I have come across the word “Foursquare” several times today so I decided to find out what it meant. I got this off a web site:
“The Foursquare Church, officially named the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, is a Pentecostal denomination that resulted from the dynamic evangelistic ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson, who opened the historic Angelus Temple on Jan. 1, 1923….The term “Foursquare Gospel” came about during an intense revival in the city of Oakland, Calif., in July 1922. To a crowd of thousands, Aimee Semple McPherson explained Ezekiel’s vision in the book of Ezekiel, chapter one. Ezekiel saw God revealed as a being with four different faces: a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. To Sister Aimee, those four faces were like the four phases of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the face of the man, she saw Jesus our Savior. In the face of the lion, she saw Jesus the mighty Baptizer with the Holy Spirit and fire. In the face of the ox, she saw Jesus the Great Burden-Bearer, who took our infirmities and carried our sicknesses. In the face of the eagle, she saw Jesus the Coming King, who will return in power and victory for the church. It was a perfect, complete Gospel. It was a Gospel that faces squarely in every direction; it was the “Foursquare Gospel.” The four symbols perhaps most identified with Foursquare today are the cross, cup, dove and crown which stand for Jesus the Savior, Jesus the Healer, Jesus the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus the Soon-Coming King, respectively.”
Here is an interesting Film about “Sister Aimee”:
Quote from around 12:03
“I’ll never forget the first miracle…I ever saw. This lady, rather large lady, came to the platform. She had a huge goitre that hung down profusely. When Aimee prayed for her that goitre completely disappeared. I saw it with my own eyes” Leita Mae Steward (minister)
Then a little later:
“I am with thousands of people in a service…[then] I go home and I am alone”. Aimee.
She died from an overdose of sleeping pills. Probably accidental. There are 1.2 million in 66 countries in her church.
In reading up about Aimee Semple McPherson I came across a lady who was her forerunner: Maria Woodworth Etter
Just got her book:
A Diary of Signs and Wonders. More on that next time.