Prophecy or Fortune-telling?

Noshic's picture

A friend of mine told me yesterday about how his church invited a 'Prophet' over from the US, and how this Prophet/preacher prophesized over each member - concerning their career/ business/ international travel/ relationships etc etc. My friend was mighty impressed...But somehow I felt very concerned - It sounds to me more like fortune-telling than genuine prophecy.

From my understanding, even if a person is given that gift, it is not something that is used lightly and at will to predict everyone's future. It has to be an inner, powerful moving by the Spirit for God's specific purpose.

And this is not even a one-off incident. Most of the Christians I've personally come across in this part of the world tend to be heavily into prophecy, speaking in tongues etc.. People like Benny Hinn and other tele-evangelists have a lot of appeal here. And I've known people who've been left really scarred and disillusioned when the superficiality of all this is exposed.

I can't help feeling that most of this phenomenon arises from a forced imitation of a faulty mental picture of the early church. Or worse, it is something that is deliberately done to exploit in-built cultural superstitions. Some people certainly are building highly-paying careers out of religion and taking the gullible for a ride.

Am I wrong to feel concerned? Is it just my scientific, skeptical temperament that makes me question things that seem overtly emotive or out of order?

I'd like to hear other people's views / experiences in this area. Is this a uniquely Indian phenomenon, or are you seeing more of this in the West too? Do others too feel concerned? How do you deal with it?

beemanlee's picture

Thank You Dan, I Agree With You!

Brother Dan,

Your words are very true and to the point. I too Have been a Pentecostal/Baptist for most of my life. I do belong to a non-denominational church which has it's Spiritual Roots in The Assembly of G-d.

The world is full of seeker type of Churches that fail to present The Gospel correctly.

I believe as you do about much of the prosperity teachers we see and hear today, like Osteen. They are preaching a different gospel than what Yeshua was teaching. He appeals more to women than men, from my perspective. I believe sometimes he is trying to do some good, but it is not what is pointed out in The Bible.

We need to be sensitive to the working of The Holy Spirit within our being and not to be taken by sugar and fluff preachers whose words cause the ear of the weak minded to itch for more of the same.

I also find G-d working in all kinds of people that have no Church affiliation at all. And yes G-d is at work in all of His Church. I know many Christians that are Mormon, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman Catholic, Lutheran who bear witness to G-d's Truth. It is a heart relationship with Him, that G-d desires of His Church.