For my response, I think we need to start by defining what a prophet is. This definition is just the result of a quick online search, so we may need to refine or change it, but it at least gives us a good starting point.
A prophet is basically a spokesman for God, a person chosen by God to speak to people on God's behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to God. They set the standards for the entire community.So, if a prophet is someone speaking to the people on God's behalf, then God is obviously speaking to the prophet. And, according to Acts 2:17, we have not seen the last of the prophets:
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughtersSo, if that is true, there are certainly prophets among us that God is pouring his spirit upon. That is my basis for believing that God is still giving divine revelation to individuals. There of course, as the Bible warns, false prophets out there. Just go to www.niv.org and do a search for false prophets, and you will see numerous warnings against them.
will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
One of the reasons I am writing here to see how my beliefs change before and after seminary. I certainly make no claims that everything I write is correct, but I certainly don't think there is anything dangerous in discussing Christian issues.
Thanks again for writing. I am enjoying the dialogue we are having, and the spirit we are having it in.