History has given us many interesting and influential characters, some of which are well-known while others are not.
The life of Lonnie Frisbee falls somewhere between – while on one hand, he was one of the most well-known people in America at one point, and on the other, his life was shaded in mystery. We know of his charismatic presence and power through the Jesus Movement – but those who know a little more would love to ask, what happened to Frisbee’ The Seeing Prophet’ after the Jesus Revolution? What was his life like?
Understanding The Jesus Movement
Through the 1960s and 1970s, an Evangelical movement took place through the West coast of the USA, whose members were known as Jesus Freaks. This was an attempt to bring the existence of supernatural experience into the realm of modern Christianity. They highly valued the Acts Of Apostles and the gift of the spirit.
Life And Career Of Lonnie Frisbee
Frisbee is a shining personality among the evangelical Christians of the USA. It is believed that even among the Calvary Chapel, Jesus Movement, and Vineyard Movement, there was not another man like Lionne Frisbee.
Frisbee went with a hippie appearance from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was always a free spirit and rather Bohemian, even in his early days. He grew up in a single-parent household, and according to the account given by his brother, he was actually assaulted at the age of 8.
He regularly ran away from home and became a part of a homosexual underground group at Laguna Beach at the age of 15. True to his style, his journey with the holy spirit began when he was high on LSD acid.
Frisbee started his career as an oil painter, baptiser, and preacher after dropping out of the San Francisco Art Academy and moving to Novato in California. During this time, he also married his ex-girlfriend, Connie Bremer. Within that period, Lionne Frisbee managed to meet Chuck Smith, and this interaction gave his life the exact boost it needed.
What Did Frisbee Do After The Jesus Revolution?
From 1968 to 1971, Lionne remained a leader of the Jesus movement. He became a regular figure in the media and was covered by magazines and journals like The Rolling Stone and Newsweek. In 1971, he and Chuck fell out. 2 years later, he divorced his wife on grounds of adultery. Frisbee then decided to move to Florida.
He spent time in many different churches and even set up a Christian commune that he called The Land. This time, he went on to establish his own movement or Christian fellowship known as the Vineyard Christian Fellowship along with Ken Gilliksen and John Wimber. He also returned to California later on.
Lionne Frisbee was only 43 years old when he died in 1993. The last few years of his life were smeared with rumors and allegations about his sexuality since he practiced homosexual intercourse during the 70s and 80s. He openly admitted it, also revealing that he was assaulted by a man at knifepoint. Later, he admitted to having experimented with the ‘free love generation’ and a ‘relapse’ in the 80’s.
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