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The JDS Debate And Debaters

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This chapter considers the ecclesiastical context of Jesus died spiritually (JDS) teaching by describing that section of Christianity where it flourishes most: the Word-faith movement. It considers the Word-faith movement as a whole, its growing influence and its relationship with Pentecostalism. The chapter introduces the three JDS proponents: Essek William Kenyon, Kenneth Erwin Hagin and Kenneth Copeland, whose teaching on the subject is reviewed in this research. Their relationship both with the Word-faith movement and with JDS doctrine is examined. The chapter offers a preliminary survey of JDS teaching itself, placing it in its theological context, and mentioning the variety that exists between the versions of the three teachers, and among other JDS teachers. It introduces significant categories of debater. It also considers major debaters individually, in three groups under the headings growing opposition, dissenting voices and mediating positions. The chapter concludes by summarising its findings.

Keywords: Christianity; ecclesiastical context; Essek William Kenyon; Jesus died spiritually (JDS) Debate; Kenneth Copeland; Kenneth Erwin Hagin; Pentecostalism; Word-faith movement



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