A KSLA News 12 look at prophets in churches

Prophets are men and women who tell people in churches all about their future. Many have heard of them, seen info-infomercials and the testimonies and wonder if it's really true. A 20 year old prophet, Manasseh Jordan, is in Shreveport this week with what's being called a message of hope.

He's the guest speaker at Prophetic Encounter 2010 at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral.

"The prophetic's main goal is to point you back to Jesus, but by giving the people of God direction in their life," Jordan says.

Throughout this services, he calls people by name, who he says he's never met. Bishop Larry Brandon says he brought Jordan in to benefit of the entire area.

"...Just to hear a voice of hope, and hear the mind of God," he says.

But the concept is very much taboo. Some believe every word from a prophet's mouth, but many doubt.

"I do understand, because you have so many shams, and just so much has happened," Bishop Brandon says.

"I've had one incident where a lady was told that she had to write a check to activate the prophecy. That's not true to the scriptures," says Pastor James McMenis of Word of God Ministries.

He says people should be skeptical.

"When you see a prophet, and everything is about money, then be warned, because that was not the message of Jesus."

Pastor McMenis doesn't deny that prophets exist, but says there's a way to weed out the false ones.

"I believe so many times you can expose false prophets by their financial agenda...the abuse of the offering or trying to gather finances."

Bishop Brandon says true prophets don't charge: "Just like bad police officers, you don't blame the whole because of the few."

"The key to anything, and just anything in life, is to do your own research and to experience it for yourself," Jordan adds.