I’m just going to stop reading this book here. It’s spiritually exhausting to read through anymore of it. Maybe there’s some good points if we get further into the book, but with so much wrong in the beginning there is no amount of good that can balance it out. As I went through all of this, I figured I would wait to see if two other key points I wanted to address earlier were included in later chapters. But now that I’m putting the book down, I’ll take this opportunity to address two of those points:
- A prophet’s purpose is to profit the church (as in, bring in financial greatness to the church).
That is NOT what the word “profit” means in this context. While it is true that tithing is asked for in the Bible, we really should understand that tithing wasn’t really about lining God’s pockets. It was established because the Levi Tribe, of whom were to inherit God in place of land. The Levites were given the task of being in charge of spiritual life, so that was their job. Essentially, what God was telling the rest of Israel was that they were to take care of the Levites by paying them for their service. From there, the Levites had to be faithful to their responsibilities with those finances, as well as use it to help keep their own lives up (such as providing food for their families).
Today, tithing is intended to maintain this tradition. Whether a prophet is present should make no difference. A prophet’s purpose is to call people out of sin and encourages them to Christ by edification, exhortation and comforting the Body of Christ. This is how it “profits” the church, not in financial terms, but in spiritual terms.
- “It is defeating to use a prophet with less experience and expertise than the number of years a church has been in existence” (pg. 28)
Well everyone! There you have it! The solution is simple, if you follow what Paula says here! All you need to do is go to a Catholic Church. They are in no need of prophets because the church has been around and had experience for well over a thousand years.
I’m sure she didn’t think the wording in this sentence through. I’m sure she means more like “less experience than the pastor”, which still isn’t a good measure. Eli, for example, had a LOT of years on the very young Prophet Samuel, who was (according to tradition) called at the age of 11. Jeremiah was, traditionally, 17. And tradition holds that Christ was 12 years of age when he was found in the Temple teaching God’s Word.
You may say that Christ gets a pass, after all he was the son of God which makes him very unique. But we cannot ignore Jeremiah and Samuel. Clearly God isn’t an ageist, so we shouldn’t be either. You don’t get to choose whether God wants to say something. You can only choose to believe it or ignore it.
Now, that doesn’t mean you simply accept what a proclaimed prophet says. As always, you should test their veracity to know whether God truly has put this word into the mouth of the individual. That will be the most difficult thing for everyone, especially today. If you choose to believe that sign gifts have ceased, and a true prophet arises, you risk denying God. If you choose to believe that sign gifts have continued, and a false prophet arises, you risk allowing the false teachings to infect the people who hear the false prophet. Therefore, the only position we can ever truly take is to ask for God to confirm whether the individual speaks for Him.