You may hear a question such as, “Why did God stop talking to people as He talked to them in the Old Testament times?”
Some churches teach the unscriptural doctrine that God no longer talks to us. By teaching this, they confuse many people.
God does speak. God does lead.
How does God speak? He speaks to us through the Bible of course. When we read, if we trust in Him for understanding and do not get puffed up with pride, He speaks to us. He speaks to us through prophecy in our church services. He speaks to us through the prophetic songs in the Spirit in our weekly meetings. He speaks to us through the teachings of the apostles when they send them out in publications, when they come to the local assemblies, or when they teach at the various camp meetings throughout the year. He speaks to us through creation as we learn more about His creation through scientific inquiry. He speaks to us through the historical artifacts if we will open our ears to His voice. He speaks through a still small voice. He speaks through dreams and visions. He speaks through every gift of the Spirit. He speaks through the wisdom that He imparts to those He sets into the offices in the Church. He even speaks to unbelievers, but they don’t listen to Him.
Throughout the Bible, God spoke through His holy prophets. Now, some people claim that God no longer speaks in this way. However, God has restored the ministry of the prophet and the office of the apostle to the Church. There are false prophets and false apostles just as there always were. However, the false doesn’t make the real any less real.
Whoever is committed to doing the will of the Father will know the difference between that which is false and that which is real. In fact, there are people with big voices through media such as radio, TV, or print, who set themselves up as the authority. They don’t use the name, apostle, but take the authority as if they were apostles. Of these, there are some who oppose those who have truly been set into this office of authority. It has always been this way.