The true prophet is called to be a voice of God to his generation. His mission is to bring God’s message to God’s people, in such a way that they hear it and obey it. Therefore, he needs to be rooted deeply in the Word of God. What is the purpose and mission of the Word of God? To find us, to locate us—to identify us and our times—and to reveal truth to us. Its purpose is to show what is wrong with us, but also to show what is right with us.
Now, the work of the prophet is to convey God’s Word to God’s people in the proper balance. God never says anything negative to His people but what He also presents the positive side. We are to deal with the negative, but we are to focus on what is right about our walk with God. It does not matter if things are either negative or positive in the world. Out in the world, people are lost, and until they come to faith in Jesus Christ, God has nothing really to say about them. They are headed for judgment to come. In the church, it is a different story. Regardless of how badly a person has backslidden, God always has a way to come back prepared for him or her. Nobody has ever done anything that was a surprise to God. I am sure that it did not shock God when Adam and Eve did what they did in the Garden of Eden. He was not standing in the heavens rubbing His hands together, worrying about what He would do next. God’s plan is always built in eternity and cannot be destroyed by time.
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; —1 Peter 1:15
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. —James 4:11, NKJV
Evil speaking is also known by ancient rabbis as the “third tongue” because it destroys the speaker. It destroys the one spoken to, and it destroys the one spoken about. It brings great defilement. The Bible tells us it’s not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out. Continue reading
The prophets under the Old Covenant were known even throughout the heathen nations around Israel, and it was told to their heathen kings that nothing could be hidden from these prophets, even what the kings spoke in their innermost chambers. Before the end comes, this will likewise be said again by the world’s rulers—there is nothing they can say or do that is hidden from God’s prophets. Continue reading
Peter Wagner: Apostles: Why The Title
WHY THE TITLE? Numerous individuals have said words to me like this: “I agree that we need apostolic ministry in our churches today, but why use the title? As long as apostles are functioning as apostles, the title doesn’t matter.” Curiously, those who pose this question would not ordinarily use the same reasoning with the title “Pastor.” Most local churches would not be content if their leader said something like, “I can function as your pastor, but please don’t call me Pastor.” No! The title “Pastor,” or sometimes “Reverend,” implies a certain recognized job description within the congregation and a certain role in the community outside the congregation. The same is true of a seminary professor. Only an oddball would say, “I will function as a teacher, but please don’t give me the title of Doctor.” Continue reading