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God is Doing a “New Thing” — Or Is He?

Paul Keith and Wanda Davis, founders of WhiteDove Ministries

Paul Keith and Wanda Davis, founders of WhiteDove Ministries

“God is doing a new thing!”

Have you ever heard a Christian teacher make this statement? Chances are, you have. It’s become a catch phrase to promote all kinds of dangerous teachings, like this recent one from “Prophet” Paul Keith Davis of WhiteDove Ministries. See it here.

In his teaching — sent out by the Elijah List on Dec. 12 — Davis said God is doing a “new thing” today by giving new revelation to the Church through modern “apostles” and “prophets.” The purpose of this revelation, according to Davis, is to help the  Church set up God’s kingdom on earth. The Scripture he quotes to support this teaching is Isaiah 48:6-7.

What is the new revelation God is giving the Church, according to Davis? It contains insights into the heavenly realm, including the discovery of new laws of “physics, light, sound and spiritual colors,” he said. It also contains new revelation into the Scriptures. Christians will suddenly understand verses they never understood before. Their new understandings will have as great an impact on the Church as the Protestant Reformation, according to Davis.

But does Isaiah 48:6-7 support Davis’ teaching? No, an examination of the passage in its biblical context shows that it can’t be used to promote new revelations from “apostles” and “prophets.”

First, let’s look at the passage. I will quote from the Amplified Bible since it’s the translation Davis quotes from, even though it’s not the best translation to use. (I’ll explain why it’s not the best translation in a future post.) Here’s the passage:

6You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known.

7They are created now [called into being by the prophetic word], and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, Behold, I knew them!

In this passage, God — speaking through the Prophet Isaiah — says He will reveal “new things” that He hadn’t revealed before. What are the “new things”?  They had to do specifically with the nation of Israel and its restoration after going into captivity.

How do we know this? By reading the chapters surrounding Isaiah 48. In Isaiah 39, God reveals that He will punish the Israelites by sending the Babylonians to conquer them. Undoubtedly, this experience will leave them wondering if God has abandoned their nation. So, in chapters 40-48, God calms their fears by promising that — after a time of captivity in Babylon — He will forgive them, return the exiles to their land, and restore their nation.

Thus, the restoration of Israel is the topic of chapters 40-48 and also the subject of the “new thing” God promised to do in Isaiah 48:6-7. This same “new thing” is promised in two other places: Isaiah 42:8-9 and 43:18-19.

So, Isaiah 48:6-7 is a specific promise God made to the nation of Israel — not a green light for every new revelation given by a teacher. Yet, a “green light” is exactly how this passage was treated by Rev. V. Gene Robinson when he was elected as the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop. In an interview with Beliefnet, Robinson said that the election results showed that “God is doing a new thing in the world.”

Robinson’s use of this passage contradicts other teachings in Scripture that say homosexuality is a sin. In the same way, many modern “apostles” and “prophets” are giving teachings that don’t mesh with Scripture, like Davis’ teaching that we must learn new laws of physics in order to establish God’s kingdom on earth.

God makes it clear that we must test all new revelations by seeing if they line up with Scripture. That’s what the first Christians did when they were presented with new teachings from the original apostles — they examined the Scriptures daily to see if they matched up (Acts 17:11).

But can God ever do something new — assuming that it lines up with the revelation He’s already given? He certainly can — He’s God! He can do whatever He wants to do. This is the very reason He promised to do a “new thing” for Israel in the first place. He wanted to show them that only He — and not their worthless idols — was capable of fulfilling prophecy (see Isaiah 48:5 and 7-8).

Yes, God can do a “new thing.” But that doesn’t mean He’s the source of every new teaching. So, the next time you hear an “apostle” or “prophet” say “God is doing a new thing,” ask yourself: “Is He really?” Then check it out with Scripture.
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4 Responses to “God is Doing a “New Thing” — Or Is He?”

  1. jeff Lefevre Says:

    Hi Holly, Great site ! I am glad I found it. Christ and his work is the last “New Thing” God has done and He is not doing anything new.  How can one improve on the work of Christ for us and in us. Christ is the last word to humanity and the role of an apostle/prophet is not to align people to their personal vision but rather to align people to  Christ and him crucified…Good news of the Gospel. The modern Apostolic movement with it authority/submission teaching is not only unscriptural but it is the spirit of Anti Christ.
    Great info
    Jeff

  2. Walter Kambulow Says:

    Anything that someone from the Third Wave or NAR says or teaches is off the wall because it’s always subject to their interpretation and is not from God!  And none of these false ones talk about what I consider the centraility of all ministry which is expressed by Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ- 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

  3. Jacque Says:

    thank you for truth about NAR..this movement has many tenicles ..like a wheel ..reaching into every church..even excepting..””””Get this:”””  Mormans,Catholics..plus many more.  I noticing them with the control over government..money etc etc.  After all they are holding Jesus back from company..as they are the “” ELECTED ARMY”” that will fight the Anti..Christ!  No joke.  Read up on Bill Hamon.  He has invaded the churches here in Florida.  Preachers that know the word have allowed this false man to lead their people!  Cry and cry..pray constantly ..the burden only gets more intense.  Family members involved..apostle the prophet..divorced remarried..preach and is a prophet appointed by her pastor.  C.Peter Wagner now steps down appointed many new apostles.  Big one has been the mega $$$$$ coming from the Queen Domain..(ie) Chuck Pierce.  They have “””7. field Marshall’s picked to guard this money”””  from angel feathers, gold dust,gems,mist,to sounds of wierd like animals..ducking of heads..violent shaking of heads.  I have seen and been in some meetings.. Completely bizarre.  It breaks my heart…I do pray..on my knees..I plead for our Lord to expose them .,,,just like He did with Todd Bentley here in Florida.  Sad thing is Rick Joyner..false man..takes care of Todd restored by telling him..it is okay..affair..drinking..divorce..remarry..  It is always swept under the rug with these people.  They “”DUMP AND RUN.”” We are in their way and will be taken out.  They do pray against us in tongues even.  I know as I have family members in this dangerous movement.  Please pray and warn people..

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