A Surefire Bibliography for Prophetic Accuracy! – John Boruff

See also: In Pursuit of Holy Prophets, Prophetic Ministry Books Ranking, Prophetic Ministry Books Conscious of John Wesley, Etc.

Bickle, Mike. Growing in the Prophetic: A Practical, Biblical Guide to Dreams, Visions, and Spiritual Gifts. Revised and Updated. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2008.

Goll, James. The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens. Expanded Edition. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2012. [As much experiential stuff as there is in Goll’s writings, I just had a dream that indicated I should remove his name from my spiritual gifts study list too; mainly because of carnality with Vineyard, money issues or simony, title mongering–“Apostle-Prophet…”, awkwardness with young women?, pizza dreaming, etc. Also, I have noticed a “spirit of Charismatic entertainment”–using knowledge, teachings, and exciting things about miraculous gifts as a means of entertainment like a Sci-Fi movie, and making a profit off of it–even a CAREER out of it! I just want to obey God’s voice, declare the whole counsel of God, “shake the dust off my feet” fully, and let the world know that without Puritan or Methodist ethics, there is no genuine PROPHECY ANOINTING in the spiritual gifts realms. This dream of discernment came upon me as I was listening to an audio recording of John Bunyan’s Visions of Heaven and Hell. Although Goll is heavily experienced in the prophetic, and it regrets me to say these things, I think there is a polluted stream here; I’ve also noticed greed and “Word of Faith” with him (Kenneth Hagin influences). Part of me wants to doubt this dream, but another part of me wants to say it is the sad reality. There are some ethical problems here. There is a spirit of Balaam here. This is not to say Goll can’t repent from these sins, but till then, I don’t think it would be wise to feed too much from his materials. It saddens me to write this, because his stuff bears the marks of TRULY supernatural experiences, and are SOOOO DEEP! But in the end, Biblical ethics needs to take the cake. Bad company corrupts good morals, James! You know who they are! Repent, and return to your first love!]–9/19/12.

Grudem, Wayne. The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000.

Haslam, Greg. Moving in the Prophetic. Oxford, UK: Monarch Books, 2009.–on page 366 he lists his favorite authors on prophetic ministry: Wayne Grudem, Graham Cooke, Jack Deere, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, Jim Paul, Mike Bickle, and Rick Joyner…then he tops off the list with Jack Deere (Surprised by the Voice of God) and Wayne Grudem (The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today) as his favorites. But I want to add this as spiritual discernment for prophetic ministry: don’t just look at academic gifting for theological information, look to see if the author is a saint or a godly person. Because all throughout Catholic mystical history, it was the “saints” who were considered the prophets (St. Benedict of Nursia, St. Columba of Iona, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila); and in the Bible, Moses and Elijah and Jeremiah–although they were prophets, they were saints as well. Godliness is an essential factor in discerning the prophetic. I think only Wayne Grudem and Mike Bickle (Growing in the Prophetic) could be considered saints or godly Christians in this list. The others, not so much–maybe Cindy Jacobs (The Voice of God).–UPDATE: 1/14/13.

Milligan, Ira. Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys for Hearing God’s Voice in the Night. Revised and Expanded. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2010.

Sandford, R. Loren. Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-Fulfillment. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2005.

__________. Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2007. Although I disagree with Loren about the soul being able to produce counterfeit “psychic” revelations, basically everything else he teaches is right on target. Personally, I side with the Catholic mystical theologians, which taught that true revelation comes from God, and false revelation comes from the devil, and the soul is merely a receptor between these two forces.

Storms, Sam. The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2002. Storms is heavily influenced by the writings of Jonathan Edwards, from the Great Awakening! He has a very strong understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!


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