E-BOOKS

The e-books here are what I would say present a Baptistic Pentecostal view of practical holiness and mystical experience in the Christian life. I pray in Jesus’ name that these writings help Christians around the world with their walk.

JOHN BORUFF

2019 – Miracles Are for Today! This is a refutation of B. B. Warfield’s Counterfeit Miracles. It shows that cessationism has its origins in Enlightenment rationalism; and answers Warfield’s doubts about Scripture, his rejection of miracles in church history, and his cessationist opinions. 68 pages.

John Boruff has put together an analysis of one of the most influential theologians when it comes to cessationism: B. B. Warfield. While there are sometimes many factors that play a part in determining why a person reaches the conclusions that they do, Boruff explores the impact that Warfield’s studies in higher criticism may have had in influencing his cessationism. This work is an aid to any student interested in answering the question of whether miracles still happen.                                                                                                          – Daniel Jennings, author of The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

2018 – Supernatural Lights This is mainly a study of angelic lights, but also takes a look at the shekinah glory of God and demonic lights, for the sake of spiritual discernment. Today, many charismatics and New Agers are seeing supernatural lights; and its important to know how to interpret and respond to them. 36 pages.

2018 Pastoral Abuse  Twenty warnings against the spiritual abuses often found in authoritarian churches: power trips, one-upmanship, anti-intellectualism, carnality, false counseling, unquestioning obedience, financial control, the abuse of Hell, the Pharisaical spirit, etc. 39 pages.

2017 – My Walk with Jesus – From when I was a little kid until now–this is an experiential and theological autobiography. The testimony of my conversion; and occasions of revelations, miracles, and other divine interventions in my life so far. I pray it serves as an encouragement to normal Pentecostals trying to live for Jesus. 80 pages.

2017 – Nurture and Admonition – The Biblical duties of Christian parenting from commentaries on Ephesians 6:4: from the time of the church fathers to the Puritans, with a review of Dr. Susan Forward’s Toxic Parents. 53 pages.

2017 – The Bible and Financial Growth – A faith-based booklet grounded on reliable economic reasoning; deals with ten successful Biblical attitudes towards money; working, saving, and investing; the upwardly mobile job search; mortgaging as quickly as possible; and leaving an inheritance for your children. 37 pages.

2016 – The Sins of the Movies A short booklet that preaches against the immoral influence of bad movies, their sin-glorifying ideas, their seductive images, and Hollywood’s anti-Biblical, anti-Christian, anti-moral agenda. An alarm to all that love the Lord to take another look at their movie watching! 52 pages.

Boruff Book Cover 12015 – The Gospel of Jesus Christ A Wesleyan approach to soteriology. Presents the order of salvation from Hell, repentance, faith, justification, regeneration, sanctification, conditional security, and Heaven. Also, a response to non-judgmentalism. Extensive bibliography. Intended as preparatory study for evangelistic preaching. 170 pages.

In a day of superficial gospels, and seeker-sensitive churches, John Boruff digs deep into church history, giving us many choice excerpts of what godly men in the past preached and believed. He sets the plumb line from Scripture; and shows how this current generation is needing a correction in its gospel. I recommend this volume for saints to read and share with others.                                                                    – Greg Gordon, Founder of SermonIndex.net

2012 – How to Experience God Charismatic theology of worship, meditation, contemplation, spiritual experiences, spiritual discernment, resisting the New Age and the occult, the history of charismatic Christianity, and defending the practice of contemplative prayer. Extensive bibliography on miraculous gifts. 397 pages.

2010 Portraits of Antichrists Intertestamental and early church views of the Antichrist: signs of what kind of a person he will be. 33 pages.

OTHERS

2005 – The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley by Daniel Jennings  John Wesley (d. 1791), the founder of the Methodist Church, innovator of Wesleyan Arminian theology, and trainer of an army of street preachers, was a full blown prophet. Although he humbly declined any “claims to the miraculous gifts”; it is clear from his life that he experienced almost every kind of supernatural experience possible:–except for speaking in tongues. This book catalogs his experiences with spiritual warfare, miraculous healing, prophetic dreams and visions, trances in the Spirit, angels, holy laughter, the gift of prophecy, physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit, prayer for nature miracles, etc. This should be an essential resource for anyone serious about the study of miraculous gifts for Pentecostals and charismatics today. 230 pages.

1977 New Wine Magazine 9:1 “Prophecy” Issue edited by Don Basham With articles on “What Is a Prophet?” by Bruce Yocum (p. 4), “Levels of Prophecy” by Bob Mumford (p. 10), “Stepping Out in Prophecy” by Don Basham (p. 20), “Questions and Answers: Prophecy” by Don Basham and Ern Baxter (p. 29), etc. 32 pages.

1968 – Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation by Howard Carter – This is a standard Assemblies of God text on the miraculous gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. One thing to note is that Carter was the first influential AG theologian to teach that the word of knowledge is supernatural information from the Holy Spirit about people and places (comparable to the idea of extrasensory perception or ESP, ch. 3), and that it is not simply a profound insight derived from Bible study. The same views are expressed in his Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts (1946). Carter’s overtly supernatural view of the word of knowledge differed from other AG leaders, who held it to be a talent for Bible study, as in Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts and Smith Wigglesworth’s Ever-Increasing Faith. Most of the Latter Rain preachers in the 1950’s healing revival held to Carter’s extrasensory view of the word of knowledge, as in Gordon Lindsay’s Commissioned with Power; and most charismatic ministers today who operate in prophetic ministry generally understand the word of knowledge to be a “revelational gift” of supernaturally imparted extrasensory perception from the Holy Spirit, revealing specific facts and information about people’s lives in church services, such as undisclosed sicknesses, which then prompt miraculous faith to be healed. These views were later reflected in Lester Sumrall’s The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit and Derek Prince’s The Gifts of the Spirit. 94 pages.

1903 – A Manual of Mystical Theology by Arthur Devine  Along with Augustin Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer, this is considered one of the most authoritative works on Roman Catholic mystical theology, or charismatic theology, ever written. I prefer this to Poulain though, because it quotes the Bible more often. It is very experiential. Deals with contemplation, mortification, spiritual experiences, ecstasies, visions, voices, prophecies, miracles, and discernment. Protestants will find certain Catholic things objectionable, but still find some value in the study. It would be a good supplement to the Vineyard-esque theology in Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Voice of God and the Assemblies of God’s classic treatment on miraculous gifts: Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts. An additional balancing factor would be to study these along with Vladimir Lossky’s The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church and The Vision of God, which systematizes the views of the Russian Orthodox Church, coming from the Desert Fathers and the Philokalia. Lossky also explains the difference between Neoplatonism and Christian mysticism. 664 pages.

1902 – New Testament Holiness by Thomas Cook  I found this book referred to on page 143 of Leonard Ravenhill’s Tried and Transfigured. While it presents entire sanctification as part of its theology, there are other valuable insights from a Wesleyan Arminian approach to Biblical holiness. I’d advise, along with any reading of John Wesley’s A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, to “eat the meat, and spit out the bones” of tee-total perfectionism. But there could be something valuable here left untouched by Calvinistic writers, like experiences of the Holy Spirit, or obedience to God. 204 pages.

1892 – Open-Air Preaching by Edwin Hallock Byington  Sketches the history and logic of open air preaching in spreading the Gospel. People like John Bunyan, George Whitefield, John Wesley, and others are referred to. 104 pages.

1887 – Antinomianism Revived by Daniel Steele – A Methodist theologian debunks the antinomian theology of the Plymouth Brethren. Especially valuable is his expose of the antinomian view of the atonement and how it is tied to the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination. 266 pages.

1882 – The Ministry of Healing by A. J. Gordon – A foundational study of divine healing based on Scripture, church history, reason, and personal experience. 236 pages.

1849 – Objections to Calvinism As It Is by Randolph Foster – A classic rebuttal of the five points of Calvinism, including “once saved, always saved” in chapter 6. The “old school” Methodist view. 322 pages.

1840 – Wesleyana: or, A Complete System of Wesleyan Theology by John Wesley – A collection of writings in the format of a systematic theology. Includes a biographical sketch of Wesley, and theological subjects such as Scripture, true Christianity, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the law of God, human nature, repentance, faith, justification, regeneration, sanctification, salvation, Christian character, Christian duties, the means of grace, judgment, Hell, Heaven, angels, and demons. 308 pages.

1835 – Christian Theology by Adam Clarke  The best summary of early Methodist theology I know of. Great for catechizing children, and getting them to focus on ethical matters of the heart, rather than just religious facts. Also great for devotional study and preparation for preaching. 493 pages.

1832 – The Suppressed Evidence by Thomas Boys  A theological and historical survey of miraculous gifts among the Protestant reformers! 360 pages.

1823 – Theological Institutes by Richard Watson – One of the most authoritative works of early Methodist theology. Covers the authority of Scripture, moral responsibility, divine revelation, miracles, prophecies, the attributes of God, the law of God, the atonement, Christian moral duties, and the sacraments. 4 vols.

1775 – The Scots Worthies by John Howie  A collection of biographical sketches of the Covenanters (the first Presbyterians); some of whom related dreams, visions, and miracles! 627 pages.

1750 – A Vindication of the Miraculous Powers by Thomas Church – An 18th century charismatic theology book by an Anglican priest; argues against the cessationist book A Free Inquiry by Conyers Middleton. Was to the 1700s what Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Power of the Spirit is today. 383 pages.

1692 – Gospel-Truth Stated and Vindicated by Daniel Williams As the theological successor and friend of Richard Baxter, he wrote this book in defense of Arminian lordship salvation, and against the antinomianism of Dr. Tobias Crisp. 214 pages.

1691 – The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits by Richard Baxter – This is a book on demons, spiritual warfare, and deliverance; the Christian response to occult manifestations of ghosts and evil spirits. 268 pages.

1689 A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine This powerful evangelistic book influenced John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon. The author was a Puritan and street preaching friend of John Westley, the grandpa of Wesley. Truly this is a Wesley Gospel. 220 pages.

1685 – A Paraphrase on the New Testament by Richard Baxter This is a godly Arminian commentary that predated Wesley’s Notes and Adam Clarke’s Commentary. 268 pages.

1684 – The Religious Tradesman by Richard Steele This is a Puritan book on Christian economics; particularly as it relates to the individual Christian worker. Very practical and has stood the test of time. Originally titled “The Tradesman’s Calling,” it was retitled, edited, and re-published by hymn writer Isaac Watts. Teaches principles such as obligations to business, choosing a career, prudence, diligence (productive, hard working attitude), justice, truth, contentment, religion, and retirement. 328 pages.

1577 – The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila  The full spectrum of mystical experiences are laid out very clearly here. It is very helpful as a guide to prayer as well as interior spiritual experiences, both overtly supernatural ones, and those which are much more subtle. It is Catholic, so try to take what is good and ignore what is non-Biblical. 272 pages.

1394 – The Scale of Perfection by Walter Hilton  Out of all of the classic works on contemplative prayer, this one has the most Scripture quoted in it that I have found to date. 195 pages.

429 – The Conferences by John Cassian  Practical, ascetic, and mystical theology distilled from conversations with the Desert Fathers; influenced St. Benedict. 698 pages.

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