Revivalist Bert Farias writes in the spirit, style, and plainness of speech of the old timers.
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The Flaming Herald, from Bert Farias
Friday, November 8, 2019
How Excesses and Extremes Are Diluting the Prophetic

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There is too much emphasis on prophets and the "prophetic" today. I see it on a regular basis. Over time, the excessive use of this word has pulled it into the ditch, meaning there is no longer a balance associated with it, but it's become extreme.

Of course, I believe in the ministry of the prophet and the prophetic and its importance, but in the New Covenant, there are five ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11). I remember when the late Kenneth E. Hagin, a foremost prophet in his day, was directed by the Lord to start a Bible school. At first, he wanted to have it be a school for just the prophets like in the days of Elijah, but the Lord dealt with him and told him that the school would become exclusive and extreme if it was only for prophets. In other words, it would give people the wrong impression, and tendencies would be to esteem the prophet's ministry above the others.

Bringing Balance

I believe one of the reasons we have so many false prophets and sensationalism that is outside the genuine flow of the real prophetic is because we've emphasized it more at the expense of the others. Even the very word "prophetic" has been illegitimized because of its excessive use. We need to bring balance to this ministry and to the very word itself.

You see, the word "prophetic" has different meanings and implications. One can be prophetic and not be a prophet. One can be prophet-hearted and not be a prophet. One can prophesy and not be a prophet. One can flow under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and not be a prophet.

A prophet is first of all a preacher and a teacher of the Word of God. Second, he has at least two revelation gifts (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits) that operate through his or her ministry on a regular basis. read more
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