Due to influence of secular humanism, miraculous spiritual gifts are completely vanished from modern evangelical churches. Most churches are now reduced to merely country clubs with human made programs and increasingly become ineffective to edify their congregations.
There are a lot of proof for that just by watching daily news. Church organizations are rampant with sex abuse and corruption scandal. Evangelism is reduced to mere rote memorization of doctrines. Instead of encouraging congregation to reduce carbon footprint by living simple life, many churches now openly stated that God’s children is supposed to be rich and will be blessed with abundance.
Such a rampant corruption which destroyed institutional churches are partially caused by lack of willingness to ask for direct supervision from God. In Old Testament, God has used gift of prophecy (clairvoyance and clairaudience) through his prophets to rebuke political leaders for their hidden sins and arrogance. The prophets received direct telepathic message from God and convey to them about all corruption occurred in hidden places.
For example, God used prophet Nathan to rebuke David for killing Uriah and took his wife (2 Samuel 12: 1-14). If gift of prophecy does not exist, not many people would know that David, the man that had courage to confront giant and devoted himself to fight for Israel so many times, can devise such wicked conspiracy to take other man’s wife.
Asking for divine guidance for ruling nation is not unique to Christianity. In fact, it is a common norm for ancient people to counsel prophets, psychics, shamans, and even witches for good harvest, peace and prosperity. It is required because usually the action for political leaders are hard to be known, let alone be checked, by common citizens. Most important quality of leader is good virtue and that is located in human heart, which is knowable to God alone. Additionally, most citizens are too ignorant and lack of willingness to correct their leaders. Most of them are only care for their stomach and their safety.
I am sure that currently many people have agreed that we need someone who has this gift of prophecy. Probably you would also try because it sounds cool to be able to listen directly God’s voice (Since mysticism has become trendy thing because of New Age Movement). Unfortunately, if that is the only motivation you will be disappointed.
Unlike fortune tellers, Lord Jesus told you that we cannot charge people money for rendering spiritual gifts (Matthew 10: 8). We are also told that the purpose of this gift is not to become famous but for edifying congregation (1 Corinthians 14: 3). In fact, probably more nasty things will come out from having this ability. If you have supernatural capability to reveal hidden corruption, whether it is inside religious or political institution, you should expect persecution to come from church and state. Most human leaders, even religious ones, will become blind if it is the matter of reputation.
However, for all risks, Lord Jesus has promised that for such persecution our reward will be great in heaven (Matthew 5: 12). Of course, if it happens, you probably also need to readjust all your life plan. This last thing is my main struggle right now. My conscience tell me that such thing is needed but I still do not have willpower to be that guy.
So, what should I do? I am still unsure…hopefully God will help me..