Pentecostal tent preachers include Oral Roberts, Aa Allen, R.W. Schachbach, and Jack Coe. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the spiritual landscape of America changed. This was especially true when it came to the Pentecostal movement, which experienced a dramatic shift in focus and direction between 1948 and 1970.
At the center of this shift were some of the most prominent Pentecostal healing ministries in the country, among them Oral Roberts, A.A. Allen, R.W. Schambach, and Jack Coe.
Oral Roberts was perhaps the best-known of the Pentecostal healing preachers. He grew up in Oklahoma in a family of Pentecostals and preached his first sermon at 16. Roberts founded Oral Roberts University in 1963, and it served as the cradle of the new Pentecostal movement. He taught that faith coupled with prayer could bring about miraculous healing and emphasized the importance of physical healing and emotional well-being as being as necessary for wellbeing as spiritual health. He used his gift of healing to heal people of physical and emotional ailments.
A.A. Allen was another of the Pentecostal healing leaders. He was born in Texas and was also raised in a Pentecostal family. He was a powerful preacher and known for his drive and passion, attracting thousands of people to his healing crusades. Allen taught that faith was necessary for healing and encouraged people to not only have faith in God but also believe in themselves and that the power of healing was available to all that believed.
R.W. Schambach was from Columbus, Ohio, and he was also deeply entrenched in the Pentecostal faith. Schambach was a powerful preacher and traveled extensively throughout the United States, preaching faith and laying hands on those in need of healing. He was also a strong advocate of the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. He also used his calling to pray for the sick and cast out demons. He believed that physical healing was just as important for a person's wellbeing as spiritual healing.
Finally, Jack Coe, from Texas, was also a prominent figure in the Pentecostal movement. He was popular among the younger generation for his preaching style and his ability to relate to the younger crowd. Coe was passionate about healing and seeing miracles take place in people's lives through prayer and faith. He taught that spiritual healing was only the beginning of a journey and that physical healing and emotional well-being were just as important. He was known as one of the boldest preachers of that era.
These four leaders played an important role in the Pentecostal healing movement between 1948 and 1970. They preached that healing was the power of the Holy Spirit made available through faith in Christ, and they used their message of healing to bring about miracles in people’s lives.
These four Pentecostal leaders worked independently, but together they created a powerful movement that touched thousands of lives. The Pentecostal healing ministries that sprung up in this period were a welcome breath of fresh air for many in post-war America seeking hope and healing in a time of turmoil and division. For them, the healing ministries provided an opportunity for spiritual and emotional revival that was accessible and tangible. But most of all, the Pentecostal healing ministries served as evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit and the promise of miraculous healing made possible through faith and prayer. As C.S. Lewis once said, "We have all something to give, if we will only make use of it." This was certainly true of the Pentecostal healing ministries of Oral Roberts, A.A. Allen, R.W. Schambach, and Jack Coe, which brought spiritual and physical healing to thousands of people between 1948 and 1970.
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