NOTE: Below are some replies that Terry Somerville collected after his provocative article on the state of the Prophetic movement: REPLIES to "BALAAM & the PROPHETIC MOVEMENT" -by Terry Somerville. (Note: Some letters have been abbreviated, or had names removed -Ed.) Marja writes: ...Nowhere else could a Prophet get away with as much as in North America. In any other country the Spiritual leaders would speak up and say... enough! Unknown writes: ... I am so blessed as I just came across your article "Balaam and the Prophetic movement." I can hardly believe somebody finally wrote this article and I am having an even harder time believing it got posted on a prophetic forum! Andre and I have been concerned about the "Balaam factor" for some time now, and we've also been bewildered as we've seen most every christian we meet run in that direction without thinking twice..... Earlier this year or last I actually took down notes from the Lord about how Balaam was manifesting in the prophetic movement, and hoped to write an article about it also...but so much to say, and write, I don't always get time and energy to do it! So, it's great you have. I really appreciated the way you were able to speak forthrightly but also without the judgmental and cutting edge some of the "prophets" use who speak against these things in the church. I see that your heart is for the church, and you are addressing the sin itself without condemning the sinners, but rather calling them to think, rather than ramming them for missing it. I so appreciate that Terry, and I find it rare in many of the words/teachings out there these days. It seems people gravitate to one extreme or the other - either all love and grace, OR correction but with a heavy and critical spirit. Sigh. I have felt the same thing re. the gold dust etc. It makes no sense to me. In the bible, all the signs and wonders were unto something. I did a study on all the verses I could find re. signs and wonders and every time Jesus speaks about them it is in the context of reaching out to the lost! There was a PURPOSE. They testified of Jesus. The miracles in the Bible also benefitted those to whom they were given - people were healed! These signs of gold dust etc. seem to be like things that are tempting people to go oo and ahh at the supernatural - but as you wrote, there is no focus coming from it on the Lord Himself. False Christs and False apostles - Jesus did say they would come. Thank goodness there are still some who are true and who are discerning the times and the spirits. Kimberley writes: Right now most prophetic leadership I know is fully supporting this whole "signs and wonders movement" as a thing in itself. You helped me to understand what I was trying to articulate in this regard - antichrist REPLACES something. This is what I see in the prophetic culture I've been exposed to. ... I know there are many out there who have seen and discerned things, but there voices get drowned out by the church's mindsets which keep them from receiving truth. I guess when one has been immersed in the noise of all the hoopla for so long, the real thing actually looks like an intruder. But I do wait in hope to see how the Lord will reveal HIMSELF in the midst of where the prophetic has gone astray. We have so much to learn...thank goodness the Lord never stops reaching out to help us come back to the Centre when we stumble. Marja writes: My daughter used to go to the YOUTH in ----. She finally had to pull out. It was going too far. Lot of it. One guy would come to Town from time to time and say in his Crusades... real Signs are happening ! To me.. the greatest sign and wonder is Changed Life ! That is the kind of sign God is after.. But, he said, when he preached...he would have BLOOD come out of his hands. The people were screaming and swooning. I said to my daughter that is OCCULTIC in origin. That is old Stigmata from the Roman Catholic Occultic Camp. We do not go there. She said...how do you know it is bad ? I said...ask God.So,she did and God said...they are asking for SIGNS and I give them a sign of Jonah ! .... So, that is one reason,why she pulled off the whole Youth Group in --- . Then right after... they went to drugs... drinking, sex and lots of boys are into homosexuality. What I am saying is...that many of these young people are ignorant. Not purposely foolish. They actually do NOT know,what to think and believe. If we focus on experiences...yes...we can all get lost in some never-never land ! That is the problem. Ria writes: The prophets of the Bible gave warnings and encouragement. The two always went hand in hand. There were never any "promises" of a good life, a bright future, the windows of heaven pouring mega-bucks into my bank account, blessings galore, without very stern admonishment of sin and a warning to be obedient NOW. A friend told me just before the end of last year one of the pastors of a church in Soweto "prophesied" to his congregation that in the new year God will give them all BMW´s..... ~SOURCE: "Totalchange.org"