A believer needs to dig out the truth with mathematical accuracy and scientific precision. Victor Paul Wierwille, founder of The Way International, repeatedly stressed this idea. The smallest detail was not to escape the Bible student's attention.
Thoroughly or Throughly?
With the intention of leading people to be more careful readers of the Bible, Wierwille stated that
99 out of 100 people who read II Timothy 3:17 read it "thoroughly furnished" instead of
"throughly furnished." Wierwille corrected them, noting that "thoroughly" is inaccurate, and drew
a distinction between the two words: "'Throughly' implies an inside job whereas 'thoroughly' is for
the external," Wierwille said.
However, Webster's Dictionary contradicts Wierwille, saying this about "throughly": 'thru-le/adv., archaic: THOROUGHLY.'
Both words have the same meaning and implication; one is just out of use. The King James Version has alternate spellings of other words, such as "counsellor"/"counseller" and "whiles"/"whilst"
You have been taught to think for yourself. Who is right about what "throughly" means?
(please check one.)
____ Wierwille ____ Webster's Dictionary
The Son of God
In order to rightly divide the Word of God, one needs to understand the 212 different figures of speech found in the Bible. The outstanding research work in this field is Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, by E.W. Bullinger. Bullinger defines the meaning of the phrase "the Son of God" when it has both articles in the Greek:
In the singular with both articles it is used of Christ. "The Son of God" is that blessed one who is perfect man and perfect God, perfectly human and "the Son of man" (also with both articles) and perfectly Divine as "the Son of God."3
You are taught to think for yourself. What does the phrase "the Son of God" mean?
____ only human ____ human and Divine
Snow in Tulsa
Wierwille describes the struggles he faced in his search for power from on high and how he finally received holy spirit in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 12, 1951. Just before he received it, he says he was so frustrated that he wanted to leave the city. "But a funny thing happened - there was a blizzard in Tulsa. All the planes were grounded. So I couldn't get a plane. I tried the trains - they were all snowed in. The buses same thing. The city was snowbound. I just couldn't get out."4
However, Seventh Way Corps graduate Barrie Hill notes that the weather bureau, newspapers and the airport did not record a snowstorm on that days Climatological Data for Oklahomarecords show no snow falling during the date on which Wierwille claims to have been in Tulsa. In fact, it reports no blizzards for that entire month. You have been taught to think for yourself. Was there a blizzard in Tulsa when Wierwille was there in December 1951?
____ Yes ____ No
An Outstanding Education?
Wierwille describes the depth and quality of his educational background in part by stating, "I took everything I could take at the Moody Bible Institute too, through their correspondence courses."6 Yet Moody's correspondence school states that Wierwille's name does not appear in its records. This indicates that if he took any courses, he never completed one.7
You are taught to think for yourself. Did Wierwille ever complete any Moody Bible courses?
____ Yes ____ No
Biographies found in Wierwille's books mention most of the schools he attended, but usually do not state where he received his doctorate. The biographies only say, "Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree." Is he ashamed of the source? The Colorado Commission on Higher Education states that Pike's Peak Seminary, the source of Wierwille's doctorate, had no resident instruction, no published list of faculty, no accreditation and no supervision by any government agency.
You are taught to think for yourself. Is Pike's Peak Seminary a highly credible education institution?
____ Yes ____ No
The Holy Spirit Field
Wierwille claims to depend entirely on the Bible for his teaching, saying he is not unduly
influenced by men's words. He mentions that decades ago he hauled more than 3,000 theological
books to the city dumps and began to study the Word alone. He believes God raised him up to
pioneer accurate Bible research in the holy spirit field and claimed reliance on the Bible alone in
his book, Receiving The Holy Spirit Today:
I prayed that I might put aside all I had heard and thought out myself, and I started with the Bible
as my handbook as well as my textbook.9
However, the close reader finds striking parallels between Receiving The Holy Spirit Today and J.E. Stiles' book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit, written several years earlier. Compare these excerpts:
8. Is it not possible for a Christian to receive false tongues or a false spirit when seeking to receive the Holy Spirit? Answer:
When people ask that question, we know that they have somewhere come in contact with one of these "faith blasters" who go about making statements which have no foundation in Scripture. When we suggest to earnest Christians that they may get something false, when seeking more of the fulness of God, we sinfully dishonor God and His Holy Spirit.'
Wierwille, 2nd, edition, 1955:
8. Is it possible for a Christian to receive false tongues or a false spirit when seeking the Holy Spirit?
The answer is no. When people ask that question, I know that they have somewhere come in
contact with one of these faith blasters who go about making statements which have no
foundation in Scripture. When someone suggests to earnest Christians that they may get
something false, when seeking more of the fullness of God according to God's Word, he sinfully
dishonors God and His Holy Spirit."
Stiles could not have copied from Wierwille's book since Stiles wrote The Gift of the Holy Spiritthree years before Wierwille met him and five years before the first edition of Receiving the Holy Spirit Today was written. There are many other examples of ideas, paragraphs and sentences of Stiles' book which appear, many with almost word-for-word duplication, in Receiving the Holy Spirit Today. One also finds that every section of E W. Bullinger's 1905 The Giver and His Giftshas been included in Receiving the Holy Spirit Today in some form, and the content, general conclusions and in many places even the wording closely match.12
You are taught to think for yourself. Webster's Dictionary defines "plagiarize" as "to steal or pass off one's own (the ideas or words of another) "... "to present as one's own an idea or product derided from an existing source.13 Did Wierwille plagiarize some of Stiles' work?
____ Yes ____ No
Was Wierwille accurate in stating that he used the Bible alone in writing Receiving the Holy Spirit Today?
____ Yes ____ No
Do you think for yourself? Do you want to know all the facts before you make your own decisions?
____ Yes ____ No
If you do think for yourself, and want to research the accuracy of the Word and the truth of the Ministry, then you are like us, and there is some important research you need to see. These resources would be helpful:
The Integrity and Accuracy of The Way's Word The accuracy of the Word on many key Bible teachings; includes many quotations from the writings of Wierwille. $1.50
1. Victor Paul Wierwille, Power for Abundant Living, American
Christian Press, New Knoxville, Ohio, 1971, pg. 91
2. Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, 1967, s.v. "Throughly."
3. E.W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used in The Bible, (London: Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1898), reprinted by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1968, pg. 504.
4. Elena S. Whiteside, The Way--Living in Love. 2nd. edition. American Christian Press, New Knoxville, Ohio, 1972, page 198.
5. Barrie Hill, "Great Day in Tulsa," Heart, October-November 1982, pp. 3-4
6. Whiteside, op. cit., p. 175
7. Letter to Douglas Morton from Paul D. Wierland, dated Feb. 7, 1979.
8. Wierwille, op. cit., pg. 120
9. Wierwille, Receiving the Holy Spirit Today, 6th, edition, American Christian Press, New Knoxville, Ohio, 1972, pg. x.
10. J.E. Stiles, The Gift of the Holy Spirit, privately published, Burbank, Calif., 1948, pg. 128.
11. Wierwille, Receiving the Holy Spirit Today, 2nd edition, American Christian Press, Van Wert, Ohio, 1955, pg. 120. The wording in the current 7th edition is slightly different. The 1st edition was published in 1953.
12. Six pages of excerpts from the two books are printed in parallel columns for easy comparison in Douglas Morton's and John Juedes' The Integrity and Accuracy of The Way's Word, pp. 43-48. Will The Real Author please Stand Up? By Juedes and Jay Valusek includes 50 pages of examples of more of Wierwille's plagiarism.
13. Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, 1967, s.v. "Plagiarize."
If you want to see documentation for any of the above quotations or statements, please specify the items you want.
By John Juedes, Personal Freedom Outreach, St. Louis MO 63136, 1986
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