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Faith Healing and the Catholic Church - Narrative Part 1 of 5

NARRATIVE

Before I get into the authority details, I believe that I should share a little from personal experience.

I grew up in a Christian home. We attended the Vroom Street Evangelical Free Church from my earliest memories. My father had perfect attendance for literally decades.

I actually did some witnessing while in school. I carried a Bible to school for a while and had a "Jesus Saves" sticker on my bicycle. There were other times however when I used quite foul language.

Peg and I were married in the late 1960's in the Southern Baptist Church that Peg grew up attending. We moved to Northern New Jersey and started a family.

Our first daughter was born with a cleft lip and cleft pallet and had a number of corrective surgeries. Peg's second pregnancy ended with a early delivery of a boy who died the day he was born. Apparently his lungs were still not developed enough at 7 months.

About this time we became involved with the "Jesus Movement" of the early 1970's. It started for us with the Maranatha Coffee House ministry at the Nazarene Church in New Milford, NJ. We helped sponsor a "Jesus Meeting" at our American Baptist Church in Oakland, NJ. We had about 300 attend and about 75 responded for a call to "come to Jesus" and filled out a card. These were all high school kids.

This "Jesus Movement" was definitely "full gospel" and through it Peg and I became associated with the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International. We attended many FGBMFI meetings and conventions.

During this time we became familiar with the "Faith Teaching" of Kenneth Hagin, Norvel Hayes, and Kenneth Copeland. I was a real stickler for checking things out with Scripture so I really studied what was taught. Some of the information seemed "far out" but the more I studied the Scriptures presented, the more I came to see the Scriptural truth.

During one of the FGBMFI conventions I met a Catholic Charismatic and talked briefly with him. One thing I remember was that his use of the word "grace" was quite different from my understanding of that word. I was surprised how the Catholic Charismatic individuals could be "right on" doctrinally and yet still stay with the Catholic Church. From my earliest memories I understood that the Catholics were not really Christians because of all the other things that were added to their Christian faith.

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This is part of a FREE 23 page document, Faith Healing Consistent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which can be found in the Cooperation Among Christian Denominations section of the Independent Christian website.

The document does not speak for the Catholic Church but the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) does. The CCC is quoted and the footnotes are followed where they are often linked to Scripture. It is suggested that the reader have available both the CCC and his/her Bible and see whether the representations are correct.

Doug Johnson has been writing and online publishing Christian and Social Conservative articles since the 1990's on http://www.IndependentChristian.org/

Doug has been a Bible believing Evangelical Christian since childhood. He has been received into fellowship with the Evangelical Free Church, the Plymouth Brethern, the Assembly of God, the American Baptist, and the Southern Baptist.

In the early 2000's, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church after careful study of the Catholic Catechism and the Bible. He believes Catholics and Bible believing Protestants should build on what they have in common rather than looking at what is different.

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