Persecuted for Christ: A Defining Moment in the Life of F.F. Bosworth
REFLEKS, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2006
9 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2006
“Every work of God, as every individual, has to have its period of testing,” said C.T. Studd, the great missionary pioneer. “For only by this means can the dross be purged away, weaknesses and unbelief exposed and eradicated, and the instrument be fitted for effective use.” These words by C.T. Studd provide a summary of the spiritual truths that F.F. Bosworth would discover during his early work in Texas.
Fred Francis Bosworth (1877-1958) was a Pentecostal pioneer, famous healing evangelist, musician and author who reportedly led more than a million people to Christ through his ministry. Born on a farm near Utica, Neb., he was considered, by scholars and ministers alike, to be one of the most successful healing evangelists of the 20th century. He received more than 225,000 written testimonies of healing and his book, Christ the Healer, is a classic that has been in print since 1924. Though he spent most of his life as a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, he was well respected among Pentecostals and holiness groups.
Back in 1911 while engaging in church planting in Dallas, Texas, Bosworth found he would learn a few things in ways that he never imagined. He would learn what it really means to suffer for Christ, to be persecuted in His name and to be willing to lay down his life. Like Job, he would encounter pain, danger, and even loneliness. At the same time he would discover what it means to be tried by fire. All of this happened on a Saturday night in August 1911 after he reached out to people of another race.
Keywords: Pentecostalism, Fred Francis Bosworth, Charismatic Movements, Evangelism, Missions, Divine Healing, Revival
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