Delusions and false Prophecies just for the sake of itching ears

Donald Trump conceded defeat to Joe Biden and his concession speech was a major blow to some supposed Prophets who claimed God specifically told them that after everything, Donald Trump will lead the United States of America again.

It is becoming a practice among many Christian circles especially Pentecostals and charismatics to gather on new year’s eve to receive words of prophecy that will usher them into the new year.

As a result, many Pastors who are not called into the prophetic often mount pressure on themselves to have something to say to people in the name of prophecy. It has become a matter of people going after what could satisfy their itching ear. Paul tells us

“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3‭-‬4 NLT

When a Pastor is more interested in pleasing people and their desires, he will hardly stand to focus on the truth. We are supposed to labour in the Good News, that is, in teaching the gospel but unfortunately, we seem to have indirectly subscribed to a rule we didn’t even know who made, a rule that says every New Year’s eve is meant for Prophecy.

The case of Donald Trump becomes yet another slap on the faces of these false prophets. One could be a genuine teacher of God’s word and still prophecy falsely when they yield to their flesh. They desire to massage their egos by giving people what they want rather than what God has said.

Some American Pastors have come out to boldly apologise concerning their wrong prophecies and I believe that is the right way to go, a display of repentance. However, in Nigeria where I come from, you hardly see any preacher who comes out to accept that they prophesied wrongly, they rather twist their prophecies, stretch it and defend it with everything just the same way they twist the Bible.

Some preachers would even say “well, the fulfilment of prophecy is not a prophet’s responsibility but the responsibility of the hearer”, it is a subtle way of stepping aside and never admitting that they were wrong.

Yes, some things come with a condition, God can ask you to do something so that you can get a certain result. So, the result is dependent on your obedience but this is not always the context of what some false prophets claim.

The violence that happened in the US capitol cannot be entirely blamed on Donald Trump, it should be blamed on everyone who wasn’t telling him the truth, people who made him feel that he was anointed for a second term, people who made him feel that he was bigger than America. It was these false prophecies, false hopes and lies that made Donald Trump stood and dragged it to the extent he did.

In the Old Testament, when the Prophecy of a Prophet doesn’t come to pass, he could be condemned to death and regarded as a false prophet. A closer look at the book of the law tells us

“But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord ?’ If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.” – Deuteronomy 18:21‭-‬22 NLT

What is my point?

It is okay to wish people good, it is okay to pray for people and bless people. It is okay to tell people “this year, I wish you success”. It is okay for a pastor to stand boldly and say “this is who I endorse to run for the office of the President for obvious reasons” but it becomes dangerous when they start dragging God’s name into it.

It is very wrong to say that God told you anything when about the year, election or your members’ career when he clearly told you nothing! You must not prophesy in that regard.

You could still hold your crossover service without “prophecy” when the Holy Spirit has not revealed anything of that sort to you. You could still teach your members “how to take charge of the year” without listing “101 Prophecies for 2021” when you saw nothing! Paul continued:

“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” – 2 Timothy 4:5 NLT

We should carry out ministry with a clear conscience. I surely will feel guilt all over me any day I stand up to tell people what God never said all in the name of prophecy and that guilt can limit my productivity in ministry.

We have been called not to be afraid of suffering for the Lord. It doesn’t matter what the year brings, it doesn’t matter who wins the election, it doesn’t matter what happens to us for the sake of the gospel, we should be bold and stand to speak to truth to all men!

Apostle Peter tells us: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” – 2 Peter 1:20‭-‬21 KJV

Prophecy doesn’t bring shame to the Church, it rather builds up the Church. Prophecy is not a result of man’s will, it has nothing to do with what you feel. It is an intelligible communication by revelation. It comes with precision, can be understood by unbelievers and can convict them of their unbelief. Paul tells us:

“But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.” – 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 NLT

Don’t labour in scratching people’s itching ear. We have been called to labour at telling others the good news and fully carry out the ministry that God has given us. This way, God is glorified and not the flesh.

I call you blessed.

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