AND PROPHECY, by George Potkonyak.
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[NETchurch]: Prophets and Prophecy
The issue of the prophets and prophecy has already
been mentioned in
some of the recent posts, mainly to deal with the method of delivery of
the word by those who think that “the word of the Lord came
I would like to address several issues in light of what normally takes
place in discussions on the prophetic ministry. These can be
1. True and false prophet
2. Old Testament prophet and “New Testament
3. Submission of a prophet
1. True and False Prophet
 `When there ariseth in your midst a prophet, or
a dreamer of a dream,
and he hath given unto thee a sign or wonder,
 and the sign and the wonder hath come which he
hath spoken of unto
thee, saying, Let us go after other gods (which thou hast not known),
 thou dost not hearken unto the words of that
prophet, or unto that
dreamer of the dream, for Jehovah your God is trying you, to know
ye are loving Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your
 after Jehovah your God ye walk, and Him ye fear,
and His commands
ye keep, and to His voice ye hearken, and Him ye serve, and to Him ye
 `And that prophet, or that dreamer of the dream,
is put to death,
for he hath spoken apostacy against Jehovah your God (who is bringing
out of the land of Egypt, and hath ransomed you out of a house of
to drive you out of the way in which Jehovah thy God hath commanded
to walk, and thou hast put away the evil thing from thy midst.
 `Only, the prophet who presumeth to speak a
word in My name --
that which I have not commanded him to speak -- and who speaketh in the
name of other gods -- even that prophet hath died.
Definition of a false prophet comes from God
Himself. There is
no indication that there is a time limit to its validity, therefore, it
is quite safe to assume that the definition still stands.
A false prophet is the one who tries to lead people
to gods other than
Jehovah, whether he speaks in the name of other gods or he pretends as
if speaking in the name of the Lord. If he does this, he is a
prophet, even if he performs signs and wonders as a supposed proof that
the prophecy is from God. The penalty pronounced by God for
prophet is death.
This leads me to conclude that one of the
qualifications of a true prophet
is that he will not try to lead people to other gods. That is
qualification only - we’ll be looking for some more.
 `And when thou sayest in thy heart, How do we
know the word which
Jehovah hath not spoken?
 that which the prophet speaketh in the name of
Jehovah, and the
thing is not, and cometh not -- it [is] the word which Jehovah hath not
spoken; in presumption hath the prophet spoken it; -- thou art not
Here is some more: if a prophet speaks “in
the name of Jehovah”, that
is, if he has the best intentions, but he actually doesn’t
speak what God
has given him, but rather what he THINKS is good (or shall we say
then that prophet is not a true prophet because “the thing is
not and cometh
not”, but he is not a false prophet either. He just
spoke “in presumption”,
and there is no need to stone him (he had good intentions), neither he
should be listened to, no matter how good he might sound. The
for such a prophet is “thou art not afraid of
him”. This may mean
“ignore him”, but it also may mean not to be
literally afraid, which will
become clearer later on when we look at some examples.
So, another qualification of a true prophet is that
he does not speak
“presumtuously”, that is, his own word rather than
the word of God, even
though it may be with best intentions.
The qualification of a
“presumptuous” prophet is that “the thing
not and cometh not”, may not necessarily apply to every
prophecy by a prophet:
some of the prophecies, even given by some “prophets of
old”, are for a
distant future - a prophet cannot be judged by their fulfullment in a
Many of the examples mentioned in the previous posts
with “thus says the Lord” and in King James
English, probably fall into
this category of prophecies: they are spoken
“presumptuously”, that is,
those who spoke them are not false prophets, but are not true either -
unless “the thing is, and cometh”.
 a prophet I raise up to them, out of the midst
of their brethren,
like to thee; and I have given my words in his mouth, and he hath
unto them all that which I command him;
 and it hath been -- the man who doth not
hearken unto My words
which he doth speak in My name, I require [it] of him.
Some commentators claim that God spoke here about
Jesus. It is
quite possible, but I would think that the Lord spoke about a true
the one who speaks in the name of the Lord; and those to whom the word
is given are expected to “hearken”, that is, to
hear and respond accordingly,
otherwise the Lord will “require [it] of him”, that
is, the person who
ignores the words of the prophet will be accountable to God for it.
So, we can add another attribute to the definition
of the true prophet:
his words are not to be ignored by those to whom they are spoken,
God Himself will hold them responsible.
1 Kings 20
 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets
said unto his neighbour
by the word of Jehovah, `Smite me, I pray thee;' and the man refuseth
 and he saith to him, `Because that thou hast
not hearkened to the
voice of Jehovah, lo, thou art going from me, and the lion hath smitten
thee;' and he goeth from him, and the lion findeth him, and smiteth
Please note: “man of the sons of
the prophets”, that is a prophet,
spoke to a man “by the word of Jehovah”, and this
man ignored him.
He ignored the word of the Lord spoken by a true prophet. And
Lord “required it of him”. It
wasn’t just a slap on the wrist - you
can read in verse 36 how He did it.
2 Kings 1
 And he sendeth unto him [to Elijah] a head of
fifty and his fifty,
and he goeth up unto him (and lo, he is sitting on the top of the
and he speaketh unto him, `O man of God, the king hath spoken, Come
 And Elijah answereth and speaketh unto the head
of the fifty, `And
if I [am] a man of God, fire doth come down from the heavens, and
thee and thy fifty;' and fire cometh down from the heavens, and
him and his fifty.
Now we can see what could have been the meaning of
“thou art not afraid
of him” (Deu. 18:22), which in the opposite would mean, if a
a true prophet, be afraid of him/her.
2 Kings 2
 And he [Elisha] goeth up thence to Beth-El, and
he is going up
in the way, and little youths have come out from the city, and scoff at
him, and say to him, `Go up, bald-head! go up, bald-head!'
 And he looketh behind him, and seeth them, and
declareth them vile
in the name of Jehovah, and two bears come out of the forest, and rend
of them forty and two lads.
“...and he [Elisha, the true prophet]
declareth them vile in the name
Another attribute of a true prophet: God
responds to his requests
as the prophet responds to the word of God - I would think this to be
It would be interesting to see what happens to a
prophet who does not
respond to the word of God, but rather listens to a man, even to
In 1 Kings 13:1-24 is a story of a true prophet of
God who received
a certain instruction from God, and eventually ignored it but rather
to another (aparently true) older prophet. As a consequence
killed by a lion.
When you know that you know that the Lord has spoken
to you, my fellow
prophet, do not listen even to your own father, and the Lord will
you. However, if you let yourself be persuaded and do
to what the Lord has commanded you, be ready for the consequences.
I’d like to draw your attention to a
practice in the church, which is
(supposedly) designed as a ‘safety net’, so that
‘false’ prophecies are
filtered out and the ‘true’ ones passed.
It is the rule which many
churches introduced: submit your prophecy to the church leadership
that is in each particular setting), and they will compile and monitor
prophecies and try to correlate them and get some sort of
to see how the prophecies line up with each other. Then the
would publish the ‘consensus of the prophetic
opinion’ and treat it as
God’s guide to the church.
There are examples from the Scripture which are too
numerous to list
here, from which it is quite obvious that often the contrary was true:
prophecies of a single individual were true and those of a majority of
the prophets (and most of them were not even mentioned as being false
were wrong. So, here is another attribute of a true
he/she does not have to be one of the majority - he/she can be a lonly
voice among the multitude.
2. The Old Testament Prophet
and the "New Testament Prophet"
There is quite a lot of teaching on the prophets and
the prophecy in
the contemporary church. Mostly, these are the main points of
- Prophecy must be supported by the Scripture.
- NT prophecy is not directional, and if it happens to be,
confirmed by some 'authority'.
- The New Testament prophet is different to the OT prophet.
- The NT prophecy must be edifying and spoken in love, and it
not tear down but rather builds up. If a 'tearing down' word
by any chance, it must be accompanied by a 're-building' word.
In other words, there is a 'pattern' which must be
it already has been said on this list, by Chip and others, the only
I know of is that we follow the Holy Spirit's guidance. Or,
did: do only what we see the Father doing, and speak only what we hear
the Father speaking.
Let's see some of the New Testament examples,
leaving Gospels out of
it because most of the actions in them were before the New Covenant
One of the most significant prophecies in the early
church was given
to Simon Peter in a vision while he was in Joppa (Acts 10).
know, the Lord showed him that he should go to a Gentile's house and
the gospel. Apparently, at the time this was not considered
'scriptural', however, since the Lord gave Peter a sign - the Lord
he should go with those sent to him - he went. Only later on,
the meeting of the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, James actually
a scripture which confirmed that the salvation was for the Gentiles
and a vision was accepted as true. So, as in the Old
vision was confirmed by a sign, even though at the time it was
'scripturally' a little bit dubious.
 And there were certain in Antioch, in the
assembly there, prophets
 and in their ministering to the Lord and fasting, the
said, `Separate ye to me both Barnabas and Saul to the work to which I
have called them,'
 then having fasted, and having prayed, and having laid
on them, they sent [them] away.
In the above example, the word of the Lord came
through (at least) one
of the men gathered, and they acted on it! No elaborate
and dissecting of the word. Likewise, in the example bellow,
"immediately endeavoured" to act on the word.
 And a vision through the night appeared to Paul
-- a certain man
of Macedonia was standing, calling upon him, and saying, `Having passed
through to Macedonia, help us;' --
 and when he saw the vision, immediately we endeavoured
to go forth
to Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord hath called us to
good news to them...
From the two visions quoted above it is clear that
the visions were
taken seriously and also those to whom the prophecy was directed - an
was directional - they acted on them, as it was normally practiced in
Another New Testament prophecy:
 And we remaining many more days, there came
down a certain one
from Judea, a prophet, by name Agabus,
 and he having come unto us, and having taken up the
Paul, having bound also his own hands and feet, said, `Thus saith the
Spirit, The man whose is this girdle -- so shall the Jews in Jerusalem
bind, and they shall deliver [him] up to the hands of nations.'
 And when we heard these things, we called upon [him] --
and those of that place -- not to go up to Jerusalem,
 and Paul answered, `What do ye -- weeping, and crushing
for I, not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem, am ready,
the name of the Lord Jesus;'
 and he not being persuaded, we were silent, saying, `The
of the Lord be done.'
Do you notice what Agabus has spoken? I
wouldn't call his prophecy
to be edifying (in today's parlance): he said that a man, whom the
church loved, will be bound and delivered to the Gentiles -
Agabus hasn't polished his word, neither he delayed it till he gets a
word so he can speak a 'complete' message, so that it sounds along the
lines of the 'New Testament prophecy'. To me, this prophecy
as good and as genuine as any Old Testament prophecy. Do you
notice that everybody believed the word without question?
Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but he ignored their pleas, not that he
believe the prophecy, but he didn't care even if he had to die for the
sake of Gospel. He didn't disobey the word either, for the
was not an instruction to Paul not to go to Jerusalem. As it
out, Paul's arrest and the subsequent trip to Rome proved to be a
event in the history of Christianity. But, at the time of
that was not evident; it took decades, even centuries before it became
 ...proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man;
this one having
called for Barnabas and Saul, did desire to hear the word of God,
 and there withstood them Elymas the magian -- for so is
interpreted -- seeking to pervert the proconsul from the faith.
 And Saul -- who also [is] Paul -- having been filled with
Spirit, and having looked steadfastly on him,
 said, `O full of all guile, and all profligacy, son of a
enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease perverting the right
of the Lord?
 and now, lo, a hand of the Lord [is] upon thee, and thou
be blind, not seeing the sun for a season;' and presently there fell
him a mist and darkness, and he, going about, was seeking some to lead
[him] by the hand;
Can anyone see a striking similarity between what
Paul did and what
some of the Old Testament prophets did? To pronounce a
a man and strike him blind, hardly sounds 'edifying'. Do you
that Paul struck this guy blind with his own power?
did it. He responded to a judgment pronounced by a man of
Why? Because He always did it - if it was His will: under the
or under the Grace (as you can see), makes no difference.
 And Peter said unto her [Sapphira], `How was it
agreed by you, to
tempt the Spirit of the Lord? lo, the feet of those who did bury thy
[are] at the door, and they shall carry thee forth;'
 and she fell down presently at his feet, and expired,
young men having come in, found her dead, and having carried forth,
buried [her] by her husband;
Would you prophesy over somebody that he/she will
"expire" and call
it 'edifying' and being spoken in love? I know, we can
about it till we turn blue, however, I see no difference between what a
New Testament "man of God" (Peter) did and what an Old Testament "man
God" (for example Elijah or Elisha) did. No difference whatsoever!!!
And what was the result? Read verse 11:
"and great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon
all who heard these
Here is another reference: the whole book of
And here is my challenge: read the judgment
pronounced by the New Testament
"man of God" (prophet) and check whether he is different to the Old
"man of God" - try to add to or take away from the scroll of his
suggest you "put your house in order", before you do it!
 `For I testify to every one hearing the words
of the prophecy of
this scroll, if any one may add unto these, God shall add to him the
that have been written in this scroll,
 and if any one may take away from the words of the
scroll of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part from the scroll of the life, and
out of the holy city, and the things that have been written in this
Now let's see where is it that it says that the (New
has to be edifying.
1 Corinthians 14 (YLT)  Pursue the love, and seek
earnestly the spiritual
things, and rather that ye may prophecy...  and he who is
to men doth speak edification, and exhortation, and comfort;  ... he
who is prophesying, an assembly doth edify;
1 Corinthians 14 (KJV)  Follow after charity, and
gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy...  But he that prophesieth
unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.  ... but he
prophesieth edifieth the church.
1 Corinthians 14 (NIV)  Follow the way of love
and eagerly desire
spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy...  But everyone
prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and
 ... but he who prophesies edifies the church.
1 Corinthians 14 (Darby)  Follow after love, and
be emulous of spiritual
[manifestations], but rather that ye may prophesy...  But he that
speaks to men [in] edification, and encouragement, and consolation. 
... but he that prophesies edifies [the] assembly.
No matter which translation you read, it sounds the
same: He who prophecies
edifies the church. In other words: prophecy edifies.
Does it say that he who prophesies SHOULD (must,
have to) speak edification?
No, it does not. It says that the prophecy ALWAYS
Why? The reason is simple: it is the word of God, which can
but to edify, that is to build up. No matter how it sounds to
So, when the word of God comes to a prophet, which
does not sound 'edifying',
what is he going to do with it? Is he going to dismiss it if
that it is not edifying? Or is he going to ask others of what
think? Or should he submit it to some 'authority'?
I see no instruction whatsoever except the one in 1
 And prophets -- let two or three speak, and let
the others discern,
 and if to another sitting [anything] may be revealed,
first be silent;
 for ye are able, one by one, all to prophesy, that all
and all may be exhorted,
 and the spiritual gift of prophets to prophets are
In other words, the instruction is: If you get a
word (vision, dream)
from the Lord, speak it out and let the other (those to whom or in
of whom it is spoken) judge, or discern. Who are those
Whomever it may concern...
And the above instructions are not Paul's opinion,
but rather commandments
of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14
 if any one doth think to be a prophet, or
spiritual, let him acknowledge
the things that I write to you -- that of the Lord they are commands;
 and if any one is ignorant -- let him be
3. Submission of a prophet
You have blessed me with your comments, and have
encouraged me to add
to what I have already written in my second installment.
In order not get in trouble with the fellow
prophetesses, this time
I’ll use feminine gender instead of usual male gender.
OK. If a prophet, or the one who thinks that she is
(called to be) a
prophet gets a word, what is she to do with it? I can find no scripture
anywhere in the whole Bible which says that the word should be
to any single authority for any kind of filtering, which I call
The prophet should speak it to the audience she believes God intended
for: an individual, a group, a local church, the church, a nation, the
1 Corinthians 14  And prophets -- let two or
three speak, and let
the others discern,
And let whom discern? The
‘OTHERS’ (To whomever it may concern).
1 Corinthians 14  and the spiritual gift of
prophets to prophets
Who is subject to whom? The gift is subject to the
PROPHET, not to anybody
else, not even to the prophet’s ‘boss’
(whoever thinks that he/she is).
And also, it is the GIFT that is subject to the prophet, not the GIVER;
The Giver is subject to no (wo)man. So, what does this mean? Firstly,
Giver gives what HE wants to give, not what the recipient wants to get.
So, once it’s given to the recipient, she is in control of
what to do with
it: to accept it or to reject it.
I would go here a step further: when it comes to an
it is the Giver Who chooses what to give, and it becomes subject to the
recipient, the prophet. Now, she can do with the word whatever she
reject it, speak it as it comes, or modify it and then speak it. I
know about you, but I know what would be my choice.
What then happens when the prophet receives a word
which she thinks
is not an edifying word? Then she must think that she is not a (true)
for a (true) prophecy DOES edify. Or does she modify the word, thus
God? If the one who gave her the word needs correction, I doubt if it
God. In either case, she better ‘hang her mouth on the
hook’ and retire
as a prophet.
Here is the ‘curly’ one: what
happens if a prophet receives the word
and BELIEVES that it is from God, but THINKS that other(s) will not
it as an edifying word? Should she speak it or not?
What I have said, and I am not sure I was
understood, is this: It appears
that we are under impression that if a prophet who receives the word
that any of those to whom the word is intended, or any of those who are
in authority (or in ‘authority’), or even any
‘bystanders’ might think
that the word might offend somebody, the prophet should not consider
it either at all or without putting it through some kind of
precaution is supposedly to ‘protect’ people
because there was so much
‘harm’ done by ‘false’ prophets
and ‘false’ prophecies.
Has anyone EVER considered how much harm could be
done to the prophet
AND to those to whom the word is intended if the word is withheld or
with in any way (even to make it sound more
Here are a couple of my personal examples. I had a
vision in which the
Lord referred to me as a ‘Proud Cow’...
):->. The vision happened a few
years back, but not that long ago, it was actually during the
of grace’, so the God who spoke to me is the same God who is
behave and speak differently than He did in the ancient times. So, His
message to me was (to put it in a third person language and to put it
a ‘standard’ format): ‘George, thus says
the Lord, you are a proud cow’.
As I was praying, I sort off, shrugged off His remark (didn’t
was ‘serious’) and continued, “Now, Lord,
about the other business...”.
He interrupted me and said. “There is no other business
Then I understood that He was serious, and I understood what He was
about. The result? I WAS EDIFIED!
Now imagine that after seeing the ‘proud
cow’ vision the Lord spoke
to me and told me that the cow was one of you guys on this list (God
The same God, the same prophet, the same word, but a different
Should the prophet run a psychological test on the recipient in order
format the word of God ‘correctly’ so that it will
be ‘edifying’ to the
recipient? Or should she (the prophet) consult with somebody else, or
at all, and if so, with whom and why?
It appears we are under impression that God has
these words for individuals,
groups or nations, He throws them down at us at random, and watches to
whom they will fall, hoping that the word, the prophet and the
will be ‘in sync’, that is, match with each other
God know what is He doing? I bet He does! He even knows if we are going
to ‘stuff it up’, yet He allows it. Why? The answer
is: FOR OUR EDIFICATION!
When I say ‘our’ I have everybody in mind: the
prophet, the recipient,
the bystander, even the ‘authority’.
1 Corinthians 14 (KJV)  Follow after charity, and
gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy...  But he that prophesieth
UNTO MEN TO EDIFICATION, and exhortation, and comfort.  ... but he
prophesieth EDIFIETH THE CHURCH. [emphases mine]
We have put the cause and effect back-to-front. What
we say is that
if one speaks what WE consider to be edifying, then it must be the word
of God, that is a true prophecy. BUT, if somebody prophesies and if WE
(whoever those ‘we’ may be) think that it does not
edify, it is not the
Another example. Back in 1991, when I received the
word about the revival
in Australia, and some guys mocked, the Lord spoke to me and said,
going to give them a sign: there will be three earthquakes in Australia
within a short period of time’. (I understood it was within
So, what I was to do? I could have reasoned something like this:
tell them this, some people might take it seriously and decide to camp
out with their families till the earthquakes are over. It may cause
untold inconvenience, those living in the North might even end up
eaten by crocodiles’. Don’t you think that God knew
EXACTLY what would
be reactions of each one who heard the word? And even if any WOULD get
eaten by crocodiles, it was God’s intention anyway, since He
knew the consequences.
So, who was I to stand in God’s way?
So, I spoke the word. And guess what? I was mocked!
One of them even
teased me that he was going to wear his crash helmet when inside a
And guess what else? Three earthquakes DID take place as prophesied!
guess what else, else? I WAS EDIFIED! and some of the guys sat up and
listening to what the ‘babbler’ (I) had to say.
Mind you, most of them
where ‘dispense...’ or whatever you call them (they
didn’t believe that
the gifts of the Spirit are for us today). So, THEY GOT EDIFIED! (or at
least educated). At the same time I learned how to receive mocking. Had
I asked for a counsel of any of them (for I didn’t know
anybody at the
time who prophesied), I would have been told to shut up. In which case
I would have committed a sin, a grievous sin: I would have quenched the
Holy Spirit, and the scripture EXPLICITLY says ‘Do not quench
Here is another question: Has anyone EVER thought
how much harm is done
to people by false teaching in the church? I would bet my bottom
much more, actually by the order of magnitude, than by
and ‘false’ prophecies. Yet, NOBODY is considering
to get the teachers
(‘pastors’ as we know them) to pass their every
‘sermon’ by an individual,
or whomever, to check whether it is ‘edifying’ or
not. WHERE IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Yet the Bible (as Paul puts it, the Holy Spirit) speaks EXPLICITLY that
we will have false teachers. And you and I know that we have them.
Yet another question: In many churches believers are
urged to speak
in tongues in the assembly. Has anyone EVER asked any of
speakers to submit their ‘utterance’ for a check to
see if it is ‘edifying’,
before they are allowed to deliver it? If not, why
is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as the prophecy is, as the
is, as the healing is, as the word of knowledge is, as the word of
is as the... Yet, it appears that the prophecy and the
the only ones, in most if not all churches, that are required to submit
their ‘utterance’ for
‘approval’ (censorship) before they can deliver it.
Some more on the prophecy being for building up, not
for tearing down.
We are talking about a prophecy by a prophet who receives it from God.
Now, if God has spoken a word that seems to be ‘tearing
down’ and has 'forgotten'
to add a word of re-building, I wouldn't dare to add it myself. I
perhaps occasionally, try to 'remind' Him, but I wouldn't dare to add
it. It would be a presumptuous speech, not the one from God, and the
said 'do not be afraid' of such a prophet, in other words, ignore him.
Now, if God has called me to be His 'mouth', I
wouldn’t even contemplate
in my right mind to use it for my own advantage, promotion, or
by trying to please men by telling them, 'on behalf of God' what THEY
to hear. It is not to say that I (or anyone else) am in right mind all
the time, not to speak about mistakes, especially in the early days
training'; which means 'until the perfect comes', which means till we
(we are always under training!).
As for the prophecy having to be spoken 'in love': I
have no love! Unless
He equips me for some - and it is HIS 'job' - I am not able to have
I can pretend. All of us can, and we all do, at least occasionally. If
God gives a word, He DOES give it in love, because He is not capable of
giving it in hate (this is not to say that God has limitations).
In summary: IF God gives a word, it IS edifying.
Whether we like it
or not, it makes no difference.
So, what shall we do? If the word of the Lord comes
to a prophet, without
any other instructions, it is meant to be spoken to the intended
If God is capable of giving the message, He is capable of giving the
on how to use it. If the prophet is capable of hearing the message, he
is capable of hearing the instruction. If it is supposed to be
to some ‘authority’ for an approval, why God
wouldn’t go directly to that
‘authority’? If that
‘authority’ is capable of judging if the word
is from God, that ‘authority’ must be able to hear
from God. So,
why all that ‘red tape’?
Having said all this, it is not to say that a
(young, and we are always
young) prophet should not pass it by the ears of a fellow prophet.
it is up to the prophet, and I would not even suggest to pass it by the
ears of someone whom we know is not a prophet, especially if we know
the word might be 'intruding' into some areas of other’s
I am also not saying that if someone gets a word she
should jump up,
interrupt the meeting and start prophesying - like those
“thus says the
Lord: oh my people I love you...”. Whoever is
conducting a meeting,
we should show respect and courtesy to that person, even though if
is one of those whom we do not consider to have any spiritual
We should ask politely for a permission to speak, and when it is given,
speak. If we are not allowed, and it is made clear, we should not get
the one who refused permission will be responsible for it (whether he
a true authority or some self-appointed authority). The Lord
find the way to deliver the message to whom if was intended in the
Don’t I occasionally get a bit longwinded?
Some of you ladies who feel that you are called into
some kind of ministry:
prophetic, teaching, apostolic... whatever, might often feel unsecure
“women are not permitted to speak in the assembly or to have
(or something like that). Don’t despair!
I have “rightly divided
the word of God”, and have proven by the Scripture, that it
is not as it
sounds. I’ll post it one day - if all the men on
this list agree....
Bless you all,
About the author of this article above:
George Potkonyak is an ex-communist who is now even
more radically devoted
to Christ than he was to communism. Hosanna Ministries is George's
name under which he published his booklet "Tithing Conspiracy" - the
edition of this teaching. We posted his "Truth Of Tithing" 11th edition
until he had his own website:
house church. He now has his Twelth Edition of Truth of Tithing there.
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