20 November 2016

Report from Yorkshire. (4/08)

p. 6

p. 7

This is the earliest published item from Wigglesworth I found so far. Confidence was a magazine published by All Saints Church in Sunderland, where Wigglesworth received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1907.

Confidence also reported on page 7 of the April 1908 issue, “The Rev. C.F. Atherton holds waiting meetings at his manse. The Lord graciously baptized him at Bradford in Mr. Smith Wigglesworth's house about a month ago.” KWL

by Smith Wigglesworth
Confidence, April 1908.

Bowland Street Mission, Bradford, has had many days of God’s right hand, and has won many trophies of the cross, and seen much of the working of the mighty hands of God; but none of the past days resemble those of the present. Thank God, we are in the midst of that which might be called the soul’s awakening. Those that were lifeless and helpless (having to be carried), are now full of life and prepared to carry others from the cold, indifferent, formal life, to be red-hot, Spirit-filled saints, speaking and singing in tongues.

They have clear witnessing power and discernment, and can be counted upon for any real, active, vigilant work. They are full of love and kindness, desiring, longing, earnestly seeking, and beseeching God to open the windows of heaven and pour out a real revival power to awaken and shake England and the world. We fully believe we are in the last days, and before the Lord comes we trust to see the mightiest revival the world has ever seen or witnessed. We have seen demons cast out, and the very devil of disease rebuked, and the continual power and blessing fully resembling Mark 16.17. All glory be to God.

One of the clear proofs that Pentecost with tongues is of God, is that all the scribes and Pharisees of the present day condemn it. I have seen many receive the gift of tongues and the baptism of power, but never among them were there any critics, or a fleshly or proud man or woman. The clean and impure cannot dwell together. Ye cannot have God and Mammon. Pentecost with tongues is a holy work, and comes upon holy people for a holy purpose, being the beginning of greater days of manifestations. We shall see greater things than Jesus did as we abide in the vine. The baptism of the Holy Ghost with signs, is the fulfillment of promise to those that wait.

I hold much fellowship with those that speak and sing with new tongues. All have one story to tell, viz. that the blessing and joy is beyond describing. Why stop at the barren field of justification, when there are waters of God’s love to swim in? Why live in the experience of Romans 7, when there is Romans 9 full of life in the Spirit without condemnation?

“My soul is filled with boundless love
Whilst gazing on the precious blood,
I catch the rays of Jesus’ face
Transfixed in me, the throne of grace.
Wonders beyond the human mind
Rushing into me, a life divine;
I feel the power of the holy dove,
And speak in tongues of things above.”

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Apostle of Faith

  1. “First the blade…”
  2. An helpmeet for him.
  3. “Then the ear…”
  4. Endued from on high.
  5. After receiving the Baptism.
  6. The ministry of healing.
  7. In labors more abundant.
  8. Miracles in Australia and New Zealand.
  9. Visits to Switzerland and Sweden.

Ever Increasing Faith

  1. Have faith in God. (12/22)
  2. Deliverance to the captives. (2/23)
  3. The power of the name. (1/23)

Faith That Prevails

  1. The faith that comes from God. (9/22)
  2. Like precious faith. (10/14/22)


I started this site ’cause I took a Pentecostal history class in grad school, used several Wigglesworth articles for a paper, and rather than just throw away my source materials, I stuck ’em on the internet. I’ve been adding to them since. Thanks for the encouraging feedback!

Yes, the Wigglesworth articles are edited for spelling, punctuation, paragraph breaks, and verse references. But that’s all. Most of the source materials are transcripts of what he spoke aloud, so I believe such alterations are justifiable. I’ve included scans of the original publications in case you wish to compare. Any further typos are because the OCR software made them and I didn’t catch them. Sorry.

If you come across another version of these articles with significant differences (including in print!) it’s because their editor decided to take further liberties with Wigglesworth than I would. There comes a point when such editing becomes less about Wigglesworth’s own words, and more about editors wishing to reshape Wigglesworth to suit them. Or the times. There are certain things Wigglesworth said and taught where I personally can’t agree, and honestly don’t believe the scriptures back him up. (You want my view, visit Christ Almighty.) But as an historian I’m posting what he said, disagreements or not. I wouldn’t appreciate it if people bent my words in like manner, and I’m not editing him for anyone’s theological sensibilities—neither mine nor yours.

You have my permission to link to this blog, and make fair-use quotations of it. But as for republication, the rights don’t belong to me. Thanks to Disney’s continued lobbying for copyright extensions, they won’t be out of copyright in the United States till 2042—if ever. So the copyrights belong to Wigglesworth, the respective publications, and their successors. All rights reserved.

Bible links go to good old Bible Gateway. Wigglesworth used the Authorized (King James) Version, and any discrepancies are because he impressively quoted from memory.

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