An Updated Short Sketch of Prophetic History – John Boruff

The following is a list of bona fide Christian prophets, and groups associated with them, who embraced charismatic gifts down through the history of the church.

d. 356 – St. Antony / The Desert Fathers
d. 460 – St. Patrick / The Celtic Saints
d. 543 – St. Benedict / The Order of Saint Benedict
500s – 1100s – The Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.)
d. 1179 – St. Hildegard of Bingen (O.S.B.)
d. 1226 – St. Francis / The Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.)
d. 1419 – St. Vincent Ferrer / The Order of Preachers (O.P.)
d. 1582 – St. Teresa of Avila / Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.)
1500s – 1600s – John Howie’s The Scots Worthies / The Covenanters
d. 1791 – John Wesley (The Methodist Episcopal Church)
d. 1875 – Charles Finney (The Second Great Awakening / Revivalism)
d. 1919 – A. B. Simpson (The Christian & Missionary Alliance / C&MA)
d. 1947 – Smith Wigglesworth (friends with, but never joined Assemblies of God)

  • The Essential Smith Wigglesworth edited by Wayne E. Warner (405 pgs)

d. 1991 – Dennis Bennett (the Charismatic Renewal; evangelical Episcopalian /Anglican)
d. 1997 – John Wimber (the Association of Vineyard Churches / Third Wave)

This is the only available video on Smith Wigglesworth that I know about. Nevermind the fact that the narrator Roberts Liardon fell into a gay scandal back in 2001. See also here. It’s still a good video on Wigglesworth. Nevertheless, if Liardon has not truly repented, then as the Good Book says: “Nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NKJV). Lester Sumrall (d. 1996) received a spiritual blessing from Wigglesworth; and has published many books on the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts:–unfortunately, he got into the Word of Faith movement.

Publishers of Orthodox Charismatic/Prophetic Groups

1. Liturgical Press – The Order of Saint Benedict
2. Franciscan Institute Publications – The Order of Friars Minor
3.
ICS Publications – The Discalced Carmelites
4.
TAN Books – Catholic Charismatic
5. Christian Alliance Publishing / Christian Publications – The C&MA
6
. Gospel Publishing House – Assemblies of God
7
. Vineyard International Publishing – The Vineyard

Prophets and Groups I Reject As Heretical and Not Worthy of Imitation

1. The Centering Prayer Movement – Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, M. Basil Pennington, William Meninger.
2. The United Methodist Church – universalism; “gay Christian” movement.
3. The Word of Faith Movement – E. W. Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Charles Capps, Frederick K. C. Price, and tons of TBN preachers – has sadly infected Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland, TN), the Pentecostal Holiness Church, and just about every Pentecostal denomination.
4. MorningStar Ministries – Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley, etc.
5. John G. Lake, Gordon Lindsay (Christ For The Nations), the 1950s Healing Revival, and the Healing Rooms – Lake believed Mohammed was a prophet of God (John G. Lake: The Complete Collection, pp. 911-912), that “God intends us to be gods” (as quoted in Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon’s The Seduction of Christianity, p. 219), he condemned Assemblies of God, William J. Seymour, and associated with E. W. Kenyon (John G. Lake, pp. 474-479), he endorsed George Fox and Sadhu Sundar Singh–both universalists (pp., 365, 693), he repeatedly condemned all use of doctors and medicine in favor for the prayer of faith only.
6. Quakers – George Fox, The Religious Society of Friends, Evangelical Friends Church International, etc – UNIVERSALIST CHRISTIAN MYSTICS (even the early Quakers were!)
7. John Crowderthenewmystics.com – trinitarian (universalist)

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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