Pray-ers, Prophets, and Healers in the Pews
This chapter continues to explore empirically the interrelationship between vertical God-human interaction and the inter-human response (i.e. benevolence) with a focus on divine healing. Following a general discussion of spiritual healing and Pentecostalism's place in it, it uses congregational survey data to test the relationship between divine healing and the charismata. It presents a holistic model of healing to frame the survey responses—one in which a two-way collaborative relationship with God (especially as experienced through prophecy) is central for understanding the practice of divine healing, including having the gift of healing others. The statistical findings reported in this chapter reflect the normative expectations of pentecostals that God is intimately and powerfully present in their lives—and that encounters of the divine make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
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