As we’ve mentioned before, my husband and I continue to grapple with what, exactly, was going on when Pastor Smith (a pseudonym) would “prophesy” over the people at Living Word (another pseudonym), our former church. (You can read about Pastor Smith’s prophecies in more detail here, here, and here.)
Pastor Smith would speak with such authority, often lapsing into King James English, as he declared these “words” to people. Sometimes, he’d even phrase the prophecies in the first person, like God Himself was speaking.
As you might imagine, receiving a prophecy from Pastor Smith was the most dramatic thing that could happen to a member of Living Word Church. Yet in retrospect, a lot of the “words” that my husband received seemed awfully vague and – worse – suspiciously similar to “words” that Smith gave to others in the congregation.
I was poking around online the other day, and I found yet another transcript of a prophecy Pastor Smith gave to some people. These folks obviously were highly affected by the experience of having “God” speak to them. As we mentioned in another article, in some ways, this extremely generic style of prophecy seems harmless enough. It’s not a whole lot different than getting a personal pep talk. Yet as one of our commenters pointed out, in response to a different prophecy transcript,
This kind of “prophecy” is nothing more than empty words geared toward making the prophecy’s “target” receptive to the ministry of the “prophet”. Having been prophesied over more times than memory serves, I can only say that there is no such thing as an “all right” prophecy. Either it is of God, and 100% accurate, and peering deep into the person to reveal the secrets of his heart, or it is a fraud, built by a man and used for his own benefit. The above “prophecy” is so generic it is literally “shotgun”. It will scatter so many words it has to hit something, somewhere. This kind of empty “word” does great damage to a susceptible believer, and will bring judgement on the pastor or prophet who gives it.
Since we’re told in I Thessalonians not to despise prophecy but to “test everything,” here’s a transcript of the latest Smith prophecy that I found the other day. We welcome all comments. Does this seem like a “word” that lines up with the Bible? Is there anything in it that is unscriptural? Do you think that it’s OK for a prophet to speak this sort of “word” over someone? If you agree with our previous commenter (quoted above) that there IS harm in a generic prophecy, why do you think so?
I declare in the Name of Jesus…God will open a door for the future of your ministry that no man can shut. I declare as the apostle prayed over you today…Breakthroughs are coming to your ministry…barriers are getting ready to be broken…And the Lord would say to thee both…I shall cause you to arise with a supernatural confidence…and I will cause you to “Break Out” and “Enter In” and Possess…For I have already prepared a place for your ministry…I have already prepared a place…And I would say unto thee…I have been making you ready…that I could breathe something fresh into both of you…And you shall return a different man…And you shall return with the assurance that everything I’ve already shown you shall come to pass!
So readers, don’t be shy. Tell us what do you think.