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In Bosworth's perspective, the era in which we live, from Pentecost until Jesus' second coming, constitutes a single period. To demonstrate the continuity of miraculous healing, Bosworth further appeals to the unchangeable nature of Christ. He cites many times what could be without exaggeration called the anthem of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever". Hagin contends that if God made healing available to the beneficiaries of the Old Covenant, the more we, as heirs of the New Covenant, are destined to receive healing. For Sanford the possibility of present-day miracles follows from the mere assurance that Jesus lives today. Catholic tradition, MacNutt explains, has always preserved room for supernatural. Since miracles are viewed as a mark of sainthood, a regular believer, even a priest, as MacNutt knows from his own experience, deems it presumptuous to pray for the healing of the sick.

Keywords: Agnes Sanford; Catholic tradition; charismatic movements; divine healing; Francis MacNutt; Fred F. Bosworth; Jesus Christ; Kenneth E. Hagin; miraculous; Pentecost



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