113 APPROACHES TO HEALING IN BRITISH PENTECOSTALISM William K. Kay* Trinity College, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP, UK email: W.Kay@trinity-cm.ac.uk Introduction This paper explores empirical data to test for the main approaches to healing being pursued by British Pentecostal ministers. It sets these approaches within a theological and historical context. On the basis of its findings, it sketches two scenarios about the future place healing might play in the church of the twenty-first century. Theological and Historical Context The four main Pentecostal denominations within the UK have all historically either explicitly or by implication addressed the issue of healing within the statements of faith to which their ministers are expected to subscribe. For example, Assemblies of God in Great Britain and Ireland say, ’we believe that deliverance from sickness by Divine Healing is provided for in the Atonement’. Similarly the Church of God states, ’Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement’. The Apostolic church certainly accepted the strong Pentecostal position on healing, though in its tenets there is nothing more specific than refer- ence to the ’nine gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church’. However Tumbull,’ in an authoritative * William
Journal of Pentecostal Theology – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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