But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; - Acts 2:16-17
The story from Numbers shows TWO people prophesying, not everyone. Moses even exclaims -- oh that all would prophesy! That specifically means that all do not! This is what happens when you scour the bible to prop up your false teachings. The truth always comes out. The verses from Acts are from Pentecost and is Peter stating that the Joel prophecy was coming true with the delivery of the Holy Spirit. Yet even within that prophecy it does not say all will prophesy! Your sons and daughters does not mean everyone. The other sign of false teaching is when one avoids clear directional scriptures regarding the subject at hand for narratives that can be twisted far more easily. The key verses and that entire chapter cannot be clearer. There is no need to go to some obscure narrative in Numbers or a passage in Acts reaffirming a Joel prophecy! Now let us examine the ten ways Goll offers up to help fledgling false prophets prophelie:
"Earnestly desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially that you may prophesy (see 1 Cor. 14:1). God wants to speak to you and through you!" -- James Goll
Why would anyone claiming to hear directly from God need James Goll's help to prophesy at all? It is true that the verse he cites says to earnestly desire prophecy but that was presented as a contrast to the gift of tongues, which to this day is more eagerly pursued by the church. Paul's point was that true prophecy edifies the church. Like the devil mixing truth and error it is true that God wants to speak TO you, but not necessarily through you.
"Trust the peace of God. Beware of speaking when your spirit is uneasy or in turmoil, or when you feel forced to speak. Look for the peace of God in every word you utter (see Ps. 85:8, Phil. 4:7--9)." -- James Goll
So the leaning upon our own feelings begins. This is the genesis of experiential Christianity today. To reflect to our feelings and blame the thoughts that pop into our heads upon God. Realize that is all James Goll can teach -- utter carnality. There is a reason why the bible describes the human heart as the most wickedly deceitful thing ever created! I cannot tell you how many times I have heard churchgoers explain bizarre, poor or even unbiblical decisions based upon some level of "peace" they believe God gave them over the matter. C'mon; let's be honest about this. I had friends who once moved out of state and they "submitted the matter into prayer" where they sought "God's peace" over the decision. Since they clearly wanted to move, they of course received that "peace." In their new surroundings, they quickly fell out of church and away from the faith. Trust the word of God beloved.
"Obey the urging of the Spirit. Remember, the prophetic spirit is under your control. It will not impel you to speak against your better judgment. You can turn it off or turn it on by an act of your will." -- James Goll
Uhm, no. If we can turn off hearing from God as act of our sheer will then we have become God. Now, we can always pull a Jonah and run off to Tarshish instead of giving the word as instructed but again all of these rational sounding morsels ignore why someone who hears directly from God would need urging to obey the spirit!