This new, revised, and expanded edition of MacNutt’s bestselling book Healing provides a context within which to understand healing. Covers topics including. Francis MacNutt, a pioneer in the modern healing ministry in the Catholic Church, has provided a primer on divine healing that is an equal blend of practical. Christian Healing Ministries (CHM) in Jacksonville, Florida, founded by Dr. Francis MacNutt and his wife, Judith, is one of the premier Christian.
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In the 37 years that MacNutt has claimed the gift of supernatural healing, he has seen people cured of everything from asthma, allergies and heart disease to high blood pressure, cancer and torn arches. In a woman’s brain tumor disappeared when he prayed–and after she returned home to South Carolina her doctor documented the miracle.
MacNutt’s methods are not always orthodox. Often he will stand in front of an audience and sing in an unknown language. He doesn’t know what he’s saying, and neither do the people in the crowd, but listeners are sometimes healed just by hearing the heavenly glossolalia.
What’s more common in his services is the phenomenon he calls “resting in the Spirit. A priest he prayed for in England lay on the floor for two hours and got up healed of depression. Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. MacNutt refers to depression as “the common cold of the mental health field,” and he has lost count of those healed of it in his meetings. In recent years, people in MacNutt’s services also have been cured of mental disorders as well as delivered of demons.
A Brazilian woman who had consecrated herself to the devil–and signed the pact with her own blood–was freed after MacNutt spent an hour with her. Despite his successful track record, however, you won’t find this priest staging mass healing crusades in stadiums or broadcasting his meetings on Christian television. Sensationalism turns him off. He prefers the quiet approach.
And besides, MacNutt’s research shows that only 1 percent of people are healed at large healing services. In contrast, 20 percent or more are healed when there is more time for individual prayer. He is not exactly sure why, except that he knows healing is not always instantaneous.
We always want everything to be instant.
So much so that he once wrote a book macnktt the therapeutic power of touch. Stranger in a Strange Land MacNutt macutt not look Although his gait is a bit slower these days and his voice sounds slightly worn, his blue eyes still beam as if electrically charged.
He is plugged in to an invisible source of power. Those who have followed him since the early days of his ministry know that he has clocked a lot of mileage since the peak years of the Catholic charismatic movement.
After 14 years of college and seminary he has degrees from Harvard University and The Catholic University of America MacNutt was baptized in the Holy Spirit in through the influence of charismatic healing pioneer Agnes Sanford. She prophesied mmacnutt the enthusiastic Dominican priest would take supernatural healing to the Catholic Church worldwide–and the prediction rapidly proved accurate.
He took his newfound Pentecostalism to 30 countries, and a book he wrote inHealing, went on to sell 1 million copies. Catholic nuns, priests, bishops and laypeople all embraced MacNutt’s nontraditional teachings about macnuty, speaking in tongues and deliverance from demons.
When he preached at a clergy retreat in Australia in the s, all priests in attendance were filled with the Holy Spirit. By the time he left his native St.
Louis inthe majority of priests in the city were involved in charismatic prayer groups. He was as much of a phenomenon in Catholic charismatic circles as flamboyant healing evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman was among mainline Protestants.
In fact, Kuhlman prayed for him at one of her meetings in Pittsburgh in MacNutt apologetically insists that Kuhlman pushed him to the floor, though admitting that he has fallen under the power of the Holy Spirit more than 75 times in various meetings.
MacNutt’s glorious days of favor and applause ended abruptly in when he did something his Catholic brethren could not accept: And to complicate the matter, he married not a Catholic but a Southern Baptist psychologist, Judith Sewell, whom he had met at a Catholic charismatic community in Clearwater, Florida. The Catholics may have been open to a priest who spoke in tongues and healed the sick, but they certainly would not stomach one who broke his clerical celibacy vow to marry a woman young enough to be his daughter.
A scandal erupted that sent shock waves all the way to the Vatican. MacNutt remembers the pain he felt when the church rejected him.
I was 54 and she was You’ve made a vow! This will mxcnutt the great ministry God has given you! Doors were slammed in MacNutt’s face from that point on. He was officially excommunicated, denied the sacraments and stripped of all clergy privilege.
Anglican Pentecostal: Dr. Francis MacNutt: In the footsteps of Agnes Sanford
But the newlyweds couldn’t just stop preaching about the new life of the Holy Spirit they had discovered. So they found other places to minister. Some Catholics were still open to their message of healing, but after the excommunication the MacNutts began to receive speaking invitations from Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Pentecostal groups.
And because MacNutt’s clerical collar was gone, Protestants who might have been wary of his Catholic ways found him more acceptable. One door had closed, but several new ones opened.
He was as skeptical of Catholics as he was of charismatics, but when he heard MacNutt speak on healing he embraced the charismatic experience and eventually became one of MacNutt’s closest colleagues.
The couple purchased an unused Episcopal church building and turned it into the headquarters for Christian Healing Ministries, where they now operate a school of healing with a staff of The move to Florida was by no means a step toward retirement–a term MacNutt avoids. His travel schedule today is rigorous, although he manages to fit in time for his favorite hobby of bird watching. He personally has identified birds in North America and once traveled to the Florida Keys to spot the rare frigate bird.
Today, the MacNutts’ goal is to train as many Christians as possible to heal the sick the same way Jesus did. Doctors told her she may have to have a hysterectomy, but after her marriage she conceived. Her prayers obviously worked. Today the MacNutts’ two children, Rachel and David, are 22 and 20 respectively. Partners in Healing MacNutt’s Catholic colleagues may or may not agree today, but it’s obvious that Judith is the best thing that ever happened to him aside from his dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit years earlier.
In his case, marriage was a very good idea–even if it violated an antiquated tradition and upset the Catholic hierarchy in the process. Before the MacNutts met, Judith worked as a psychologist at a Boston hospital.
After one of her mentally ill patients committed suicide, she cried out to God in frustration–discouraged that her counseling efforts hadn’t made a difference.
She says God answered her clearly and gave her a strategy: If you have been severely wounded, it is not enough to change you. Eventually she became an expert on emotional healing, and she taught others how to use prayer to heal mental disorders, phobias, painful memories and even sexual disorders at a time when few Christians talked about homosexuality–and fewer believed Jesus actually could heal a gay person.
When the MacNutts married inthey began a union of two uniquely gifted healers. While doors of opportunity were slamming in their faces because of their marriage the Catholic Church finally recognized their union 13 years latertheir anointing for healing seemed to be increasing. They also started to encounter more sinister forces during their praying and became experts in deliverance without aspiring to such an odd vocation.
The MacNutts have seen it all since they began casting out demons. They’ve confronted spirits of lust, perversion, violence and occultism. They’ve prayed for victims of satanic ritual abuse but are quick to note that they don’t go looking for Exorcist-style spinning mscnutt, projectile vomiting or other sensational manifestations of the devil.
You’re just holding hands with a bunch of nuts. What they want the church to know is that healing and deliverance ministry is not an exotic ritual reserved for the chosen few. It is the mafnutt of every believer. That was their fraancis in late when they took a small ministry team to Scotland to introduce Presbyterian leaders to the work of the Holy Spirit. Although MacNutt’s preaching style was soft-spoken, as usual, the results he witnessed in Scotland were anything but mild-mannered.
A healing service at St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church mcanutt Edinburgh drew people and lasted until 2: Before it ended, dozens of Presbyterian ministers had been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
After a two-day lecture on healing held at a university in Macnuttt, the MacNutts held a deliverance service during which they prayed for a distinguished-looking elderly woman.
Before her deliverance she was propelled backward several feet on the platform while baffled Presbyterians watched. MacNutt intends to stage similar demonstrations of God’s power everywhere he goes, especially among more traditional-minded Christians. He is especially grieved that churches in the West, including his own Catholic Church, have quenched the Holy Spirit’s work. They still see charismatics and Pentecostals as fringe groups.
They don’t realize that the main centers of Christianity 25 years from now will not be Rome, Geneva and New York but New Delhi, Lagos and other exotic centers. That’s OK with him, provided that he can reach the people in the pews–anyone who’s hungry to know more about the deeper things of God. As long as Francis MacNutt has breath in his body and healing in his hands, he will spread the life of the Spirit to those who need a touch.
Francis MacNutt’s hands are healingg as steady as they were 30 years ago, but he is franciw eager to pray for the sick today as he was during the heyday of the charismatic renewal movement. At the same time, however, MacNutt knows his limitations. He can’t go everywhere and heal everybody, and he’ll be passing his mantle to someone else one day. That’s why he and his wife, Judith, have focused their energies on training a new generation of Christians to heal the sick. Yet 90 percent of all demonic activity is based vrancis trauma or wounding.
Many will cast a demon out of someone, but they won’t do the inner healing work that heals the wound, so the demon comes back. The key to effective healing, he says, is knowing what to pray for. This understanding only comes by the power of the Holy Spirit. The MacNutts advocate what they call “soaking prayer”–in which prayer ministers lay hands on a person and pray for an extended period.
Healing by Francis S. MacNutt
The MacNutts believe that grief, shame, panic attacks, mental disorders, sexual hang-ups and addictions can all be healed by Jesus. Often the healing requires the affected person to renounce hurtful vows, forgive those who hurt them or invite Christ to heal a painful memory.
Francis has never shied away from confronting spiritual darkness, and he challenges Christians today to learn how to cast out devils.