Prophecy Versus Preaching

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  • Chrysinda says:

    Thank you for the fine post. I was searching the internet for information about prophesying since 1 Cor. 11 Says a woman is to be covered when she prays or prophesieth. Some, as you have pointed out, say prophesying is preaching (which I disagree with) and some teach a woman is to be covered if she reads the Bible aloud in the congregation. Do you have any further insight on what is correct in this situation? I do not assume myself to be a profetess.

  • Bo McDaniel says:

    In seeking to know what the Bible says about this issue, it is my witness that the Holy Spirit in His Word needs both (preaching and prophecy) for the ministry of the Gospel. However, it is my witness that the Office of Prophet, to prophesy, etc. is not appreciated as the Word reveals for a large portion of the Body. It is more often presumed to mean foretelling rather that forth telling. To my witness there is a reason that the word prophet and its derivatives are more common than preach and its derivatives by a margin of what appears to be 4 to 1 or even 5 to 1 (scanning the references in Strong’s concordance). Moses was first confronted about others prophesying by Joshua who asked him to forbid them to do so (Num. 11:25-29) and in the NT (1 Thess. 5:20) exhorts the Church to “Despise not prophesyings.” and (1 Cor. 14:1) we are to seek to prophesy. Finally, the prophet derivatives significantly outnumber preaching where there is only 1 reference in the Book of Revelation based on my reveiw. It is my testimony and exhortation to the Church that Jesus wants all His members to become prophets/prophetesses and prophesy the Word of God, that is to speak for the truth of God, revealing the mind of God in these last days, without adding to any new revelation given in His Holy Scriptures. Perhaps we ‘fear’ to prophesy, and speak forth what the Holy Spirit shares with us, because our love in not complete more so than we desire to be ‘correct’ (blameless?) in the ministry (perhaps my desire to ‘earn my salvation’ through ‘failing to make a mistake’ or ‘self perfection’??). But we know, and have full assurance that perfect love casts out fear, not our works of perfection, but our obedience to speak as the Spirit moves in harmony with the written Word of God. Because we are under grace, it is my testimony that an error in prohesying by a believer leads to the loving chastisement of the Father, perhaps to the Church/other prophets, as all prophets are subject to the prophets (1 Cor 14:32). As believers our error/sin has been completely paid in full by the atoning work of Jesus Christ shed blood for the Church and in full payment for sin on the Cross of Calvary. Speaking prophetically, and without any merit on my part, I exhort my brothers and sisters in Christ, I urge you by the witness of the Holy Spirit to seek to prophesy and speak forth the Word of God as the Spirit of God gives you the unction and anointing to do so remembering He chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27). Did he not say He would pour out His Spirit in these last days (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:16-21)? God Speed, looking for our Blessed Hope the appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ . . . Titus 2:13. Look to see you all then, one the way up!

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