A Return to Biblical Foundations of the Apostolic Church

Excellent Blog by my friend Apostle Jim Becton.

James Becton Ministries/ EaglesVision Apostolic Co!

It will absolutely take a “citywide” church with “apostolic authority” and “kingdom alignment”, built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets to “turn back” the divisive spirit that is trespassing in our city!

Great sermons and great services will no longer “dispel the darkness” alone, it will take “prophetic proclamation” and “apostolic councils and elders” to be “gap-fillers” and “gate-keepers!”

Acts 13:1-4- Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brough up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As the ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit…

Watchman on the wall…

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Balance In The Prophetic

There is a growing trend in “Prophetic Circles” that has me quite concerned. It seems folks think that they must always get a “Word” to know what God wants them to do in life. It is almost as if we don’t know how to operate anymore if we don’t get a “Word”. Folks are running around chasing down every Prophet or prophetically gifted person and asking: “Do you have a ‘Word’ for me?”

I remember Kenneth E. Hagin telling us when I was a student in Rhema about a woman who used to always call him asking him for a “Word”. One time she called him in the middle of the night asking him for a “Word” and he told her he had one for her: “Go to sleep!”

Now this is somewhat humorous but not far off from what we see today in many of our circles. Folks don’t get me wrong, I love the prophetic movement of God, I flow in the Gift of Prophecy, in fact God changed my 5-fold office from Evangelist to Prophet around 13 years ago…but this has gotten way out of hand.

Do you mean to tell me we can’t function as Born Again, Spirit indwelt, Spirit filled Believers without getting a “Word”? That just ought not to be! How did we get so out of balance? In our desire to embrace the prophetic, we have gone overboard and made it into something God has never intended.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 NKJV

I want to remind you that nowhere in the New Testament are we told ‘as many as are led by the prophetic word, these are the sons of God.’ No the Scripture plainly says that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. As a son or daughter of God you should expect to be led by the Spirit of God…not the Prophetic Word!

An interesting side thought of this verse which we do not have time to go into for this Blog is that in the above verse where it says sons of God, in the original Greek that the New Testament was written in, that word ‘sons’ carries the meaning ‘mature sons’…just food for thought for you.

One of the greatest life lessons I have ever learned, I learned from Kenneth E. Hagin: “You will find that being led by an inward witness is the number one, or the primary way, that God leads all of His children.” From his book ‘How You Can Be Led By The Spirit Of God’ I learned this lesson as a teenager even before I got married and enrolled in Rhema. It became part of my spiritual DNA (a term my good friend Pastor Barry Habib uses).

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:16 NKJV

There is the witness of the Holy Spirit inside of our human spirit that will let us know what to do. We need to learn to follow it! I always tell folks: “Follow after Peace.” I mean when you have peace in your spirit go that way. If it feels like fingernails down a black board in your spirit…DON’T DO IT!

Thank God for the “Prophetic Word”! It should confirm what leading we already have in our spirit, or expand upon what is in our spirit, or bring clarity to what is in our spirit. Even if it is new revelation to you when it comes…it will still bear witness with our spirit.

Just because we have embraced the “Prophetic” let us not be so out of balance that we feel like we cannot function unless we get a “Word”. No thank God for when He speaks! Expect Him to speak. Desire Him to speak. But we have in the process of wanting to hear a “Word” absolved ourselves of any responsibility to be led by His Spirit. God never intended that! We must remain in balance. Live your life following the inward witness and then receive the “Prophetic Word” when it comes…but if it doesn’t come…you are fine because you have the inward witness in your spirit.


A Paradigm Shift Is Underway


Recently I was privileged to be part of an Apostolic & Prophetic Gathering in Trenton, NJ where I was one of the speakers as well as a participant in the Question & Answer open panel forum. I was one of five members on the panel and for a little over an hour; we answered people’s questions about the Apostolic & Prophetic.


During my Father’s (Dr. Leo Fram) teaching time, he made an interesting statement: “The Church was never meant to be run by vote or committee.” Now to some that may seem like a very strange statement. Allow me to stretch your thinking please. Let me introduce you to a New Paradigm.


What exactly is a Paradigm anyway? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines paradigm as: a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind.” It is the way we think about something or you could call it a mindset. There have been some mindsets or ways of thinking about things that have been prevalent in the Church for years…but in the current days of the Apostolic Reformation some of these old Paradigms are being challenged.


One such old Paradigm is that we must vote on every decision in the local church or appoint a committee to investigate all the options so that a wise decision can be made. Is this type of Paradigm really what the New Testament teaches? I submit to you absolutely not. Let us consider Acts chapter 15 for a case study.


You can read verses 1-29 to get the complete context, but we will just quote:“And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, ‘Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: [After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.] Known to God from eternity are all His works. Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.’” Acts 15:13-21 NKJV


This passage is what is commonly known as the Jerusalem Council. There was great conflict between Jewish believers and Gentile believers over the issue of circumcision. Some of the Jewish believers were saying that Gentile believers had to not only accept Christ and His sacrifice to be saved, but also to be circumcised according to the Law of Moses. So a great discourse was entered into by the early Church leaders of the day including: Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Silas and James, the Lord’s half Brother and apparently the convener of the Council.


I want you to pay attention the bold type  phrases above: “Men and Brethren, Listen to Me” and “Therefore I Judge”. After all the discussion was done, the Apostle James got up and made a judgment…this was something that the Apostle James decreed…not something that the group voted on. The amazing thing is that after James made this decree…the discussion ended…there was no more debate. In fact in verse 28 we find these words: “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” Notice in the letter that they sent out…even though James made the “Apostolic Decree”everybody else came into agreement with it saying: “It Seemed Good To The Holy Spirit And To Us!”


This is a far cry from the way things are done in many churches and church circles today. People come up in arms saying that I Have To Have My Say. Once James made his decision…there was no more say. Can you see how some of our practices do not line up with New Testament practices? The Church is going through some major Paradigm shifts right now from Pastoral and Congregational mindsets into what God is restoring to the church, “An Apostolic Mindset”.


“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:19-21 NKJV We are living in the days of the “Restoration Of All Things” and one of the things being restored is a new Paradigm…An Apostolic Mindset!


Power of the Resurrection


Power of the Resurrection
Prophetic Word
Easter Sunday 2014
Rev. Michael Fram

There is still the Power of the Resurrection. There is still the Power of the Resurrection. I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying that over and over again in my spirit, there is still the Power of the Resurrection. For the Apostle declared, that I might know Him and the Power of the Resurrection. There is still the Power of the Resurrection.

Those things in your life that you thought were dead, those visions, those dreams, those thoughts in your heart that you thought had died and would never come to be, they would never come to pass, and you have given up hope on that dream; I declare to you today: there is still Power in the Resurrection!

There is still power to breathe life into that which was dead. I say unto you today: receive the Power of the Resurrection. Let life be breathed into your dream. Let life be breathed into your vision. It is not dead. It is not dead. But This Day, This Day, This Day I breathe life into it and say: that dream will live again, that vision will live again, that you might know the Power of the Resurrection.

Submission Authority & Protocol


Submission and authority is something that most folks in the church don’t have a working understanding of. The principle is this: “If you are not under authority, you can’t exercise authority.” This is an important Kingdom principle and it holds in many areas of Kingdom life. The Roman Centurion who came to Jesus on behalf of his sick servant is a great example of this.


“But the officer said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, Go, and they go, or Come, and they come. And if I say to my slaves, Do this, they do it.’” Matthew 8:8 & 9 NLT (Emphasis Mine)


Notice the Centurion said that he was under the authority of his superior officers, and that he had authority of his soldiers. Because he was under authority, he could then exercise authority. We can only exercise authority to the degree that we are under authority!


It is so vital that we learn this. We can’t afford anymore renegades or Lone Rangers running around the church who are not submitted to or accountable to anybody, and then expect that they should just be able to prophesy and speak into people’s lives. No Way! If you are not under authority, you can’t exercise authority! You are operating outside of Biblical protocol.


Right along this line we need to understand delegated authority too. Let’s say that the local ‘Set Man’ in the local church has turned the service over to the worship leader. Now the ‘Set Man’ is THE authority in the local church, but at that moment, he has delegated authority to the worship leader, so at that moment as long as the worship leader is operating under the delegated authority of the ‘Set Man’ everyone should be submitted to the worship leader as long as they are operating in that capacity. If you have something at that time you should be going to the worship leader because they are the delegated authority at that moment.


Many in this case would still go to the ‘Set Man’ because he is the supreme authority as the under shepherd in the house. But you see this is a lack of understanding of delegated authority. Even though the ‘Set Man’ (or woman, there can be ladies that are heads of ministries too), because they have delegated that authority, they are not in charge until such a time as they take it back. Folks this is part of protocol.


 Let me take this in another direction while I am at it. I am a member of a local church called Community Church Fixer of Hearts in North Brunswick, NJ. My good friend and my Brother (not just in the Lord, but we are like real Brothers) Rev. Barry Habib is the Pastor of the church; he is the ‘Set Man’. I serve in the church as a teaching elder and am considered to be a Prophet and am accepted as a Prophet not just by Pastor Barry, but by the rest of the leadership and the congregation as well.


 That being said, I am under Pastor Barry’s authority in that house because he is the ‘Set Man’. There are times that he has me speak or minister in the house. At those times he delegates authority to me. When I am operating under his delegated authority, folks then look to me if something is right or in order. But once I turn things back over to Pastor Barry, they don’t look to me anymore because I am not operating under delegated authority anymore.


Now let’s bring another scenario into this. I also operate in a parachurch ministry with my parents, Apostles Leo & Edith Fram, called Living Faith Ministries Int’l (LFMI for short). Some times LFMI holds meetings that Pastor Barry attends. Sometimes we even use the facility of the Community Church Fixer of Hearts building. When Pastor Barry comes to a meeting that we are holding, even if it is in his house, because it is our meeting, he comes in submitted to our authority. There are times that he gets ‘Words’ in our meetings, when that happens we delegate authority to him and he operates under delegated authority in our meeting (the same as we operate under his delegated authority in the local church).


So in the sense that we are equals and peers in the ministry with him functioning as a local Pastor, and I am operating as a Prophet, we have learned how to yield to delegated authority, and be in submission to each other’s authority depending on whose meeting it is. Folks this is a big part of protocol. If we will learn these things and practice them, we will see a much greater manifestation of not just the Gifts of the Spirit, but also of Kingdom Alignment.

The Order is Changing!

Great thoughts from my friend Apostle Jim Becton.

James Becton Ministries/ EaglesVision Apostolic Co!

I. Samuel 3:1-3- Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare (precious) in those days; there was no widespread revelation (open vision). And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in His place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp (light) of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down…

I was awakened back up tonight with a burden for the shepherds, the pastors that have become weary and are 1) not hearing anything, and 2) not seeing anything! It has become a job, it has become a routine, it has become something that only on Sundays are they praying for the “eyes of their understanding (heart) to be opened…

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How Attitudes & Actions Affect The Prophetic


Quite often churches and groups of people get frustrated because they long to see a Prophetic Move of God in their midst but don’t see it. Sometimes we are told in Scripture as much what not to do as we are told what to do. I want to examine some of those things we are told not to do in this blog.

“Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 NASB (Emphasis Mine)

“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 NLT (Emphasis Mine)

“Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand don’t be gullible. Check out everything. Keep only what’s good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 The Message (Emphasis Mine)

“Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the (Holy) Spirit. Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets-do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation of warning. But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 The Amplified (Emphasis Mine)

From verse 20, from the different translations we have quoted we see:


Again it is important for us to remember that if the Apostle Paul is telling us not to do something that must mean that we have the ability to do that thing or else he would not tell us not to do it. Another thing to bear in mind is that many times in his writings to the churches Paul was writing to correct some error or errors that were prevalent within the church that he was writing to. In that respect his correction to the church at Thessalonica would be applicable to us today.

Could you imagine that the Apostle Paul would have to write to the church to not DESPISE Prophetic Utterance? To me that seems just unthinkable, especially in light of what the word despise means. Webster’s Dictionary defines despise like this: to dislike (something or someone) very much; to look down on with contempt or aversion; to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful. Now after looking at all of those meanings for the word despise it is clear that Paul was saying something pretty strong.

How could anybody in the church dislike Prophecy very much? How could we look down on it with contempt or think it was negligible? How could we think that Prophecy was worthless or distasteful? Yet this is the attitude that Paul was writing to correct.

But we can go on; the New Living Translation used the word scoff. Webster’s Dictionary defines scoff as: an expression of scorn, derision, or contempt; an object of scorn, mockery, or derision. That mockery is the one that gets me. Mockery means to make fun of. I can’t imagine anyone making fun of the Prophetic can you? But yet Paul is admonishing us not to do it.

Then we come to The Message which said don’t stifle those who have a word from the master. Webster’s Dictionary defines stifle as: to not allow yourself to do or express (something); to stop (someone) from doing or expressing something. Can you imagine not allowing someone who has a word from the master to give the word that they have? Selah!

Then we come to The Amplified which hits us with the words: spurn, depreciate and again the word despise. Spurn is not a word we use every day now is it? Webster’s Dictionary defines spurn as: to refuse to accept (someone or something that you do not think deserves your respect, attention, affection, etc.); to tread sharply or heavily upon; to reject with disdain or contempt. So we are not to spurn or refuse to accept, or reject with disdain the gifts and utterances of the Prophets. Yikes!

Then we get don’t depreciate prophetic revelations. Webster defines depreciate as: to decrease in value; to describe (something) as having little value; to lower in estimation or esteem. So when Paul said to not depreciate prophetic revelations; he was saying to not decrease the value of them, or to not lower your esteem for them, or to not see them as having little or no value. Are you getting the seriousness of what the Apostle Paul is saying about our attitudes toward the Prophetic?

The last thing The Amplified touched on was the word despise again. Paul said don’t despise inspired instruction or exhortation. I want you to notice that Paul is talking about those words that are INSPIRED, which means they are from God, we are not talking about something that came from too much pepperoni pizza here. Again despise carries that meaning of disliking something very much, I would dare say it even borders on hate. How could anyone despise the real genuine Prophetic?

I want to address some things here that maybe are not quite as pronounced as these things are the way the Apostle Paul brings them out in Scripture. Yet they are quite akin and closely related, just a little more subtle. Maybe you might say to me, well Mike, I really don’t hate the Prophetic, I just don’t think much of it. Have you ever heard in all of your years in the Kingdom: Oh that’s no big deal, that’s just a Prophecy? Or have you heard, well old Brother so and so is just Prophesying again?

Well I sure have! And every time I do I have this sudden urge to be like Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the TV show NCIS and give somebody what he normally gives (a smack upside the head) to Tony DiNozzo. Does anybody know what I am talking about? I just feel that Gibbs anointing coming on me when I hear statements like that! How dare we say that’s just a Prophecy! Folks if you think it is no big deal that it is just a Prophecy…than you need to get a revelation of what Prophecy really is!

What do we mean when we say, well old Brother so and so is just Prophesying again? Thank God old Brother so and so is doing it and if you had half a brain you would want to do it too. Didn’t the word say: “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy”? 1 Corinthians 14:1 NASB (Emphasis Mine) We are supposed to want to Prophesy!

I want to delve into another area that I have touched upon briefly but I want to hit it a little harder. This is one area that really bothers me with many circles in the Body of Christ. Even those that somewhat believe in the Prophetic are guilty of this one. Have you ever heard anywhere in any circle: Well you are not part of the leadership so you can’t Prophesy here? How about pulling a Scripture that says know those that labor among you so far out of context that you give the Word of God a hermeneutical hernia?

How did The Message put it? “…and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master…” Is that plain enough for you? But you are not part of this house. “…and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master…” But you have not been recognized. “…and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master…” Are you hearing me? If we have practices that are contrary to Scripture, we can forget about having the Prophetic Move of God in our house.

Now I am not saying that we don’t follow protocol. I am not saying we don’t have things done decently and in order. We have already dealt with those issues in this blog quite clearly. We are to be submitted to God and to God ordained authority. However, I am tired of controlling leaders who don’t or won’t empower and allow the people of God to exercise and operate in the things that God has anointed and gifted them for.

Too many are just afraid that someone is going to make a mistake and then they are going to have to fix and correct the mistake. So rather than be a Spiritual Father that is empowering, training and raising up the next generation; we sit like a superstar Christian that others should want to be like all the while keeping them in bondage and ourselves contrary to New Testament practice. You might say Mike you are being awful strong, how can you make such dogmatic statements? Because I can read what the New Testament Pattern for church life should resemble:

“What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” 1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB (Emphasis Mine)

Each one is the key phrase in that verse. Each one should have something to contribute.

“For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.” 1 Corinthians 14:31 NASB (Emphasis Mine)

How many can Prophesy? You can all Prophesy! But you are not part of the leadership. “…and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master…” Folks let’s be honest, some of us have some practices we need to correct. We have not been paying attention to the Apostle Paul’s don’ts.

I have found that the greatest flow and stream of the Prophetic with the greatest revelation comes in an atmosphere where not only is it welcomed, but people are encouraged to participate. That is an atmosphere of love, unity and instruction that the Spirit of God delights to manifest Himself in.

If we have indifference towards the Gifts of the Spirit in general, and specifically towards Prophetic Utterance we can forget about having a move of God in the church. There will not be a Prophetic stream in our midst. You can’t stop the flow and the stream by your attitudes and your actions and then think that your prayers for it will override those attitudes and actions that you have already displayed. Those attitudes and actions will nullify your prayer. Turn it around and open your services to whomever God desires to use and just see what God will do.