Friday, May 13, 2005

Latter Rain

I'm think a bit about the accusation that latter rain people are "neo-montanists." The Montanists were people in the early centuries of the church who relied on the Holy Spirit more than on the Scriptures. Certainly there are people like that around today, but our tradition has always been to let the Scriptures judge any prophecy or ministry.

The lists of things they accuse latter rain-ers of seems silly. I grew up in the revival and didn't see those things. I'm sure they existed, but my father stood against them. He had the wisdom to not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

I believe in prophetic and apostolic ministries, though I'm nervous about the titles that people are claiming for themselves these days. Especially the self-named group called the Supreme Council of Prophets and Apostles that Ralph Winter makes reference to.

The Scriptures are always in first place. Any current apostles cannot and should not hold a candle to the original 12. They certainly do not supercede them.