I have always had trouble wth the so-called Catholic Charismtic movement. It is confusing to me. But that is for another post.
The one leader in the 70's Catholic Charismatic movement that I did not have any confusion about was Fr. Francis Mcnutt. He is the priest who brought the theology of healing to the Catholics as well as to many mainline Protestants. I heard him preach in 1977 in Kansas City, MO at the very first Charismaic Renewal Conference when all denominations including Catholics met together for the first time since the Reformation. All of these people were from the Pentecostal/Charismatic stream however. Presbyterian Charismatics, Episcopalian Charismatics, Catholic Charismatics, Assemblies of God, Foursquare, etc. It was really amazing. 70,000 of us sat in Arrowhead stadium each night (after seminars in the mornings and afternoons) worshipping God together and hearing from the great leaders of the Charismatic/Pentecostal streams of that day. There were hordes of nuns and priests (nuns wtill wore habits then)..it was strange to say the least.
Unfortuantely, the promise of that Charismatic movement went horribly astray in the years afterward (Vineyard anyone?)
Fr. McNutt is no long Father. He married in 1980 and was promptly defrocked. He became an Episcopalian and today is still healing and teaching healing, both physcial and emotional with his wife Judith, a former psychologist.
In this month's Charisma magazine there is a very fine article about McNutt and his wife and their ministry.
As a Word of Faith (kind of) Reformed (as in Reformation) neo-Pentecostal (think of a Foursquare Presbyterian with some of Kenneth Hagin thrown in and you will have me pegged), I believe in healing in the Atonement. In other words, unlike the Third Wavers, who believe in a transferrence through anointed people, I believe healing was accomplished at the cross BY Jesus Christ. Whether someone administers healing as a faith touchpoint or not is up to the sick person. But that is not needed.
So much for healing prophets and evangelists.
Well, now back to McNutt. In the article, he presents four principles of healing prayer. I think these are excellent and so I will pass them on to you.
1. Prayer requires discernment.
2. Healing requires time.
3. Emotions need healing
4. Demons are real
Sadly, so many pastors and healers today violate numbers 1,2 and 3 and sometimes go way overboard on #4.
Mcnutt is my man because he says that we must always focus on Christ, NOT demons or our power or anything else.
Sadly, many today don't focus on Christ or even talk about Him much. They focus on....................THEMSELVES!
Maybe that is why people are not receiving healing as much as they could.
Do ya think maybe?
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