As you know, I usually do not write on Saturdays, but the issues at hand are serious.
It is becoming increasingly clear that, people are beginning to lose interest in the “Prophetic Ministry”, not through any fault of theirs, but because they are not able to distinguish between genuine preachers and charlatans. The situation is further aggravated by believers who are not ready to read the Bible for themselves, but want quick answers to their daily problems.
Yesterday, I told you about “Ticklers”, today let’s look at “Charlatans”.
The charlatan is the person who uses Christianity as a means of personal enrichment. The centrality of their message is always that of fear and demons. You can listen to them for almost an hour and there will be no Biblical quotation, and no reference to Christ. Paul warned Timothy to be on guard, so I warn you to be on guard.
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching that accords with godliness, puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produces envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain”. (1Timothy 6:3-5)
God’s word must not generate controversy and needless debates. Unfortunately, the commercialisation of the gospel in recent times by some charlatans has made even hard core Christians to question the biblical bases of the teachings and prophesies of our time.
In Acts 8:9-24, One Simon was motivated by the love of money that, he tried to buy the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Power is NOT FOR SALE. In Acts 16:16-21, Paul and Silas were confronted by a slave girl who practiced sorcery, and could predict the future. Her masters were using her for “fortune-telling” to make money. Paul got annoyed at a point and rebuked that spirit. (Notice; that spirit in the girl, not the girl)
Dear child of God, don’t be too amazed because someone has predicted your future. What is the person’s background? What is his lifestyle? If we have to believe the sale of oils and other ointments for breakthroughs in the church, then our faith in Christ is meaningless. I am sure we all know the Simons and the slave fortune-tellers of our time, who use the Bible to exploit vulnerable and gullible people in Ghana today.
Today, many people peddle the prophetic ministry to enrich themselves, urged on by some media houses and bloggers….
(To be cont)
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.