Miracle Healing in Christianity
Some Christians believe in miracles, or that God can heal people. While this may be true in some cases, it is not always the case. The apostle Paul was once known for his gifts of healing, but did not practice these healings on people of the church. While he may have healed Epaphroditus, it was never the purpose of these healings to keep Christians healthy. Instead, they were intended to teach people to have faith in God.
One of the strange stories about black people in Christianity is that of Satan. This story is long and includes many statistics and facts. It is meant to counteract the afrocentric reading of the Old Testament scriptures and the references to North African figures who are credited with being prophetic. The “satanic rage” against black people is rooted in Africa’s central role in the history of Christianity.
These charismatic religious leaders have formed loose associations within right-wing populism and Christian activism. A prominent example is “The Response,” a massive prayer rally organized to launch presidential campaigns. This event is led by charismatic wing leaders, including Jim Garlow, who headed the anti-marriage equality Proposition Eight campaign in California. It was also funded by Alice Patterson and Cindy Jacobs, who is a self-described prophetess.
The third wave of evangelicalism developed through the work of C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber. Their ideas were tested in controversial and popular courses at Fuller’s School of Missions. These ideas were also shared by a core group of evangelicals, including Charles Kraft, Ted Haggard, and George Otis. The movement transcended denominational lines and the bitter divisions between mainstream evangelicalism and Pentecostalism.