God’s Faithful Freedom

Healing as an Outflow of God’s Presence

in Journal of Pentecostal Theology
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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.

God’s Faithful Freedom

Healing as an Outflow of God’s Presence

in Journal of Pentecostal Theology

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2

Henry H. Knight III‘God’s Faithfulness and God’s Freedom: A Comparison of Contemporary Theologies of Healing’JPT 2 (1993) pp. 65–89.

5

Ronald A.N. KyddHealing Through the Centuries: Models for Understanding (Peabody: Hendrickson1998) p. xxiii.

7

Henry H. Knight III‘God’s Faithfulness and God’s Freedom’ p. 65. The models discussed represent the major ideologies.

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Knight‘God’s Faithfulness and God’s Freedom’ p. 65.

9

Kenneth E. HaginSeven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing (Tulsa: Kenneth Hagin Ministries1990) pp. 1 38.

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HaginSeven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing p. 38.

11

Knight‘God’s Faithfulness and God’s Freedom’ p. 88.

12

Jean-Claude LarchetThe Theology of Illness (Crestwood: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press2002) p. 57.

13

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.

15

J.A. BeetA Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians (London: Hodder and Stoughton1882) p. 216.

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J.D.G. DunnJesus and the Spirit (Philadelphia: Westminster1975) p. 211.

17

John Christopher ThomasThe Devil Disease and Deliverance (Cleveland: CPT Press2010) p. 28.

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Kimberly Ervin AlexanderPentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice (JPTSup 29; Blandford Forum: DEO Publishing2006) p. 79.

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 See Agnes SanfordSealed Orders: Her Autobiography (Plainfield: Logos International1972).

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Judith Agaoglu‘Agnes Sanford: Pioneer in Healing Ministry and Apostle of The Healing Light of Christ’The Journal of Christian Healing 23.1 (Spring/Summer 2007) pp. 5–9.

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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.

22

AlexanderPentecostal Healing p. 38.

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AlexanderPentecostal Healing p. 40.

24

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.

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James K.A. SmithThinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2010) pp. 12 101. See also Yong Spirit-Word-Community p. 43.

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Agnes SanfordThe Healing Light (New York: Ballentine Books1947) p. 18.

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Agnes SanfordCreation Waits (Plainfield: Logos1978) p. 7. See also Amanda Porterfield Healing in the History of Christianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005) pp. 159–67.

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SanfordCreation Waits p. 39.

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SanfordBehold Your God p. 127.

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SanfordHealing Light pp. 90–91.

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SanfordBehold Your God p. 115.

35

John WimberPower Healing (San Francisco: Harper and Row1987) p. 153. See also Alexander Pentecostal Healing pp. 235–39.

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 See also MacNuttHealing pp. 94–98.

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