James Goll: Is He Still a True Prophet? – John Boruff

James GollI’m inclined to think that James Goll is a still true prophet, although at times, he’s been misguided and has made some mistakes. It’s late 2018 and Michael Brown, the watchdog of the charismatic movement, has endorsed Goll’s latest edition of his book Praying with God’s Heart.

Goll, Che Ann, C. Peter Wagner: the latter two endorsing Goll’s site–all who were part of the so-called Revival Alliance that prophesied great things over Todd Bentley while he was secretly getting drunk and committing adultery during the 2008 Lakeland Revival. Goll, Ann, and Wagner must not have known what Bentley was doing behind closed doors. Goll seems to have cleaned up his act and his ministry associations. His website looks a lot more professional as does his ministry team. However, he still has Mark Virkler’s influence: another endorser of his site: and is charging hundreds of dollars for webinars on dream interpretation. Doesn’t sound like, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). I don’t like that.

Michael Brown, in his YouTube videos on Bill Johnson and Bethel Church for Q&A, has gone on record for saying that Goll and company’s commissioning of Todd Bentley was divine punishment on the charismatic movement. Perhaps exposing it to embarrassment for its reckless attitude towards prophetic ministry.

We can only hope that Goll’s attitude towards Bentley and John Crowder has changed. I’ve always liked what James Goll has had to say about dreams and visions, even since 2006 when he was on Elijah List videos. He was one of the key guys to open my eyes to the prophetic. However there are a few things you need to stay leery of in Goll’s writings: namely his book references. He does a great job at cleaning material up for an evangelical charismatic audience, but not so great a job at warning about some of the books he refers people to read:

1. In The Seer he refers to Kenneth Hagin as a prophet (pp. 18, 87, 139, 140). Actually, Hagin was more of a pagan than a Pentecostal. A modern Balaam who preached about “holy greed” and prosperity theology more than anyone. Also, what some people don’t know, is that Hagin was a major plagiarist, an out and out liar. Many of his writings were copied word-for-word from E.W. Kenyon’s writings and passed off as if Hagin wrote them: see D.R. McConnell’s A Different Gospel.

2. In Dream Language, he refers his readers to Morton Kelsey’s God, Dreams, and Revelation, but puts no qualifiers on Kelsey either (p. 63). Randy Clark is another big Kelsey fan. The problem with Kelsey’s writings though, is that he was a Jungian, as was also Herman Riffel (Dream Interpretation), John Sanford (Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language), and a number of other writers in that school. They are basically guys from a mainline liberal Christian background who tapped into the spiritual dimension of dreams. But they are more influenced by self-centered ego interpretations of dreams than by seeing anything divine or demonic in them. Or if they try to see anything divine or demonic, they do so in an indirect sense, and basically leave you with the impression that all dreams come from your own brain. Of course, Kelsey is a whole lot more academic and historical than most charismatic writers, which is why he has such an appeal for serious charismatic theologians. But watch out! Kelsey’s writings not only have ego-centric Jungian psychology, but also universalistic religious pluralism, endorsement of Zen and yoga practices (The Other Side of Silence), and parapsychology understandings of supernatural experiences, like being psychic, having ESP, telekinesis (Healing and Christianity), etc. Just watch out.

But when it comes to Goll’s writings, he tends to leave a lot of that objectional stuff out. And in that sense, he’s very Wesleyan. Take a look at John Wesley’s “Christian Library” sometime; very similar in some ways.

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John Boruff is a husband, father, blogger, and insurance agent.
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