Infallible vs Fallible Prophecy


There are degrees of inspiration in prophecy. Peter referred to “prophecy of the Scripture.” 2 Peter 1:20. Jesus said, “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18. “The Scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35. The prophecy of the Scriptures is infallible and there is neither flaw nor imperfection therein. “Not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth.” 1 Cor. 2:13.


But the operation of the gift of prophecy among the members of the Corinthian church and in churches today must be “judged.” “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge.” 1 Cor. 14:29. The reason for this is that it is possible for some to prophesy out of their own hearts and out of their own spirits. “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy . . . out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. . . . Therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God.” Ezek. 13:2-8. How easy it is for one to allow one’s own feelings or desires to enter into a message otherwise from God.’

Source: Ralph M. Riggs, The Spirit Himself (1949), Chapter 21: The Gift of Prophecy, p. 157-158.


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