Since the healing movement of the nineteenth century and the Pentecostal movement of the early twentieth century, a great diversity of theologies and practices concerning divine healing has developed, especially over the last 50 years. Because healing has commonly been understood as an intentional act of God, usually in response to human intercession, various healing theologies have developed around the seemingly contradictory poles of God’s sovereignty to do as he will and his faithfulness to honor scriptural promises. Problematically, elevating one aspect of the scale lowers the other. However, an alternative paradigm for healing, based upon the theology of Agnes Sanford, removes this conflict without minimizing God’s sovereignty or his faithfulness to fulfill his promises.
James Philemon BowersYou Can Have What You Say: A Pastoral Response to the Prosperity Gospel (Cleveland: Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care2004) pp. 37–38. Font effects in original source not copied.
Agnes SanfordBehold Your God (Saint Paul: Macalester Park1958) p. 2. In her autobiography Sealed Orders Sanford explained the timeline of this process and the other sources that eventually framed her theology after this point.
Amos YongSpirit-Word-Community: Theological Hermeneutics in Trinitarian Perspective (Eugene: Wipf & Stock2002) p. 43. See also Amos Yong In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2010) p. 347.