For this post I’m not talking about burning bush revelations, but those who claim inside information on the big guy. I mean those preachers who assert that Jesus comes down to earth and sits down with them during breakfast and has a cup of coffee with them. They refer to this as revelation knowledge.
There are several problems with this: First, if you speak against it, they love to quote the Old Testament curse where God promises to zap you for attacking or hating on them.
Second: For them, even though this is a regular event, they don’t bother to record it or anything or have witnesses, so there is absolutely no way you can either affirm or deny their stated experience.
We know, for example, that with Moses, many witnesses abounded: God was so loud in one instance, they begged Moses to go on the other side of the mountain as His voice was so loud and ‘terrible.’
Never mind the fact these god ‘wizards’ never come up with the rabbit in the hat, or thrown-down-rod-to-a-snake trick or any other mechanism to convince us of their, authority, They’ll blabber out their message nonetheless.
In the midst of this, they’ll hammer away insisting their ‘sermon’ is divine and that they are ‘anointed’ during the entire process. They’ll never, ever admit that all they are really doing is perhaps providing a passionate speech and not a sermon at all.
We look to Jesus as an example of this mode of operandi but, alas, we can find none. Jesus never blurts out that he just had a conference call with God Almighty and He just had to tell someone. The closest we come to that in the scriptures is with the transfiguration, but lo, we have witnesses to verify it.
Finally, the biggest problem with all of this is that we see no miracles that accompany their stated phenomena. The Sayers end up being the Head Honchos and no one is to challenge their authority. The focus is on THEM and on their words and their authority.
For Christians our focus is on God through His son, Jesus. All authority is placed on Him and through ALL members of His church. The only revelation knowledge I can see worthwhile is how we might create more members and serve His kingdom better by obeying His commandments.
In reality no real revelation is even needed. All we have to do is obey the word of God and Serve HIM with all our hearts. In that manner, no other person becomes the AUTHORITY over us for we should be following each other as the body of Christians and no one else.