BEST PRICES and LOWEST Shipping Rates! Email: mh@ministryhelps.com Phone: 1 (864) 682-5425

Categories or Authors: 
 Keywords: 
  Advanced Search


Wigglesworth Biography


Let's See What We Have Here

Smith Wigglesworth 1859-1947

An encounter with Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) was an unforgettable experience. This seems to be the universal reaction of all who knew him or heard him speak.

Smith Wigglesworth was a simple yet remarkable man who was used in an extraordinary way by our extraordinary God. He had a contagious and inspiring faith. Under his ministry, thousands of people came to salvation, committed themselves to a deeper faith in Christ, received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and were miraculously healed. The power that brought these kinds of results was the presence of the Holy Spirit, who filled Smith Wigglesworth and used him in bringing the good news of the Gospel to people all over the world. Wigglesworth gave glory to God for everything that was accomplished through his ministry, and he wanted people to understand his work only in this context, because his sole desire was that people would see Jesus and not himself.

Smith Wigglesworth was born in England in 1859. Immediately after his conversion as a boy, he had a concern for the salvation of others and won people to Christ, including his mother. Even so, as a young man, he could not express himself well enough to give a testimony in church, much less preach a sermon. Wigglesworth said that his mother had the same difficulty in expressing herself that he did. This family trait, coupled with the fact that he had no formal education because he began working twelve hours a day at the age of seven to help support the family, contributed to Wigglesworth's awkward speaking style. He became a plumber by trade, yet he continued to devote himself to winning many people to Christ on an individual basis.

In 1882, he married Polly Featherstone, a vivacious young woman who loved God and had a gift of preaching and evangelism. It was she who taught him to read and who became his closest confidant and strongest supporter. They both had compassion for the poor and needy in their community, and they opened a mission, at which Polly preached.

Significantly, people were miraculously healed when Wigglesworth prayed for them. In 1907, Wigglesworth's circumstances changed dramatically when, at the age of forty-eight, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, he had a new power that enabled him to preach, and even his wife was amazed at the transformation. This was the beginning of what became a worldwide evangelistic and healing ministry that reached thousands. He eventually ministered in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and all over Europe. His ministry extended up to the time of his death in 1947.

Several emphases in Smith Wigglesworth's life and ministry characterize him: a genuine, deep compassion for the unsaved and sick; an unflinching belief in the Word of God; a desire that Christ should increase and he should decrease (John 3:30); a belief that he was called to exhort people to enlarge their faith and trust in God; an emphasis on the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit as in the early church; and a belief in complete healing for everyone of all sickness.

Smith Wigglesworth was called "The Apostle of Faith" because absolute trust in God was a constant theme of both his life and his messages. In his meetings, he would quote passages from the Word of God and lead lively singing to help build people's faith and encourage them to act on it. He emphasized belief in the fact that God could do the impossible. He had great faith in what God could do, and God did great things through him. Wigglesworth's unorthodox methods were often questioned.

As a person, Wigglesworth was reportedly courteous, kind, and gentle. However, he became forceful when dealing with the Devil, whom he believed caused all sickness. Wigglesworth said the reason he spoke bluntly and acted forcefully with people was that he knew he needed to get their attention so they could focus on God. He also had such anger toward the Devil and sickness that he acted in a seemingly rough way. When he prayed for people to be healed, he would often hit or punch them at the place of their problem or illness. Yet, no one was hurt by this startling treatment. Instead, they were remarkably healed. When he was asked why he treated people in this manner, he said that he was not hitting the people but that he was hitting the Devil. He believed that Satan should never be treated gently or allowed to get away with anything. About twenty people were reportedly raised from the dead after he prayed for them.

Wigglesworth himself was healed of appendicitis and kidney stones, after which his personality softened and he was more gentle with those who came to him for prayer for healing. His abrupt manner in ministering may be attributed to the fact that he was very serious about his calling and got down to business quickly.

Although Wigglesworth believed in complete healing, he encountered illnesses and deaths that were difficult to understand. These included the deaths of his wife and son, his daughter's lifelong deafness, and his own battles with kidney stones and sciatica. He often seemed paradoxical: compassionate but forceful, blunt but gentle, a well-dressed gentleman whose speech was often ungrammatical or confusing. However, he loved God with everything he had, he was steadfastly committed to God and to His Word, and he didn't rest until he saw God move in the lives of those who needed Him.

In 1936, Smith Wigglesworth prophesied about what we now know as the charismatic movement. He accurately predicted that the established mainline denominations would experience revival and the gifts of the Spirit in a way that would surpass even the Pentecostal movement. Wigglesworth did not live to see the renewal, but as an evangelist and prophet with a remarkable healing ministry, he had a tremendous influence on both the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, and his example and influence on believers are felt to this day.

Without the power of God that was so obviously present in his life and ministry, we might not be reading transcripts of his sermons, for his spoken messages were often disjointed and ungrammatical. However, true gems of spiritual insight shine through them because of the revelation he received through the Holy Spirit. It was his life of complete devotion and belief in God and his reliance on the Holy Spirit that brought the life-changing power of God into his messages. 

We Accept
Publishers
Store Feedback
"I received my order very quickly. I just ordered the Bible and here it is. Thank you for such prompt service! Sandra"
Sandra -

"Staff at Ministry Helps, All I can say is WOW, about your service. I ordered [#5478] my large print Dake and cover around noon yesterday 6/28/06. 10:50 am 06/29/06 it arrives. Your company is really on the ball. I purchase many things on line and never receive service like this. I anyone is wondering about ordering from Ministry Helps", don't hesitate. Prices are great, shipping and service excellent. Please feel free to use me as a reference. Sincerely In His Peace"
Scott E -

"I am ordering 50 books now, and I am going to add this site to my Favorites because the price is outstanding!"
Sarah -

"Thanks for your wonderful service and quick shipping. I've purchased from you in the past and it was excellent then as now. We often right or call to complain, but rarely to complement. Consider this a rare one, your service is great and prices are outstanding. I will shop with you again when the need arises."
Scott -

"I just want to thank you for the quick service I received from your company. I ordered several books on Friday, March 28 and received them on Monday, March 31. This was my first time ordering from you. I appreciate the excellent service."
Sue -

"Thank you for the speedy delivery of my order. I did not expect to get it until next week. Thank you again. "
Veronica Wright -

"I am truly impressed by your prompt service. I got my order yesterday and was able to start reading the book and listening to the CD right away. Again, thank you. "
Luis -

"Why order from Ministry Helps? The pricing is better, and you will have it quickly. I have used Ministry Helps before and found the prices to be unbeatable, shipping and handling more than fair. Just a thought."
Scott -

"I have enjoyed doing business with you!! You guys are on the ball!! I have received my things today in record time and your communication to me concerning my order is just so extremely timely!! And you let me know in such a timely manner exactly what is happening with my order!! Thanks so very much and extremely satisfied customer!!! Sincerely yours! "
Sharon C -

"Just to let you know that order mentioned on subject arrived safely today! Thank you for a fast and good service! God bless! MADRID, SPAIN"
Guillermo Oncins -

"Dear Ministry Helps, I would like to thank you for your service. I have already received my purchased order in complete and very good condition. Again, thank you and I’ll be glad for recommending your store for other prospective customers. God bless"
Teguh -

"Thank you for the ability to search for or research the man whose God given gift allowed him to be of such great help to me in the search for the one true God to whom all glory is due by all of us. I was given my Dake Annotated Bible back in about 1986 and it's the only Bible I've used since. (the only one) Besides any other reference material I may need to do a thorough study, it has been my companion for 20 some years."
Curtis -

"I enjoyed talking with your sales representative and I am glad that your ministry is up and going to bring the gospel to the people at such fair and affordable prices. "
Karen -

"Hello, I am called Edgar Kyeyune from Uganda and have previously placed 2 orders with you. I just wish to let you know that am so, so impressed with your service. Its the best and the most efficient. Over the years i have ordered hundreds of Christian materials from the U.S.A but i had never come across a super speedy & efficient service like yours. Can you believe it just last Friday 8th May i placed an order for 3 books with you via Express Mail (Order Number: 14110) and by last night Wednes"
Edgar Kyeyune -

"I want to say a great big THANK YOU for the lightening fast delivery of the great resources I ordered recently. I placed 3 different orders within about a week of each other, and I received them all very promptly."
Dr. James Butterfield -

"Thank you for the speedy delivery of my Dake Compact Genuine Black Bible. It is all I expected it to be and more I think it to be the greatest bible I have owned. I am so glad I ordered it. May God Bless You all."
T R. Chapman -

"I love your service with every bit of my heart & soul. Its just so WONDERFUL! You guys are Angels sent from above to us. Thank you so much for always filling our hearts with lots of joy each time we use your service! Lots of Monkey hugs from Africa to you all, Kampala, Uganda, EAST AFRICA"
Edgar -

Your Wish List is empty.