Using 1 Corinthians 13:9 to justify failed prophetic words, basically renders direct words from God untrustworthy and useless to begin with.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
A person never knows if they should follow a direct word from God in the first place, because there is the potential it could actually lead them in the wrong direction. Prophets can’t have it both ways. They can’t claim you should follow what they say, and at the same time claim that the direction they just gave you might lead you in the wrong direction or might be wrong because they’re knowing and prophesying in part.
Many people use 1 Corinthians 13:9 to justify and dismiss failed and false prophetic words.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
You’re going to see how applying 1 Corinthians 13:9 that way basically renders direct words from God untrustworthy and useless, because you never really know if they’re going to be right or wrong.
Using that verse to justify false and failed prophetic words is a terrible misapplication of the verse. I’m going to point to three failed prophetic words from Charlie Shamp, and show how 1 Corinthians 13:9 has been misapplied to one of them. You can read the details of each failed word by clicking the associated link below.
Three Failed Charlie Shamp Prophetic Words
Let’s examine Charlie Shamp’s failed prophetic word about the 2018 midterm elections, then look at how 1 Corinthians 13:9 was misapplied to it, and then see why that is a terrible application for the verse.
The Lord spoke to me again, “As a sure sign of these things coming to pass there will be a wave of conservatives elected during the midterm election in November 2018, it will be Breaking News. They will carry the House and the Senate and I will uproot, replant and rebuild the nation. I will tie the three branches of government together for a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. I will no longer allow your President to stand on his own. Even now I have called others to come along side and help bring the nation back from the dead and they will take their seats in the coming days.”
I saw the House of Representatives stay in the hands of the Republicans and will move much more to a conservative position. I could see into the Senate and saw the Republicans gain 9 seats, those that took their place were considerably more conservative then those who had previously been there. I heard the Lord say, “Yes, nine will be a sign; a sign that righteousness has been birthed in the nation and earth.” I saw three constitutional conservatives were appointed to the Supreme Court by President before 2020. Link Archived Link
Notice there is a direct quote from God. This isn’t someone piecing together an abstract vision. This is a direct quote.
Charlie Shamp later came out and admitted his failed word, but then appealed to 1 Corinthians 13:9. Link
Saddened that what I was shown prophetically did not come to pass during this midterm, but I’m grateful for God’s Grace and Mercy over the nation of America will continue. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; I’m just thankful that God lets us be a part of his plan. Praying for America, the nation that I love so dearly will be Awakened by the blood of Christ!
-Prophet Charlie Shamp
It’s absurd to justify the 100% failure of a direct quote from God by appealing to the fact that we know and prophecy in part. He said God told him that in the 2018 midterms conservatives would carry the House and Senate.
If I said that God told me the Dodgers would win the 2018 World Series, and then the Red Sox won instead, and justified my failure by saying I only know and prophecy in part, well that would be absurd.
This supposed word from God could only be true or false, yes or no, black or white, on or off. Either conservatives would carry the House and Senate, or they would not carry the House and Senate.
This direct quote was tied to the 2018 midterms, so one can’t say that it might have a future fulfillment The failure isn’t a sign of knowing in part, it’s a sign of being completely wrong. You can’t know part of something that only has two options.
If options A and B are the only two options, and I claim God directly told me it would be A, but then it turns out to be B, I can’t then dismiss my failure by saying I only know and prophecy in part.
We would never know if we should even take a word from God seriously if there was a chance it could fail because “we know and prophecy in part”. Imagine a direct word from God that said to travel east instead of west for a safe journey. So you go east, and end up getting eaten alive by bears, but if you had traveled west you would have made your journey safely.
If upon seeing the bears, and if upon being slowly mauled away, your prophet would have justified himself by appealing to 1 Corinthians 13:9, you would have said he’s full of nonsense.
Imagine hearing that word about traveling east. You know that it might be wrong because, after all, we only know and prophecy in part.
We don’t have any reason to trust direct words from God, when they have the potential of being incorrect due to the misapplication of 1 Corinthians 13:9. Do you see how applying 1 Corinthians 13:9 like this renders prophetic words totally useless and untrustworthy to begin with? A person never knows if they should follow a direct word from God in the first place, because there is the potential it could actually lead them in the wrong direction.
Scripture doesn’t give prophets a 1 Corinthians 13:9 escape hatch.
20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, [m]that prophet shall die.’ 21 [n]You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
When a prophet wants to appeal to 1 Corinthians 13:9 to justify their failed prophecies, they’re basically rending any future claims to direct revelation useless, because they’re admitting that what they’re saying might be wrong. If it could be wrong, why should you follow any words or warnings they may give? Following said words or warnings might lead you really astray and maybe even into sin and outside of the will of God.
Prophets can’t have it both ways. They can’t claim you should follow what they say, and at the same time claim that the direction they just gave you might be wrong or lead you in the wrong direction because they’re knowing and prophesying in part.