claims a slightly built, long-haired Jesus freak named
brought the first ragtag fellowship of seekers to a Bible study.
back door opened and all these kids with long hair and bells on their jeans
came in and sat down." -
"I can remember the shocked
expressions on the faces of the other people.
calls Lonnie Frisbee the first
neoevangelist of the
Movement." - Charisma magazine
Pentecostalist and self-described "seeing prophet" and
mystic, packs Chuck Smith's
fellowship with so many hippies that a large circus tent has to be pitched on a
10-acre plot of land where Calvary
Chapel's present facility is located in Costa Mesa.
Chuck Smith is
struck by Lonnie Frisbee's charisma, "I was not at all prepared for the
compassion that this young man would radiate."
Lonnie Frisbee sparks
Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel revival.
"When the Lord called me, I was going into the desert and I was taking
all my clothes off and I was going ' Lord if You're really real, reveal
Yourself to me!' And one afternoon, the whole atmosphere of this canyon I was
in started to tingle and get light
and started to change and I was going 'Uh-oh!' I didn't want to be there!" -
Lonnie Frisbee's religious career
began with a pilgrimage of friends to Tahquitz Canyon outside Palm Springs.
"So we drove out to Tahquitz Falls and we hiked up - he wanted to go to
the very top falls. And once he got there, he opened his back pack and he
spread out - and he had LSD,
and he had marijuana, and he had all of his oil paints and he had togas, and he
told us to put on togas, so we did. And he proceeded to paint an image of Jesus
on the rocks, a full-sized image of Jesus on the rock. Then he pulled out his
Bible and he got into a kinda yoga position and he says 'We're gonna read the
Bible now.' He was reading about John the Baptist and how John the Baptist
baptized and he baptized us up at Tahquitz Falls."
- Judy Meston
Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was
born-again at the
age of fourteen in the
Church of Concordia, began
fellowships at the age of fifteen.
Johanna Kuhlman was an adulteress, lived a
flamboyant lifestyle - expensive clothes, precious jewels,
luxury hotels and
first-class travel - while her
Revival" employees worked at starvation wages.
Saint Teresa of
Calcutta mimiced her.
Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman had a weekly television
program in the 1960s and 1970s which aired nationally titled I Believe In
Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman introduced
slain in the spirit.
Johanna Kuhlman took the phrase slain in
the spirit and turned it on its head and made it
a mind blowing
experience rather than the original connotation which
was ego death.
Lonnie Frisbee interviewed by Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman.
have fixed this one particular room up. There were candles lit and everything.
The room filled up with people and we had taken some
LSD and he was reading the
Gospel of John out loud, and we're goin' through the whole gospel. And we get
to the end of it, it's the crucifixion stuff, everybody's crying, you know, and
not one person left the room. And then it was over. Lonnie was a planner of
experiences." - Connie (Frisbee) Bremer-Murray
Lonnie Frisbee mentored
Laurie who established Harvest
Lonnie Frisbee's attachment to the
Pentecostalism caused some disagreement within the Chuck Smith's
Calvary Chapel congregation since
Lonnie Frisbee seemed focused more on
gaining converts and experiencing "supernatural
manifestations" of the Holy
Spirit than on teaching newer converts Biblical doctrine.
Frisbee sought out some of the stranger elements of
Pentecostalism, especially in the practices of dramatic "supernatural
manifestations" like being
slain in the
'miracles', and ecstatic utterance which Benny Hinn,
Kenneth Copeland and others
attribute to an "anointing" of the
The fellowship of John
Wimber embraces Lonnie Frisbee to heal him.
Lonnie Frisbee confuses
John Wimber and Lonnie Frisbee break with Calvary Chapel and found the Vineyard Association.
"Lonnie Frisbee asked people 25 and under to come forward, so
probably 300 or so go forward. He just says the words 'Holy Spirit, Come'. Almost
immediately, everybody just fell on the floor. They were sort of like trees in
a forest falling on each other. It wasn't a clean thing. One of the kids,
Ricky, when he fell to the floor, he pulled the microphone down. A lot of them
started speaking in
tongues, others were
crying. But the sound was shocking and I didn't know what to do. I stared
at this thing. I didn't know Lonnie. John was shocked. John was trying to
figure out what was going on. A lot of people got up and left." - Bob Fulton,
"Though little credit is given to Lonnie Frisbee, he
was influential in what the Vineyard
movement called "Signs and Wonders"
a model of teaching that suggest that all Christians could operate in a
similar manner as Lonnie Frisbee;
that they too
could perform miracles like they'd read in the New Testament." - DiSabatino
"Most assuredly, the counterfeit transferable
Lonnie Frisbee practiced was heretical and
has nothing to do with the biblical
reality of the Holy Spirit. Sadly, Lonnie Frisbee's "Christian" life is
riddled with erroneous belief and what can best be described as
and wonders associated with
and the presence of sexual immorality." -
Steve Mitchell Power
practiced homosexuality before, during and after
his religious career.
"At the end of the marriage he told me that he
had been staying late in some gay bars." - Connie
Bremer-Murray, Lonnie Frisbee's ex-wife
"I got a telephone call one day
that this young man who was in the church here at Laguna Beach was feeling
really bad, really convicted, really guilty and he confided in his pastor that
he had had a six-month affair with Lonnie." - Chuck Smith, Jr.
kingdom of Satan has stronger demons. I just think that
homosexuality is a stronger
demon." - Bob Fulton, Vineyard spokesman
"Lonnie's misfortune is he got caught because there
are a lot of Charismatic
homosexual ministers right now. I'm not saying that it's okay as long as
you don't get caught. I'm saying we need to find a way for them, find a way
within the Body of Christ to minister
and accommodate them." - Chuck Smith, Jr.
"It was many years I didn't
see Lonnie, and when I did the thing I was most impressed by was, 'cuz you're
going for the truth here, how bitter he was. Lonnie would just come in and it
was almost like a person who didn't have personal restraint. Lonnie would just
go off on how he had been used and abused and trashed. You know, kind of
pathetic in a way." - Chuck Girard
Lonnie Frisbee claimed he had been
sexually abused as a child.
Lonnie Frisbee dies of AIDS.
"If a man lies with a male as he
lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination." - Leviticus
"Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful,
and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due." - Romans
"No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. Those
who continue to sin have neither seen Christ nor known Christ." - 1 John
"The Bible does not allow for both as simultaneous coexistent
realities. While saints still sin, the Bible clearly teaches that they do not
practice sin as a lifestyle." - Steve Mitchell Power
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