"I think JP and many W-F teachers teach the way they do because of their lack of theological training. Not that you must have a PHD to know God’s Word but to accurately exegete God’s Word requires a fair amount of training in hermeneutics, languages, etc,. Employing Vine’s dictionary is most elementary. All of you do know that Vines’ is inaccurate, right?
Basing one’s teachings on an esoteric experience is also not the best any teachers of the Word could offer their audience. Btw, could anyone GENTLY correct me, but how come I keep hearing similarities to these “God-told-me” new revelations and the writings of Hagin, Copeland, Yonggi, etc,. Shouldn’t it mean “God told me-second-hand?” Plagiarism without proper footnote or referencing is cheating."
While I agree that it is dangerous to blindly accept what preachers say when they claim "God told me ...", I feel it is also not right to casually dismiss what they say because God does speak to his children.
On the road to Damascus, the apostle Paul (at that time he was still Saul) had an encounter with Jesus. Jesus spoke to him!
Acts 9:3-7 (NLT)
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied,
A few verses later, Jesus spoke again! This time He spoke to a disciple, Ananias telling him to look for Paul and pray over him.
Acts 9:10-12 (NLT)
10 Now there was a believer[b] in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling,
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
11 The Lord said,
God does not speak outside the scriptures; even when Jesus was tempted by the devil, He spoke the scriptures to rebuke the devil. Therefore it is up to us listeners to check what the pastor say against the Word of God, and decide for ourselves whether the things being said are consistent with scripture.
Btw, why can't God choose to speak similar things to different people at different times in different locations? After all, people from many different countries are now able to watch the same live broadcasts of the World Cup in their own individual homes in their own individual countries.
Luke 12:11-12 (NLT)11"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
In any case, Paul despite his religious training was also taught by the Holy Spirit, not man!
Galatians 1:11-12 (NLT)11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. 12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.
I can accept that one may find it necessary to voice out one's disagreement with others' theology and put forward his own case but I feel that one should not be dismissive of preachers, including those with no formal theological training, who do not preach or subscribe to one's brand of theology because all men are fallible and cannot claim to possess absolute wisdom.
Let me use an analogy to illustrate:
Let's imagine that "theology" are the shoes that help us to walk the Christian walk. There are many brands of shoes available on the market and you may feel that certain brands are not suitable and maybe you even feel that some of the brands deserve to be banned.
Most likely, one would want to choose and stick to a brand of shoes that will help him to complete his Christian work comfortably and enjoyably. This process may involve trying out a few brands and finally deciding to stick to one brand that is most suitable. Ultimately the choice of brands of shoes is up to the individual because he has to walk his own walk, no one else can walk it for him.
If an individual decides to choose what in your view is the wrong brand, there is no need for you to berate that person or the person who recommended that "wrong" brand to him. You must consider that you have already done your job by pointing out the "correct" brand and keep your peace.
In the end, the person wearing the shoes will have to live with the consequences of his own choice himself.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.