In my last post I strived to show that to truly prophesy means to speak authoritatively for God. Every single prophet that God raised up had to be 100% accurate, because if they weren't the people could rightfully disregard their prophecies. In fact we saw that the people were commanded by God to ignore those prophets who made untrue and false prophecies (see Deut. Chaps. 13+18). My message was that if we claim to have received a message from God then the same standards and regualtions that applied to the prophets of old also apply to us today. The reason I say that is because when we believe we have an personal message from God we are really to prophets to ourselves and as such we must meet the same standards of any Biblical test for a prophet. If we don't meet those standards then we are but false prophets to ourselves! If we are wrong in our prophecies even only once, then it would stand that we are in light of Scripture unreliable as God's messenger and as such we should not trust ourselves as God's authoritative voice.
What about the clergy? Don't they prophesy in the manner of 1 Corinthians 14 (unto edification, exhortation and comfort) yet they don't have to meet such tests?
Yes they do indeed prophesy in a way, but their prophesies are on the application of Scriptures. Their prophesies are judged by Scripture and we have the right and duty to check sermons against Scripture. If a minister claims that a certain narrative or text is binding upon the Church as a whole or even you as an individual we have the right to check this claim in light of God's Word with the Scripture being the ultimate rule and guide of our faith and practice.
The type of revelation that I'm looking at in these essays is different. For example if someone claims that God told them to start going to the gym, how on earth can we judge this? The type of prophecy that ministers perform is on based entirely upon and controlled entirely by the Word of God as contained within the authoritative and inerrant Canon of Holy Scripture. Thus if the minister delivers a true exegesis of Scripture then his exegesis can be considered authoritative. A personal revelation like my gym example that aren't based on Scripture can't be judged in the same way as they nor their basis (the human mind) are neither authoritative nor without error.
Basically what I am trying to say is that anyone who claims to have received a personal revelation from God but hasn't is binding themselves to falsehood. No matter if the prophesy is given to the church or one’s own self, it is still false if it contradicts the Holy Bible or fails the accuracy test. All words that claim to be God’s inerrant and authoritative word when they are not are false prophecies and we should quit listening to those that peddle them!