E. CRITICS OF SEYMOUR AND THE REVIVAL
INTRODUCTION
Seymour and his Azusa Revival were criticized by both the secular and re-
ligious press. The Los Angeles Daily Times ripped into Azusa as nothing less
than the latest brand of charlatanism tramping its way into Los Angeles
to steal hard-won sheep from other Protestant churches. The Indianapolis
Star luridly reported on the interracial nature of Seymour’s services at Glenn
Cook’s mission in Indianapolis.
Protestant and Holiness leaders like A. Sulger of Alma White’s Pillar of
Fire holiness denomination and devotional writer Oswald Chambers capture
the range of criticism from satanically inspired to a wait-and-see Gamiliel
approach (Acts 5:34–40). Chambers argued that divine love and the fruit of
the spirit are the true evidence of the Spirit baptism—a view that Seymour
and Alexander Boddy later aYrmed in their writings, perhaps reflecting his
influence. Sulger’s criticism is particularly important because he oVers an
insider-turned-critic perspective of Seymour. Durham’s letter provides his
side of the Durham- Seymour schism and explains why he believes Seymour
lost his following.
87. LOS ANGELES TIMES
“weird babel of tongues”
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New Sect of Fanatics is Breaking Loose
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Wild Scene Last Night on Azusa Street
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Gurgle of Wordless Talk by a Sister
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