Sunday, September 24, 2017

Right Wing Watch Defames Conservative Christian Judge Roy Moore and His Supporters


Right Wing Watch Defames Conservative Christian Judge Roy Moore and His Supporters

By Julio Severo
Right Wing Watch said on September 21, 2017, that it looked into “Roy Moore, the suspended Alabama chief justice who is now the frontrunner for his state’s open U.S. Senate seat, and discovered a host of far-right Christian nationalist activists who see Moore as their best hope for enacting their theocratic vision on a national stage.”
Right Wing Watch said that it “noticed that Moore had posted a lengthy list of endorsers on his campaign website—and it appears that no activist is too extreme for Moore to boast of his connections with.”
Among Moore’s supporters accused by Right Wing Watch are:
* Peter LaBarbera, director of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
* Mat Staver, chairman of the legal group Liberty Counsel and Moore’s attorney.
* Brian Brown, whose National Organization for Marriage recently endorsed Moore.
* Tim Wildmon of American Family Association.
* Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.
* Ann Coulter.
* James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.
* Action superstar Chuck Norris.
* Julio Severo, a writer for BarbWire website, whom Right Wing Watch says once he called for an exorcism of the White House after an American Indian man speaking at a bisexual community briefing infested it with “homosexual spirits.”
The complete list of names blacklisted by Right Wing Watch is here. (Right Wing Watch’s defamation was reproduced in the atheist website Brewminate in its piece “Roy Moore’s Crazy Cast of Endorsements.”)
Not only all these names are in Right Wing Watch’s blacklist, but they have a special place in this blacklist. My place is here.
I am not sad that a powerful left-wing group in the U.S. has blacklisted me. I would be sad if they praised me.
Who is Right Wing Watch, the accuser?
Writing in BarbWire (where I am a contributor too), Rob Pue of Wisconsin Christian News said that it is the “professed goal” of Right Wing Watch “to persecute and spread false information about … Christian, pro-family organizations.”
According to WND, People for the American Way (PFAW) is “an atheist socialist organization which, through publications like its ‘Right Wing Watch,’ dedicates itself to the destruction of conservatives in general.”
According to its website, Right Wing Watch has a special mission to attack conservatives opposed to the gay agenda, abortion and Muslim ideology.
Yet, Citizens for Trump, a conservative organization supporting Trump’s conservative stances, has supported Judge Roy Moore and his supporters, including me and other names blacklisted by Right Wing Watch because of our endorsement of Moore. To see my name and the names of other conservatives supporting Moore in Citizens for Trump’s website, click here.
Who is Roy Moore?
He is staunchly and publicly an evangelical Christian. He is a former Alabama Supreme Court Justice. He is a conservative famous for his advocacy for the Ten Commandments and traditional marriage that has enraged the left. He fought hard to keep Alabama from being forced to accept gay “marriage.”
Last year, Moore shared, in his Facebook, my conservative article against homosexual propaganda.
I have very been honored to be invited to add my name as a supporter of Judge Roy Moore, and I gladly do it, because of his extraordinary conservative and Christian qualities. It is so hard to find excellent conservative Christian candidates and when you find one, you cannot afford to lose the opportunity to support him, even when the Left attacks you for it.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Therapy for individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior is approved in Brazil and media misleadingly alleges that court ruled homosexuality is a disease


Therapy for individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior is approved in Brazil and media misleadingly alleges that court ruled homosexuality is a disease

By Julio Severo
A Brazilian judge has ruled that psychologists are free to help individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior.
Even though the judge’s decision does not say that homosexuality is a “disease” and that there is medical healing or cure, the U.S. media, which has refused to publish his decision, has used exactly such non-existent terms in the text.
Brasília-based Judge Waldemar Claudio de Carvalho’s decision overruled a 1999 resolution from the Federal Council of Psychology in Brazil (Brazilian Psychology Association) which prohibited psychologists from treating the homosexual condition of their clients.
The 1999 draconian resolution says:
It establishes norms of conduct for psychologists in regard to the subject of Sexual Orientation.
WHEREAS, homosexuality is not a disease, disturbance or perversion;
WHEREAS, Psychology can and should contribute through its knowledge to clarify the subjects of sexuality, helping to overcome prejudices and discriminations;
It determines:
Article 2: Psychologists should contribute, through their knowledge, to a reflection on prejudice and to the extinction of discrimination and stigmatizations against those demonstrating homoerotic behaviors or practices.
Article 3: Psychologists shall not use any action for making homoerotic behaviors or practices pathological, nor shall they use coercion to direct homosexuals to unsolicited treatments.
Sole paragraph: Psychologists shall not collaborate with events and services proposing treatment and cures of homosexualities.
Article 4: Psychologists shall not offer their opinions, nor will they participate in public pronouncements, in the media, with a view to reinforcing existing social prejudices in regard to homosexuals as sufferers of psychic disorders.
Psychologists are forbidden to express even their views about a hope for individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior.
Yet, they are not forbidden to collaborate with communist events. Rogério Giannini, the president of the Federal Council of Psychology, attended “I Foro Internacional de Psicología, Violencia y Operaciones Psicológicas” (First International Forum of Psychology, Violence and Psychologic Operations) in Venezuela on June 11-15, 2017, whose stated purpose was “to address the violence that right-wing groups have intended to establish in Venezuela.”
Rogério Giannini and Nicolás Maduro
Communist dictator Nicolás Maduro was himself present in the event. Giannini saw no problem to lend his support to the communist congress of psychology to fight right-wing groups. And his Federal Council of Psychology saw no problem to pay him thousands in the Brazilian currency for helping him to travel and take part in the communist event.
The international media, especially the U.S. media, did not condemn Giannini’s participation in the communist event. But when communist-minded Giannini expressed his view against the judge’s injunction allowing psychologists to treat individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior, the international media praised him and quoted him as saying, “No way to cure what is not a disease,” adding: “It is not a serious, academic debate, it is a debate connected to religious or conservative positions.”
Contrary to Giannini’s allegations, the judge’s injunction does advocate any “gay cure.”
Besides, communist-minded Giannini treated debate disagreeing with his communist views as “not serious, not academic” — which is a mindset typical of communists. He also treated Christian and conservative positions as stances of second-class citizens, as if only communists were real academicians and had monopoly on the academic debate.
Giannini’s far-left views should be condemned by all the U.S. media.
What does the judge’s injunction say?
It “determines that the Federal Council of Psychology does not interpret [its resolution] to hinder psychologists from promoting studies or giving professional care, in a private setting, regarding to sexual (re) orientation, thereby ensuring to them full scientific freedom about the subject, with no censorship or prior permission from the Federal Council of Psychology.”
Full freedom to offer professional care without any censorship. Is it too much? Obviously, it is not. But such freedom causes nightmares in communist-minded individuals, who would prefer to travel to Venezuela to lend their support to a “perfect” government that does not offer full freedom and, instead, offers full censorship.
The injunction became possible because Judge Waldemar Claudio de Carvalho approved an appeal put forward by Rozangela Justino, an evangelical Christian and psychologist who was banned from practicing after offering therapy for individuals seeking exit from homosexual behavior.
Psychology is not a science. It is one of the most subjective fields of human study. Every individual, whether a psychologist or not, has views colored by his own ideological preferences, whether political or religious. Far-left-wing individuals and individuals practicing witchcraft are very open to homosexuality and very hostile to Christianity.
If an individual seeks medical care for a broken leg, every physician attending him will diagnose him with a broken leg, irrespective of ideological preferences of physician or patient. This is science.
Yet, psychologists as Giannini diagnose Christians and conservatives as unfit for debate, because their personal views are colored by the far-left-wing ideology. Psychologists with a political background of socialism and with a religious background of witchcraft will always oppose Christians and support homosexuality. They would declare Maduro fully fit for debate. This is not science. This is sheer subjectivity.
Similarly, conservative and Christian psychologists have the same right to diagnose communist-minded psychologists as unfit for debate.
Positive points in the judge’s injunction:
* It grants full freedom to offer professional care.
* It condemns censorship.
Negative point:
* It agrees with the World Health Organization’s stance that “homosexuality is a natural variation of the human sexuality.”
Different from the subjective stance of the Federal Council of Psychology, headed by communist-minded Rogério Giannini, that says that “homosexuality is not a disease, disturbance or perversion,” the Christian stance, based on the Bible, is that homosexuality is a perversion causing diseases and disturbances. Reality is enough to prove it and disprove communist theories.
In the conflict of opposing subjective views, the Federal Council of Psychology has allowed communist involvement of its psychologists, including by funding their trips to communist events, but has banned Christian involvement of its psychologists.
In this unfair treatment, the U.S. media has sided with communists to attack Christian and conservative psychologists in Brazil.
Even Facebook has taken a stand against the judge’s injunction, by siding with communists and calling homosexuality “love.” Facebook said in its official Brazilian page:
“On Facebook, we believe in equality. We also believe that love does not need healing.”
Facebook treated homosexuality as a cage with no exit, with a deceiving propaganda calling the homosexual perversion “love.” Actually, there is no cure for perversion. Just deliverance.
Communist-minded individuals are outraged by the judge’s injunction. They are angered that someone is trying to help people to exit the cage.
Rightly, Silas Malafaia, a prominent televangelist and Assemblies of God minister in Brazil, has said in a video that “it is not the therapist, but the patient who decides what he wants.” He also said that therapist cannot be forbidden from serving a patient seeking help. Malafaia has a degree in psychology.
If the Federal Council of Psychology keeps behaving as the communist Venezuela and if Giannini keeps behaving as Maduro, Christian psychologists will have to leave this dictatorship to help homosexuals who seek help in the church. For thousands of years, when there was no psychology, the Christian church helped deliver people from the homosexual sin. Even Apostle Paul tells of individuals delivered from the homosexual prison by the power of the Holy Spirit. He said:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)
Men who were involved in the homosexual behavior in the past and repented from it when they accepted Jesus “were washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit.” No psychology involved.
Even today, Holy Spirit-filled Christians with no degree in the subjective field of psychology have helped homosexuals, thieves, adulterers, liars, swindlers, etc.
The Venezuelan-styled psychology is insufficient to hinder individuals from seeking and finding help in churches that do what Jesus did: to preach the Gospel, heal the sick and expel demons.
Real, Spirit-filled Christianity has had no need of psychology for 2,000 years to help individuals oppressed by homosexuality. But this is not the issue regarding Christian psychologists and their associations. The issue is freedom and censorship.
Communist-minded individuals are extremely biased, anti-Christian, against full freedom and, of course, advocates of censorship. If Christians cannot be psychologists, why can a communist-minded individual head a psychological association?
With information from DailyMail, BBC, The Huffington Post, ILISP and Venezuelan Government.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Conservative Christians Endorse Roy Moore for U.S. Senate


Conservative Christians Endorse Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

By Julio Severo
Alabama, one of the most conservative states, will hold a special election for the United States Senate on December 12, 2017, which will decide its conservative course.
Famous conservative Christians are, in a list of endorsements, supporting the staunchly and publicly Christian former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, a conservative famous for his advocacy for the Ten Commandments and traditional marriage that has enraged the left. He fought hard to keep Alabama from being forced to accept gay “marriage.”
The list of endorsements of Moore includes noted Christian leader and adviser to four presidents Dr. James Dobson, and martial arts champion and action movie superstar Chuck Norris.
“It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Judge Roy Moore’s candidacy for the United States Senate,” Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said. “I’ve known Judge Moore for over 25 years, and I know him to be a man of proven character and integrity. I often ask God to raise up men and women of faith who will govern the nation with biblical wisdom. I believe Judge Moore to be such a man for this time.”
Dobson said that as a “private individual, I am honored to endorse Roy Moore for the United States Senate, and pray that his election will be the start of a new generation of leaders who will return this nation to the constitutional principles upon which it was founded.”
In his endorsement, Chuck Norris said of Moore: “He’s tough, tested and has a spine of steel. The Washington establishment knows they won’t be able to count on him, but Alabama voters can.”
Norris said Moore “has never backed down from standing for what is right, and that’s exactly what he’ll do in the U.S. Senate.”
“That’s why the Washington establishment is spending millions trying to defeat Judge Moore,” he said.
“Alabama needs Judge Moore there doing what he’s always done: fighting to protect our constitutional rights to life, religious liberty, and the freedom to protect ourselves and our families. And he will always put principle over politics,” Norris said in a statement released by the Moore campaign.
Other names in the endorsement list are: Mike Huckabee, former Gov. of Arkansas; Sean Hannity, host, The Sean Hannity Show; Brian Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage; Sarah Palin, former GOP Vice Presidential Nominee, former Gov. of Alaska; Steve Bannon, 2016 Trump Campaign Manager, former Chief Strategist to President Trump; Matt Barber, founder, Editor-in-Chief, BarbWire.com; Julio Severo, author of Prophetic Prayers; and many other names.
Yes, I have also been honored to be invited to add my name as a supporter of Judge Roy Moore, and I gladly do it, because of his extraordinary conservative and Christian qualities. It is so hard to find excellent conservative Christian candidates and when you find one, you cannot afford to lose the opportunity to support him.
Last year, Moore shared, in his Facebook, my conservative article against homosexual propaganda.
To see the complete list of endorsements of Moore, click on this link.
Moore was elected chief justice in Alabama, then removed by a federal court after he installed a Ten Commandments monument in the state judicial building. He then was re-elected to the same position but removed as the result of a politically motivated campaign by left-wing opponents of his defense for traditional marriage and his opposition to gay “marriage.”
He would be a powerful conservative voice in the U.S. Senate, since he’s not known for compromising his beliefs. He contends America needs to return to the values of the Bible, declares Islam is dangerous, believes homosexuality should not be welcome in the military and maintains that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Charisma, the biggest Pentecostal website in the world, said, “Judge Roy Moore is the real deal, a Bible-believing Christian and a constitutional originalist who lives the values he campaigns on and will not be intimidated or bought by the Washington establishment. We urge all our conservative-populist friends in Alabama to unite behind Roy Moore, and all our readers across the country to support his campaign.”
Breitbart, headed by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, has made electing Moore a priority.
Yet, President Trump has chosen to support a Moore opponent, Luther Strange, who is backed by the Washington establishment.
With information from WND (WorldNetDaily), Charisma News, Roy Moore organization and Business Insider.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rex Humbard, Premier Televangelist Who Blessed Millions


Rex Humbard, Premier Televangelist Who Blessed Millions

By Julio Severo
The first time Rex Humbard met Elvis Presley, “the King of Rock and Roll” asked the televangelist a pointed question:
Rex Humbard
“The Lord’s coming soon, isn’t he?”
Maude Aimee Humbard, Rex’s wife, said to Presley, “I’ve been praying that you would dedicate your life to Jesus Christ.”
“Elvis went to pieces,” Humbard wrote. “He cried so hard he began to tremble.”
Humbard wrote that he and his wife joined hands with Presley and prayed for him. Then, at the end of the meeting, Presley said, “You and Maude Aimee coming here today and praying with me is the most wonderful Christmas present that Elvis Presley has ever received, and I want to thank you.”
The relationship between the televangelist and the late music icon is explained in Humbard’s book, The Soul Winning Century, The Humbard Family Legacy… 100 Years of Ministry 1906-2006, published in 2006 by Clarion Call Marketing of Dallas.
Humbard preached a sermon at Presley’s funeral in 1977 in Memphis.
According to the New York Times, “Elvis Presley was a loyal viewer” and admirer of Humbard.
Even though coming from a background as a gospel singer in the Assemblies of God, Presley draft away from the Gospel. He began to get interested again in the Gospel only through the simple message of Humbard, a charismatic televangelist.
Presley attended no church and Humbard’s program became his weekly service. Just as Presley, millions of people did not attend any church, or because they were not Christian or any other eventuality.
“The vast majority of people do not go to church and the only way we can reach them is through TV,” Humbard wrote in his autobiography, “Miracles in My Life.”
“We must go into their homes — into their hearts — to bring them the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The special slogan of his program was “You Are Loved!”
His program became an important service even in Brazil. There was a time when my mother had no church near to go, and Humbard’s program was our only church service and encouraged us as nothing else did.
Rex Humbard was the first evangelist to have a weekly national television program in America. His program combined some elements of popular entertainment with evangelism, an approach also followed by Billy Graham. They were pioneers in combining preaching and music.
In spite of the modern approach, he said to his audience, “What America needs is an old-fashioned, Holy Ghost, God-sent, soul-savin’, devil-hatin’ revival!”
Humbard’s grandchildren singing in his TV program
His program was very pro-family: Humbard, his wife, children and grandchildren sang Christian songs in each program.
Humbard began his career in broadcasting at age 13, singing gospel songs on radio. He was ordained during the 1940s and in 1949 he began airing his sermons from a CBS-TV affiliate in Indianapolis, when the visual medium was largely untapped by evangelists. In 1952, weekly Sunday messages began broadcasting from his nondenominational Cathedral of Tomorrow, a renovated theater that seated 5,400 people, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Later, his program, carried by more than 2,000 TV stations and broadcast in some 77 languages, featured revival preaching mixed with lively musical numbers, including folksy guitar music and songs performed by Humbard, a choir, and guest performers such as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
In the last 1970s, B.J. Thomas, a popular singer, appeared in Humbard’s show, telling his testimony of conversion to Jesus Christ and singing Christian songs. After Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas was probably the most famous American singer in that generation.
At its peak of popularity in the 1970s, Humbard’s program attracted some 20 million viewers.
His ministry eventually extended to Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Australia, Latin America and Africa, giving it a worldwide reach of 8 million viewers, greater than any of his contemporaries by the late 1970s. In Brazil, he attracted large crowds at the giant soccer stadium in São Paulo for weeks.
Critics of televangelists often accuse: “Why are not televangelists going to preach the Gospel in faraway poor nations?” Rex Humbard did it. He spent millions of dollars, of the donations from his U.S. supporters, to have a Christian program reaching Africa, Brazil and Latin America.
Poor nations could not afford his program. Even so, U.S. supporters donated to helped Humbard to reach these nations.
“One of the distinctions of Rex Humbard’s ministry is the popularity maintained in South American countries, especially Brazil, where during a recent crusade appearance in Rio de Janeiro, more than 180,000 people filled a soccer stadium to hear the word of God,” according to Fort Worth Star Telegram.
“Seek the Savior,” Humbard would urge, “and all other moral problems will solve themselves.”
Humbard’s Sunday television program premiered in Brazil in the old Tupi Network, currently SBT, in 1975. This program, which was the first major charismatic influence in Brazil and began when there was no charismatic (neo-Pentecostal) church in Brazil, drew soon the attention of evangelicals from different denominations, and when Humbard visited Brazil for the first time in 1978, 80,000 people filled the Pacaembu stadium, in São Paulo, and 100,000 filled the Maracanã stadium, no Rio de Janeiro.
Humbard family in Brasília, Brazil
Subsequently it was broadcast by Manchete TV until 1984, when it went offline because of lack of financial resources.
In one service alone, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than 180,000 Brazilians attended the one televised crusade meeting and over 100,000 came forward to dedicate their lives to Christ. In the South American crusades, over one million people attended in person to hear the family sing and Rex bring the word.
In his crusades, he would ask: “How many of you here believe in Jesus Christ? Let’s see your hands.” A sea of hands would rise.
Last month, my Portuguese blog received this message from a reader:
“Today, August 8, 2017, as a 57-year old man reviewing my papers and an old picture of him [Humbard] and wife and children dated February 1978, I had the curiosity to see (know) on internet news about my spiritual father wondering if he still was in this our material world, but I learnt about his passing 10 years after. On October 1977, I was a teenager when I began to watch on TV Pastor Rex Humbard, and I fell in love with his messages. I was extremely Catholic in that time, but one day on October 1977 I was watching him in a very small TV set that my father had received as a gift from his boss, a kindhearted bank clerk. In this point the Holy Spirit touched me powerfully and I spent some three days silently and discreetly crying, so that my family would not perceive it. Afterwards, a Baptist minister explained to me that it was a conversion and, to sum up, from that point on my life experienced only victory.” — Deli, in Ibirataia, Bahia, Brazil.
Humbard’s reach was incredible. He had a major role in the expansion of the evangelical, Pentecostal and charismatic (neo-Pentecostal) movement in Brazil.
In 1977, 500 million heard or saw Humbard’s one-hour radio/TV gospel service broadcast from Jerusalem on Christmas Eve in seven languages simultaneously.
He was termed one of the “Top 25 Principal Architects of the American Century” by U.S. News & World Report on December 27, 1999.
Humbard grandchildren praising Jesus
Humbard not only witnessed a century of Pentecostal expansion, he contributed significantly to the growth of the worldwide Pentecostal and charismatic movement. It is doubtful whether Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity would have spread as wide and as fast as they have during the past half century without the work of televangelists.
Televangelists, 1979. Left to right  Demos Shakarian, Billy Graham, Rex Humbard, and Pat Robertson.
Humbard paved the way for generations of televangelists, not only using television to spread his message but also building his own studio broadcasting facilities along with his church. And he kept up with advances in aviation, flying his staff to televised rallies all over the United States and Canada; by 1971 he had bought his third plane, a Lockheed Electra turboprop.
In the late 1960’s, Time Magazine came to Akron, Ohio, to meet with Rex Humbard in preparation for a feature story. The magazine’s editor-in-chief himself flew to Akron to write the story.
After meeting with Rex and his family for many days, he explained to Rex that he did not know what to call Rex and his ministry. As far as the editor-in-chief understood, Rex was a pastor, evangelist and a television preacher. When the article came out in print, the editor had chosen a unique phrase to describe Rex, referring to him as simply “the Tele-Evangelist.”
This was a totally new phrase, never before used to describe a television pastor.
Time magazine said, “Today, Rex Humbard has come closer than any other human being in history… to preaching the Gospel in all of the world… more than any other evangelist, he has taken up the challenge.”
His full name was Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard and he was a son of an itinerant preacher, Alpha E. Humbard, and Martha Bell Childers Humbard. When he was 2 days old, he said, his mother consecrated him to God’s service.
His father was born in 1890 near Little Rock, Arkansas, and he had a rough childhood. Poverty, fights, liquor, and hard work dominated the world in which young Alpha was reared. However, he sensed God’s calling at a young age and overcame the odds to answer this call. Alpha was a practical, direct, no-nonsense kind of preacher whose compassion for people overcame any deficit created by his lack of formal education. Perhaps it was this lack of high culture — combined with a dependence upon God — that allowed him to touch the masses where they were at.
Alpha once recalled that a seminary-trained minister bitterly complained that, while he was a learned man with good diction and degrees, he could not draw the crowds like Alpha, whom he described as “an old farm boy, a clodhopper who can’t talk good English.” Alpha recalled that he recommended that the minister throw away his cigar, which he was smoking while complaining, and get on his knees and pray. Alpha was not alone — his innovative, sometimes rough-and-tumble ways reflected a whole generation of early Pentecostal preachers.
He attended the Assemblies of God in 1914, but never joined that church. Alpha built up a thriving church, orphanage, and publishing house near Hot Springs.
Alpha’s group seemed not to espouse strange tongues as the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit, as taught by the Assemblies of God. This view would put him in par with modern charismatics, who do not see the gift tongues as the first evidence. It attracted independent-minded Pentecostals from across the nation.
It was into this Pentecostal entrepreneurial preacher’s family that Rex Humbard was born in 1919. In the summer of 1932, young Rex watched a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus tent fill with crowds in Hot Springs. While he was not allowed to attend such “worldly” diversions, he did draw some heavenly inspiration from the event. He promised himself that he would “spend [his] life trying to put God on Main Street.” As he grew up, he saw how gospel music attracted crowds.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Rex met his wife, Maude Aimee, while singing gospel music. Rex not only impressed Maude Aimee, but also her pastor, Albert Ott of Bethel Temple Assembly of God. Ott brought the Humbards on staff at his Dallas church. Rex and Maude Aimee married in 1942 and traveled with the Humbard family ministry for the next ten years. Following a successful meeting in Akron, Ohio, Rex decided to leave the family ministry and to pastor a local church in 1953. The Akron congregation, Calvary Temple, was renamed Cathedral of Tomorrow when a large round building was erected in 1958. Seating 5,400 people, it became one of the largest churches in the United States.
Rex, like his father, did not teach initial evidence doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and emphasized evangelism rather than Pentecostal doctrines. This caused some confusion among some evangelicals and Pentecostals, who were uncertain which camp he was in.
Rex Humbard praying for prayer requests from viewers. Each program had room to pray for healing, salvation, deliverance and prosperity.
Humbard had not formal theological training, but this was no barrier for his powerful ministry. Although he lacked a theological degree, Humbard was ordained in Greenville, South Carolina, where the family had run a revival meeting, and received credentials from an organization of independent Pentecostal ministers.
Unlike Pat Robertson, Rev. Jerry Falwell and other televangelists, Humbard, as Billy Graham, avoided the political messages of the religious right. “For me to preach about the Vietnam War,” he said in the early ’70s, “would be like going to a blacksmith to get a tooth pulled.” If Jesus were preaching today, he said a decade later, “He would never get into politics.”
His television programs were essentially praise and preaching programs that highlighted God’s love and forgiveness and avoided controversial political or doctrinal debates.
Humbard family in Brasilia, Brazil
In spite of not declaring openly his conservative, Pentecostal stances, he was attacked for his conservatism. On November 12, 1978, “Fantástico,” the largest-audience TV show in Brazil, criticized Humbard, Billy Graham and Pat Robertson through the lips of Rev. William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006), a liberal and pro-sodomy Presbyterian minister, who was interviewed by “Fantástico” to portray U.S. televangelists in a bad light.
In 1998, Humbard told about the major influences in his life. He said:
In my more than 66 years of full-time ministry, four great religious leaders have had a profound impact on my life.
Dr. Billy Graham, who I have known for more than 50 years.
Oral Roberts, who in 1949 prayed the prayer of faith for the healing of our oldest son, Rex, Jr., who suffered from tuberculosis and was healed.
Kathryn Kuhlman, probably the closest friend my wife, Maude Aimee, and I have ever had, touched our lives in a wonderful and personal way.
Benny Hinn, who I have had the privilege of ministering with in his crusade meetings throughout the United States and Canada.
Humbard’s comment is a part of his introduction in the biography “Kathryn Kuhlman, Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life,” written by Benny Hinn. This Pentecostal biography was published by the originally Calvinist publishing house Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1998.
Kathryn Kuhlman (1907–1976) was no stranger to Calvinists. In the late 1940s, she held her healing services among Pentecostals and mainline Protestants, including at the First Presbyterian Church and at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
One of the major sources for this article on Humbard was the book “The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal, 1901-2001,” written by Vinson Synan and published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Paradoxically, in 2013 Thomas Nelson Publishers published the book “Strange Fire,” by the radical Calvinist theologian John MacArthur, which misrepresented many experiences of Pentecostal televangelists as “demonic.”
Christians should avoid aggressive ministers who are busy attacking other Christians over petty issues. In the 1980s, I had several Humbard’s books, including on biblical prophecy and on how to be prosperous. I had received these books free of charge because, when I received them in the 1970s, I could not afford them. I kept them with me for years.
Among Humbard’s books there were: The Prayer Key New Testament, How to Live Life and Love It, Your Key to God’s Bank and many others. They were books encouraging supernatural experiences when there was no charismatic (neo-Pentecostal) church in Brazil.
Your Key to God's Bank: How to Cash Your Check for Spiritual Power, Physical Healing, Financial Success
Then came an Assemblies of God minister saying that Humbard was a “prosperity gospel” heretic and that his message was demonic and that I should burn his books. I did so, and today I am repentant from following his misguided advice. Two years after the radical advice, the Assemblies of God minister lost his ministry in a terrible scandal with a prostitute. In contrast, Humbard had never been involved in sexual scandals.
While anti-charismatic ministers accuse ministers like Humbard of exploiters and nothing else, the Rex Humbard ministry in Brazil had a wonderful policy that you could order books by paying whatever you could afford. If you could afford nothing, they would send you their books anyway. It is a generosity I never saw anti-charismatic ministers doing. It was through this generosity that I received Humbard’s books and I learnt.
Although Rex Humbard came from a Pentecostal background and sometimes he talked about prosperity, he did not emphasize such issue in his ministry. There was balance. The following statement was made by the director of public relations for his church: “The Cathedral of Tomorrow is not Pentecostal; neither is the pastor or any of the staff. Neither are we affiliated with any Pentecostal organization, and the magazine is not slanted at the Pentecostal message at any time. We are an interdenominational evangelistic church.”
The statement should not be interpreted to mean that the church was anti-charismatic, but rather that it was determined to avoid controversy. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil were a regular part of the service, but the stress was always on the message of salvation. It was a formula that worked with a great deal of success.
Humbard (August 13, 1919 — September 21, 2007) was the most balanced charismatic preacher in his generation, and his ministry blessed millions.
With information from:
Catholic University of Pernambuco.
The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge Companions to Religion). Cambridge University Press.
New York Times.
Darrin J. Rodgers, in Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.
Britannica Encyclopedia.
Washington Post.
Christian Broadcasting Network.
Akron Beacon Journal.
George Thomas Kurian, Nelson’s Dictionary of Christianity: The Authoritative Resource on the Christian World, Thomas Nelson.
The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Revised and Expanded Edition. Zondervan.
Encyclopedia of Religion, pages 7711-7712. © 2005 Thomson Gale, a part of The Thomson Corporation.
Christian Post.

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