Item description for Ever Increasing Faith (Pentecostal Classics) by Smith Wigglesworth...
Overview One of the great spiritual leaders of modern times unfolds the Christian legacy of love and faith in this revised edition. Paper.
Publishers Description Eighteen sermons on divine healing. Topics include people suffering from broken limbs, appendicitis, alcoholism, demon possession, addictions, and tuberculosis. Studies spiritual gifts, the Baptism, prophecy, and other topics.
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Studio: Gospel Publishing House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.92" Width: 4.12" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 23, 2012
Publisher Gospel Publishing House
Series Pentecostal Classics
ISBN 0882434942 ISBN13 9780882434940
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More About Smith Wigglesworth
Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947), known as the Apostle of Faith, had an international evangelistic and healing ministry. A plumber by trade, Wigglesworth had a dramatic encounter with God when, at age 48, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and anointed with power for preaching and healing. Recognized as a pioneer of the modern Pentecostal movement, Wigglesworth s unquenchable faith has inspired generations to receive salvation, healing, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit."
Smith Wigglesworth was born in 1859 and died in 1947.
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Biblically unsound Apr 24, 2005
It concerns me that not one previous reviewer recognized the Biblical problems that run through out this book.
This book is absolutely riddled with unbiblical teachings. I will list 7 unscriptural teachings that I found in this book. I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones that jumped out to me.
First, Smith Wigglesworth teaches throughout this book that sickness is always demonic and it is caused by sin. According to Wigglesworth there is no other possible cause for sickness. He also teaches repeatidly that if a person is not healed, the reason is a lack of faith.
The Bible, however teaches something very different. Yes, sickness can be the result of sin. For example, Miriam being struck with leprosy. But that is not the ONLY cause of sickness in Scripture. the Bible lists at least two other causes.
In fact, Jesus Himself confronted this very issue. Right before He healed the man born blind, someone asked Him "Who sinned, this man or his parents?" John 9:22-23 give Jesus's response. He replied "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." Another verse that refutes this teaching is Exodus 4:11 which says "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?"
A second possible cause of sickness according to Scripture is that it comes from Satan. The best example of this is Job. But Jesus also heals a woman who couldn't stand upright as the result of a spirit (Luke 13:11-13)
In his excellent book "Charismatic Chaos" John MacArthur has this to say "Suggesting that someone's sickness is necessarily related to personal sin is as unfeeling and cruel as telling people they are not healed because they lack faith." I wholeheartidly agree. Yet, that is precisely what Wigglesworth does over and over again in this book.
The second area of concern is where Wigglesworth says that he questions whether the Holy Spirit is truly present without the gifts of the Spirit (specifically tongues and healing) That teaching has no basis in Scripture whatsoever. Yes, there were times where amazing things happened and the gifts of the Spirit were present, for example at Pentecost. But there are numerous other examples where the gifts of the Spirit are not even mentioned. This is not an either/or it's a both/and. Sometimes the gifts will be present when the Spirit moves, sometimes they will not.
Third, Wigglesworth teaches that even someone who lacks character can see the Lord. This is refuted in Psalm 66:18 as well as in 1st John 3:6 and 1st John 5:18
Fourth, one of the teachings I found most disturbing is where Wigglesworth says "Do not say "I was saved by faith" or "I was healed by faith." Faith does not save or heal."
Jesus said numerous times that faith DOES heal and save. So, either Wigglesworth is wrong, or Jesus is. But they can't both be true.
For example, to the woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years, Jesus said "Go, your faith has healed you." This story is repeated in Mark and Luke also.
Jesus also said the same thing to the blind beggar whose story is told in Luke 18:42
Jesus also told people their faith had saved them. For example, the sinner woman in the house of Simon the Pharasee Jesus told her. "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." Other Scriptures that contradict this teaching are Romans 5:1, Romans 3 and Hebrews 11. In addition Ephesians 2:8 says For it is by grace you have been saved, THROUGH FAITH (emphasis mine)
Fifth, there are at least two instances that Wigglesworth claims to have seen Jesus. Once, he claims Jesus appeared at the bed of a sick woman and smiled at him. Another time, Wigglesworth claims to have seen Jesus pass by his window. He describes both encounters in a flippant and casual manner. This bears little resemblence to people in Scripture who saw the Risen Christ. For example, Isaiah. When He saw Christ he replied "Woe is me, for I am undone!" In Revelation 1, John describes what happened when He saw Christ. John tells us he "fell down as though dead." Paul is another example. His life was radically changed after his encounter with the risen Christ. The same is true of the Apostles after they saw Christ after his ressurection.
Sixth, Wigglesworth claims that the reason Ananais and Sapphira were killed is because they doubted God and lacked faith. In Acts 5 tells us exactly why Ananais and Sapphira lost their lives. Peter tells us it was because of their greed and because they lied to the Holy Spirit. To be fair, I think an arguement could be made that it was a lack of faith. But the evidence for that in the biblical account is slim at best. It is dangerous to read something into Scripture that isn't there or to base a doctrine on one verse, taken out of context.
Lastly, in one instance, Wigglesworth claims that a man experienced a temporary, partial healing and that he had to pray for the man a second time in order for him to be fully healed. Now, let me say this. I do believe that God still heals today. But I also believe that Satan can counterfit healings. I believe, that is what most, if not all of the "healings" performed by Wigglesworth were. Also, as with most Charismatics, the healings were for mainly for internal problems. Wigglesworth almost never says that the "healing" was verified by a doctor. Anyone who knows even a little about Scripture knows that Jesus performed numerous healings, as did the Apostles after Pentecost. Peter and Paul also healed people. Every single time, without exception, when someone was healed in Scripture, three things happened. The healing was total, immediate and permanent. No one who was healed ever had to come back to be healed a second time. Jesus never once partially healed a disease or physical ailment. He healed the person completely so that no trace of the sickness or disease remained.
I wish I could say that this type of error is unique to Wigglesworth. Sadly, it's not. In fact, there are many other Charismatic authors who teach the same errors. Every Christian, especially those involved with the Charismatic Movement, must be discerning. As I once heard someone say "Just because something claims to be Christian, doesn't mean it's kosher." Today is seems like anything is acceptable as long as it is labled Christian.
I have nothing against Charismatics as people. I know there are many who truly love the Lord. But we must be extreamly careful about who we allow to teach us.
If anyone would like to read more about the problems with the Charismatic movement, I highly recommend John MacArthur's book "Charismatic Chaos" It deals many of these same issues.
Excellent Jul 29, 2004
I heard Kenneth E. Hagin say that he wore out 4 or 5 copies of this book. It was in one of his radio broadcasts, 'The Will of God in Prayer', if I remember correctly. He also said that he wished he could be as bold as Smith Wigglesworth, but that's just not how he was built. That is not an exact quote, but it was something like that.
This book well known because it is one of the first sets of recorded sermons by Smith Wigglesworth. Within the last decade or so Whitaker House has greatly increased the amount of Wigglesworth's material in print. Many of these books are at least as good as this.
This will take you to another level! Sep 23, 2003
This is an amazing book and is a great try me book. "Greater Works" form brother Wigglesworth is also a great first book. This book is a relatively small book, with one powerful page after another. This book will inspire you to want to read deeper into the Bible, especially acts. If your a Christian that believe's the bible is true and wish you had a bit more time to put aside to read the bible more, this book may be your cure! The Holy Spirit works in this mightily and will motivate you spiritually to seek more depth in scripture! This book is priceless! This book is motivational for all, including non spiritual Christians or yet to be Christians. Simply put..its super powerful!
Spiritually Sound Insight Sep 18, 2003
In the first chapter Wigglesworth tells us that God "can plan for you, and when He plans for you, all is peace." In terms of mercy, he adds "the Lord was full of compassion. If He marked our sins, where would any of us be?" Faith and love are linked in this chapter. Logically flowing from the first chapter on faith, the second one addresses capturing one's thoughts. He writes "the devil knows that if he can capture your thought life, he has won a mighty victory over you." Wigglesworth reminds us that the ministry of Jesus did not end when He returned to the Father, but He continues working through those indwelt by Him. He goes back to the point he made in the first chapter, reminding us that God never fails to plan the best things for us. Faith is a consistent theme throughout the book. On page 46 he writes "faith is the open door through which the Lord comes." There's an excellent section on intercessory prayer in the middle portion of the book. In terms of God's ways being unlimited, Wigglesworth phrases it "God has a million ways of undertaking for those who go to Him for help" (p. 59). So many powerful insights fill this book. It's a challenge to hit the high points, but another focused quote that brings out a poignant truth is "there is one thing certain: there is no such thing as seeking without finding" (p. 63). This book will make a powerfully positive difference in the life of anyone who reads it with a seeking heart.
Message from God Dec 13, 2002
I belive this book has, and will strengthen the faith of many christians. Smith Wigglesworth experienced amazing things because of his faith in Jesus Christ, our saviour. Reading this book is very good for those who wish to serve God 100% with their life. Well, no need to say any more, just read this book as soon as you can!