The Panther Prophecy: My Last words.
By Mario Murillo
I really hate to be the one to tell you this. Okay be honest…what was your immediate reaction when you heard the Carolina Panthers Prophecy? If it baffled you, you are in the extreme majority. Not only this, but it gave vent to a growing suspicion about the prophetic movement itself. A host of people believe it has been drifting into unscriptural waters for a long time.
About 5% of those who commented disagreed with the blog. That is lower than normal. I was very surprised. Because I broke from tradition by naming names—I expected a much bigger firestorm.
However, for the honest hearts who were pained by the whole affair I wish to make some clarifying remarks.
What I wrote, I wrote with tears and a heavy heart. There was no anger or ridicule in my words. I wrote it because I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to address this issue. His reasons were very compelling:
Young people everywhere are seeing what we do. Websites that are youth oriented carried mocking references to this prediction. It fit into the narrative that Spirit-filled believers are loons. However—as you will see later—I am addressing a far greater issue than a prediction about the Panthers.
Someone else was supposed to correct this privately and they did not. When I prayed about this it was very clear to me that the Holy Spirit had chosen someone—in fact several people—much closer to the situation to speak wisdom. It was only after many attempts to get others to obey that the Holy Spirit tapped me for this sad assignment.
The Lord took me to Job 32 to understand the example of Elihu. He waited to speak because he assumed that the elders sitting with Job would say something rational but they did not.
Sincere hearts asked why I didn’t talk to Mr. Joyner first. They cited Matthew 5: 23 “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” If indeed I had aught against Mr. Joyner I would have done so—this situation fits a different model in the Word of God.
We are to judge public prophecy…publicly. 1 Corinthians 14: 29 teaches us to “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.” The clear instruction is that when a prophecy comes forth publicly it is judged publicly—on the spot. Paul did not say when prophets prophesy, take them in a private room and commiserate about the validity of what he said and if he should have gone public with it.
I was told to judge the prophecy itself. It’s clear and undeniable inference was: simply because the Panthers won…it would bring revival. Charisma Magazine did not help matters by asking, “Are the Carolina Panthers prophesied to win the Super Bowl to bring about national revival?” What about prayer, fasting and repentance? Show us in the Word of God how simply winning a game will ignite awakening?
The Bible never said “If my team”—it says “if my people.” God has often used athletes to bring the WORD to the world. C.T. Studd was a famed Cricket player who became a legendary missionary. Eric Liddell was a track star that brought a powerful witness by a supernatural performance in the Paris Olympics. Billy Sunday was a famous baseball player before he became a great evangelist. God will use individuals in an event but the event itself is not an intrinsic catalyst or sign of revival.
Maybe next year: Lance Wallnau defended Bob Jones’ prediction by saying, “well, he never named a year.” That’s just it! Prophecies like these can put people’s lives on hold—create false preconditions and agendas. Ask yourself should anyone be waiting for the Panthers to win the Superbowl so we can have national revival? Like it or not—whether you intend it or not—that is what impressionable hearts take away from this.
That leads me to the much larger point of my action: I am not harping on just one prophecy but an alarming trend. It has become common for people to consult “words” from a prophet more than pastors, or the Bible. People are not seeking wise counsel. They are making tragic mistakes.
It breaks my heart to be the one to tell you this…the prophecy movement is coming off the rails. The tragedy is that we desperately need the prophetic! We need all of the gifts of the Spirit.
This crisis has been building up for a long time. The goal—of the enemy—is to discredit the Spirit-filled church. I am speaking out because I am a soul winner. I see the damage this is doing to youth…who now consider us a bunch of loons. I have to take valuable Gospel time to differentiate between the Bible and this bizarre behavior to young lost souls.
You have seen it for yourself. Many prophetic teachers barely, ever, quote scripture. They are almost purely anecdotal—they string a bunch of stories of their own exotic experiences together to enchant their audiences. They may not realize that they are building new doctrines—but they are.
They often tell us not to put God in a box. What they forget is the God put Himself into a book. Psalm 138: 2 says, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your loving-kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”
A young student approached the head of one of our most famous revival/prophetic schools because he was concerned that some of the teaching was outside of scripture. This well-known writer and head of that school rebuked him by saying “you are worshiping a book!” Wow, what an illogical and scary thing to say to anyone, let alone a young man seeking to go into ministry.
I issue this warning with a broken heart: Every movement that has lost its Bible base has been washed away like footprints on the beach.
Of course I will lose friends because of this…but not any true friends. Doors will close for me and that’s okay—I am a soul winner—the doors to reach the lost will always be open. I have peace because I know I did not say one thing in anger or of my own volition.
The good news is that God not man is in control. He moved me to issue a warning but He is doing so much more than any of us realize. If we admit our error and humble ourselves before Jesus we will rise up again with greater power and impact on our nation.
Mario you embarrassed and humiliated people…actually that would be me. Obeying God to write this has been one of the most embarrassing and humiliating things in my life…but, it is okay because that is what disciples do. It’s like I told you in the beginning: I really, really hated to be the one to have to tell you this. But I had to tell you.