Why would a woman with no time to study her Bible, hang on every word of a self proclaimed “prophet of God?” Women are generally more emotional than analytical, and are therefore the main target of men (and sometimes women) so-called prophets. (For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins [weakness]. 2 Timothy 3:6 KJV)
Women are likely to need to FEEL something more than to KNOW something. Feelings outweigh information. So, truthful information from scripture is less persuasive than an important revelation from a concerned and caring prophet.
Many “Christian” churches practice what the Bible calls IDOLATRY, as they rely on so called “prophets,” and place little faith in the word of God, which they see as not enough to meet their needs.
The false prophet places himself [like a priest] between the professing believer and God. Instead of trusting the written word of God, the follower of the prophet trusts the word of the prophet, often waiting on the prophet to give a special word. It is as though they pray to the prophet like Catholics pray to their “saints.” This prophet MUST CONJURE UP something unique, otherwise he would just interpret and speak the written word of God to help his follower. But that would defeat his purpo$e of having di$ciple$ for him$elf. cp Acts 20:29-31
The danger is the same for people who rely on personal “dreams and visions” for instruction instead of God’s written word
In the Bible, the true prophet spoke God’s word. All prophets were given one single occasion to speak something false and they would be stoned to death by the people of God. These days it’s the opposite; false prophets have to just be close one single time to be embraced by many people; he is allowed to be wrong most of the time.
If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall FOLLOW THE LORD YOUR GOD and fear Him; and you shall KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, SERVE HIM, and cling to Him.
But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be a put to death, because he has COUNSELED REBELLION AGAINST THE LORD YOUR God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.–Deu.13
JESUS SAYS HIS TEACHING IS THE GREATEST “SIGN”
ANY GENERATION NEEDS.
“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign [miracle]; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:…For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at THE PREACHING of Jonas; and, BEHOLD, A GREATER [PREACHER] THAN JONAS is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth TO HEAR the WISDOM of Solomon; and, BEHOLD, A GREATER [SPEAKER OF WISDOM] than Solomon is here.–Matthew 12:40-42 KJV
Jesus goes on the associate this behavior with wickedness and demonic possession in the next 3 verses.
THE TRUE SOURCE OF POWER AND GUIDANCE
Act 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend [present, deposit] you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.