A word of wisdom which is spoken (and hope received) in love – we have to be very, very careful concerning talking about “God’s servants” (and I don’t use that phrase lightly). Sometimes its very advisable to say “I don’t understand…BUT if it is God it will come to pass… ” (Acts 5:33-35) .
So I would ask the question how do we know if something is from God or if we are fighting against God? My answer would be (as it always is), look at scripture and ask am I fighting against scripture? i.e. is what is being said biblically sound, as God does not separate or do anything contrary to what he has revealed in the written word. The Bereans in Acts 17:11 did not just swallow what the apostle Paul said but they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was true. If we had a ‘whatever will be will be and if its from God it will come to pass’ attitude, then there would be no reason for the Bereans to search the scriptures in the first place. There must be an absolute standard outside ourselves by which we have to measure everything by. His comments continues as follows
The Bible is full of examples where “prophets… ” or a person operating in the office of a prophet would declare what God had told them AND WHERE THE PROPHET PROPHESIED WITHOUT CONSULTING GOD .
Examples of prophets/leaders prophesying without consulting God could be found (but to name a few) with Elijah calling fire from Heaven(2 Kings 1:9-11) and Joshua commanding the sun to stay still (Joshua 10:1-14). This can be explained by what Paul says about us operating according to the level of our faith (Romans 12:4-6), and could this be simply the reason why we (yours truly included) do not reach our potential because we simply limit God as did King Asa (2 Chronicles 16:12)???
First of all we must remember that the old testament saints did not have the written word as we have it today. To me, this comment (and correct me if I’m wrong) seems to be saying that the ‘man of God’ can say whatever he wants without consulting God and I believe that the scriptures used are all straw men arguments. The question about if what was said biblical has been totally ignored. That is unless it is being implied that it doesnt have to be biblical because we must trust ‘the prophet’. If we do anything ‘according to proportion of our faith’, that does not give us license to do it unbiblically.
God does not have a “specific” way of doing things…if He did, we would then become too familar with him, boastful, & not give him the respect and honour, and give him the dependancy He deserves (nb: that is why manna was provided only provided on a daily basis whilst the Israelites were in the wilderness).