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The Bizarre Disappearance (And Bizarre Return) of Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson ^ | Cheryl Eddy

Posted on 11/21/2015 8:08:11 AM PST by BenLurkin

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson became a superstar after founding her church in 1923 Los Angeles; her Foursquare Gospel teachings still have millions of followers today. But she made her mark on history beyond religion, too—by mysteriously vanishing for five weeks at the height of her fame.

It happened in May 1926, when the 36-year-old had already been a bona fide celebrity for years. And it had been a hard road to get to that point—her early life had been anything but easy.

Born in Canada, she’d married Irish Pentecostal preacher Robert Semple after meeting him at a revival when she was just 17. They’d been married only two years when Robert died after coming down with malaria and dysentery while the couple was on a missionary trip to Hong Kong. Aimee—a 19-year-old pregnant widow—headed back to America to live with her mother. In New York, she gave birth to a daughter and met the man who’d be her second husband, and the father of her son: Harold McPherson.

According to her official biography on the Foursquare website, God told Aimee to head to Los Angeles in 1918. .... By 1923, she had built Angelus Temple, a prototype “megachurch” which had a capacity of over 5,000—and, the Foursquare bio notes, it was always packed whenever Sister Aimee took the stage.

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1 posted on 11/21/2015 8:08:11 AM PST by BenLurkin
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Aimee Semple McPherson Sermon- The Power of Faith

2 posted on 11/21/2015 8:08:36 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

In his autobiography, Milton Berle wrote of his short affair with her. And there are stories of her running around with other men and popping pills. She was a false prophetess and an embarrassment to the cause of Christ.

3 posted on 11/21/2015 8:51:02 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: .45 Long Colt

Reminds me of Katherine Khulman.

4 posted on 11/21/2015 9:07:35 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I'm fed up.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yes, she was the predecessor of Kuhlman. And Kuhlman had a direct impact on Benny Hinn back in the 70’s. This country has a sad history of circus act religion. By God’s grace, the discerning see through it.

5 posted on 11/21/2015 9:38:00 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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6 posted on 11/21/2015 9:47:31 AM PST by HonkyTonkMan
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