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Old 03-31-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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My mother in law has a friend who for the last couple of years, she claims is a prophetess, or a listener. This "friend" (she's in her 60s) never seemed to have these powers before that.
So this other lady sits down everyday and writes down all these "messages" like she has a direct line to God. And the MIL uses it to direct her life. Just like the "God Calling" ladies. She's even talked about writing a book.

The MIL actually calls her now and asks her to ask God questions? Should she move here, is this person that I just met "the one", should I buy this, should I quit this job, etc. To me, the lady just tells her what she wants to hear. I won't even get into how many times she's moved back and forth between TX and PA the last two years (we moved fro TX to PA for my work a coupls years ago). She does get approval for all of them though

What are peoples views on modern day prophets like this? Am I wrong to question this?? What's the difference between this and a fortune teller, other than in this case I am (apparently) questioning God's will? Shouldn't a person have their own relationship with God?
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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Have you EVER known her to be wrong about ANYTHING she claims to have received from God?
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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First of all no Prophets of God ever acted in such a manner. The fakes today all do it basically the same way. They have a word just for you. This is not of God and no one should listen to someone like this. It's the same as going to a witch doctor or palm reader. It's all fake.

Second, there are no Prophets during this age. The moment someone claims to be such you know your dealing with something other than God.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:41 PM
 
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First of all no Prophets of God ever acted in such a manner. The fakes today all do it basically the same way. They have a word just for you. This is not of God and no one should listen to someone like this. It's the same as going to a witch doctor or palm reader. It's all fake.

Second, there are no Prophets during this age. The moment someone claims to be such you know your dealing with something other than God.
Do you ever listen to a friend?
Perhaps, the MIL is insecure.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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Have you EVER known her to be wrong about ANYTHING she claims to have received from God?
I guess some of it is still TBD ("you will meet your husband if you live here"), but most if it is stuff like "Ask God if I should move back to Texas". Answer, "Yes, he says you should be back in Texas". That's more like advice isn't it?

I guess that's fine if you actually had money to move back, and haven't already Moved from Texas to PA to Texas back to PA and now back to Texas all in two years.

And yes, I understand prophets are supposed to be 100% right. As far as I know I don't think she has been. So I'm guessing that's the answer, I just wanted other experiences.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Do you ever listen to a friend?
Perhaps, the MIL is insecure.
I know she is insecure. But this isn't asking her friend, this is asking her friend to ask God.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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People should come together and discuss the scriptures (like iron sharpening iron) to determine what the scriptures are saying to them. In this case, however, it sounds like one is suggesting that they are getting messages from God that may/may not concur with scripture. The "God Calling" book contains some of this element, but, is mostly about praise and worship ... than claimed prophecies that are independent of scripture. Peter warns against the latter:

2 Peter 1:19-21 -- We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

While it is good to seek the counsel of other believers, Scripture clearly tells us to individually (and collectively) seek God’s guidance and will (and to give Him praise and thanks) in every situation.

However, in some cases, people conclude that God’s will for their lives is like a maze of specific decisions through which there is only one path … and that if they miss a single turn, they will miss God’s will for their lives. This leaves them susceptible to ‘superstitious, gut-feeling-guided lives,’ rather than a true relationship with the Living God. It’s one thing if your MIL and this woman are praying and seeking God’s guidance together, but, if your MIL is instead depending more on this woman, than on God, she is opening herself to deception (even though this woman may not be trying to deceive her).

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Old 03-31-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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I know she is insecure. But this isn't asking her friend, this is asking her friend to ask God.
Often times, Religion and insecurity come together; as people live with the mistakes of yesterday, fearing tomorrow.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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I guess some of it is still TBD ("you will meet your husband if you live here"), but most if it is stuff like "Ask God if I should move back to Texas". Answer, "Yes, he says you should be back in Texas". That's more like advice isn't it?

I guess that's fine if you actually had money to move back, and haven't already Moved from Texas to PA to Texas back to PA and now back to Texas all in two years.

And yes, I understand prophets are supposed to be 100% right. As far as I know I don't think she has been. So I'm guessing that's the answer, I just wanted other experiences.
You're right---that was what I was getting at. If she claims to be a prophet she is to have 100% accuracy, according to the Bible.

I know it's easy for us to say "no...don't place any faith in her...she's a quack"...but that's hard to say to someone that appears to be trusting her based on personality and emotion.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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People should come together and discuss the scriptures (like iron sharpening iron) to determine what the scriptures are saying to them. In this case, however, it sounds like one is suggesting that they are getting messages from God that may/may not concur with scripture. The "God Calling" book contains some of this element, but, is mostly about praise and worship ... than claimed prophecies that are independent of scripture. Peter warns against the latter:

2 Peter 1:19-21 -- We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

While it is good to seek the counsel of other believers, Scripture clearly tells us to individually (and collectively) seek God’s guidance and will (and to give Him praise and thanks) in every situation.

However, in some cases, people conclude that God’s will for their lives is like a maze of specific decisions through which there is only one path … and that if they miss a single turn, they will miss God’s will for their lives. This leaves them susceptible to ‘superstitious, gut-feeling-guided lives,’ rather than a true relationship with the Living God. It’s one thing if your MIL and this woman are praying and seeking God’s guidance together, but, if your MIL is instead depending more on this woman, than on God, she is opening herself to deception (even though this woman may not be trying to deceive her).
Very good explanation. This doesn't appear to be praying together to find guidance. This appears to be asking a second person to ask God for her for guidance on what she should and shouldn't do, and to provide daily guidance. Like she needs her direct ear to God.
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