20th century Charismatic Pentecostal revivals

"Very quickly the Word of the Gospel becomes an oppressive law as established political and social order embrace the fellowship.

The spirit of play is forced to the periphery of the fellowship, where it was welcomed by those who were previously excluded.

Charismatic Pentecostal counter-movements come into being as an antidote for the over-emphasis on the Word over Spirit; control over liberty.

A key to understanding cultural evolution is knowing the spirit of play.

Play critically confronts any ideological system that lays absolute claims.

Playful people are not out to dominate reality and exploit it.

This implies a criticism of technocratic utilitarian thought and achievement which attacks both the nature and the quality of human life.

Extremes are typical of the false self; absolutization of one's own interpretation of existence upsets reality." - Jean-Jacques Suurmond

Charles Fox Parham obtains a minister's license from the Southwest Kansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Charles Fox Parham's adoption of Wesleyan "holiness" theology with its crisis experience of sanctification branded him as a troublemaker and he surrendered his minister's license.

Holiness preachers declared that following conversion, believers should seek for a "second blessing" to purge the desires of the flesh from their hearts.

Holiness preaching centered on John Wesley's sanctification of a second crisis experience subsequent to justification, termed entire sanctification.

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, Kansas.

1901 Charles Fox Parham founds Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas.

Forty students gather 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 marked the expansion of the Early Church.

In an intense atmosphere of expectancy Agnes N. Ozman became the first to 'Speak in Tongues.'

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', 'Spanish'.

There was no one in Topeka, Kansas who speaks any of these languages and as none of these 'speakers of tongues' did any foreign missionary work.

It is unlikely 'spoken tongues' were coherent foreign language verbalizations.

Charles Fox Parham notes "Cloven Tongues of Fire" appear over the heads of speakers of tongues.

Parham taught speaking in tongues meant 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 "Father of Modern Pentecostalism."

It is clear from history that both the Azusa Street revival and the Pentecostal revival 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, one-eyed Black preacher William Seymore, is taught Latter Rain mythology.

1906   William Seymore goes to Los Angeles, where his speaking sparks the the Azusa Street revival.

All Pentecostal denominations 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!"

1907   David Wesley Myland begins teaching the rudimentary mythology of the "Latter Rain."

The idea of a Latter Rain is present from the beginning.

The return of Speaking in Tongues and Baptism by the Holy Spirit marks the Latter Rain, near the End Times.

The current "movement" of the Holy Spirit is the Latter Rain bringing Christ's work to completion culminating in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the Rapture.

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

William Branham Historical Research

1914   World Assemblies of God Fellowship is structured as a loose alliance of independent national and regional Pentecostal denominations.

mid-1940's   The enthusiasm and fire of the Pentecostal revival started at Azusa Street is waning.

Adherents seek a movement of the Holy Spirit - Signs and Wonders.

1947   William Marrion Branham, Percy Hunt and George Hawtin codify Latter Rain mythology as the "The New Order of the Latter Rain."

1949   Latter Rain dogma leads to the condemnation of the "The New Order of the Latter Rain" by the Assemblies of God General Council.

Latter Rain acolytes resign or are excommunicated for their involvement and form independent Latter Rain fellowships.

Most of these fellowships are small.

The evolving mythology becomes increasingly heretical degenerating into clearly definable cults - Vineyard Association, Harvest Rock, Church of the Living Word, House of Prayer

Latter Rain includes:

the placing of experience over exposition;

Baptism of the Holy Spirit and gifts of the Holy Spirit can be imparted through the "laying on of hands";

New Church of Christ is to be built upon the foundation of the five-fold ministry of present-day apostles and prophets;

the Dominion Mandate - the New Latter Rain movement must overcome all résistance and destroy all evil which now prevents the Return of Christ.

"After being ordained into full-time ministry by a RHEMA graduate and 'prophet' I started a small ministry called "Latter Rain Ministries."

I had several cassettes and booklets by William Marrion Branham and prayed I too could have such a supernatural ministry.

I, like many others, believed that the Lord had restored the office of the apostle and prophet.

Many prophetic words were spoken over my wife and I regarding the move of God and the end time glory which was about to be manifested and our role in this coming move.

Now I know that I, and all my friends in ministry, were Montanists to the core, (although none of us knew it at the time).

Finally the Lord opened my eyes to the Truth of His Word, which has been subsequently revealing the darkness of what we once gladly walked in.

I know from personal experience the great attraction Latter Rain holds.

Adherents want to be on the cutting edge of spiritual advancement.

Adherents want to see God's power manifested, the sick healed, feel His presence, etcetera.

The problem is almost all of what transpires in neo-Montanist congregations is subjective experience devoid of any solid Biblical foundation.

The Bible ends up being used to prove the experience, it matters not where the texts are drawn from, and context is immaterial." - Robert S. Liichow

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 spiritually surfed moves of the ḦṍḸẙ ṦṕḯṝḭṰ.

They all can be reduced to being nothing more than Latter Rain acolytes, only error has progressed 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.

C. Peter Wagner, co-founder of the World Prayer Center, a non-profit corporation, and chancellor of the Wagner Institute, a non-profit 501c3, in Colorado Springs, is touted as a leading authority in the fields of church growth and spiritual warfare.

Morphed and evolved Latter Rain mythologies now include:

Joel's Army/Kingdom Now/Dominion mythology, Progressive Revelation, Revival Harvest, Post-Millennial Eschatology, Signs and Wonders, Spiritual Warfare, Ecumenism, Restoration of Apostles and Prophets, Jubilee/Feast of Tabernacles, and the Post-denominational Church.

Latter Rain movement taught Manifest Sons would arise at the End Times.

Manifest Sons, ones who have come into the full stature of Jesus Christ would receive the Spirit without measure receiving a number of "divine gifts".

These gifts include:

the ability to teleport;

to speak any language;

to perform divine healing and other miracles.

Manifest Sons cannot be deceived and do not deceive.

Manifest Sons claim to restore man's rightful position as originally mandated in Genesis ushering in the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

All 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, the most ardent critics of the Latter Rain mythology came from within Pentecostalism, particularly the Assemblies of God.

Leaders of the Assemblies of God were concerned it glorified men and pointed to the "ye are gods" dogma as evidence of severe theological error.

Rhythm of the Falling Rain

Major adherents of Manifest Sons mythology include: Earl Pearly Paulk, Oral Roberts, Paul Cain, William Marrion Branham and Benny Hinn.

Latter Rain mythology condemnation by Assemblies of God include:

overemphasis relative to imparting, identifying, bestowing, or confirming of gifts by the "laying on of hands" and prophecy;

erroneous teaching that the true church is built on the foundation of present-day apostles and prophets;

the suggestion that an intercessor could hear confession and absolve sin;

extreme and unscriptural practice of imparting or imposing control over individuals through the gifts of utterance.

The Latter Rain movement, along with elements of the "Healing Revival" slowly dissolved into parts of the larger Charismatic Pentecostal movement.

Dancing, lifting of hands and spontaneous praise are marks of the Charismatic Pentecostal movement which has a blend of influences including Latter Rain, Healing Revival and Jesus Movement elements.

"The flamboyant claims of the Charismatic are beyond tolerance and have succeeded in leading Christians to seek the 'gifts' rather than the 'Giver' and has already done untold harm to the people of God." -

Word of Faith

What's Wrong with the Word of Faith Movement?

Word of Faith

"You are as much the incarnation of god as Jesus."

Kenneth E. Hagin

"Since at least the 1970s, authentic actors, unions and churches, have folded under a sustained assault by free-market statism.

Civil society is transformed into a buyer's market for political factions and corporate interests looking to exert influence at arm's length.

The last forty years has seen a huge proliferation of think tanks and political NGOs whose purpose, beneath all the verbiage, is to execute political agendas by proxy." - Julian Assange

Word of Faith consists of two distinct yet closely related factions:

Norman Vincent Peale & Robert H. Schuller

Kenneth E. Hagin & Kenneth Copeland

Word of Faith roots trace back to New Thought of William Essek Kenyon.

"High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly, make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately. Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true." - Robert H. Schuller

Word of Faith dogma includes the following:

"speak" things into existence;

health and wealth is based on faith;

faith is a suprenatural force that emanates from God.

Negative words and thoughts release the power of Satan.

Positive words and thoughts release the power of the Lord.

John Avanzini, Morris Cerullo, Robert Tilton and almost all the celebrity pastors on Trinity Broadcasting Network practice Word of Faith.

1977 Edir Macedo founds the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

1989 Edir Macedo purchases RecordTV and re-brands as Rede Record.

"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."

Each received a denarius.

Early birds hoped that they would receive more, yet they received only a denarius.

On receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, saying, "These last have worked but an hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the heat."

In 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 20:1-16

Catch Your Wave/Finale

Free Donuts: Catch The Wave - Part One

1993   Randy Clark, a St. Louis Vineyard pastor, is despondent.

Randy Clark visits a Rodney Howard-Browne meeting in Tulsa.

Randy Clark keeps going up to get prayed for and keeps getting knocked down by Rodney Howard-Browne.

Rodney 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 Fire".

Randy Clark announces his sermon, "The Making of a Warrior."

Carol Arnott falls to the floor and slashes violently with an imaginary two handed sword for about twenty minutes.

When Randy Clark finishes Carol Arnott delivers the following "prophecy":

"This is my sword, this is not man's sword, this is my golden sword.

The old 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 mighty.

If you wield it the captives will be set free, the chains will be broken and the healings will be manifest not by might, nor by power, but by my wonderful Holy Spirit." - Carol Arnott channeling the Fire of the Holy Spirit

People infected with "Fire of the Holy Spirit" exhibit the following:

miraculous healing, hysterical laughter, physical spasms, gnashing of teeth, groaning, shaking, drunkenness, falling to the floor, slain in the spirit, roaring like lions, barking like dogs and speaking in tongues.

Traditional 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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