Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forty Prophecies in Forty Days #15 Modern Apostles and Prophets

Eph 4:11-13  “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (12)  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  (13)  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”

As I mentioned the other day, this has not truly come to fruition yet and so yes, there are still apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. But, why is it that so many of the modern apostles and prophets seem to favor the Old Covenant over the New Covenant? What I mean by that is that the apostles and prophets of today seem to favor strict adherence to the Law and emphasize God’s wrath and judgment. What has happened to the idea that God poured out his wrath on Jesus on the cross; or, what about the idea that God’s judgment was executed on Jesus?

It makes one wonder about these apostles and prophets does it not? Now, I am not unequivocally saying that I think they are false apostles and prophets. Perhaps their call is genuine, and God is busy working on their attitudes and beliefs. Maybe, they are so indoctrinated with the strong delusion, or maybe they have been taught the orthodox, evangelical way of understanding. It is undeniable that there is an army of spiritual soldiers being raised up that are seeing the freedom that Christ purchased with His blood on Calvary. Let’s face it, there is definitely a shift going on in the heavenly realms. Things are changing drastically.

Here is a thought that I would like to share. Apostles and prophets are foundational to the faith. Eph 2:20  “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;:” The corner stone is Jesus Christ. He alone is supreme, and the focus of the Father’s redemptive plan.

Hear oh apostles and prophets: If that is your calling then you are foundational to the gospel message. Everything that modern day apostles and prophets do should build the foundation of the gospel of grace! No foundation can anyone lay except that which is laid! Stop being teachers of the Law. Stop being accusers of the brethren. The way to promote faith is to teach faith in the finished work of the cross. That is the object of our faith. It is in the fact that Jesus is a justifier. He justifies sinners. That is His Job! The Pentecostal movement brought some very good things to the body of Christ, tongues, prophecy, the charismatic gifts to name just a few, but it also brought some of the most pernicious stumbling blocks, and self-made personal holiness is the worst of the worst.

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