Wallace B. Henley on America Needs for Real Prophets to Rise Up

The United States needs a “Great Protector,” said Steve Cortes, a writer for RealClearPolitics July 1. Donald Trump, in Cortes’ view, needs to transition from being the “Great Disruptor” to take on the role of “Great Protector of the American people, especially the middle class.” 

However, we now need something far greater. The contemporary moment of madness prompts a call for real prophets to rise up and do what prophets do. Prophetic truth is the flame that can reduce to ashes the lies and misrepresentations that sever people from God and one another.

Jesus Himself prophesied in Matthew 24 the coming of “lawlessness.” In the intense testing of that age many people would “fall away,” said the Lord. Another phenomenon would be the emergence of “many false prophets.”

Lawlessness, apostasy, and false prophets abound in our present society. We urgently need true prophets. Shysters trying to foretell the future we don’t need, but the forthtellers who proclaim Christ and His Kingdom of goodness, justice, peace, and Spirit-given joy (Romans 14:17) and hold us to that vision are crucial in the confusion of our age.

Wallace Henley, former Senior Associate Pastor of 2nd Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Scott Belin

The prophets we need will be mere mortals. They will at times be Nervous Nellies like Elijah when he heard Queen Jezebel was after his hide. They may stumble in their human weaknesses, but always they will burn with the Word of God. Hearers will know that the Lord has spoken through a frail human.

A few Sundays ago, I played a film clip at the church where I was preaching. In the video Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his great “I Have a Dream” speech to a vast multitude at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

At the conclusion, my audience applauded at length for words uttered fifty-seven years ago by a man dead for fifty-two years. The contemporary congregation at the church watching a grainy film clip and listening to a scratchy soundtrack nevertheless recognized a truly prophetic word.

There was also the ring of the prophetic when Dennis Prager, a religious Jew, said that “if we continue to teach about tolerance and intolerance instead of good and evil, we will end up with tolerance of evil.”

“Why is it that so few realize the seriousness of our present crisis?” wondered Bishop Fulton Sheen in 1947. He gave the answer: “Partly because men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation, and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times… Only those who live by faith know what is happening in the world. The great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on.”

Many who watched and listened to Bishop Sheen’s regularly televised broadcasts knew they were hearing a prophetic man, especially when he said: “The only way out of this crisis is spiritual… The time is nearer than you think.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace B. Henley