For the second time in two months, a popular megachurch preacher has his church service interrupted. The latest incident happened when John MacArthur of “Grace to You” fame was interrupted by a man who said he was a prophet from God. The man claimed that God sent him to MacArthur’s church to let him and his church know that MacArthur was wrong to teach that the supernatural, miracle gifts had ceased, a doctrine commonly called cessationism.
“You’ve grieved the Holy Spirit of God. Your doctrine of cessation is in error!” yelled the man in a Scottish-sounding accent at MacArthur after he climbed to the stage and whistled to get everyone’s attention. As security escorted the man out he shouted, “You do not believe in prophets–you’re looking at one!” and he continued yelling until he was ushered out of the sanctuary.
Is this really how a prophet of God should behave? When I watched the video, 1 Corinthians 14:31-33 came to my mind–“For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Maybe I’m mistaken, but I can’t recall anywhere in scripture where a prophet interrupted a worship service or a speech to send a message. The closest incident I can think of is when Jesus cleared the money changers out of the temple, but he interrupted their commercial transactions. When he opposed their doctrines, he did so in the synagogues or in the temple when it was his turn to speak. He did the same in the streets or in various people’s homes when the forum was open for teaching, dialogue, and discussion.
Another incident that comes to mind is when Samuel confronted king Saul in 1 Samuel 13 as Saul presumptuously made a sacrifice on an altar after Samuel gave him strict commandment from God that Saul should wait for Samuel to make the appointed sacrifice. Incidents like this at Grace Community Church rub me the wrong way, but that could just be my personal preference. Am I missing something?
Source: Nicola Menzie, ‘Prophet’ Confronts Pastor John MacArthur With Message ‘From God’ That He Is ‘in Error’ Before Congregation, ChristianPost.com, August 21, 2015.