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Randy Clark: Stories of Divine Healing, reviewed by J. D. King

We must never forget that healing is what enabled Spirit-filled believers to first gain a foothold in the world.[16] God forbid if we are becoming like the denominations our forefathers felt compelled to leave.

Inexplicable healing stories are one of the fascinating ways that God is re-centering twenty-first century Pentecostalism.

Reviewed by J.D. King



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[1] David Hume, Of Miracles (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Classic, 1985), 37. This influential work was originally published in 1748.

[2] Margaret Poloma. “Charisma and Structure in the Assemblies of God: Revisiting Odea’s Five Dilemmas,” in Church Identity and Change: Theology and Denominational Structures in Unsettled Times, edited by David A. Roozen and James R. Nieman (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 62.

[3] Keith Warrington, “The Teaching and Praxis Concerning Supernatural Healing of British Pentecostals, of John Wimber and Kenneth Hagin in the Light of an Analysis of the Healing Ministry of Jesus as Recorded in the Gospels”(master’s thesis, King’s College, 1999), 69.

[4] Bill Johnson, of Bethel Church in Redding, California, was ordained with the Assemblies of God until 2006. He writes, “My background emphasizes the power aspect of the gospel. Even though I saw very little of it growing up as it pertains to miracles of healing, it was still there in our theology.” Bill Johnson, The Power That Changes the World: Creating Eternal Impact in the Here and Now (Bloomington, Minnesota: Baker Publishing, 2015), 215.

[5] Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (New York: Viking, 2009), 90. D. A. Carson writes, “The West is so rationalistic, so enslaved by the prevailing scientism, that it leaves no place for the power of God. We have tended to restrict God to the other-worldly and leave normal life to the domain of science, to the power of natural processes with their tight circles of cause and effect. This bias needs to be broken down.” D.A. Carson, “The Purpose of Signs and Wonders in the New Testament,” in Power Religion: The Selling Out of the Evangelical Church?, ed. Michael Scott Horton (Chicago: Moody, 1992), 114.

[6] Cathy Gunther Brown, Testing Prayer: Science and Healing (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012). Also see Cathy Gunther Brown, editor, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

[7] Craig S. Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 Volumes (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2011). Also see Nancy Hardesty, The Faith Cure: Divine Healing in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003). Amanda Porterfield, Healing in the History of Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) [Editor’s note: Read the review by Roscoe Barnes III]. Heather D. Curtis, Faith in the Great Physician: Suffering and Divine Healing in American Culture 1860-1900 (Baltimore: John Hopkins University, 2007). James W. Opp, Lord for the Body: Religion, Medicine, and Protestant Faith Healing in Canada, 1880-1930 (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005). Kimberly Ervin Alexander, Pentecostal Healing: Models In Theology and Practice (Dorset, United Kingdom: Deo Publishing, 2006). Joseph W. Williams, Spirit Cure: A History of Pentecostal Healing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Formative Years, 1830-1890: Theological Roots in the Transatlantic World (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2011). James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Holiness Pentecostal Transition Years, 1890-1906 (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013). James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Years of Expansion, 1906-1930 – Theological Variation in The Transatlantic World (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014).  Jan-Olav Henriksen, Karl Olav Sandnes, Jesus as Healer: A Gospel for the Body (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016), and J.D. King, Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church, 3 volumes (Lees Summit, MO: Christos 64081).

[8] Randy Clark (1952 – ) was a former Baptist pastor and leader in the Vineyard Movement. He sparked the controversial Toronto Blessing in 1994. Clark ultimately started Global Awakening, a missions organization that trains people to operate in the gifts of the Spirit.

[9] Randy Clark, Stories of Divine Healing: Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your Healing (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image, 2018), 8.

[10]. Ibid.

[11]. Kenneth I. Pargamem, “The Meaning of Spiritual Transformation,’’ in Spiritual Transformation and Healing: Anthropological, Theological, Neuroscientific, and Clinical Perspectives, ed. Joan Koss-Chioino and Phillip Hefner (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman Altamira, 2006), 14. “Humanity consists of more than mere fluids, tissue, and bone. So, aspects of health and well-being are outside the diagnostic tools of biomedicine. No matter how much one insists on the scientific method, spiritual realities can never be fully dissected.” J.D. King, Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church (Lee’s Summit, MO: Christos, 2017), 8-9.

[12] Randy Clark, Stories of Divine Healing: Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your Healing (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image, 2018), 141.

[13] Ibid.

[14] Randy Clark was originally an American Baptist pastor. John Wimber actually refers to his church in Power Evangelism (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1986).

[15] William Seymour once declared, “Sickness and disease are destroyed through the precious atonement of Jesus. O how we ought to honor the stripes of Jesus, for ‘with his stripes we are healed’ … Not only is the atonement for the sanctification of our souls, but also for the sanctification of our bodies from inherited disease … We who are the messengers of this precious atonement ought to preach all of it: justification, sanctification, healing, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and signs following.” William Seymour, Apostolic Faith 1:1 (September 1906), 2.

[16] For many years, there was “an emphasis on healing in many Pentecostal circles, which makes it almost a second Pentecostal distinctive.” Frederick Dale Brunner, A Theology of the Holy Spirit: The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1970), 141.

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About the Author: J.D. King was a supporting leader in the Smithton Outpouring in the late 1990’s and has served as an itinerate speaker, author, and college instructor. In addition to contributing to Charisma Media and Pneuma Review, King wrote Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church. He is not only pursuing the Kingdom of God but also has a burden to share its wonder with everyone that he meets.

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