Charismatics claim to be receiving direct and divine revelation from the Holy Spirit constantly. They claim to have insights into the future as prophets. In a sense, every charismatic ‘Christian’ is a prophet in their own right, capable of receiving God’s oracles independently. And even though charismaticism has largely embraced the Roman Catholic Church ever since the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began in 1966, not a single charismatic prophet predicted the burning of Notre Dame.
This has not stopped charismatics from publishing their “prophetic revelations” regarding the super-structure’s demise, but none saw it coming.
Charisma News ran an article today by Amanda Shiflett, entitled, What the Holy Spirit Told Me About Notre Dame Burning. My first thought, upon seeing the article title, was, “Whatever He said, He should’ve told you on Sunday so you could warn people.”
Shiflett, according to her bio:
She is the founder of Prophetic Reformer and co-founder of Kingdom Life Ministries, along with her husband Darin. She is a prophetic minister who heard the Lord’s call from a very young age. She is a heralding voice of truth, holiness and purity within the prophetic and calls others to stand in a place of no compromise in their callings. She longs to see reformation come to the prophetic movement, as well as the other parts of the fivefold within the body of Christ. Along with her calling as a prophetess, Amanda also flows in a powerful worship and healing anointing…
And yet Shiflett, who claims to be a prophettess, didn’t…see…it…coming.
Fact: Everyone claiming the title of ‘prophet’ was as equally shocked as the rest of us by the footage of Notre Dame burning on Monday.
In Shiflett’s article, she very politely and very tactfully blames the idolizing of Mary on the cathedral fire. While I’m thankful to see a charismatic make a rare stance against Catholicism, two points come to mind. The first is that it takes no gift of prophecy or whisper of the Spirit to know that God hates idolatry. The second is that a Biblical prophet, like Agabus, would’ve given somebody a heads-up.
In the coming days, you’ll see a whole gaggle of false prophets step forward to the charismatic microphone and ‘prophesy’ about what God told them about the Notre Dame fire. But none of them did that on Sunday.
A scouring of the interwebs reveal not a single charismatic prophet – in spite of their many tens of thousands of predictions regarding notable events forthcoming in 2019 – predicted the fire.
Charismatic claims of ongoing prophecy are as real as Mary’s perpetual virginity. It’s superstitious nonsense, disproven by overwhelming evidence.
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