Friday, October 16, 2009

Need Prophetic Preachers

"Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God's position, and to tell us what is actually going on.... "

   -A. W. Tozer
This is an old quote from Tozer. I do not think he meant the same thing by "prophetic" that most charismatics mean when using the term. However, it's still a good word.

We need leaders who have Spirit guided insight into Scripture and Spirit empowered ability to impart it to others. We need leaders whose understanding of the world scene around them (micro and macro) is controlled by the Word, as opposed to those whose "understanding" of the word is controlled by the zeit geist - the spirit of this age.

Where are we going to find such leaders? More importantly, am I willing to let God make me into one?

Hat Tip: Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet: Quote of the Week for the Tozer quote