Want to know who the 13 most famous Pentecostals of all time are? Read on.
Pentecostalism, for nearly a century, has been a native American sect.
And it vies with Mormons and Southern Baptists as one of the most vital religious movements in our country.
This is the tradition I grew out of. So its close to home.
But for those of you who don’t know much about Pentecostalism and its people, here are 13 must-know personalities.
Around 800 BC Joel said that God will pour out his spirit on mankind and everyone will prophesy, dream dreams and see visions.
In the second chapter of Acts, Peter quotes Joel to explain the tongues of fire, the ruckus and the strange words and non-words on the streets of Jerusalem.
Commands us to pray in the Holy Spirit at all times.
4. Charles Fox Parnham
On January 1, 1901, Parnham led his Bible school of Holiness followers in an ecstatic celebration of Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
5. Agnes Ozman
Parnham follower–and ignorant of Chinese–Agnes asserted that for three days after Parnham’s celebration she spoke Chinese and wrote Chinese.
6. William Seymour
About 1910, led his followers into a perpetual storm of Pentecost at the Azusa mission in Los Angeles where the Charismatic movement was born.
7. Jimmy Swaggert
Catastrophically passionate and charismatic, this televangelist shocked his audience with a confession of sex with a prostitute.
8. Jim Bakker
A shadow of his contemporary Swaggert, Bakker still managed to get entangled in sex and tax scandals.
9. James Watt
Prominent Assemblies of God laymen and Regean’s Secretary of Interior opposed conservation because of the looming apocalypse.
10. Kenneth Hagin
The grandaddy of the Word of Faith movement.
11. Benny Hinn
Regularly heals people of blindness, deafness, cancer, AIDS, and severe physical injuries during his Miracle Crusades.
12. Todd Bently
Flamboyant, cage-match style Latter Rain preacher headed the Lakeland revival until his admission of adultery.
13. Holy Spirit
The misunderstood and often-neglected mastermind behind tongues, spiritual slaughter, faith healing and stadium-sized revivals.
So, did I miss anybody?
Part of the Quick Facts on Christian Cults series.