“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.” Deuteronomy 18:20
It is a serious thing to presume to speak on God’s behalf. It is something that needs to be considered by every Pastor, Sunday School Teacher and Bible Study Leader. This is something that cannot be taken seriously enough, yet too often it is not taken seriously at all.
Think of the words of the messages you have heard recently: at Church, on the radio, on television, in various books, etc. —
* Have they been presented as the Word of the Lord, yet seem to be filled only with the word, concepts and wisdom of man?
* Was this “word” pleasing to the Lord or was it only manipulation of the masses to accomplish the desire of man?
* Will these “words” stand the test of time and the scrutiny of the whole of Scripture?
* Were they life and power of the Spirit of the Lord or were they cotton candy – pleasing to receive, yet empty of lasting value?
I wonder how many televangelists, modern preachers or even Sunday School teachers would be left if we still went by the OT directive of Deuteronomy 18:20?