Aimee Semple McPherson: Actress or Anointed?

Costi Hinn
Equip The Saint
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On this date, September 27th, 1944, one of the most famous female faith healers in history died of an overdose from sleeping pills that sent shockwaves through the world. While she is known for her ecumenical work and for being the founder of the Foursquare denomination, it is her life and theology as a pastor that few every stop to ponder. For better or for worse, this is a side of Aimee Semple McPherson’s story like you may have never read before.

Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944)

As famous in her day as Babe Ruth, Aimee Semple McPherson loved the spotlight. She was flamboyant, theatrical, ecumenical, and had the slippery talents of today’s best politicians. Though she fought for many good things like putting Bibles in every grade school, and helping the poor in Los Angeles, her erroneous teaching set the stage for a whole new wave of confusing doctrines. She taught dangerously about salvation in regards to healing and tongues. According to her theology, speaking tongues was evidence that a person was a part of the “true church.” Furthermore, she built herself up as a holy conduit of God Himself. When on a trip from Ireland to China she claimed that God had chosen her to change the course of church at the time by bringing His people back to Scripture. God is quoted as saying directly to her,

But behold, even as thou sawest the messenger’ of light come forth, even so have I chosen and ordained thee, that thou shouldst go forth, and clear away the debris and contamination, with which they have covered and obscured the light of My Word. I have chosen thee and called thee by name that thou should speak unto My people. Look not upon the pages that contain the theories of men, but upon the burning, flaming words of My Word as revealed and illuminated by the Holy Spirit which I have given unto you.

Aside from the fact that God’s choice of words seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to the published version of the King James Bible, there is one important thing to be noted. If God did speak these words to her (which this writer does not believe), she directly disobeyed Him based on the fruit of her life and teachings. Instead of pointing people to God’s Word and “clearing away the debris and contamination,” her life and ministry became the debris and contamination.

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