[anzac] WHAT REALLY KILLED 'AZUSA STREET'??

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 11:03:32 +1200
MODERATOR WRITES:  This is such an important point that 
David Smithers makes below. It is one I have noticed also 
when reading of Azusa and also the Welsh Revival. They 
were destroyed because of a LACK of authority, not an 
over-abundance of it. I can't stress how important these 
kinds of insights are to prevent the demise of future moves 
of God as well.   God bless you all.  -Andrew Strom. 
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From: "Forest, Michael" <MForest@...> 
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 14:02:54 -0500 

Hi Andrew,   
              I am sending you a response from David Smithers 
who was replying to a question that I had asked him, about 
racism being one of the factors that brought the Azusa Street 
Revival to an end. Brother David puts out a revival newsletter 
called "The Watchword". He is a revival historian and has 
written some excellent revival articles of which I have 
forwarded some of them to you. I  thought that you would 
find his comments interesting...  
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From:   David Smithers  <dsmithers@...>  

...Concerning your questions about what contributed to the 
decline of the Azusa Street Revival - "was it racism"? There 
is no doubt that racism greatly contributed to quenching 
the Spirit in the latter stages of the revival, but I believe that 
there is still a serious question if this was the sole cause 
or just one of several works of the flesh that surfaced as 
God's presence withdrew from the meetings.  

Roberts Liardon stated in his video series "God's Generals" 
that one important factor in the decline of the Azusa Street 
revival was that spiritualist and palm readers crept into the 
meetings and began to indirectly influence the services.  

William Seymour always allowed the Holy Spirit to have 
total control of the meetings and therefore the revival  
prospered under his wise leadership.  However, because 
God had so greatly honored his "HANDS OFF" style of 
service, he later had great difficulty in bringing himself to 
properly correct those who persisted to manipulate and  
grieve the Holy Spirit.  I have yet to thoroughly document 
this information, but I do know that similar issues have 
quenched many other revivals. Evan Roberts had similar 
difficulties in many of his services during the Welsh revival 
of 1904. 

It seems that several good leaders throughout revival  
history have been tempted to be either very heavy handed 
and controlling with the Holy Spirit or extremely lenient 
with those who would try to use a revival for their own 
selfish purposes.  Both of these ABUSES of authority  
will quench the Spirit of revival.  I hope this helps a little 
with your questions. This in no way explains all the 
problems that contributed to the Azusa revival coming to 
an end but I do believe it is worthy of careful consideration.  

-David.  
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