How To Despise Not Prophesyings After Being Burned (Part 2)

In part one, I explained the primary reason why I believed that Donald J. Trump would be president for four more years. The main reason was that many believers in Christ were prophesying that it would be so. I believed them. I wanted to believe them. Well, in regard to two consecutive terms, these voices were wrong. And I was wrong.

As I am typing now, it is three days after the presidential inauguration. Joe Biden is President of the United States. Donald Trump was not re-elected in consecutive terms.

The situation is embarrassing and humbling.

Some have issued apologies.

Jeremiah Johnson Apology

Kris Vallotton Apology

I also apologize.

I also have to admit, in the past few days, it has been very tempting to "despise all prophecies."

When something like this doesn't go as you hope or expect, it is tempting to just throw it all out, to throw up your hands, to just give up and shout: "Prophecy is no more!"

In fact, there are entire denominations who will welcome you with open arms and rejoice that you have finally seen it their way. Many already believe that God has stopped giving two of the five giftings (apostles and prophets) listed in Ephesians 4:11-12.

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"
(Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)


Sure, cessationism is a thing.  But the Bible teaches believers to "Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 KJV)

So, how do I go about doing this after finding out that I have been "burned" (deceived) ... again?

Maybe I should just follow the old saying?

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Well, no. That statement is not in the Bible. And lasting shame is not a healthy way of dealing with error.

When error is brought to light (as with the 2020 election prophecies and as with any sin) there are many temptations. There are temptations to lose faith (to doubt and to quit - to just give up and die in shame - to label yourself and/or label others as everlasting failures), there are temptations to blame others (to blame the prophets, to blame the pastors, to blame the church, etc., etc.), there are temptations to be angry about many things, and there are temptations which are difficult even to explain.

Temptations are not the way of God. In fact, God does not tempt man. (Ref. James 1:13)

I was wrong again. I've been burned again. So, now what?

I throw away the way of temptation and seek God ... even more than before.

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God"
(1 Peter 5:6 KJV)


"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."
(1 Peter 5:5 KJV)


This is what I have chosen to do. And in doing so, I have already received help from The Lord.

It was humbling to read the following statement from Pastor Tom Loud and to realize that he is right. 

This statement helped me a lot. I hope it helps you too.

"If you follow a prophet and they turn out to be wrong, most people will blame the prophet for misleading them. The Bible instructs every believer to test the word given before accepting it. If you believed it without testing it, then you have only yourself to blame. If you tried to test it and got it wrong, then instead of looking at the prophets error in hearing, look at your own error and ask God to help you hear better. Don't throw rocks if you don't like this, examine your heart and root out why you don't like it."

Articles such as these have provided some information as well ...

FIVE WAYS TO TEST A PERSONAL PROPHECY

IF THERE ARE MODERN-DAY PROPHETIC UTTERANCES, THEN HOW CAN THEY BE TESTED?

TESTING PROPHECY

But, for me, (especially after reading Tom's statement) there is a deep call to sincerity and seriousness in my heart that information alone cannot fill. 

We can muddle about on the surface of this thing for an eternity. Or, we can go deep to the root. We can go straight to the core of our hearts on the matter.  We can do this because God has given us new hearts by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We can find the way of God ... For Jesus has made the way ... And Jesus is the way. (Ref. John 14:6)

God purify my heart so that I can see clearly.

God I seek you first. (Ref. Matthew 6:33) God I ask for Your wisdom. I ask to move forward with You and to serve Your purposes well. (Ref. Matthew 7:7, James 1:5, 2 Chronicles 1:11, and 1 Kings 3:11)

The rational (surface level) road led to the beliefs which are explained in part one of this series.

Obviously, that kind of thinking is wrong.

God show me Your way. Show me the depths of Your heart. I don't want to think or write or teach anything if it does not agree with Your will and Your way.

It seems that every time I think that I am pure, even more impurities are revealed. I thought that I was pure in believing the word of these prophets. But that has turned out to be wrong.

I have sinned by believing and by sharing falsehoods on this matter. I am guilty of the sin of presumption. I repent and ask for forgiveness. I want to do well. I don't want to mislead anyone. God have mercy on me. Help me to understand and walk in purity. Amen.

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."
(Proverbs 30:5-9 KJV)

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from PRESUMPTUOUS SINS; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
(Psalm 19:7-14 KJV)

Note of possibility (disclaimer): Fortunately or unfortunately, however a person wants to look at it, we are able to be aware ... And let us be aware that in the writing of this (in the writing of man) there is the possibility of presumption.

God, Your word is true and every man ... Well, You also know all the rest.

Further study: Romans 3:4

"... let God be true, but every man a liar ..."
(Romans 3:4 KJV)


Part three of this series, if The Lord is willing, will be an "After-Action Report" or "Lessons Learned" looking into the ways in which I and others fell into this particular deception and how to avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

God bless you.

Image information: The Prophet Jeremiah by Michelangelo (c. 1510-12)

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