When I was adopted, my sister and I were moved to Fairbanks Alaska. My grandparents were involved in The Move. It was an offshoot of the Charismatic movement and very similar to the Assembly of God doctrine.
It was started by Samuel Drew Fife in the 60s. Sam Fife graduated from New Orleans Baptist Seminary in 1957. He believed to have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit while pastoring a church in New Orleans.
He moved back to Miami, where he was born. He started the Miami Revival Center and in 1971, believed that he had received divine revelations from God. He believed that the Tribulation and 2nd coming of Christ was upon the world. He started setting up communal farms.
He started home churches as a recruitment tool and started communal farms. He predicted when Jesus was going to come numerous times to no avail. To his followers, he was a modern day prophet and apostle.
I have mixed feelings. My grandpa was a great man of God and he is the reason that I wanted to be a preacher. They taught the truth about Jesus, but the legalism part of it turned it into a cult.
(to be continued)
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