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Letter: How should we interpret charismatic prophets?


In the year 156 in Pepuza, Phrygia, two women in white arose during a worship service as if shocked. Priscilla declared that Christ had come to her as a woman in a dream and had lain down beside her and informed her to tell everyone that a new prophecy had come. Pepuza was selected by the Godhead to be the site for the New Jerusalem. For her part, Maximilla habitually prophesied of pending wars marking the advent of the New Jerusalem.

Apocalyptic nations often dismantle biblical ethics in the name of the nearness of the millennium. Jesus’ words that there would be no giving in marriage was taken as immediate license to walk away from marriage. Their charismatic prophecies were taken as evidence that the kingdom had come.

Though Jesus specifically said that no man (human being) knows the date (Matthew 24:36), Priscilla and Maximilla abused their gifts and experiences to claim a fresher knowledge than the words of Christ in Scripture.

Paul warns of this in 1 Corinthians 14:32-33 with the injunction that the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets, meaning that ecstasy and prophecy are acceptable if assimilated into the direction of the church by the pastoral leadership and if evaluated according to the norm of biblical revelation.

Harry L. Werner
Heidelberg Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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