Another time he supposedly gave another man a two minute head start before he broke his teeth and sternum. People came to see and be subjected to mesmerising antics. No one seemed to question the biblical basis of his practices. People actually will crown any one as king if he can create an illusion or pretend to conjure up one.
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Early life[ edit ] Smith Wigglesworth was born on 8 June  in Menston , Yorkshire , England, to an impoverished family. As a small child, he worked in the fields pulling turnips alongside his mother; he also worked in factories to help provide for his family. He was illiterate as a child because of his labors. His grandmother was a devout Methodist; his parents, John and Martha, took young Smith to Methodist and Anglican churches on regular occasions. He was confirmed by a Bishop in the Church of England, baptized by immersion in the Baptist Church and had the grounding in Bible teaching in the Plymouth Brethren while learning the plumbing trade as an apprentice from a man in the Brethren movement.
Polly died in Wigglesworth learned to read after he married Polly; she taught him to read the Bible. He often stated that it was the only book he ever read, and did not permit newspapers in his home, preferring the Bible to be their only reading material. Wigglesworth worked as a plumber, but he abandoned this trade because he was too busy for it after he started preaching. He also received ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God in the United States, where he evangelized from to 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. We must be edified before we can edify the church. I cannot estimate what I, personally, owe to the Holy Ghost method of spiritual edification. I am here before you as one of the biggest conundrums in the world.
There never was a weaker man on the platform. Inability—full of it. All natural things in my life point exactly opposite to my being able to stand on the platform and preach the gospel. The secret is that the Holy Ghost came and brought this wonderful edification of the Spirit. I had been reading this Word continually as well as I could, but the Holy Ghost came and took hold of it, for the Holy Ghost is the breath of it, and He illuminated it to me. He also had an international ministry.
He ministered in the U. Wigglesworth, whose only training was as a plumber, described cancer as "a living evil spirit", and insisted that many diseases were "satanic in origin". On a number of occasions his approach to persons suffering from stomach complaints was to punch them in the stomach, sometimes with such force that it propelled them across the room.
Responding to criticism over his method of praying for the sick, Wigglesworth stated: "You might think by the way I went about praying for the sick that I was sometimes unloving and rough, but oh, friends, you have no idea what I see behind the sickness and the one who is afflicted. I am not dealing with the person; I am dealing with the satanic forces that are binding the afflicted".
You are full of unbelief, get off this platform!
Smith Wigglesworth Only Believe
Early life[ edit ] Smith Wigglesworth was born on 8 June  in Menston , Yorkshire , England, to an impoverished family. As a small child, he worked in the fields pulling turnips alongside his mother; he also worked in factories to help provide for his family. He was illiterate as a child because of his labors. His grandmother was a devout Methodist; his parents, John and Martha, took young Smith to Methodist and Anglican churches on regular occasions.
God has designed that the just shall live by faith. Any man can be changed by faith, no matter how he may be fettered. One word from Him can change a nation. His word is from everlasting to everlasting. It is through the entrance of this everlasting Word, this incorruptible seed, that we are born again, and come into this wonderful salvation. Man cannot live by bread alone, but must live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is the food of faith.
Smith Wigglesworth: Only Believe
Andrew Bonar (1810 - 1892)