The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel has approximately 9,000,000 members worldwide, and is listed on wikipedia’s list of the largest Christian denominations.
It was founded by Aimee Semple McPherson. Tim Challies has a biographical article of her here.
- She was a female who preached and taught to the masses. See 1 Timothy and Titus.
- She was divorced, after abandoning her husband. (She was divorced multiple times to multiple men).
- Her “baptism” was an emotional and sensual experience, accompanied by speaking in nonsense non-languages. (tongues as translated in the scriptures are actual languages).
- Her “sermons” were performances to entertain the masses and tickle their ears.
- Her church was known for acts of kindness, not spreading the gospel.
- She was characterized as impulsive by those in her church.
- It is a question as to whether she was a drug addict (she died of an overdose).
- She taught false doctrines.
Not only are the doctrines of the church false, but the practices of their church are contrary to the Bible. The ICFG has changed their statement of faith over the years to appear orthodox, but in practice, they are not. They believe the faithful are healed by prayer (whereas if you aren’t healed, you have no faith). They tolerate false teachers. They tolerate false, demonic “gifts.”