Monday, December 10, 2018

On Healing: Biblical Texts Important to Smith Wigglesworth

In “Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947),” we learned about his remarkable ministry of healing which took place during the first half of the 20th century. He once said that the best tracts ever written on healing were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In Smith Wigglesworth on Healing, he mentioned many passages from these and other books of the Bible that strongly informed his ministry. Those he mentioned as important included (as quoted in the New American Standard Version):

Exodus 15:26
And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

Friday, December 7, 2018

Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947)

Smith Wigglesworth was born into a poor non-Christian family in northern England. He worked full-time outside the house from the age of six just to bring in a little money. Yet he spent the last 40 years of his life traveling the world to serve Jesus Christ by preaching, healing, exorcising, and even raising the dead.

What follows is a summary of his reflections on that ministry found in Smith Wigglesworth on Healing (Whitaker House, 1999). Numbers at the end of sentences refer to the relevant pages and paragraphs in that book. My hope is that, by reflecting on the ministry of Wigglesworth, we too—as Christians and churches—might witness with greater clarity to Jesus Christ in this vital way.