Thursday, May 15, 2008

Prophetic Apostolic Big Heads--Part Two

I Corinthians 12:18-26

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

There appears to be a disturbing phenomenon happening in churches today. Don’t get me wrong, as I said in my last posting, I believe in the gifts of the Spirit, miracles, tongues, and divine healing; and I believe God has called forth apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers in the church (Ephesians 4:11).

Some of these apostolic and prophetic people consider themselves larger than life, and their callings have gone straight to their heads. Only God is larger than life. But certain of these people are not only ambitious with selfish agendas; they have become an entity in themselves and amongst themselves. And I am increasingly finding that many of these lack integrity to accompany their delusions. Why they will read this with their typical “discernment” and say “perhaps you are jealous”. Of what? Of a group which think they are somehow more important than other members of the body? You have nothing good in you that was not given by God! Why then do you glory in yourselves? He has imparted His Spirit to all who know Him.

I Corinthians 4:7

7 For who maketh thee to differ from another ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

I am not disputing there are different callings.

Romans 3

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Anyone who questions their motives is considered a troublemaker, a person causing division, or classified as part of the religious system. I must say, some of them are the religious system, and some have one foot in the Kingdom of God, and the other in the demonic realm—I believe unknowingly. Yet they love to point their crooked fingers at other members of the body, and say you lack this and you lack that. Give this and give that. Release this and release that and then you have done your duty. And your duty? Was it not to be profitable to the other members of the body who you rarely associate with because you think they are not “your kind”, you know, like “enlightened”? Who you think lack relationship with God because you think you have fully arrived and God has imparted to you His deepest secrets?

Too many of these apostles and prophets want people to worship them, and often, they worship each other. And sadly, some members of the Body do worship them—why a mighty prophet of God is in the house!! They have become idolatrous in and amongst themselves, ironically, pointing out idolatry in people, churches, and nations.

The MIGHTY ONE is coming back soon! He is the One who is Mighty!

A lot of these people are false, not truly called of God as apostles and prophets. It’s not a new problem by any account. Nevertheless, keep in mind, the ones I speak of believe in Jesus Christ. We should not discount members of the body of Christ operating in error. Also, I am not advocating disrespecting those in authority over us--- but just because someone is a leader, does not mean he or she cannot come under the scrutiny of a believer who also has the Spirit of God indwelling them.

Jeremiah 23:9-11
9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
11 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.

These were also idolatrous as so many are today. They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Of course, today these sound good, talking of Jesus--sometimes, and how they love Him, and I am sure many do love Him. They also love themselves---too much. They also love their titles---too much. They also love their “special circles”---too much.

Jeremiah 23:31-32

31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

Are these enlightened ones profiting the people, or are they busy building pages on Myspace, going to the latest prophetic luncheon via seminar, or book signing at the local Christian bookstore? Are they trying to be more conformable, more pliable so people turned off will tune in and be turned on? Call it for what it is, compromise. They compromise the Word of God with their deeds and words. They preach holiness, yet many exhibit and embrace behaviors of the world…behaviors and actions we know God detest. Holiness has become a “buzz word” in their circles. Water downed, and pureed, so the unsuspecting and fellow compromisers will swallow their cud and purchase their latest wares. They create new terms for their callings so people will be attracted to them. And although they may not “consciously” embrace the new age, they give off the smell of it. And where it stinks….

We are not to conform to this world. By this, we are not to compromise. They complain about the old school, the old way of doing things. He said “I am the Lord, I change not.” Give me a room of old-timers preaching and living by the Word than a group of compromisers any day! Compromisers will not speak of how people should dress with decency in non-provocative ways because it makes them seem prudish. And some of these possibly like a gander themselves now and then. These will embrace new age terminology, to appear cool and up to date…like “a new thing” you know. They will influence some of the youth and lead them into error too.

Many of these prophetic ministries are so made up, they have become the prophetic men’s and women’s club. Going from seminar to seminar, trading business cards, exchanging ads on websites, and promoting their agendas. The spiritually enlightened ones, where meat eating Christians come to discuss where the rest of the milk drinking members of the Body of Christ are missing out, who supposedly cannot hear from God. No room for the Ananias or the Stephens, so mightily used of God. Leave Dorcas dead Peter, and come mingle with us.

1 Thessalonians 2:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:6-7

6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?