Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world

COOKIES: This website uses cookies to improve your experience of this website. No personal info is collected. See more info.

Part 5 Toronto Blessing beginnings

Toronto blessing style meeting.
Toronto blessing style meeting.

The Toronto Blessing is also referred to as the laughing revival.

(This is a series of articles, it’s probably best to take them in the correct order.)

Where, or how did the Toronto Blessing start?

The ‘Toronto Blessing’ is not a unique phenomenon.
Below is a potted history extracted from a manuscript by Margaret M. Poloma from the University of Akron [1]:

Following this ‘disfellowshipping’ Margaret M. Poloma then writes that the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship:

was set free to sail the larger sea of Christianity, no longer tied to the restrictions and prohibitions increasingly being set in place by the AVC. (The AVC reportedly wanted to pitch its tents more securely within the evangelical campground rather than with charismatics, and its leaders felt the pressure of the mounting evangelical criticism of the ‘Toronto Blessing’.) While these restrictions sometimes threatened the free flow of charisma, they also provided the very institutional matrix that allowed the ‘Toronto Blessing’ to develop as more than a charismatic wildfire that was out of control. This dismissal caused the Airport Church to form closer bonds with some of its remaining allies and led to the establishment of Partners in Harvest, a group of former Vineyards and independent churches that have been impacted by the ‘Toronto Blessing’ “

This has been included in my blog as a reference – I make no comment on it’s content.

[1] Manuscript by Margaret M. Poloma

[2] The Vineyard Movement

Peter Reason

January 2012

Explore these related themes Tags: , , , , ,

Related Posts[1] Filled with the Spirit – transforming but nothing added A white dove with a red tick to say yes to the Holy Spirit.

Nothing is added to our salvation when filled with the Spirit and yet it is a transforming event. It is easy to feel inferior when some Christians believe that they have been baptised with the Holy Spirit and others don’t. But it is important to remember that nothing can be added to our salvation…

[2] Holy Spirit experience: The filling is a blessing Cartoon flames representing the Spirit's fire.

Jesus gave His followers the instruction to wait until the Holy Spirit had come upon them. Holy Spirit experience: If this was an event which they were just to ‘reckon’ as having happened, there would have been confusion as to how long they should wait! But Jesus said ‘wait until’…

[3] Can we experience the gift of the Holy Spirit? Receive the Holy Spirit - a hand reaching out.

If the Lord has called you to be His child, then the promise of the Holy Spirit is for you.

But it does not take place automatically at conversion.
We know that to be a fact, because Paul:
“found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’”
How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?…

[4] Issues with the Holy Spirit – potentially Beautiful ripe fruit - red apples.

There can be potential issues with the Holy Spirit when we realise that God is all-powerful and anything is possible we can move into the area which has some potential pot holes and traps: Beware of getting over impressed by ‘phenomena’… The fear of showing unbelief… Are the spiritual gifts ‘on tap’? Do not ‘claim’ spiritual gifts…

[5] How do I know I am saved? Cat looking out from a box.

How do I know I am saved? It is not good for a Christian to doubt their salvation. A Christian who is assured of their salvation will be a confident person in God’s Kingdom. There are three forms of assurance…

No Comments

  • Thanks a ton for applying some time in order to write “Part 5 Toronto
    Blessing beginnings | Not Many Wise”. Many thanks yet again -Geraldo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *