I’d Like to Prophesy, But… (Part II – 10)

This is a continuation of the nine-part series,  I’d Like to Prophesy, But…

Click on the following links for earlier articles: Part II-1, Part II-2, Part II – 3, Part II-4, Part II- 5, Part II-6, Part II-7, Part II-8 and Part II – 9.

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)

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10 responses to “I’d Like to Prophesy, But… (Part II – 10)

  1. “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 seem to recall from my bible, that the head of every man is Christ. The head of every man IS NOT the church government in a city, or even your church leader.

    What did Jesus say to the “Church government” of his day. “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites, you shut up heaven to men…….”

    Putting a man, or a man’s organisation over our heads is what shuts heaven to us.

  2. Frank,

    Thanks. I totally agree with you and this is where the coming civil war in the church will take place. It will be messy!

  3. I absolutely believe that anyone can hear the voice of God, if they so wish to learn. When believers think, or say they can’t hear Him, they forget that they first came to God in direct response when he wooed them by his Spirit. Their hearts yearned after Him beyond mere words. THEREFORE THEY MUST HAVE HEARD HIM AT THAT TIME.

    Then they join a church which teaches them instead to listen to the Leadership hierarchy for the words of God.

    This is a curse on the church! They have shut the Kingdom of Heaven to the believer’s Spirit, and supplanted it with education from the front.

    Part of the problem of hearing is that when Jesus said “my sheep know my voice”, we all interpret it, that he will speak in clear language through our natural ears. However any natural born baby will know mother’s voice a long, long, time before any understanding of the sound develops.

    Nevertheless, mother’s voice will always bring security and comfort and her presence. We need to identify this early with newborn Saints. They can easily learn to recognise His presence.

    Most believers I encounter, shut down their Spirit’s sensitivity to the presence of Jesus, because they demand words of intellectual understanding long before their Spiritual hearing has matured. They want to hear Jesus like they hear the Pastor!

    I have met quite a number of people who wouldn’t be seen dead inside a church, and who have never said the sinner’s prayer. However they are really sensitive to the word of God, BECAUSE THEY ARE IGNORANT OF THE WAYS OF CHURCH.

    I had one lady who could always smell fragrance when we spoke of spiritual things even when we were stood outside near the dung heap on the farm! She was amazed that I couldn’t smell it also because it was so strong to her.

    It is very interesting nurturing these people along the way without damaging their hearing. I avoid sending them to Church at all costs. They grow like weeds, wild flowers, but beautiful. They have given me some amazingly accurate prophetic words without realising it. If the church got hold of them they would be wilting in a pot on the windowsill!

    Yes it is true that we should submit to one another and be humble. Unfortunately we are taught by those above us that humility is acknowledged by God, only when we bow to those self appointed “reps” that He has apparently placed over us.

    Rarely do we see these selfsame reps submit to the saints. (Other than when these saints are their paymasters.)

    I know that God is preparing a major work amongst those in the highways and the byways. I can safely say that the days of the “Formal” church are numbered.

    This has nothing to do with whether they are bad people in these “formal” churches, it is because God didn’t ordain them in such a way, they are prisons to the spirit. These ecclesiastical organisations are man’s Tree of Knowledge solutions and they have been standing in the way of God for too long.

    Yes Larry, the evidence of a civil war in the church is with us, and has always been with us. It is when those who have a badge of office, dog collar, or title from some institution or organisation, declare that the words of some minor prophet named Isaiah or Jesus or Peter or Paul or Tom Dick Harry or Sheila are heretics who should be stopped.

    This happens every week in Churches everywhere.

    This has ALREADY happened in your church if there exists a preplanned program rather than having ALL the saints listening to the Spirit for His plans for them.

    If the Leader has done it all, then he has substituted himself for God.

    This is why he is standing in the way of God.

  4. Frank,

    As usual, I am thankful for your words and agree wholeheartedly. We must change now!

  5. As usual, you two are on track here. We are so afraid of letting people grow in their own relationship with Daddy. Control seems so rampant within the church. Even among those who say they want nothing more to do with traditional church I often see strands of control.
    I was speaking to a friend today who is going to be attending a local pastor’s conference. I asked what the focus of this conference was. He said “home churches”.
    My inward reaction was Yuck. These are all, or mostly, professional clergy having a conference about home churches. The impression I got was the usual “we can use this to grow our congregation” type of stuff.
    I get so tired of people being more concerned with their ministry rather than the ministry of The Kingdom. Blessings guys.

  6. ephraiyim,

    I agree. Home churches are not the answer either if they are only a means for grouping laypeople into small groups so that clergy will continue control them and be their heads, rather than Jesus. As you said, a relationship with Daddy is what it’s all about.

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