDF.
The Ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, with 16 seats, have made concessions regarding the draft law, but are unwilling to adopt the formula that Liberman is demanding.
Facing a political crisis, the Likud party has prepared a law that calls for the dissolving of the 21st Knesset, which was sworn in just four weeks ago.
Netanyahu stated Sunday night that he had proposed a solution in the last effort to prevent elections.
“I am now making a final effort to establish a right-wing government and to prevent unnecessary elections. I gave the partners a proposal for a solution. It is based on the principles established by the army and on the data that the army has compiled – there is no reason to reject this. I’m going to invite all party leaders tonight, I want to talk to them and try together to prevent unnecessary elections,” he stated.
The Likud stated that the Ultra-Orthodox Moetzet Gedolei Ha-Torah, its supreme leadership committee, has accepted Netanyahu’s proposal regarding the IDF draft law.
“This is a breakthrough that makes it possible to complete the draft law. Now the ball has passed to Avigdor Lieberman – if he agrees, there is a right-wing government tonight,” the party stated.
However, Liberman appears to be adamant in sending Israel to another political drama.
The Likud stated it plans to bring a proposal to dissolve the Knesset for the first of three votes as early as Monday afternoon.
A Monday poll published by the Maariv newspaper shows that the right would gain further power if elections were held today. Netanyahu’s Likud would maintain its 35 seats, Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party, the main opposition party, would lose one seat and get 34 mandates, and the right-wing parties in total would get 68 seats, three more than their current 65 seats.
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