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John Wimber, 1934-1997

Not only was John Wimber a great Charismatic leader who was used by God to perform miracles and teach others to do the same, but he also had a burning heart for the poor and oppressed, and especially in his later years he emphasized to remember the poor and to work for social justice. Here are some quotes by him concerning this issue, mainly found on the John Wimber Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“The same Lord who gives sight to the blind and creates miracles through our hands is the very One who feeds the hungry through our hands and watches over the immigrant. We must never ignore the poor & needy. We must never spend any outpouring of Gods Spirit on ourselves.”

“Faith is spelled, R.I.S.K….Commitment is spelled, M.O.N.E.Y…”.

“The call to social justice is not adding to the Gospel, it flows from the heart of God. Great leaders in the history of the Church have understood the relationship between the Gospel and justice.”

“When we stand for social justice, we testify to the presence of the Kingdom.”

“We need the poor as much as they need us…”

“Revival moves vertically touching all socioeconomic levels. When revivals go throughout the social order they bring radical social reform. Priority may be given to spiritual needs, but the meeting of material needs inevitably follows true revival.”

“We will never step out of our middle class mindset and do anything for the poor until we’ve caught God’s heart for them. Our actions will change when our heart is changed.”

“Give some portion of what you have—time, energy, money, on a regular basis—to this purpose, to redeeming people, to caring for people.”

“Many Christians and Christian leaders have been neutralized by the love of money and materialism. The homage paid to affluence becomes a burden that saps our energy as well as our love for God and other people. Though repentance and the cleansing of forgiveness, we can rid ourselves of this burden and begin to let God transform our value system. Like Jesus and Paul, we can learn to be content with what we have, living modestly in order that we may give liberally to the work of the kingdom and to meet the needs of others. ”

“It’s not the stripping of wealth that is the most difficult test but the acquiring of it…”

“It’s tragic to see faith healers get caught up in opulent life-styles, rationalizing their material wealth as a sign of  ‘God’s blessing’. Greed and materialism are perhaps the most common cause of the undoing of many men & women with a healing ministry.”

“If we ever ignore the poor and needy were as good as dead as a people.”

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7 Comments

  1. […] Wimber, whom I’ve written a lot about now, is perhaps mostly known for proving that it is possible to be charismatic without being […]

  2. […] interesting quoted from Wimber on the gospel, money and social justice here on the Holy Spirit activism […]

  3. […] which is documented in the Christian film Father of Lights. Other popular search terms are “John Wimber quotes” or just “John Wimber”, “power of God” and the like and […]

  4. […] 3. Synen på fred och rättvisa. John Wimber var pacifist. Även om detta inte var något han predikade eller gjorde till dogm i Vineyard, vilket jag tycker är synd, så gjorde hans bakgrund inom den evangelikala kväkarrörelsen att han intog denna hållning. Han betonade också, särskilt i slutet av sitt liv, vårt ansvar gentemot de fattiga. Jag har samlat en rad Wimbercitat om rikedom, fattigdom och rättvisa här. […]

  5. […] on radical discipleship, pacifism and social justice, never left John either. I’ve already collected some quotes from him about poverty and social justice, but now I got hold of a book here at the conference, The Way In […]

  6. […] 3. How they view peace and justice. John Wimber was a pacifist. Although this was not something he preached or did the dogma of the Vineyard, which I think is a shame, so did his background in the evangelical Quaker that he took this stance. He also stressed, especially at the end of his life, our responsibility towards the poor. I have collected a number Wimbercitat of wealth, poverty and justice here. […]

  7. […] on radical discipleship, pacifism and social justice, never left John either. I’ve already collected some quotes from him about poverty and social justice, but now I got hold of a book here at the conference, The Way In […]

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Micael Grenholm - a Swedish charismactivist residing with the Jesus Army in the UK.

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