Medieval Catholicism believed both in continuing revelation and in personal revelation, but such beliefs could be problematic: what about false prophets? The late Middle Ages were awash with revelatory figures, often women (like Joan of Arc) and thus the church put in place a number of procedures for how to regulate such people. Revelation could not be legitimate unless it was approved by a confessor, who also looked into the character of the revelator. One of the most important trait was humility: if the revelator was willing to submit to the confessor and have all of her revelations regulated then she showed proper humility was a true revelator. If she balked at those restrictions, that was a sign that she had excessive pride, which proved that she was a false prophet.
Obviously the legitimacy of such figures was highly debated (no one more so than Joan of Arc) and the Protestants came up with an even simpler way to deal with prophets: there weren’t any. The Bible was complete so true revelation would be redundant (simply say the same thing) and anything that was new was automatically false.
Yet belief in revelation was hard to suppress, and radicals (like the Quakers) continued to make claims in Protestant lands. To the question, “Whether there be any Spirit of Prophecy or Revelation given forth since the Apostles deceased, as believing all dyed with them?” Jane Lead replied, “This would be a sad and deplorable thing, if God should since that Age cut off the spring of Revelation from its original, that so the Sheep and Lambs of Christ’s flock should no more expect to be fed from the fresh springing Pastures.”
Evangelicals like Methodists were often open to the idea of personal revelation: Joseph Smith said he was surprised when the Methodist minister told him his vision was of the devil, but it would also make sense that the minister would have a problem with a revelation that said his church was false.
These issues can be tricky in our church as well and the stewardship structure is a great way to manage the issue. But stewardship lines often overlap as suggested in the quote of Heber J. Grant that Marion G. Romney relayed: “My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church and if he ever tells you to do anything, and it is wrong, and you do it, the Lord will bless you for it.” What one does oneself is one’s own stewardship; what happens if there’s a conflict within that realm? Or to put it in terms of a hypothetical, if God prompted an individual through the spirit to do something, and an authority figure told that individual not to (even if it were fairly mundane) would God really want individual to follow the authority figure when we believe that we can communicate with God directly?
Revelatory churches have to grapple with the question: which is paramount, authority or personal revelation?
 Dyan Elliott, Proving Women: Female Spirituality and Inquisitional Culture in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004), and Nancy Caciola, Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).
 The Revelation of Revelations Particularly as an Essay towards the Unsealing, Opening and Discovering the Seven Seals, the Seven Thunders, and the New Jerusalem State (London: Jane Lead, 1683), 128. Lead continued, “Let such but call to mind and consider those many Scripture-Prophecies and Promises concerning the continuation of this Gift unto the very end of time, both in the old and new Testament; I shall mention only some of the latter; John 14. 16,17,18. 2Cor.4.8. 1Cor.2.10, 11,12,13,14. 1John 2.28. Heb.8.9,10,11.”
 Said Jane Lead, “Therefore while ye in the state of Minority are, and have need to be under Pastors and Teachers, till you are come up to the highest Form, ready prepared and qualified for the great Master Teacher to undertake you, even the holy Spirit, who will perfect whatever was lacking in other Teachings, and through other Mediums, for which direct your Eye, waiting in a peaceable Concord and silent Harmony, in your own Jerusalem within, whereupon written is to be, Holiness to the Lord in every Property.” Revelation of Revelations, v.