If you go to Ted Haggard‘s old haunts at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, you might be able to learn a valuable lesson from Pastor Brady Boyd:
While charismatic evangelical ministers often speak prophetically, Boyd said he is attempting to empower his entire congregation to hear God and foresee their future paths.
Boyd, who became the church’s senior pastor in September, is doing this through comprehensive instruction on prophecy — a first for this church.
Prophecy, Boyd said, is one of his primary gifts as a minister, yet he wanted all church members to share the power rather than relying on one leader.
“I’m going to teach it in a real practical, down-to-earth way so that all of us can apply the gift of prophecy day to day,” Boyd said.
Sure you are…
Ladies, you can step away. This isn’t as important for you:
Boyd said in a lecture that he especially wants the men of New Life to participate in prophetic ministry.
“The power of a father’s word is the single most important voice a person can hear other than God’s,” Boyd said. “That puts enormous pressure on us men,” as leaders of the family.
In case you’re worried that people will misinterpret what they “hear” from God, the church officials will act as spiritual editors:
Although sharing God’s word with each other is encouraged, Boyd said, any rebukes or corrections of members should come only from church authorities.
Boyd and a couple pastor friends are also playing the role of faux-psychic John Edward:
The ministers ventured into the audience for a little personal forecasting — telling one woman she was “at a crossroads” and another man “he was on the right track.”
“I think it’s exciting,” said 34-year-old Julie Neils. “It’s the first time I’ve been to something like this. It’s great to see so many people encouraged in such specific ways.”
Next week at New Life: How to use a Magic 8-Ball.
On the Denver Post’s website, some commenters are trying to explain how “prophecy” isn’t what we think it is:
For those who do not have knowledge on the topic, Prophecy is hearing & speaking God’s voice, not soothsaying. Big Difference. The Prophet’s [sic] in the old testatment, while at times talking about about the future, [were] actually relaying God’s message to the people. This may be telling someone what God wants for them inlife, or how to act in a situation.
That doesn’t make it any more plausible… if you start hearing God’s voice — literally — and acting on it, I’m going to be worried.
We know how that tends to turn out.
It would at least be encouraging if Pastor Boyd plugged using one’s common sense as well.
(Thanks to infideljoe for the link!)
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