27th June, 2006
In modern churches we need encouraging and uplifting preaching, the kind that makes people aware of God’s love and encourages Christians in their position in Christ. We also need another kind of preaching; one that is less popular. We need modern day “prophets” who – like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Joel – will point out the shortcomings of God’s people and call them to repentance. We need the kind of preaching that leads to heart-searching, confession, and putting things right.
Henry Blackaby wrote, “I sense that the Christians of our day need not just preachers; they need a special kind of spokesman for God. Put the name “prophet” over him if you want.” 
We need men who’ll speak for God declaring what God sees.
Vernon McGee asked what good is a guard dog if it doesn’t bark when an intruder is breaking into a house? He said the church needs men who will do a little barking. It’s true. We need preachers who point out wrong when there is wrong. If the saints are watching R-rated movies, gossiping, spending more money on entertainment per year than missions, and show little concern for the lost – they need to know. Jesus told the Laodicean church that things weren’t right, and the modern church needs prophets who walk closely with Jesus to point out what’s wrong. Not arrogantly, but in love. But point things out they must.
Jeremiah, speaking for God, told the Israelites, “Amend your ways and your doings” (7:3), “Do not trust in..lying words” (7:4) and “This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD” (7:28). That was straight talk! Yet it was exactly what the people needed to hear. It was not time to give a soothing message when the people were living in sin.
A.W. Pink wrote, “Did the Lord Jesus preach a sermon in the temple on the love of God while its sacred precincts were being made a den of thieves?”  No. It was not time for that. It was a time for confrontation.
May God raise up a new generation of preachers who are not afraid to call a spade a spade and have a passion for holiness in His church. May God give them the grace to say what needs to be said in a spirit of love. Has God called you to be a prophet?
 Blackaby, H. Chosen to be God’s Prophet, (Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Ten, 2003) p6
 Pink, A.W. Elijah (Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1963) p266