This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6: 46)
Christianity is not supposed to be a rigid set of rules. Period.
All Christians will give lip service to the above statement, but in reality, few believers actually practice this belief, and fewer yet, attend churches who practice this concept.
Why? Because if you remove the rules, you will have to depend on Jesus who is the Head of the Church, the Holy Spirit and grace.
Now, I know that almost everyone who is reading this article believes that he (or she) attends a church which follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the best of its ability. And that the church’s pastor only does what the Holy Spirit tells him to do. Right?
Well, here’s a little something you can do to check out your beliefs:
The next time you attend your church, ask the Lord to give you a prophetic word for the assembly. And then, right in the middle of the pastor’s sermon, stand up and say, “Pastor, excuse me, but I have a prophecy for the church.”
What happens next will tell you (and everyone else) whether or not your church follows after the Holy Spirit or a rigid set of rules. You see, prophecy is something that can not be controlled by a system or its leader. Once the person opens his (or her) mouth to prophesy, no one knows for sure what that person is going to proclaim.
And guess what? The person who prophesies could be dead-on accurate or could miserably err with his (or her) prophetic words. Or even worse yet, the prophecy could be a combination of accuracies and blunders which then need to be checked out and spiritually discerned bit by bit.
A prophecy is most pastor’s and most traditional church’s worst nightmare. What do you do with the prophecy? When do you give it? Where do you give it? How do you filter it?How do you check it out? How do you handle the fallout from the prophecy?
But even more importantly, most pastor’s and traditional church’s chief concern is how do you stay in control of the service and the members. For after all, everything has to be done properly and in an orderly manner, right?
(Continued in Part II – 5)