Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: March 21, 2018 11:23AM
> Here’s a question: Besides the First Principles,
> we were also told in the LW that JRS was the one
> who started the act of “singing in the spirit”.
> I suspect that is not really true and that other
> early pentecostal groups were doing this long
> before 1951.
From my perspective. JRS seemed toget people to belive he had a unique vsion of every thing. Much like "Muz think they invented soap, mental hospitals, algebra, and iuds
Way back when before we joined Chrstian Tabernacle my parents drug us to every kind of church: Quakers; Mormoans; Amish, memomnite; cathloc, luthern, pentocostal and even jewish temple and Greek orthodox. ( My Aunt by marriage was the daughter of a priest.) And my grand parents lived a few miles away from the first Mosque in the US that was in Cedar Rapids. It was creepy and I was glad I never got drug inside.
I saw "singing in the spirit in small churches out in the country in Iowa before jrs got us all doing it. I was a kid who wanted to go home and go to bed, but, no..Jesus was here and Jesus was over there with some travling preacher who had kids that entertained with ukleles and sangs cute songs when the offering plate was getting passed. They did stuff liek sing in the spirit, but I did n;t care at the time.
I am not an expert. i was just a kid who had school in the morning and I was tired and hungry thinking all these people were just plain weird. I was about 7 in 1957 when we joine CT. Singing in the spirit and all that jazz was going on in other non demonimonational small churches that had few members.
I think the pastors were often dry drunks by their testimonies, who started churches instead of going to AA. They were loving and kind people who did seem to want to save souls. They were not part of the regular denominations that we got drug to wearing our little white gloves and Sunday hats. They had no formal education nor established pastor training. I think they got it from some of the traveling tent revival meeting preachers that were prevalent as much as the circus who traveled to town.
Oh , yes, were singing in the spirit, falling in the isles, and all variations tht JRS did develop with more sophication and with more spirtual look.
My opinion. But I think we can possilby find some old tent meeting movies on videos to prove the point.
I thought JRS invented the holding up of hands and rolling eyes back in praise, too. I also thught that the tape recording of services on the big old reel to reel were unique in the walk. Yet, look back at Aimme Semple mc Phearson whose chruch meeting were a hollywood producion. She was novel at broadcasting on the radio. She died before I was born, but I heard about her.
I did not realize that when jrs has the word on KCII, they paid for the sptot I thought it was validation of how great his words were. My folks made me listen. But I really wanted to hear Amos and Andy or Fibber Mc Gee and Molly.
I have mentioned they plagarised song books, too. I think JRS never had a revelation of the internet where we could get more information that we could from the public libary or home encycloepdias . He had no idea that we figuwouldre it out.
I was kid, but I am sure the adults believed much like me a dumb kid. Yeah, deceitful, liar liar pants on fire narasistic swelled head who looked like a Teddy bear to me. BTW I only believed in Santa Clause til I was 4. That was deceitful on the adults part, too. Why did the grown up in my life and home church ( when we fianlly setteled in CT) go along with all the lies?
I ahve no answer to taht. At some one some adult in the church could have said, "JRS is naked as the day taht he was born>" But no one I ever heard did. Or maybe they were the ones who left in the early years.