Brother, do you have
in your ministry? I was told that apostles and prophets must have such
First of all, let me ask these questions: How many signs and miracles must
an apostle or a prophet perform before he is regarded as one having such a
ministry? Do they have to sensationalize the acts (like those being done
in Pentecostalism and Charismaticism) to make themselves known? Do I have
to document all my signs and miracles and then proclaim to all what has
been done in the ministry? And would that mean that my teachings are true?
Did Bro. Branham heal everyone who came to him? With all that which took
place in his ministry, did all who hear him believe that his teachings
were of God?
Some denominational theologians believe that the days of the
apostles and prophets are over. They said that if there are such
ministers, then these ministers must
perform healings and miracles; they must heal the sick
fail when the sick
are brought before them for deliverance, citing the example in Acts
5:15-16. (I wonder what will the Branhamites say.)
Now, if what you were told is true, why did not John the
Baptist, whom Jesus Christ regarded as a great prophet, perform one
miracle? The disciples of Jesus Christ knew John the Baptist was a
prophet, but none of them and not even the Pharisees ever raised the
question to Jesus (or to John himself) as to why he did not, or could not,
perform miracles. So, then what do we have but one passage of Scripture
(Acts 5:15-16) that the theologians dare to take and ascribe a
qualification for God's apostles and prophets.
John the Baptist had no signs and wonders to vindicate him
and his preaching and teaching of the coming Messiah, yet his ministry was
readily accepted by the true worshippers. I wonder how many self-righteous
Jews shook their heads and said, "His claim is false because we
didn't see any sign and miracle performed."