Even when those of a more traditional persuasion are willing to accept the continuance of prophecy, they tend to regard it as something to worry about after they sort out more important matters, meaning they never actually get around to it. Leaving aside the Biblical command to pursue prophecy for now, I want to present you, dear reader, with one example from the New Testament that illustrates why prophetic ministry is important.
In my morning devotional time today, I read the following:
1 Timothy 1:18-20 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
There is a logical sequence here. Working backwards –
Thing to be avoided – a shipwrecked faith
How to avoid it – holding faith and a good conscience
How to hold faith and good conscience – wage good warfare
How to wage good warfare – by the prophecies given
Prophetic ministry in the New Testament is not a circus trick, but one of the primary means God uses to build his church. In this example, prophetic ministry not only directed Timothy in his calling, but also was a tool to keep him in the faith.