TRUE PROPHETS OF GOD

In his excellent book ” Set The Trumpet To Thy Mouth” Pastor David Wilkerson makes the following points.

1-A true prophet of God is consumed with a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2-A true prophet of God preaches and practices self-denial.

3-A true prophet of God has a holy boldness against sin. He never whitewashes evil.

Our dear brother has done well to make these observations. We have so few true prophets of God speaking today. One so-called prophet of today, says that todays prophets are “more fun” because they do not deal with peoples sin.Most will not mention sin or the Cross. The list is endless and I could go on and on but the point is; how did we sink to such a low level in the church?

Our focus should be Jesus Christ and Him crucified, so how did we allow the base desires of greed and lust to dominate us to the point that now, the precious Gospel that cost Christ His life’s Blood has been cheapened to little more than get- rich- quick schemes and some type of magic talisman to make all our problems disappear?

It is little wonder that the Church in America is so soft these days. David Wilkerson calls these modern prophets [ so-called] ”Pillow Prophets.” I agree… The church in this country has fallen asleep with its head in the lap of Delilah. The true glory of God has departed and a very cheap imitation is being promoted.

There is an old saying that I grew up on that goes something like this; I don’t care how high you jump, you must walk straight when you come down. We, as preachers, do not need $5,000 ink pens or our own gimmicks. We do not need to live in the biggest and finest homes on the market. We do not need the most expensive airplanes so we can fly over the people we are supposed to reach. We do not need the most expensive clothes. One real big lie in the church right now is that a “Kings Kid” should have the best. That is a terrible lie. What about Luke chapter 9:23-25 ? or Matthew 10:37-42? Just to name a couple.

We must reach out to others with what God blesses us with. Christ taught concern and compassion for others; not greed. We need to tell men everywhere about the savior. Christians are to live lives that are examples of Jesus Christ. Jesus often spoke of giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty neighbor and giving away our coat to those in need. Whatever happened to that message? We are supposed to care for orphans and widows and those who have been beaten down by life; not try to get what little they do have from them. Come on church, wake up before its too late! Get back to preaching about the Cross. Get back to living out your faith in practical, everyday, common ways.

Most of what you see over much of Christian TV is vain and fanciful imaginations of the darker variety. Most of it appeals strongly to the fallen nature; the sinful nature of mankind. Where have the true prophets gone? We so desperately need a true word from God in our land. On second thought, we have a Bible chocked full of true words of God; maybe we should read our Bibles more and listen less, none at all preferably, to the pillow prophets that abound in our land.

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