For quite a while now, I’ve heard from numerous Christian’s, (when in argument about people like Rick Joyner, Benny Hinn, Crowder, Todd Bentley, Bob Jones and many others pray to the dead), that it’s alright to do so.
I’ve always used the scripture that “God is God of the Living” only to have others claim that Christian’s are in heaven and are therefore ‘living’. More specifically, in Rick Joyner’s book “The Final Quest”, he talks to the Apostle Paul, a revivalist and his wife, a dead member of his congregation and some others. He talks to other dead figures in some of his other books and the controversial figure “Enoch”.
As a result, there have been some claims that various Old Testament prophets have spoken to people. I would like to test their claims, but have not looked into them.
Is it biblical now to pray to the “dead” Christians. Or are we returning to Roman Catholic teachings and practices? In praying to Christians, does this compromise anything in our Christian walk and if not, what is the benefit of this?
Those that say the dead are “alive” in heaven, do they have a good biblical or gospel understanding of “glorification”, “resurrection”, eschatology, anthropology or Christology? What scriptures can we use to support/object praying to the “living dead”?