This was a very interesting question that kind of shook me. You see there is a little of Elliot in many folks. Instead of going forward and stepping confidently into God’s future, we sometimes weakly allow the fortune to move us where it wills.
But even though Jonah directly disobeyed God and had to face the consequences of such (including spending some time in the belly of a large fish), his very presence was a witness to those sailors on that boat ride from Joppa to Tarshish.
The sailors went from calling to their gods to worshiping Jonah’s God. (Jonah 1)
Elliot made a great impression on Bethel Community Church even though it started by deception. Was he a charlatan? I don’t think so, but even if he were, God can even use that for God’s glory.
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