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“Bulls Eye Prophet” killed wife and stuffed her body in a freezer
CNN is reporting that a preacher, Anthony Hopkins, was arrested near Mobile, Alabama immediately after delivering a sermon at a local church last Monday night (July 28, 2008). He faces charges including murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incestPastor Jerry Porter said he used to preach with Hopkins at his church, the Williams Street Holiness Church, andby clicking on the “Leave Comment” button knew the family. He said of Hopkins, “he was a bulls-eye prophet. If he told you something, you could pretty much bank on it.”
According to the Wordnet (from Princeton University), a prophet is…
- an authoritative person who divines the future
- someone who speaks by divine inspiration;
- someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
Now I believe that there are prophets today – people who speak forth the will of God. But I do NOT believe that God uses just anyone in such an important office. I do not believe that God would use a common murderer as a prophet – do you? Nor would He use a serial rapist or one who sodomized his children, or repeatedly committed incest with his daughters. But that is what Anthony Hopkins is accused of.
The CNN article (Preacher killed wife, stuffed body in freezer, police say – CNN.com) says that Hopkins is charged with murdering his wife in 2004 and stuffing her body in a freezer where she was kept since that time. Hopkin’s oldest daughter recently moved out of the house. After she moved out, she told the police that he had raped and sodomized her for the past eight years. And that Hopkins killed her mother because she had found out about his abuse.
Wow! Which story should we believe? The the man that was a real prophet of God – or a rapist?
So, how does one become a “bulls-eye prophet” who “If he told you something, you could pretty much bank on it”? And, how far can such a prophet go into sin before God removes that “mantle” from him? How would others recognize that God’s anointing was gone?
Here are some additional discussion topics:
- Is the office of prophet still active today?
- Is there a difference between the office of an O.T. prophet and those in the N.T.?
- Can a charlatan (a false expert, somebody who falsely claims to have special skill or expertise) actually prophesy or foretell the future?
- How will this case (and that of other ministers who have “fallen” – or were impostors) affect you and your ministry?
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