one body. Keep together in unity till I come, then in a grand meeting let all
prepare for the outside fields I desire, unless God directs to the contrary, to
meet and see all who have the full Gospel when I come.
Charles Parham
(Parham, Letter, Fall 1906,
Reprinted in The Life of Charles Fox Parham, 1930 [1977], 163–164)
I hurried to Los Angeles, and to my utter surprise and astonishment I found
conditions even worse than I had anticipated. Brother Seymour came to
me helpless, he said he could not stem the tide that had arisen. I sat on the
platform in Azusa Street Mission, and saw the manifestations of the flesh,
spiritualistic controls, saw people practicing hypnotism at the altar over can-
didates seeking the baptism; though many were receiving the real baptism
of the Holy Ghost.
After preaching two or three times, I was informed by two of the elders,
one [i.e., Glenn Cook] who was a hypnotist (I had seen him lay his hands on
many who came through chattering, jabbering and sputtering, speaking in
no language at all) that I was not wanted in that place.
With workers from the Texas field we opened a great revival in the
W.C.T.U. building on Broadway and Temple Streets in Los Angeles. Great
numbers were saved, marvelous healings took place and between two and
three hundred who had been possessed of awful fits and spasms and controls
in the Azusa Street work were delivered, and received the real Pentecost
teachings and man spake with other tongues.
(AF [Zion City, IL], December 1 1906)
Throughout the summer [of 1906] I was greatly encouraged, and truly re-
joiced at the reports of the work that was sweeping the California field . . . it
seemed as if the whole Pacific Coast would be taken for God. . . .
For some time I had been in touch with many friends who knew the
extremes that had crept into the [Azusa] meetings in California. . . . [They]
wrote me repeatedly to come quickly to the rescue. . . .
[At Azusa], I found hypnotic influences, familiar-spirit influences, spir-
itualistic influences, mesmeric influences, and all kinds of spells, spasms,
falling in trances, etc. All of these things are foreign to and unknown in this
movement outside of Los Angeles, except in the places visited by the workers
sent out from this city. . . .
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