anyone's position on this subject, that
position needs to be predicated upon certain truths
- Certainly the work
of laying the foundation
of truth has been accomplished.
There will be no new
doctrinal revelation contrary to that which exists.
that is needed for preaching the gospel, eternal life, and union with
God through Christ is already clearly stated and is sufficient.
1:8 But though we [the apostles, prophets, teachers], or an angel from
heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.
- We have no
reason to believe that even the 2 witnesses of revelation (Rev 11:3-11)
will rereveal any new truths, simply judgment via signs
- If not, then
the gospel has been insufficient
to save for 2000 years and all since Christ have died in their sins.
extent to which they assert their authority over the body of Christ and
how they view the authority of their proclamations, revelations, and
prophesies in comparison to the authority of existing scripture and
doctrine will help us understand the false ones.
No prophet or
apostle made any threats about God punishing those who did not
recognize the spokesmen as a prophet or apostle, or disregarded his
words. The prophecy itself was the warning or the encouragement. If the
people ignored the prophet but heeded his words, they were not
chastised by God for ignoring the prophet, but only for disregarding
God's word through him.
accursed because they do not believe or follow an apostle or prophet.
(only by denying the gospel as presented the original apostles and
prophets). Those "apostles" or "prophets" that say such things are proving
they are false. No legitimate prophet or apostle
ever said anything like that to anyone. They spoke their
message and let God handle the rest.
true prophet or apostle would be like the first 12
rejoice that they are called to account to scripture by the "laity" and
will encourage all to verify all
prophecies, and revelations by the scripture. Acts 17:11. Rather, today
the false prophets curse and threaten when their vain babblings are
questioned. When a person questions their interpretation and calls them
to account for truths that contradict them, they use their supposed
position to intimidate rather than sound exegesis to give answer.
practice of today of
giving persons personal "words" or prophesy regularly
has no example or basis in scripture. Certainly not in the New
testament and Old Testament prophets spoke primarily to the spiritual
leaders and kings and to the people as a whole. While this does not
disprove that such things are possible, we should be wary of
anything that is not set forth as an example in scriptures.
It is too common for Charismatics to take an
unusual supernatural happening from the bible,
and think it should now be common and able to be practiced by anyone,
or by many at any time and in any place and for any reason.
of them seem to call these days of the 22nd century the Last Days, as
if those days began in the last few decades. The bible says the Last
Days began at pentecost. So, any restoration in the "Last Days" began
at pentecost, not in the few past years or decades. There are very few
scriptures that refer to the last days of the last days and these have
to do with the appearance of Jesus coming for His church.