“Parham could not shift this awful pestilence. He was ‘repelled’ by what he witnessed and when he attempted to rectify the situation, Seymour and his followers split from him. They did not like it. This is exactly how Toronto Blessing leaders reacted to rebuke and help from faithful Christians. Parham saw hypnotists (occultists) practicing hypnotism at the altar. Later, he confessed that it was all of Satan, for he saw “hypnotic influences, familiar spirit influences, spiritualistic influences, mesmeric influences and all kinds of spells and spasms, falling in trances etc….” He refuted them as being of God, as his own wife testified. It transpired that Parham was “not wanted” at Azusa Street. Why not? Because one of the elders was himself a hypnotist, who passed on the power to speak in tongues to others! Or as Parham put it: “chattering, jabbering, speaking in no language at all.”
In my last article, I stated that the Azusa Street ‘Revival’ was not of God. I know I shocked many of you with that statement.
I say that because all I have to do is look at the FRUIT of each event to determine if its God or not.
What got many people all caught up in Azusa Street were the signs and wonders. It was 1901…the country was recovering from the war and the Emancipation Proclamation. Things were still in racial and economic upheaval. Jim Crow laws still permeated the land. People were looking for answers in uncertain times.
People started cropping up seemingly with some answers, Parham being one of the first ones. Yet, no one has taken the time to find out WHO was Charles Parham?
Charles Parham came from the Methodist and Holiness background, started preaching at a young age, about 19 or so. He was…
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