Prophet Tim Fox posted a word in our e-Church forum on Facebook that deserves a broader hearing. It speaks about an immaturity in the prophetic community regarding words of knowledge. There are those who claim a word of knowledge is a requirement to determine if a prophetic word is valid or not. If we accept what the scripture teaches about prophecy and prophetic words – this is not a mature understanding of the prophetic. Tim’s post is below – (thanks Tim for sharing this):
From Tim Fox:
I’m posting this to help the Body of Christ become Mature about what a Prophetic Word is today. There is a teaching circulating by some prophets that a prophetic word given is not a real prophecy from the Father unless it contains a “word of knowledge” . In context we read in 1 Corinthians 14:3: “But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation”. (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
The context of what Paul teaches is this:”Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad? 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you”. 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. Notice it reads that it is the “ungifted and or a unbeliever” who responds in such a way to a word of knowledge.
Are you an unbeliever? Are you ungifted? Would you put a condition on what, how, or when the Father speaks to you?
I like what Prophets Russ and Kitty Walden say “He’s God and He can do anything He wants to ( or say) anytime He wants to and He does not have to check with anybody about it”. I have been blessed to receive many anointed, accurate words that do not contain a “word of knowledge” at all. I have received them and war with them all the time.
My prayer is that the Spirit of God will find people that will receive His Word without preconceived standards that do not measure up to men’s erroneous teachings on the prophetic based upon a fear of man, or the entertainment value of a word. ( I was first called out by a prophet from Idaho and told you are a prophetic confirmer, with a gift of Knowledge that restores JOY). [this was from Prophet Dick Williams]. Many words of knowledge are spoken concerning healing. Amen Bring them on, because that’s what the Father does every day for His Children, He Heals us.
So if the Father says to you from someone a accurate word that edifies, exhorts or comforts you and if it has a word of knowledge is mixed into it then by all means receive it with gratitude. However if a word of knowledge is not included in your prophecy, know that The Father is STILL speaking to you in love from a vessel who stepped up with courage to release the Word of the Lord to you! This is a point of maturity and growing up that believers in the prophetic stream today need to come to.
Postscript from Prophet Russ:
That’s absolutely right Tim… words of knowledge are given by God in a prophetic word to deal with unbelief. It doesn’t take ANY FAITH to believe in a word that includes a word of knowledge. That is fine for an unbeliever but for a mature believer to expect and require a word of knowledge before they accept a word is equivalent to a psychic reading. There is a time to grow up and put away childish things!
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