In this issue:
- New On-line Articles at www.PneumaFoundation.org
- Reports from around the world
- Mozambique: Hunger for God in World's Poorest Nation
- Morocco: Radio Evangelism and Follow-up Bringing Record Numbers to Jesus
- Cambodia: 1,000 churches planted in 10 years
- Thought to Ponder: Praying Large
- "Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don't Happen?" Special article by H. Murray Hohns
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- Prayer Request & Praise Report
New On-line Articles at www.PneumaFoundation.org
You will find a new on-line article on the Pneuma Foundation website called "How to Work Toward Racial Reconciliation
" by Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. This article appeared in the Pneuma Review
and originally from the Summer 1998 (No. 1) issue of Reconciliation, published by the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA).
Stella Ramsaroop gives a lesson on contentment in "Great Wealth
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Reports from Around the World
Mozambique: Hunger for God in World's Poorest Nation
Hunger for Bibles and Bible studies outpaces hunger for food in what has become perhaps the world's poorest nation. Over 3,000 churches have been planted by those trained by missionaries Rolland and Heidi Baker since their arrival in 1995. They report: "We will soon have reached the point where there is a church in every village in central Mozambique and southern Malawi. It is true: Jesus is the only hope for Mozambique, the only salvation for many. The churches have also started taking in orphans. Jesus reveals himself to many through signs and wonders, visions and dreams. We have never seen such a harvest. How true it was when Jesus said 'blessed are the poor in spirit'. Jesus finds the lost sheep, and carries them safely in his heart for ever."
Morocco: Radio Evangelism and Follow-up Bringing Record Numbers to Jesus
More and more people in Morocco accept Jesus in their lives thanks to IBRA's intensified follow-up work. Several secret meetings with up to 40 attendants have been held during the last six months. When new churches are planted, it is often by one or two radio listeners who meet in a park or by a riverbank before they find a home where they can meet. Different follow-up offices in the Arab world now get in contact with around 1,600 listeners each month. It an be via letters, telephone, e-mail or by fax. This is a new record. The total amount of addresses to listeners has now passed 25,000.
One Arab listener wrote: "At a time in my life I was filled with the thought of taking my own life. I was not sure I wanted to live. Fortunately a friend of mine saw my situation and told me about your radio programmes. After listening closely I accepted Jesus in my life. Ever since that moment I have peace in my heart."
IBRA Radio, the Swedish Pentecostal Movement's radio ministry, reports that it is broadcasting the message of Jesus Christ in 60 languages to 110 countries, 200 hours daily.
Source: IBRA News Bulletin
, 4 Sep 2001. http://www.ibra.org
Cambodia: 1,000 churches planted in 10 years
From 1975 on, the Khmer Rouge systematically tried to eradicate all forms of religion in Cambodia. In 1990, there were only around 200 Christians in the nation, in ten or twelve house groups. "Starting in 1990, the widespread misery caused by the civil war opened new doors for the Gospel, because many felt that they had been abandoned by the Buddhist system," says Baptist mission strategist Bruce Carlton. A small number of foreign missionaries trained Cambodian church planters, who, together with radio evangelization, started a small number of churches. Around 1995, further Christian groups arrived in the nation, but this led to denominationalism and tension; at the end of that year, there were some 60 churches in the nation, in every province. Their aim was to plant one church in every district by the year 2000. At that time, the Baptists were the fastest-growing group, and had planted 120 churches by 1997, at which time Cambodia had some 20,000 believers. The decisive growth phase started in 1997, when the churches began to multiply themselves without intervention from national church planters or foreign missionaries. Church planting schools with the motto "KISS - keep it short and simple" played a key role. Today, a number of sources claim that the nation already has 1,000 churches and some 100,000 believers.
Source: Friday Fax
2001 Issue 33
Thought to Ponder: Praying Large
"This is our Lord's will, ... that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large. For if we do not trust as much as we pray, we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer; and also we hinder and hurt ourselves. The reason is that we do not know truly that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth; nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love. If we knew this, it would make us trust to have of our Lord's gifts all that we desire. For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity, without mercy and grace being given to him first."
— Juliana of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
Special to the Pneuma Informer
Do You Ever Wonder Why Things You Want Don't Happen?
By H. Murray Hohns
The fall term at the local Bible College will start in a few days, and I will be teaching the second year core ministry course on Signs, Wonders and Revivals. The course covers some of the most fascinating and challenging areas of Christendom. I have experienced signs and wonders myself. I have seen several miracles happen in my own life. I have prayed for miracles to happen for others and have seen them come to pass. I witnessed the miraculous healing of a close relative in 1970 at a church meeting in Toronto, Canada. Moreover, I am one of those people who has been slain in the Spirit, fallen backwards and landed on the floor when a minister prayed for me. Indeed this has happened several times and with different ministers, one of whom was a female evangelist with the gift of Healing.
And yet with all that first hand experience and even teaching the subject, I still wonder about some of the things I see on television and in person when it comes to healing. I wonder about the healings that are claimed to have occurred, and if they are real. I wonder why them and not me? My late son-in-law went to every kind of healer including bathing in the waters at Lourdes in France, as he fought multiple myeloma for nearly five years before succumbing to that terrible disease. He became a Christian one glorious Easter morning two years before he died, but he died, and all our prayers and his efforts were seemingly to no avail. He was too young to die, there was so much to live for, it seemed so unfair, but he is gone.
How about other things aside from healing, things like unanswered prayers? I decided back in November 1995 that I would pray everyday about two things I wanted to come to pass. That now translates into almost six years of daily focused praying, but so far nothing has happened to even indicate that my prayers did anything more than bounce off the ceiling if they got that far. No answers! It seems so unreasonable, I don't understand why it has to be this way, and sometimes I get to feeling sorry for myself over those unanswered requests. I think of the story Jesus told about the poor widow lady who went to the unjust judge with her request over and over again until she wore him down. I feel like I have surely exceeded her effortsbut unlike the story, I still have no relief.
How long, O Lord, How long?
The prophet Habakkuk asked the Lord, "How Long?" In the end, Habakkuk wrote that he had decided to praise the Lord and live for Him no matter what was wrong. God gave him deer's feet so he could climb above it all and live up in the high places rather than in the daily fraythat if not managed well can consume us all. How about you? Are you feeling sorry about your plight? Are you asking "How Long?" Are you endeavoring in prayer? The answer is simple. We are to keep on doing what we know we should do. Do not give up. We certainly do not know the mind of the Lord or His timing. But we must hold on to Him with unshakable trust. What we think is the best maybe is not the best. Trust your God more than your idea of what is best. It is just that easy, even if we, like my son-in-law, have to die in the process. God's plan is better than ours.
H. Murray Hohns is a retired civil engineer and technical writer. He lives with his wife in Hawaii where he serves as an elder-at-large at Hawaii's largest congregation.
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Invitation to Participate: Introduction to "Worldviews in Conflict: Christian Cosmology and the Recent Doctrine of Spiritual Mapping" by Larry Taylor
It is my privilege to introduce this paper by Larry Taylor and a dialogue about a subject many have not stopped to think about and to weigh.
Our subject is the teaching of spiritual mapping, identifying and expelling territorial demonic forces. This teaching has not been extensively challenged in Pentecostal/charismatic writings. In fact, the opposite appears to be true, the practice of spiritual mapping has been readily accepted.
Not just to rock the boat, Professor Taylor of Portland Bible College is asking us to consider on what basis this teaching has been accepted. Is spiritual mapping biblical doctrine, or is it derived from another source?
If spiritual mapping is a biblical teaching, we perhaps should all be involved in identifying and systematically removing the forces of evil from our neighborhoods and nations. If spiritual mapping cannot stand on scriptural grounds, its validity and our participation should be evaluated in that light.
Brother Taylor has invited response and interaction with himself on this subject. The Pneuma Review
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Interview with Lee Grady: Special to the Pneuma Review
: Many in the Pentecostal/charismatic movement have said that the church is experiencing renewal. Do you agree, and if so, how has it touched you?
: There is no question that the charismatic church has experienced a level of renewal since the early 1990s. I think history will show that this movement began in or around 1993, culminating in two significant explosions in Toronto in 1994 and in Pensacola, Florida, in 1995.
Were these movements revivals? So many people want to quibble over the terms, and some argue that Toronto and Pensacola did not bring widespread evangelism. But it is still too early to determine that. I meet people all the time who experienced some kind of spiritual refueling in one of those movements, and today they are doing significant things in ministry. Many people who had become dry and "barren" spiritually found a fresh touch of God's presence in either Toronto, Pensacola or in one of the many spin-off movements that were triggered by those two moves of God.
As far as my own personal experience, I was touched by the Lord in 1996 when I went to Pensacola. For me it was simply a fresh impartation of grace and a renewal of faith that God will indeed visit the United States in revival. I had a deeply moving encounter with God while in Pensacola in which the Lord dealt with my own cynicism. I came back from my three days there a changed man.
: In your 1994 book
What Happened to the Fire? (Chosen), you listed several key issues that must be addressed before revival could sweep the church. Included in that list were heavy-handed leadership and spiritual abuse. How do you feel the church has dealt with these issues?
: The charismatic church is still dealing with authoritarianism. I see it everywhere in independent churches where leaders either do not have the proper accountability structures, or they are too young and spiritually immature to know that they need such accountability.
Three years ago we ran an article in Charisma
about the signs of an unhealthy church, and we focused on manipulative, authoritarian leadership as a major sign of problems. The response we received from that article was incredible. So many people wrote us to tell about their horror stories. This made me realize even more how much of a problem this is in our movement.
: While one magazine could never completely represent a movement so vast as the Pentecostal/charismatic movement, how well do you feel Charisma represents its diversity?
: We have made a concerted effort to build bridges and cross barriers. I think we have succeeded on some fronts, particularly in reaching out to various racial groups. For more than five years we have focused a great deal of attention on the African American segment of the Pentecostal movement—which is rapidly growing. Black churches today recognize Charisma
as a leading voice that speaks to both black and white Christians. We have made the same kind of strides with the Hispanic segment, and we have our own Spanish-language magazine, Vida Cristiana
, which is now recognized as a leader in that field.
Of course we have a long way to go. When I first became editor I had high hopes of bridging the Catholic-Protestant divide. I wanted Charisma
to be a leader in reporting on the Catholic charismatic renewal. However there is so much that still needs to be healed and addressed before we can do that. Our Protestant readers (the majority of our readers) are not yet that open to embracing Catholics because they are skeptical of their doctrines—particularly the Roman Catholic focus on the Virgin Mary. And Catholic readers do not view Charisma
as their own because we do not tow the Vatican line.
I also have had aspirations to heal the divide between Oneness and Trinitarian Pentecostals. But the debate over the "Jesus only" doctrine—a feud which began in 1916—is still very much a serious hindrance to unity in the church. We have attempted to bring the issue to the table for discussion, and I suppose we have been successful to some degree in getting people to talk about it. But we are really not that much closer to healing the rift.
In the long-run, I am satisfied that we have made great strides in creating a magazine that reflects the diversity of our movement.
: Are there any changes in store for readers of
: Absolutely. For the past year or more we have made evangelism a more prominent focus of our magazine. I am not pleased with the fact that our movement—at least in the United States—can often seem self-absorbed and focused on "what God can do for me." The Holy Spirit was not poured out on the day of Pentecost so that we could splash around in the river of God's anointing and just have a party. We were given the anointing so we could be empowered to be witnesses.
I want to see our movement move beyond the "bless me club" stage so we can transition into serious evangelism that transforms society. I want to see charismatic churches winning the lost, feeding the hungry, and transforming nations through prayer and aggressive missionary strategy. That is God's ultimate call for us.
That's why we have done so many articles in the past year on reaching the lost. I have sent Christian reporters to interview gay people, punk rockers, the homeless, Mardi Gras revelers, New Age psychics and even UFO enthusiasts. I want our reports on these people to inspire our readers to get out of their comfort zones and reach those who would never visit a church.
You will see much more of this kind of journalism in Charisma
in the next few years.
: Where do you see the Pentecostal/charismatic movement headed in the future?
: There is no question in my mind that we will witness a global religious awakening in our lifetime. It has already begun in so many parts of the world, and it is increasing in intensity. I am hopeful that we will see this awakening stir this country, and result in mass conversions on the scale of the Great Awakening of the 1700s.
I think this awakening will be most obvious in Asia—particularly in China—and in Latin America in the next few years. But we will see great stirrings in Europe as well—a region that has really been the darkest in terms of spiritual vibrancy. I also think that as the American church is revived, we will see a release of missionary activity as well as mercy ministry aimed at social transformation—helping the poor, caring for the orphan, solving social problems, etc.
So I have a lot of hope for the future. Yes there are serious problems, and most assuredly we have a leadership crisis in the American church. So much of what we see now will most likely not stand the test of time. Many visible leaders in the church today are in place because of a love of position and prominence, or they are motivated by greed. I do not believe that the ministries that are based on money or ego will stand much longer. They have been a blight on the church, and have greatly hindered our witness. When revival intensifies, the holiness of God will surely require us to humble ourselves. Those who refuse to adjust to God's agenda will be moved out of the way.
Lee Grady is editor of
Charisma and Christian Lifemagazine. He is the author of numerous articles and books including
Whatever Happened to the Fire (Chosen, 1994) and
10 Lies the Church Tells Women. An ordained minister and award-winning journalist, he lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and their four daughters.
Israel's Divine Healer. Michael Brown. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Pp. 462.
For those who believe that God miraculously heals today, this book is a decisive argument in their favor. I am not aware of any other book that so thoroughly offers a theological and exegetical foundation for divine healing, especially from the Hebrew Scriptures and the perspective of Messianic fulfillment in the New Testament.
Part of the Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology series edited by William VanGemeren and Tremper Longman III, the author of this work has come to be well known to many classical Pentecostals in recent years. Dr. Michael Brown finished this book before his tenure as the Messianic Jewish scholar of the "Brownsville Revival" in Pensacola, Florida.
Brown begins with a detailed word study of various roots associated with "healing" in the Hebrew Scriptures. Even those unfamiliar with Hebrew will see quickly the holistic understanding of "healing" in the Jewish mind. Just as salvation is not mere fire insurance, healing (as understood in Hebrew) includes all aspects of restoration to "full" life.
Next, Brown looks at human physicians and ancient healing deities to establish the similarities and distinction between Israel and its ancient neighbors. He notes that minor injuries (cuts, fractures) were taken care of by natural means while internal and serious conditions (fevers, severe pain) were always seen as an attack from something outside of man. Brown uses numerous examples to demonstrate that it was "normal" to have physicians in ancient times that set bones and treated wounds, and (at least in Israel) without necessarily invoking magic or the supernatural. One point of interest in this chapter is the debunking of 2 Chron. 16:12 as a general critique of physicians and modern medical practice. Brown argues that the context of Asa's reign and early major victory demands that Asa languished in his disease of the feet not because he made inquiry (Brown says that the word for the "inquiry" Asa made always has a spiritual connotation (this was more a visit to a witchdoctor than a family practitioner) of physicians but because he relied on the arm of flesh and not God. Godless trust in man was Asa's sin, not trust in doctors. Brown says "To the ancient and Near Eastern (and biblical!) mind, it was impossible to countenance a major god/God who did not heal
" (p. 53, emphasis his). Even the Greeks combined doctor and savior as complimentary (p. 59). There are also numerous explanations of rabbinic thought, as diverse as it was, on the subjects of healing and physicians.
It is difficult to summarize the research assembled by Brown in his exegetical study. His thematic study starts with the Torah and historical books, quickly tying together the idea that God's covenant promise to be Israel's Healer was a dynamic one. God "promised not
to place sickness on his obedient children" (p. 77, emphasis his). "Health in and of itself is virtually never promised in the OT. Rather, the promise is presented either in general terms of 'healing' with no specific reference to sickness (e.g.. Pr 3:7-8; 4:20-22), in terms of sickness and disease never touching the faithful children of God (e.g., Ps 91, esp. vv 5-10), or in terms of the reversal of a specific sickness (e.g., Ps 41:1-3). ' God's pledge to be Israel's Healer is primarily expressed in terms of keeping them free from disease
, as opposed to keeping them healthy
" (p. 80, emphasis his).
Making "psychosomatic observations" from Proverbs, Brown quotes Malbim "Flesh and bones are only as healthy as the spirit they encase" (p. 165), and observes, "Circumstances, words, and relationships impact the mind, will, and emotions, which in turn impact the body—to its very bones" (p. 165). Brown also finds that the book of Job has much to say regarding sickness, judgment, restoration, and even "quack doctors" (something Job calls his friends).
The mistake of Job and his friends was that Job radically altered his view of God because of his sufferings, while the friends drastically altered their view of Job because of his sufferings and subsequent behavior. Instead, it is best to patiently wait and trust, always believing in the goodness of God and his desire to bless, walking humbly before him, and expecting that in the end, he will cause everything to work for the good.
Where sickness or disaster is preceded by known sin, it should immediately be confessed and forsaken (Pr 28:18; 1Jn 1:9), and mercy should be sought. Where the disciplinary hand of the Lord is sensed, there should be complete cooperation to see that this trial accomplishes its goal. In both cases, however, it should be expected that healing or restoration will generally follow repentance, submission, and/or change, although in some cases, there may still be lasting negative consequences. Also, in both of these cases the suffering is not inexplicable or mysterious, although, as emphasized previously, it can still be redemptive. However, when no such convenient explanation is at hand, then unshakable, persevering faith is the only answer. And when satanic involvement in revealed or discerned (this is now moving us to a NT perspective) the evil one is to be resisted (p. 180-181, emphasis his).
Brown makes an important statement on p. 185 regarding equating "healing" only with spiritual healing.
It is incorrect to state that in the prophetic books, sickness and pain are merely figurative expressions representing sin and alienation, as if "healing" is equated there only with forgiveness and reconciliation.
Brown elaborates that healing/restoration was understood to encompass all areas of life. This gives ground for challenging the commonly published idea in biblical studies that healing is only for one's soul/spirit and not the body also.
Few who teach divine healing are aware that Matthew 8:17 departs from the LXX (the Septuagint: translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek) in its translation of Isaiah 53:4. While the LXX spiritualizes the diseases and sicknesses "borne" by the Servant, Matthew translates literally, "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses" (NKJV). Along this line, Brown says, "Some Christian expositors and proponents of divine healing have noted that from Matthew's viewpoint, Isaiah 53:5 is speaking of physical
healing and thus healing of the body is considered to be part of 'the atonement.' Others, pointing to" 1 Peter 2:24 "' have sought to establish that what is in view in Isaiah 53 is actually spiritual
healing in 'the atonement.' The citation in Matthew 8:17 is then explained as follows: 'The Lord took away the diseases of men by healing them. He died for our sins, not for our diseases.' However, these divisions are completely unscriptural, and they do not do justice to the context of either Matthew 8:16-17 or Isaiah 53:4-5. A. Edersheim's rebuke should have been enough for the general readers, for whom his work was intended: 'I can scarcely find words strong enough to express my dissent from those who limit Is. liii. 4, either on the one hand to spiritual, or the other to physical "sicknesses." The promise is one of future deliverance from both, of a Restorer from all the woe which sin had brought.' Yet it is with these very readers that his words have gone unheeded" (p. 197). Brown further writes,
' the servant came to relieve the burden of sin and sickness; his wounds make his people whole. What makes Matthew's citation especially significant is that, from the viewpoint of Christological exegesis, the servant's bearing of our sickness and pain (Isa 53:4a) took place on the cross. Yet the evangelist refers it to the Lord's itinerant preaching and healing ministry! This is correctly interpreted by D. A. Carson, who does not fail to draw out the implications of Matthew's theology: "Jesus' healing ministry is itself a function of his substitutionary death, by which he lays the foundation for destroying sickness."
Thus, for Matthew (and from a Christian perspective, for Isaiah as well), healing cannot be conveniently divorced from "the atonement"
By bearing sin and iniquity the servant bore sickness and pain; by taking his people's guilt he thereby incurred their punishment; and it is at the cost of his wounds that total healing has come. There is no dichotomy here! The whole man has been wholly healed. The straying and sickly nation has been completely restored and made well (p. 197-198, emphasis his).
As the book moves to the study of divine healing in the New Testament, Brown declares, "It is impossible to think of the ministry of Jesus and the early believers without thinking of miraculous healing
" (p. 209, emphasis his). Brown also does an important word study of sozo
and other words related to healing. Brown also makes the important connection between healing and the eschatological jubilee (see pp. 217-218).
Contrary to much of today's teaching on the subject, Brown says that "sickness, however, is not part of the cross we are to bear" (p. 233). He further clarifies the difference between suffering for the faith (persecution, opposition) and sickness and states that Christians who are sick, diseased, or handicapped are not therefore under the wrath of God. God can and will work all things for their good, however they are not "suffering for the gospel." Brown also briefly states that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" is not sickness, in his opinion.
Brown closes his study of the progression of God as Healer from the Old to the New Testament saying that God now does for His people what He has always wanted to, allowing a foretaste of the world to come. His conclusion chapter alone is worth the price of the book, all the more so because of the exegetical foundation he lays to draw his conclusions.
This book is more technical than most Pentecostal/charismatic pastors are accustomed to. While all Hebrew, Greek and Semitic words have been transliterated, the "select" bibliography spans 18 pages and the endnotes are a lengthy 172 pages. However, anyone interested in divine healing, its implications for ministry today, and its basis in God's Word cannot afford to miss this definitive work.
Reviewed by Raul Mock
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"Hello Brothers, We are very sorry for this evil act against innocent people of your country. We are so much concerned about you and if there is anything we can do, count on us. Tonight I led an intercession prayer meeting in favor of the american families of the people from WTC and Pentagon. I'm not american but I now there a lot of pain in many people, maybe someone you know personally. May the Lord's peace and grace be upon you all."
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