"YOU CAN PROPHECY--BUT DON'T THINK YOU ARE A PROPHET!"
1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
Yes, the Bible says that any believer can prophecy--but--this does not make you a "prophet". A prophet is a rare thing in the Bible, and therefore a rare thing in the church today. A prophet of God is someone special--someone with great authority in the church.
3. What does it really mean?
The Christian church has a huge grammar problem. In our desperate search to use the bible to support the tradition of human authority as church government, and minimize ministry, people have attempted to make the smallest grammatical turns into BIG--BIG things.
You go to church. They teach you that you can prophecy--that you should evangelize--that you should minister to others and teach and guide others. BUT--when you actually do one of those things--some body always comes along and "puts the brakes" on your ministry. It may be from the pastor--or it could be from the guy you sit next to in church.
"That's great that you evangelized--but don't think you're an evangelist!"
Try to teach someone something. You know the Lord is leading you to do it--and you get--"what are you--the pastor?!"
the Spirit of the Lord comes on you and you speak a word--everyone says it was great--btu someone will come along and say--"You can prophecy--but don't think you are a prophet."
All this stupidity is around in he church because we are so hung up on human authority in the church. we think that "ministry" is a nice cushy job that makes you a good living. If you really were a minister--people would pay you money--God would give you a group of people who are "under" you. We are so dead set sure that "ministry" is authority over others in the church.
doesn't anyone realize that Jesus said 5 times we should not exercise authority over others within he church? he specifically stated that ministry is NOT authority over others among ourselves.....
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them,
Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (Mark 10:42-43)
To try to find a distinction in the words "prophet" or "evangelist" shows just how desperate we are to preserve the system of authority in the church. A prophet is someone who prophecies---and evangelist is someone who evangelizes--and a teacher is someone who teaches. there is no Biblical distinction. We can try to find it, but it just is not there!
the problem we have in our day and age is that people read the Bible (a relatively new habit for the common believer!) The Bible is taught in an open way in many churches. when this happens, it becomes clear that the new testament Bible encourages all believers to evangelize, to teach, and to prophecy.
what many don't know is that jesus encourage all of us toward apostleship...
18 As thou hast sent (apostello) me into the world, even so
have I also sent (apostello) them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (john 17: 18-20)
The fact is that there are no distinctions at all in the Bible because ministry meant "service" not rulership. Ministry was something people did as God lead--and NOT a title of authority that someone holds "over" others.