James 5:15 says that ‘the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise them up”. In John Dowie we see a man who learned the customary prayers for the sick. Lived in a climate where sickness and even death was God’s will and preached so from pulpits. When a plague struck his congregation and he had buried 40 members, his pastor’s heart cried out: “Where, O where is He Who used to heal His hurting children?” The Holy Spirit caused Acts 10:38 to ‘stand before me all filled with light’! He saw clearly that Jesus was the Healer and Satan was the defiler. Immediately called to the bed of a dying girl, Dowie was taught by the Spirit how to pray the prayer of faith. Personally, I like to read and study the lives of people who were ‘taught by the Spirit’ how to do the Word of God. So many accusations are brought against forms of healing and people who pray for the sick today, but when you have the story of a man who NEVER learned from any human being, only from the Spirit, that is a testimony to be learned from.
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The Apostle of Divine Healing
The Story of John Alexander Dowie
By Gordon P. Gardiner
John Alexander Dowie “was unquestionably the apostle of divine healing in his day.”’* This considered judgment concerning such a radical and controversial figure is particularly valid coming as it does from a conservative Episcopalian clergyman, Dr. Kenneth Mackenzie (1853-1943), a man of God universally recognized not only for his deep spirituality but also for his sound scholarship. Furthermore this opinion was quite unprejudiced, for Dr. Mackenzie held it in spite of the fact that he did not agree with much of what Dr. Dowie said and did, and to defend him opened himself to sharp criticism from his fellow evangelical leaders. Still Dr. Mackenzie boldly acknowledged Dr. Dowie was as “a giant of faith” and “If God was not in [his work] then we have little ground for ascertaining His hand in any movement.”
* MacKenzie, Kenneth, Our Physical Heritage in Christ (Fleming H. Revell & Co., New York, 1923) p.20
Dr. Mackenzie was further ably qualified to render an opinion on Dr. Dowie because he had been a careful student of the entire divine healing movement since its beginning in the United States under Dr. Charles Cullis, a Boston physician. In addition to this, he was a personal friend and lifelong associate of A. B. Simpson, another man who was mightily used of God in the ministry of healing. And yet Dr. Mackenzie in discussing “the recurrence of the doctrine” of divine healing concludes that of these “three great figures” it was the “doughty Scotchman” who under God was primarily responsible for restoring this truth to the Church of Christ. This he was forced to believe as a result of his personal investigation of Dr. Dowie’s work and from reading his weekly, Leaves of Healing.
Dowie “brought to his task every element of stolid, uncompromising devotion to truth as he saw it. If he angered men by his caustic epithets, they were compelled to honor him for his sincerity. He produced fruits; and no one dared to deny the fact.”
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On July 14, 1900, hundreds of people came to what would be Zion City for an all day affair which culminated in the dedication of the City to God.
The next year was spent surveying the city, laying out all the lots, planning for the utilities, and preparing for the opening of the City to the people. July 15, 1901 was the date that the City lots were made available to the public. The first house was built shortly thereafter in August, 1901. Dowie and his family came to Zion City from Chicago in July, 1902 and moved into Shiloh House, his newly constructed home. (Excerpt from Zion Historical Society web page)
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I read about this in her book, and did a little research on it. The findings proved very interesting. Dr. Yoeman’s was not cured by the “Keeley Gold Cure” and left the institute in worse shape than she came, going to a sanitorium afterwards. She eventually heard of John Dowie and made her way to his Healing Home in Chicago, where she was healed and became a member of his church.
“In The 1890’s, Alcoholics lined up for the Keeley Gold Cure”
The Sorensen family was restoring the place for operation as an apartment house Mrs. Sorensen riffled through a stack of yellowing papers dating from the 1890s. “Listen to this,” she called to her husband.
Sorensen paused to listen. Mrs. Sorensen read aloud:
“Absolutely reliable! There is neither doubt, experiment or uncertainty in this matter. We cure everybody who comes to us for treatment!
“If you desire to be rescued, saved, completely cured and restored, redeemed from the curse of drink, come to us and we will cure you!”
The Sorensens were discovering that they owned all that remained of the Keeley Institute, Blair’s main attraction 100 years ago. The place was built in 1891, sitting across Front Street from the depot. Alcoholics by the hundreds, finding the Nineties not so gay, found refuge here for the salvation promised by the Keeley Cure.
The Sorensens studied the pages of the advertisement and calculated the revenues. Rates were $25 a week, plus $5 for meals. Two people were assigned to each of the 25 rooms. Thus, 50 guests paying $30 a week produced $1,500 a week in revenue.
What was the attraction?
The gold cure. The answer was in the fragile papers.
“By the use of Double Chloride of Gold remedies discovered and perfected by Dr. Leslie E. Keeley, the liquor, opium, morphine and tobacco habits are completely and permanently cured … The remedies used by us mingle with and disinfect the blood, and totally destroy every vestige of the effects of dissipation, leaving the patient sound and healthy, giving a remarkable increase in nerve, power, vigor and strength.
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The birth of Isaac is covered in 7 verses in Genesis 21 and they can be read so quickly that the supernatural details behind the scenes are hidden from our view. In today’s broadcast, we look deeply into those details. For what reason? To encourage our own faith when all hope is gone, when healing for our bodies has reached the stage of impossibility, to see the Faithful God watching over His Word to perform it. We can learn many lessons from these short 7 verses if we will put on our ‘miner’s cap’ and dig for the gold in them!
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