After publicly apologizing for prophesying former President Donald Trump would be reelected president, self-proclaimed “prophet” Jeremiah Johnson is ending his ministry, Christianity Today reports.
Johnson announced his decision on his Facebook page this Monday, saying that it came “after much prayer and the clear direction of the Lord.” As Christianity Today points out, the decision also comes after Johnson published a YouTube series titled “I Was Wrong,” where he said apologizing for his false prophecy wasn’t enough.
“I believe that it is a tremendous mistake to take the next four years to argue and debate and cause division and grow more prideful talking about how we think the election was taken from Donald Trump. I actually believe we need to take the next four years and humble ourselves,” he said.
“We need to recognize that God is up to something far greater in the prophetic, charismatic movement that I believe is beyond what many even recognize,” he continued. “We need to stop, we need to take a breather and we need to come back to a place where we can begin to dialogue about these issues rather than be so triggered.”
But Johnson’s apology isn’t being taken well by his followers. According to him, 90% of the feedback from his apology was negative.
“We fully understand what a shock this will be to many on numerous levels. However, we are choosing to radically obey Jesus over any other voices in this season,” he said, adding that he plans to delete all social media accounts associated with Jeremiah Johnson Ministries over the next week.
“This is not a name or brand change but rather a complete shift of our ministry’s identity and focus,” Johnson wrote.
“I am not discouraged nor am I drawing back from my calling. Quite the opposite. I feel God is launching me, my family, and our ministry team further into His purpose for us. In response to God’s gracious correction, refinement, and empowerment, I am choosing to refocus my gaze upon Jesus and the eternal realities of His Kingdom like never before.”
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