Prophecy and Mental Illness – John Boruff

Can the mentally ill experience the dreams, visions, and voice of God? Can they still experience the gift of prophecy? I think so. Why not? Just because a person’s brain is temporarily sick, it doesn’t make the Holy Spirit, angels, and demons stop existing. Obviously a person who is sick like this, should be extra careful when it comes to Biblically evaluating such experiences, but I wouldn’t just write them all off. Here are some materials that have explored thought on the intersection of mental illness with the gift of prophecy…

Farges, Albert. Mystical Phenomena. Part II.I.6-8, II.II.3-6.

Heschel, Abraham. The Prophets. Part II, Chapter 12: “Prophecy and Psychosis.”


About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of, 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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