The Problem with prophesying the destruction of San Francisco.
By Mario Murillo
I woke on the morning of October 4, 2013 and San Francisco was still there. To the dismay of some, it was even a beautiful day in the city. Why is this significant? Well, as many of you may know, “prophets” said that 3rd October, 2013 a 9.5 magnitude quake would destroy San Francisco and in fact, would snap it off the coast line altogether. It appears that the only thing that may snap off and crumble is the credibility of some in the “prophetic movement.” While they were busy predicting the destruction we were busy gathering the harvest in Northern California.
1. Predicting an earthquake in San Francisco is like predicting a mustache in Mexico. It is not prophetic to say San Francisco will have an earthquake. There are small tremors every day. It lies in the most active earthquake region of the world! Give me a break, of course San Francisco is going to have an earthquake.
2. An out of Bible experience: What did happen yesterday is the passing of Chuck Smith a great man of God. In a way, this blog is because of his life. Chuck was a man overflowing with love. Notably, he loved lost souls and he loved the Bible. He repeatedly responded to issues in the body of Christ by saying, “read the Bible.”
An out of Bible experience is a phrase coined by my friend Pastor Dusty Kemp who leads New Life Church in Houston. This rash of predictions by “prophets” is a symptom of the departure from, and a replacement for the Bible. One voice in this movement said, “I have experiences that cannot be explained by the Bible.” Another accused Scripture based preachers of thinking the Bible was God. This is the very deception that Paul warned would come: “1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
I have always had deep misgivings taking any single gift of the Spirit and naming a movement after it. I also know some true prophets and almost without exception they refuse to go by the title of prophet.
3. What spirit are you of? Luke 9: 54 “And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” One of the most chilling things I ever saw was on Christian television was a “prophet” taking credit for predicting hurricane Katrina. Families who lost loved ones must have been horrified to see such indifference to their loss.
Yet, it is this very spirit that has seeped into some of the prophetic movement. They are not here to save but to indulge in spiritual entitlement and a self-centered quest for exotic experiences. It is almost universal that when we go into a city that it is the hyper churches that will not help us win souls. By hyper I am talking about when they are hyper worship, hyper intercession, hyper-prophetic but utterly unhyper about winning souls or linking hearts with other members of the body of Christ.
In conclusion: While these “prophets” were busy condemning Northern California we were seeing an unprecedented harvest of souls in Salinas. Come on people! If God is reaching out in mercy let’s not predict, wish or entertain destruction but lovingly warn society.