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This Day in F.F. Bosworth History (March 19): Passing of E.W. Kenyon

By Roscoe Barnes III

Author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind Christ the Healer

Copyright (c) 2018


E.W. Kenyon

On March 19, 1948, E.W. Kenyon, noted author of books on faith and healing, died in the presence of his daughter, Ruth. His death was reportedly caused by a lymphoid malignancy. Kenyon was a contemporary of F.F. Bosworth. In 1948, Bosworth cited Kenyon in his book, Christ the Healer. At the end of the chapter titled, “Our Confession,” Bosworth wrote: “Most of the thoughts expressed in this sermon I have brought together, by permission, from the writings of Rev. E.W. Kenyon.” Bosworth’s articles appeared in several issues of Kenyon’s Herald of Life publication between 1949 and 1964.

Kenyon has long been considered the father of the modern Word of Faith movement. His teachings inspired scores of leaders in the Pentecostal tradition, including T.L. Osborn and Kenneth Hagin. Kenyon was a friend of Gordon Lindsay, who helped lead the divine healing movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Osborn was quite fond of Kenyon, so much so that he used Kenyon’s material in several books, including the classic, Healing the Sick.

Kenyon Scholars Joe McIntyre and Geir Lie have discussed the possibility of Bosworth meeting with Kenyon at some point between 1906 and 1908 near Chicago. According to McIntyre, Kenyon’s daughter said “Kenyon met Bosworth and (John Alexander) Dowie during a trip to Chicago.”

Kenyon wrote many books, most of which are having a global impact. Titles include Two Kinds of Faith, The Father and His Family, The Wonderful Name of Jesus, Two Kinds of Life, Jesus the Healer, In His Presence, Two Kinds of Love, Two Kinds of Righteousness, and Advanced Bible Course, among others.

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