And although a public stoning may make an interesting change from watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", I think it may be sufficient if we pray for Roy.
That's what I had in mind! Any time I see death, destruction, kill, maim, etc. in the old testament, I automatically think of a "spiritual" sense. Otherwise, something like praying the hours would be quite a morbid experience, what with the Psalmist talking so much about crushing his enemies into the ground and dashing their children against rocks and whatnot!
"If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, "Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--"and let us serve them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
I notice that whether you should listen to or follow a prophet has absolutely nothing to do with whether their prophecies come true. It is all about leading you away from the faith. Now, if Roy claimed to be someone sharing his thoughts, I would have viewed his posts accordingly. There's a lot that I find completely agreeable. In fact, I agree with what he says more than some Orthodox Christians, as strange as it is for me to say. However, saying that you "speak words of prophecy", claiming confidently to have God speaking through you, etc.... these are lofty and profound things--and a dangerous claim.
We sometimes call Church Fathers prophets, but in a different sense, for in that case we are talking about those whom God had chosen to lead his Church and help her discover truth in each generation (St. Vincent of Lerins, The Commonitory, 12
). Even St. Paul, someone we know was directly taught by God the Gospel, had to submit to the Church authority--to Christ's body--to make sure that he was on the right track (Acts 9:17-20; Gal. 1:11-12, 17-19; 2:1-10)
...But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst." - Deut. 13:1-5
The prophet shall be put to death... by his own hand. That is to say, he dies a spiritual death every time he gives a false statement and claims to be speaking prophetically or for God, when he is really giving his opinion. A person can die thousands of spiritual deaths, but each one is like a scar on the soul, which blackens and increasingly harms it, until it is difficult to have any spiritual discernment. I want the evil put away from our midst: I want Roy to come to no harm, but admitting to himself that, while we all certainly hope
that the Holy Spirit is guiding us, and that Christ is in us, we cannot say with full assurance that these things are true, as though we have a direct line with God.