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Bishop E. Bernard Jordan And The New Psychic Friends Network
New York Bureau - 01/14/2011
Just when you think you have heard it all, here comes Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and his army of so-called prophets. The issues with the “Prophetic Ministry” are both alarming and deceptive as many desperate believers are taken advantage of by men and women like Bishop Jordan. With generic prophecies and new age rhetoric, Bishop Jordan has gotten filthy rich of the hopes of the poor and sick.
The “prophetic word for cash scheme” has actually been around for a while, even dating back to the time of Paul’s ministry. It was so popular at the time that even when Paul publicly rebuked a psychic / mystic, he was beaten and thrown in jail Act Chapter 16:16-24.
I believe that if the Apostle Paul were alive today he would faint from disgust at the horrific use of the Word of God in order to achieve monetary gain. Everything from miracle water to handkerchiefs is sold without fear of consequence or public rebuttal, all in the name of Jesus. As we observed Paul in his rebuke of the psychic of his time, he first allowed it to persist for a while then finally he dealt with it. In following the most Honorable Apostle’s example, we too have allowed it to persist for a while. Now at the point of disgust, we have to confront the issue of Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and the New Psychic Friends Network.
Like many of you, I too have sat up late at night flipping through the channels only to discover Bishop Jordan on BET offering ridiculously vague prophecies in exchange for a donation of any size. How did we as the Body of Christ go from the Great Prophets of the Bible like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel to Bishop Jordan, Benny Hinn, and Bishop Clarence E. McClendon?
Before we continue in our quest of the definition of a False Prophet I think it is only fitting that we first examine the true meaning of an authentic Man of God.
When Moses objected to being the spokesman for God to Pharaoh, God appointed Aaron to be Moses prophet, i.e., his authorized spokesman. The issue here is one person speaking for another. (2) Numbers 12:1-8. Aaron and Miriam, perhaps out of jealousy, sought to supplant Moses as mediator of God’s revelation with themselves (cf. Vs. 2), but God dramatically intervened to show He would speak directly with Moses alone and that He would also speak through those called prophets by dreams and visions. But the implication as to the meaning of “prophet” is clear. A true prophet is one who speaks for God to man. (3) Deuteronomy 18:9 -22. Just before the death of Moses, we have the formal announcement of the office of the nabi, the prophet, on a continuing basis.52 These verses make it clear that the prophet is one who speaks forth the message which God has revealed to him.
Their Directive or Message
As a mouthpiece or spokesman for God, the prophet’s primary duty was to speak forth God’s message to God’s people in the historical context of what was happening among God’s people. The broadest meaning is that of forthtelling; the narrower meaning is that of foretelling. In the process of proclaiming God’s message, the prophet would sometimes reveal that which pertained to the future, but, contrary to popular opinion, this was only a small part of the prophets message. Forthtelling involved insight into the will of God; it was exhortative, challenging men to obey. On the other hand, foretelling entailed foresight into the plan of God; it was predictive, either encouraging the righteous in view of God’s promises or warning in view of coming judgment. So the prophet was the divinely chosen spokesman who, having received God’s message, proclaimed it in oral, visual, or written form to the people. For this reason, a common formula used by the prophets was, “Thus says the Lord.”
As God’s spokesman, their message can be seen in a three-fold function they had among the people of God in the Old Testament:
First, they functioned as preachers who expounded and interpreted the Mosaic law to the nation. It was their duty to admonish, reprove, denounce sin, threaten with the terrors of judgment, call to repentance, and bring consolation and pardon. Their activity of rebuking sin and calling for repentance consumed far more of the prophets’ time than any other feature of their work. The rebuke was driven home with predictions about the punishment that God intended to send on those failing to heed the prophet’s warning (cf. Jonah 3:4).
Second, they functioned as predictors who announced coming judgment, deliverance, and events relating to the Messiah and His kingdom. Predicting the future was never intended merely to satisfy man’s curiosity, but was designed to demonstrate that God knows and controls the future, and to give purposeful revelation. The prediction given by a true prophet would be visibly fulfilled. The failure of the prediction to be fulfilled would indicate that the prophet had not spoken the word of Yahweh (cf. Deut. 18:20-22). In 1 Samuel 3:19 it is said of Samuel that the Lord was with him and let none of his prophetic words fail (lit., “fall to the ground”).
Finally, they functioned as watchmen over the people of Israel (Ezek. 3:17). Ezekiel stood as a watchman on the walls of Zion ready to trumpet a warning against religious apostasy. He warned the people against political and military alliances with foreign powers, the temptation to become involved in idolatry and Canaanite cultic worship, and the danger of placing excessive confidence in religious formalism and sacrificial ritual.
While the prophets functioned in various ways as they communicated God’s message, they occupied one major role in Israel’s religious system. The prophets in Israel occupied the role of a royal diplomat or prosecuting attorney, indicting the nation for violations of the Mosaic covenant
As we can clearly see from the above definition of the true meaning of a Prophet of God, nowhere in the scripture is there an example of commercial gain in exchange for the Word of God. Nor in the scripture will you find the selling of soap, water or handkerchiefs as a requirement for receiving the Word of God. The role and responsibilities of a true prophet of God was extremely serious and could even carry deadly consequences in spoken words.
Men like Bernard Jordan has succeeded in making a mockery of this most Holy appointment due in part to the fact that they have appointed themselves to the role of Prophet. Common sense would tell us that God would not use a true prophet to issue a prophetic word that sounds something like this:
“I am feeling in my spirit the number 34 or 3 & 4 which means that you may want to sow a seed of $34 dollars because someone in your life who is 34 years old could be in danger.”
Really Bernard Jordan? Really!
At least The Psychic Friends Network with Dionne Warwick came with a disclaimer which indicated that the psychic readings were for entertainment purposes only! Or maybe that’s it. We have reached the point in biblical history whereas the fear of the Lord has dissipated and we’re left with preachers who are for entertainment purposes only.
Bishop Jordan has taken his parade of psychics to the next level in not only getting his son Manasseh Jordan into the family business but even establishing seminars where you too can attend and learn how to be a Psychic Prophet. Just as Joe Jackson had a star in Michael Jackson so too does Bernard Jordan in Manasseh Jordan.
According to a contributor to PimpPreacher.com
“Manasseh will be invited to countless Word of Faith churches for conferences and seminars and special appearances. Probably most of the churches that count themselves as TBN Family Churches. Jesse Duplaintis’ church, Ron Carpenter’s church, Rod Parsley’s church, Jentezen Franklin’s church, etc. ect. Each time he will probably walk out with at least 20K for the night.
What TBN and it’s own family does…is exactly like what Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Todd Bentley, Bill Johnson, Dutch Sheets do. They stick tight, and support each other…but NO one else really. Just the little group.
Paul Crouch is the ring leader of that crowd. Benny would not be Benny without the stage support and opportunity to correct HIS ENDLESS biblical errors…. that Paul gives him, as well as Paul being the attack dog for anyone who disagrees with Benny Hinn.
Benny is probably Manasseh’s handler. Maybe Paul is. Either way it is exactly like the owners of the little slave girl with the python spirit in Acts 16. Paul and/or Benny will pimp Manasseh in order to increase “sells” donations, and in return they will cover for his biblical inaccuracies, and attack all his distracters.
This is a billion dollar game for these people. There is no bigger money game on TV. The bible talks about God’s people being made “merchandise” and that is exactly what is happening.”
Shame on you BET for allowing this trash on your network. Shame on you TBN for being the Network of False Prophets, Shame on you both!