I have heard some of my friends who are in different Prophetic churches prefix the name of their Prophet before God.
“The god of prophet so and so is powerful don’t mess with that man his god will curse you… I am loyal to that Prophet no matter what…”
Such statements have made me question. To whom are you really loyal to?
Most of us can choose the prophets we want to follow and choose when to stop following them just like that.
We don’t choose the country in which you are born, neither do you choose parents or relatives. But we can choose where we can place our loyalty.
“Our country: . . . May she always be right; but our country, right or wrong.” —Stephen Decatur, U.S. naval officer, 1779-1820.
Unquestioning loyalty to one’s country is seen by many as their paramount obligation. Others would rephrase Stephen Decatur’s words, ‘My Prophet, may he/she always be right; but my prophet, right or wrong.’
The decision about whom we should be loyal to is too important to leave in the hands of chance. However, questioning the loyalties with which one is raised takes courage and creates challenges.
My asking to whom you are loyal is an attempt to have many of my friends particularly those in the prophetic churches mentally examine those that you have bestowed this honor to and why. It is not my intent to get you to rethink your loyalties but rather to come up with a consensus of the qualities you deem necessary for you to feel and act in this manner. God or Prophets, to whom are you loyal to?
Another statement I have often heard from my friends in the prophetic churches is “I am a die hard, follower of this prophet and very loyal to the end” “I will die for; or kill for my prophet.” That is well and good, understandably we sometimes express such loyalty but I am sure it’s just rhetoric with no intention to action.
The question of most concern to Me is to whom your hearts are loyal. I would also like each of you to organise your thoughts and ask yourself to whom you are loyal and for whom you live. Perhaps you have never given careful consideration to this question. Indeed, I have heard many of my friends say they are loyal to their ‘man of God’ but, what if your man of God is not loyal to God?
Author Eric Felten describes loyalty as the “vexing virtue,” because loyalties have a way of conflicting with one another.
Loyalty can indeed be a virtue, but always in relationship to its object. It is entirely possible to be loyal to the wrong things or people. It is also possible to be loyal to the right things or people, but in the wrong way.
Loyalty is not just a feeling. Living by its principles exacts consequences that we may not enjoy, but the results can have eternal significance.
We need to be able to see the challenges before us and make the same kinds of judgments as done by the apostles of yore.
The Apostle or disciples were the first Jewish followers of Jesus and as such they had to address the loyalty dilemma head on. How did they do it? They recognised and acted upon a clear hierarchy of loyalties. This is evident in their response to Jewish authorities who “commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18).
“But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19-20).
It wasn’t that those first Jewish believers chose to be disloyal to their community, but rather they had to prioritise their loyalties appropriately.
We need to understand where commitment to God and to the truth will take us, and devote ourselves to lives of loyalty despite the consequences.
It is increasingly difficult for the child of God to hold to a biblical worldview without being misunderstood and marginalised, if not excoriated and penalised. If you dare to point out that societal norms, or ( the behaviour and characteristics displayed and lived by Papa Prophet) do not align with boundaries God has set, chances are no matter how respectfully you state your view or decline to endorse things that violate your conscience, you will be branded a sellout, disloyal and/or a hater.
You might be a student, you might be a business owner—whoever you are, you’ll find that living a life that is loyal to godly principles will cost you something.
True loyalty is never blind obedience to convention, a “going along to get along.” It is obedience to the dictates of conscience as informed by the revelation of God’s Holy Word under the guidance of the Spirit. Loyalty to God and to His Word never requires disloyalty to one’s conscience or even to the people we love.
But loyalty to God and His Word will require us to make difficult decisions that could be perceived as disloyalty. Just as people are often confused between tolerance and affirmation, so many mistakenly view loyalty as upholding the status quo. (These Prophets, the Papas can get things seriously wrong they are fallible, thusly place ultimate loyalty with God).
Think about it. When we ask people to consider trusting Christ we are asking them to reevaluate their loyalties, and that includes examining certain assumptions. We are not asking them to reevaluate whether they are loyal, but how they prioritise their loyalty and how those priorities will affect their choices.