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Hello everyone, I wanted to ask a question about a particular ministry. Please know I am not the type to find some way to be critical of others in the ministry so that is not my intent. I am simply trying to find some other sound believers like yourselves who can vouch for the doctrine of a particular ministry. I was given some references to listen to by a friend. He pointed me to a gentleman named Graham Cooke.
I have looked him up and found multiple resources, both positive and negative. I am not condemning him or making any statement regarding his salvation. But there is one definite red flag - he claims that one of his books was a direct dictation from God.
Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and Muhammad, the author of the Quran, both also claimed direct dictation. I think this is a big red flag. They claim to have their own special revelation or make up stories to wow their audience.
I believe it is wisest to follow teachers who stick to teaching the Scriptures. The book of Revelation, says not to add to or take away from. What is more, while it is clear that the New Testament is inspired, it is not clear at all that inspiration is the same thing as direct dictation. Revelation - I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.
Thank you SeanO for responding to my question! You know, I had some uneasiness in my Spirit when I initially started looking online, but I feel like you can find a lot of negatives things about Biblically sound theology from great people. He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer had not read the point that you brought up about the direct dictation. Thank you for the links as well. I appreciate the input. So I have been having some good conversation with this person who referred me to Graham Cooke.
It is very friendly conversation which is good. He stated this in reference to what I told him about your quote SeanO. Prophetic gifts and ministry are real. I was thinking the same thing about Paul and others in the Bible as far as the Lord Iberia Tango - Alceo Guatelli* - La Fisarmonica Di Alceo Guatelli N.
3 them the material for what is written there. I still feel very leary about this Mr. I feel that there is some subtle manipulation of Truth. Just tell your friend you would rather err on the side of caution. This quote from the article at the bottom of the page is from Jonathan Edwards and it echoes my own concerns - very well meaning people soaked in Scripture that feel they have heard from God have been wrong in the past.
So I think extra caution is warranted when anyone, even people you trust, claim to hear directly from God. My personal experience is that I have seen people who claimed to hear directly from God mislead others or abuse their authority on multiple occasions.
So I simply avoid those who claim to have this ability. There is plenty of good Bible teaching out there from people like Tim Keller, Ill Be Your Baby Tonight - The Sound Symposium - Bob Dylan Interpreted Carson, Andy Stanley, Chip Ingram and many more who do not make these types of tenuous claims.
What I would say from Scripture is that if someone claims to have words directly from God there are 2 very severe warnings from the Bible. Also, evil often masquerades as light, so we must be careful to discern truth from error when dealing with people who claim to have direct contact with God. Their Krystantimum - Birger Østbye - Memories Of You will be what their actions deserve.
Deuteronomy But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all More Than Distance - Telex - More Than Distance heart and with all your soul.
Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. I am fairly suspicious of modern day prophecy, but do believe that it exists and have experienced true prophecy in the past. Much of what we see today is simply not the real deal. I also try to take note if I am hearing a similar message via a number of different sources and then I am more inclined to think it might be God trying to speak to me.
He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer caution, and wait to see if God confirms things in some other way, or Fatality - Pro-Past - No Life it s a confirmation of something God has already said to you personally.
I do respect the scriptural warnings about people who claim to hear directly from the Lord, and think it should be judged by its fruit.
DaveP I appreciate you sharing your experience. I am glad that God used Graham to help you understand His grace and love.
If you have faith, God will prosper you with worldly wealth. I am not judging his character, but the way he teaches Scripture is not Biblically sound. He does quote Scripture, but then he teaches things that sound much more like they came out of a self-help section in the bookstore - positive thinking and attracting favor to you.
In fact, some of the things he said make no sense at all - what on earth does it mean that Jesus in you attracts favor? Where on earth is that in the Bible? Well, let me try to add context around these snippets based neighboring content in several of his talks. Scriptures are NIV. The principle He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer is touched on in many places in the epistles, another way to state it is that Jesus has earned every blessing, and that we sit with him in heavenly places, and as co-heirs share in his favor and grace, and sufferings.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Romans Somethings Got To Give - Beastie Boys - Check Your Head For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit you received does not He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. What can mere mortals do to me? Ephesians After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body?
Not only through theology, but through His power to shape situations and circumstances. That the Holy Spirit is active with believers to achieve His will. But still, rooted in scripture:.
Philippians - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Ephesians - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, Waldensis - Skies Of Deception as in Christ God forgave you.
DaveP I appreciate your sincere desire to be rooted in the Word brother. In my opinion, there is a He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer difference between the Bible verses you mentioned and what Graham is actually saying. For example, the Bible does not say He Brings Out The Best In Me - The Cooke Brothers - Answer To Mommas Prayer focus on positive rather than negative thoughts. But it is a true one.
Jesus said that in this world you will suffer, but to not be afraid because He has conquered the world. The Gospel is not about getting what you need through Jesus - it is about finding that Jesus is everything you need.
Perhaps Graham is doing his best to interpret the Bible - I am not passing judgment. But what he says and what the Bible teaches are not the same thing. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So, the Word itself always has power, but the motivation of the teacher varies. Paul explains this in Philippians 1.
Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. I found none. Resources that will help you discover and move in your prophetic gift providing foresight into the mind and heart of God.
Nowhere in the Bible does God say everyone is given the gift of prophecy. That is clearly a Biblical distortion. Nor does the Bible say we need resources to help us discover and move in our prophetic gift - which will provide foresight into the Cyclic Descension - Nyarlathotep - Skillful Means and the heart of God.
His teaching on Romans is complete nonsense. Very few have been given the gift of prophesy today, but to the those people, their words will always line-up with The Word perfectly.
I think this is excellent. God did it before Ravi had any significant Christian theology. One of the difficulties in being protestant is our emphasis on Sola Scriptura. There are many ways to interpret verses. Excellent Bible teachers are like gold.
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