Shepherding & Charismatic Movements
is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of
you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a
revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done
God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints.”
is marked with trances, shaking (like convulsions),
glossolalia, and visions, comparable to mystics of the occult.
These manifestations and behaviors sound not unlike what is
recorded about Toronto Blessing and Brownsville or Pensacola.
It was Maria Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924) who introduced the
“Holiness Movement” to being “Slain in the Spirit.”
She had been nicknamed the ‘trance evangelist” and
adherents would fall backwards often accompanied with a
trance-like state, facial and body contortions, trembling or
laughter and so on, no different than the results of the
‘faith-healing’ of hypnotist Franz Anton Mesmer and what
is seen in Charismatic circles today. 40 We also see the
same reference to the “living energy or force” and shaking
found with Evan Roberts, the leader of the Welsh Revival,
which ran from 1904-1905.
early twentieth century was also a time of revival, and some
of the same manifestations were visible then as well. For
example… Evan Roberts, its primary leader, wrote,
"after many had prayed, I felt some living energy or
force entering my bosom, restraining my breath, my legs
trembling terribly; this living energy increased and
increased as one after another prayed….” (George
Jeffreys, HEALING RAYS [London: Elim, 1935], p. 55)."
Riss writes of the Azusa Street Revival and actually describes
the manifestations of the Quakers and the above mentioned as
part of today's ‘revivals.‘ The euphoria mentioned by Dr.
Burke, Boehme and Fox all play an important role in what
people have embraced.
were also many signs of trembling, speechlessness, holy
laughter, and drunkenness in the Spirit at Azusa Street
during the outset of the Pentecostal revival... Continuous
meetings were held there every day for a period of three
years beginning in mid-April, 1906. The mission on Azusa
Street published the well-known newspaper, THE APOSTOLIC
FAITH [William Seymours Paper]… contains many accounts of
these manifestations. For example…In the fourth issue (p.
4), G. W. Batman wrote, "I received the baptism with
the Holy Ghost and fire and now I feel the presence of the
Holy Ghost, not only in my heart but in my lungs, my hands,
my arms and all through my body and at times I am shaken
like a locomotive steamed up and prepared for a long
the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy
and good fruits, without partiality, and without
J. Seymour, student of Charles
Parham and co-founder of the Pentecostal movement, went to
Azusa even though he was a hypocrite. He preached that
the evidence of having the Holy Ghost was to be shown by
speaking in tongues—something that did not happen to him
until several months into Azusa. J. Roswell Flower wrote,
“Although admonished by the brethren in Houston not to go to
Los Angeles until he had received the Pentecostal baptism,
Seymour nevertheless felt impelled to accept..”43.
Roswell Flower states Seymour rarely spent time preaching.
Rather, Seymour's meetings at Azusa Street were filled with
confusion and manifestations.
meetings began in the mornings and continued for at least 12
hours… There were no hymnals, no liturgy, no order of
services. Most of the time there were no musical
instruments. But around the room, men jumped and shouted.
Women danced and sang. People sang sometimes together, yet
with completely different syllables, rhythms, and
Seymour, “… wrote several letters to Parham asking advice
in dealing with spiritualists and mediums from occult
societies, who were trying to conduct séances in the
services.” 45 Relating a letter from Seymour, Sarah
Parham verifies the call for help due to
the,”…spiritualistic manifestations, hypnotic forces and
fleshly contortions…” 46
reports elaborate and describe the Azusa meetings to have
included the same manifestations as found in Quakerism,
Toronto and Brownsville, and the occult, including: falling,
trances, slaying in the spirit, tongues, jerking, hysteria,
strange noises, and "holy laughter." Various reports
confirm the attendance of hypnotists standing at the altar
beside the “real” work of God.
this, William H. Durham, who died two years prior to the founding of the Assemblies of God
denomination in 1914, “…was also somewhat skeptical of the
meetings, having heard conflicting reports, but he reported,
"As soon as I entered the place, I saw that God was
there." 47 Although the church at Azusa
Street, “publicly admitted that not everyone at the meetings
felt the presence of the Spirit,” it did not stop the
embracement of its manifestations.
could any man of God go into a meeting and look
for a "blessing" while watching others become bound
by Satan and come under demonic possession? What Scripture
would allow a man of God watch souls be destroyed while he
selfishly looked to his own "edification"? There is
no Scripture that could support this.
Corinthians 6:15 "And what concord hath Christ with
Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
said in John 10: 12-14 "But he that is an hireling, and
not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf
coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf
catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth,
because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am
the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of
Riss describes William Durham and his jerking and quaking as
he was “worked” by the spirit at Azusa Street.
1907), p. 4, where he wrote: On Friday evening, March 1, His
mighty power came over me, until I jerked and quaked under
it for about three hours. It was strange and wonderful and
yet glorious. He worked my whole body, one section at a
time, first my arms, then my limbs, then my body, then my
head, then my face, then my chin, and finally at 1 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 2, after being under the power for three
hours, He finished the work on my vocal organs, and spoke
through me in unknown tongues.” 48
one-third of Messianic congregations fall under the AOG
denomination. Besides William Durham, the ” ...future general
superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ernest S. Williams,
drawn to Azusa Street from Denver, was turned off by the more
fanatical elements, but he also sensed vitality: "On the
brink of turning away," he said, "a great check came
over my spirit. Then I began to seek earnestly." 49
Many view William Durham as
the founder of the AOG, because he was clearly the most
instrumental in establishing the doctrine of
"finished work" theology
of gradual progressive sanctification, which was accepted
by the AOG leaders as they began to form their doctrinal
statements in 1914. As well, many of the actual founders
attended his meetings, with thousands becoming pentecostal due
to his teachings. The formation of the AOG involved a racial
split as well as doctrinal.
many reports, it is evident that John Wimber's ministry
in the Vineyard was typified by methodology, psychology, inner
healing techniques, visualization, shamanism, and other occult
practices. John Goodman relates the manifestations that
Wimber instructed people to look for as a move of the Holy
Spirit parallel the very phenomena observed in “witchcraft,
voodoo, the occult and Eastern mysticism.” 50
describes the meetings as, “People falling, violently
shaking and levitating, shouting and screaming, making all
manner of animal noises, howling, screeching, and laughing
hysterically and uncontrollably, creates an atmosphere of
physical chaos confusion, in which demonic activity is
commonly mistaken for a “wave of the Spirit.”
various physical manifestations within what Wimber calls the
‘cosmic reality” are revealed to him through the early
experiences that he had while Lonnie Frisbee was associated
with him…” 51
cosmic reality is no different than what has been discussed
regarding George Fox, Jacob Boehme and Dr. Burke’s “illumination.”
John Wimber, mentioned in
Joel’s Global Police Force as also propagating the
'dread army', and whose influence has spanned all
denominations, was a Quaker.
to various biographies and his personal testimony,
"Personal Pilgrimage," John Wimber accepted Christ (1963)
because of the "living witness" he found in one of
his Quaker friends. He was part of a Quaker church for roughly
thirteen years before joining Fuller Theological Seminary. He
attended Azusa Pacific University (Wesleyan/Arminian) and the
Evangelical Friends Alliance which is a Quaker Bible School.
"In 1970, he was ordained by the California Society of
Friends (Quakers). " 52
from Wimber's writings on healing, Mr. Albert Dager observes
the inner healings are based on the teaching of Agnes Sanford.
Sanford, besides the shamanistic practices, was a pantheist
with beliefs similar to Carl Jung.
states that, "Some people are natural healers..."
That is not a biblical observation, but one based on a
psychic healing methodology. "Natural healers" are
what shamans, witches and mystics claim to be. These peoples
are trained in their practice; they are not gifted by the
Holy Spirit. Wimber's belief that men can be trained to do
signs and wonders, and his faulty understanding of how God's
power works are what have contributed to the error of the
words characterize Wimber's methodology: experience and
experimentation... Wimber encouraged his disciples to
experiment through trial and error..." 53
Dager also expands on the various psychic practices identical
to Sanford, including Wimber's methodology of aura healing and
so on. He brings to the readers attention that Sanford,
"espoused the belief in the cosmic consciousness which is
identical to that of psychic healers"54 and which we
previously discussed regarding the practices of George Fox and
the root of something is evil and goes against the Word of
God, it can not and will not bear good fruit.
said in Matthew 7:15-20
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly are ravening wolves."
shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?"
so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit."
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."
tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire."
by their fruits ye shall know them."
The Way International began with
Victor Paul Wierwille. Wierwille developed many of his
ideas by plagiarizing from such writers as E. W. Bullinger, George Lamsa, Kenyon and
several others. The Way International teachings include: Jesus
Christ is not God, denial of the three persons of the Godhead, i.e. no Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
was not the mother of God come in the flesh, but the mother of a man, the Old
Testaments were originally written in Aramaic, pro-abortion, bad seed
theology, mass weddings, stockpiling of weapons, American holocaust and invasion, them or us mentality and much more.
Victor Paul Wierwille was
eventually part of the Jesus People
movement, and is remembered by the Jesus Movement website.
".... Believing that much of the Christian was in error, in
1955 Wierwille founded The Way to educate young men and women in the
"correct way of biblical education." ... The Way International raised the ire of other
Christian groups, labelled a "cult" because of their antitrinitarian
views. One of the largest of all the extremist groups of the Jesus People
movement, by the mid-1970s the organization boasted over 20,000 active
It is noteworthy that it was Victor Wierwille
who went to the House of Acts in 1968 and gave Ted Wise, the Heefners, Doops and
Lonnie and Connie Frisbee, and several others their understanding of the Holy
Spirit. Wierwille worked miracles, cast out demons--which he did while teaching
them about the Holy Spirit, as well as teaching them how to speak tongues, all in one night. The Heefners
and Doops joined Wierwille and helped set up his national organization. 2
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
When first challenged by Ted
Wise, who was one of the founding 'fathers' of the Jesus
people movement, about his belief in Christ and even though he
rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ, Wierwille passed with
first person Wierwille met was Ted Wise, who put him through
a test he couldn’t possibly fail. Wise said, "You
know, it says in I John you test the spirits. We usually ask
everybody here to confess the Lord Jesus Christ, or they
freak out and they can’t. So where do you stand on
that pleased Wierwille," said Heefner, "he liked
that up-frontness. And he gave his witness. So by the time
he was through with two or three minutes of talking, we
said, ‘Okay, fella, we believe you.’ " 3
Lonnie and Connie Frisbee and the Wises began taking Wierwille's
PFAL classes and then discontinued. Lonnie then went to join Chuck Smith in
Costa Mesa's Calvary Chapel, which caused an explosion on growth. Frisbee eventually joined with John Wimber,
who had also been with Chuck Smith. Wimber later split and helped start the Vineyard
movement with Frisbee joining him and also others. For
More on Lonnie Frisbee and John Wimber, See: What
Happened in Africa?; Part 2:
Taking the Mark; Wheat and Tares;
More Manifestations LESS Bible,
For More on The Way
International beliefs please see: Michael
John Rood Continuing The WAY
Manifestations, Less Bible!
to Cosmic Consciousness
Cult That Snapped: A Journey Into the Way International, Karl Kahler,
1999, p. 60-61
3. Ibid, p.
CHRIST IS NOT...A Closer Look at The Way's Efforts to "Divide" The
Word About Jesus Christ; http://www.empirenet.com/~messiah7/rsr_jcwdsway.htm
BIBLICAL RESEARCH & TEACHING http://www.empirenet.com/~messiah7/tw_research.htm
40. The Day Drawing Nigh, Countryside
Bible Church, September 1998, Volume One-Number Five, citing
41. The Manifestations Throughout
History St. Louis CATCH THE FIRE Conference, May 3-6, 1995 by
Richard M. Riss.
The genesis of the Pentecostal Movement by J. Roswell Flower
American Pentecost by Ted Olsen; Christianity Online
46. op.cit. Parham, p. 156
47. op.cit. Olsen
48. op.cit. Riss
49. op.cit. Olsen
50. p.25 , Testing the Fruit of the
Vineyard by John Goodman as cited in Media Spotlight; Special
Report: The Vineyard: History, Teachings & Practices,
Albert James Dager; 1996; also can be read online at: http://www.tesn.net/kcondron/kjcviney.htm
52. Vineyard Christian
Fellowship - An Expose
53. p7; Media Spotlight;
Special Report: The Vineyard: History, Teachings &
Practices, p.7; Albert James Dager; 1996
54. Ibid. p. 10
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