The book you now hold in your hands belongs to a developing genre which for lack of a name I will call "prophetic scholarship" -- a mixture of personal experience, divine revelation, and accumulated study of many other books.  The message in this book is an up to date expression of the mind of the Lord for the Church. Like all prophetically inclined writing it is direct and passionate, advocating a course of action for today's saints. At the same time, however, this book is a product of scholarship. It draws upon much research for laying a comprehensive, balanced ground under its message. It is the fruit of long personal spiritual exploration and exposure to the various parts of the body of Christ, and also the result  of much study, especially in the areas of Church history.


          As a work of instructional prophecy, the scholarship takes a back seat to the prophetic and the instructional. Because of their foundational importance to this message, chapters two through five  are heavily footnoted with Scripture. Beyond this however, the source of every thought is not footnoted as to its origin of influence on me. Only enough documentation to support a point is offered where deemed useful. In many cases, sources are second hand quotes through other writers. 


          The case laid in this book does not ultimately appeal to its research  for its authority, but to its burden as a message from the Lord. The purpose of the research is not to impress the scholar but to support the  appeal to the seeking heart. Nevertheless, I must acknowledge my special indebtedness  to several specific writers for the historical background and supportive insight found in their books. I offer the historically and theologically oriented books in particular as a useful bibliography for further study on the themes central to this message:


          Unger's Bible Dictionary, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible  for their information on Bible uses of oil;


          In the Last Days and The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States (Vinson Synon); Christian Perfection and American Methodism (John L. Peters); The Nineteenth Century Holiness Movement (Melvin Dietrich); and  Perfectionist Persuasion: The Holiness Movement and American Methodism, 1867-1936 (Charles E. Jones) for their historical accounts of the development of sanctification doctrine and the Holiness Movement;


          The Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements for its various articles relative to the history and development of those movements as well as the Holiness and Healing Movements;


          Aspects of Pentecostal-Charismatic Origins (ed. Vinson Synan); Theological Roots of Pentecostalism (Donald W. Dayton); The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The Views of A.B. Simpson and His Contemporaries (Richard Gilbertson) and A. B. Simpson and the Pentecostal Movement (Charles W. Nienkirchen) for their research on the development of the views pertaining to the Holy Spirit and His baptism that prevailed at the turn of the last century;


          The Eternal Church (Bill Hamon) and Latter Rain (Richard Riis) for their accounts of the development and significance of  the  Latter Rain Movement;


          The Incredible Coverup (Dave MacPherson) for the source material on the origins of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine; and Heaven on Earth? The Social and Political Agendas of Dominion Theology (Bruce Barron) for its research on the multifaceted Kingdom Movement.  



          More personally, I consider myself especially indebted to the late A.W. Tozer whose writings proved my mainstay of encouragement during the early years of my own transformation process, and also to Leland Earls, a comparatively obscure but potent prophetic writer whose articles on sonship and the end times have done more than any other ministry  to center my understanding in the Lord upon our ultimate goal in Christ. I consider both of these men to be personal fathers of faith though I have met neither. Special recognition also belongs to  Joseph Carroll, director of the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, S.C. whose transformation-based teaching and discipleship emphasis greatly supported my own quest for the Lord during my critical transitional years from Reformed Fundamentalism into sanctification reality.


          While no accounting of my indebtedness could ever be exhaustive,  this list cannot be complete without my acknowledgment of certain other ministries that were foundational to my early spiritual life. These include all the Biblically-centered churches and schools of my Fundamentalist and Reformed background  beginning with my  parents who laid in me a grasp of the Scriptures as the Word of God and trained me in the paths of scholarship and learning.