Monday, April 15, 2013

Be Still and Know that I am God - Psalm 46:10.

There is no doubt that the way to know God is to wait on Him through intimate prayer.
Nothing will ever get accomplished in the flesh so Christs challenge to His bride (His Church) is will you wait on me in the Spirit patiently. The Church in this hour must up it's game in the prayer department in order to continue to be salt and light to wayward sinners lost in this world without Jesus love and direction.

The body of Christ must cease building for the perishable glory of man and build for the imperishable pleasure of the Fathers good will. We must love what a large majority of the church have forgotten and even despise: Prayer and intimacy with the father. 

Find a mountain, tree, tent, car, closet or somewhere quiet and set yourself apart and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the treasures of the kingdom of God. The more you still yourself with open ears the more Jesus will speak. Allow God to deal with your spiritual A.D.D and create in you a clean heart that is ready and willing to obey the Fathers will.

Our agendas must cease. Our self orientated goals must cease. The church must no longer align itself with the worlds standards of success. As the people of God pray and seek Jesus alone as guide and Shepherd the idolatry that has crept into our hearts will be removed and fall from our souls as the scales of religiosity did from Paul the apostles eyes. 

So what will it be? More crusades, more spiritual bareness, more business and clever marketing schemes or Jesus Christ's transforming love, peace and direction resounding through your innermost parts? Judgment starts 1st at the house of God which is His peoples hearts as we are His dwelling place and tabernacle in the Spirit. When we align ourselves with these realities there will be hope again for the decaying communities in which we live. 

After all do you really want to waste your life doing religious activities or do you want to become a co-worker with Christ who died so that none would perish. 
Pray, pray, pray... However Whenever Wherever.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Psychological Warfare

Born into this natural materialistic world where from the get go society and the faithless generation we are surrounded by ingrains into our very psyche (souls) that what we behold with our eyes in the natural realm (as in what we can see and touch with our eyes and hands) is the only true reality. But this is the very thing that blinds us from the true reality... This true reality is that we are daily engaged in PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE between light and darkness.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Do you only look on things after the outward appearance? (2 Cor 10:3-7). 

Could it be that many folks current hardness of heart towards JESUS CHRIST and a hatred for that very name is caused by what they have both spiritually and psychologically aligned their core beliefs with in the 4th dimension: Aka the spiritual realm.? After all if God is Pure, Holy, Light, Truth, Wisdom, Love, Just, True and all the good things that make life itself wonderful then why would one ever want to reject, hate and shun a relationship with Him in their inward most parts!!!

Now I can understand people hating religion as a cause of much war, hurt and pain but on the same note so has evolutionism, atheism and humanism caused much hurt and pain. So the real issue is not peoples religious beliefs colliding but a miss understanding of the true nature of God. 

Jesus said this: Love your Enemies.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? 

(Mat 5:38-46)

So I Pose this to be the real question: Where do your thoughts originate from? After all the bible tells us that 1/3 of the angels fell from the heavens as they tried to overthrow their creator. It also states that satan is now the Prince of the power of the air and the God of this world and that he is literally hell bent on corrupting and planting seeds of hatred in the very inward parts of Gods master piece: Human beings. Now i know there is only one Lucifer but how many demons roll with Him and how much effect does he have behind the scenes? Well i would have to say judging by the state of the world at present and many peoples misunderstanding of the true nature of whom God really is that he has a fairly broad influence over society's current psychological disposition towards God the father. 

Reality is: God loves you, sent His son Jesus (the word of God) to die for you an agonizing death on the cross, wants to fill your soul with light and love and give you eternal life.. If you hate that then ask yourself what is influencing my thoughts.? Maybe you spend all day fighting depression, anxiety, lust, hate, self harm or maybe you feel rejected, unaccepted and full of hurt and life's many burdens.

The good news is that through JESUS CHRIST and His finished work on the cross you can be more then a conqueror and win the battle in the 4th dimension of Psychological Warfare as Jesus disarmed satan making a way for you to be reconnected to the source of life itself: GOD THE FATHER.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jesus Christ in China Town

Following on from last weeks visit to Brisbane, Jesus decided that there was more work to be done but this time across the city in China Town as: The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few (Luke 10:2) 

So we decided to capture peoples responses when asked eternal questions and their opinion on who really runs China Town.

One night in Brisbane's Chinatown capturing the night life, culture and vast array of personalities. Accompanied with a list of thought provoking questions that some struggled to answer. This is what it looks like when the saints take Jesus Christ to Chinatown!!!

There will be more of these as the Holy Spirit leads so stay tuned as we may end up in an area near you. Share the good news of Christ and don't be ashamed of it!!!

Graffiti - Hip Hop - DJ

Graffiti, breaking, beat making and hip hop: Jesus Christ is the backbone of the Krosswerds Krew.

Here's a job we had the pleasure of doing last week just on the outer of Brisbane city at a suburb called Ithaca. Always good when the saints get together and out work their gifting's. What started out in a mexican restaurant followed by a performance of various arts (as you will see in the production below) ended up riverside in the heart of the city with my good friend Jimmy AKA Burbz.

Was a long and late night and i was more then tired the next day but it's always good to experience a cultural change and the city nightlife.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Are You A Lukewarm Jesus Believer?

1. Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go. Isaiah 29:13

2. Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so, After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? 1 Chronicles 21:24, Luke 21:1-4

3. Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; (even thou the bible clearly teaches that we are the church and the roots of the institutionalised church system come from pagan Rome) they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives on a daily basis. Luke 6:26, Revelation 3:1, Matthew 23:5-7 4.

4: Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don’t genuinely hate sin and aren’t truly sorry for it; they’re merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don’t really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one. John 10:10, Romans 6:1-2.

5. Lukewarm people are moved by stories of people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers. James 1:22, James 4:17, Matthew 21:28-31

6. Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion. This is because they worship there own manageable Jesus rather then the non-religious Jesus of the bible who was actually crucified for His un-religious methods and teachings. Matthew 10:32-33

7. Lukewarm people gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren’t as hard-core for Jesus as so-and-so, they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the street. Luke 18:11-12

8. Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives, their money, and their thoughts, but he isn’t allowed to control their lives. Luke 9:57-62

9. Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be quick to assure you they try to love God that much, but that sort of total devotion isn’t really possible for the average person; its only for pastors and missionaries and radicals. They love having man lead them and comfort them rather then God Matthew 22:37-38

10. Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love for others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends, and other people they know and connect with. There is little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them, whose kids are better athletes than theirs, or with whom conversations are awkward or uncomfortable. Their love is highly conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings attached. Matthew 5:43-47, Luke 14:12-14

11. Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give as this would impinge on their comfort zone. And under closer observation they love being in control and limit God through a lack of trust. Luke 18:21-25

12. Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today’s to-do list, this week’s schedule, and next month’s vacation. Rarely, if ever do they intently consider the life to come. Philippians 3:18-20

13. Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. Matthew 25:34, 40, Isaiah 58:6-7

14. Lukewarm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum, to be “good enough” without requiring too much of them. 1 Chronicles 29:14, Matthew 13:44-46

15. Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them sacrificing and risking for God. Matthew 10:28

16. Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Family First, or live in Australia.

17. Luke warm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens-they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them—they have their retirement plan in place. They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live—they have life figured and mapped out. They don’t depend on God on a daily basis-their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. Luke 12:16-21

18. Lukewarm people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Matthew 23:25-28, Luke 14:34-35

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent ~ Rev 3:13-19.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lonely Prophets

A prophet directs people to the truth of God’s Word. Some are prophets—not in the sense that they can foretell the future, but in the sense of the Old Testament prophets who were forth tellers, they spoke for God, called people to God, linked right worship with right living, linked faith with action. In that sense, some are prophets here to direct people to the truth of God’s Word and to proclaim the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins.

The prophet stands between contemporary society and God. Not simply a messenger of God, the prophet “stands in the presence of God,” is in “council” with the Lord. Prophesy is not a skill but rather “the gift of being guided and restrained” by God, by a commitment to righteousness—justice, freedom, and peace. In his mission the prophet doesn't argue for God and the good but reveals the connection between them, “the invisible God becomes audible.” The prophet is an “associate” of God rather than an instrument. For Amos (5:4 and 5:14), “the good is not apart from God.” In the words of the prophet, “Seek Me and live; . . . Seek good, and not evil, That you may live. . . .”

In the words of Jeremiah:
“For twenty-three years . . . the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened”. (jJer 25:3)

Isaiah saw “man's false sense of sovereignty” as the basis for all evil. From the ideas of being master and mastery come “pride, arrogance, and presumption.” The prophets were iconoclasts, attacking the established institutions and ideologies, and their main proponents. They exposed the pretension, fraud, and illusion of their society. The hallmarks of the prophet are defiance and challenge. The prophetic message always began with a recital of horrors and ended with a vision of hope and redemption. Prophets used language that can be described as emotional and imaginative, poetic, it didn't reflect “inner harmony or poise” but was marked by “agitation, anguish, and a spirit of non-acceptance.” His goal wasn't self expression but communication: “His images must not shine, they must burn . . . wrenching one's conscience from the state of suspended animation.” Prophets refuse to compromise on the issue of moral response-ability. They were concerned not with facts but their meaning: “defining truth as reality reflected in a mind, we see prophetic truth as reality reflected in God's mind. The key idea here is that “the prophets remind us of the moral state of the people and that all are responsible.”

And what does the Lord require of you,
But to do justice, and to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
Nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because Thy hand was upon me,
For Thou hadst filled me with indignation.
—Jeremiah 15:17

While the prophet sought to escape his calling, his experience was so intense as to be unavoidable. The prophetic sympathy was stronger than the will, the inner passion more powerful than the personal disposition. Life is not as fate designs, nor is history a realm to be tyrannized by man. Events are not like rocks on the shore shaped by wind and water. God is at work on man, intent to fashion history in accord with Himself. The presence of God in history, the manifestation of His will in the affairs of the world, is the object of the prophet's longing. It is not mystical experience he yearns for in the night, but historical justice. Mystical experience is the illumination of an individual; historical justice is the illumination of all men, enabling the inhabitants of the world to learn righteousness.

The prophet is a lonely man. His standards are too high, his stature too great, and his concern too intense for other men to share. Living on the highest peak, he has no company except God. The two staggering facts in the life of a prophet are: God's turning to him, and man's turning away from him. This is often his lot: to be chosen by God and to be rejected by the people. The word of God, so clear to him, is unintelligible to them. For the most part they felt “cursed” by their fates. Bitterness born of scorn and reproach, alienation from all, “the wicked as well as the pious,” leading to lifelong loneliness.

The words used by Jeremiah to describe the impact of God upon his life are identical with the terms for seduction and rape in the legal terminology of the Bible. .. The call to be a prophet is more than an invitation. It is first of all a feeling of being enticed, or acquiescence or surrender. But this winsome feeling is only one aspect of the experience. The other aspect is a sense of being ravished or carried away by violence, of yielding to overpowering force against one's own will. . . A man whose message is repentance for the people he loves not only forfeits his own capacity for joy, but also provokes the hostility and outrage of his contemporaries. The sights of woe, the anticipation of disaster, nearly crush his soul.”

Apostles and prophets do possess Divine authority. But again, Divine authority is something far different from positional/hierarchical authority. In the Lord, authority exists, but it is attached to function rather than to office or position. And there is a tremendous difference between responding to function and responding to office. Office separates brethren, but all have Spirit-bestowed functions in the Body of Christ (Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 12:27-31).

A prophet is one who stands before God, attentive, waiting to hear God’s message and ready to go and deliver it when he hears it. This is the essential requirement of the true Biblical prophet. When He receives the message, it is delivered with complete authority. It is not the message of the prophet; it is God’s message delivered via the prophet. The responsibility for the consequences or the impact lies with God, not the prophet. It is not just a message, but a person with a message. Many times, when people receive a message from God, they usually first think about what other people will say, think or do. The Biblical prophet could'nt care less about what people might say or how they might react (Eze 3:9). They are not concerned with the attitude of people, they are concerned with being obedient to God, without adding or subtracting from the message. The prophet is like the pointer finger on the hand of God. They point the direction we should go by sharing the heart of God with the body of Christ. Through the prophet, God guides and protects His bride. Prophets, along with apostles are a part of the laying of the ekklesia's foundation.

Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph. 2:20-22)

The Prophets and Apostles are gifted to bring revelation knowledge to the body of Christ. By this I mean, through the prophets and apostles God shines a light on the scriptures in a way not seen before. It will be exactly what God wants the body of Christ to understand for the present hour and for the days ahead. Prophecy can be used to encourage us, exhort us, rebuke us, warn us and show us what to expect in the future; both good and bad, to explain God’s judgements and to make His will clear to us. The prophetic function brings forth things we would never have known about, if the Lord had not spoken through His prophets.

Eph. 3:2-5 explains:
if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you. how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals (uncovers,discloses) His secret (counsel, inward secrets, intimacy) to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).

Here's an example of how an Old Testament King looked at the prophets.
So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper (push forward, be good, break out) (2 Chr. 20:20).”

A less received attribute of the prophets is the fact that they are used of God to point out the sin in the body of Christ, as well as in the lives of individuals! Cracks that will eventually cause the foundation of a work to crumble and split, or even bring to a halt ones walk with God, are exposed by the prophets. No one likes to be rebuked however, so often the prophet is not the most popular amongst the saints.

They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly (Amos 5:10)

God confronts sin through His prophets as well as the powers and principalities causing the sin. Prophets as well as apostles, are powerful in prayer. Many times prophets are ridiculed and called false prophets because God’s ways are not our ways. The counsel of the prophet may seem foreign to human thinking, and even the doctrines they bring forth may sound different from what was taught and understood by the body in the past. But, they bring fresh manna to God’s people through the spoken word of God and their direction is straight from the heart of God. As always the old wineskins will have problems as the light of God exposes a new understanding on truth or gives directions not used before. Over the years Prophets have been burned, beaten, put in prison and run out of town by people that thought they did God a service by getting rid of them. A true prophet of God becomes deeply indignant at the person who continues to live with sin while they continue to profess their Christian beliefs. A person who takes a stand for God, will at times, have to sit alone. Some are persecuted by other Christians for no other reason than they refuse to compromise. Those who are not willing to stand alone for God, cannot pass the test of being a true prophet. A true prophet will stand before God. It takes real personal purity, integrity and strength of character to be God’s mouthpiece.

My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience (James 5:10).

He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm". (Psalm 105:14-15)

Truthful prophets have always had a difficult relationship with God’s people, because they speak what God wants said and not necessarily what His people want to hear! People like to have their ears tickled and to be told they are right on with God. God however, through His prophets, updates truth or adds a deeper meaning to what is known, eradicates false doctrine, and communicates how He really feels about our walk and the walk of the body. People however tend to look at the vessel, rather than Christ the prophet within the person, and therefore do not give credence to what they are saying. Even Jesus had this problem with people that knew Him well.

For Jesus himself testified:
A prophet hath no honour in his own country (John 4:44).

And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them (Mar 6:1-5).

For the prophets that have had the challenge of trying to walk in their calling around a people that don’t want to grow, or don’t want to change, or maybe don’t even believe that prophets are for today, be comforted in the fact that the prophets that walked before you experienced the same thing.

Here is what God told Ezekiel:
“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’ “So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. “Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. “And when this comes to pass surely it will come then they will know that a prophet has been among them (Ezek. 33:30-33).”

The Lord used Jeremiah the Prophet in Jeremiah 23:15 to 32, to rebuke all the ‘latter day’ false prophets and tell them He is against them and their prophecies, because they perverted the words of the Living God.

Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 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.

There are more obvious false prophets like the men who started evil cults like Armstrongism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islamism, Buddhism, Hinduism and other cults that lead people astray with their false ‘prophecies’ and ‘dreams’. Then there are false prophets who are hidden within the body of Christ like chaff. Those false prophets ‘prophesy’ erroneous teachings as it only takes a little leaven to leaven the whole lump (Gal 5:9). They are the ones who are growing up with the wheat and will be rooted up and burned, just like Jesus said in Matthew 13:24-30. When we judge prophecy, we are to see if it lines up with the scriptures. We cannot disagree with the prophecy just because it may differ from the current fade of popular christian doctrine or our own thoughts. Our role is to see if the prophecies line up with scripture and that is all, and it is on this basis alone, that we have the right to disagree with the prophet. None of the six cults mentioned above that were started by false prophets, line up with the true Word of God. In fact some of them have written their own ‘holy books’ and follow them instead of following the only Holy Book– the Bible, the book of truth. All prophecy needs to be subject to judgement by other believers.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1Th 5:21).

The christians of the bible believed in the apostles and prophets and acted on their direction as they where led by the Spirit.

And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea (Acts 11:27-29).

And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus (Act 21:10).

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul (Act 13:1).

And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them (Act 15:32).

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day (Luke 2:36,37).

And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy (Act 21:9).

The function of a prophet plays an important role within the body of Christ. Prophets war in the supernatural to see what the Lord is doing, or what it is He wants the body to do, so God’s people can respond appropriately. We can be doing good things, but not necessarily the right things. Prophets are very needed in the body of Christ they warn, scold, bless, heal, foretell, call to repentance, subdue through prayer and counsel straight from the heart of God. Is it any wonder that Satan has grasped such a hold on God’s people and filtered so much false doctrine in during the dark ages. Both the apostolic and prophetic were lost during this time to the christian faith! The spiritual antidote for the ills of heresy, independence, individualism and denominationalism is mutual subjection to the Spirit of God and to one another out of reverence for Christ. Nothing short of this can protect the Body of Christ or heal its open wounds.

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