Two Paradigms for Divine Healing

Fred F. Bosworth, Kenneth E. Hagin, Agnes Sanford, and Francis Macnutt In Dialogue

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The doctrine and practice of healing through faith has been a hallmark of Pentecostalism since its inception and helps to account for the widespread appeal of the movement. While “divine healing,” as it is called by insiders, has brought hope to the sick, it has also been a source of disenchantment and controversy. The present study offers a close look at the teaching of four major ministers of healing in the twentieth-century United States. The author distinguishes between the healing evangelists and pastoral ministers of healing who react to them. This book discusses in detail the merits of both schools and the author proposes a solution to the problems inherent in the two paradigms under scrutiny.

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Pavel Hejzlar holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic. He has published articles in Communio Viatorum.
"This book is a valuable tool to those who seek to understand foundations, to those who teach, to those who care for the lost, to those who care for the saints, and to those who want to pursue God and his power."
Eugene Smith, Pneuma book review, 2015

Acknowledgments ... xi

Chapter One. Introduction ... 1

Chapter Two. Availability of Healing ... 41
2.1. Healing for Today ... 41
Healing Evangelists ... 41
Bosworth ... 41
Hagin ... 43
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 44
Sanford ... 44
MacNutt ... 45
Healing for Today: An Evaluation ... 47
2.2. Complete Healing for All ... 52
Healing Evangelists ... 53
Bosworth ... 53
Hagin ... 55
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 57
Sanford ... 57
MacNutt ... 60
Complete Healing for All: An Evaluation ... 62

Chapter Three. Healing in the Atonement ... 73
Healing Evangelists ... 73
Bosworth ... 73
Hagin ... 75
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 77
Sanford ... 77
MacNutt ... 78
Healing in the Atonement: An Evaluation ... 80

Chapter Four. Human Response to Divine Promise ... 97
4.1. Faith ... 97
Necessity of Faith for Healing ... 97
Healing Evangelists ... 97
Bosworth ... 97
Hagin ... 99
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 104
Sanford ... 104
MacNutt ... 107
Necessity of Faith for Healing: An Evaluation ... 109
How Faith Can be Acquired ... 121
Healing Evangelists ... 121
Bosworth ... 121
Hagin .... 122
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 124
Sanford ... 124
MacNutt ... 126
How Faith Can be Acquired: An Evaluation ... 127
Excursus: Qualifi ed Faith-Teaching ... 139
4.2. Repentance ... 152
Healing Evangelists ... 152
Bosworth ... 152
Hagin ... 154
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 155
Sanford ... 155
MacNutt ... 157
Repentance: An Evaluation ....159

Chapter Five. God, Human Beings, and Satan ... 169
5.1. God ... 169
Healing Evangelists ... 169
Bosworth ... 169
Hagin ... 170
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 173
Sanford ...173
MacNutt ... 175
God: An Evaluation ... 176
5.2. Human Beings ... 187
Healing Evangelists ... 187
Bosworth ... 189
Hagin ... 190
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 192
Sanford ... 192
MacNutt ... 194
Human Beings: An Evaluation ... 194
5.3. Satan and Demons ... 199
Healing Evangelists ... 199
Bosworth ... 199
Hagin ... 200
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 202
Sanford ... 202
MacNutt ... 203
Satan and Demons: An Evaluation ... 207
5.4. God, Human Beings, and Satan: A Summary ... 212

Chapter Six. Sacraments ... 213
Sanford ... 213
MacNutt ... 215
Sacraments: An Evaluation ... 217

Chapter Seven. Medicine and Self-Care ... 225
Healing Evangelists ... 225
Bosworth ... 225
Hagin ... 227
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 230
Sanford ... 230
MacNutt ... 232
Medicine and Self-Care: An Evaluation ... 233

Chapter Eight. Healing in the Larger Scheme of Things ... 241
Healing Evangelists ... 241
Bosworth ... 241
Hagin ... 244
Pastoral Ministers of Healing ... 245
Sanford ... 245
MacNutt ... 247
Healing in the Larger Scheme of Th ings: An Evaluation 250

Chapter Nine. Conclusions ... 255

Bibliography ... 269

Index of Names and Subjects ... 277
Scripture Index ... 286
Students of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, their history and theology in the United States, as well as ministers and laypersons interested in the ministry of healing.
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