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Do we need a prophetic ministry of the Word today?
Yes. While New Testament prophets are not with us today, there is a need for Christ's representatives to communicate the Bible to our confused world with prophetic power! Throughout church history, God has raised up persons who spoke His word with prophetic power——Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in Geneva, George Whitefield in England and the American Colonies. The twentieth century had its mighty prophetic voices. A. W. Tozer was among their number. From his pulpit on the South Side of Chicago, He proclaimed God's Word with such conviction, freshness, and power that the Lord used him to move his generation; and though Tozer died, he still speaks through his writings with that same prophetic power! Where are the Luthers, the Calvins, and the Tozers today? The evangelical church in the West should consider this question: are we an echo of popular culture, an echo of a political perspective or of an economic point of view——or are we a prophetic voice heard in the wilderness of our confused, postmodern world? Our world needs today what President Truman longed for in 1946: "Oh, for an Isaiah or a Paul to awaken this sick world to its moral and spiritual responsibility."

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is Vice President and Dean of Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. An ordained minister, Winfred has served churches across the city of Chicago, the near west suburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He is the author of How to Overcome Worry (Moody Publishers) and a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Handbook of Preaching. Winfred and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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