I saw this in an internet post from a national publication:
As a leader in the prophetic movement, I want to say that God is maturing the prophetic movement for what He wants to do in this season of the church.
We, as prophets, need to be humble and answer the real questions that people are asking. Prophets are servants.
It's biblical for your prophecies to be judged, especially if you are going to put them on social media. It's actually great when people ask about "words." Realize they don't see the way you see; they may have questions.
Be kind and humble.
When a prophet is defensive to those asking real questions, it's an indication that some internal work must be done.
We prophesy "by faith".
We are not infallible.
I don’t want to take away from what a prophet does, but in recent days, so many of them have been wrong and few have acknowledged it. The prophetic movement to me is God’s Word, and there is so much prophecy in the Word to be unpacked to our congregations that we don’t need ‘words’ from the so-called prophets. I understand why Dr. John MacArthur and others have taught that the offices of Prophet and Apostles have been eliminated because so many of these false prophets have made a bad name for those who do have a prophetic mantle.
First, let me say that the offices of Prophet and Apostles have not been replaced. God doesn’t give us a gift and then decide He wants to eliminate it. That does not hold to the character of God.
Ephesians 4 11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
It is true that Scripture is closed to any further revelations. However, prophets in pulpits today should be in the business of telling the truth based on God’s Word. When a pastor is teaching the Word correctly and admonishing the congregation to do a course correction in how they are living or believing … that is a prophetic word. Prophets from all ages were in the habit of bringing course correction. That means the people were straying from God through how they were living their lives. Biblical correction is not an easy task in most of our churches, but a prophet has the gift to do so. A prophet can be a pastor or a teacher who operates in that gift according to the needs within their church. Prophets are needed today because so many churches have strayed and compromised on God’s standards found in His Word. I love to hear the prophetic word spoken, but it is not outside of the Bible.
I do not trust the so-called prophetic movement of prophets. If they are giving ‘words’ as directional words or insights into who will be President or not … do not trust them. Biblical prophets are those who speak from the Word of God and admonish you to obey it, and they correct your ways. Biblical prophets can say, “thus says the Lord,” because they are using God’s Word as their text. Those are the prophets you listen to, not the over-the-counter prophets who have a prescription for our day.
It is a dangerous practice to follow the over-the-counter prophets because they are not the real deal … they should be avoided. Some of you may disagree with me, but I’d like you to point to some who have been accurate on some things. The problem is that Satan is accurate too, so it doesn’t mean it is from God. That is the key, isn’t it? Is it from God, or not? You know when someone is using the Word of God as their foundation to unpack prophecy that they are usually on target. (We leave room here for some who may use the Word inadequately in their teaching, but you can discern from the Word itself if they are misquoting or misinterpreting it.)
I do believe this is the season of the prophet, but it is the prophet who uses God’s Word to bring correction and help the church prepare for the era of the last days. Many of my blogs have a prophetic element to them. I have said many times, I am not a writer, nor a prophet, I just write what God tells me to write. It is that simple and that clear.
I hope you will consider what is written here before you follow after one of those over-the-counter prophets we find on the internet.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler