Smith Wigglesworth

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<img class="alignleft" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Smith_Wigglesworth_preaching.jpg/220px-Smith_Wigglesworth_preaching.jpg" srcset="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Smith_Wigglesworth_preaching.jpg/330px-Smith_Wigglesworth_preaching.jpg 1.5x, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/Smith_Wigglesworth_preaching.jpg 2x" alt="Smith Wigglesworth preaching.jpg" width="220" height="275" data-file-width="350" data-file-height="438" />  <b>Smith Wigglesworth</b> (8 June 1859 – 12 March 1947) was nick named "Apostle of Faith" Born: 8 June 1859 <span class="birthplace">Menston, Yorkshire, England</span> Died: 12 March 1947 (aged 87) <span class="deathplace">Glad Tidings Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England</span> Occupation: Plumber &amp; Evangelist Spouse: Mary Jane Featherstone (Polly), 1860-1913 (widowed) Children: Alice, Seth, Harold, Ernest &amp; George &nbsp; &nbsp; <h2>Early life</h2> Smith Wigglesworth was born on 8 June 1859 in Menston, Yorkshire, England, to an impoverished family. As a small child, he worked in the fields pulling turnips alongside his mother; he also worked in factories. During his childhood he was illiterate. Nominally a Methodist, he became a born again Christian at the age of eight. His grandmother was a devout Methodist; his parents, John and Martha took young Smith to Methodist and Anglican churches on regular occasions. He was confirmed by a Bishop in the Church of England, baptized by immersion in the Baptist Church and had the grounding in Bible teaching in the Plymouth Brethren while learning the plumbing trade as an apprentice from a man in the Brethren movement.<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference">[1]</sup> Wigglesworth married Polly Featherstone on 2 May 1882. At the time of their marriage, she was a preacher with the Salvation Army and had come to the attention of General William Booth. They had one daughter, Alice, and four sons, Seth, Harold, Ernest and George. Polly died in 1913.<sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference">[2]</sup> His Grandson, Leslie Wigglesworth, after over 20 years as a missionary in the Congo served as the President of the Elim Pentecostal Church. Wigglesworth learned to read after he married Polly; she taught him to read the Bible. He often stated that it was the only book he ever read, and did not permit newspapers in his home, preferring the Bible to be their only reading material. Wigglesworth worked as a plumber, but he abandoned this trade because he was too busy for it after he started preaching. In 1907 Wigglesworth visited Alexander Boddy during the Sunderland Revival, and following a laying-on of hands from Alexander's wife, Mary Boddy, he experienced speaking in tongues (glossolalia).<sup id="cite_ref-3" class="reference">[3]</sup> He spoke at some of the Assemblies of God events in Great Britain. He also received ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God in the United States, where he evangelized during the 1920s and later.<sup id="cite_ref-4" class="reference">[4]</sup> <h2><span id="Ministry" class="mw-headline">Ministry</span></h2> Wigglesworth believed that healing came through faith, and he was flexible in his approach. When he was forbidden to lay hands on audience members by the authorities in Sweden, he preached for a "corporate healing", by which people laid hands on themselves. He also practiced anointing with oil, and the distribution of "prayer handkerchiefs" (one of which was sent to King George V). Wigglesworth sometimes attributed ill-health to demons.<sup id="cite_ref-5" class="reference">[5]</sup> Ministering at many churches throughout Yorkshire, often at Bethesda Church on the outskirts of Sheffield, Wigglesworth claimed to have had many prophecies. He also had an international ministry: as well as Sweden, he ministered in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, India, Ceylon, and several countries in Europe. Some of his sermons were transcribed for Pentecostal magazines, and these were collected into two books: <i>Ever Increasing Faith</i><sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference">[6]</sup><sup id="cite_ref-7" class="reference">[7]</sup> and <i>Faith that Prevails</i>.<sup id="cite_ref-8" class="reference">[8]</sup> He continued to minister up until the time of his death on 12 March 1947.<sup class="noprint Inline-Template Template-Fact">[<i><span title="This claim needs references to reliable sources. (February 2016)">citation needed</span></i>]</sup> <h2><span id="Healing" class="mw-headline">Healing</span></h2> <div class="thumb tleft"> <div class="thumbinner"> <img class="thumbimage alignleft" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Smith_Wigglesworth_praying_for_a_sick_woman.jpg/220px-Smith_Wigglesworth_praying_for_a_sick_woman.jpg" srcset="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Smith_Wigglesworth_praying_for_a_sick_woman.jpg 1.5x, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Smith_Wigglesworth_praying_for_a_sick_woman.jpg 2x" alt="" width="220" height="259" data-file-width="250" data-file-height="294" /> <div class="thumbcaption"> <div class="magnify"> Smith Wigglesworth praying for a sick woman</div> </div> </div> </div> Much of Wigglesworth's ministry was focused on faith healing. He said God had healed him of appendicitis. Despite suffering from kidney stones which passed naturally in his later years, Wigglesworth refused any medical treatment, stating that no knife would ever touch his body either in life or death.<sup class="noprint Inline-Template Template-Fact">[<i><span title="This claim needs references to reliable sources. (February 2016)">citation needed</span></i>]</sup> Supporters of Smith said they were miraculously healed with accounts being described in the popular press and in Pentecostal magazines. There were reports that people were raised from the dead, including his wife Polly.<sup id="cite_ref-9" class="reference">[9]</sup> Many people said they were cured of cancer by him. Wigglesworth, whose only training was as a plumber, described cancer as 'a living evil spirit', and insisted that many diseases were 'satanic in origin'.<sup id="cite_ref-10" class="reference">[10]</sup> His methods often involved hitting, slapping or punching the afflicted part of the body. On a number of occasions his approach to persons suffering from stomach complaints was to punch them in the stomach, sometimes with such force that it propelled them across the room. When challenged on this, his response was "I don't hit them, I hit the devil". Responding to criticism over his method of praying for the sick, Wigglesworth stated: "You might think by the way I went about praying for the sick that I was sometimes unloving and rough, but oh, friends, you have no idea what I see behind the sickness and the one who is afflicted. I am not dealing with the person; I am dealing with the satanic forces that are binding the afflicted". On one occasion Wigglesworth declared to the sick "I'll only pray for you once, to pray twice is unbelief." The second night, a man approached the altar to receive prayer again and Wigglesworth, recognizing him, said "Didn't I pray for you last night? You are full of unbelief, get off this platform!"<sup id="cite_ref-11" class="reference">[11]</sup> <h2><span id="Notes" class="mw-headline">Notes</span></h2> <div class="reflist"> <ol class="references"> <li id="cite_note-1"> <span class="reference-text">A. Hibbert, Smith Wigglesworth The Secret of His Power, page 109, <a class="internal mw-magiclink-isbn" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/1852400048">ISBN 1-85240-004-8</a></span></li> <li id="cite_note-2"><span class="reference-text"><b> </b>Bickle, Michael, <a class="external text" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20060518010249/http://www.mklangl.com/wigglesworthrbio.html" rel="nofollow">Smith Wigglesworth Biography</a> at the <a title="Wayback Machine" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayback_Machine">Wayback Machine</a> (archived May 18, 2006).a</span></li> <li id="cite_note-3"><span class="reference-text">Frodsham, Stanley Howard. <i>Smith Wigglesworth</i> pp. 44-45.</span></li> <li id="cite_note-4"><span class="reference-text">Smith Wigglesworth, ministerial file. Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.</span></li> <li id="cite_note-5"><span class="reference-text">Frodsham, Stanley Howard. <i>Smith Wigglesworth</i></span></li> <li id="cite_note-6"><span class="reference-text">Wigglesworth, Smith. <a class="external text" href="http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/wigglesworth/5f00.0930/5f00.0930.c.htm" rel="nofollow"><i>Ever Increasing Faith.</i></a></span></li> <li id="cite_note-7"><span class="reference-text"><a class="external text" href="http://www.spiritoffire.org/downloads/Ever%20Increasing%20Faith.pdf" rel="nofollow"><i>Ever Increasing Faith</i></a>, (PDF) 1924. Zao Ministries International</span></li> <li id="cite_note-8"> <span class="reference-text"><a class="external text" href="http://www.evangelo.org/biblioteca/Faith_That_Prevails.pdf" rel="nofollow"><i>Faith That Prevails</i></a> (pdf) 1938. Biblioteca di eVangelo.</span></li> <li id="cite_note-9"><span class="reference-text">Cartwright, Des. <a class="external text" href="http://www.smithwigglesworth.com/life.htm" rel="nofollow">Life of Smith Wigglesworth.</a></span></li> <li id="cite_note-10"><span class="reference-text">Julian Wilson, <i>Wigglesworth: The Complete Story</i> (Biblica, 2004) page 120.</span></li> <li id="cite_note-11"><span class="reference-text">Julian Wilson, <i>Wigglesworth The Complete Story: A New Biography Of The 'Apostle Of Faith' Smith Wigglesworth</i> (Biblica, 2004) page 82-3.</span></li> </ol> </div> <h2><span id="References" class="mw-headline">References</span></h2> <ul> <li><cite class="citation web">Bickle, Michael. <a class="external text" href="http://web.archive.org/web/20060518010249/http://www.mklangl.com/wigglesworthrbio.html" rel="nofollow">"Smith Wigglesworth Biography"</a>. Archived from <a class="external text" href="http://www.mklangl.com/wigglesworthrbio.html" rel="nofollow">the original</a> on 2006-05-18<span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved <span class="nowrap">2006-05-18</span></span>.</cite></li> <li><cite class="citation book">Frodsham, Stanley Howard (1948). <i>Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith</i>. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House.</cite></li> <li><cite class="citation book">Wigglesworth, Smith (1924). <a class="external text" href="http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/wigglesworth/5f00.0930/5f00.0930.c.htm" rel="nofollow"><i>Ever Increasing Faith</i></a>. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House<span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved <span class="nowrap">2006-12-13</span></span>.</cite></li> <li><cite class="citation web">Cartwright, Des. <a class="external text" href="http://www.smithwigglesworth.com/life.htm" rel="nofollow">"Life of Smith Wigglesworth"</a><span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved <span class="nowrap">2009-11-21</span></span>.</cite></li> <li>Hibbert, Albert. (1982) <i>Smith Wigglesworth: The Secret of His Power</i>. Harrison House: Tulsa, Oklahoma.</li> </ul> <h2><span id="External_links" class="mw-headline">External links</span></h2> <ul> <li><a class="external text" href="http://www.smithwigglesworth.com/" rel="nofollow">Major Smith Wigglesworth Resource</a>; a comprehensive array of Wigglesworth sermons, histories, reports and bibliographies</li> <li>Christian Preservation Society. <a class="external text" href="http://www.godsgenerals.com/person_s_wigglesworth.htm" rel="nofollow">Wigglesworth bio.</a></li> <li>Colin Melbourne. <a class="external text" href="http://wigglesworth.born-again-christian.info/" rel="nofollow">Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947)</a> at Born-Again-Christian.Info</li> <li>McGee, Gary B. <a class="external text" href="http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/199801/070_wigglesworth.cfm" rel="nofollow">"The Revival Legacy of Smith Wigglesworth."</a> Assemblies of God USA Enrichment Journal</li> <li><a class="external text" href="http://smithwigglesworth.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">The Smith Wigglesworth Blog</a>; sermons by Wigglesworth</li> </ul> <h2><span id="External_links" class="mw-headline">Additional Information: </span></h2> The Indianapolis News, 21 Feb 1925, Sat, Page 25 <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-513" src="http://pentecostal.wiki/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/12814371_601504966668316_6530746887886231298_n-1-195x300.jpg" alt="" width="195" height="300" /> &nbsp; &nbsp;
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