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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful History, Hopeful Expectation,
MacNutt shows how healing ministry flourished for the first three centuries, and was then sidelined by nominal Christianity beginning with the Constantinian era. He details how ecclesiastical structures and the developing clergy/laity distinction quickly began to remove healing ministry from the hands of the people-it became a work for the "super-spiritual," and few could qualify to perform it (some of the Desert Fathers, for example). Healing shortly became the province of relics and shrines-and the clergy no longer had to deal with embarrassing questions when healings did not occur at their hands.
He also talks about how the purpose of God's love and compassion in healing had been severely neglected in the intervening centuries. Healing ministry became viewed strictly as a validation of truth, but was no longer necessary for faith. "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe" became the watchword, and interest in the display of God's love through healing fell by the way.
MacNutt discusses how the Platonic split between body and soul, and the severe doctrines of the Manichees (i.e. the intrinsic evil of the flesh, and especially of sexuality) further eviscerated the ministry of healing. During the middle ages, the development of the "divine right of kings" generated "the Royal Touch," and healing ministry was limited, by law, to the monarchs of England and France.
Although a committed Roman Catholic, MacNutt believes that the Reformation did not extend far enough in its scope-the Reformers continued to ignore the reality of healing ministry. Oh, they recognized that there had once been such a thing in Jesus' day, but now that time was past, and the ministry had ceased. So much for reformation!
But all along the way, there have been healing ministers and ministries among the people, arising in times of revival and when people were desperate for a healing touch from God. In the last 300 hundred years there have been some glimpses of healing ministry arising again, then faltering. Then it began trending upward in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, mostly among the pentecostally inclined. These came to include the charismatic and "third wave" movements late in the mid-to-late 1900s, about which MacNutt writes from personal experience (the appendix is a testimony of how he received the baptism, or "release" of the Holy Spirit, into his life and ministry).
In all, Francis MacNutt brings us understanding about the decline of healing ministry, but also a hope and a challenge to welcome the release of the Holy Spirit and healing ministry back into the Western Church-just as it has been increasingly been experienced in the Third Word Church.
Jeff Doles, Bible teacher and author of
Healing Scriptures and Prayers and
Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church
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5.0 out of 5 stars the healing reawakening,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable contribution to understanding divine healing,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of the history of healing in the churches,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Francis MacNutt, a follower of Truth,
Francis MacNutt follows truth wherever it leads, in spite of his own political and Christian orientation. He typically rewrites his books four times before he is done. It must have been painful for him to publish this book, but the truth is the truth.
His fellow Roman Catholics prevailed upon him to change the title from "The Almost Perfect Crime", but he wouldn't change any of the text of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding must read for every Christian,
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book filled with the Holy spirit,
This review is from: Healing Reawakening, The: Reclaiming Our Lost Inheritance (Kindle Edition)This is one of the best books I have ever read about healing. I grew up in the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic church, and am still involved today as much as I can. I have always known in my soul that healing is not practiced as it should be today.
I have had many experiences with healing due to severe eye problems, so I truly believe we need to treat healing as it was treated back in the time of Jesus and after. Francis MacNutt seems to agree with my opinion and confirms what my soul already knows.
Francis Macnutt does an incredible job with the history of healing and deliverance throughout the centuries. He gives a very detailed account of why healing and deliverance slowly ceased from the late 300's until now. NOw, I have an understanding of what went wrong. This book made me feel empowered to pray over everyone I see that is sick under god's direction of course. MacNutt emphasizes the importance of the Baptism in the spirit, not only for the Charismatic gifts, but also for the fruits of the Spirit.
May this book empower you to pray over the sick and cast out demons as was done 2,000 years ago!
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing,
4.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming Our Lost Inheritance,
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Healing Reawakening, The: Reclaiming Our Lost Inheritance by Francis MacNutt
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