Miracle Healing and Christian Evangelism
Christian activists in the U.S. and elsewhere are increasingly embracing charismatic movements. These movements are rooted in the long apostolic tradition of evangelism and spiritual warfare. Globalized charismatic Christianity has infiltrated the mainstream of Christian practice and has reinvigorated the militant Christian subject. The focus on prayer and spiritual warfare is central to Christian life.
Miracles and healings are a large part of the ministry of the apostles. In Acts, Stephen did a great miracle and Paul did an extraordinary miracle at Ephesus. In Acts 16:18, Paul cast out demons, and in Acts 13:6-12, God blinded a sorcerer. Prophets like Moses, Paul, and Elisha also performed miracles.
Christians believe that baptism is an important part of becoming a Christian. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter told the crowds how to receive salvation: “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” They also receive the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul was led to Christ by an angel named Ananias. As a result of this, he was baptized and called upon Christ’s name.
These charismatic Christians have been evangelizing the world, converting the unsaved, and persevering in faith in the saved. Despite this, they understand that they are engaged in a war with demonic forces. The satanic powers of darkness have power over entire nations and are out to destroy Christian evangelization of the world.