Protestant Charismatic Theology: A New Historical Bibliography

At this point in my relationship with God, my favorite charismatic theologians are Drs. Wayne Grudem and Sam Storms; its possible Max Turner and Doug Banister will be included soon. My reasons: (1) Reformed theology. (2) Charismatic gifts. (3) Biblical, historical, and experiential. (4) Ethical.

There are two reasons why I think I’ve been bit with a “charismatic theology” bug lately. (1) The recent publication of John MacArthur’s Strange Fire book (2013); and the conference, where he makes the sweeping accusation that all charismatics are not members of the body of Christ: “I believe that we are not dividing the body of Christ in this conference. We are trying to identify the body of Christ and show that these people [in the video] aren’t part of it” (0:34:33). (2) Personal experiences I’m having with people resistant to charismatic gifts.

1924 – Smith Wigglesworth’s Ever Increasing Faith
1928 – Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts
1968 – Howard Carter’s Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation

1971 – Dennis and Rita Bennett’s The Holy Spirit and You
1971 – Don Basham’s A Handbook on Tongues, Interpretation, and Prophecy
1971 – J. Rodman Williams’ The Era of the Spirit
1972 – J. Rodman Williams’ The Pentecostal Reality
1978 – Herman Riffel’s Voice of God

1984 – J. I. Packer’s Keep in Step with the Spirit
1984 – Ronald Kydd’s Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church – recommended to me by Sam Storms
1986 – Herman Riffel’s Learning to Hear God’s Voice

1985 – David Pytches’ Spiritual Gifts in the Local Church – recommended to me by the Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary, Ron Walborn
1986 – John Wimber’s Power Evangelism

1987 – John Wimber’s Power Healing
1988 – John Wimber’s Power Encounters
1988 – Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today
Sam Storms says: “The best and most scholarly treatment of the prophetic gift I’ve read.”
1991 – John Wimber’s Power Points
1992 – Jack Hayford, John Wimber, Reinhard Bonnke’s The Gifts of the Spirit
1993 – Herman Riffel’s Dream Interpretation

1993 – Ira Milligan’s Understanding the Dreams You Dream
1995 – James Ryle’s A Dream Come True
1995 – Benny Thomas’ Exploring the World of Dreams
1996 – Mike Bickle’s Growing in the Prophetic

1996 – Max Turner’s The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
Sam Storms says: “This is the most scholarly and detailed analysis of the Holy Spirit and the charismata that I’ve read. His treatment of prophecy, tongues, and healing is especially good. Highly recommended!”
1999 – Doug Banister’s The Word and Power Church – recommended to me by the Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary, Ron Walborn
2002 – Sam Storms’ The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts
2005 – Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley
2007 – Steve Thompson’s You May All Prophesy

– He was the primary prophetic teacher at MorningStar Ministries, but he left because he disagreed with Rick Joyner’s attempt to “restore” Todd Bentley to ministry in 2008.
2009 – Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of Charles G. Finney

Charismatic Theologians I Reject or Would Extremely Caution About

d. 1935 – John G. Lake (Pentecostal pluralist; “little gods” belief)
d. 1973 – Gordon Lindsay (Lake disciple; “little gods” belief)
d. 2003 – Kenneth Hagin (started the Word of Faith Movement around 1985 with the success of Rhema Bible Training College)
b. 1942 – Richard J. Foster (Celebration of Discipline, Prayer, etc)–although the content of these books is orthodox, and at times, profoundly prophetic, mystical, and powerful–Foster quotes from tons of Christian universalists! (Probably because the Quakers have a universalist stream that he inherited, either knowingly or unknowingly.)
b. 1940s? – Mark Virkler (Communion with God, etc) – Deep, prophetic material at times; has discernment about the New Age Movement, which is good; but accepts a level of positive confession views, and what is the worst, in my personal opinion–he does not believe in theology or in judging prophetic words, but believes that 99% of dreams come from God. He also seems to teach automatic writing, which is definitely not an orthodox prophetic revelatory practice, either Biblically or historically.
b. 1970s? – John Crowder (Miracle Workers, Reformers, and the New Mystics; The Ecstasy of Loving God) – trinitarian universalist; he can also be very rude and impolite.

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