Foursquare is a forthright, up front gospel message. Foursquare is a pattern of life that is committed to a Person, and His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. So, let’s talk about the term “Foursquare.” First, there is a symbolism in the term. The symbolism bears on a message that was being preached by Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Organization, in 1922 in Oakland, California, from the book of Ezekiel.
When Sister McPherson was preaching on the vision of Ezekiel, she said that she saw in the four faces of the Cherubim (of a man, of a lion, of an ox and of an eagle) a fourfold symbolic expression of the Lord Jesus. The basic message that Sister McPherson preached that day, using Ezekiel’s vision as a text, is the message that we call the “Foursquare Gospel.” But, she had never really called it that before, although she had been preaching for several years. The heart of that message is the heart of the basic message we teach: