Here is a winner!
Prophets in the Christian era are not held to the same standard as those in the Old Testament. I was driving while I heard this and am not up to transcribing this one, but the gist of the “teaching” was that since the Bible says the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet” it means that the prophet should be given time to grow into his gift. In that period of growth he will be subject to mistakes. He is only human. As long as he is responsive to correction, he should be given the leeway to prophesy, his prophetic utterances should be scrutinized for truth content.
It seems that if this is how you are going to define prophecy, there is no difference between this and the expression of personal opinion. If we are going to allow ongoing prophetic utterance, it can’t be a hit and miss proposition. That is why in the OT the standard was 100% accuracy – that is what makes it “of God.”
Maybe that is the problem these days, we don’t really hold people accountable for what they say. Take for instance Pat Robertson’s predictions about extreme weather in 2006.
Pat Robertson also said that God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a “mass killing” late in 2007.
“I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”God also said, he claims, that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.
Robertson said God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat.
“I have a relatively good track record,” he said. “Sometimes I miss.”
So, what do we make of this sort of tripe – is he still growing into his “gift”? Or is it manipulation and sensationalism? I lean toward the latter.