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William Menzies’ Lectures on Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism, reviewed by Paul King

It seems apparent that Menzies did not give these lectures recently. Most of his sources are older, the most recent being about 1998. Since more recent sources are not used, I would assume that the lectures were presented about 2000. More use of original primary sources as well as more recent research such as Transforming Keswick by Charles Price and Ian Randall (OM Publishing 2000), and Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement edited by William Kostlevy (Scarecrow Press 2001), Thinking in the Spirit by Douglas Jacobsen (Indiana University Press 2003) would inform, correct, and strengthen his thesis as well as bring a higher level of accuracy to his portrayal.

Reviewed by Paul L. King

Read “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: ‘The Finished Work’” online at:

Read “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: The Influence of Fundamentalism” online at:

Read “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: Keswick and the Higher Life” online at:

[1] Douglas J. Nelson, “For Such a Time as This: The Story of Bishop William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival: A Search for Pentecostal/Charismatic Roots,” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Birmingham, England, 1981), 39.
[2] Edith Blumhofer, “The Finished Work of Calvary: William H. Durham and a Doctrinal Controversy,” Assemblies of God Heritage, Fall 1983, 9.  Other Pentecostal leaders, including A. A. Boddy and former C&MA conference speaker Morton Plummer, endeavored to bring harmony between the opposing camps.  See Morton W. Plummer, “The Finished and the Unfinished Work,” Latter Rain Evangel, Aug. 1912, 2; “Pastor Boddy,” Latter Rain Evangel, Sept. 1912, 12-13.

Editor’s note: William Menzies went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2011.

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Category: Church History, Pneuma Review, Spring 2014

About the Author: Paul L. King holds a D.Min from Oral Roberts University and a D.Th. from the University of South Africa. He served for 16 years on the faculty of Oral Roberts University as Coordinator of Bible Institute programs and Adjunct Professor in the College of Theology and Ministry. Author of 12 books and more than 60 articles, he was ORU 2006 Scholar of the Year. He has also served as Scholar-at-Large for the D.Min. program at Alliance Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry Mentor for the Randy Clark Scholars program at United Theological Seminary and Global Awakening Theological Seminary, Leadership and Church Ministry Consultant and Trainer, an ordained pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Interim Consulting Pastor for the Plano (Texas) Chinese Alliance Church, and Faculty Director of Purdue Ratio Christi/Christian Faculty and Staff Network. His books include God's Healing Arsenal: A Divine Battle Plan for Overcoming Distress and Disease (2011), Anointed Women: The Rich Heritage of Women in Ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance (2009), Only Believe: Examining the Origin and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies (2008), Genuine Gold: The Cautiously Charismatic Story of the Early Christian and Missionary Alliance (2006), Binding & Loosing: Exercising Authority over the Dark Powers (1999), and A Believer with Authority: The Life and Message of John A. MacMillan. Twitter: @PaulLKing.

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