The Danger of Ravenous Wolves I

It does matter what church you attend; it matters who lays hands on you, who prophesies over you, who is feeding you.

Acts 13:1; “Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers.”

There were prophets in the church. They were not lone ranger ministries accountable to no one.

God has provided a balance; prophets and teachers. True prophets will help keep fresh Holy Spirit input alive in the local church. Teachers will provide a healthy balance to that, ensuring that all is grounded upon the unchangeable, eternally reliable written Word of God.
It cannot be overemphasized that prophets do not function as a check on God’s Word. The eternal Word of God, the Bible, is the foundation upon which all ministries, including that of the prophet, must be based.

As the prophet Isaiah declared in Isaiah 8:20; “If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

The prophets at Antioch were in the church. As with the other fivefold ministries, the local church is the proper ministry home of the prophet.

We are warned not to accept every one claiming to be a prophet as truly being such, but to watch out for those wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are the true and the false prophets. Be discerning. The Scriptures clearly teach the validity of God-called apostles and prophets, as well as evangelists, pastors, and teachers. They are given by Jesus for the entire Church Age. Jesus gave us sound wisdom concerning whom to receive; “by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:20).” This includes the character of their lives.

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