Pentecostal Conmen “Miracle” Workers


Steve Kozar Interview With Barry Morton RE: Pentecostal Conmen “Miracle” Workers

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John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907)

Although Dowie is referenced as a great miracle-worker, an actual study of history shows him to be a terrible fraud. The amount of damage he caused is immeasurable.

John Alexander Dowie and the Invention of Modern Faith Healing, 1882-89 (Academic paper from historian Barry Morton)

The Big Con: John Alexander Dowie and the Spread of Zionist Christianity in Southern Africa (Academic paper from historian Barry Morton)

Charles Fox Parham (1873-1929)

Parham is the father of Pentecostalism. His actual life story, however, is filled with scandals, false prophecies, and even overt racism. Parham believed that they were living in the last generation before the return of Christ; he expected new Apostles and speaking in tongues to return as a result of his extreme end-times beliefs.

Who Is the Father of the Pentecostal Movement?

The Dubious Legacy of Charles Parham: Racism and Cultural Insensitivities among Pentecostals

Pentecostal/Tongues Roots-Amazing Facts (Charles Parham)

John G. Lake (1870-1935)

Lake is referred to as a role model for his healing ministry, but this is all based on unsubstantiated stories from Lake and his promoters. In reality, John G. Lake was a con man who hurt many people with his fraudulent activity.  

“Reading John G. Lake furthered my quest along the way. His insights into the Spirit-filled life are the greatest I have seen anywhere. His insights and stories ruined me.”

— Excerpt From: Johnson, Bill. “The Essential Guide to Healing” iBooks.

“John G. Lake—a Canadian-born healing evangelist who saw over 100,000 healings in the healing rooms ministry he founded in Spokane, Washington, in the early 1900s—is one of Bill’s heroes. That’s because of Lake’s understanding of the unseen world and how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to bring breakthrough into people’s lives.”

— The Truth About Bethel's Bill Johnson-Charisma News, Aug. 26, 2016

John G. Lake’s Formative Years 1870-1908; The Making of a Con Man (Academic paper from historian Barry Morton)

‘The Devil Who Heals’: Fraud and Falsification in the Evangelical Career of John G Lake, Missionary to South Africa 1908–1913 (Academic paper from historian Barry Morton)

The Revival Of John G. Lake’s Ministry (Research paper/PDF from Christian Research Ministries Newsletter in Spokane Washington)

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