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Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church (Volume Two) Hardcover – December 7, 2017
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"It is with great pleasure that I recommend the book series, Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church by J.D. King. This exhaustive work presents readers with an excellent overview of the divine healing movement throughout church history. It uses critical analysis and insightful biographical narratives to recount the significant stories of the pioneers and leaders of the movement. The work is supported with sound documentation consisting of both primary and secondary sources. While it will certainly be useful to scholars, it will also be appreciated by students, ministers, and laity. One important feature of this research is the attention that King gives to the controversies and extremes surrounding the divine healing movement. In short, he leaves no stone unturned. Through this work, King has shown himself to be a true scholar and solid historian of church history. Well done! " -- Roscoe Barnes III, Ph.D., author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind 'Christ the Healer'
"This will surely become a foundational resource for anyone studying healing in the future." - Pneuma Journal
"A meticulously researched, comprehensive historical survey of Western Christian healing practices." - Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.
"J. D. King has produced what is perhaps the most thorough documentation of Christian healing available. He offers a vast array of primary source material that is of exceptional value for further research. Hence, this work should appear in every serious theological research library as well as in the course syllabi in Church history, practics, and especially systematic theology. The text is indispensable (and highly supportive) for the thousands of burgeoning missions schools serving the 700 million Pentecostal/charismatic constituency around the world. I heartily commend this book to anyone seeking an exhaustive and sympathetic history of Christian healing--a central element in what the New Testament describes as the "good news" (Romans 15:18-20)." --Jon Ruthven, Ph.D., author, On the Cessation of the Charismata and What's Wrong with Protestant Theology: Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis
"Once in a while, I come across a book that goes beyond a surface view of the history of revival and offers us a deeply rich historical account. This is one of those rare books. Every Christian who seeks to not only understand but move daily in the power of the Holy Spirit needs to read this book. When we know the long, established history we have inherited from those who have gone before us and sacrificed so much, we are inspired and "re-fired" to carry on the great fight of faith and bring the gospel of God's kingdom to the world in all His grace, love, and power.'- Roberts Liardon, author, God's Generals
From the Author
With over 10,000 research-hours and over 2,000 works consulted, I included the remarkable stories that people claim that they want to read. This book contains narratives of William Branham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Kenneth Hagin, John Wimber, Bill Johnson and others.
Other works have been written that touch on aspects of healing in Christian history. Most are, however, reluctant to go beyond a cursory study. Dr. Ronald Kydd, Associate Professor of Church History at Tyndale Seminary, argued that "It is unlikely that a truly comprehensive study of divine healing throughout the church will ever be written." This project dares to take on Kydd's challenge.
William DeArteaga, a liturgically-minded Pentecostal researcher, suggested, that Regeneration could "serve as a standard resource for decades."
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The second volume of “Regeneration” picks up where volume one left off, taking us out of days-gone-by and bringing us into the “modern” era of Christian healing.
As the Pentecostal revivals settled into becoming Pentecostal denominations the healing ministries became confined and less mobile, but the need for healing continued. This brought about what the author calls the message of “salvation healing” or what I grew up knowing these people as, the “healing evangelists” such as Wm. Branham, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, W.V. Grant, David Nunn, Raymond Richie, and a hundred others. All of their tent and auditorium meetings were advertised ahead of time, and testified to afterwards, in Gordon Lindsay's “Voice of Healing” magazine. These men would preach “'the same basic message of salvation that one heard from the lips of Billy Graham', and lay hands on the sick” (p. 449), but often with much less moral integrity than Graham, as the author does not fail to notice. Too often, those attending these meetings were seeking healing rather than, or even apart from, the Healer; or confused the Healer with the healing evangelists. This gave those bringing the message of salvation-healing great temptations of pride and error, some of which chose to yield.
Later Pentecostalism (1960-Present)
As mentioned in the previous chapter, the Pentecostal movement later became Pentecostal denominations. As their emphasis changed from outward power to inward polity the emphasis of healing was diminished. Couple this with the first generation of well known healers dying off, and a new interest in the triad of cessationism, fundamentalism, and dispensationalism, Pentecostalism eventually became more focused on doctrine than “dunamis”, orthodoxy over orthopraxy, and buildings over God's blessings. None of this is inherently wrong in the moral sense, and is quite common for any church to survive. Yet it comes with a cost of spiritual decline, along with a desire to return to one's “first love” and the early days of excitement. The doctrine of healing was not removed from any of these churches statements of belief, and God is once again being sought to restore this ministry to them. While “glossolalia” used to be as a sure sign of revival, healing is taking the forefront as evidence of the presence of God today.
The author defines Anglicanism as a unique mixture of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. And since both branches of the church practice healing, though in drastically different ways, one can expect the same to be true of King Henry VIII's church as well. Both the “King's Book” (1543) and the “Book of Common Prayer” (1549) provide for Extreme Unction upon the death bed, but not restorative healing to continue life. Others, through the ages, resisted the omission of healing and deliverance, which this chapter encapsulates. The author brings to our attention such Anglican reformers and movements as Percy Dearmer and the Guild of Health, Henry Wilson and the Society of Nazarene, John Wesley and the practice of healing within Methodism, James Hickson and the Society of Emmanuel, John Banks and Alfred Price and the Order of St. Luke, as well as Dennis Bennett and the Charismatic revival. The chapter then concludes with former Third Wave leader John Wimber's influence on Anglicanism which “was indisputably a catalyst for healing within the Anglican Communion” (p. 564) and the hope for further continuance.
The general gist of this chapter is that these groups believe God can heal (after all, God is omnipotent) but usually doesn't heal and restore except in special and unusual situations. While early Fundamentalist leaders were open to healing, a four-pronged assault of cessationism, dispensationalism, rationalism, and a renewed belief in the sanctity of suffering all but destroyed the belief among its followers. Yet there were those whom God used to continue the ministry of healing among the needy. The author is careful to relate testimonies of healings through the hands of several in these camps who were as surprised and astonished as we are to read of them. Others, in all honesty, simply could not continue to believe in what they had been taught, and opened themselves up to what God wanted to do in their day. Several well known Fundamentalists and Evangelicals are shown to believe in and/or being used in the ministry of healing, including A.J. Gordon, C.H. Spurgeon, R.A. Torrey, Carl Henry, Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer, J. Sidlow Baxter, Tony Compolo, as well as many others.
The author begins this chapter by name dropping the denominations within the National Council of Churches (see pp. 643-644) and the fact that they “generally inched toward a left-of-center liberalism” (p. 644). This liberalism was especially influence by Bultmann's demythologizing the Bible and thus the Christian faith, which among other things, brought into question the healings in the Bible. While these churches believe in healing, they generally do not accept supernatural healing by the power of God. Instead they lean toward healing by means of psychotherapy, as well as physicians and medicines. This does not rule out participation in liturgy and prayer which psychologically assist in but do not alone result in healing. However, the author states that since the Charismatic Movement these beliefs in their more rationalistic forms have been challenged. Yet even before that such a rationalist historian as Adolf von Harnack claimed that Christianity and caring for the sick and infirm go hand in hand. Following this, the author presents evidence that such theologians and thinkers as Paul Tillich, Walter Wink, N.T. Wright, and Jürgen Moultmann give evidence in holding to the belief in divine healing and its continuance today.
Roman Catholicism (1545-Present)
This chapter ends with a sub-heading of “As it was in the beginning, now is, and evermore shall be” summing up the history of healing within the Roman Catholic belief system. The author does a good job of touching on the stories of the saints, but spends more time using documentation listing how healing has been expressed within this tradition. The use of sacraments and pilgrimages were not uncommon, but also included are the ways in which healing was understood both before and following the Council of Trent. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is also brought into focus, with an emphasis on the gifts of healings, with many testimonies included. Notable among it's leaders is Francis MacNutt and his ministry, which included his participation at the Conference on Charismatic Renewal in 1977 in Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, which I had the privilege of attending.
Charismatic Renewal (1960-1985)
Paralleling the Catholic Charismatic Renewal that began at Notre Dame university, a Protestant Charismatic Renewal broke out about the same time in Van Nuys, California when an Episcopal priest named Dennis Bennett receive a Spirit baptism and began operating in the gifts of the Spirit, one of which was healing. The movement itself became very ecumenical and was spread first in homes and small groups which later was carried into denominational churches. In addition to the Kansas City conference mentioned in the previous chapter that brought Catholics and Protestants together, other groups such as the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship Int'l. did the same. At this point the author points out some major distinctives between the classical Pentecostals and the new Charismatics that is definitely worth the read. Not all healing that was recognized was physical, others emphasized inner healing of memories and hurts as well. But sometime after the Kansas City conference the renewal movement began to wane as denominations once again became introspective and less open to outside influences. Any resurgence that may have taken place was overshadowed by the Word of Faith movement.
Word of Faith (1962-Present)
Soon testimonies of healings were not enough and people wanted to know how and why they were being healed and restored, and testimony gave way to teaching. People wanted to get back into the Bible and have their experiences explained to them from the original languages of the Hebrew and Greek. Some were capable of doing so, but many simply taught from the King James Bible and were not afraid to remove a text from its context. Faith, it was taught, was the key to healing as well as to the abundant life in general. Influenced by the writings of E.W. Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin became the most notable teacher of this understanding. This faith for healing was a spoken faith and not a mere feeling of confidence. It was a faith that agreed with and said the same thing as what the scriptures said, context be damned. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland picked up this teaching and ran with it, as did a myriad of others who are still much in the media by way of television, books, conferences, and recordings. And while many criticisms and accusations have come forward, many also have been healed by their word of faith.
Third Wave (1980-Present)
This chapter is devoted almost exclusively to the ministry and teaching of John Wimber and his impact on Randy Clark, the Toronto Blessing, and Heidi and Rolland Baker. Wimber taught that signs and wonders, including healing, were all to be understood within the context as the kingdom of God come and yet coming. Supernatural demonstrations are evidence of the truth of the evangelistic proclamation of the gospel. Other outpourings that included healings in addition to the Toronto Blessing are also mentioned, such as the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida; the Smithton Outpouring in rural Missouri; and Bethel Assemblies of God in Redding, California.
The author brings his history of Christian healing to a close with a series of world wide quotes and examples of healing from around the world and describes healing as the driving force of global evangelization. And I couldn't agree more.
Lack of affordable health care is becoming more and more rampant around the world, even here in the U.S. Many today are like the woman found in the gospels who had suffered for many years at the hands of physicians, spent her life savings to be healed, but was no better until Jesus healed her. For God to show mercy through healing the sick becomes an almost irresistible invitation into the kingdom of heaven, as well as demonstrating God's authority over the empires of this world. Big Pharma is not bigger than YHWH Yireh, the LORD your healer, as King's history of the church demonstrates.
Two things I would like to see future revisions. First, acknowledgment of and research into the practices and history of healing in the often overlooked Eastern Orthodox church. Second, as mentioned in my review of the first volume, if this work is to be considered as the truly scholarly work that it is, it must have an index included, either at the end of each of the first two volumes or included with the bibliography of the third volume. Both of these suggestions would make this set even more well rounded than it already is. Do you have your set yet? If not you have not fully studied church history.
First of all, I have to say: God is good! These volumes testify to the fact that no matter what doctrine or methodology we box ourselves into, God is going to demonstrate His willingness and ability to heal. He has proved that, through the miraculous testimonies that have spanned the centuries as shown in this research.
Second, the depth of the research and writing done by the author is excellent, and far above anything I have read on this subject. J.D. King has been able fill the pages with well documented facts and footnoted historical testimony that is not only easy to read, it’s an unusual “page turner” for such comprehensive non-fiction writing.
I have found that completely surrounding myself with the testimonies of what God has done in the past, raises my expectations of what He can and will do in the the present and future. Reading Regeneration, successfully removes the doubt that comes from the limitations of what man can do, and replaces it with the exciting expectation of what God will do.
I highly recommend reading Regeneration.
That said, I once stumbled across a general definition of metahistory (Literary Encyclopedia) which included the following: “…an account (of principles) believed by the historian to run throughout the human experience…”
Whether or not this was done intentionally, this is precisely what has been done with this series. Honest in its portrayal of shortcomings of healing revivalists and evangelizers, and true to the challenges presented by modernity in the world and the Church, this work affirms the deliberate if not belligerent consistency of God’s expressing Himself in human history as a timeless Healer.
This is one history that, as metahistorians say, becomes a part of the history itself. Future generations will not study history the same as the current generation. This work ensures that. Reading these volumes before claiming expertise in this field is highly recommended.