|“Reason’s first order is to understand revelation; but its second order is to subordinate itself to that revelation. But in today’s church, revelation must subordinate itself to human reason. This is utterly incompatible with the Bible.” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’ But he lied to him.” 1 Kings 13:18
As you read I Kings 13 you discover that this prophet was a man of God with a message from God. He saw God authenticate his message with three miracles. And he had clear instructions from God as to how he was to conduct his mission: “for so was it commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way that you came.”‘ 235 He listened, however, to another man of God whose word contradicted God’s word. God killed His prophet for his disobedience. The passage says nothing about the lying prophet.
God gave a sure word to His servant, confirming it with miracles. He allowed the word of a prophet, who received a word from an angel, who ostensibly received a word from God, to keep him from obeying a direct word from God. God was not happy. This disobedient prophet illustrates God’s problem with the nation of Israel. God spoke through His prophets, confirming His word with miracles, and still the people listened to other voices.
Take care that you do not emulate the disobedient prophet. Disobedience creates a culture of disobedience in which people cease realizing that they are disobedient; their senses are dulled. Culture plays a powerful role in the life of the church, and you can easily mistake the words of God’s servants for the Word of God, when in reality their words contradict the direct word God gave in Scripture.
235 I Kings 13:9
2 Chronicles 30-31
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