I don't believe this is a correct interpretation. We are not to "follow", which I take to mean obey or emulate, a prophet, nor blindly heed his words. We are only to try to follow, emulate Christ. I believe this scripture means we are to heed the words of the prophet that actually come from Christ.innocentoldguy wrote: ↑November 19th, 2022, 10:35 pm
It seems to me that you are cherry-picking bits and pieces that you think justify your rejection of the prophet. In your citation from Deuteronomy 18, you don't need to do more than look up from verse 22 to verses 19 and 20 to get a full understanding. Verse 19 clearly states that if you will not hearken to the words Christ gives you through the prophet, that he will "require it of [you]." I take this to mean whoever rejects or refuses to follow the prophet will be under condemnation, which agrees with all other scriptures on the subject.
The only way we know if the words come from Christ, is if the Holy Spirit so testifies of them. Well, I personally have never heard them speak new words from Christ. If they ever do, I will definitely take them to the Holy Spirit for confirmation. If they get confirmed by the HS, then I will definitely hearken unto them as the Lord commands.
Hearken to the words of Christ through the prophet ≠ Follow the prophet.
Hearken to the words of Christ through the prophet = Follow Christ.