The Word Faith Movement Examined 10 – Timeline


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  • 1729 – The Wesley Brothers Start Methodism. Charles Wesley starts the Holiness Club
  • 1735 – John & Charles Wesley travel to Georgia.
  • 1736 – Charles Wesley returns to England.
  • 1737 – John Wesley returns to America after a failed relationship
  • 1738 – George Whitefield travels to Savannah, Georgia as parish priest.
  • 1739 – George Whitefield begins preaching
  • 1740  – George Whitefield travels to America again, and starts outdoor preaching. The Great Awakening has begun.
  • 1770 – George Whitefield dies
  • 1801 – Barton Stone initiates a Sacramental Meeting at his Cane Ridge Presbyterian Meeting House. It turns into a massive revival, the crowds exhibiting unusual physical phenomena such as shaking and fainting. As many as 40,000 are estimated to have traveled to this event.
  • 1802 – P. P. Quimby born
  • 1810 – Willam Boardman born.
  • 1817 – The first annual meeting of Swedenborgianism (“New church”) is held in Philadelphia
  • 1817 – Dec 23 Warren Felt Evans is born
  • 1818 – William Miller does math, and concludes that Christ will return in 1843. He attracts a sizeable following, which will eventually include  later on Ellen G. Harmon and James White.
  • 1821 – Mary Baker Eddy born in Bow, New Hampshire
  • 1825 – A revival occurs in Scotland, where women are reported to be shaking, fainting, and jerking as they report visions. One girl, Margaret McDonald, gives a prophecy that will prove to be famous – and oddly enough, is Post-Tribulational in nature. I say oddly enough, because Post-tribulationalists dismiss the Pre-Tribulation based on the grounds that they think Pre-Tribulationalism dates back to this post-Tribulational prophecy!
  • 1827 – Ellen G. Harmon born
  • 1832 – Fed. 7 Hannah Tatum Whitehall is born
  • 1835 – “Prophet” Joseph Smith teaches his new Mormon church he has the power of divine healing, laying hands on the sick and sending out healing cloths
  • 1836 – Adoniram Judson Gordon is born.
  • 1837 – Charles Wesley Emerson born
  • 1838 – P. P. Quimby attends display of mesmerism. He is fascinated and begins study with Dr. Robert Collyer
  • 1838 – Warren Felt Evans is ordained a Methodist Minister
  • 1843 – The Great Disappointment comes to the Adventists, who wait in vain for the Rapture prophesied of by William Miller. The Adventists begin jumping in the air, vainly trying to jumpstart the Rapture.
  • 1843- A. B. Simpson born
  • 1844 – William Miller predicts another Rapture, which does not happen – again. Miller repents of the sin of false prophecy, and resigns from the ministry. Ellen Harmon takes over his ministry because of her falling into spasmodic trances, in which she would awaken from and utter prophecies and commandments, “Thus sayeth the Lord”. Seventh Day Adventism is born. The Adventists ignore Scripture which plainly commands a woman not to have authority over men, nor to preach.
  • 1844 – Maria Etter born in New Lisbon, Ohio.
  • 1846 – Ellen Harmon marries James White
  • 1847 – Birth of John Alexander Dowie
  • 1851 – Adoniram Judson Gordon experiences Christian conversion
  • 1851 – Robert Pearson Smith marries Hannah Tatum Whitehall
  • 1854 – Alexander Boddy born
  • 1858 – William Boardman publishes the book The Higher Christian Life, creating the “higher Life movement.”
  • 1858 – Robert Pearsall Smith and Hannah Wihtehall, both Quakers, are converted to Christianity on the same day. They attribute it to coincidence.
  • 1859- P. P. Quimby opens his office for “mentally aided healing”, which apparently is something different from “Mentally retarded”.
  • 1859 – A. B. Simpson converted to Christianity
  • 1859 – Smith Wigglesworth born in Menston, Yorkshire.
  • 1860 – John Alexander Dowie moves to South Australia
  • 1860 – Adoniram Judson Gordon graduates from Brown University, at that time  a Baptist Seminary.
  • 1861 – April 12  the US Civil War begins
  • 1862 – P. P. Quimby heals Mary Baker Eddy
  • 1862 – Oct. 2 Frank W. Sandford born in Bowdoinham, Maine
  • 1863 – Adoniram Judson Gordon graduates from Newton Theological Institution.
  • 1863 – Maria Etter marries Phileo Horation Woodworth
  • 1863 – Warren Felt Evans leaves the Methodists, joining the Swedenborgians (“New Church”)
  • 1863 – Warren Felt Evans travels to Portland Maine to be healed by P. P. Quimby. He moves shortly to Boston to open a healing clinic there. He stays there for 20 years.
  • 1865 – The Civil War ends.
  • 1865 – A. B. Simpson ordained by the Canada Presbyterian Church.
  • 1866 – P. P. Quimby dies
  • 1866- The New Church Theological School (Swedenborgianism) opens in Waltham, Massachusetts. It will eventually move to Newton, Mass.
  • 1867 – Essek W. Kenyon (“E. W.”) Born in Hadley, New York
  • 1867 – Vineland, NJ – the “National Holiness Camp Meeting Association” begins having meetings
  • 1868 – John Alexander Dowie returns to Scotland to study theology (name and location of Seminary unknown)
  • 1869 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Mental Cure, the first book about the New Thought movement
  • 1870 – Robert Pearson Smith writes Holiness Through Faith.
  • 1870 – Mary Baker Eddy writes a manuscript called, “Extracts from P. P. Quimby’s Writings”, possibly in response to Evans’ book
  • 1870 – March John G. Lake born
  • 1870 – A tract called “Baptism of the Holy Ghost” is published, describing the Methodist doctrine of sanctification by Asa Mahan. However, the wording of it will subconsciously inspire generations to come into thinking there is a second, subsequent blessing of the holy spirt.
  • 1870 – William J. Seymour born May 2 Centerville, Louisiana
  • 1872 – John Alexander Dowie ordained a minister in South Australia
  • 1872 – William Boardman brings Hannah Whitehall Smith and her husband Robert on tours of the UK to promote the Holiness movement.
  • 1872 – Warren Felt Evans writes another book, Mental Medicine
  • 1872 – Mary Baker Eddy alters her “Extracts…” manuscript so that the wording is more her own and less that of Quimby’s. However, she does not fool any of Quimby’s followers. It now becomes technically plagiarism.
  • 1873 – June 4 Charles Parham born in Muscatine, Iowa
  • 1873 – A. B. Simpson begins pastoring a Presbyterian Church in Kentucky
  • 1875 – Warren Felt Evans writes another book, Soul and Body
  • 1875 – Hannah Whitehall Smith writes The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life.
  • 1875 – The Holiness Movement begins meetings in England called the Keswick Movement.
  • 1876 – John Alexander Dowie marries his cousin
  • 1877 – Charles Wesley Emerson enrolls in Boston University School of Oratory, studying Swedeborgianism and Delsarte under Lewis B. Monroe
  • 1879 – Mother Church of Christian Science begins; ordains Mary Baker Eddy as pastor
  • 1879 – The Iowa Holiness Association is formed by Isaiah Reed.
  • 1879 – Quimby’s followers Edward J. Arens, Annetta & Julius Dresser split with Mary Baker Eddy, apparently over the formation of the Christian Science church which left them out, or in a lesser position than Eddy.
  • 1879 – John Alexander Dowie leaves the Congregational Church and announces himself a faith healer evangelist
  • 1880 – Boston School of Oratory is opened by Charles Wesley Emerson, a Unitarian Minister – later to be called the Emerson School of Oratory (now known as Emerson College)
  • 1880 – Feb. 29 Frank Sandford converted
  • 1880 – A. B. Simpson pastors a Presbyterian church in New York city
  • 1880 – Frank Sandford baptized
  • 1881 – Brook Foss Wescott & John Hort release the Wescott/Hort Greek New Testament, without making it available to scholars first – an unethical move at best. None think to question this except for Dean John Burgon. The text is published only a day before the English Revised Version of the Bible is printed and released publicly.
  • 1881 – English Revised Version of the Bible (Called the American Standard Version in America) is released, having been based upon Wescott & Hort’s secret work. The translation is immediately rejected by Charles Spurgeon and Dean John Burgon on the grounds of the creation of a new Greek Text without authorization, and heretical additions and deletions to the verses of the Bible.
  • 1881 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Divine Law of Cure.
  • 1882 – Smith Wigglesworth marries Polly Featherstone
  • 1884 – Alexander Boddy ordained, pastors church in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland
  • 1884 – E. W. Kenyon converted in Methodist meeting.
  • 1884? – The Western Kansas Ministerial Association debates the Methodist doctrine of Entire Sanctification and Sinless Perfectionism, and theorizes there might be a three sanctifications – regeneration, sanctification and the subsequent baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • 1885 – Warren Felt Evans writes The Primitive Mind Cure.
  • 1885 – by coincidence, Maria Woodworth-Etter begins praying for the sick at church meetings
  • 1885 – Charles Parham’s mother dies
  • 1886 – Warren Felt Evans writes his last book, Esoteric Christianity and Mental Therapeutics
  • 1886 – William Boardman dies
  • 1886 – Frank Sandford graduates from Bates College
  • 1886 – Frank Sandford reads “The Christians Secret to a happy life” By Hannah Whitehall Smith, which emphasizes Methodist “Entire Sanctification” and “Sinless perfectionism.” Sandford is deeply impacted by the book, not having been grounded in the faith by completing seminary.
  • 1886 – Dec. 31 Charles Parham’s father remarries, this time to a Quaker, Harriet Miller in a Friend’s ceremony. Parham will be exposed to quaker influences during his childhood.
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford ordained a Free Will Baptist minister by the congregation.
  • 1887 – Charles Parham ordained as a teenager. (The Wikipedia article claims Parham was never ordained)
  • 1887 – A. B. Simpson forms the Christian & Missionary Alliance, after he writes of the “four Fold gospel” concept.
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford enrolls in Moody Bible College
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford attends a Moody/Methodist convention
  • 1887 – Frank Sandford attends an A. B. Simpson Christian & Missionary Alliance convention
  • 1888 – John Alexander Dowie moves to the United States
  • 1888 – Frank Sandford returns to Moody College
  • 1888 – Charles Parham begins preaching at the age of 15
  • 1889 – Warren Felt Evans dies
  • 1889 – A. B. Simpson begins preaching the “Four-fold gospel” and emphasizing divine healing. It is not known if he ever met Sandford or was influenced by him. Certainly Sandford was attending Simpson’s conventions prior to this.
  • 1890 – Aimee Semple McPherson born as Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy
  • 1890 – Frank Sandford accepts a pastorate at Great Falls New Hampshire’s Free Baptist Church.
  • 1890 – E. W. Kenyon leaves the ministry to pursue a dream of being an actor.
  • 1890 – February Frank Sandford has a nervous breakdown
  • 1890 – A. B. Simpson publishes his book A Larger Christian Life.
  • 1890 – Frank Sandford tours the world visiting missionary outposts
  • 1891 – Alexander Boddy marries Mary Pollock.
  • 1891 – Maria Woodworth-Etter divorces her husband on grounds of infidelity.
  • 1891 – John G. Lake ordained a Methodist minister, but chooses a career in real estate instead of ministry.
  • 1891 – Frank Sandford attends a lecture by J. H. Allen on British Israelitism. Allen later would write of meeting Sandford. It is not known who influenced who, and to what extent. J. H. Allen is a Methodist minister.
  • 1891 – Charles Parham conducting first solo meetings at his church at age 19.
  • 1891 – Charles Parham enrolls in Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas – a College affiliated with Methodism
  • 1891 – Frank Sandford rescued from Shipwreck off the coast of Jaffa, Israel
  • 1891 – Aug. 18 – Frank Sandford casts a demon out of a woman, and hears the whispering of God’s voice for the first time. Apparently, God only whispers one or two word phrases to Sandford. Sandford, enraptured, never stops to test the spirit and see if it truly is the Lord God, a devil, or possibly mental illness.
  • 1892 – E. W. Kenyon enrolls in the Emerson School of Oratory, studying acting under Charles Wesley Emerson, R. W. Trine, M. J. Savage and Lewis B. Monroe. He is taught New Thought while there. He attends M. J. Savage’s Unitarian church while studying at the college.
  • 1892 – Alexander Boddy has “Intense religious experience”, details unknown. It is not stated if this is a salvation experience or not.
  • 1892 – Oct. 9, Frank Sandford decides to leave the Freewill Baptist denomination.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon returns to Christianity, forsaking his dream of being an actor
  • 1893 – Frank Sandford announces his decision, and goes to live at his in-laws’ house for several months
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon marries Evva Spurling.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon begins attending Adoniram Judson Gordon’s Clarendon Street Church
  • 1893 – July Frank Sandford returns to Bowdoinham Maine and begins preaching. Seven attend his revival.
  • 1893 – E. W. Kenyon leaves Adoniram Judson Gordon’s church and joins the Freewill Baptists, being ordained and pastoring a small church in Palmira New York, despite only returning to Christianity a few months before.
  • 1893 – Charles Parham leaves Seminary, feeling an education grounded in Biblical Doctrine would hinder him. Apparently Parham had never read Colossians 1:21-23, 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Colossians 1:21-23 (KJV) or even 2 Tim. 3:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
  • 1893 – Sept. 30 Frank Sandford institutes a Constitution that the twelve involved in his new church sign, instituting the Kingdom movement
  • 1893 – Charles Parham learns British Israelitism from J. H. Allen
  • 1894 – Adoniram Judson Gordon publishes “The Ministry of The Spirit”, a book which suggests (despite everything the Bible says) that one must seek the Holy Spirit the way one seeks the Lord Jesus Christ. He also wrote “The Ministry of healing”, teaching wrongly that healing is guaranteed for all believers as a part of Salvation. It will come to form a key component of Pentecostalism.
  • 1894 – By a complete coincidence, on Aug. 2, Frank Sandford receives the “Baptism of the Holy Ghost”, which he describes as “Better than salvation.”
  • 1894 – J. H. Allen publishes his book, Judah’s Scepter and Joseph’s Birthright. This is the foundational text of British Israelitism, and will years later come to form an important part of Herbert W. Armstrong’s theology.
  • 1894 – Frank Sandford obtains a tent for revival meetings.
  • 1895 – John Alexander Dowie moves to Chicago
  • 1895 – Benjamin Irwin, a former Baptist minister turned Methodist, theorizes a subsequent baptism after regeneration and sanctification, called the Baptism of Fire whih endues one with supernatural spiritual power. The seeds for the word Faith movement are finally in place, despite the clear teachings in the New Testament that the “baptism of fire” is actually a pseudonym for damnation into hell. Irwin begins the “Fire Baptized Holiness Association.”
  • 1895 – The Iowa Holiness Association invites Benjamin Irwin to “disassociate with them”.
  • 1895 – Adoniram Judson Gordon dies of influenza.
  • 1895 – Mary Baker Eddy publishes the “Manual of the Mother Church”.
  • 1896 – Sandford begins teaching British Israelitism under the name “Anglo-Israel.” He attributes the teaching to Professor Totten – a Seventh Day Adventist.
  • 1896 – July 4 – Cornerstones of Shiloh are laid. Sandford warns his congregation to expect Moses and Elijah to be raised up within their very congregation – the first hint that Sandford considered himself Elijah.
  • 1897 – A Reference to John Dowie being partnered with Sandford in the Tongues of Fire newsletter. “Dr. Dowie of Chicago prays with or for as many as 70,000 sick people a year, and thousands of most astounding and most remarkable miracles have taken place.
  • 1898 – E. W. Kenyon opens Bethel Bible Institute in Spencer, Massachusetts
  • 1898 – March 17 Sandford writes his arguments for the gift of tongues in the Tongues of Fire newsletter.
  • 1898 – John G. Lake brings his brother to John Dowie for healing, and he is healed. Next, Lake prays for his wife who has cancer, and she too is “healed”.
  • 1898 – Frank W. Sandford preaches at the Moody Bible Institute. While there, he hears John Alexander Dowie speak twice.
  • 1898 – Charles Parham moves to Topeka Kansas.
  • 1898 – May 16 Sandford encounters Mr. and Mrs. Black and Jenny Glassey, who will later be acknowledged as pioneers in the international Pentecostal movement. This early date shows they were doubtless influenced by Sandford.
  • 1899 – Mary Boddy healed of Athsma
  • 1899 – Frank W. Sandford allegedly raises Olive Mills from the dead, more likely from a coma.
  • 1899 – the tract “Sandfordism Exposed” is published Rev. C. S. Weiss
  • 1900 – John Alexander Dowie forms city of Zion, Illinois, modeling it after Shiloh in Maine.
  • 1900 – Charles Parham leaves his ministry in Topeka and travels to Shiloh to study under Frank Sandford
  • 1900 – Speaking in tongues occurs for the first time at Shiloh, after long sessions in prayer in Sandford’s “prayer tower.”
  • 1900 – David Brown dies at Shiloh, and is brought to the tower, where Sandford prays all night and repeatedly commands David to “rise”. After several fruitless hours, they finally take David Brown to be buried.
  • 1900 – Charles Parham has a falling out with Frank W. Sandford, and leaves Shiloh, travelling to Zion City to learn from Dowie.
  • 1900 – Following the confrontation with Parham, Sandford initiates the “Far, Clear and Terrible” purges of Shiloh.
  • 1900 – October Charles Parham leaves Zion City, traveling to Topeka Kansas to start his own Bible College – despite never having completed seminary.
  • 1900 – Dec. 31 Parham gives the assignment for his students to study the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1901 – Jan. 1 Agnes Ozman begins speaking in tongues in Topeka, Kansas. It is reported that this was not the first time she ever did so, but Parham proclaims a “Second Pentecost”
  • 1901 – Unable to find support for his contention that a second Pentecost had occurred, within several months Charles Parham’s ministry in Topeka Kansas falls apart, and his Bible Institute closes.
  • 1901 – Sabbatarianism is instituted by Frank Sandford at Shiloh.
  • 1901 – Closed communion is finally practiced at Shiloh. Rev. Weiss in his tract however claims this began back in 1899. Why this was a controversy is unknown, as closed communion was practiced by Baptists for nineteen centuries prior to this.
  • 1901- Following his pronouncement that he is Elijah “who will restore all things”, Sandford begins to preach that only those baptized by Sandford will enter into heaven. This is an extreme form of salvation by works. The Seventh Day Adventist teachings of Professor Totten have finally taken root in Sandford.
  • 1901 – Upon hearing that Sandford has declared himself to be Elijah, his former mentor A. B. Simpson comments, “That man will not be satisfied until he is the equal with God the Father.”
  • 1901 – (Some histories say 1902) John Alexander Dowie proclaims himself Elijah. America now has two at the same time. Truly, America was more blessed than Israel, who only getting one Elijah at a time!
  • 1902 – Finis Jennings Dake born
  • 1902 – July 3 Sandford writes in The Everlasting Gospels, “If you want to know how He (Jesus) looks, look at me, for I look just like Him. Gaze right at me.” Sandford originated seed of the “Little Gods” doctrine. “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:” Ezekiel 28:2 (KJV)
  • 1902 – Maria Woodworth remarries, this time to Samuel Etter.
  • 1903 – Charles Wesley Emerson retires from the Emerson School of Oratory
  • 1903 – Frank Sandford withdraws himself into the tower room for 5 weeks, seeing nobody during this time.
  • 1903 – Charles Parham gets a second chance when a prominent citizen of Galena, Kansas (Mary Arthur).  New meetings are started, with Parham sending out missionaries to the local community, ordering them to dress stylishly to show off the “attractiveness of the Christian life.” The first seeds of the Word Faith movement are planted.
  • 1904 – Parham starts a new church in Keelville, Kansas.
  • 1904 – Maria Woodworth-Etter dismissed from the Church of God
  • 1904 – Alexander Boddy visits Welsh “Revival”.
  • 1905 – John Alexander Dowie suffers stroke – is deposed by Wilbur Voliva, who takes over Zion City
  • 1905 – Evan Roberts abandons the Welsh Revivals, due to a string of nervous breakdowns, suggesting that the Welsh “revivals” were nothing more than hypnotic suggestions and influenced by possible mental illness.
  • 1906 – Charles Parham extends his teaching schools and assemblies (he dislikes the name “churches”) into Oklahoma and Texas.
  • 1906 – William Seymour enrolls in Parham’s Houston Bible School
  • 1906 – Parham sends Lucy Farrow to Los Angeles to establish a new “assembly” and Bible School. A few months later, William Seymour too is sent. Azuza Street Mission begins.
  • 1906 – Apr. 6 Lucy Farrow begins speaking in tongues at Azuza. The Azuza Street revival has begun.
  • 1906 – James Gordon Lindsey born in Zion City
  • 1906 – 1907 Alexander and Mary Boddy visit Oslo, Sweden, where T B Barratt is attempting to imitate the Azuza Street Revival
  • 1906 – William Seymour frantically sends for Charles Parham to deal with the fortune tellers, seances, and witches openly practicing dark arts openly inside the Azuza Street Mission.
  • 1906 – Charles Parham “excommunicated” from Azuza Street Mission, apparently over the disagreement on the nature of tongues between Parham and Seymour
  • 1906 – September Charles Parham travels to Zion City to hold meetings, teaching Pentecostalism. Wilbur Voliva rejects Parham’s message, and Parham at first teaches in the Elijah Hotel, and later in F. F. Bosworth’s home. F. F. Bosworth receives the “gift of tongues”.
  • 1906 – F. F. Bosworth meets E. W. Kenyon in Chicago. Bosworth is enamored of Kenyon’s Word-Faith teachings.
  • 1906 – Allegations surface over alleged sexual misconduct from Charles Parham, including charges of pedophilia. Financial misconduct is also alleged. The allegations are raised by Wilbur Voliva. The prosecuting attorney declines to prosecute for lack of proof beyond the allegations.
  • 1907 – Church of God in Christ Denomination started
  • 1907 – Smith Wigglesworth visits the Sunderland revival, based on Azuza and Oslo by Alexander and Mary Boddy. Mary Boddy lays hands on Wigglesworth, and Wigglesworth begins speaking in tongues.
  • 1907 – Charles Parham arrested in Texas for sodomy
  • 1907 – John Alexander Dowie dies
  • 1907-1908 Sometime during this period, John G. Lake and F. F. Bosworth visit the Azuza Street Revival.
  • 1907 – Aimee Kennedy meets Robert Semple at a revival meeting
  • 1907 – Many Pentecostals join the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • 1907 – Katherine Kuhlman born
  • 1908 – Charles Wesley Emerson dies
  • 1908 – John and Jenny Lake travel to South Africa, to establish a mission.
  • 1908 – Jenny Lake, just ten years after her husband supposedly heals her, dies.
  • 1908 – Aimee Kennedy marries Robert Semple
  • 1908 – William Branham’s marriage certificate lists this year as his year of birth. Branham lists 1909 instead.
  • 1909 – William Marion Brannon born April 6. According to Branham’s own memory of the event (!), a large halo appears above him at his birth. Branham’s actual birth year and date is unknown. This date was given to him by an astrologer, whom he believed.
  • 1909 – Azuza Street Mission fails and doors close forever.
  • 1910 – The Semples arrive in China on the Mission Field.
  • 1910 – Robert Semple dies on mission field, leaving Aimee Semple a widow
  • 1910 – Charles Parham joins the Klu Klux Klan, apparently in bitterness over William Seymour’s movement gaining more notoriety than Parham’s.
  • 1910 – Mary Baker Eddy dies. Apparently death wasn’t an illusion, as she taught.
  • 1911 – A. A. Allen born in Sulphur Rock, Arknasas
  • 1912 – Harry McPherson meets Aimee Semple, and marries her within a few months.
  • 1912 – Maria Woodworth Etter joins the Pentecostal movement
  • 1913 – Polly Wigglesworth dies – for good this time.
  • 1913 – John G. Lake returns to America and remarries.
  • 1914 – Aimee Semple McPherson becomes very ill and is taken to a Providence Rhode Island Hospital for an operation. She is “miraculously healed”, and agrees to the command of a mysterious voice commanding her to preach.
  • 1914 – Samuel Etter dies
  • 1914 – Assemblies of God denomination started when Parhams “Evangelical Association” merges with Dowie’s community.
  • 1914 – the heretical United Pentecostal Church denomination formed.
  • 1914 – the Pentecostal Church of God denomination formed.
  • 1914 – Evva Kenyon dies.
  • 1915 – Aimee Semple McPherson abandons her husband, taking the children and moving to California. On the way, she begins preaching at tent revivals.
  • 1915 – John Lake opens the “Healing Rooms” in Spokane, Washington
  • 1916 – United Pentecostal Movement formed by Frank Ewart
  • 1916 – Aimee Semple McPherson begins touring the country in her “Gospel Car”, a 1921 Packard.
  • 1917 – Kenneth Hagin born.
  • 1917 – Aimee Semple McPherson starts the publication of a magazine called “The Bridal Call”
  • 1918 – Jack Coe born.
  • 1918(?) – Exact year unknown. William Branham claims to be visited by an angel who tells him to avoid alcohol and tobacco, and he would be called by the Lord when older. Branham has not yet had a conversion experience. The story is reminiscent, and probably inspired by, the visit of Gabriel to Mary in Luke 2, and the visit to Elizabeth predicting John the Baptist. Branham’s later retelling of the story shows a possibly works-based salvation theology.
  • 1918 – Granville “Oral” Roberts born.
  • 1918 – F. F. Bosworth leaves the Assemblies of God denomination, allegedly over the AoG doctrine of “Tongues-Initial Evidence”.
  • 1918 – Maria Woodworth-Etter founds Lakeview Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1919 – Finis J. Dake claims conversion to Christianity
  • 1919 – Rex Humbard born
  • 1919 – A. B. Simpson dies
  • 1919 – Pentecostal Church of God formed.
  • 1920 – John Lake leaves the Healing Rooms ministry in Spokane for Seattle. He would return to Spokane after several years (date unknown)
  • 1921 – Harry McPherson divorces Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1921 – Katherine Kuhlman claims to have a born again experience in the Methodist Church of Concordia, Missouri
  • 1922 – William Seymour dies of a heart attack
  • 1923 – The Temple Angelus is built in Los Angeles by Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1923 – Katherine Kuhlman begins preaching at age 16. It is reported she spent a great deal of time as a young girl at the Temple Angelus studying Aimee Semple McPherson, but exact dates are not given.
  • 1924 – Wigglesworth publishes Ever Increasing Faith.
  • 1924 – Maria Woodworth-Etter dies.
  • 1924 – F. F. Bosworth publishes “Christ The Healer.” It will become influential in the Pentecostal movement, and prepare the ground for the Word Faith movement.
  • 1924 – William Branham claims to have a short career as a boxer. Photographs do reveal the kind of markings a person’s ears get from constant boxing.
  • 1926 – May 18 Aimee Semple McPherson is allegedly kidnapped.
  • 1926 – June 23 Aimee Semple McPherson is released without ransom being paid
  • 1927 – Charles Parham develops symptoms of heart disease.
  • 1928 – Charles Parham travels to Israel, buying a judges gavel there and presenting it to his former Masonic lodge.
  • 1929 – January 29 Charles Parham dies of heart failure.
  • 1930 – Katherine Kuhlman begins preaching at a pool hall in Boise, Idaho.
  • 1930 – Alexander Boddy dies
  • 1931 – Aimee Semple McPherson marries actor David Hutton.
  • 1931 – May 19 David Wilkerson born (Wikipedia article gives two dates, 1931 and 1932)
  • 1931- William Branham claims to be born again. He is shortly ordained a Pastor, in violation of the Biblical injunction a novice not be ordained – apparently a very common practice in early Pentecostalism.
  • 1931- William Branham has a split with his Pastor and begins competing revivals. He moves into a Masonic Lodge until they can afford a church building.
  • 1932 – Frederick K. C. Price born
  • 1933 – Katherine Kuhlman opens a church at a Montgomery Ward Warehouse in Colorado
  • 1933 – William Branham gets a church building finally.
  • 1933 – Kenneth Hagin undergoes a dramatic religious conversion. He would later claim he died three times in ten minutes, visiting hell.
  • 1934 – David Hutton divorces Aimee Semple McPherson
  • 1934 – Kenneth Hagin claims to be raised from his deathbed by “the revelation of God”.
  • 1934 – Charles Capps born. There is no record of him attending seminary on his bio, or dates for his beginnings of ministry.
  • 1934 – Paul Crouch born in St. Joseph, Missouri
  • 1934 – A. A. Allen becomes a Christian at Onward Methodist Church at Miller, Missouri
  • 1935 – Oral Roberts contracts Tuberculosis and almost dies.
  • 1935 – John Lake dies
  • 1935 – Jack Coe leaves the orphanage he spent his childhood at.
  • 1936 – Finis J. Dake caught in motel with a teenage girl
  • 1936 – After only two years as a Christian, A. A. Allen is ordained by the Assemblies of God, who apparently ignore the Biblical injunction that a novice shouldn’t be ordained.
  • 1936 – A. A. Cole begins pastoring a small church in Colorado.
  • 1936 – May 21 John Avanzini born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1936 – Kenneth Hagin begins pastoring, and will pastor 5 Assemblies of God churches in the next 12 years.
  • 1936 – Oral Roberts studies at Oklahoma Baptist University
  • 1936 – December 6 Kenneth Copeland born
  • 1937 – Finis J. Dake convicted and sentenced to six months in prison for Pedophilia
  • 1938 – Oral Roberts marries Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock.
  • 1938 – Smith Wigglesworth publishes Faith That Prevails
  • 1938 – Oral Roberts studies at Phillips University
  • 1938 – Katherine Kuhlman marries Burroughs Allen Waltrip, who had abandoned his family and divorced his first wife to become an Evangelist
  • 1940 – Oral Roberts abandons College studies without a degree, and becomes a traveling faith healer
  • 1940 – Jim Bakker born
  • 1940 – John Hagee is born. “This may be the most important birth ever!” (Excuse my sarcasm over the fact that every message Hagee preaches is always preceded by “You need to buy the DVD of this message – this may be the most important message you may ever hear!”)
  • 1941 – William Branham begins faith healing meetings.
  • 1942 – James Gordon Lindsey begins pastoring a church in Ashland, Oregon. Lindsey had converted sometime prior to 1929 (year unknown) at a meeting run by Charles Parham.
  • 1942 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble
  • 1942-44 sometime during World War II, Jack Coe joins the military and experiences a miracle that results in his getting saved.
  • 1943 – Joyce Meyer born as Pauline Joyce Hutchison in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 – Aimee Semple McPherson dies
  • 1944- Katherine Kuhlman separates from Burroughs Allen Waltrip
  • 1944 – Jack Coe ordained as a minister without any seminary training. Exact time of salvation unknown, but as the US did not fully enter WWII until 1942, it is probable that Coe was ordained after only two years as a Christian. If Coe’s miracle occurred in combat, it is most likely he had not been a Christian for a full year, and was ordained far too soon, like E. W. Kenyon.
  • 1945 – William Branham publishes a tract “I was not disobediant to the heavenly vision.” The tract discusses the supposed angelic visitation to a child not yet born again, and the supposed visitation.
  • 1946 – Katherine Kuhlman has first supposed healing in a Franklin, Pennsylvania Church. She begins Faith Healing ministry.
  • 1946 – May 7 William Branham claims to have another Angelic Visitation. This one inaugurates Branham to have healing meetings – which he’d already been doing for 5 years – and tells him that Satanic agents can recognize a divine call – in order to give the Astrologer’s readings of Branham heavenly acceptance. This alone shows that Branham should have rejected the vision!
  • 1946 – July 2 Peter Popoff born
  • 1947 – A. A. Allen begins pastoring a larger church in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1947 – James Gordon Lindsey resigns from church to become William Brannon’s tour manager.
  • 1947 – Oral Roberts decides it is okay to become rich, and is visited almost immediately by God almighty who reportedly tells Roberts to be a faith healer – Which Roberts had been doing already for 7 years. He founds the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.
  • 1947 – Smith Wigglesworth dies. Nobody punches his corpse to resurrect him, the way Wigglesworth claimed to bring people back to life.
  • 1947 – F. F. Bosworth retires to Florida.
  • 1947 – Oral Roberts begins radio broadcasting
  • 1948  – F. F. Bosworth meets William Branham, and begins to support Branham’s ministry, traveling with him. This would mean Bosworth was present when Branham makes his “Trinitarianism is of the devil!” pronouncement.
  • 1948 – Katherine Kuhlman divorces Burroughs Allen Waltrip
  • 1948 – William Brannon retires from gospel tours, leaving James Gordon Lindsey wondering what he was going to do with his life. Answer – continue focus on Branham’s Magazine, which begins publicizing other faith healers.
  • 1948 – E. W. Kenyon dies
  • 1948 – Katherine Kuhlman conducts first “Miracle Service”.
  • 1949 – A. A. Allen attends an Oral Roberts tent meeting. He returns and announces to his church board he plans on having a “healing ministry”, and asks to have a radio program. The Church board refuses, and Allen resigns shortly thereafter to become a Faith Healer Evangelist.
  • 1949 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble again
  • 1949 – David Wilkerson enters Central Bible College (affiliated with Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1949 – Kenneth Hagin becomes an initierant preacher
  • 1949 – Latter Rain theology denounced by Assemblies of God denomination
  • 1949 – Through a miracle of sloppy records keeping, Kenneth Hagin becomes a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association – which in reality is not formed for two more years. I attribute the error to poor records keeping on the part of his biographers.
  • 1949 – July 9 Jesse Duplantis born in Houma, Louisiana.
  • 1949 – Rex Humbard has first TV broadcast.
  • 1950 – Evangelistic healing conventions take place in Kansas City and in Dallas, sponsored by James G. Lindsey
  • 1950 – William Branham claims to have raised the dead in Finland.
  • 1950 – F. F. Bosworth pronounces, “I have never seen or read of anything to equal the healing ministry of William Branham.” Bosworth continues saying, “Brother Branham is a channel for more than the mere gift of healing; he is also a Seer as were Old Testament prophets.” “At these times (when William Branham receives a vision) he can say with absolute certainty, “THUS SAITH THE LORD,” and he is NEVER WRONG. …The success of this phase of his ministry is exactly 100 % .” “When the gift is operating, Brother Branham is the most sensitive person to the presence and working of the Holy Spirit and to Spiritual Realities OF ANY PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN.”
  • 1951 – Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association formed.
  • 1952 – Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn born in Jaffa, Israel. He later would claim that Constandi Hinn, his father, was the Mayor of Jaffa. In reality, it was Israel Rokach who was mayor of Jaffa/Tel Aviv at the time.
  • 1952 – David Wilkerson ordained
  • 1952 – Joyce Meyer claims to be born again at age 9. She also admits her life did not bear lasting evidence of a conversion.
  • 1952 – Rex Humbard begins the Cathedral of Tomorrow TV show.
  • 1953 – Jack Coe cast out of Assenblies of God organization
  • 1955 – A. A. Allen purchases a large tent for $8,500.
  • 1955 – Paul Crouch graduates from Central Bible Institute/Seminary with a degree.
  • 1955 – A. A. Allen arrested on DUI charges. He later skips bail.
  • 1955(?) – William Branham begins teaching that “Trinitarianism is of the devil”. Understandingly, his popularity begins to decline. F. F. Bosworth does not leave Branham.
  • 1955 – Jack Coe claims to heal a boy with polio. He then tells parents to remove his braces, which leaves the boy in agony. Coe is arrested for practicing medicine without a license. The case is dismissed in court on grounds faith healing is exempt from the law.
  • 1956 – Jack Coe contracts the very disease he claims to have healed the little boy of.
  • 1956 – Jack Coe dies of polio. “God is not mocked – that which ye sew, ye shall reap.”
  • 1957 – Apr. 20 “Pledge of Love” debuts on the Billboard top 40 by singer Kenneth Copeland. It stays on the charts for 15 weeks.
  • 1957 – Frederick K. C. Price pastors an African Methodist Episcopal church in Val Verde, California
  • 1957 – Paul Crouch marries Jan Bethany
  • 1957 – June 9 Thomas Dexter “T. D. ” Jakes is born. Nothing more is publicly revealed about him until he is in his ministry.
  • 1957 – Paul crouch becomes a radio announcer
  • 1958 – A. A. Allen purchases a tent capable of holding 22,000 people
  • 1958 – Oral Roberts creates the Abundant Life Prayer Group.
  • 1958 – A convert to Christianity offers A. A. Allen over a thousand acres in Arizona, which is dubbed “Miracle Valley”. The Ministry is renamed in honor of it.
  • 1958 – F. F. Bosworth dies, and William Branham conducts Bosworth’s funeral.
  • 1958 – David Wilkerson interrupts a gang trial in New York City, and is thrown out of the courtroom. The incident causes Wilkerson’s relatives to talk him into returning to New York City and setting up a ministry. He does, calling it Teen Challenge.
  • 1959 – Frederick K. C. Price serves as a pastor in a Presbyterian church
  • 1960 – Jim Bakkker enrolls in North Central University, a Bible College affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. He meets fellow student Tammy Faye LaValley
  • 1961 – Joyce Meyer marries first husband, a used-car salesman. His name is not listed in her official biography.
  • 1961 – Paul Crouch appointed by the Assemblies of God to oversee the new Department of Television and Film Production in Burbank, California
  • 1961 – Jim Baker marries Tammy Faye.
  • 1962 – November Kenneth Copeland claims to be born again, and eventually becomes the chauffeur and pilot for Oral Roberts
  • 1962 – Frederick K. C. Price III, son of Frederick K. C. Price is struck by an automobile and killed tragically.
  • 1962 – Creflo Dollar born
  • 1963 – Dake Annotated Study Bible is released.
  • 1963 – In what will be a very busy year for Word of Faith teachers, Kenneth Hagin starts the Kenneth Hagin Evangelistic Association, more dedicated to faith healing and spreading Word Faith teachings than in actual missionary work which the name would suggest. The name is startlingly reminiscent of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association. Well, at least Oral Roberts actually dedicated time to preaching a somewhat evangelistic message.
  • 1963? – Joyce Meyer admits years later to sometime during her 5 year marriage stealing payroll checks from her employer. She later confesses all that money was repaid. I will say this does show a repentant heart, and state that this is something few Christians do is repay what they stole during their unSaved years.
  • 1963 – A. A. Allen sues the IRS to recover taxes
  • 1963 – David Wilkerson co-authors a book about his street ministry called “the cross and the switchblade”, which hits the bestsellers list.
  • 1963 – Oral Roberts charters the Oral Roberts University.
  • 1964 – John Hagee graduates from Trinity University with a degree in education, having been on a football scholarship.
  • 1965- Frederick K. C. Price leaves the Presbyterian Church to work at West Washington Community Church in the Christian Missionary Alliance ministry.
  • 1965 – Oral Roberts University receives its first students.
  • 1965 – Paul Crouch becomes general Manager of KREL Radio in Carmel, California
  • 1965 – Dec. 5 William Branham dies. Discovers for himself whether Trinitarianism is truly “of the devil” or not!
  • 1966 – Joyce Meyer divorces her first husband on grounds of infidelity. Despite the condemnations of her later critics, the New Testament does permit divorce on these grounds.
  • 1966 – April 11 William Branham’s wife finally permits him to be buried, giving up hope he would resurrect.
  • 1966 – Jim and Tammy Fayer Bakker begin working for CBN.
  • 1966- John Hagee awarded a diploma in Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
  • 1966 – Kenneth Hagin begins teaching on the radio
  • 1967 – A. A. Allen divorces his wife.
  • 1967 – Kenneth Copeland enters Oral Roberts University
  • 1967 – Easter. Branham’s followers begin the annual tradition of gathering around his grave at sunrise, waiting for him to rise from the dead. This shows that Branham was a false Jesus to some of his followers.
  • 1967 – Kenneth Hagin begins a weekly radio broadcast, teaching Word Faith teachings called Faith Seminar of the Air It is unknown if his decision is based upon Hagee’s ministry or upon Oral Roberts.
  • 1967 – David Wilkerson starts another street ministry, “Youth Crusades” targeting middle class bored kids, trying to keep them out of street gangs. The CURE Corps grows out of this ministry.
  • 1967 – Joyce Meyer remarries, marrying David Meyer.
  • 1967 – Benny Hinn’s family emigrates to Toronto
  • 1968 – Oral Roberts leaves Pentecostalism and joins the United Methodist Church, allegedly due to their lenience in doctrinal and moral issues. Nobody stops to question why a popularly acclaimed Evangelist  has grown lenient in moral and doctrinal issues.
  • 1970 – A. A. Allen dies from Alcohol and drug abuse. The hotel room he is found in is “strewn with pills and empty liquor bottles”.
  • 1970 – The Cross and the Switchblade is made into a movie, starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada.
  • 1970 – Peter Popoff begins a TV ministry
  • 1970 – Paul Crouch becomes manager for KHOF FM and KHOF-TV
  • 1970 – Frederick K. C. Price receives “Baptism of tongues”. He discovers the plagiarized writings of Kenneth Hagin and begins teaching Word Faith
  • 1971 – David Wilkerson moves his ministry to Texas
  • 1972 – Katherine Kuhlman has private meeting with Pope Paul IV, causing many to question their support of her.
  • 1973 – Benny Hinn attends a Katherine Kuhlman Miracle Crusade, and claims the “full” power of the Holy Spirit came on him at the crusade.
  • 1973 – David Wilkerson begins speaking out against the Word Faith movement at a conference, at first singling out only the televangelists who preached “gain is godliness”. The taped sermon is widely circulated.
  • 1973 – TBN founded by Paul & Jan Crouch, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
  • 1973 – Frederick K. C. Price begins Crenshaw Christian Center in the Crenshaw section of Inglewood, California.
  • 1973 – Kenneth Hagin suffers heart trouble again.
  • 1974 – Kenneth Hagin founds the Rhema Bible Training Center
  • 1974 – TBN begins first airings, booking two hours a day on KBSA TV in Los Angeles.
  • 1975 – John Hagee divorces first wife Marthe Downing. A latter to his church admits immorality. The letter promptly becomes a part of the divorce proceedings.
  • 1976 – Joyce Meyer hears God call her by name during an intense prayer session while driving. She also admits to getting drunk at a bowling alley the same night.  Her conviction is that God has called her to preach  – despite Biblical injunctions against women preaching. Her contention then would be that God has contradicted His own Bible – a claim I would personally not care to make.
  • 1976 – Having retired from rock music in the band “Summer Wine” and touring work as a sideman for other rock bands (Wikipedia wrongly calls them “Heavy Metal”, a term which could be applied to very few rock bands in the ’70′s), Jesse Duplantis preaches his first sermon. There is no documentation I can find for his ever going to seminary.
  • 1976 – Frederick K. C. Price writes, “We don’t allow sickness in our house” in his book Is Healing for All?
  • 1976 – John Hagee remarries to Diane Castro. Those who believe a man may not pastor after remarrying contend Hagee is invalid to preach.
  • 1976 – Katherine Kuhlman dies
  • 1976 – Frederick K. C. Price receives honorary degree from Rhema Bible College.
  • 1977 – Oral Roberts is visited by a 900 foot tall Jesus, who tells him to build a medical center. Most after reading or hearing of the experience conclude this is another Jesus than the one of the Bible. The giant Jesus reassures Roberts that the center will be a success financially.
  • 1977 – TBN buys first TV station, at first offering two hours of Christian programming and running regular TV the other 20, until he begins to see that the Public will accept a dedicated Christian TV channel. The new Cable TV station is dubbed KTBN.
  • 1978 – Jesse Duplantis enters full time ministry.
  • 1979 – A. A. Allen’s “Miracle Valley” ministry declares bankruptcy. Ministry leaders isolate themselves into the property in what locals call an “Anti-white” doctrine. A riot occurs in which a 6 year old boy named Therial Davis is killed.
  • 1980? – Joyce Meyer becomes associate pastor of a Charismatic church in St. Louis
  • 1980 – City of Faith Medical and Research center opens in Tulsa Oklahoma, to much fanfare. The 900 foot tall Jesus does not appear at the opening, to the great disappointment of all present.
  • 1980 – Oral Roberts is reportedly earning $88 million a year.
  • 1981 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption?
  • 1981 – Paul Crouch is awarded an honorary Doctorate from California Graduate School of Theology
  • 1981 – Kurt Koch publishes Occult ABC, in which he details his study of Katherine Kuhlman’s supposed healings, and finds that none of them were genuine, verifiable or long term. Many reported being worse than before.
  • 1982 – Frederick K. C. Price receives an honorary degree from Oral Roberts University
  • 1982 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called How to Obtain Strong Faith: Six Principles
  • 1982 – A. A. Allen’s “Miracle Valley” staffers have a shoot out with first utility workers, then with Arizona Deputy Sheriffs. Two church members and a Deputy Sheriff are killed. Later in the year, Miracle Valley’s buildings burn down. Allen’s successor, Reverend Don Stewart, is accused of Arson.
  • 1982 – Ronald Roberts, son of Oral Roberts, tragically commits suicide after court orders to attend drug counseling.
  • 1983 – Benny Hinn emigrates to United States.
  • 1983 – The Cathedral of Tomorrow TV show ends.
  • 1983 – Paul Crouch awarded an honorary doctorate of Divinity from California Graduate School of Theology.
  • 1983 – Ruth Carter Stapleton refuses treatment for cancer, planning on treating it with prayer and faith.
  • 1983 – Ruth Carter Stapleton dies of cancer.
  • 1984 – Creflo Dollar receives Bachelor of Science degree from West Georgia College, Carrolton, Georgia. What’s so important about that? It’s the only detail of his life recorded between birth and now.
  • 1984 – The Charlotte Observer begins an investigation into the fundraising practices of PTL and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
  • 1983 – Oral Roberts is visited by Jesus again, who commissions him to find a cure for cancer.
  • 1984 – Hobart Freeman, founder of Glory Barn, dies after 97 of his followers have also passed away from lack of medical treatment.
  • 1985 – Miracle Valley is taken over by the Assemblies of God, under a condition of which they must maintain a Bible College for 20 years, or the property reverts to Don Stewart.
  • 1985 – Paul Crouch awarded another honorary doctorate, this one of laws, from Oral Roberts University.
  • 1985 – Joyce Meyer resigns her pastorate, and begins a radio ministry on 6 radio stations
  • 1986 – Oral Roberts tells people on a fundraiser unless he raises $8 million dollars that year, he would die.
  • 1986 – David Wilkerson claims the Holy Spirit tells him to move back to New York while walking in New York City.
  • 1986 – CSICOP accuses Peter Popoff of using a radio transmitter-reciever to do his faked healings. Popoff denies it hotly.
  • 1986 – Creflo Dollar begins preaching in a kitchen of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School, College Park, Georgia. There is no record anywhere of him attending seminary.
  • 1986 – Oral Roberts’ income has dropped to a mere $55 million annually. It is unknown if he files for food stamps or not.
  • 1986 – Professional Magician & “Illusionist” – and part time “miracle debunker” James Randi uses a radio scanner to tap into Peter Popoff’s radio, and films the results.
  • 1987 – Finis J. Dake dies from Parkinson’s Disease
  • 1987 – Still alive after the first failed prophecy, Oral Roberts tells the public God will kill him unless he raises the $8 million. Nobody calls Roberts a false prophet.
  • 1987 – Richard Roberts, son of Oral, claims to see his father raise someone from the dead. No other witnesses of this event come forward. The apparently resurrected person cannot be located for comment.
  • 1987 – David Wilkerson opens Times Square Church
  • 1987 – Jim Bakker resigns from PTL over the revelation of a scandal involving the payoff of a woman to avoid her going public with details of a possible rape and later affair. Jerry Falwell assumes the leadership of PTL.
  • 1987 – September Peter Popoff declares bankruptcy, ruined by Randi’s expose’.
  • 1987 – Oral Roberts raises 9.1 million dollars. He does not die yet.
  • 1988 – Oral Roberts University purchases a west coast home for Oral Roberts, plus a country club membership. Why Roberts did not use any of his $55 million annual earnings to purchase it is unknown.
  • 1988 – John Avanzini begins his ministry. His biography does not list when he attended seminary at Baptist Christian University, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 1988 – patients of City of Faith Medical and Research center sue Oral Roberts for $15 million, claiming he and his sons were frauds, never visiting the center nor healing any of the patients.
  • 1989 – Benny Hinn’s first nationally televised “Miracle Crusade”.
  • 1989 – City of Faith Medical research center closes without fanfare. It was not a business or financial success. Apparently the 900 foot Jesus was incorrect, clearly showing he was not the Jesus of the Bible. The cure for cancer is still not found. No lawsuit is ever filed by Oral Roberts for erroneous financial advice against the giant apparition.
  • 1989 – John Hagee awarded honorary doctorate from Oral Roberts University.
  • 1989 – Jim Bakker sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy.
  • 1989 – Oral Roberts is forced by financial crisis to sell his Palm Springs and Beverly Hills homes and three of his Mercedes cars to support the loss of income.
  • 1990 – Benny Hinn publishes Good Morning, Holy Spirit.
  • 1990 – Frederick K. C. Price begins the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries.
  • 1990 – Betty Price, wife of Frederick K. C., is treated for cancer.
  • 1991 – NOVA runs the Popoff film footage again, but this time splicing in actual film footage showing Popoff reacting to the radio in his ear.
  • 1991 – Charismatic writer Jamie Buckingham positively confesses his healing from Cancer in the April 1991 issue of Charisma Magazine. He writes that “God has promised me I’ll live to 100 years old.” Buckingham’s wife prophecies that Buckingham “will not die, but live.”
  • 1992 – Feb. 17 Jamie Buckingham dies of the cancer he’d publicly claimed the healing for. By the time the issue of Charisma magazine with Buckingham’s article in it hits the streets, Buckingham has been dead for a month and a half.
  • 1992 – David Wilkerson hears a cassette tape of Ray Comfort preaching “Hells Best Kept Secret”, and immediately calls Ray Comfort, asking Ray if he can speak at Times Square Church the very next day.
  • 1992 – Audrey Reynolds goes to a Morris Cerullo convention for healing from an ankle injury. She stops taking all medication, including anti-seizure medicine. Six days later she has a seizure while taking a bath and drowns.
  • 1992 – Tammy Faye divorces Jim Bakker.
  • 1992- Jim Bakker’s sentence is reduced to 8 years.
  • 1993 – Hank Hanegraaf releases “Christianity in Chrisis”
  • 1993 – Joyce Meyer publishes her soon to be bestseller “winning the battlefield of your mind.”
  • 1993 – Joyce Meyer begins a TV ministry at the suggestion of her husband.
  • 1994 – An African pastor and a former missionary witness Rodney Howard-Brown pacing the stage, chanting in an unknown tongue, rising in intensity until it reaches a high pitched, long scream. Both immediately identify this as identical to the demon summoning ceremony used by African witch doctors.
  • 1994 – Jim Bakker released from prison.
  • 1995 – Exactly 20 years after the Assemblies of God take over Miracle Valley, they close Miracle Valley finally. The property does not return to Don Stewart.
  • 1995 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Faith’s Greatest Enemies
  • 1995 – A clinical psychiatrist analyzes Rodney Howard-Brown’s service, and determines it to be classic brainwashing and the power of suggestion. Coupled with the African Pastor’s analysis, this is somewhat alarming.
  • 1995 – Creflo Dollar’s ministry moves into a large building of their own design called The World Dome. It cost 18 million, none of which came from bank financiers.
  • 1996 – Oral Roberts goes to the studio of TBN and publically asks Paul Crouch to lay hands on him and pray. Roberts claims to feel the healing, and his chest pains stop. A few hours later, he is rushed to the emergency room for treatment of a near-fatal heart attack
  • 1996 – Jim Bakker releases a book, “I Was Wrong”, detailing his reading the Bible all the way through for the first time, and realizing it was incompatible with his Word-Faith beliefs.
  • 1996 – TBN fires Enoch Lonnie Ford, a convicted child molester, for drug use following his conviction and prison sentencing.
  • 1997 – Jesse Duplantis establishes Covenant Church
  • 1998 – An article in the Journal of Pediatrics by Dr. Seth Asser examines the deaths of over 170 children who have died from parents relying on faith healing. Most had conditions in which the survival rate is 90% or higher.
  • 1998 – Jim Bakker remarries
  • 1998 – Miracle Valley is purchased by Harter Ministries to create Miracle Valley Bible College & Seminary (both at the same time!), where students are taught “Classic Pentacostal Theology.”
  • 1998 – Kenneth Hagin’s son in law Buddy Harrison dies of cancer.
  • 1998 – Feb. 6 Chris Wimber of Vinyard Music dies of melanoma cancer.
  • 1999 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Race, Religion and Racism Vol. 1
  • 1999 – Jan. 6 Dateline does a show on Followers of Christ church in Portland, Oregon, where over 21 children have died from lack of medical attention due to Word Faith teachings.
  • 2000 – Paul Crouch is sued by novelist Sylvia Fleener, claiming plagiarism over Crouch’s Omega Code, which she claims was based on her novel The Omega Syndrome – which by coincidence was the working title of Crouch’s initial script. The case is settled out of court.
  • 2002 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called How Faith Works Vol. 1
  • 2002 – Joyce Meyer releases a book called Me and my big mouth.
  • 2002 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called The Holy Spirit: The Helper We All Need
  • 2003 – The St. Louis Post Dispatch does a 4 part series on Joyce Meyer’s lavish liffestyle. This prompts the Christian watchgroup Wall Watchers to call the IRS to investigate her. She is later cleared of financial wrongdoings, after agreeing to publish financial records, cut her salary back from $900,000 annualy – but keep all of her royalties from her books, takes and DVD’s. The end result is that Joyce is now making vastly more money than before.
  • 2003 – Kenneth Hagin dies from heart failure.
  • 2003 – Frederick K. C. Price releases a book called Race, Religion and Racism Vol. 2
  • 2003 – Enoch Lonnie Ford threatens to release a biographical book alleging details of a homosexual affair between himself and Paul Crouch. Crouch denies the allegations, but pays off a settlement
  • 2004 – Canadian TV does an expose’ on Benny Hinn called “Do you believe in miracles?”
  • 2004 – Joyce Meyer releases a book called The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word.
  • 2004 – Benny Hinn expands Good Morning, Holy Spirit.
  • 2004 – Joyce Meyer is dropped from TV station KNLC for “her excessive lifestyle and going beyond Scripture”. Alas, the only TV station to do so.
  • 2005 – Dateline: NBC does expose of Benny Hinn with the help of Baptist evangelist Justin Peters
  • 2005 – TBN refuses to broadcast an entire month of Hal Lindsey’s program. Lindsey in return complains that TBN is pro-******. Paul Crouch finally admits that he felt Lindsey’s TV show “placed Arabs in a negative light”. 2005 – Ministry Watch issues donor alert against Benny Hinn.
  • 2005 – Following Hurricane Katrina, TBN solicits viewer donations to assist. They dispatch a ship full of supplies, food and toys for families that have lost everything.
  • 2006 – Benny Hinn sends letters to supporters soliciting funds to buy a Gulfstream Jet.
  • 2007 – United States Senate Finance committe begins investigating Benny Hinn, Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer and creflo Dollar. Hinn stonewalls and tells the Senate he will answer them next year.
  • 2007 – TBN purchases the Florida attraction the Holy Land Experience
  • 2007 – Creflo Dollar’s congregation now numbers 30,000 and takes in $69 Million annually.
  • 2007 – John Hagee is criticized for statements in his In Defense Of Israel book, revealing a heretical two-covenant belief.
  • 2007 – February Inside Edition shows Peter Popoff back to his same tricks. They attempt to interview him, with Popoff retreating to his car and shutting the door on the microphone as they attempt to question him.
  • 2007 – May 20/20 features an episode of Popoff
  • 2007 – Rex Humbard dies
  • 2007 – Richard Roberts is forced to resign from Oral Roberts University over charges he misappropriated University funds for personal use.
  • 2008 – Forbes Magazine lists Paul Crouch’s annual income of over $400,000 for 2007. High but by no means the highest paid Christian Pastor. Jan Crouch, however, does get 365,000 per year. together their income is over $765,000 a year.
  • 2008 – Following an endorsement of Presidential Candidate John McCain, John Hagee is criticized for being Anti-Catholic. Instead of sticking to his guns and issuing a paper explaining his views, Hagee instead caves and apologizes. No doubt the Antichrist danced a jig that day.
  • 2008 – John Hagee discloses a heart by-pass surgery to his audience on his TV program.
  • 2009 – Miracle Valley is foreclosed by the banks and the State of Arizona.
  • 2009 – Joyce Meyer is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
  • 2009 – Oral Roberts hands over control of ORU to new president Mark Rutland.
  • 2009 – Dec. 15 Oral Roberts dies of heart failure.
  • 2010 – Benny Hinn divorced by Suzanne Hinn
  • 2010 – TBN divests itself of many of its low power stations, selling some while donating others to Minority Media (MMTC)
  • 2010 – Oklahoma State Senate honors Oral Roberts
  • 2011 – The Langevin famliy of Canada purchase the Miracle Valley property, to restart the Miracle Valley Bible College.
  • 2011 – David Wilkerson begins touring the world, speaking out against Word Faith teachings dramatically. In one meeting in Russia, he breaks down and weeps, overcome, unable to continue speaking. The video ends up on Youtube.
  • 2011 – TBN refuses to broadcast an episode of Jack Van Impe’s TV show, where Van Impe calls out Rick Warren and Robert Schuller for cooperating in interfaith conferences with Muslim leaders, and castigates them for promoting “chrislam.” TBN claims the show was pre-empted for violating network policy, that Christians not criticize one another. The policy is a violation of Eph. 5:11 and Romans 16:17-18.
  • 2011 – Benny Hinn sued by Strang Communications, claiming Hinn’s alleged affair with Paula White violated his “morality clause”. Meaning Hinn’s constant taking of money from his supporters was moral enough for them.
  • 2011 – Ministry Watchdog awards TBN an “F” grade for failing to be open about financial dealings.
  • 2011 – David Wilkerson is killed in an auto accident.
  • 2012 – A new study of John G. Lake’s methods reveal intentional fraud and deception in Barry Morton’s study The Devil Who Heals. The possibility of his being a sociopath is raised.
  • 2012 – Brittany Koper, granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, reveals in an interview her job was to find a way to file the extravagant lifestyles and spending of Paul and Jan Crouch as ministry expenses – including ordaining chauffers for avoid paying payroll taxes.
  • 2012 – TBN sells another 36 stations
  • 2012 – The Orange County Register reports that another of the crouch’s granddaughters had been molested by a TBN employee when she was thirteen, and that the crouches blamed her and covered up the incident. TBN’s attorney denies the allegations. The lawsuit by the granddaughter is ongoing.
  • 2013 – Benny Hinn and Suzanne Hinn remarry.
  • 2013 – Joshua Hinn (Benny’s Son) and two other Hinn staffers beat and torture a deaf man at a “Miracle Crusade” in Brazil.

4 thoughts on “The Word Faith Movement Examined 10 – Timeline”

  1. Wow this is great! You must have done a lot of research. I appreciate the timeline. Puts things in perspective. Lots of this stuff I never heard before. Coming from this movement, I can now see how very creepy this movement is.

    1. Thank you very much! It’s good to get feedback. I’m still researching this subject, and as I get new info, I update this page.

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