Smith Wigglesworth Preacher / Healer
Born (1859-06-08)June 8, 1859
Menston, Yorkshire, England
Died March 12, 1947(1947-03-12)
Glad Tidings Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Plumber, Evangelist
Spouse Mary Jane Featherstone (Polly), 1860-1913 (widowed)
Children Alice, Seth, Harold, Ernest & George
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Wigglesworth believed that healing came through faith, and he was flexible about the methods he employed. When he was forbidden to lay hands on audience members by the authorities in Sweden, he preached for a "corporate healing", by which people laid hands on themselves. He also practiced anointing with oil, and the distribution of "prayer handkerchiefs" (one of which was sent to King George V). Wigglesworth sometimes attributed ill-health to demons.
Wigglesworth ministered at many churches throughout Yorkshire, often at Bethesda Church on the outskirts of Sheffield, where he claimed to have had many prophecies. He also had an international ministry: as well as Sweden, he ministered in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, India, Ceylon, and several countries in Europe. Some of his sermons were transcribed for Pentecostal magazines, and these were collected into two books: Ever Increasing Faithand Faith that Prevails.
Wigglesworth said he had made a commitment to God that he would not sleep at night before he had won a soul for Christ every day. He claimed that on one occasion he could not sleep because he had not met this commitment, and that he went out into the night and met an alcoholic to whom he spoke and persuaded to become a believer.
Wigglesworth is considered one of the most influential evangelists in the early history of Pentecostalism and is also credited with helping
give the movement a large religious audience.
David du Plessis recounted that Wigglesworth prophesied over him that God would pour out his Spirit on the established churches, and that David du Plessis would be greatly involved in it. Later du
Plessis was very much involved in the Charismatic movement.
Smith Wigglesworth praying for a sick woman Wigglesworth claimed that God had healed him of appendicitis and much of his ministry was focused on faith healing. There were many miracles attributed to him, some reported in the popular press and in Pentecostal magazines such as 'Confidence' which had been founded by Boddy. Wigglesworth avoided all medical treatment, despite suffering from kidney stones in his later years. These eventually passed naturally. He refused any surgical procedure, and stated that no knife would ever touch his body either in life or death. Some of his supporters claim that Wigglesworth raised several persons from the dead -
including his wife Polly, a man called Mitchell, and a Baptist
Pastor's wife, a Mrs. Clarke. His friend and biographer Walter
Hibbert adds the claim of a man raised from the dead who had been embalmed and was in a funeral parlour, and Wilson in his biography tells of a woman who, brought into a meeting in a coffin, slapped Wigglesworth's face after being raised up, stating that she had had
a far better time in the hereafter.[citation needed
Wigglesworth continued to minister up until the time of his death on March 12, 1947.
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