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Bosworth, Hagin, Sanford, and MacNutt share a passion for the ministry of healing. They attribute great significance to divine healing because it is a tangible demonstration of God's love and of the truthfulness of his Word. The absolutist theory of the healing evangelists is driven by the fear that should they allow for persistent disability as the manifestation of God's will in the lives of some Christians, unbelief would creep into people's hearts and prevent them from receiving their miracle. Instead of invoking a cosmic law of faith, the qualified faith-teaching we propose shifts focus to God as a person. All respect for the Scriptures notwithstanding, Jesus challenges us to go beyond them to encounter him (John 5:39). Benevolence is a crucial attribute of the God revealed in Scripture. Nevertheless, a teaching that bypasses his terrifying face, betrays indebtedness to New Thought and other expressions of human-centeredness.

Keywords: Benevolence; Bosworth; cosmic law of faith; Hagin; healing evangelists; MacNutt; Sanford

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