John Graham Lake (1870-1935) was a leader in the early Pentecostal movement. In 1914 he started “The Divine Healing Institute,” as well as opening up what he called “healing rooms.” He ran these “healing rooms” from 1915-1920. He was a “faith healer” and Pastor of The Church of Portland.
In 1999 Cal Pierce reopened Lake’s “healing rooms” in Spokane, Washington.
Lake was convicted of “Blue Sky Fraud,” which landed him and his son Otto in jail. He used his church as a platform to sell stock to his parishioners from his mining schemes, even swindling $1000.00 from one couple.
But John G. Lake didn’t just steal people’s money-he pretended to heal them, too. There is no evidence that any of the healings claimed by Lake were genuine. For example, a newspaper article called “Miracles Not Seen” reported that most of the people who did receive healing seemed to be hypochondriacs, while others with crutches and wheelchairs received no healing at all.
Mike Bickle is a huge fan of Lake, and his International House of Prayer Forerunner Bookstore sells John G. Lake’s books:
In the following video I present 3 newspaper articles proving that Lake was nothing more than a fraud. I put links to the original articles in the YouTube description:
For more research on this topic:
The Revival Of John G. Lake’s Ministry by The Christian Research Ministries Newsletter, January 1, 2000
(Stay tuned to The Messed Up Church, there is more to come on this topic!)
Daniel Long is co-host of The Long For Truth podcast, and the Long For Truth blog.