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Order of St. Luke International 2019: From an Anti-Cessationism past to a Fully Charismatic Future

The next morning began with a Holy Communion service at 7:00 in which the OSL participants brought their filled out forms and placed them on the altar. They would later be burned as symbol of the renunciation of those sins, addictions and demonic entanglements that afflicted our families. It was all very impressive, and no doubt spiritually effective.

The Rev. John Rice (Methodist) during the generational healing Holy Communion. Note the pile of “family tree” forms on the altar.

Let me add a personal note. I had long repented of my youthful involvement in the occult, and as far as I am aware, none of my ancestors had participated in it. So that was not an issue for me. Neither was alcoholism or other addictions or diseases repeated in my family tree. But the Holy Spirit prompted to repent on behalf of my family for the spirit of pride and affectation. My paternal grandfather was Jorge Arteaga. He was a classical musician and composer in Puerto Rico, and well recognized. When he died most of the family moved to New York City (1920s). The family, headed by my aunt, who had a high hubris quotient, decided to rename themselves the “de Arteaga” to reflect nobility. After all, we played and appreciated classical music, contrary to the vulgar folks around us. This of course is the sin of improper identity and pride and affectation. I put that down as the family sin. I felt a relief at the communion service.[13]

The next session by Judith MacNutt stressed the importance of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit in ministry. It ended by an altar call for those not yet baptized in the Spirit. This was reinforced by the Rev. Sharon Lewis, and Episcopal priest, who told of how the Holy Spirit helped her through a difficult injury recently, and again ended with an encouragement to receive the Holy Spirit and prayers to that effect.

Space does not allow describing all the other plenary sessions nor the eight workshops offered in between. They were all great, except one which was not – that happens. Again, on a personal note, I was much moved by the workshop by The Rev John Rice, who stressed the spiritual discipline of blessing your enemies, a wonderful teaching.

The Saturday night plenary session again featured Judith MacNutt as well as the Rev. Russ Parker, who also has a distinguished healing ministry. It end with a large healing service in which different “stations” were designated for healing prayer of various sorts, physical healing, inner healing, deliverance, etc. Again very powerful and inspiring event in which I received, as many others, a physical healing. Sunday, the last day, ended with a last session by Sharon Lewis and a Holy Communion service.

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Category: Church History, Summer 2019

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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