Jim Bramlett (19 Feb 2011)
"Dr. Owuor and prophets"

Regarding the true prophet status of Kenyan Dr, Owuor and readers' questions, as I said, I am not sure about him, but I posted the message because many people do endorse him and the message was so relevant and lined up with what we have heard elsewhere.

One reader wrote of one particular prophecy of Dr. Owuor that did not come to pass and she thought that would disqualify him as a true prophet.

My answer was that an Old Testament prophet had to be 100% perfect, but I do not see that criterion for a New Testament prophet.  Otherwise, why would Paul write, "Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge" (1 Cor. 14:29).  The OT prophets spoke and wrote what would become God's infallible Word, but that is not true for NT prophets.

I am open to the possibility that the good doctor may be a prophet but a fallible one.  So, let us "judge."  As I understand it, a false prophet in the NT sense is one who denies Christ and the gospel, which he certainly does not do.

By the way, "prophet" is a valid office in the New Testament church, a fact often ignored by our human and denominational traditions.  "He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry" (Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV).  It is not all about predicting.  To determine their duties, one must study their activities in the book of Acts.

God bless you,