Many people today claim to hear or speak words that come from God. From those who hear God speaking to them in a “still, small voice” to the preachers on TV claiming to have a new revelation from God. A friend of mine has recently given me a copy of a new book called “The Little Blood Soaked Book” that has been printed in South Africa. The author claims God took her into the Garden of Eden and revealed to her a new message for the world. How do we hear God’s words?, is a very relevant question.
Many Christian leaders today claim to be prophets or to have the gift of prophecy. In many African cities you may feel inferior if your church doesn’t have a resident prophet. Prophets are forever sharing the visions and messages they have apparently received from God. The increase in the phenomena of prophecy is to a large decree caused by the decrease of sound biblical knowledge and spiritual maturity. What does the Bible says about prophecy1?
The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:1-2, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow-elder…Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care”.
The King James Version of the Bible renders it like this, “the elders which are among you I exhort…feed the flock of God which is among you”.