Spiritual Seismology and a Warning from Heaven
Greg Austin │15 August, 2007
For some time now, I have watched and listened to an increasing
divergence in both doctrine and practice of some among the Body of
Christ who have become either “popular” or notable as “prophets”
and/or as “apostles.” Let me be quick to say that I affirm the
biblical ministries of both prophets and apostles, but I also don't
accept one's credentials without any kind of spiritual discernment
or common, old fashioned, God-given horse-sense.
Much of the divergent teaching and prophesying I have observed is
labeled as part of the progressive revelation of God. Certainly, God
reveals Himself and His plans to the people of God progressively.
The best we can believe Him for is to establish us in the present
truth (1 Peter
and it is God Who determines where any generation is on the
continuum of His revelation.
Yet any teaching, doctrine, practice or word that departs from the
spirit and the existing revelation of the Word of God must be
addressed and dealt with by God and by those He has set in
leadership within the church at large.
Recently I was contacted by Robert Ricciardelli of Visionary
Advancement Strategies with a request to examine and comment on
a word brought to the church by Rev. Mel C. Montgomery, entitled “A
Time of Correction"
The timing of Mel’s word seems considerably appropriate to me. I
have sensed (which can lead us far a field of truth if "sense" is
not rooted in the Word of God), and have observed the need for a
"course correction" from the Spirit for some time now. It is as
though I saw a building cauldron - much like the internal and unseen
forces that eventuated in the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980:
Seismologists and Volcanists were aware of the building forces, and
attempted to warn people living in the vicinity of the mountain of
an impending eruption, but their warnings were largely ignored until
Sunday, May 8, when the mountain could be ignored no longer, and
loss of life ensued that might have been averted had people listened
have watched and listened with growing discomfort as some well-known
"prophets" have gone beyond what I believe is God's revelation to
man. On numerous occasions I have said something like "I have a
slight problem with prophecy; I believe that all prophecy must align
itself and agree fully with the Word of God. If the principle or
truth being prophesied is counter to the clear teaching of
Scripture, that principle must be summarily rejected.”
While we cannot and must not judge any man, the Bible is clear that
we must judge all prophecy. This is an obligation of those who are
have watched and listened with growing discomfort as some "Christian
leaders" have sought to move the church in what I believe to be an
extra-biblical concept of
ekklesia. I believe strongly that when Jesus declared,
"I will build My church" He meant precisely that: "He," as opposed
to "we" would be the builder. "Unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain that build it" (Psalm 127:1).
The face of the church is obviously changing. Many of our “old ways”
were neither biblical nor spiritual. God is sorting out our
practices and our beliefs in order to replace our “religion” with
His life. There is a true, Spirit-led and Spirit-enabled "emerging
church." But this emerging church will be the planting of the Lord
and the building of our Maker, and not the product of our hands,
hearts and minds.
Our task is not to invent, but to implement that which the Holy
Spirit leads us to become. We are called to be followers of Jesus,
which implies that He is leading.
Perhaps you have read or heard some prophetic word that seemed to
sound a dissonant chord within your spirit. You may have rebuked
yourself for not moving along with the crowd. In fact, that
dissonance you experienced may well have been the Holy Spirit
causing the conflict between what you heard and what you have known
from the Scriptures.
For some who are in error, the motive for excess and
exaggeration can be a hoped-for entrance into fame and notoriety.
For others, the lure of money encourages them to become more and
more sensational. No doubt there are some who have not studied "to
show themselves approved of God" and have made innocent, but
potentially damaging mistakes with prophecy and with God's
revelation. I am no man's judge. I don't know the heart or the
intent of the heart of any man, but what I know from God's word and
by His Spirit runs counter to much of what I hear these days.
have purposely distanced myself from certain ministries. I have
sought to find a hiding place in the bosom of the Father and in the
counsel of His Word. Some may think I am an isolationist: I hope I
am not, but maybe I am. This I know - I tremble at the thought of
speaking or writing or otherwise conveying to God's people a
supposed truth that is not His truth, or a word that is my word or
the word of the "spirit of the age" and not His Word.
with the eruption of
Mount St. Helens,
I believe that God's TRUE "Seismologists", His true Prophets, are
hearing the Spirit and are alerting us all to a correction from the
Father. I only hope that unlike the deceased former residents of
Washington in 1980, the Body of Christ listens and heeds the