Prophecy vs. Prophets

 
  1. 1 Cor. 14:3 edifies, exhorts and comforts.  Only the prophet is called to bring rebuke or correction in the church.  Individuals w/o recognition as Prophets  should not…

  

1 Corinthians 14:3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

  1. 1 Cor. 14:29 “…let the others judge…” prophecy should be delivered either in the presence of leaders or in such a way as to allow for their discernment of the message.

1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.

     

  1. Personal prophecy should not be given or received by anyone unless he          or she is recognized as a prophetic leader (minister) in the church.
  1. Novices often project feelings; they should get their thoughts screened by a leader lest they:
    • share doctrinal error
    • often lack appropriateness
    • act w/o “covering”

      

  1. Guidelines:
    1. If the messenger has to notify you of their “giftedness,” they have none.
    1. If the message does not point to Christ it is not of the Holy Spirit whose ministry is to glorify Him.
    1. If it does not conform to the Word (written), it is in error.  Scripture, not private revelation is the ultimate test of doctrine and practice.
    1. If it is not based in love it is not of the very Nature of God.
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