Christian critics often roll their eyes about the Mormon claim to modern revelation. Now I'm not sure whether the critics' position is that prophetic revelation (as opposed to pastoral or personal revelation) simply doesn't happen anymore, or whether their point is that if it does it would not be to an LDS President or a Catholic Pope, it would be to some Protestant luminary. But the general thrust seems to be that prophetic revelation isn't needed because we have the Bible. So I was surprised to read GR's post on the Rev. Pat Robertson's way of speaking. GR quotes an AP article: In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007. Well.
Later, the post quotes another statement by Robertson:
In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America’s coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring’s heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.
Robertson is certainly not the only Protestant who thinks that way, although he seems to be a little freer in making public statements than others. Surprisingly, LDS Presidents and other GAs are rather circumspect in making specific claims to revelation. They boldly proclaim the general doctrine, but rarely invoke it in the context of a particular statement or decree. They wave a big stick but walk softly. Call it prophetic discretion. That's okay; discretion is good.