. This is where they pray & write down a list of clues that they think God is giving dog,- pink umbrella – outside pub then when out & about they look for that criteria as a clue to approach the person. they may feel they already have a word for that person or they may feel God reveal something about that person in the moment. The problem is though in all the times I have heard of people doing this. NEVER ONCE has the Gospel of Jesus Christ been properly shared with these people..
This means that the person responds to God on the basis of a sign & a wonder – they may be prayed for healing or a touch from God.. these things are often reported positively by the person prayed for.
It troubles me greatly, as this is so irresponsible – & to jump into a person’s life – give them an experience that they can’t process & then walk away with no follow through.. I have been with a leader when she tried to give a prophetic word to a waiter in a restaurant.. He explained he was an Atheist – she gave the word anyhow & he scuttled off… we never saw him again someone else came out . Her response was to say: That’s rattled him …… my question is how does this help make Jesus known? & how does it help the person actually, there was no care, no concern for his welfare & no subsequent follow through… the whole thing had been an exercise in developing our own personal prophetic zone…. all about us, not about Jesus & not about the person..
In London SSM there is video testimony of feedback where the students admit they ask if they can pray with a person & twice the person says NO… but that didnt matter – they ploughed on & did it anyway. with the attitude of I’m not letting him get away . This is not a representation of the Holy Spirit who ALWAYS respects our free will – to not do so is to promote oppression – the very, very opposite of what Jesus came to free us from. We 100% have to choose him for ourselves.
Im concerned too that oftentimes when I have sought to have proper discussion with those that operate in this stuff – that everything is qualified by talk of “the fruit” & when pressed, consistently- many people who do not know each other talk of the amazing healings that they are witnessing -this is what is regarded as “the fruit” But, we know that Paul talks in Galatians 5 about “fruit of the spirit” — when we look at this afresh in this scripture we see it has zero to do with signs & wonders – manifestations of a spiritual nature… & everything to do with the characteristics of one who walks by the spirit, in a solid, sound & Godly way – having been dilligent about building those things into their life.. a person becomes spiritually mature instead – on the ground – the reality we are seeing is spiritual immaturity, cloaked in talk of amazing anointings. etc.. There are many many young people 18-25 particularly (but not exclusively) churning through BSSM & other courses worldwide now – we do have to ask about the basics of discipleship here – & think through the very real possibility that during the next 10 years – some – many of these individuals will be considered Church/ministry leaders – with nothing more than these BSSM experiences under their belts.
what good is it for example, if a person is operating in the miraculous, producing amazing signs & wonders & delivers prophetic utterances with all bravado but yet fails to pay his bills or leaves his temporary accommodation in such a mess – that it costs the landlord to clear it up….? or that leaders talk of “honour” & “giving grace” in the meeting but then treat others in a totally dishonourable way during the week? This is the reality of some of the things people are reporting & that I have witnessed first hand.
The question is if it is not of the Spirit of God – where is it from?
In a culture of honour, which is so highly regarded- this double standard is unacceptable. We simply cannot practice a COH & then behave in these ways it is pretense (which is deception) & hypocrisy.