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John Alexander Dowie

Overall, Dowie’s second tenet is valid. The ministry of Jesus reveals God’s attitude toward sickness and disease; he is against it. This is not to say that all people will be healed at all times, but it does give the church a mandate to pray for the sick and believe for their healing. We may not see everyone healed, but if we seek to be Christ-like then we will love people enough that we want them to be whole and healed. Like Dowie, we too should be moved “with just such a feeling as a shepherd has who hears that his sheep are being torn from the fold by a cruel wolf….”22





1 Donald Dayton, Theological Roots of Pentecostalism (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1987), 115.

2 David Harrell, All Things are Possible (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1975), 13.

3 Dayton, Theological Roots of Pentecostalism, 137.

4 Walter J. Hollenweger, The Pentecostals, reprint (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1988), 115.

5 Ibid, 117.

6 See the use of pneuma, yuch, and swma in Dowie’s “Talks with Ministers Being two Addresses on Divine Healing” (Chicago: International Divine Healing Association, 1892), 2. Also Alexander Dowie, “Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh and Other Difficulties,” reprint, Gordon Lindsay, ed. The Sermons of John Alexander Dowie: Champion of the Faith (Dallas, TX: Christ for the Nations, 1996), 50.

7 Dowie, “Talks with Ministers,” 2.

8 Gordon Lindsay, The Life of John Alexander Dowie (Dallas, TX: Christ for the Nations, 1996), 115.

9 Ibid.

10 Gordon Lindsay, The Sermons of John Alexander Dowie, 23.

11 Lindsay, The Life of John Alexander Dowie, 115.

12 Dowie, Talks with Ministers, 1.

13 Ibid.

14 Lindsay, The Sermons of John Alexander Dowie, 23.

15 Lindsay, 24.

16 Ibid.

17 John Alexander Dowie, Divine Healing…Vindicated, (Chicago: International Divine Healing Association, 1893), 6.

18 Lindsay, The Sermons of John Alexander Dowie, 20.

19 See Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 45:7, and Micah 1:12 for examples.

20 Dowie, Talks with Ministers, 7.

21 See John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992).

22 Lindsay, The Sermons of John Alexander Dowie, 24-5.

23 Image(s) marked “Clendening” provided courtesy of the Clendening History of Medicine Library, Kansas University Medical Center.




Burgess, Stanley M. and Gary B. McGee. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1988).

Chappell, Paul. Great Things He Hath Done: Origins of the Modern Divine Healing Movement in America.

Dayton, Donald. The Theological Roots of Pentecostalism (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1987).

Dowie, John Alexander. Leaves of Healing II Mar 20 1896, p 342.

__________. Leaves of Healing II Oct 18, 1895 23-27.

__________. Leaves of Healing II March 20, 1896 343.

__________. Talks with Ministers Being Two Addresses on Divine Healing. (Evanston, IL: International Divine Healing Association, 1892).

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About the Author: Derek Vreeland, MDiv (Oral Roberts University), DMin (Asbury Theological Seminary), is the Discipleship Pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is the author of Shape Shifters: How God Changes the Human Heart: A Trinitarian Vision of Spiritual Transformation (Word & Spirit Press, 2008), Primal Credo: Your Entrance into the Apostles' Creed (Doctrina Press, 2011), and Through the Eyes of N.T. Wright: A Reader's Guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Doctrina Press, 2015). Twitter: @DerekVreeland

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