James Gordon Lindsay (June 18, 1906 – April 1, 1973) was a revivalist preacher, author, and founder of Christ for the Nations Institute. Popularly known as the man who received instructions to take Archbishop Benson Idahosa out of Nigeria to be trained in the Institute.
Born in Zion, Illinois, Lindsay’s parents were disciples of John Alexander Dowie, the father of healing revivalism in America. After the family moved to Portland, Oregon, the young boy was influenced by John G. Lake and converted by Charles Fox Parham. At the age of eighteen, he began his ministry as a traveling evangelist, conducting meetings in Assembly of God churches and other Pentecostal groups.
A few months later in July 1948, Branham announced he was stepping away from the revival circuit for a time. The news came as quite a blow to Lindsay who had just begun the revival publication to cover Branham’s meetings. Coverage of other evangelists, such as Jack Coe, Oral Roberts, and A. A. Allen began to appear in the magazine as it circulated nationwide. The group sponsored the first convention of healing evangelists in Dallas, Texas during 1949 and began to function as a loose fellowship of ministers under the Voice of Healing banner. In 1950 a biography of Branham written by Lindsay (“William Branham: A Man Sent from God”) was published.
As the popularity of some of its members rose, they left the fellowship to establish their own organizations and publish their own literature.
Lindsay’s own work began to move in the direction of missions. He began sponsoring missions programs in several foreign countries and started a radio ministry. During 1956 he conducted a Winning the Nations Crusade, sending teams of ministers all around the world. The Voice of Healing magazine changed names briefly to World-Wide Revival in 1968 before the final change to Christ for the Nations. One of Lindsay’s last visions before his death was a Bible training institute in Dallas, Texas. Christ For The Nations Institute began in 1970 and has trained thousands of students from around the world.
Lindsay was a prolific writer, publishing over 250 volumes of historical and doctrinal books on the healing revival movement. His ministry came to a halt with his sudden death on April 1, 1973. Lindsay’s wife Freda and family continued the work he began. Christ for the Nations, Inc. has five main facets: a national church program; a national literature work; a Jewish mission in Israel; national and international Bible training schools; and a prayer and tape ministry.
Gordon Lindsay was also the first Evangelical preacher/writer to assume a link between the UFO phenomenon of his day and the fallen Angels (Nephilim) in Genesis 6. He wrote several books about the subject, as well as articles in the Voice of Healing Magazine.
Lindsay, as well as Charles Cullis (70 years earlier), felt there was need for a literature that covered the history, theology and healing experience. He wrote over 250 books and pamphlets, besides being a regular contributor to the Voice of Healing magazine. Feeling a call to develop missions and evangelistic work, he sponsored campaigns to international missions. He started a radio program and along with WA Raiford, founded the International Club of Churches and Ministers of the Full Gospel. During 1956, he held a Winning Cross of Nations, in order to send teams of ministers to the whole world. The Voice of Healing magazine changed its name to Christ For The Nations.
Lindsay taught people to be missionaries in the nations, the power of the name of Jesus, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Then in 1970 he founded Christ For The Nations Institute (CFNI) together with his wife. It now has over 1200 students with 250 international students from 50 different nations.
Lindsay died unexpectedly on April 1, 1973, in a time of worship in the Institute. He was 66.
Freda Lindsay, his wife, diligently continued his dream of founding apostolic churches, developing ministers and supporting many students. She remained active as the President of CFNI until she retired in her 90s. “Mom” Lindsay died in her home on March 26, 2010, at the age of 95 on “Gordon Lindsay Day,” a day the institute had designated to remember and honor the legacy of the founder.
Gordon Lindsay Book Collection List
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All About the Gifts of the Spirit
Elijah – The Whirlwind Prophet
Prayer that Moves Mountains
Increase Your Prayer Power Tenfold
Apostles, Prophets and Governments
Satan, Fallen Angels and Demons
Satan’s Demon Manifestation and Delusions
Satan’s Rebellion and Fall
The Bible Secret of Divine Health
Prayer And Fasting