A few days ago, I received a comment on my blog that took the wind out of my sails. I never thought I’d hear someone who, presumably, claims to be a Christian, say what this person said. In seeking to defend “prophet” Kim Clement, this person made an argument that I found alarming.
First, some background. On Oct. 9, I posted about Kim Clement, a leading “prophet” in the apostolic-prophetic movement. I gave examples of Clement’s blatantly false prophecies and his attempts to cover them up. I also pointed out some of the unbiblical teachings in those prophecies, like his prophecy that aborted babies are going to be reborn to other women (this, of course, would require reincarnation).
When I wrote about Clement, I thought he would be a good example of an obviously false prophet that everyone could agree with. I was wrong.
In the comments, one person defended Clement and other modern-day “prophets” who give false prophecies, saying that it’s not their fault. Why? Because even all of Jesus’ prophecies aren’t fulfilled. (Yes, you read that correctly. According to this person, even Jesus gives false prophecies.)
The commenter went on to say: “If all of God’s words do not come to pass, I think NO ONE will have a record of accuracy as you demand.”
The Scripture the person used to support his or her argument is Mark 4:3-20 — Jesus’ parable of the sower and the different types of soil. The commenter interpreted the seed that was sown as prophecies. Prophecies that are sown in bad soil will fail, even if they are God’s prophecies, according to this person. So, God can say that He would like for something to happen, but it is up to the person who receives the prophecy to respond in the right way to make sure it happens.
Where this person came up with this interpretation of Mark 4, I don’t know. Typically, Christians have understood this passage as explaining why some people respond to the gospel and others don’t.
The context of the Mark passage shows that it has nothing to do with modern prophetic words. The Gospel of Mark seeks to show that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, and this passage fits into that larger context — showing why some people accept that message and others don’t.
Contrary to the commenter’s claim, we find, throughout the Bible, that all of God’s words come to pass. They never fail. That separates Him from false gods. See Isaiah 46:10, for example:
“Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.”
Also, in Numbers we find the false prophet Balaam addressing this very issue (which shows that even wicked, false prophets are sometimes used by God). Balaam tells Balak, the king of Moab, that God’s words have full integrity — God can’t promise something and then not deliver. What’s more, not even Balaam’s disobedience to God can change God’s words.
“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.” Numbers 23:19-20
When God says something will happen, then it will happen. Period. It won’t fail because people do. That’s because God is all powerful, and He can see the beginning and the end (He knows all future variables, even human failings). In contrast, the Bible says that false prophets give prophecies that don’t come to pass. See Deuteronomy 18:20-22
It discourages me to see someone who wants to defend Clement’s reputation so much that he or she is willing to disparage God’s reputation (including His power and omniscience) to do so. Unfortunately, this is a growing trend in the apostolic-prophetic movement, as I will seek to show in future posts.