*Note: This book review was written elsewhere by the same author and republished here. It was not written on the date that this webpage was published
Glenn Worthington's book "God Inspired Dreams and Visions" is nothing short of a Montanist documenting his supposed prophecies. The Book makes a very flimsy argument for Montanism based off of experience and out of context Scripture at the beginning, and after that it simply him listing off prophecies he has told. Some of the alleged prophecies are a bit excessive and strange. At one point he claims, "Another time our entire congregation was worshipping intensely and some people were even dancing before the Lord. I felt in my spirit that I could turn and look up the aisle and see Jesus come riding in on a donkey. I could see in my mind the children dancing and praising Him as they laid palm branches down for His donkey to walk upon." If I were to quote every claim of Montanism he makes, I would essentially quote the entire book. The problem with this is that, if one is to believe prophecies exist in modern times, they must believe that Scripture is either incomplete or insufficient. Essentially, one cannot believe in modern prophecies while consistently maintaining a correct view of Scripture.
What's more troubling is that some of these prophecies contain false doctrine. One teaches that you can lose your salvation by willingly walking away from God, "The only way you can be ensnared again is if you willingly walk back in, shut the prison cell door, and put the fetters back on your own wrists." I may have been inclined to be a little more charitable with that error if he had not claimed God was the one who said that.
Another, even more concerning prophecy he supposedly got said, "I have a plan of blessing for your life. It is a plan of blessing and not of cursing. Cooperate with My plan of good things for you. Work with Me on this." He continued, "Follow in My path and plan for you. There you will have overflowing abundance of good things in your life." This is clearly the false gospel called the Prosperity Gospel, and he is attributing it to God.
At the end of the book, he attempts to say that if the prophecy doesn't align with the Bible, it isn't a true prophecy, which I would certainly agree with. That only truly serves to show that by his own standard he is a false prophet. He then attempts to teach people how to prophesy, which was something no Apostle or Prophet had to be taught in all of Scripture.
Ultimately, the whole book is just another incarnation of the Montanist heresy. God no longer speaks through prophecies and visions, but through His word alone. If God did speak through modern prophecy, He would not tell people falsehoods about secondary doctrines, and He certainly would not promote a false gospel such as the Prosperity Gospel.
For a presentation of the true Gospel, please go here.
Brandon C. Hines
Brandon is a young writer, theologian, and polemicist. He adheres to the 1689 London Baptist Confession and believes in Calvinism, Covenant Theology, Credobaptism, Presuppositional Apologetics, and the Essentials of the Christian Faith.
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