Indifference to accountability and responsibility

25 03 2008

Someone wrote in the comment with regards to Kim Clement’s false prophecy

I highly doubt any of you are prophets, because, obviously, very few of you know the workings of the prophets. God has designed the giftings of the prophets to only be truly understood by the prophets. If you have never truly prophesied then you have no right to say anything, good or bad, because you have no experience in the area.

Is the person who wrote this a prophet? I do not know. But God designed the giftings of the prophets for HIMSELF, and it is understood through HIS WORD, therefore the test of a prophet is ON HIS WORD. For that very deluded person who wrote the comment, i shall quote this from GOD’S WORDS

Jeremiah 23:21-23 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?

The chief duty of a prophet is to speak what God says (His Counsel), and the end result of that message is they will turn from their evil ways and of their doings (Repentance and Salvation). Yet many, indeed, many prophets will come in His name, are not of His own.

2nd Peter 2:1-9 But there were False Prophets also among the people, even as there shall be False Teachers among you, who privily (in secret) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the Way of Truth shall be evil spoken of .. (remember) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished:

Therefore, to that person who wrote the comment, do not rest your faith in these prophets blindly, but let your faith be rested on the Word of God, that YOU can test the prophet, not in judgment but in love, gentle rebuke, and as a worker who is approved and diligent in studying of His Word, not just by hearing but putting into practice.


Prophetic words or prophecy?

6 01 2008

There was generally a confusion in this two aspects of the ministry – a pastor giving a prophetic word about a person, and the prophet’s prophecy.

When God reveal something to a pastor of a person concerning a situation or a direction, sometimes it is known as the prophetic words given which allows the listener to discern on the direction God has for him or her, in this, he can choose to submit to God to work out His will, or sometimes, through sheer disobedience, turn away and work out his own way, which results in the prophetic word being forfeited.

On the other hand, when a prophet prophesied, the message always carry a specific word from God on nation, and this He will always bring it to fulfillment. The specific message of God that brings forth judgment, about wrath of God, revelation of a future and a distant future, and this, will always originated from God. The prophet is merely a mouthpiece, a messenger, and a representative of His Will. This the scripture speaks of that the test of the prophet, is that all words of prophecies will come to pass, or he will be a false prophet.

Make no mistake about it, God’s absolute principle in the prophetic office, that the place of a prophet is special, and unique in Him, and equally, the message these prophets have for the nations, is as important and unique. A prophet will not amassed for himself riches and wealth of this world, nor uses such prophetic gifts for his own benefits. How different is the modern prophet to the biblical prophets!

Parable of the Dishonest Manager

15 11 2007

As i came across this parable in Luke 16:1-13, there are several principles which eluded my limited understandings.

1.He also said to the disciples, There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager. 3 And the manager said to himself, What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses. 5 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, How much do you owe my master? 6 He said, A hundred measures of oil. He said to him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty. 7 Then he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures of wheat. He said to him, Take your bill, and write eighty. 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Why is the master commending the dishonest manager for his shrewdness, which is apparently undercutting his master’s business?

And why did Jesus said to make friends for yourselfs by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings, and then goes on to say that if we have not been faithful in unrighteous wealth, who will entrust us to true riches?

The key verse i think should be No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

I believe this verse is applicable very much in how Christians should handle themselves in the world of business and into a subject which i feel has huge stigma to it – biblical finances. I just can’t understand this parable, which in the preceding verses when Jesus was telling the Pharisees about Kingdom Values, which i believe to have close and critical applications of this parable to his message in reference to the Pharisees.

Can anyone shed some light into this particular perplexing verses?

Expository Preaching

9 11 2007

I just finished this book: Principle and practise of Expository Preaching by Haddon W. Robinson. It was absolutely and fabulous book which its concise and detailed explanation of the various stages (Stage 1 to 10) of preparing sermons, which i feel can be applied to preparing lessons and even self bible study sessions. Too often, have we failed to give Scriptures the very Authority it ought to have in leading our studies, than ended up, we dictating what scriptures should support our own convictions. Since i am preparing for a short session of bible study in Church, i might start with the first 4 lessons on Bible Study: Methods, Principles and Practise, which should cover Basic Exegesis, Basic Textual Criticism, and Hermeneutics. The first lesson to be set at the end of the month which will run on a biweekly basis.