Equipping and Training Prophetic Ministry – Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson was the main teacher of prophetic ministry at MorningStar Ministries with Rick Joyner. During this time, he published You May All Prophesy (1999):–a practical manual on how to develop the gift of prophecy and use it to encourage others in the local church. In this video, he is explaining that prophecy in the church is incomplete (this agrees with 1 Corinthians 13-14, where two or three are to judge prophecy; and that prophets see in part, and know in part):–he challenges the concept that some Christians have: that prophets have to be PERFECT or they should never share visions and voices in the church.

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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2 Responses to Equipping and Training Prophetic Ministry – Steve Thompson

  1. Just because of time, what does he think of passages such as Deut. 13:1-5 or Deut. 18:22?

    • I say, and probably Thompson agrees, Deuteronomy 13:1-5 would be about psychic New Agers who speak in the name of other gods–don’t listen to them. The New Testament implies we are not to kill false prophets, but to discern their presence and not listen to them (Matt. 7; 1 John 4).

      Deuteronomy 18:22: “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” He would say, yeah, this happens a lot in prophetic ministry, especially when prophets are just learning to pray for people and prophesy to them. This means, that as they are learning to hear God’s voice, that SOMETIMES they get it SPOT ON RIGHT. Practice makes perfect. 1 Corinthians 13-14 implies that New Testament prophecy is that we know in part, prophesy in part, see through a glass dimly (closed visions), and that it can be at times so inaccurate that it requires an elder in the church to judge prophetic utterances (1 Cor. 14:29). The New Testament simply does not allow for the sort of “prophetic perfectionism” that Southern Baptists often require of Charismatics, when they exegete the passages on prophecy in Deuteronomy.

      For a more in-depth treatment of prophecy and the Biblical texts, see Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today.

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