20th century Charismatic Pentecostal
"Very quickly the Word of the Gospel becomes an
oppressive law as established political and social order embrace the
The spirit of
play is forced to the periphery of the fellowship, where it was welcomed by
those who were previously excluded.
counter-movements come into being as an antidote for the over-emphasis on the
Word over Spirit; control over
A key to understanding cultural evolution is knowing the
spirit of play.
Play critically confronts
any ideological system that lays
Playful people are not out to
dominate reality and exploit
it, to justify their own existence with the result.
a criticism of
technocratic utilitarian thought and achievement which attacks both the
nature and the quality of human life.
Both extremes are
typical of the false self,
which wrongs reality and leads to an absolutization of one's own
interpretation of existence." - Jean-Jacques Suurmond
Charles Fox Parham obtains
license from the Southwest Kansas Conference of the
Charles Fox Parham's adoption of Wesleyan "holiness"
theology with its crisis experience
of sanctification branded him as a
troublemaker and he surrendered his
Holiness preachers declared that following conversion, believers should
seek for a "second blessing" to purge the desires of the flesh from their
Holiness preaching tended to center around John Wesley's
sanctification teaching of a second crisis experience
subsequent to justification which
was commonly termed
From this it followed that
it was the duty of those who had experienced entire sanctification to confess
it and bring others into this experience.
1898 Charles Fox Parham established the Bethel Healing
Home and published the Apostolic Faith magazine in Topeka,
1901 Charles Fox Parham founds Bethel
Bible College in Topeka, Kansas.
gathered to pray for the promised
"Latter Rain" outpouring
of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:23,28,29) hoping to acquire
the supernatural spiritual power that
expansion of the Early Church.
an intense atmosphere of
expectancy Agnes N. Ozman became the first to "Speak in
Charles Fox Parham 'receives' the capability of speaking
in "German" and "Swedish"; Agnes N. Ozman in "Chinese," and others in a variety
of "foreign languages" including "Japanese", "Hungarian", "Syrian", "Hindi" and
As there was no one in Topeka, Kansas who spoke any of these
languages and as none of these "speakers of tongues" actual did any foreign
missionary work it is unlikely that any of these spoken tongues were actual
coherent foreign language verbalizations.
Charles Fox Parham noted that
"Cloven Tongues of Fire" appeared over
the heads of speakers of tongues.
He believed speaking in tongues meant
that an individual had been given power by the Holy Spirit to speak and
understand a foreign language to facilitate foreign missionary work.
Charles Fox Parham is the "founder of modern
It is clear from history that both the Azusa Street revival and the
that spread from Zion City (now called Zion), Illinois, grew from Charles Fox
Parham's Latter Rain mythology.
Charles Fox Parham moves to Houston,
Texas, where in spite of segregation, William Seymore, a one-eyed
African-American preacher is taught Latter Rain mythology.
William Seymore goes to
Los Angeles, where his speaking sparks the the Azusa Street revival.
trace their roots to the Azusa Street revival.
The Azusa Street Revival of 1906
Charles Fox Parham
after observing "supernatural
manifestations" of the Azusa Street revival declares:
"The Lord is
sick at His stomach!"
1914 The World Assemblies of God
Fellowship is structured as a loose alliance of independent national and
regional Pentecostal denominations.
1965 Chuck Smith founds
Calvary Chapel after serving
as Healing Revival campaign
manager for Paul Cain.
"In 1990 a shift occurred and the Apostolic
movement began to be birthed. My wife and I have met no less than six apostles
- most of whom used to be pastors, then
prophets, and now apostles.
Over the last fifteen years we have
spiritually surfed various
moves of the ḦṍḸẙ ṦṕḯṝḭṰ
and they all can be reduced to being nothing more than Latter Rain acolytes,
only the error has progressed even
more radically since 1947." - Robert S. Liichow
Two of the most
prominent proponents of the mythology of Latter Rain are Paul Cain and
C. Peter Wagner.
Peter Wagner, co-founder of the World Prayer Center, a non-profit
corporation, and chancellor of the Wagner Institute, a non-profit
Colorado Springs, is touted as a leading authority in the fields of church
growth and spiritual
Morphed and evolved Latter Rain mythologies now
Now/Dominion mythology, Progressive
Harvest, Post-Millennial Eschatology, Signs and Wonders,
Spiritual Warfare , Ecumenism, Restoration of Apostles and
Prophets, Jubilee/Feast of Tabernacles, and the
Rain movement taught Manifest Sons would arise at
These Manifest Sons,
ones who have come into the full stature of Christ would receive the Spirit
without measure receiving a number of
These gifts include:
the ability to teleport;
to speak any language;
perform divine healing and other miracles.
Manifest Sons cannot be
deceived and do not deceive.
Manifest Sons claim they will restore man's
rightful position as originally mandated in Genesis ushering in the millennial
reign of Christ in which all people will
be given full redemption -
free from the curse of Original
Sin, free from sin causing evil spirits to scatter before the triumphant
power of Joel's army and all sickness, disease, death and
desires of the
flesh will end.
"A Man Child is birthed who is to bring about a
dramatic change in the entire structure of the Church. The Man Child will bring
full Apostolic Order." - Paul Cunningham vision at the 2nd apostles gathering
During the early years, some of the most ardent critics of the Latter
Rain and Latter Rain's Manifest Sons mythology came from within Pentecostalism,
particularly the Assemblies of God.
Leaders of the Assemblies of God
were concerned that it glorified men among other things and pointed to the
"ye are gods" dogma as evidence of
severe theological error.
adherents of Manifest Sons mythology
include: Earl Pearly
Paulk, Oral Roberts, Paul Cain, William Marrion Branham and
|"For the kingdom of the
heavens belongs to the householder who went out with the early morning to hire
workmen for his vineyard.
Having agreed with the workmen to pay a
denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Having gone out at
lunch he saw others standing in the market-place idle; and to them he said, "Go
also ye into the vineyard, and whatsoever may be just I will give you. And they
went their way."
Having gone out at supper he found others standing, and
says to them, "Why stand ye here all the day idle?"
They say to him, "No
man has hired us."
He says to them, "Go also ye into the vineyard."
When evening came, the lord
of the vineyard says to his steward, "Call the workmen and pay wages, beginning
from the last even to the first."
All each received a denarius.
Early birds supposed that they would receive more, yet they received
only a denarius each.
On receiving it they murmured against the master
of the house, saying, "These last have worked bbut one hour, and thou hast made
them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the heat."
answering he said to one of them, "Friend, I do not wrong thee. Didst thou not
agree with me to work for a denarius?"
"Take what is thine and go. It
is my will to give to this last even as to thee: is it not lawful for me to do
what I will in my own affairs?"
"Thus shall the last be first, and the
first last; for many are called but few chosen." - Matthew
Randy Clark, a St. Louis Vineyard pastor, is despondent.
desperation, Randy Clark visits a
meeting in Tulsa.
Randy Clark keeps going up to get prayed for and
keeps getting knocked down by Rodney Howard-Browne.
Howard-Browne's supernatural manifestations - slain in the spirit, shakings,
laughter - had to be an anointing of the Holy Spirit!
1994 Randy Clark, invited to speak at John
Arnott's Toronto Airport Vineyard fellowship, puts to work what he has
learned from Rodney Howard-Browne.
The Toronto revival has also been
referred to as the "Toronto Blessing", "The Father's Blessing",
"The Anointing", "The Awakening", "The River", "The
Randy Clark announces his sermon, "The Making of a
Carol Arnott falls to the floor and slashes violently with
an imaginary two handed sword for about twenty minutes.
Upon Randy Clark
conclusion Carol Arnott delivers the following "prophecy":
"This is My
sword, this is not man's sword, this is My golden sword.
methods will not be acceptable to Me anymore because I am doing a new thing.
This new way is new and you must throw away the old ways of doing
things and take up My sword because My sword is made of pure gold and is purer
and is mighty.
If you wield it the captives will be set free, the
chains will be broken and the healings will be manifest because it will not be
by might, nor by power, but by My wonderful Holy Spirit." - Carol Arnott
channeling the Fire of the Holy
People infected with "Fire of the Holy Spirit"
exhibited the following behavior:
healing, hysterical laughter,
physical spasms and jerking, weeping(and gnashing of teeth), groaning, shaking,
drunkenness, falling to
the floor, slain in
the spirit, roaring like lions,
barking like dogs and speaking in tongues.
Christians feel supernatural
manifestations lead to apostasy.
"If you're going to be
concerned about deception, then please be concerned about the greatest
deception that there is, and the greatest deception of all, in my opinion, is
not to fall for teachings of a false
prophet." - John Arnott
Vineyard Association embraces "supernatural manifestations".
Two years later John Wimber forces Toronto Airport Vineyard to
resign from the Vineyard Association.
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