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'Daughter of Azusa Revival' Verna Linzey Returns to L.A. at 95 Years of Age

Contact: James Brandt, Ph.D. 760-855-3905; www.VernaLinzey.com

LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Assemblies of God evangelist Verna Linzey returned to Los Angeles to preach at the Torrance Mission (Global Covenant Church) where the Holy Spirit has been moving since she first ministered there in November 2012. She gave a stirring message on unity in the Spirit from Ephesians 4:4-6.

Photo: Dr. Verna Linzey Ministering at Verna Linzey Crusade in Haiti in 2013

Quoting James D. G. Dunn from his book titled Baptism in the Holy Spirit, who wrote a comment for her first book titled The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, Verna stated, "Faith demands baptism as its expression; baptism demands faith for its validity; the gift of the Spirit presupposes faith as its condition; faith is shown to be genuine only by the gift of the Spirit (Dunn, 228). She had the Pentecostals riveted to her message.

Following her message, there was a great flooding of the altar. People came repenting of their sins, praying with uplifted hands, and falling under the power of the Spirit when Rev. Linzey laid hands on them.

Deeply impacted by ministers who were at the Azusa Street Revival, the site where Verna also ministered in 2012, Verna, known as the 'Daughter of the Azusa Street Revival,' turned 95 years of age on May 17. In excellent health, she is just as active as ever delivering her deeply theological messages on the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Referencing John R. W. Stott's book titled Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit, Verna states, "Pentecostals speak of 'baptism in the Spirit' rather than 'with the Spirit' (Stott, 25). The Greek preposition may be translated either way. 'The expression chosen,' says Stott, 'is likely to depend on whether one considers that water-baptism should be administered by immersion or by affusion. Those who practice immersion speak of baptism in the Spirit presumably because they think of the Spirit as the element in which one is plunged. Since it is when the Holy Spirit is 'poured out' upon people that they are said to be 'baptized,' however, 'baptism with the Spirit' is preferable (25)."

The Mission is pastored by Rev. Alice Tanaka who once hosted a Morris Currillo crusade in Japan years ago.