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I do not believe that God reveals to Pastors, or to anyone else for that matter, that He is going to kill someone for any reason. God reveals Himself through the Word of God. It is our sufficiency for life and Godliness (II Peter 1:3), and is the Source of all wisdom and knowledge (Psalm 119:97-100,130). We know from I Cor 13:10 that when the Bible was completed, all additional revelation ceased. If anyone tells us that "God has told me ______", then they are really no different than the Charismatics, who regularly claim to get new revelation.

At the same time, we do get direction from the Scriptures. I believe that God DOES, through His Word, show us how we are to act. The Bible does say that some at Corinth had died because of their improper actions and attitudes at the Lord's Table. However, this is not the same thing as revealing that someone who has wronged us is going to die. Also, not everyone who had violated the Lord's Table had died, because if they were all dead, Paul would not have had to send them rebuke and instruction. Remember, Oral Roberts said that God revealed to him that HE was going to die if folks didn't cough up enough money. Fundamentalists laughed at that, and rightly so. So what's the difference?

The Apostles did make some predictions of death, as with Ananias and Sapphira. However, they did hold the office of Apostle, and God had not yet closed the door of new revelation. Both of those things have been done away with. Even Paul's mentioning of Alexander the coppersmith in I Timothy 4:14-15 does not state that God would kill him. He only states that God will deal with him. In fact, if Paul believed that God was going to kill Alexander, why did he warn Timothy to stay away from him?

Hope this helps. May the Lord bless you.
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Dr Mark Montgomery
Ambassador Baptist Church
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Pittsburgh, PA 15209

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