Watch the video about Aimee Semple McPherson...What a pose above...isn't that a masonic one? The strange shield too is odd.
She was a proto-type of our many false TV preachers we have today, except her media was radio. This includes even divorce, out of wedlock fornication, bringing modern music into the church, odd mystical visions, an even stranger "disappearance" that seemed meant to hide an affair and other bad ties. Ignore the part where it seems the video will be in Spanish, it's not, it's narrated in English.
She was almost a modern day Kathyrn Khulman evangelist in the 1920s, who founded the foursquare church and her own radio station and "famous" constantly in the newspaper though later for scandals. Well back to her more later.....
I know we can't judge someone based on churches they have COME OUT of, given I have left two false ones, but has Chuck Smith ever warned anyone AGAINST the Foursquare church? One thing I have noticed doing research for this blog is seeing Foursquare churches pop up on the list of all those Harvest and other gatherings. Angelus Temple [today a modern day foursquare church] was the church FOUNDED by Aimee Semple McPherson who founded the Foursquare church. Angelus Temple has been invited to Greg Laurie's Harvest "crusades".
One odd thing is one can find these Foursquare that call themselves "Calvary Chapel", it's hard to know if they are just using the name "Calvary Chapel" like this one? This doesn't mean they ARE Calvary Chapels but why use the name, seems it would only make things more confusing.
"Angelus Temple, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a non-profit corporate institution, has now grown to include more than 1,834 fellowships in America, and over 29,973 fellowships worldwide. There are currently more than 3 and a half million members in 123 countries around the globe. At the end of the reporting year, there were 48,271 Foursquare employees. International Church of the Foursquare Gospel presently ranks as one of the three or four most recognized branches of Pentecostalism. Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, had been raised in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, although he states he never met Aimee Semple McPherson.
"My mother sat under Aimee's ministry, even played in the band, and later on (after Aimee's controversial death) worked in the central offices there at Angeles Temple. However, to my knowledge, she never met Ms McPherson, and neither did my father…" - Chuck Smith Jr. [cite]Here is Chuck Smith's history:
"Smith graduated from LIFE Bible College [FOURSQUARE INSTITUTION] and was ordained as a pastor for the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. In the late '50s Smith was the campaign manager and worship director for healing evangelist Paul Cain. After struggling as a pastor and being frustrated by church growth and recruitment techniques, he left his denomination to pastor a non-denominational church plant in Corona, California and eventually moved to a church called Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California in December 1965"So did Smith ever denounce the Foursquare church?
One thing I found scary was realizing how ecumenical McPherson was. She was just like the later Kathyrn Khulman in praising Rome.
Remember this video?
Did you know Kathyrn Khulman was seen as the HEIR to Aimee McPherson and seen as her "Dazzling Successor" by at least one newspaper? [here is another]
"By 1970 she moved to Los Angeles conducting faith healing for thousands of people each day as an heir to Aimee Semple McPherson"
Both of these women are highly honored in the Pentecostal world beyond denominational barriers, this includes even one came before them, Mary Woodward Etter, who would draw tens of thousands in her crowds as well. Here is a picture of McPherson at work mesmerizing the crowds:
Well when it comes to Chuck Smith and Aimee Semple McPherson, on many beliefs it doesn't seem the apple fell too far away from the tree. Did you know that today's Foursquare church sees itself in OFFICIAL conversation with the Emergent movement?
The Foursquare denomination, under Hayford's leadership, is in "Missional Conversation" with the emerging church movement, claimed to be part of a "Church Multiplication" effort. "Church Multiplication" also supports the house church movement through resources that support the expansion of "Foursquare Simple Church Networks."[1
But what I find scary, is how the QUOTE below in RED from MCPHERSON matches so much of Chuck Smith's words.
"McPherson said this in 1939: “Did you happen to be awake last night? I just couldn’t sleep – I had to listen to, at least, an hour or so of that broadcast from Rome. I thought it was so interesting, when the new Pope was being put in office. That was this morning. It was certainly impressive. I have never been brought up a Catholic – I mean, a Roman Catholic – we’re all Catholics, aren’t we? We’re Protestant Catholics, whether we’re from Methodist or Baptist or what."
Let's not forget this quote from Chuck Smith:
"In his 1993 book, Answers For Today, Smith says the following:
"Paul points out that some say, 'I'm of Paul,' while others say, 'I'm of Apollos.' He asked, 'Isn't that carnal?' But what's the difference between saying that or saying, 'I'm a Baptist,' 'I'm a Presbyterian,' 'I'm a Methodist,' 'I'm a Catholic'? I have found that the more spiritual a person becomes, the less denominational he is. We should realize that we're all part of the Body of Christ and that there aren't any real divisions in the Body. We're all one. What a glorious day when we discover that God loves the Baptists! -- And the Presbyterians, and the Methodists, and the Catholics. We're all His and we all belong to Him. We see the whole Body of Christ, and we begin to strive together rather than striving against one another" (p. 157). (Emphasis added.)"
One has to wonder did the Foursquare chuch influence Chuck Smith in his ecumenical outlook? After researching things, I do believe the Pentecostal church was started as a deception to begin with. Ever notice how pro-Catholic, the Pentecostal preachers are? Sure there are a few exceptions that call out Rome as the harlot but they are rare.
Here is more from Aimee Semple McPherson, we can see why the later Kathyrn Khulman was so Catholic friendly.
McPherson is speaking about a Pope here and Catholic ceremonies...
"But I couldn’t help being impressed with that ceremony. Especially the part where they set him aside and put oil on his hands and anointed him. They gave him the communion. I said, “Well, my, from now on when I ordain my young people, I’d love to see their elders anoint their hands with oil, that they may go out and lay hands on others. I believe that many of the early Catholic traditions are handed down from apostolic days, don’t you, before the days of Martin Luther. Take the Lord’s Supper that they may go – give it to others. We do not agree that there’s just one mediator between God and man, and that’s the Pope. We don’t agree with that at all. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Mediator of all. But we cannot help but admire, the respect that is paid to the Lord Jesus. Certainly in this day we’re out to preach Christ. But to hear that coming over, and I thought, “My…….!” They described how the people cheered, and they said the nuns even took their handkerchiefs and waved and cheered and clapped as the cardinals went by, leading the Pope. I thought, “My, won’t it be wonderful when our High Priest, Jesus Christ, comes back again.” Oh, if we do our task! I’ll tell you, even you stiff-folks might bend and wave our handkerchiefs that day, when the Lord comes back. Amen?! Glory be to God!"and
"I was so interested (in this radio program). I awakened the young lady at our house and I said, “Listen to this!” When Joanne came, it came to the part about the nuns even waving their hands and the people all cheering, I told of an experience of mine in Illinois where we were in a Foursquare church that had just been opened and the power was falling. Right next door to us was a convent. The sisters became so interested in the shouting and people praising the Lord, that they came over to see what it was all about. They had such sweet faces – in these black and white headgear. People had been falling under the power of God! Just going down under God’s power all around. Do you know, that God’s power struck them and they went down just the same way! Under the power of God! By and by, the Mother Superior came in to see what had happened to their daughters, and the power of God struck her.
Why, we’re all the same! I mean, we all have a heart, we all have tears, we all have sins, we all need a Savior, we all need the blood, and every one of us can work for Jesus. Whether we go across the ocean or whether we stay at home, this is our task. Lord, make us soul-winners, every one of us.” [This Is My Task, A sermon by Aimee Semple McPherson, Given at Angelus Temple, in Los Angeles, California March 12, 1939, www.ksu.edu/history/courses].Lots of strange stuff with this church and this is where Chuck Smith spent the early adult years as a minister in. While I know some of the excesses of Pentecostalism are spoken against in Calvary Chapel, the shame of it all is Calvary Chapel actually helped Pentecostalism grow becoming a lighter version of it giving it more credibility. Does anyone know what Chuck Smith had to say about foursquare? This blog [not an endorsement]claims in Smith's autobiography "Chuck Smith, A Memoir of Grace, as told to Chuck Smith Jr." that in Chapter 6, he does have many criticisms. Perhaps he does, need to check those out. When I get a copy of that book, I'll add on another section here.
Be careful of that blog, it seems to be one that focuses on defending Calvary Chapel, what is with all the weird Latin and praise of contemplatives like Merton? He also had this strange website that says "let Lonnie rest in peace" but then seems to be some very odd fictionalized account.
With Foursquare, besides it's churches showing up on invites to Harvest 'crusades", you can see some of its leaders like Jack Hayford who graduated from the same Foursquare college, Chuck Smith went to popping up in various places.
Jack Hayford even recently spoke at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, even if the subject is political, why would Chuck Smith invite the leader of a church he supposedly left and separated himself from to speak on ANYTHING? He is a Foursquare church religious leader [see picture below]
We know already there is a constant overlap with all these religious leaders. I didn't find Calvary Chapel involvement on this particular event but many of other ministries they work with appeared. This picture is to show that Jack Hayford is with the Foursquare church.
Jack Hayford on the roster as well as a few Calvary Chapel ministers and churches. This Calvary Chapel links to His Channel, a radio station that features Calvary Chapel notables along with a show by Jack Hayford called Spirit Formed. So overlap with Foursquare and it's leaders is happening.
That said, this seems to be more influences on Calvary Chapel from the get-go that were not good. While Calvary Chapel comes out against some of the excesses of their other Pentecostal brethren, we know with the TBN appearances, and other political and ecumenical involvements, there are more and more shared aims and goals among all these churches. The rotten roots of Pentecostalism, really if one reads the history, and I wrote about a lot of it on this article have made themselves known
Azusa Street, Pentecostalism and Calvary Chapel
What is one to think of a church that was founded on showmanship, and graft, and a divorced female leader who used fame and fortune to fool so many? How much of her teachings has Chuck Smith really departed from? The worse influence that seems to have stayed is the ecumenical one.
Matt 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.