This practice is completely foreign to scripture. To think that paying someone so that you might ‘activate the prophesy in your life’ reeks of sensationalism and larceny. It is true that those who minister God’s Word need to be supported, but how is that supposed to happen? I’ve seen ‘ministers’ charge money to perform weddings, funerals, etc. Let’s consider what we read in Luke 10:5-7, “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking SUCH THINGS AS THEY GIVE: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.” In this instance, we see that as the Lord’s disciples went about ministering His Word to others, they were dependent upon “SUCH THINGS AS THEY GIVE.” The Lord’s servants must be dependent upon the Lord, so as He directs certain people to minister to the earthly needs of His disciples, they would receive what was offered. There is not one instance in all the scripture where a minister of the Word asked for money.

We have the Apostle Paul’s testimony about receiving money in 1 Corinthians 9:18, “What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I MAY MAKE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHOUT CHARGE, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.” Paul measured the success of his ministry by the fact that the Lord provided for ALL his needs so that he NEVER had to ask for money for ministering to others.

Today, many use the word ‘seed’ as a type of money. They teach that you sow seed into someone’s ministry and the Lord will bless you greatly. In the first place, ‘seed’ in the Bible doesn’t refer to money, it refers to the Word of God. In Luke 8, the Lord tells a parable about a sower and the seed he sows. The Lord says plainly in Luke 8:11, “Now the parable is this: THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD.” When we plant the seed (God’s Word) into the hearts of others by sharing the Gospel with them, the Lord will respond with wonderful harvests of precious souls.

Let’s consider 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” This is a very needful warning to believers today. So many claim to have a word from the Lord, but are really charlatans, seeking to gain money by telling someone about their future. It is good to advise others based on what the Word of God says, but when one proclaims that they have heard from God about you and says, “Thus saith the Lord” concerning his message for you…be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS!

The Word of God is all the revelation we need to live lives that honor and please the Lord. If you desire guidance in your life, consult the Word. If you need peace in your life, consult the Word. If you are concerned about the future, consult the Word.

The scriptures tell us how to determine if someone is truly a prophet sent from God. For more on that, please click on this Answers From the Book link: (340.2)