If you don’t believe that God still speaks today, or, more particularly, if you don’t believe in the continuation of prophetic ministry, this article is probably not for you. But if you do believe that God still speaks and that the gift of prophecy continues until today, this article might be just what you need. Allow me to explain.
Spiritual disappointment is a very real thing, often leading to deeper disillusionment and, in some cases, total loss of faith.
“This whole thing can’t be real,” some conclude, as all the supports of their faith seem to collapse like a row of dominoes.
I address that topic in my new book Has God Failed You: Finding Faith When You’re Not Even Sure God Is Real, focusing on what happens when our prayers are not answered and we feel as if God has let us down.
But I want to focus on one particular aspect of spiritual disappointment here, namely, disappointment in failed prophetic words, leading to the deeper questioning of other words we believed to be from God. “Maybe none of it is real,” we wonder out loud.
This is a perfectly natural response to failed and/or false prophecies, leading us:
— to question the specific prophecy that failed;
— question the person delivering the prophecy;
— then, if the doubts are deeper still, we question the gift of prophecy itself (or, the ministry of contemporary prophets in general);
— then, if we’re unable to separate prophetic ministry from the charismatic movement as a whole, we question that part of our belief system;
— finally, if the charismatic part of our belief system is totally intertwined with our overall belief in Jesus, we question the rightness of our faith as a whole or the reliability of the Bible or even the existence of God.
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SOURCE: Charisma News