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Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal, Part 1, by William L. De Arteaga

11 A description of this incident is found in The Second Mrs. Wu, 209. See also: Agnes Sanford, “Prayer of Healing,” Tape #140-A, Ft. Myers: Lord’s Own Tape Ministry, n.d.

12 Hugh W. White, Demonism Verified and Analyzed, (Shanghai: Presbyterian Mission Press, 1922).

13 It is informative to see the similarities between Rev. White’s view of possession and exorcism and the view of M. Scott Peck, whose books on evil have become best-sellers. See especially Peck’s chapter 5, “Of Possession and Exorcism” in his People of the Lie, (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983).

14 Agnes Sanford’s novel, The Rising River, (New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1968), contains autobiographical details of this period of her life.

15 For a glimpse of this high-adventure, see: Edgar L. Sanford, God’s Healing Power (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1959), 155-159.

16 Sealed Orders, 96-98.

17 Fr. Bell’s major work was: The Life Abundant: a manual for living, (Milwaukee: Moorehouse Publishing Co., 1927).

18 Sealed Orders, 102-103.

19 Agnes Sanford, Behold Your God (St. Paul: Macalester Park, 1958), 2.

20 Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount: a general introduction to scientific Christianity in the form of a spiritual key to Matthew V, VI and VII (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932).

21 See: Sealed Orders, 103 ff. for a description of the works she read in her first years of her healing ministry.

22 Agnes Sanford, The Healing Power of the Bible, (New York: Pillar Books, 1976), 54.

23 Sealed Orders, 110-111

24 Ibid., 141.

25 Ibid., 178-188.

26 Agnes Sanford, Oh, Watchman! (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1951).

Editor’s Note:

At the time of printing, an excerpt from Agnes Sanford’s book Healing Light was available online at this location:

This article is an unpublished paper “Agnes Sanford: Ecumenical Teacher, Apostle of Healing Prayer and  First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal” originally presented on March 15, 2002 at the 2002 Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference convened at Southeastern College in Lakeland, Florida. Used by permission of the author.

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Category: Church History, Pneuma Review, Spring 2006

About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit Behind the Charismatic Controversy (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015), and The Public Prayer Station: Taking Healing Prayer to the Streets and Evangelizing the Nones (Emeth Press, 2018). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He continues in his healing, teaching and writing ministry and is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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