The Heavy Responsibility of a Prophet

16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.

20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”

Ezekiel 3:16-21

In Christian circles, there are many who label themselves as prophets.

However, based on the book of Ezekiel, we learn that true prophets of God carry a very heavy responsibility.

Specifically, a prophet could be tasked to confront a wicked person to repent – a task that is not at all pleasant to carry out – and if he does not carry out this task, God will hold the prophet accountable when disaster eventually overtakes the wicked person due to sin.

So, I get rather concerned when I see immature believers label themselves as prophets, when what they are really doing is making soulish declarations about the future.

Being God’s prophet is not a joking matter. So, I don’t think that believers should frivolously label themselves as prophets unless they are certain that God has called them to this office.  

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