We were taught non-stop for 20 or 25 years that we hear usually through messengers, usually our local elder. And that they have supernatural ‘sight’ for our lives.
The key thing is that MCF’s ‘messenger word’ was NEVER, EVER tested or suggested that it should be. That goes back to the duty of care issue. None. I’m not talking about state-enforced OH&S. I’m talking about care for care’s sake. None.
When it comes to prophecy, Scripture tells us to be careful: test the prophets (1 John 4:1), let the hearers judge (1 Corinthians 14:29).
But when BCF/MCF instigated the so-called ‘messenger’ word, namely that men should open up and listen to elders for their life choices, we were taught to do it almost without reservation.
And that if we disobeyed we were ‘naming ourselves’ and would go to hell (Prov 14:12).
Firstly, Scripture certainly never tells us to take advice unreservedly.
It was BCF/MCF that told us that.
But, secondly how could even BCF/MCF put this concept of ‘messenging’ above prophecy, a gift of the Spirit?
Of course, the problem is that the BCF/MCF messenger word is a huge over-emphasis of one or two Scriptures about the origin of the word:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”Rom 10:14-15
But MCF mixed up genuine preaching of the gospel with fluffy, customized ‘deep and meaningfuls’ conjured up by your local elder in his one-on-ones with you.
How sickening it was to have them dump their reading of your life on to one’s self. Given how one-tracked and un-edifying it was.
It was more like clarivoyance.
It was supposed to be ‘grounding’ to hear from a person rather than Christ himself. But it was almost seance-like because you knew that suddenly the elder was speaking with the authority of God and something supernatural was going on.
About the business you wanted to start. Or the job you wanted to apply for. Or the ministry activity you wanted to sow to. Or not.
It never happened. We never did any of those things. Not once.
Vic Hall and his followers have replaced Christ with elders.
I call it ‘guru headship’.
It’s utterly Satanic.