THE AZUSA STREET REVIVAL
The spark that started the Azusa Street Revival and the following Pentecostal movement actually began when a thirty year old woman, Agnes Oxman, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Topeka, Kansas on January 1, 1901. Of course Satan was quick to take action by turning this spiritual happening into Bible dogma and by so doing, cut off Jesus' voice by replacing it with the Bible so that he could maintain his control over the people with Bible religion instead of Jesus controlling them in the Spirit.
Parham made a doctrine out of speaking in tongues and went about to teach others.
Then William Seymour, who started humbly in the Spirit was soon caught away with this Bible teaching and in so doing the Fire on Azusa Street went out, as he also left the Spirit for the letter which kills.
Almost all Pentecostal churches can trace their history back to Azusa Street. The Pentecostal movement was one of the largest in the world, next to the Roman church.
This was Jesus' last effort to bring his kingdom back under his control. It was a colossal failure. Jesus controls his church by the anointing. And not by the Bible.
If you read the history of Azusa, and look at the pictures of that time, you will see a picture of the leader, William Seymour, standing with a Bible in his hand. They will have the mark of the beast in their hand or in their head.
The Bible is only a history book, not the Word of God. In fact, if Satan is using the Bible, then it's the word of Satan. Jesus is the Word of God. Satan can't use the Holy Ghost, so he made a word that he can use.
Reverend Charles F. Parham, another leader of the Azusa Street Revival, was arrested and charged in the commission of an unnatural offense. It was in the San Antonio Light newspaper on July 20th, 1907. Officially, Parham was charged with homosexuality. So, the founder of the Pentecostal church was just another homosexual hiding behind the Bible. Not long ago, in Colorado Springs, there was a homosexual that had a church with a membership of 14,000 hiding behind the Bible. He preached against homosexual behavior, but practiced it himself.
He was there for many years. When he was using the Bible, was it the Word of God? Can Satan use the Word of God? Remember, the Word of God is spiritual.
THE LETTER KILLS.
Many Pentecostal preachers use the Bible literally as the infallible, inerrant, living Word of God. Using the book of Job, many of them would preach this message: Job 22: 28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. This was spoken by Eliphaz the Temanite. If you look in chapter 42, verse 7, The Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against thee, for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right.
THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND.
So then, the Rev. Charles Parham, an accused homosexual, teaching William Seymour the Bible, started a great revival.
Why wasn't there any persecution or blood shed? Did they get the Holy Ghost just to speak in tongues?
John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Ghost, got his head cut off. Stephen, filled with the Holy Ghost was stoned to death. James was killed by the sword. Peter, John and Paul were beaten and put in prison. In 1650, George Fox was sentenced to prison and hundreds of his people died in prison. They hanged four of them in Boston. They were all filled with the Spirit. But in the Azusa Street Revival, not one martyr.
Satan will not attack someone that takes the mark of the beast.
If you read the Rev. Seymour's sermons from Azusa, they are all Bible. You could stay at home and get all his messages out of the Bible. On the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit fell, they were speaking the Word of God, and they had no Bible.
Frank Bartleman, who wrote about Azusa and was a part of the revival, believed in oneness. He and Durham, a preacher from Chicago, were locked out of the church. They called themselves Jesus name people. But Brother Seymour was a trinity preacher.
Hundreds of different Pentecostal groups emerged during the next one hundred years. Is that unity?
Some said that women could preach. Others said that women couldn't preach. Some preach that once you're saved, you're always saved. Others teach that you must endure unto the end to be saved.
Some baptize in the name of Jesus, and others baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Some worship on Saturday and others on Sunday. Some wear odd looking clothes. While some play instruments in the church and others don't. Some don't believe in drinking coffee and other Pentecostals handle snakes.
You can come up with anything out of the mark of the beast (the Bible).
You can walk into a Pentecostal church today, and if there wasn't a sign on it, you might think you were in a funeral parlor.
One Pentecostal preacher said that God had called him to take his healing power to his generation, So he built a hospital. What a hypocrite. What really happened was that a man shot at him with a 45 caliber pistol and missed his head by about a foot. After that he joined the Methodist church, built a Bible college and lived happily ever after. If you take the mark of the beast, you will not have to suffer persecution.
Also, if you don't take the mark of the beast, you can't buy nor sell. Try this: If you have a business, a donut shop, a car lot, etc., put up a sign that says, the Bible is an idol, or the Bible is the mark of the beast, and see how much business you will have. You can't buy or sell if you don't take the mark of the beast.
During the Azusa Street Revival, the people would not let go of the mark. This is why the revival was so successful. Not one martyr.
You cannot serve two Gods, the Bible and the Spirit. It's so easy to serve what you can see. With the Spirit, you must feel after him. Constantine and King James gave us the Bible, but Jesus gave us the Holy Ghost.
Azusa Street and the Pentecostal folks went about to establish their own righteousness with the Bible. Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they that testify of me, and you will not come to me that you might have life.
If you doubt what you read, try a test. Take the Bible to a bar, a church, police station, or court house and tear it up. Soon, you will have your answer.
Rushdie said that the Koran was satanic verses, and the Muslims put a two million dollar hit on him. He had to hide out for years.
So Satan took his device, the Bible and destroyed Azusa Street in three years. And then he built hundreds of Pentecostal churches. His weapon was carnal, the Bible. The Christian weapon is the Spirit.
There is not a man on earth that can describe the difference between God and the Holy Ghost. The Spirit, the Word and the Father are One. One writer spoke of seven spirits of God, before his throne.
The Holy Ghost comes to lead, teach, comfort, and to make intercession for us. Not just to speak in tongues. He comes to make us sons of God. Azusa Street and other Pentecostals used their doctrine about the Holy Ghost to try to make themselves righteous, and in so doing, lifted themselves up to heaven in their minds, but instead they have been brought down into the flesh. They went about to establish their own righteousness and failed.
If you visit a prison, ask the inmates to indicate by the raising of their hands how many are Pentecostals. You will be surprised to see more Pentecostals than Baptists. Azusa Street people who are murderers, rapists, liars, homosexuals, with sexual diseases and crooks of all kinds.
Azusa Street was a failure because they took the mark, which brought them back into the flesh, instead of staying in the Spirit and staying connected to God through his Son Jesus by the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Of course they didn't understand what quenched the Spirit, because they were blinded by Satan using the Bible to divert their minds away from the Spirit of God and back into the flesh where Satan rules.
During the Azusa Street Revival, A man seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost had a vision. In this vision, Charles Mason saw himself standing alone with a dry roll of paper in his mouth trying to swallow it. And while he was looking up toward the heavens, a man appeared at his side and he at once turned his eyes. Then he awoke from the vision.
God was trying to show him to look to Him (God) in the Spirit rather than trying to eat the dead letter (dry roll of paper). He got the interpretation half right, the part about looking to the heavens (Spirit) where Jesus is. But he got the part about the dry roll of paper wrong and took the mark of the beast for the Word of God instead of Jesus, the True and Living Word of God. You can never find God in the Bible, he's in the Spirit. You can learn about him from the Bible, but you can never know him that way.
Of course he didn't know this and like everyone else, he was deceived.