“While the early Church was indeed characterized by the extraordinary offices of apostles and prophets, the New Testament does not teach their continuation after the apostolic age. Instead, it warns vehemently against false prophets and emphasizes the need for doctrinal vigilance.”
(The Dissenter) In today’s Christian landscape, an intriguing trend is unfolding: a surge of people claiming the titles of “Prophet” or “Apostle.” With an air of spiritual authority, they assert themselves as contemporary mouthpieces of God, equipped with new revelations and divine insights. However, a thorough examination of the New Testament reveals a different narrative, one that does not endorse an ongoing office of prophets or apostles but rather focuses on cautioning against false prophets.
The New Testament, the foundation and source of all Christian doctrine, makes it abundantly clear that the role of prophets and apostles was foundational and unique to the early Church. Ephesians 2:20 tells us that the Church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” Note the past tense—it’s a foundation already laid, not an ongoing construction project. The apostles and prophets were instrumental in the revelation of the Gospel and the establishment of the early Church, roles that were distinct to that formative period in Christian history. And now these prophets and apostles are all dead, and we’re left with the Scriptures God gave us through them.
CRN’s homepage contains a list of professing Christians to keep an eye on. Scroll down to WARNING. The list contains many people you’ll want to mark and avoid as per Rom 16:17-18