@Connor_Nickels If you have a sense that he is subtly twisting truth then I would advise avoiding his teaching. Just tell your friend you would rather err on the side of caution.
This quote from the article at the bottom of the page is from Jonathan Edwards and it echoes my own concerns - very well meaning people soaked in Scripture that feel they have heard from God have been wrong in the past. So I think extra caution is warranted when anyone, even people you trust, claim to hear directly from God.
“I . . . know by experience that impressions being made with great power, and upon the minds of true saints, yea, eminent saints; and presently after, yea, in the midst of, extraordinary exercises of grace and sweet communion with God, and attended with texts of Scripture strongly impressed on the mind, are no sure signs of their being revelations from heaven: for I have known such impressions [to] fail, and prove vain.”
My personal experience is that I have seen people who claimed to hear directly from God mislead others or abuse their authority on multiple occasions. So I simply avoid those who claim to have this ability. There is plenty of good Bible teaching out there from people like Tim Keller, Don Carson, Andy Stanley, Chip Ingram and many more who do not make these types of tenuous claims.
What I would say from Scripture is that if someone claims to have words directly from God there are 2 very severe warnings from the Bible.
- If their words do not come true then they are a false prophet and the penalty in the OT was death. I am certainly not saying that should be the penalty today But we need to recognize the seriousness of claiming to have words directly from God.
- Even if their words do come true, we must not listen to them if they lead us astray from the truth of Scripture.
Also, evil often masquerades as light, so we must be careful to discern truth from error when dealing with people who claim to have direct contact with God.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 - And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
Not From the Lord
Deuteronomy 18:20-22- But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” 21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
Jeremiah 23:16 - This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
Not Being Led Astray
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 - If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Article on ‘God Told Me’
Hope those thoughts are helpful.