Jag har först nu läst det dokument som tagits fram bland kristna ledare i USA som en reaktion på allt profeterande om Trump i samband med amerikanska presidentvalet. Många kristna profiler kända även i Sverige står med som undertecknare, bland annat Michael Brown som jag uppfattar som initiativtagare till dokumentet, Alan Hirsch och Kris Vallotton. Undertecknarna representerar olika delar av amerikansk pingst-karismatisk kristenhet. Dokumentet är utmärkt och bibliskt välförankrat och ligger mycket i linje med hur jag själv tänker inom dessa områden. Rekommenderas att läsas och man hittar det här. Tidningen Dagen har uppmärksammat dokumentet och Frida Park har skrivit en bra ledare om det.
Som en aptitretare lägger jag ut ett avsnitt av det femsidiga dokumentet:
WE AGREE that Scripture instructs us not to despise prophecies but to examine prophetic utterances carefully and to hold fast to that which is good (1 Thes. 5:19-21). This also means that we should cultivate honor and respect for true prophetic ministries rather than an attitude of skepticism or scorn.
WE BELIEVE that all spiritual leaders, including those serving as prophetic ministers, should be vetted and qualified by their respective churches, networks, or movements based on the standards of leadership set forth by Paul the apostle as found in 1 Timothy 3:1-8; Titus 1:5-9.
WE BELIEVE that all spiritual leaders, including five-fold ministry prophets, should be above reproach and should live a life worthy of their calling (see Eph. 4:1-3). Consequently, we believe that prophetic leaders whose lives violate the moral and ethical standards of the Word disqualify themselves from the ministry irrespective of how much influence or anointing they have.
WE ALSO AGREE that the greatest requirement for all leaders in the church, including prophetic leaders, is to endeavor to reflect the character of Christ and to utilize their gifts out of love for God, His people, and the lost (1 Cor. 13:2; Rom. 8:29).
WE VALUE humility, integrity, and accuracy in prophetic ministry in order to protect the faith and trust of those who hear a word that is stated to be from God. It is a sacred thing to claim to speak for the Lord and, in keeping with the words of Jesus, to whom much is given, much is required (see Luke 12:48). And just as those who teach are held to a higher standard of accountability (see Jam. 3:1), so also those who prophesy should be held to a higher standard. They can have a powerful influence over people’s lives for better or worse, because of which we urge sobriety and circumspection together with faith and boldness.
WE UNDERSTAND that prophecies can be conditional and that many prophecies will take time to come to pass. We also recognize that prophetic language is often mysterious and symbolic, requiring interpretation and insight. This means that prophecies that do not contradict the Bible or that are not contrary to fact should be evaluated over time and not immediately rejected.