Weren't the prophets of old who erred put to death? So when one spoke , it was in knowing the result. This would tend to make them absolutely sure before speaking. They wouldn't be in popularity contests. They had to be 100% correct. No lesser percentage was allowed then. God does not change. His standards are absolute. Neither then should we. And there's no one we need to hold more accountable then a man calling himself a prophet and attracting millions of followers! When we relax our standards and don't speak in opposition to what appears wrong, as in following the crowd, then we become part of the problem of today's lax standard. We are then in error. We are not of the world. We uphold Jesus alone. Point the way to Him, not a man. Even a man preaching Jesus. It's too easy to deceive people who don't know Jesus or The Word well. We have a responsibility to uphold.
The prophets of old weren't popular with the crowds of their day. They didn't have followers touting them and following them all over; promoting them...even forcefully and aggressively. Turning on fellow believers if they didn't believe what they believed. Usually these prophets of the past appeared to be of the gloom and doom variety with a tendancy of being isolated from community. Their messages weren't readily accepted. There was no schedule of upcoming conferences where he could be heard. He'd just show up at opportune moments unexpectedly. Preaching repentance or else. They were even feared.
Believers today must be even more careful because of the time we live in. It is so easy to be deceived today. We can't afford to be in popular movements.
When we experienced strife and division; mean -spirited attacks here at every mention of this man's name, we knew what we had to do. This is not God's way. Who does such an atmospheric reaction suggest?
Not saying he is or isn't a prophet but allowing people to decide for themselves and to study this man for themselves. Pointing out instances of prophecy that weren't true. But this is what we were experiencing and couldn't accept. We also believe our members are astute and growing in sharpening iron against iron to discover for themselves the truth.
It's the only way we have of determining who is a prophet. I can call myself anything. Others can label me. But that doesn't make me a prophet in God's eyes. And quite frankly, I don't want to be and can't imagine anyone begging the Lord for such a position. (I know the standard of 100 % accuracy. What a heavy burden! I know the punishment as well!) We need the absolute of God's Holy Standard when it comes to prophecy and prophets...especially today!
It's interesting to listen about these prophets of today so many mention; to see what they have to say, but we can't get on the bandwagon of support without meeting God's standard. There are plenty of other sites for persuing such an interest but Rita Now needs to hold the bar high to God's standard and also protect our family here. Many may come to us looking for answers who don't know what to look for. They are looking to see how we react or what we think about a number of issues. It would be irresponsible to do anything else then to uphold God's standard when it comes to calling any man a prophet..
If someone wants to persue this man further...there's other places they can go to do so. We don't need to be one of them. Hopefully, this sends a message to be wary of what everyone else seems to believe , that they may not be ensnared wrongly.
“The eyes of the lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” — 2 Chronicles 16:9