You may remember a few months ago as we reported on the saga of the supposed “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” at Asbury during the month of February. While many of the same hyper-charismatic blowhards were absolutely sure that the event was genuine—despite the fact that it platformed homosexuals and promoted a lot of false teachings and affirmed various false religious movements—perhaps none were as vocal as Southern Baptist pastor, Malachi O’Brien.
During the even, Malachi O’Brien, a former Southern Baptist Convention 2nd Vice President, pointed to Mike Bickle, a notorious false teacher and blasphemer who made some obscure “prophecy” about changing the understanding of Christianity, as evidence of the Holy Spirit moving at Asbury.
Mike Bickle, the founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, is a false prophet who is aligned with the Kansas City Prophets—better known as the Kansas City False Prophets. He is a highly popular figure in the charismatic movement and hosted several conferences with former Southern Baptist Convention president, Ronnie Floyd—yet he is associated with several aberrant movements, including the New Apostolic Reformation and the Latter Rain movement.
Now, O’Brien has taken his false prophecies to new heights, arguing that the Holy Spirit wants the Southern Baptist Convention to have women preachers and that this will manifest within the next 20-30 years.
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First, O’Brien may be, and probably is, correct that the Southern Baptist Convention will capitulate to women preachers, and I highly doubt it will take 20-30 years. In fact, I’d be surprised if the new policy disallowing women preachers lasts 2-3 years. That being said, O’Brien’s “prophetic declaration” here that allowing women to preach is a move of the Holy Spirit is grossly disingenuous and outright blasphemous.
The Scriptures are not ambiguous on this point—there is a reason, centered on the gospel, that God has chosen qualified men to serve as pastors and preachers in the local church. Are we to question Him? What O’Brien and many others who object to this doctrine are essentially doing is mimicking the serpent in the garden, asking “did God really say…?”
Next, these same people will be “prophesying” that the Holy Spirit wants homosexuals in the pulpit—many are already there.