My daughter is a relatively new Christian, which is a beautiful testimony in itself, but I digress. She bought me a copy of Graham Cooke’s new book entitled “Prophetic Wisdom”. I had never heard of him so I decided to do a little research on the Internet, check out his background and any positive or negative feedback that is available.
Graham Cooke is a popular conference speaker and is well known in some circles for his training programs on the prophetic, spiritual warfare and intimacy with God, leadership and spirituality. He functions as a consultant, specifically helping churches make the transition from one dimension of calling to a higher level of vision and ministry.
Graham has written sixteen books and co-authored two more and has his own website
Graham also has a number of videos available on YouTube so I decided to watch some.
His testimony is found at Graham Cooke’s Testimony Graham states that he met God in a field. While his testimony experience is extraordinary, I didn’t see anything that raised a red flag. When I watched a video on how the authoring of “Prophetic Wisdom” came about, I did get a red flag. The video is here: Graham Cooke – Prophetic Wisdom
Graham is interviewed by Patricia King who indicated that the authorship of Prophetic Wisdom was supernatural in its conception. In the interview Graham indicates that this is the book that he never wrote. Graham states that the Lord said, “take a piece of paper and write this”. And for the next 8-12 weeks, eight hours a day, Graham heard,”Write this” and so it went for each sentence in the book. So, as Graham says, for the next two to three months God dictated the contents of the book to him.
Any time that you get someone who says that something has been dictated to them, either by a divine visitation or automatic writing from the “spirit” world, the inference is that we are looking at an alternate source of divine guidance other than the Biblical Scriptures. Obviously for Christians, this becomes problematic.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
I also noticed on Graham’s website, under “God doesn’t see what is wrong with you” that he states “We are dead in Christ. God does not see what is wrong with us because He nailed all those things to the Cross and has no desire to resurrect them.” While that is true of our sins that we committed before we became Christians, we as Christians can and do still commit sins (not habitually) but as the Scriptures indicate, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:7-9
So Graham’s statement is not true from my perspective. My intention is to read through the Prophetic Wisdom book and highlight any statements or themes which contradict God’s Word. These will be forthcoming.
I also noted that Graham is divorced from his first wife (Heather) and has since remarried (Theresa). You can read a Divorce Statement that was published here: Divorce-statement
I also did some further research and noted the following:
Graham Cooke was present at the Toronto Blessing or Revival of 1994. There is a host of information available on the Internet about the Toronto Blessing, some pro and some con. One source indicates that Graham was distributing tapes.Toronto Tapes
In addition to the videos Graham has on YouTube he has a number of videos on the XOMedia.com website (Patricia King) and a Decree which I have copied. It reads as follows:
by Graham Cooke
Below is the decree Graham Cooke proclaimed over the body of Christ at the Voice of the Prophets gathering in Harrisburg, PA, April 2009.
This is a great moment for you. This is about favor and it’s about vengeance. Let’s just wait for a moment.
Father, I thank You. Holy Spirit, You are such a genius at life, and I know right now You are rubbing your hands with glee. I want to say to all who hear this word, this is your moment to turn the tables on the enemy, to live the life of instead. So, Father, we just wait.
I want you to sense the Holy Spirit brooding over you. Is this too good to be true? You betcha, it’s the good news. Does He border on fantasy? You betcha, it’s the gospel. Glad tidings of great joy, heaven has come instead of hell, Jesus has come instead of the devil. You can have the life you always wanted, instead of the life you have always had–instead. That is possible because of the absolute, incredible, incomparable favor of God.
So I declare to you in Jesus’ name, you have entered this evening. I am not prophesying something that is to come, but something that is here and now present. You are in it. God has created an atmosphere in your heart, in your life, where now the favor of God lives as a tangible reality. You are going to discover in these next days, weeks, months and years, the power of that favor. The power of moving in the opposite Spirit, that God grants you things instead of what the enemy would purpose. God is an alternative for you to have instead. And it is rooted in the favor of God.
And so I declare to you in the name of Jesus by the authority that God has given me as a prophet in the kingdom, I declare to you, this day marks the beginning of a life of unprecedented, unparalleled favor of God. That the favor of God is upon you right now, even as I speak. That you are going to learn to bask in that favor, to think in that favor, to live in that favor, to see from that place of favor, to move out in that place of favor, to proclaim rather than to pray. To proclaim favor upon yourself, favor in your circumstances.
You are going to learn how to fight in favor so that you may get vengeance. You are going to learn how to overcome, you are going to learn how to be more than a conqueror. You are going to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, you are going to see the goodness of God in such ways that are unprecedented, unparalleled, that everyone around you will notice there is something different about you, there is something on you, there is something happening. What happened to you? What changed in you?
And you are going to say, I have learned an alternative lifestyle instead of the one I had, I have learned an alternative lifestyle, I am a different person. I am not living that life, I am living a different one, I have the favor of the Lord. So I declare to you in Jesus’ name, this is a time and a season of unprecedented, unparalleled favor of God that has come upon you.
God’s favor will stay with you and will remain with you all the days of your life. You will abide in this favor because I have sent My Holy Spirit to teach you how to stay, to teach you how to dwell, to teach you how to remain, to teach you how to focus, to teach you how to pray, to teach you how to see, to teach you how to speak, to teach you how to walk and how to move, and how to live and how to have your being in My Son.
This is the favor of God upon your life and it will never go away. It is eternal, it is everlasting to everlasting, it is an eternal favor, it has no timeframe on it, it has no timeframe on it, it has no timeframe on it. It has begun now, and it will stay with you forever and ever and ever because it is everlasting, because I am your favor, I am your favor.
It’s Me, it’s Me, says the Lord. I am your favor, I have always been your favor, I will always be your favor, I am the instead, I am your instead, I am your promise, I am your prophesy, I am your blessing, I am instead, I am your instead. I am, I am your instead. I am, I am, My presence shall go with you.
I am with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you and My favor is wrapped around you like a cloak. It is in your breath, it is in your lungs, it is in your heart. Every thought you have will be wrapped in favor. Every word you speak will bring favor to somebody. You will be favorable because you are highly favored. The favor of God is on you and it will never leave you.
So I say to you, says the Lord, trade on My favor, trade on My favor. Do not look at Me as though I am reluctant to bless you. I am extravagant, test Me, I am extravagant, and I am teaching you how to move from measure to fullness, how to live in abundance. I will teach you how to live in a place of abundance that’s beyond your ability to think. You will need to dream, you will need to use your imagination, just to keep on conceiving about the goodness of the Lord and how strong it is and how powerful it is.
There is no place of despair because you live in the land of blessing, you live in the land of goodness–it is your inheritance. I am your inheritance, I am your territory, I am your promised land, I am your Canaan. I will give you houses you didn’t build, I will give you vineyards you did not plant, to drink from wells you never had to dig. I am your inheritance, this is your day, this is your time. But you must take advantage of the goodness of God.
Beloved, this is not a concept, it is a tangible reality and you must now step into that place. You must cross that Jordan, you must enter into this space, you must occupy this place of favor until I come, because this is never-ending. And so says the Lord, I challenge you, I challenge you. I challenge you to believe, I challenge you to live, I challenge you to face everything in favor. I challenge you to position yourself before Me in every situation, in every circumstance.
There is always an instead, there is always an instead. And I am teaching you a life that is lived from heaven rather than from earth, instead. I am your instead and you have entered this place and now I am teaching you the joy of staying, dwelling, abiding.
Every problem, every bill, every situation, every circumstance, there is an alternative, instead. Beloved, it is important for Me, says the Lord, that you learn to live in My fullness, because the more fullness you draw from Me—the more fullness I will have to give you, because what works for you, it works for you because it works for Me. I give and it is given back to Me. It works for you because it works for Me.
Pull favor out of Me and more favor will come. Pull favor out of Me and glory will come back to Me. So I challenge you, pull favor out of Me, pull favor down into your circumstances. I touch your eyes this evening and I give you a prophetic ability to see in the Spirit to see the opposite, to move in the opposite, to turn your problem into a prophesy, to turn your passivity into a promise. I give you an anointing to see the way I see and to speak the way I speak.
And beloved, I am so challenging you. Come after Me, come after Me, bankrupt Me if you can. Listen, I need, I need My people living in abundance, I need it, I need it. I don’t have a budget. The enemy has a budget, I have abundance. I need you to flow in the abundance of heaven. It is critical to what we are doing on the earth. It is critical that you become a people of abundance, of fullness, of favor, that you know how to get revenge, so you will learn to be more than conquerors, you will learn to be overcomers.
There are high places available here, beloved, come up, come up, come up. This is the year of your rising, this is the year of your rising. This is the year when you become untethered and unfettered. This is the year when impossible things will begin to occur around you because you are living in the power of instead. So I say to you, make a covenant with Me even as I have made a covenant with you. Make a covenant with Me, that you will follow through and partner with My Holy Spirit in these days. That you and I would have the pleasure together of working through your list. And know that we shall enjoy ourselves with you as we teach you to be unfettered, unbound, untethered, and you shall have your freedom.
You shall rejoice and you shall become worshippers. Your very life, your very breath will glorify Me. This is My will. My will is your instead, I am your instead. Make a covenant with Me even as I make a covenant with you for your good, to do you good, to do you good. That you would live in the goodness of the Lord, that you would overcome evil with all the good that I intend instead. And that you, beloved, shall live in a place of high favor and high renown and that you should have your vengeance, you should have your vengeance.
Father, we pray, we say amen, we say yes to You, Lord. I am in, I am in, I am tired of this life, I want another one instead. I am in, Lord, for Jesus’ sake and for His honor, that He may look back on the travail of His soul and be satisfied. This is what He saw, this was the joy that was set before Him. His people, living in a difference place, instead. So, Father, we say yes to You, for the sake of Jesus and for His honor and glory. Amen.
I also found another Christian’s criticism of this “Decree” Criticism of Decree
This Decree that Graham Cooke proclaimed over the body of Christ at the Voice of the Prophets gathering in Harrisburg, PA, April 2009, leaves me with the familiar situation that Israel faced when crossing over the Jorden (anticipation of what is going to happen next), but I also find that a good portion of it just strikes me as foreign in the sense that I have difficulty envisioning Jesus actually saying words such as “It works for you because it works for Me.” To the casual reader of this “Decree”, one might easily think that what God is saying through Graham is new insight into crossing over the Jorden and taking possession of the land, but closer investigation into this “Decree” and other “Decrees” and teachings that Graham has given and produced, would indicate otherwise.
The Berean Watch web blog states the following on Graham Cooke on his association with the NAR:
“My exposure to the NAR is less comprehensive, and really came to the forefront upon attending the recent Convergence 2010 conference in Ft. Worth. The major speaker there was Graham Cooke, although Lance Wallnau provided an opening presentation on the “seven mountains” concept. While Cooke’s talks did not deal explicitly with either Wallnau’s 7-M perspective or the dominionist viewpoint of the NAR, some of what he said was certainly consistent with NAR thinking. Upon further review of Cooke’s writing and speaking, my conclusion is that he is not an NAR ideologue – his teaching seems to transcend any particular viewpoint or stance, rather focusing on encouraging Christians to understand their identity in the body of Christ, and to be earnestly seeking “upgrades” in their walk with God, especially relative to a prophetic calling.”
Personally, I do not agree with this viewpoint due in large measure to what I encountered in my study of Graham’s book entitled “Prophetic Wisdom”. I would strongly encourage you to go through the review that I did on this particular book and I am pretty sure you will see why. The link to my review is here: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/review-of-prophetic-wisdom-by-graham-cooke/
There are additional posts on Graham Cooke on my blog that provide further insight, just select “Graham Cooke” under the Post Categories Option and they will be displayed or view the “Related” posts displayed at the bottom of this page.
Another Christian itemized statements made by Graham Cooke on one of his CDs (Favor of the Lord: A Prophetic Soaking Experience) which correlates with the content of the Decree.
You can listen to the entire CD on Spotify.
The link to the itemized statements is here: can-graham-cooke-say-this
Here is just one of the itemized statements:
“What if the only way to know this good news and fantasy is to dream? This is the way to Me, to dream.
(Still speaking for God) Logic cannot help you to inherit Me. You inherit thru your dreams. So I will do something away from what has come and I bring My favor and I will birth dreams in you. I have given the HS so you will know who you are. He is going to declare your identity. Dreaming is the way to this. Logic is gone and you’re to feel the anointing in a deep place of receiving out of what this new thing is. Only feeling is the way.”
Curious to what happened to using our minds via logic ….. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12:2
The part that I find perplexing is that SOME of Graham’s videos are very good. Here is an example: Prayer in the New Covenant – Graham Cooke
Yet the Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians says, “Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Cor 11:7-15
And there are numerous other verses such as:
2 Timothy 4:3 (ESV)
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
Matthew 24:24 (ESV)
24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
2 Peter 2:1 (ESV)
2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
So, my personal admonition would be to exercise extreme caution with the writings and other media that Graham Cooke produces because even though there is some very good content in there, there is definitely content that does not agree with the Christian Holy Scriptures. In addition to the means whereby Graham obtained the contents for his book “Prophetic Wisdom” plus the contents of some of his “decrees”, what Graham expounds upon in his book “Prophetic Wisdom” should give any Bible believing Christian serious cause for concern.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!