I just read one. I won't identify it here because he is a hero to some.
When I read it I almost heaved spiritually. The presumption. The ego. The arrogance to hold himself up as this spiritual giant. He's not a giant, he's an gi---ANT.
I am criticized from time to time as being "Prophet Gene". I am not an Apostle, Pastor, Teacher or Evangelist. I can function in those, but I am Prophet. My given name is Gene. So... until people cease being called Pastor Bob, or Apostle Tony, or Evangelist Roy or Rabbi (Teacher) Shumley, I'll stick to what I am called to do and carry the appellation of my office without further apology. Prophet Gene.
Some however are far less humble. Far more endowed. The Bio's they publish will astound you for their presumption.
Here are some excerpts from this "GREAT MAN OF GOD's" bio:
- brought healing to many others as he has laid hands on them through the gift of healing. (This is good, as it should be normative, so OK)
- began ministering at the age of 9 (Jesus waited till he was 12 years old, WOW)
- He walks in the 5-fold ministry gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher and pastor according to Ephesians 4.(Wait, I must have misread that passage, seems like we all operate in a Grace...a Grace, only Jesus is the fullness, or am I missing something here? He seems to be just like Jesus, possessing all five gifts at the same time. Unless he IS Jesus and I don't think he is, He's way off base with this. Read it again). 2With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;
3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till 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:
- Vision to raise up a church full of the 5-fold ministries to reach the world. As he travels, proclaiming the miraculous power of God, many souls are saved, many families are being reunited and numerous individuals are becoming debt-free, because they received him as a prophet.
I won't post any more. It's so over the top. It saddens me.
Yet, this goes on all the time. How about that Lowliness and Meekness? Is that still in Verse 2 of Ephesians 4? I'll be long-suffering and forebear in love this man who must be Jesus equal on earth (at least in his own eyes).
I looked up his Church. This international ministry. This great man who began the ministry 25 years ago at the age of 9. This man who nearly threatens the greatness of Jesus. His Church is--
A small building on a rural dirt road in the south.
I don't despise small beginnings, God uses the simple to confound the wise. I'm the chief exemplar of that.
Just don't hype your bio so greatly that you appear to be a loon.
IF you are wondering what this has to do with Prophecy, when the Spirit of Jesus lives big in you, what grieves you in the Spirit, is HIM grieving thru you. See Romans 8.
People of God...get back to being the People of God and not the People of Man's Hubris.