God is concerned about His work in the earth through the vessels of His choosing. People who eventually fall or are disgraced will have been repeatedly warned by God. Initially, in their conscience and through the dealing of the Spirit. When that is ignored, ones close to them raise questions. When that is ignored, the prophetic voices are raised. Entreaties are made, God's overtures of mercy are poured out and space is given for repentance. If it comes to a ministry collapse or the moral fall of an individual we can rest assured that our faithful Father has exhausted all other means to bring redress and is left with exposure as His last resort. This is still an expression of His desire to heal the individual and preserve them unto Himself. If we do not keep these things first and foremost in our thinking, we run the risk of somehow accusing God, in an indirect manner, of wrongdoing.
Second, it is He and He alone who is 'able to keep us from falling'. While we must seek and cooperate with Him for this benefit to us, it is His power to keep that secures us at all times and in all things. The word tells us the He will make grace abound to us, so that we may resist temptation. We are promised everything necessary for righteous living through the promises given us in Christ Jesus. All of these realities were available for the individual in question as well. It is not God's fault when vessels fail. It wasn't because He didn't warn us in advance. It isn't because He can't be trusted to keep us all. It is simply a manifestation of the exact same disease that has us asking these questions in the first place. "Let a man not think more highly of himself than he ought."
Third, Prophets are not omniscient. Only God Himself has this capacity. As prophets and prophetic people, we are responsible for what God says to us, not what He doesn't. Paul admonishes the New Testament Body to evaluate the word of prophecy given, not the prophesier. It is really not our job to know everything about everything. It is our privilege to be shown whatever God feels is pertinent to promote His agenda in the earth. If we had known, would it be safe to assume that the individual would've 'listened' to us, when they have been rejecting His attempts to bring repentance?
There is still so great a misunderstanding about the prophetic, about our responsibilities to one another, and even about what God is saying presently. The solution lies not within our being more vigilant, nor within our abilities [or even our 'giftings'] but rather in keeping our eyes fixed on Him who is able.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A word about Watchmen (Prophets) and Omniscience
I got this from Prophet Robert Newell.... I think it's pretty good and helps in understanding the WHY of it all:
Posted by Gene at 8:13 AM