By Silvia Anne Sheafer
A chain that examines the lives of people that have had a massive effect at the historical past or present perform of faith. This quantity follows the lifetime of Aimee Semple McPherson, famed for her tent revivals in the United States.
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Pastor Bouton himself got down on his knees. So frantically did he pray that he, too, spoke in tongues and collapsed on the floor. After waking, he claimed to have seen God. ” This biblical phrase became the touchstone of many of her services. Music and joyful singing, including songs such as “Bringing in the Sheaves” and “Give Me Some Old Time Religion,” were also a big part of her revivals. There was one thing still missing, though. Aimee had never personally prayed for the sick to heal them.
Hen Aimee Semple McPherson began preaching in earnest, a woman in the pulpit was not only a novelty, but a target for criticism by other ministers. Many orthodox ministers were even critical of male evangelists. Dwight Laymen Moody, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Billy Sunday were evangelists who challenged traditional religious methods with showy, theatrical performances—a contradiction to conventional views. Moody and Spurgeon’s dynamics were well known in the nineteenth century and, although they were censured for their vibrant sermons, Moody founded the world-famous Moody Institute and Spurgeon, who drew an estimated ten thousand people to his London services, wrote voluminous printed works.
Originally, the religion’s appeal was to the poor and others who did not accept the formal modern theology of established Christian denominations. Pentecostalism grew rapidly in the South and in underprivileged urban areas. Pentecostalism combines a highly emotional and informal approach to worship with an emphasis on sobriety and hard work. Its dogma stresses that the Holy Spirit is God’s instrument of blessing. The religion is also concerned with the subjective side of Christian faith—personal conversion and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, accompanied by speaking in tongues.
Aimee Semple McPherson (Spiritual Leaders and Thinkers) by Silvia Anne Sheafer