The modern church is in great need of prophets. No, not the self appointed and wild eyed fanatics we see on TBN and other religious broadcasts. You have seen them, they add their delusions to the revelation of Scripture. They equate sweating and laughter with anointing. They lead millions further down a road of deception and delusion. Instead, we need men in leadership who will spend time alone with God in prayer and get a living word to communicate to God’s people. Men of vision who are not selling out the church so they can become a celebrity in the ‘religious conference tour.’
A prophet doesn’t have a burden…the burden has the prophet! New Testament prophets do not go around as a one man show. In fact, the rock star promotion of ministers grates his spirit, because it offends the Holy Spirit. The prophet weeps when alone in prayer because he is consumed with the view Christ has concerning the compromise and worldliness of the modern church. He feels God’s heart to call the bride to fulfill her destiny and purpose to his generation. Because the prophet has been alone with God, he is spiritually prepared to speak with man in public.
A prophet doesn’t desire or seek glory from man…he despises it. The truth that all men “come short of the glory of God” is woven into the fabric of his life. (Rom. 3:23) He has been in the secret place of prayer and knows the depth of his own sin and that “there is none good, no not one!” (Rom. 3:10) Entertainment in the name of ‘Christian ministry’ makes him sick. Unrepentant shepherds break his heart. Deaconized churches violate God’s Word and therefore, bring out his passion. The ‘health and wealth gospel’ stands out as the idolatry it is and he is not afraid to say so. The prophet is willing to say, “thou art the man” when called on by the Holy Spirit. (2 Sam. 12:7)
In short, prophets bring God to the people. They declare out of brokenness and passion, the heartbeat of Jesus toward His bride. (Eph. 5:25-27) The prophet sees through the carnal shepherd who dumbs down the church into a business enterprise. He calls for biblical accountability, sound doctrine, the practice of sound doctrine and heart purity. The prophet knows that deeper life cannot be built on dirty hearts!
Yep, you guessed it. The New Testament prophet scares the worldly pastor as well as the worldly church which hides behind self deceiving talk to hide their sin and compromise. He is a threat, not to the bride or godly leadership, but to the Laodicean church who claims to be in need of nothing. (Rev. 3:14-22) The prophet knows that ministry is not about popularity…it is about truth!
So, where are the prophets? Are you one? If so, you will not have to use a title to convince others. In fact, the attempt to label you will not be pleasing. (Amos 7:14-15) Instead, just simply preach with boldness of spirit, brokenness of heart, humility of mind, soundness of doctrine and clarity of words. Offer God’s mercy and grace. Point all men to Christ crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and coming back! By all means brothers… PREACH!