Sorting Out Teachings on Miraculous Gifts – John Boruff

The books and audio teachings listed below are an eclectic bunch. In my opinion, it is very challenging to teach comprehensively on the subject of miraculous gifts without borrowing from a variety of Christian spiritual traditions. To only focus on one tradition is to confine and limit our understanding of a subject which is mostly comprised of experiential content. But when teaching about experiences, we must also teach what is considered to be Christian orthodoxy. The very idea of borrowing from different Christian traditions begs the question: is this not heretical? Catholics consider Protestants to be heretics and vice versa. Conservative Pentecostals, like myself, generally view charismatic churches in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) as heretics.

If we were only to rely on Catholic teaching for miraculous gifts, we could turn to Augustin Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer, where we would learn of things such as contemplation or listening to the Holy Spirit, and visions, and discernment. But if we stopped at Poulain, we’d end up believing in anti-Biblical things like venerating the dead and taking Mary as our intercessor before God. If we were to only look at what Assemblies of God has to say on the subject, we could go with Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts, which would define what certain gifts do, but little would be said about how to grow in and experience those gifts. There would also be no teaching on dreams and visions. If we were to rely only on what the Vineyard has to say, we could content ourselves with what John Wimber said in his Spiritual Gifts Seminar and Power Healing, but we would find still a lack of teaching on dream interpretation, and the nature of prophetic ministry.

If we were to side with the likes of Mike Bickle and IHOP, and borrow his teachings from Growing in the Prophetic, or buy into what he does entirely, we might be exposing ourselves to a kundalini spirit and drinking into the carnality and lack of spiritual discernment that has plagued charismatics ever since the Toronto Blessing movement happened in 1994. It might, however, be safer to allow John and Paula Sandford’s The Elijah Task to teach us about the nature of prophetic ministry. That book seems to have spawned the idea, and was first published in 1977, long before the Toronto fiasco came with its offshoots like Bethel Church, Todd Bentley, and John Crowder. But even if we were to stop at Sandford on the nature of dreams and visions, we might still find a shade of error, because of his Jungian expressions and use of the word “psychic,” which might lead us to balance that out with John Paul Jackson’s The Biblical Model of Dream Interpretation, which filters out a lot of false, egocentric, psychology interpretations of dreams that entered the church through Morton Kelsey and Herman Riffel.

To have a full and complete teaching on miraculous gifts, what you need firstly, is a definition of the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. Both Gee and Wimber did this. After all the definitions have been made; and the theory of what the gifts can accomplish for the Church has been solidified, the next step should be to explain what it is like to actually experience those gifts; and the final stages would involve interpreting, understanding, and using those gifts for personal direction from the Holy Spirit and for the edification and comfort of the body of Christ. Too many books only stop at defining the gifts in a theoretical way; especially Assemblies of God or Gospel Publishing House books; they take it from the approach of a detached Bible study and leave you with little to no guidance about how to receive these gifts into your life. The charismatic and the Catholic books will take you into the deeper waters of spiritual experience, but they often lack the theological orthodoxy that you get from the Assemblies of God books. Wimber, for example, taught against the Pentecostal understanding of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, 10, and 19. I feel that Poulain, Gee, and Wimber provide a solid understanding of miraculous gifts. And anywhere that Wimber left off at, namely dream interpretation, you may find that John Sandford, Ira Milligan, and John Paul Jackson hammered out.

But it’s important for me, as a Pentecostal, that in reaching out to both Catholic and Vineyard theology, and some dream-and-vision teachers that associated with Wimber for a time, to in no way lean to Catholicism as a means of salvation or to the charismaniacs of the Toronto Blessing, which end up flapping like seals and barking like dogs! I believe that the Holy Spirit and Biblical orthodoxy always agree with one another, but neither do I take it to mean that there are no dreams and visions today. Such things have to be rooted in the old evangelicalism—Wesleyan, Finneyite, Puritan revivalism. Not the watered down Southern Baptist type we see today, the kind that has “once saved, always saved” as its only creed.

I distrust any preacher that does not have a 17th or 18th century understanding of the Bible. Today, there is so much antinomian, universalist, no-lordship nonsense out there mixed together with pluralistic Hindu gurus, Native American shaman quotes, and New Age pop psychology, and gay theologians, together with tongue speaking, all jumbled together in confusion. It’s just heresy! Charismatics need all the miracles they can get, but they also need all the Bible they can get. Who will point them in the right direction? Anyone teaching on the gifts of the Spirit, coming from Bethel Church, or IHOP, or MorningStar Ministries, or Catch The Fire Toronto is highly suspect in my opinion. These movements have consistently shunned orthodox evangelicalism in favor of the vanity and attention of heretical enthusiasts. Sexually immoral teachers have been honored in their midst.

True prophets shun such movements. Men like Andrew Strom, who explains in Why I Left the Prophetic Movement, that the lack of repentance preaching and holiness preaching combined with bizarre behavior, is what turned him off from what is now called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Andrew Strom points us to men like John Wesley, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, Leonard Ravenhill, and David Wilkerson as men of God to frame our spirituality around. I tend to agree with him about this. But to add one additional observation: there is little to no teaching on dreams and visions, dream interpretation, prophetic ministry (receiving and giving words of knowledge) in the writings of these men. You have to look to John Sandford, John Paul Jackson, Ira Milligan, and John Wimber to get teaching on that.

You have to borrow to a degree, outside of your comfort zone of perfect evangelical revival theology; otherwise, you’re not going to get the full view on miraculous gifts. A lot of what Strom is pointing to is evangelicalism, which is Gospel-centered salvation theology. But when it comes to miraculous gifts, we are dealing with things such as stillness, quieting the mind, journaling dreams and visions, interpreting prophetic symbols, and sharing supernatural information with other Christians in order to encourage their faith, sometimes to the point of praying for physical healing and casting out demons. Smith Wigglesworth is the only prominent teacher mentioned by Strom that really straddled both evangelicalism and prophetic charismatic experiences. His writings are helpful, but I think he does not describe enough about how to experience the gift of prophecy for yourself. A lot of what he writes comes across like the book of Acts or a succession of miracle stories. I also think that a lot of the Catholic saints had miracle experiences that went much further than Wigglesworth describes; and any study of the miraculous gifts should take them into consideration as well. Although the Catholic Church is wrong about Mary and a few other things—a lot of their teaching is rooted in the church fathers, is orthodox, and agrees with the Bible.

FURTHER READING ON MIRACULOUS GIFTS

Alexander, Archibald. Thoughts on Religious Experience. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1967. Chapter 7: “Considerations on Dreams, Visions, Etc.”

Boys, Thomas. The Suppressed Evidence: or, Proofs of the Miraculous Faith and Experience of the Church of Christ In All Ages, from Authentic Records of the Fathers, Waldenses, Hussites, Reformers, United Brethren, &c. London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1832.

Cruz, Joan Carroll. Mysteries Marvels Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints. Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, 1997. As with the books by Poulain and Devine, I will have to disapprove of Marianism, or devotion to dead saints; but while ignoring that, I think there was some genuine activity of the Holy Spirit among the Catholic saints.

Deere, Jack. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1993. Debunks cessationism; and argues for the continuation of miraculous gifts, apostles, and prophets in the church today.

Frodsham, Stanley. Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1948.

Gee, Donald. Concerning Spiritual Gifts. Revised. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1980.

Gordon, A. J. The Ministry of Healing. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2020.

Jackson, John Paul. The Biblical Model of Dream Interpretation. North Sutton, NH: Streams Publications, 2006. CDs.

Jennings, Daniel. The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley. Sean Multimedia, 2012.

Howie, John. The Scots Worthies. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1995. Protestant reformers that experienced miracles while being persecuted.

Lewis, David. Healing: Fiction, Fantasy, or Fact? London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1989. Found that John Wimber had a 30% hit rate for dramatic healings.

MacNutt, Francis. Healing. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1974. This impacted Wimber’s views on healing.

––––––. Deliverance from Evil Spirits. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 1995.

Milligan, Ira. Understanding the Dreams You Dream. Shippensburg, PA: Treasure House, 1997. The best book I know of that can help evangelical charismatics to interpret dreams and visions with Biblical prophetic symbolism.

Poulain, Augustin. The Graces of Interior Prayer. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1950. Catholic mystical theology on contemplation and visions.

Sandford, John and Paula. The Elijah Task. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2006.

Strom, Andrew. Why I Left the Prophetic Movement. RevivalSchool, 2007.

Wigglesworth, Smith. Ever Increasing Faith. Revised Edition. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1971.

Wimber, John. Power Evangelism. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1986.

––––––. Power Healing. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1987.

––––––. Discover Wimber. 2 vols. MP3 audio files from vineyardresources.com on a USB drive. Teachings on physical healing (10 hours), miracles and church growth (14 hours), miraculous gifts (10 hours), and casting out demons (14 hours).

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A Biblical View of Politics – John Boruff

My kingdom is not of this world.  –Jesus

I’ve recently got into the habit of reading the daily newspaper online. Political and football news always seem to take center stage. In response to that, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” The meaning of this statement is pretty simple. But so many of the Religious Right Christians out there fighting the battle against abortion and gay rights, which are both extremely bad sins that need to be done away with, I think often lose sight of the larger issues: such as living by faith in the Gospel, experiencing life in the Holy Spirit, and developing personal ethical standards. They get wrapped up in politics, and they forget the words of Jesus, which in effect were, “Politics are not My thing,” or “the U.S. government is not of the Gospel,” or how about, “My heavenly kingdom is not of the world of politics.”

Jesus wasn’t into politics. They tried to make him a king once, but he ran away into the mountains. The only times he said anything about government leaders, it was was either satirical, disinterested, or rebuking. Herod he called a fox: a predatory animal that only comes out at night, often a symbol of a sly deceptive person. Pilate he corrected, saying that all of his political authority was given to him from God up above. And he’ll admit that, with Paul, that governmental authority does come from God (Rom. 13). But that’s about it. He does not go to say that world governments are of God, or godly, or even suggest that governments have anything to do with the Gospel or life in the Holy Spirit.

Separation of church and state? Was Jesus about that? You kind of get the idea that he was—if not legally, then at least practically so far as what Christians should be dwelling on, on a day to day basis. I’d think that today, Jesus would be focused more so on what the Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, United Methodist, and other evangelical churches are doing right now, and how their missions are being carried out. I think Jesus cares about that 90% more than he does about what is going on in Washington D.C. Not that he doesn’t care about the government at all. Sure he does, but it definitely comes out as a secondary or maybe even tertiary issue in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Jesus cares more about missionaries than politicians. Of that I can be sure. Does he love them more? Maybe. Did he love John more than the other disciples? Maybe. Peter, James, and John were in His inner circle. What about the other apostles? Or about Judas Iscariot, whom he called a devil? God loves everybody. Jesus died for everyone. But not everyone repents from their sins and puts their trust in the cross for their salvation. Not everyone embraces their own cross either. I think God feels more of an affinity for those who care about His evangelistic cause on the earth: living out and preaching the Gospel. Not so much for those who lobby for Republicans and Democrats. Not at all. I don’t see Jesus having much in common with those types of people at all.

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Review of Leonard Ravenhill’s “Why Revival Tarries” – John Boruff

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“Unction is God’s knighthood for the soldier-preacher who has wrestled in prayer and gained the victory” (p. 18). This really sums up the message of Ravenhill’s signature classic Why Revival Tarries. That is, the Holy Spirit will fill the man who strives against his lazy flesh and fights his way through hours of intercession for lost souls. The school of thought that he is coming from is that of E. M. Bounds, as expressed in his Power Through Prayer. Its also evident that William Booth was a huge hero to Ravenhill, who’s spiritual influence stood in a fairly close proximity to his family while growing up in early Salvation Army meetings in England. This was a military type of approach to Christian spirituality; and it seems fitting that Ravenhill served as a chaplain for a while, when Teen Challenge was just starting out, offering a firm sense of discipline to gang members and drug addicts. Ravenhill’s brand of spirituality was one that required toughness and discipline; a manly “get on your knees and pray it through!” attitude. Smith Wigglesworth, with his curt, gruff expressions, often had the same approach towards sin and the flesh.

While he hops around a lot on the nature of revival, it is clear that more than anything, Why Revival Tarries is a book about intercessory prayer. He asks the reader with the title, “Why does revival tarry or delay from coming?” Eventually his answer is, “Revival delays because prayer decays” (p. 83). By the word prayer, he usually means one thing: solitary, fervent, holy intercessory prayer for lost souls to be saved–the prayer of an evangelist (p. 16). He saw Jonathan Edwards’ The Life and Diary of David Brainerd, as the perfect biography of a missionary, whom had exemplified the prayer life that Ravenhill is preaching about in this book. What Ravenhill was aiming at by topics and chapters, David Brainerd’s life story had already fleshed out by application (pp. 84-86). Ravenhill does not really preach about contemplative prayer, although he hints at it in Tried and Transfigured, even quoting from Evelyn Underhill’s The Mystic Way. Ravenhill fixates on private intercessory prayer for lost souls to be saved from sin and Hell. He was not at all like Richard J. Foster, who enumerates 21 different ways of praying in his book on Prayer. Ravenhill was really serious about PRAYING, PRAYER, and PRAYER WARRIORS or intercessors. To him there was really only one kind of prayer: INTERCESSION and only INTERCESSION that was Spirit-led, Spirit-filled, and FILLED WITH GRIEF OVER THE POWER OF SIN IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. You could call it prophetic intercession: the prayer of a prophet, a go-between, a Christlike man to stand in the gap between God and lost sinners, an intercessor, a pastor, and an evangelist; a man who prays fervently, and seriously, and sorrowfully for the souls he is going to preach the true Biblical Gospel to in the next 24 hours. He sees demons attacking them, he sees emaciated spiritual beggars, he sees these poor people just hanging by a thread over the fire of Hell. To take prayer in this direction, accented by burden bearing, travailing (laboring), and genuine sorrow producing crying, weeping, and tears, is to GET ON THE CROSS and experience UNION WITH JESUS IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Thereby embodying the very principle of salvation within oneself, and becoming a REVIVALIST, a carrier of the spirit of salvation, a power that is built up in private prayer, and then publicly released by evangelistic sermons, and sparking revivals.

My personal experience with reading this book during a time of spiritual dryness was one of personal revival. I had truly supernatural moments where I was filled and led by the Holy Spirit to pray for others to be delivered from sin and demons, with genuine grief and feeling. I believe Why Revival Tarries is an inspired book, in a non-canonical kind of way, not on the level of the Bible; but a book that was just bathed in the spirit of prayer and the Holy Ghost. Its hard to read it and not be spiritually affected in a good way. There are not many Christian books I can say that about; books that made me feel God’s presence or made me see angelic lights while reading them. Books that have really increased my faith in God. I can only put a few in this category: Kenneth J. Collins’ Wesley on Salvation, Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans, A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, and Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God.

Leonard Ravenhill preached against sin and heresy. This will translate to a hatred of sin the more you muse on it; and the hatred of sin was a virtue to him. Hebrews 1:9: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.” If he hated sin while he prayed, to be sure he hated sin while he preached. To hate sin is to love God. To hate sin is to love mankind. To hate sin is to fear Hell and love Heaven. To hate all sin, and to shine a blazing light on its hideous ugliness, is to be a Biblical preacher. To most people today, Ravenhill’s sharp and denunciatory preaching against Catholicism’s idea of Mary as a mediatrix, cult members, antinomians (easy-believism people, p. 58), cessationists, dispensationalists, lukewarm fundamentalists, communists, universalists, greedy materialists, liberal theologians, agnostics, science-worshipping atheists, gamblers, drunkards, and the sexually immoral, would be considered “hate speech.” But for him it was just preaching the Gospel, preaching holiness, and preaching against sin. Preaching the doctrine of repentance: turning away from sin. The only real antidote to backsliding. As in ch. 4, he saw the task of a revivalist as one like Elijah or John the Baptist, ready to publicly preach against the false prophets of Baal and the Pharisees. The man was a demon hunter. This was his view of the ministry:

In the light of the judgment seat, we had better live six months with a volcanic heart, denouncing sin in places high and low and turning the nation from the power of Satan unto God (as John the Baptist did) rather than die loaded with ecclesiastical honors and theological degrees and be the laughing stock of Hell (p. 104).

God-gripped prophets of old had a sensitive awareness of the enormity and unpopularity of their task (p. 151).

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Arminian Comments on Romans 9 – Richard Baxter

Taken from Richard Baxter’s Paraphrase on the New Testament

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vv. 17-18: And that He giveth not his free mercies equally to all, is proved in His words to Pharaoh. As if He had said, I well foreknew all your sin and stubbornness, but I will serve the honor of My name by it all; for I have raised you, and made you king with this intent, to manifest My power in triumphing over all your rebellion, and to proclaim the fame of My works against you, through all the Earth. Therefore He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens.

v. 22: Shall man accuse God, because He resolves to show His punishing justice and power on those self-hardening, willful sinners, who made themselves vessels of wrath, and fitted to destruction, when He has in long patience and forbearance endured them, while they abused mercy?

v. 33: So that the cause why Israel is cast off, is not because God sent not His Son and Gospel to them, nor invited them to believe, nor gave them evidence of the truth of Christ, which was sufficient to convince a well-disposed mind; much less, because He hindered them from believing, or because He showed mercy to the Gentiles; but because by error THEY HARDENED THEMSELVES against Christ, as not answering their carnal erroneous expectations. For though God would glorify the riches of His grace by Jesus Christ, yet IT WAS NOT HIS WILL to reveal Him in such visible majesty and glory, as should of itself necessitate and FORCE MEN TO BELIEVE IN HIM: for then faith would have been no work of trial, nor fit for a reward, but such as the wicked and sensual might perform. But God would so reveal His Son, as that faith might have sufficient encouragement and help, and yet such difficulties as might make it proper to honest souls, and fit for a reward; so that those that will be biased by prejudice and worldly interest, will stumble and fall on the Rock which they should be built on; but to THEM THAT SINCERELY TRUST AND OBEY HIM, He might be the author of eternal salvation, and be the power and wisdom of God.

Annotations.

It is evident, that St. Paul is but proving and justifying God’s free mercy in calling the Gentiles, while He permitted the obstinate part of the Jews to cut off themselves by unbelief, and willfully rejecting Christ.

As to THE HARDENING OF PHARAOH AND OTHERS, it being agreed by all sober Christians, that God causes not sin, we need to debate it no further, whether the sense be, that He denies them softening converting grace when they have forfeited it by willful resistance, and so permits them to be hardened; or, whether it be, that He does those good and righteous acts which He knows they will be willfully hardened by, as occasions and objects: or both these.

Here is not the least hint, that God damns any, or decrees so to do, merely because He will do it, without any reason taken from their own deserts: or, that He makes some men sinners, or damns them, merely as the potter differentiates His vessels of clay: but only, that WHEN ALL HAVE DESERVED to be forsaken and condemned, and He gives common grace for their recovery to all, why He freely gives more, which shall be infallibly effectual, to some, rather than to others, when those some were no better than the rest.

WHOEVER TRULY REPENTS AND BELIEVES, may be sure of his justification; and it’s sinful to doubt of it on pretense that God may condemn whom He will, when He has told whom He will not condemn: and whoever is unregenerate and ungodly, may be sure he is unjustified, and unforgiven, and in a damnable state; for God hath assured us of this in His Word.

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Todd Bentley and Fresh Fire USA: A False Charismatic Movement – John Boruff

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.   
–Ephesians 5:11–


You must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler.
Do not even eat with such people.
–1 Corinthians 5:11–

In light of recent extremely negative findings about Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner, (underlined links can be clicked for further information,) I would like to present this list of ministers currently associated closely with their ministries, Fresh Fire USA and MorningStar Ministries, respectively. And for myself and other Pentecostals who want the “real thing,” to be wise to avoid them…

FRESH FIRE USA MINISTERS – taken from freshfireusa.com

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TODD BENTLEY (2019)

1. Todd Bentley
2. Pete Garza
3. Peter Garza
4. Travis Potts
5. Rick Joyner
6. Kevin Basconi
7. Doug Addison
8. Andrei Baicus
9. Timothy Snodgrass
10. Westley Roderick
11. Adam Thompson
12. Adrian Beale
13. Fiorello Giordano
14. Charlie Shamp
15. Alex Parkinson
16. Brad Elijah
17. Tito Caban
18. Kat Kerr
19. Robbie Dawkins

MORNINGSTAR MINISTRIES MINISTERS – taken from morningstarministries.org

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RICK JOYNER (2019)

1. Rick Joyner – greasy grace contradicting the Pastoral Epistles (1-2 Timothy and Titus).

2. David White – this MorningStar Ministries pastor took a stand against Bentley (he might be looking for a new ministry position):

A Response from David White on
the Revelations Surrounding Todd Bentley
Change Your Conduct or Change Your Name!
(Where Judgment Must and Will Begin)

Numerous leaders have written public statements, posted online video messages, tweeted, etc., regarding the exposure and subsequent response to the reports of sexual immorality committed by Todd Bentley.

R. Loren Sanford, Patricia King, Rick Cantor and others have done a great job helping the body of Christ deal with what again has shaken and brought shame and confusion to a large segment of the church. There is no doubt this has and will have world-wide implications. Once again we have discovered how the faith of some of the most impressionable has suffered and in some cases was overthrown because of unchallenged, unexposed and unrepentant sin among those who are called to live a life beyond reproach.

As mentioned Sunday, Stephen Powell had what he described as a “courts of heaven encounter” while he was with us in Moravian Falls at the beginning of June. In Stephen’s encounter he saw in a dream what Todd was currently facing and what was at stake. Almost immediately after his leaving, Stephen began to be approached by some whose lives and faith had been shaken by their personal experiences involving Todd Bentley. It was obvious God had given Stephen a mission.

Expressing great concern and grief for the ones whose faith had been overthrown, (by those in leadership) who had (themselves) strayed concerning the truth, the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declared, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His’ and, ‘let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’ (2 Tim 2:19). In other words the Lord was saying then and He is saying to those in leadership and of influence in the church today to “change your conduct, or change your name!” Someone’s character and personal integrity is far more important to God than his or her gifting, popularity and position.

I have mentioned before about a young man named William I believe has an amazing calling on his life. He currently lives in Bogota, Colombia but believes God is leading him and his wife to one day move to Moravian Falls. He is a powerful and anointed young preacher who is not afraid to sound the alarm calling those who say they believe in Jesus to a life of purity and holiness. He is one of my spiritual sons and one of many young men, like Stephen Powell and others, God is raising up to shake nations as well as the status quo in this hour.

I want to share a dream William recently sent to me. It is a wakeup call to all of us, but especially to those in positions of leadership in the church at large. It is a further reminder that Jesus is not coming for a bride in bed with the world, but one that has made herself ready and is without spot or wrinkle. Additionally the dream confirms how we should remember how Numbers 32:23 confirms that all of us can “be sure your sin will find you out.” It is much better our sins be found out, confronted, exposed and dealt with (full repentance) now in this life than at the judgment to come. Judgment beginning in the house of God can actually be redemptive if responded to correctly. In Todd Bentley’s case, it is a testimony of God’s love for him and can literally save him from eternal destruction.

“Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves (covers up or excuses) and practices (participates in) a lie” (Rev 22:14-15).

William’s Dream:

During a dream on August 9th, 2017, I saw a huge stadium with millions of people. The seats were divided into areas and every single seat was reserved but one specific area. This area caught my attention because it was empty and dirty. In the dream, I proceeded to ask the Father why that area was empty. He replied, “THOSE SEATS WERE FOR MY MESSENGERS, BUT THEY ARE NOT HERE.” I started to cry and weep while a great burden was released within me. Then God said the following, “THEY SPOKE WORDS I NEVER SAID, THEY PREACHED ABOUT HOLINESS AND REPENTANCE WHILE SINNING IN THEIR ROOMS. THEY ASKED ME TO SHOW UP BUT THEIR EYES WERE NOT PURE. THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING BUT THEY DID NOT REPENT. WILLIAM, BE HOLY AS I AM.” As soon as I heard this in the dream, I woke up just like (Daniel 10:8-9), I had no strength remaining and I fell on my knees with my face on the ground, asking God for forgiveness and cleansing.

If you missed the Gathering this past Sunday, I touched on some of what I believe the Scriptures teach about “Judgement in the House of God.” I hope this word, (see the link below), helps us understand and gives hope for what God is saying and doing in this hour.

As a pastor, and for further study and understanding, I encourage you to search the Scriptures on your own. Find out what God is saying to you through all that has and continues to transpire before the entire world. Read where the Bible refers to the workers He approves and those He disapproves. Look at 2 Timothy 2:14–3:9. We can no longer be more influenced by what Paul calls in this text, “idle babblings” or the rants of men than we are by the Word of God. God’s Word still has the answers to every question any generation will ever ask.

To watch the message in its entirety CLICK HERE!

Together in Him,

Pastor David

…BUT EVEN WITH ALL OF THIS, IT MAKES YOU WONDER HOW RICK JOYNER’S NON-JUDGMENTAL APPROACH TO ALLEGATIONS ABOUT TODD BENTLEY FOR YEARS HAS LED TO THIS OUTCOME. JUST TO BE SAFE, I WILL CONTINUE TO LIST RICK JOYNER’S MOST RECENT MINISTRY ASSOCIATIONS…

3. Tom Hardiman
4. Bobby Conner
5. Dave Yarnes
6. Lance Wallnau
7. Jerry Boykin
8. David Noland
9. Jennifer Heidel
10. Rafael Fidelis
11. Gary Keesee
12. Rick Eldridge
13. Rob Robinson
14. Leonard Jones
15. Marc Nuttle
16. Wellington Boone
17. David Vallier
18. Luke Laffin
19. Lou Engle
20. Daniel Kolenda

Once again, as in 2008, Patricia King has taken a stand against Todd Bentley’s ministry; and I can thank God for that.

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Why Do Christians Hate Theology? – John Boruff

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The Arminian Library: Books to Feed Your Spirit for Years to Come – John Boruff

1. The Works of John Wesley (Baker, 3rd ed, 1996)

2. The NIV Study Bible

3. The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV)

4. Good News Bible: Today’s English Version (TEV) – hardcover

5. Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans (Kregel, 1982)

6. Joseph Alleine’s A Sure Guide to Heaven (Banner of Truth, 1960)

7. Gordon Lindsay’s Commissioned with Power (Christ for the Nations, 2001)

8. Smith Wigglesworth: The Complete Collection (Whitaker, 2008)

9. Larry Christensen’s Speaking in Tongues (Bethany House, 1968)

10. Leonard Ravenhill, ed. A Treasury of Prayer (Bethany House, 1961)

11. —. Why Revival Tarries (Bethany House, 1979)

12. —. Meat for Men (Bethany House, 1979)

13. —. America is Too Young to Die (Bethany House, 1979)

14. —. Sodom Had No Bible (Bethany House, 1981)

15. —. Revival Praying (Bethany House, 1981)

16. —. Tried and Transfigured (Bethany House, 1982)

17. —. Revival God’s Way (Bethany House, 1986)

18. David Wilkerson’s The Vision (1973)

19. —. Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth (1985)

20. John Wesley, ed. A Christian Library

21. —, ed. The Nature of Revival (Bethany House, 1987)

22. John Wimber’s Power Evangelism

23. —. Power Healing

24. —. Power Encounters

25. —. Power Points

26. David Lewis’ Healing: Fiction, Fantasy, or Fact?

27. Win Worley’s Battling the Hosts of Hell: Diary of an Exorcist

28. Sam Storms’ The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts

29. Jeff Doles’ Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit (church history)

30. Stanley Burgess’ The Holy Spirit: Ancient Christian Traditions

31. —. The Holy Spirit: Medieval Roman Catholic and Reformation Traditions

32. —. Christian Peoples of the Spirit

33. —, ed. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

34. Howard Carter’s Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation

35. —. Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts

36. Bernard McGinn, ed. The Foundations of Mysticism (1991)

37. —. The Growth of Mysticism (1994)

38. —. The Flowering of Mysticism (1998)

39. —. The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany (2005)

40. —. The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism (2013)

41. —. Mysticism in the Reformation (2017)

42. —. Mysticism in the Golden Age of Spain (2017)

43. Louis Bouyer, ed. A History of Christian Spirituality

44. Paul Basden’s Exploring the Worship Spectrum

45. J. C. Ryle’s Holiness

46. Ray Comfort’s The World’s Greatest Preachers (on open-air preaching)

47. Larry Martin’s The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

48. Carol Wimber’s John Wimber: The Way It Was

49. Samuel Waldron, ed. 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition

50. John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus

51. —. Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World

52. John Gerstner’s Jonathan Edwards: A Mini-Theology

53. Jonathan Edwards’ The Wrath of Almighty God (Hell sermons)

54. Johann Arndt’s True Christianity

55. Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God (Whitaker, 1982)

56. Paul Washer’s The Gospel’s Power and Message

57. Benedicta Ward’s The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

58. —. The Lives of the Desert Fathers

59. Palladius’ The Lausiac History

60. John Cassian’s The Conferences

61. —. The Institutes

62. Oliver Davies’ Celtic Spirituality. (Classics of Western Spirituality)

63. The Life of the Holy Hildegard

64. St. Gregory the Great’s Life and Miracles of St. Benedict

65. The Rule of St. Benedict (Penguin)

66. R. Douglas Geivett’s A New Apostolic Reformation?

67. Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classics of Western Spirituality)

68. Jacobus de Voragine’s The Golden Legend

69. The Book of Common Prayer (Anglican / Wesley)

70. The Cloud of Unknowing

71. Stanley Frodsham’s With Signs Following

72. —. Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith

73. Five Views on Law and Gospel

74. Five Views on Sanctification

75. Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection (Classics of Western Spirituality)

76. Jordan Aumann’s Spiritual Theology

77. —. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition

78. Wayne Grudem, ed. Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?

79. Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Evolution

80. Jonathan Wells’ Icons of Evolution

81. Steve Thompson’s You May All Prophesy

82. George Whitefield’s Journals (Banner of Truth, 1986) (open air preaching)

83. Daniel Jennings, ed. The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

84. Philip Schaff’s “Early Church Fathers” collection

85. Peter Wiseman, ed. Fletcher’s Checks to Antinomianism (Beacon Hill, 1953)

86. P. Marie-Eugene, ed. I Am a Daughter of the Church (mystical theology)

87. A. Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1950)

88. Harold Horton’s The Gifts of the Spirit

89. W. G. T. Shedd’s The Doctrine of Endless Punishment

90. Richard Baxter’s A Call to the Unconverted

91. —. Anger Management

92. James Nichols and W. R. Bagnall, trans. The Writings of James Arminius (3 vols)

93. Adomnan’s Life of St. Columba

94. Andrew Strom’s Why I Left the Prophetic Movement

95. Michael Hamilton, ed. The Charismatic Movement

96. Cecil Robeck’s Charismatic Experiences in History (Hendrickson, 1986)

97. One Volume New Testament Commentary (Wesley, Henry, Clarke)

98. Ronald A. N. Kydd’s Healing Through the Centuries

99. Donald Dayton’s Theological Roots of Pentecostalism

100. —, ed., Charles Finney, Reflections on Revival

101. Mike Bickle’s Growing in the Prophetic

102. Bill Wiese, 23 Minutes in Hell

103. —. Hell: Separate Truth from Fiction

104. George Offor, ed. The Works of John Bunyan (Banner of Truth, 3 vols)

105. The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: Selected Treatises (Hendrickson)

106. Thomas Watson’s The Ten Commandments

106. —. A Body of Divinity

108. Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (Classics of Western Spirituality)

109. Athanasius: The Life of Antony (Classics of Western Spirituality)

110. Bonaventure: The Life of St. Francis (Classics of Western Spirituality)

111. Archibald Alexander’s Thoughts on Religious Experience (Banner of Truth)

112. John Sherrill’s They Speak with Other Tongues

113. Gary Greig, ed. The Kingdom and the Power (charismatic theology)

114. John Howie’s The Scots Worthies (Banner of Truth)

115. Clarke’s Christian Theology (Schmul)

116. Albert Farges’ Mystical Phenomena Compared (hardcover)

117. Herbert Thurston’s The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism

118. Thomas Oden’s The Transforming Power of Grace

119. —. Pastoral Theology

120. —. John Wesley’s Scriptural Christianity

121. —. John Wesley’s Teachings (4 vols)

122. Wayne Grudem, ed. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

123. —. Systematic Theology (fire burned in my mouth when reading on gifts)

124. Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology (P&R Publishing, 3 vols)

125. John Loren Sandford’s The Elijah Task

126. —. Elijah Among Us

127. Craig Borlase’s William Seymour: A Biography

128. Francis MacNutt’s Healing

129. —. Deliverance from Evil Spirits

130. J. I. Packer’s A Quest for Godliness (Puritan spirituality)

131. —. Keep in Step with the Spirit

132. Henry Rack’s Reasonable Enthusiast (Wesley biography)

133. Margaret Poloma’s The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads (quenching gifts)

134. Randall Stephens’ The Devil’s Music (Christianity and rock music)

135. Norman Geisler’s When Critics Ask

136. Daniel Corner’s The Believer’s Conditional Security

137. W. T. Purkiser’s Security: The False and the True

138. Robert Shank’s Life in the Son

139. Joan Carroll Cruz’s Mysteries Marvels Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints

140. Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Jr., ed., Charles Finney, Principles of Revival

141. —. Principles of Salvation (Bethany House)

142. —. Principles of Devotion (Bethany House)

143. —. Principles of Sanctification (Bethany House)

144. —. Principles of Love (Bethany House)

145. —. Principles of Victory (Bethany House)

146. —. Principles of Holiness (Bethany House)

147. —. Principles of Liberty (Bethany House)

148. —. Principles of Union with Christ (Bethany House)

149. —. Principles of Prayer (Bethany House)

150. —. Principles of Christian Obedience (Bethany House)

151. —. Charles G. Finney’s Answers to Prayer (Bethany House)

152. Winkey Pratney, ed., Charles Finney, Crystal Christianity

153. Charles Finney’s Attributes of Love (Bethany Fellowship, 1963)

154. —. So Great Salvation (Kregel)

155. —. The Guilt of Sin (Kregel)

156. —. True and False Repentance (Kregel)

157. —. God’s Love for a Sinning World (Kregel)

158. —. Victory Over the World (Kregel)

159. —. True Saints (Kregel)

160. —. True Submission (Kregel)

161. Charles Finney’s Lectures on Systematic Theology (2 vols)

162. —, Garth M. Rosell, Richard Dupuis, The Memoirs of Charles G. Finney (1989)

163. —, William G. McLoughlin, Lectures on Revivals of Religion

164. Hambrick-Stowe, Charles G. Finney and the Spirit of American Evangelicalism

165. John Boruff’s The Gospel of Jesus Christ

166. Richard Steele’s The Religious Tradesman

167. Kathleen Walker MacArthur’s The Economic Ethics of John Wesley

168. Art Gish’s Beyond the Rat Race

169. Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints (Puritan economics)

170. R. H. Tawney’s Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (Puritan economics)

171. Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Puritan)

172. A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God (Christian Publications, 1958, deer cover)

173. Philip Howard, ed. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

174. Richard Ing’s Spiritual Warfare

175. Gabriele Amorth’s An Exorcist Tells His Story

176. Frank Hammond’s Pigs in the Parlor

177. John Flavel’s Sinful Speech

178. —. Impure Lust

179. Margaret J. Rinck’s Christian Men Who Hate Women (marital abuse)

180. Terry Mortenson, ed. Coming to Grips with Genesis

181. Mack Stokes’ The Holy Spirit in the Wesleyan Heritage

182. Richard Heitzenrater’s Wesley and the People Called Methodists

183. Cathy Truett’s It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail (Chick-fil-A growth)

184. Ira Milligan’s Understanding the Dreams You Dream

185. Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts

 

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