"The Full Gospel"
S. Price was born in England in 1887. His mother died when he was two
and his father later remarried a woman that Charles loved and respected.
He attended college at Wesley College, in Oxford England. He immigrated
to Canada in search of work with a law firm, but could not find work and
ended up on a railroad crew. In frustration he went to Spokane, Washington
hoping to find work there. He went to a church service at a Free Methodist
Mission and was converted. He decided to stay with the mission as a worker
and was eventually ordained a Methodist minister. Dr. Price came under
the influence of "modernistic" or liberal theology. The teachings
included the lack of belief in the bible as the Word of God, and a repudiation
of the miraculous. He left the Methodist church and became Congregationalist
pastor. Later he would describe this period of his life as one who was
'spiritually blind, leading his people into a ditch'. He pastored this
way for twelve years.
Dr. Price moved
to California where he was pastor of the First Congregational Church of
Lodi. In 1921 there was a revival being led by Aimee Semple McPherson
in San Jose, California. One of the members of his church told him about
how he had gone to the revival and had the experience of being filled
with the Holy Spirit. Soon this began to spread through other members
of his church as well. He went to the meetings to gather evidence to teach
against this doctrine. Instead he came under great conviction about his
own emptiness. On the third night he was seated on the platform with other
pastors. When the alter call came for sinners to be saved, Dr. Price publicly
responded. He was filled with joy. He attended some "tarrying meetings"
a Baptist church and received the "filling of the Spirit" a
few nights later, and began to speak "with other tongues".
Dr. Price immediately
returned to his church and gave his testimony. 1000 members began to hold
seekers meetings crying out to God for His presence. A revival was begun.
One of the outcomes was that 1000 members of the church started evangelistic
outreaches. Dr. Price began to see people healed in his meetings. Denominational
leaders criticized what was happening in his church. Dr. Price left the
Congregationalists to begin Lodi Bethel Temple. In 1922 he began to hold
itinerant evangelistic meetings in Oregon and British Columbia. There
were some very miraculous healings in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1923
Dr. Price preached to over 250,000 people in a three-week period and many
were healed. In 1923 he held a healing meeting where Lorne Fox and his
entire family was healed. Lorne and his sister began their own evangelistic
and healing ministry shortly afterwards.
Dr Price held
meetings in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Minneapolis, Duluth,
St Louis and Belleville, Illinois. In 1926 Dr Price started publishing
the "Golden Grain" periodical, which included many testimonies
of healings and miracles. In 1928 Price suffered a blow when his lawyer
absconded with all his funds. His supporters helped to raise some of the
money, but he decided to purchase a tent to hold meetings, so that he
no longer had to pay large auditorium expenses. . He called it the Kanvas
Katherdral. It's reported there were 1000 conversions a day the last 10
days of the Belleville meetings. He continued to travel through the northwest
over the next several years. Everywhere he went he saw miraculous healings
in his meetings and thousands came to Christ. He counted 35,000 conversions
in 1928 alone.
While many ministries
shut down or were severely curtailed during the 1930's, due to the depression,
Charles S. Price continued to draw thousands to his meetings. In the late
1930s he ministered in Norway, England, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Syria,
Lebanon, Italy, as well as continuing to speak throughout the US. In 1939
Price estimated that he had traveled over a million miles on evangelistic
campaigns since he began in 1922. His schedule was demanding. At meetings
where he was the main speaker he would speak two or three times a day
and often pray for healing well into the night. During the war years it
was increasingly difficult to draw large crowds and Dr Price often spoke
in churches and camp meetings. In 1940 between mid-March and mid-August
he preached 218 times besides holding 35 healing services, stayed late
hours praying for the sick, gave several community speeches to groups
like the Rotary Club, did radio addresses, all this while traveling 2700
miles by train and 8500 miles by car. In one day alone he spoke 5 times
in Springfield, Missouri.
Dr Price was not
affiliated with a particular denomination and his meetings were often
supported by multiple churches within an area. He had a special relationship
with the Assembly of God denominational leadership and regularly spoke
at their camp meetings and was often invited to speak in their churches.
He was a prolific writer. He wrote several books including: And Signs
Followed the Life Story of Charles S. Price, The Potter and the
Clay, Spiritual and Physical Health, Made Alive, Two Worlds, The Real
Faith, You Can Know God Here and Now, Divine Intervention, and Miracles
besides producing his Golden Grain Magazine from 1926 to 1947. He used
radio extensively and often preached from Los Angeles, California when
he was not on the road. He also taught at the Southern California Bible
College and was often asked to fill in for pastors in the Los Angeles
area. In 1945 he felt that the Lord was calling him to spend time at home.
The next two years were focused on writing, preaching locally, and in
rest and prayer. He died March 8, 1947.
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