The Danger of Building a Ministry on Supernatural Encounters
Some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers have built their entire ministries on supernatural encounters, dreams, visions and prophecies.
Nearly every day, it’s a new prophetic prediction, dramatic encounter or life changing ephinay. Indeed, some of these purveyors of prophecy seem to walk in more revelation than Paul the apostle himself, except their revelations are anti-biblical. Yes, anti-biblical not just extra-biblical. It’s actually more than wearisome.
I agree not every encounter we could have in the seer dimensions is recorded in the Bible. After all, John wrote plainly that, “There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25).
A Discernment Issue
The problem is, too few discern embellished, exaggerated or counterfeit encounters because they are enamored by the dramatic dreams penned with such great literary style that they just have to be true! Too few discern the fabricated angelic conversations at the bedside of the prophet because they hunger for the supernatural.
It troubles me how people become overnight superstars based on one concocted encounter that, to the discerning, defies any resemblance to Bible truth. Second heaven dreams have prophetic celebrities out of people who are no more than fly-by-night fibbers who enjoy the attention. One Facebook post goes viral and they quickly erect a prophetic manufacturing plant that churns contrived oracles that didn’t originate with the Master Orator. It’s prophetic witchcraft.
While I believe in angelic encounters, prophecy, dreams and visions, a generation has risen that makes luminaries out of Christians who behave more like Nostradamus (who was considered a seer in his day)—even when they defy Bible truth. There is popularity in predictions about everything from sporting events to extinct species. (How does that edify the Body of Christ? A psychic can make those predictions.)