This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say? (Luke 6: 46)
A year or so ago, a major ministry, headed by a man who has written more than twenty books and was involved in a well-known revival, asked me to comment about an article that an editor wrote in their online magazine. I was flattered and agreed to do so.
The article outlined how the editor believed the Lord was using prophets in today’s churches and cities and regions. His main point of emphasis was that the Lord was now using teams of prophets and prophetic people. He went so far as to say:
The Lord no longer uses “lone wolf” prophets acting just as individuals, apart from a team approach or under a ministry umbrella.
I wrote a comment generally agreeing that the article pinpointed the ministry of today’s prophets. But in one short blurb, I added: “I do not believe scripturally that you can justify saying that the Lord no longer uses “lone wolf” prophets. The Lord is the Boss and if He chooses to send one man to a city, He can. After all, the decision is His and not ours to make.”
Now, you would have thought that I had slammed the editor and the whole ministry with my itsy-bitsy blurb. Because for the next two weeks, the editor, his staff and even the ministry head wrote comments back and forth to me on the website.
Their two major points of disagreement with my remarks about “lone wolf” prophets were:
1. The Lord already had church governments set in place in cities through pastors, elders and city councils,
2. And so-called “lone wolf” prophets are not accountable to the local church governments and can cause great harm to the communities.
I agreed with both of their major points, but even so, I wrote in so many words, “So what?”
You see, by their definition, John the Baptist was a “lone wolf” prophet and so was Jesus. And if you include the Old Testament, then you would also have Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah and countless other prophets. Who were these prophets accountable to? No one except the Lord.
Once again, I reminded them that the Lord was Boss and He could do whatever He wanted to do. If that included sending a “lone wolf” prophet into a city to shake it up, then that was the Lord’s decision. The Lord is not worried one way or another about our accountability systems nor is He worried about the messes that His prophets may make.
The ministry head relented a bit after a week or so by saying:
I could see the possibility of the Lord sending a “lone wolf” prophet to a city if the local city church government had deep-rooted sin and refused to repent of their sin.
I replied the Lord may send a “lone wolf” prophet to a city irregardless of sin issues. He may do it just to check out the hearts of the leaders and the believers, but there again, that’s the Lord’s decision.
Our two-week debate ended with us agreeing that we disagreed with each other on the “lone wolf” prophet issue.
Why are the forerunner prophets different from the John the Baptist anointed ones?
(Continued in Part II – 11)