Do Not Treat Prophecies with Contempt

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  1. PastorSBC1303

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    1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 "do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good."

    What is Paul encouraging the church to do?

    What is the prophecy referred to?

    How does this apply to us today?
     
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    It seems that he is saying that prohecying was not to be less esteemed than other gifts and hence basically ignored. Listen to what is said and check it out (as the Bereans did). BTW, "dispise" seems to be a neutral word unlike "contempt" (negative) or "esteem" (positive).
     
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    Avoid quenching the Holy Spirit.
    Avoid despising prophetic utterances.
    Fail not to examine everything carefully.
    Fail not to hold fast to that which is good.

    Prophetic utterances given utilizing the gift of prophesy.

    It does not apply to us today because we are Baptists. :rolleyes:

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    Artimaeus wrote,

    The Greek word εξουθενειτε (exoutheneite) is definitely used here with a pejorative meaning.

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    "Prophecy" is the most "DESPISED" Gospel in scripture.

    Out of a hundred people, many 5-6-8 will listen to prophecy.

    Most don't want to hear anything about the "end of time", one "Christian lady", whom I told the rapture could occur at any time, responded,

    "lord, I hope not, what am I going to do with all my stuff"??

    Most Christians would rather stay here, than go there, and, like sinners, they believe if they don't know about it, maybe "IT" will go away, so don't remind them.

    Try teaching a special class on prophecy and see how many "members" show up.
     
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    Yep, some people don't want to be raptured because they are worried about their pets. Like God can't take care of that, too. :rolleyes:
     
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    I do not think this use of prophecy has anything to do with the "end of time".
     
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    I very much disagree on this point. The English word "dispise" has a strong connotation of intense negative emotion implying hatred, dislike, or just plain terribly wrong. These Christians would not consider prophecy to be such and I don't think Paul is accusing them of such. What he is accusing them of is valuing other gifts more highly than prophecy and therefore, devaluing prophecy.

    1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
    1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
    1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
    1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

    It is a matter of priority. Paul gave it the highest priority and his audience was giving it too low of a priority, not a negative one. They were not showing it the honor it deserved.
     
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    "Prophecy" is the most "DESPISED" Gospel in scripture.

    Out of a hundred people, many 5-6-8 will listen to prophecy.

    Most don't want to hear anything about the "end of time", one "Christian lady", whom I told the rapture could occur at any time, responded,

    "lord, I hope not, what am I going to do with all my stuff"??

    Most Christians would rather stay here, than go there, and, like sinners, they believe if they don't know about it, maybe "IT" will go away, so don't remind them.

    Try teaching a special class on prophecy and see how many "members" show up.
    </font>[/QUOTE]A lot don't want to hear it because most of it that's taught today is a bunch of poppycock.
     
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    The word for prophecy here is "forth-telling" rather than the modern conception of "fore-telling." Do not despise the speaking of the truths about Christ, God's works in redemptive history that has come to pass, etc. The application for the church is that the preaching of the Word is not to be despised (Literally, "counted as nothing").

    Everything has been exalted above preaching. Music, singings, testimonies, etc., have replaced the accurate handling of the Word of God, and thus our churches languish. We desperately need to stop quenching the Spirit of God by getting back to exposition of the Word the Spirit inspired.
     
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    TomVols wrote,

    Would you care to document this statement?

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    Forth-telling---means---the preaching of the word from the Word!! God's power is demonstrated through the PREACHING of the word!!!
     
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    I don't think anyone here has treated prophecies with contempt, so this verse, now matter the view, remains intact and respected.

    However, many here have treated with rightous contempt those who have attempted to impose their interpretation of perceived prophecy, as though they had the sole answer, upon the rest of us. This should not only continue, but be commended. If Hal Lindsey taught us anything, it's that innocent Christians make easy prey for these folks.
     
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    Excellent observation. The context here is referring to speaking the truth about God.
     
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    What does that have to do with the thought being expressed by Paul when he wrote, “προφητειας μη εξουθενειτε”?

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    You tell us! We're "dumbin' down" today!!!
     
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    Answer: Nothing!

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    Just what I figured!!!
     
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    I am not surprised!

    שלום

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    I'm surprised at your not being surprised!!!
     

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